Caritas Family Solutions, a Belleville-based social service agency, will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a day of giving Monday.
The non-profit deemed Monday “Caritas Day,” inviting supporters to donate and volunteer at Caritas locations across southern Illinois.
Volunteer opportunities include helping Ameren Illinois landscape regional offices, and helping AmeriCorps landscape and paint homes for developmentally disabled adults. Anyone interest in volunteering can contact volunteer coordinator Carly Jones at 618-213-8716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations will be collected from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Royal Heights location, 900 Royal Heights Rd., Suite 2150.
A grand opening will be held at the Caritas Resource Center at 9 a.m. at 900 Royal Heights Road in Belleville. The center will be used to store items for clients donated by supporters. Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert will be present to mark the occasion, according to a news release from Caritas.
A wish list of items needed to stock the Resource Center is available at www.caritasfamilysolutions.org.
The grand opening ceremony will also mark the opening of The Komlos Rumpus Room, a recreation space for the 27 children who live at St. John Bosco Children’s Center, where they receive therapeutic treatment for trauma from abuse or neglect.
Caritas serves 42 counties in Southern Illinois. The non-profit was originally known as Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Belleville. In 1968, the name changed to Catholic Social Services before becoming non-denominational in 2014.