CHICAGO — Volunteers will again be out in force on Chicago-area street corners, St. Patrick’s Day parades, and other events throughout the month of March, collecting donations to help Mercy Home for Boys & Girls give at-risk children a safe place to live, therapy to heal from the trauma of abuse and neglect, and tools like education and job skills to help them build independence. 

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ March for Kids campaign is the public’s chance to help children break the cycle of abuse and neglect. 

The campaign will feature teams of street volunteers collecting donations to Mercy Home and handing out Mercy Home Shamrocks as a way of saying ‘thank you.’ Donations like those generated by its March for Kids effort supply Mercy Home with 100% of the funds it needs to care for children 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Clad in their signature green aprons, Mercy Home March for Kids volunteers will collect donations at Chicago-area St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations including: 

-Forest Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday March 2 
-Chicago’s Loop, Friday, March 15 
-Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 16 
-South Side Irish Parade, Sunday, March 17 

Additionally, volunteers are organizing donation drives at area businesses, churches, schools, and community groups. 

Throughout the month, Mercy Home’s web site (mercyhome.org) will accept contributions to the campaign that will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor. The effort will be highlighted on March 15 during a special “Giving Day” at mercyhome.org

Celebrity spokesman Bill Rancic is also helping get the word out through media appearances while raising funds through his RPM Steak and RPM Italian restaurants in Chicago. A portion of proceeds from special menu items during the month will benefit Mercy Home’s March for Kids. Similarly, a number of Chicago restaurants will raise donations, including Monteverde, Theater on the Lake, Lula Café, Piccolo Sogno, and Nonnina.