Weekly Volunteering Opportunities

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)
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!

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.

Art Buddies

Overview

Art Buddies is an after-school program at partner schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul. As an Art Buddy, you’ll work one-one-one with a 3rd-5th grade student (ages 8-11) alongside other volunteers and their buddies once a week for 7 to 10 weeks, depending on the school schedule. Each child works with their Art Buddy to create an imaginative costume that reflects their unique interests, strengths and dreams. With the help and guidance of their creative mentors, kids are able to explore their creativity and build something more ambitious than they ever thought possible.

Schedule

Art Buddies would be for one day of the week (approximately 2 hours) during the weeks of March 19, 26, April 9, 16, 23, 30. There are three locations and a different day of the week at each location.

Contact

Please email chelsea@artbuddies.org for more information.

Curt's Cafe

Overview

Curt's enrolls at-risk youth in the Evanston community, providing job training and classroom
education to help teens gain confidence and the skillsets they need to find employment. Students
are referred by probation officers, Youth Job Centers, social services agencies, police officers,
city outreach personnel, and family and friends of graduates or current students. After their
training, Curt’s Cafe assists with job placement and helps them transition into full-time
employment. The Cafe is fully operational and open to the community. There are at least 30 new
students per cafe through the program each year.

Schedule

How to Help:
• Volunteer directly with students
• Volunteer in the restaurant
• Participate in fundraising efforts

Contact

Please contact karen@curtscafe.org for more information.

Howard Area Community Center

Overview

Social service agency that serves the greater Rogers Park area, providing affordable and free
education, employment, and health assistance programs to people of all ages. Website: http://howardarea.org

Schedule

How to Help:
Howard Area Reading Program Tutor: Helps 3rd and 4th grade students improve their
reading skills and boost their confidence in the HARP after-school program
Schedule: October - May, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mondays and Wednesdays: 3rd and 4th graders
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2nd grades

Contact

Please contact volunteers@howardarea.org for more information.

Book Buddies NU

Overview

Book Buddies is a Northwestern student group that partners with local preschools to promote
literacy and tutor young people in reading.

http://www.northwestern.edu/lead-engage/community-engagement/connect-with-studentorgs/education-mentoring/index.html

Schedule

How to Help:
• Weekly meetings: Every Friday from 3-5pm throughout the quarter
• Continuous volunteers can sign up via weekly email
• New volunteers can sign up as they are free on a week-by-week basis

Contact

Please contact bookbuddiesnu@gmail.com for more information.

 

Literacy Works

Overview

Literacy Works is an organization dedicated to strengthening adult literacy, parent education,
and workforce development programs.

Website: http://www.litworks.org/ 

Schedule

How to Help:
Adult Tutors needed to assist with reading and writing, math, and spoken English

Contact

Please contact training@litworks.org for more information.

 

Family Focus

Overview

Family Focus promotes the well being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening
families in and with their communities through early childhood development, youth development,
and family support services.

Website: http://www.family-focus.org/

Schedule

How to Help:
• Read to a Child (contact fakelia.guyton@family-focus.org)
• Tutoring and Mentoring (contact lachisa.barton@family-focus.org)
• Part-Time Receptionist (contact cheryl.brown@family-focus.org)
• Help a Child Read (contact dotsongeorge@gmail.com)
• Homework Help (contact lachisa.barton@family-focus.org)

Contact

Please contact kelsey.miklos@family-focus.org for more information.

 

Learning Bridge Early Education Center

Overview

Learning Bridge Early Education Center is a daycare focused on play, enrichment, and learning.

Website: https://lbeec.org/

Schedule

How to Help:
• Occasional volunteers needed to assist in special events, work in the garden, and reshelve
libraries
• Regular volunteers needed for longer-term projects

Contact

Please contact MerdingerJ@lbeec.org for more information.

D65 Fluency Tutors: Kindergarten Learning Partners

Overview

This program helps youngest learners develop a love of reading using classic picture books.

Website: 

Schedule

How to Help:
Volunteers work with 1 elementary school teacher (2nd-5th grade) and 2-4 students (oneon-one)
throughout the school year from October-May. These sessions usually last 1 hour
and all volunteers need to attend a 90 minute training session.

Contact

Please contact fluencytutors@district65.net for more information.

D65 Fluency Tutors: Everybody Reads

Overview

The Everybody Reads Program helps students improve their fluency in reading.

Schedule

How to Help:
Volunteers work with 1 elementary school teacher (2nd-5th grade) and 2-4 students (oneon-one)
throughout the school year from October-May. These sessions usually last 1
hour, and all volunteers need to attend a 90 minute training session.

Contact

Please contact fluencytutors@district65.net for more information.

 

Literature For All of Us

Overview

Literature For All of Us uses books and writing to facilitate circles of connection, health and
growth. Programs include Activating Youth (Workshops led by teaching artists centered on
cultural identities and experiences), Juvenile Justice (Book groups and programming centered
on unpacking and contextualizing systems of oppression), Family Literacy (Which focuses on
empowering young parents and teaching how to share their developing love of reading with their
children), LGBTQ+ programming, Workforce Development, and Special Program Events.

