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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago


Lake County

Focus Areas:

  • Gardening Education
  • Hunger Relief
  • Fresh Food Access
  • Nutrition/Food Education

Organization Mission:

Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent, and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families, and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.


The Garden Project is a local community garden of Catholic Charities’ Lake County Services, located outside of the main office at 671 S. Lewis Avenue in Waukegan. Fresh fruits and vegetables are grown in the garden, and when harvested, are contributed to Catholic Charities’ Emergency Food Pantry and Care Cupboard. The produce is distributed to those who come to the two food pantries, helping to supplement the food they receive and increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The Garden Project is maintained by Catholic Charities’ Lake County Services staff and community volunteers.


Catholic Charities is continually looking for opportunities to partner with community members and organizations to participate in the garden. Groups of volunteers who give their time to tend to the garden provide great value to this community effort. In the last growing season we produced our largest harvest yet!

Volunteer Needs:

The Garden Project has numerous, flexible volunteer opportunities to help tend the garden and provide fresh food to those experiencing hunger in Lake County. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, visit our volunteer opportunities listing on Catholic Charities’ website:

We would love to have your support in this community effort!


Addition Information:


Contact information:

Alicia Kon, Program Director, Community Casework
[email protected]
671 S. Lewis Ave.
Waukegan, IL, 60085