Weekly Volunteering Opportunities

TPAN (Test Positive Area Network)

Overview

TPAN works to prevent the spread of HIV, while empowering everyone living with, or at risk of HIV to live healthy, open, and productive lives. They are committed to raising awareness about sexual health and spreading wellness through education, peer support services, and much more. 

Condom kits are one of the main ways we get the word out about TPAN's free services to help folks stay healthy and happy. THANK YOU for making this possible!

This is a great way to meet new people, learn about HIV prevention and sexual health, give back to the community, pick up volunteer service hours, and just have fun.

Schedule

Starting February 2, on every first Tuesday of the month, TPAN hosts condom kit assembly parties, 5 - 7 p.m., at its main office, 5050 N Broadway, Suite 300. Light refreshments are provided.

Contact Info

Questions? Contact Julia at j.napolitano@tpan.com, or 773 989 9400 ext 272. RSVPs are helpful but not required.

Check out our website!

Chicago Help Initiative

Overview

The Chicago Help Initiative is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping to provide timely content for their website, which is currently being updated. This includes various writing and photography opportunities. Other opportunities, like website design/maintenance, may be available as well.

You can read more about CHI and their work at http://chicagohelpinitiative.org.

Schedule

Weekly schedule and flexible time

Contact

Please contact Susan at susannetedrick2014@u.northwestern.edu

Children’s Home + Aid

Overview

Children’s Home + Aid provides comprehensive support to children in the area, including adoption services, family counseling, and foster care. With a history of service spanning over a century, their mission is to create hope, opportunity, and bright futures by partnering with children, youth, and families whose potential is at risk.

Volunteer Schedule

Foster Friend

Build a relationship with a child in foster or residential care (ages 7-13) in need of a positive adult role model. Provide support and fun to a child who closely matches your interests, background, and personality. Mentoring can include playing games and sports, arts & crafts, helping with schoolwork, career exploration, life skills development, and cultural or entertainment events. The ultimate goal is to enhance the child’s emotional, intellectual and social growth. Foster Friends must be 21 years old, be willing to make a 9-month volunteer commitment and are asked to meet with the child once a week for a total of 4-10 hours per month. 

Fitness Friend

Lead a group of youth or be paired one-on-one to do activities in physical fitness activities including athletics, fitness training, dance, yoga or group exercise. 

Homework Helper

Assist youth to lay a foundation for academic success by providing educational support. Homework Helpers spend 1-2 hours per week with a child in Residential Treatment or our Community Schools Programs on a set day, depending on the availability of the volunteer. Homework Helpers are asked to make a minimum 5-month volunteer commitment. 

Contact Info

For more information about volunteering in the Chicago area, contact Vera Jungé, Volunteer Coordinator, at Vjunge@childrenshomeandaid.org or 312-455-5222, or visit www.childrenshomeandaid.org/volunteer

Campus Kitchens

Overview

Campus Kitchens is a national leader in hunger relief. They partner with high schools, colleges, and universities to share on campus kitchen space, recover food from cafeterias, and prepare food for the community.

Volunteer Schedule

We have volunteer opportunities, 7 days a week throughout the year. They can all be found on our VolunteerHub page at http://vhub.at/cknorthwestern.
Anyone can create an account and register for a shift they would like to volunteer at.

Contact Info

  • Samantha Warren, MPH, CHES
  • Coordinator, the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University
  • swarren@campuskitchens.org
  • 847-491-6925 (office)
Cornerstone Community Outreach

Overview

Cornerstone Community Outreach provides nutritious food and essential clothing, and much needed to shelter to those need. Their support focuses in families with young children and the elderly homeless population. Since 1989, they have sheltered over 25,000 individuals.

Volunteer Schedule

Serving Meals

(The volunteer hours are available any day of the week with appointment)

  • Breakfast 6:45 am - 9:00 am
  • Lunch 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Dinner 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Community Meal (open to the public) only on Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Working in the Food Pantry

(available with appointment only)

  • Once a week we open our food pantry doors to distribute a variety of dried, canned and fresh food items to any community member in need.
  • Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am - 11:30 am

FreeStore

(available with appointment)

We have an 11,00 square foot free thrift store we run twice a week. Volunteers would act as personal shoppers, help keep the space clean and organized or restock shelves.

