Disability and Seniors

Autism Speaks

Overview

Autism Speaks U Northwestern aims to further the mission of Autism Speaks by engaging the campus and local community in awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts to help individuals and families affected by autism.

Schedule/ Commitment

Autism Speaks is looking for a weekly volunteering commitment at an organization called Have Dreams. Volunteers would assist staff if running programs for children with autism. The days we have available for volunteering are based around when we have qualified members available to drive members to and from Have Dreams.

Community Partners

Have Dreams

Contact

Email: joshuadrews2017@u.northwestern.edu
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Rotaract

Overview

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored club committed to service, leadership, and global community. We emphasize a strong commitment to promoting world understanding and peace through the development of leadership among those ages 18 – 30. Today, there are more than 8,000 Rotary-supported Rotaract clubs with more than 175,000 members in 164 countries around the world. We meet Tuesdays at 8:00 pm in Annenberg 101.

What We Do

In the Community:

We have partnered with local nonprofits to provide volunteers for events in our community such as a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service sponsored by Kindness Connections – a day devoted to teaching kids the importance of service through crafts that would be donated to a variety of local and international organizations.

Internationally:

NU Rotaract dedicates spring break to international service, connecting with Rotaract chapters abroad and working on a week-long project. In the past we have partnered with T.E.S.S. Unlimited and Small Change 4 Big Change in Antigua, Guatemala. The two years before, we travelled to Pisco, Peru to work with Pisco Sin Fronteras in a community that was devastated by an earthquake in 2007.

I also want to say that we really want to promote a sense of community and leadership. We want volunteering to be fun, not to feel like another time-consuming requirement that students have to fulfill. Also, we really want people to get involved and help us plan our events and take charge! We are super excited to welcome anyone who is interested in volunteering!

Schedule/ Commitment

We provide a few different volunteer opportunities for our members, and we have no strict requirements. We mostly just love to volunteer and hope that anyone who is interested can join us!

Community Partners

We work with Symphony of Evanston and Campus Kitchens regularly. Also, we are partnered with the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club, which helps sponsor our International Service Trip and works with us at Campus Kitchens.

Contact

Email: nu.rotaract@gmail.com; AishwaryaPastapur2017@u.northwestern.edu
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NU to Benefit Special Olympics

Overview

Special Olympics of Northwestern University is the largest and oldest student-run Special Olympics program in the country. We are going into our 32nd year with over 400 annual Northwestern volunteers. We strive to integrate individuals with developmental disabilities into our community by planning numerous social events.

No experience is necessary, all we ask for is dedication! 

Schedule/ Commitment

We have multiple levels of involvement available. For our coaching positions we ask for a quarter-long commitment to a weekly (1-2 hour) coaching site. There are sites available every day of the week except Sunday.  We also host one day events like powerlifiting swim meets that people can volunteer at, or people can join our committees like finance or end the r-word committees that help us plan our community outreach events.

Community Partners

Evanston Special Recreation, Special Olympics Area 18, North Shore Special Olympics

Contact

Best Buddies

Overview

Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with intellectual and/or physical disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership.

We foster one-to-one friendships with members of the community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies gives you the opportunity to be an advocate, mentor, and friend. All you need to have with you each outing is a positive attitude!

Schedule/ Commitment

Best buddies provides transportation form Misericordia once every other Tuesday between 6 and 9pm. It is a twice-a-month commitment for a few hours. We generally have 5 normal outings per quarter, with an additional occasional special outing once a quarter on a weekend (attending a basketball game, zoo day, etc.).

Community Partners

Misericordia

Contact

Rotaract Club

Overview

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored club committed to service, leadership, and global community. We emphasize a strong commitment to promoting world understanding and peace through the development of leadership among those ages 18 – 30. Today, there are more than 8,000 Rotary-supported Rotaract clubs with more than 175,000 members in 164 countries around the world. We meet Tuesdays at 8:00 pm in Annenberg 101.

What We Do

In the Community:

We have partnered with local nonprofits to provide volunteers for events in our community such as a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service sponsored by Kindness Connections – a day devoted to teaching kids the importance of service through crafts that would be donated to a variety of local and international organizations.

Internationally:

NU Rotaract dedicates spring break to international service, connecting with Rotaract chapters abroad and working on a week-long project. In the past we have partnered with T.E.S.S. Unlimited and Small Change 4 Big Change in Antigua, Guatemala. The two years before, we travelled to Pisco, Peru to work with Pisco Sin Fronteras in a community that was devastated by an earthquake in 2007.

I also want to say that we really want to promote a sense of community and leadership. We want volunteering to be fun, not to feel like another time-consuming requirement that students have to fulfill. Also, we really want people to get involved and help us plan our events and take charge! We are super excited to welcome anyone who is interested in volunteering!

Schedule/ Commitment

We provide a few different volunteer opportunities for our members, and we have no strict requirements. We mostly just love to volunteer and hope that anyone who is interested can join us!

Community Partners

We work with Symphony of Evanston and Campus Kitchens regularly. Also, we are partnered with the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club, which helps sponsor our International Service Trip and works with us at Campus Kitchens.

Contact

Email: nu.rotaract@gmail.com; AishwaryaPastapur2017@u.northwestern.edu
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They Forget, We Remember

Overview 

Our organization combines volunteering, educational events, marketing campaigns, and fundraising efforts to spread awareness about Alzheimer's Disease.

Schedule/ Commitment

We are looking to do 1 volunteering day per quarter

Community Partners

We are associated with Northwestern's Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center, and have an affiliation with Symphony on Foster Street

Contact

Email: JordanGross2016@u.northwestern.edu

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