When The Life That Changes Is Your Own
For more than 50 years God has worked through Episcopal Charities to transform lives.
People come here from all walks of life to make a difference in the lives of others. Their compassionate, generous acts of service offered through our programs and ministry partners help turn despair to hope for thousands of people living in the shadows of society across the Diocese of Chicago.
As people come to Episcopal Charities in order to serve others, however, many discover meaning and joy when they find their own life transformed in the process.
Are you looking for a life-changing opportunity? If so, you are in the right place.
"If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday."
-- Isaiah 58:10
Changing Communities, One Life At A Time
Episcopal Charities' New Ventures expands its better-known grant making program by launching innovative programs that reach far beyond basic social services; they change communities, helping turn despair to hope.
Waukegan to College is our newest program that today is creating a college-going culture by turning the dream of a college education - and a brighter future - into a reality for more than 80 deserving students from Waukegan High School and their families.
Waukegan to College's multi-faceted services help families who are committed to creating brighter futures for their children by providing them with a unique variety of resources to help their children get on and stay on the path to college. Since its founding in 2009, Waukegan to College has grown to serve 220% more students and their families!
Click here to learn more about New Ventures and programs like, Waukegan to College.
Forces for Good Author Presents
at 2015 ECCS Annual Conference
More than 100 board members, executive directors, key staff, and others from the entire Episcopal Charities family gathered at the J.W.Marriott Hotel [151 W Adams St] on May 12th for the 2015 Annual Conference.
This year we welcomed Leslie Crutchfield, co-author of Forces for Good and Do More Than Give, as our presenter. Leslie provided practical information, hands-on learning opportunities, and plenty of sharing time with peers to help us explore how our local not-for-profit organizations can make a greater, lasting impact in their community while continuing to meet the immediate needs of those we serve.
“What are you trying to achieve? What is the real change you want to see in the world – and how does what you’re doing today lead to more impact tomorrow? Too often in the social sector we’ve become so focused on process that at times we’ve forgotten to focus on results (impact). Great nonprofit organizations are catalysts; they transform the system around them to achieve greater good.”
– Leslie Crutchfield, Forces for Good
The Annual Conference is one way Episcopal Charities and Community Services' Capacity Building Program supports our grantees - and other ministry partners - by helping them build strong boards, increase their fundraising, and tell their stories to constituents (marketing/communications).
For more information about how our capacity building services might benefit your not-for-profit organization, contact Otto Reinisch, Director of Organizational Development.