Thursday or Friday mornings from 9:30 am to Noon

Contact Info

4628 N. Clifton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
cell: 773-574-5506
fax: 773.303.0116
www.ccolife.org

826CHI

Overview

826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 by developing their creative and expository writing skills, as well as supporting teachers by inspiring students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind, we work with volunteers to provide free drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, field trips, in-school classroom assistance to youth in the city of Chicago, as well as publish student writing and provide assistance to English language learners.

All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student's power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice. Our volunteers are at the very center of what we do at 826, allowing us the incredible opportunity to work with more than 3,500 students a year from over 355 school across Chicago. Volunteers provide invaluable support to 826, most often through participation in educational programming.

Schedule

We offer opportunities during the mornings, afternoons and evenings throughout the week and weekend, making it possible for volunteers with varying availability to easily become involved.

Contact

tracy@826chi.org

IEEE Chicago Section

Overview

The IEEE Chicago Section is looking for volunteers for their Science Kits for Public Libraries project.
The project exists to inspire and engage children in a lifelong pursuit of scientific discovery by providing funds for the creation of a science kit collection that can be borrowed just like a book. Started in 2009, the IEEE - Chicago Section Fund provided the seed money to start the “Science Kits for Public Libraries” pilot program at the Mount Prospect Public Library in Illinois. Since that time, over 20 grants totaling more than $40,000 have been awarded to Chicago Metro suburban libraries and over $20,000 to 12 branches of the Chicago Public Library.

Volunteer opportunities include:
- Prepare content for communicating the status and happenings of the project
- Identify and contact potential corporate sponsors
- Participate in fund raising initiatives
- Prepare grant proposals
- Engage Chicago Section members

Please go to http://ieeechicago.org/chicago-fund-2/ for more information. 

Schedule

Weekly

Contact

Please contact: susannetedrick2014@u.northwestern.edu

Back on My Feet

Overview

Back on My Feet seeks to revolutionize the way our society approaches homelessness. Our unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move towards jobs, homes, and new lives. You can learn more about our program by visiting our web page at Chicago.backonmyfeet.org. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Back on my Feet runs at 5:45a.m with our members at different trusted community housing locations in Chicago. 

Schedule

Monday-Friday hours are flexible 

Contact

Please contact Nina Castillo for more information at (773)697-8508 or by email nina.castillo@backonmyfeet.org

Impact Behavioral Health Partners

Overview

The mission of our organization is to develop and champion opportunities for people with serious mental illness by providing comprehensive services in housing, employment and clinical support so that each person can live as independently as possible.
Please visit our website at www.impactbehavioral.org to learn more about our organization, our mission and the people we serve.

We are looking for a part-time volunteer receptionist. Flexible days/hours. Responsibilities to include managing the phone, ordering supplies, sorting mail and supporting the CEO by helping schedule meetings. 

Schedule

Our business hours are 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday. We are flexible with the days and hours of this volunteer opportunity. 

Contact

Please email dmalikowski@impactbehavioral.org for more information.

North Shore Exchange

Overview

North Shore Exchange is Glencoe's nonprofit resale boutique offering an edited collection of upscale and luxury designer women's clothing and accessories, as well as beautiful furniture and home décor. All of our profits support organizations providing human services for children and families at or below the poverty level.

Have passion for fashion and interiors as well as philanthropy? Interested in giving back to our community? Over 40 people of all ages volunteer their time, talents, and resources to assist North Shore Exchange's work. Our success is dependent upon our committed volunteers - Join us!

Positions include customer service, IT, special projects and many other opportunities. To learn more about volunteering, please visit our website at www.northshoreexchange.org.

Schedule

Glencoe Location (372 Hazel Ave, Glencoe IL 60022)
Tuesday - Saturday: 10a-5p
Closed Sundays/Mondays

Chicago Location (900 N. Michigan, Chicago IL)
Monday - Saturday: 10a-6p
Sundays: 11a - 7p

We are flexible and will work with your schedule, 4 hour shifts preferred.

Contact

Please email jamie@northshoreexchange.org for more information.