Outreach program

Our goal for 2024 is to expand our Outreach services to, not just the local community, but also in places of need outside of the United States. We have added 3 new ministries in addition to the current ministries we have up and running. Please consider supporting one of our newer ministries as your heart guides you. 

"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7)


St. Paul's Primary School in Zomba District, Malawi, has an extremely large enrollment of 2,665 students and only 24 teachers with a sprawling campus of 15 classrooms. Students walk to school from as far as a 7km distance. In the overcrowded classrooms, students sit on the floor as there are no desks to accommodate them... Learn more by clicking here


Join us in offering a meal to those in need. Our Church prepares food and serves at Bessie's Table on the last Monday of every month (some exceptions.) The food is prepared at St. Haralambos Church earlier in the day (1pm-3pm),  and delivered to First Methodist where we serve the people for both dine-in and take-out from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Learn more about the program HERE. To volunteer please call the church office for more details or to let us know you will be coming to help at 847-647-8880 or office@saintharalambosgoc.org

First United Methodist Church

668 Graceland Ave

Des Plaines, IL


Meals on Wheels

Every month volunteers prepare meals for individuals and families going through a tough time, who have just lost a loved one, or who are battling a sickness. Each month volunteers deliver bread rolls, soup/salad, main entree, side, vegetable, dessert and fresh fruit.

If you are interested in sponsoring a meal, cooking a meal, adding a family in need to our list, or have any questions please click here.


Over the past year we have held three meal packing events for the homeless. These events involve a team of about 30 volunteers who pack 1,000 lunches. 

The cost for each of these events is $5,000. 

To sign up as a volunteer, please CLICK HERE to be notified of the next meal packing event.

If you wish to contribute or sponsor one of these events, please contact the church office at 847-647-8880 or office@saintharalambosgoc.org

north side housing registry list

Our Parish is assisting a new homeless shelter in getting up and running. Various toiletries are needed at this time. Please consider donating an item from the attached Amazon Registry. All items are delivered directly to the shelter. please visit North Side Housing and Supportive Services | Chicago for more information. Amazon Registry List

migrant family needs

We were contacted by another local Church about the needs of migrant families. The two specific items they are in need of are crew socks and diapers sizes 4, 5, and 6. We will have a box located outside of the Church office. Please drop off at your convenience Monday-Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm or on your way to Divine Liturgy on Sundays. We will be making monthly deliveries. 

blood drive

Saturday, March 30, 2024 | 10:00 am - 02:30 pm

Location: East Lobby. Every donor will save up to 3 lives.

Make your appointment here

Project HOPE

Since March 2020, Project HOPE has partnered with Chicago-based parishes and local networks to provide food security and emergency shelter to those in need. To date, with God’s blessings, HOPE has served 675,000 meals to individuals and families, provided 3,000 nights to people in need of shelter through our partnership with Northside Housing and Supportive Services, and distributed over 12,500 CARE and COVID Kits. For more information, please click here.