Get Involved

There are many ways to help the FIRE Foundation of Greater Chicago

“Love and charity, are service, helping others, serving others. There are many people who spend their lives in this way, in the service of others. When you forget yourself and think of others, this is love! And with the washing of the feet the Lord teaches us to be servants, and above all, servants as He was a servant to us, for every one of us.”

–(Pope Francis, Jubilee audience, March 12, 2016)

Friends of FIRE

Volunteer with Us! Join Friends of FIRE (FOF)

Volunteering for The FIRE Foundation is one of the best ways to support our mission.

Who Can Volunteer?

Friends of FIRE is composed of community members who value inclusive education and are dedicated to raising funds, building awareness, and expanding inclusive education initiatives within their parish communities and the Archdiocese of Chicago. Membership is open to everyone who believes in FIRE’s mission and wishes to offer time and resources to support inclusive Catholic education. Additionally, all parents whose children benefit from FIRE funding are asked to participate. Friends of FIRE members are CHAMPIONS OF INCLUSION.

What Do Volunteers Do?

  • Assist with events and fundraising initiatives
  • Share information about resources that promote student learning and family success
  • Spread the mission of FIRE at their home parish–even if the parish school is not yet a FIRE partner school

Partner Schools

The FIRE Foundation request the support of all parents of children benefiting from Foundation support to be members of “Friends of FIRE” to assure the continued partnership of parish schools and foundation.

  • A Friend of FIRE Liaison is appointed to serve as a link from the Foundation to each FIRE partner school
  • Friends of FIRE meetings are scheduled throughout the school year to share information and to promote connections among families

Volunteer Application

If you are interested in volunteering with FIRE Foundation of Greater Chicago, please submit an application. A member of the organization will be in touch soon.

Prayer Blazers

Pray to Support Inclusive Education

I have come to set the earth on fire,

and how I wish it were already blazing!

– Luke 12:49

Looking for a way to support the FIRE Foundation?

Let’s keep the fire of God’s love blazing upon the earth through our prayers for inclusive education. As an individual, a family, a classroom or school, or a parish–all prayers will help our mission. And, if you’re praying along side of us, please let us know; our goal is to reach ONE MILLION collective prayers, so please fill out the form below so we can tally our efforts!

Please say the Prayer for Inclusion:

Father of all that is good and holy, we ask that You bless us with Your infinite love and mercy as we work with all students made in Your image.
Those students that read with grace, and those students that need grace to read.
Those that lift others up, and those that need to be lifted up.
Those that embrace learning, and those that need to be embraced to learn.
Those that make us smile and, those that need a smile. Grant us the knowledge, patience, and compassion to serve all.

Followed by three Hail Marys.

Certainly, the holy Mother understands our desire for inclusion for our children with special needs. We invoke her intercession to bring our children to her Holy Son through formal Catholic education and community.

Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, prayer for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death,

Finally, ask for the intercession of the Patron Saints of Inclusion:

Blessed Margaret of Castello, pray for us.

Blessed Herman of Reichenau, pray for us.

Saint Andre Bessette, pray for us.

Prayer Blazers Form

Contact Information


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July 2020

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