Our Core Purpose

Episcopal Charities and Community Services brings to a broken world the hope for lasting change, rooted in Episcopal vision, faith, and experience, and expressed through collective community efforts.

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Hope for a Broken World

When you support ECCS you help bring a message of hope to people from all walks of life in the Diocese of Chicago who thought abundant life was not meant for them.

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Plan now to be part of the fun on November 9th as hundreds of like-minded friends join together on one special night to raise critical support for the life-changing work of Episcopal Charities.

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When You Care Enough to Help

When you come to Episcopal Charities to make a difference in someone’s life, the life that changes may be your own.

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When The Life That Changes Is Your Own

For nearly 60 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. 

Learn more about how God changes lives - including our own - through Episcopal Charities' ministries and giving opportunities.

"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

Episcopal Charities Opens National Search for Executive Director

Following the retirement of Episcopal Charities' [ECCS] executive director following a distinguished career that spanned 21 years, ECCS recently opened a nationwide search for the next seasoned executive who will help lead this organization into a new, exciting future directed by a bold strategic plan.

Those who would like to be considered are encouraged to review this online description of the unique opportunity.  To begin the application process, all candidates are required complete an initial online application. A link to the online application is provided at the end of the opportunity description.

Please, no phone calls or email queries.

ECCS Executive Director, Georgianna Gleason, Retires

Effective December 31, 2017, Georgianna Gleason officially retired from the executive director role she filled with distinction for more than 20 years. Georgianna faithfully guided this organization to fulfill its mission of bringing a message of hope to thousands of women, men, children, and families in our Diocese who, for too long, thought the promise of abun-dant life perhaps was not meant for them.

Otto Reinisch, who has served Episcopal Charities in various roles since 2001, was named by the Board of Trustees as interim executive director.

During Georgianna’s tenure and with much gratitude for the generosity of many friends over the years, Episcopal Charities granted more than $17,000,000 to partners whose work advances its mission. The full impact of these ministries is inestimable.

More recently, Georgianna's vision for leading ECCS to participate in community-inspired initiatives that promote long-term, systemic change from within those communities, provided the essence for a new strategic plan that guides ECCS today...and for years to come.

Last Fall, Cheryl Rogers, Chair of ECCS' Board of Trustees, wrote to friends across the Diocese to announce this important leadership transition. The full text of Cheryl's letter is available here.