Website: http://www.literatureforallofus.org/

Schedule

How to Help:
• Volunteers to help out at special events, complete various administrative tasks
• Actively seeking volunteers who can donate special skill sets (ie. IT support, web design,
videography, photography, graphic design, etc.)

Contact

Please contact Info@literatureforallofus.org for more information.

 

Books & Breakfast

Overview

Books & Breakfast provides a morning program, which includes a healthy meal and homework
tutoring. Books & Breakfast has three locations: Dewey Elementary School, Lincolnwood
Elementary School, and Kingsley Elementary School

Website: http://booksbreakfast.org/about-us

Schedule

How to Help:
• Regular volunteers (Once weekly, 8am-9am weekdays)
• Substitute tutoring

Contact

Please contact info@booksbreakfast.org for more information.

 

Y.O.U. Evanston

Overview

Y.O.U. Evanston partners with families, schools, and the community to provide academic, social,
and emotional support to youth and families. Its program model has three parts: out-of-school
time programs, mental health counseling, and parent leadership and engagement.

Website: http://youthopportunity.org/index.php/volunteers.html

Schedule

How to Help:
• One-time volunteer opportunities
• Administrative/Program Support (Long term)
• Out-Of-School Time Volunteering

Contact

Please contact efellows@youthopportunity.org for more information.

McGaw YMCA Child Care Center

Overview

A national non-profit focused on strengthening communities and embedding ideals of social
responsibility. Programs include: School's Out, an after-school program hosted at the Foster
Reading Center, which provides homework help, academic support with a focus in literacy, and
involves volunteer reading buddies, as well as various mentorship programs.

Schedule

How to Help:
• Y Readers: Reading Buddies (30 minutes every Friday for 6 weeks)
• Y Achievers: Mentors for High School Students
• Project SOAR: One-on-one mentoring (1 year minimum commitment)
• Tutoring: 1000 Grove (one-on-one, once weekly, 18+), Foster Reading Center (one-onone,
once weekly)

Contact

Please contact Volunteers@mcgawymca.org for more information.

Chicago Chess Foundation

Overview

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to help low-income students throughout Chicago gain a better education through learning to play chess. We are looking for a volunteer webmaster who can help improve our website and keep it updated. Time commitment is flexible around your schedule, maybe 1 to 3 hours per week on an ongoing basis. It's an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in children's lives and get real hands-on experience overseeing the website of a professional organization. We need someone upon whom we can rely to do high quality work. Our website, www.chicagolandchess.org, runs on WordPress.

Schedule

Website development, improvement, updates, and maintenance mostly flexible around your schedule.

Contact

Please contact eli.rollman@chicagolandchess.org for more information.

 

 

 

Young Evanston Artists Foundation

Overview

The Young Evanston Arts Foundation provides a forum and celebration for the exhibition of visual and performing arts for all the children of Evanston in an outdoor festival that occurs in May. The 30 year old organization has recently reorganized and is looking for volunteers to support the organization with Marketing, Website Development, Community Relations and Festival Support on Saturday May 19th. For more information see our website http://www.yeaevanston.org/. We would also like to discuss the integration of NU into this wonderful community event with aspiring artists at NU.

Thank you, Alex Schultheis

Schedule

3-5 volunteers ongoing till May 30, 2018 at 4 hours/week. Upwards of 10 volunteers May 19th 2018 all day to assist with the festival management.

Contact

Please contact alexschultheis@comcast.net for additional information.

St. Joseph Services

Overview

St. Joseph services is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and students we serve with supplemental education. We provide ESL, citizenship, and computer literacy courses for adults and tutoring services for our after school students. Our volunteers are integral to the success of our program; they are dedicated student aides or ESL instructors themselves after our free TEFOL training. We have wide availability for K-8th tutoring and one on one ESL instruction. Our student aides are also welcome to create clubs to teach students new skills, crafts, or games.

Schedule

Our volunteer schedule varies based on chosen program. The after school program hours 2-6 pm weekdays in Austin and Humboldt Park.
Computer literacy hours are 11a-2pm weekdays in Humboldt Park
ESL courses are both in the morning 10-11:30 daily and 6-7:30p daily in Humboldt Park, Avondale and Glenview. We also have one Saturday ESL class in Avondale 10-1.
You are welcome to volunteer as much or as little as you like.

Contact

Please contact dharris@stjosephservices.org for additional information.

Lupus Society of Illinois

Overview

Needs include volunteers to make phone calls to past Illinois Lupus Walk participants and inform them on the upcoming walks. Other duties may include data entry, office reception, office management, fundraising, customer service, community outreach, taking inventory on walk supplies, folding and counting t-shirts and performing general office services.

Schedule

This is an ongoing opportunity from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. 

Contact

Please contact taurean@lupusil.org for additional information.