Transformation and spiritual growth in Christ happen when we use our God-given talents and gifts to serve Him. Look below for opportunities to serve at South Park Church or with a local Outreach Partner!

Serve at South Park Church

1. Bag Hunger

All donations to Bag Hunger go to help those in our community. You can drop off your items in the Bag Hunger bin to the left of the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings. Items that are needed are:

  • Dried beans 
  • White rice 
  • Spaghetti or other pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Crackers
  • Cereals
  • Granola bars
  • Sugar
  • Canned/diced tomatoes
  • Flour 
  • Oil
  • Jar of instant coffee
  • Tea bags
  • Dish soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Bar soap (hand/body) Shampoo
  • Body lotion 
  • Small bottle laundry detergent
  • Reusable/cloth grocery bag

Please tie up any soaps, oils, sugar or flour in a separate grocery bag to avoid any extra messes. Thank you for your generosity!

2. Family Ministry (Children or Youth)

There are many different ways to serve with Family Ministries. Tell us what you are interested in below!

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3. Maintenance and Grounds

If you like working with your hands we’re looking for people to be part of this team! Let us know if you would like to keep our church a well maintained and welcoming space through landscaping, snow removal, cleaning, or handyman projects!

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4. Meal Ministry

Click here if you are interested in providing meals when a need arises!

6. Silent Hospitality

Serving with Silent Hospitality you will assist with tidying up the Sanctuary once a week for one month out of the year. It’s a much needed behind the scenes job that includes disposing of garbage, organizing pens and envelopes, and tracking supplies. Email Suzie Tinaglia at if you are interested.

7. Welcome Team

Do you enjoy making people feel welcome? Join the Welcome Team as a Greeter, Usher, or Welcome Center volunteer!

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Serve with a Local Outreach Partner

1. Caris Pregnancy Counseling & Resources

Caris is a nonprofit pregnancy counseling organization, meeting the needs of women during and after unplanned pregnancy by providing a safe place of healing, hope, and restoration. Through various methods including professional counseling, Connection Groups, and resources to any woman during and after an unexpected pregnancy, regardless of her decision, Caris continues to serve every woman with the grace, acceptance and support she needs for her and her child to thrive.

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2. Inner City Impact

Inner City Impact (ICI) creates family-like environments where kids find acceptance, are listened to, and are given the tools they need to redefine themselves and their futures. With two locations, Logan Square and Cicero, ICI offers leadership development, after school programs, sport leagues, and camping trips. ICI empowers kids to rethink their worldview, re-imagine their self-worth, rewrite their future, and receive God's love. Learn how to get involved by clicking the link below.

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3. Safe Families for Children

Safe Families for Children is a global preventative movement of host families who open their homes to care for children whose parents are struggling. The heart of the Safe Families Ministry at South Park Church is to extend the compassion of Christ by providing safe homes for children whose parents are experiencing a difficult season of life and then voluntarily place their children with our families. 

Safe Families is a collaborative effort between area churches, volunteers, and professionals to prevent child abuse and neglect. Volunteers are Host Families, screened and approved volunteers who take in children, Family Friends, providing support with transportation, baby sitting, etc., Resource Friends, providing assistance through goods, services, and prayer, and through donating to the Safe Family Closet.

The Safe Family Closet regularly needs donations of car seats (5 years old or newer), formula, diapers, and clothing. Donates can be dropped off in the marked bin located behind the Welcome Center. 

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4. Solid Rock Carpenters

Solid Rock Carpenters was started in 2005 in response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.The need was great and the enthusiasm to help was even greater. As a result, individuals and families began to volunteer annually in the Gulf Region, and now over 3,000 friends and family volunteer nationwide throughout the year. Locally, SRC has worked with community leaders, churches and ministries assisting in building and repair projects, including here at South Park Church. 

Their resources of volunteers and skilled leadership have been instrumental in providing communities in need with new homes, home restoration, playgrounds, beds for homeless shelters, barns, fences and many other necessary repairs. Throughout the past 11 years, SRC has organized 50 traveling volunteer teams serving those less fortunate. 

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5. Soup Kitchen

South Park Church began serving every six weeks at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in 2016 and those who serve find it a blessing; it is rewarding to be able to shine the light of Christ on the guests at the soup kitchen.

Dates available to serve in 2020:

Saturday, Feb. 8
Saturday, Mar. 21
Saturday, May 2
Saturday, June 13
Saturday, July 25
Saturday, Sep. 5
Saturday, Oct. 17
Saturday, Nov. 28

If you are interested or have questions, please contact John Carbone at (847) 612-2188 or

First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
1301 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60610
(entrance on north side of Goethe, east of LaSalle St.)

General Info:

  • Up to 12 volunteers can participate on each date. The minimum age to volunteer is 12 years old.

  • Arrive at 9:00 a.m. You can park in the circle drive in front of the building.

  • We cook, serve and clean up from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • No short pants or open toed shoes for your protection in the kitchen.

  • Wear comfortable clothes for working in a kitchen and ones that can get soiled.

  • There is no place to lock purses. Bring whatever you can carry on your person

  • The church serves lunch every Saturday year round; we are on Team 4 which serves every 6 weeks.

6. World Relief Chicago

Established in 1980, World Relief Chicago (WRC) works in close collaboration with community partners and volunteers to come alongside refugees and immigrants on their journey through cultural adjustment with the goal of assisting refugees in becoming self-sufficient in the United States. They provide a comprehensive resettlement program that includes standard / intensive case management, employment services, immigration legal assistance, English education, and youth services, and also work with a network of human care providers in Chicago to advocate and strengthen social services for refugees living in the city and surrounding suburbs. Volunteers at World Relief Chicago are health advocates, English tutors, classroom volunteers, part of Good Neighbor teams, and so much more! 

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