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Sister Rosemary Connelly, RSM, is Executive Director of Misericordia.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Misericordia Candy Days, April 29th & 30th

The countdown to Misericordia Candy Days has begun! Thousands of volunteers will be out on Chicagoland streets and in storefronts from dawn until dusk on April 29th & 30th handing out Jelly Belly candies in exchange for donations. This fundraiser supports the continuum of care provided at Misericordia for more than 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Candy Days is one of our largest fundraisers and the money raised significantly helps us cover the difference between the amount the State of Illinois provides and our cost to operate Misericordia. The over $15 million in private funds raised annually ensures that every person living at Misericordia has a fulfilling life in a dignified and caring environment.

Since the inception of Candy Days in 1985, thousands of people have helped us raise not only funds, but awareness about the vital work taking place here on our campus.  Along with collecting donations, Misericordia has started an online “giving” campaign to increase our fundraising for this event by creating FirstGiving pages online. FirstGiving offers an easy online tool to create unique personalized fundraising pages that are sent out via email and social media and donations are then linked to Misericordia’s fundraising.

Misericordia is unique because we are one of the few human service agencies for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that can claim a full continuum of care, from a skilled nursing home and many other residences on a 31-acre campus to 10 houses in the neighborhoods. We provide buildings for recreation and life learning classes, as well as ongoing educational and work opportunities. Your contribution will enable us to continue offering the highest quality of life for this truly vulnerable population. We believe the heart of mercy is where God’s love will empower our residents to reach their potential. How blessed we all are to be called to such a mission, which does make life truly meaningful! In these busy times, we are always so grateful for your support and I look forward to seeing many of you on April 29th and 30th as you join our Misericordia Candy Day efforts.  From our Misericordia family, thank you for your continued love and support.

To volunteer for Candy Days or to make a donation please visit our website at

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