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Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) in Skokie, Il

Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) in Skokie, Il
Ongoing Opportunity

Community Animal Rescue Effort C.A.R.E. in Skokie is seeking volunteers for our cat and dog shifts. We have a particular need for dog volunteers on weekend shifts but there are many shifts available as we have 2 shifts per day, 7 days per week.C.A.R.E. asks for a weekly shift commitment and a 3month commitment (longer is fine). Dog shifts are typically 3 hours. 8-11 am and 6-9 pm with some slight variations.

Dog shifts are typically 3 hours. 8-11 am and 6-9 pm with some slight variations.Cat shifts may be slightly more flexible.https://carenorthshore.org/volunteerDirect link to apply is: https://carenorthshore.org/volunteerChristie Miller - christie.miller@carenorthshore.orgVolunteer and Board Member312-405-2303

ENGin - Become an English Conversational Partner

ENGin is a nonprofit organization changing the world one conversation at a time. We connect English-speaking volunteers ages 13+ with motivated young Ukrainians, aged 9-35 for online speaking practice and cross-cultural exchange.Through simple weekly virtual conversations, our volunteers make a huge impact - helping young people overcome the language barrier, offering friendship and emotional support, and introducing them to a new culture. In a time of extreme stress for Ukrainians, weekly one-on-one conversations offer a lifeline of normalcy.OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTIONAre you ready to change a life from the comfort of home?ENGin is looking for fluent English-speaking volunteers to video chat with Ukrainian youth for one-on-one, weekly, online English conversation practice. This is a flexible and unique opportunity to make a huge impact while discovering a new culture and meeting a new friend!We’ll pair you up with a student to video chat with each week at times that are convenient for you. No teaching experience or knowledge of Ukrainian is required. All of our students can understand and hold a basic conversation in English.Our only requirements for volunteers are English fluency, being 13 years and older, having a strong internet connection, and the ability to commit to one hour a week for a minimum of 10-12 weeks. We provide training, support, and comprehensive session plans to guide your conversations.Here's what three ENGin volunteers say about their experience."This is an amazing organization that helps students learn English just by having conversations. It is a great experience, and I look forward to talking to my buddy every week. It is a great way to learn about Ukrainian culture and see a unique perspective.""This program has been, I think, life-changing for both of us. I really consider her more like my daughter right now. That's how close we have become!""I'm so glad that I got this experience and was able to make a new friend. Teaching someone English is easy for anyone to do. By putting in a small amount of time, I'm able to make a huge impact on my student."Our volunteer registration process looks like this:Complete the application by visiting www.enginprogram.org/volunteer (5 minutes)Attend a Zoom interview (15 minutes)Complete the program agreement (2 minutes)Attend a 2-part volunteer training (1-1.5 hours)Take the quiz (5 minutes)Fill out a self-assessment (5 minutes)Get matched to a student!To learn more about ENGin and become a volunteer, please visit www.enginprogram.org/volunteer. If you have any questions before signing up, please contact us at info@enginprogram.org.Want to learn more about volunteering with ENGin before signing up? Register to attend one of our weekly Zoom info sessions: https://calendly.com/volunteer-training/volunteer-info-sessions?month=2023-12. This is an opportunity to meet one of our team members, learn more about ENGin, and ask questions.

Contact info@enginprogram.org with any questions!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

Every child deserves a chance to see their potential realized. By matching adult mentors, one-to-one, with children in our communities, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago (BBBSChi) defends that potential and changes lives. Theirs. And yours. 
 
Students and mentors meet in a group setting led by a Program Facilitator every other Tuesday from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Y.O.U Center (1911 Church St, Evanston, IL). Program activities include time for relationship building, a structured activity, and more! 

Every other Tuesday from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Y.O.U Center (1911 Church St, Evanston, IL) twice a month. 

Reach out to ktaylor@bbbschgo.org to get involved! 

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Fluency Tutors

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Fluency Tutor Program
Ongoing Opportunity

1. Everybody Reads Program: 

This District 65 program pairs volunteers with students for individual tutoring in reading. The program trains volunteers in a specific tutoring technique so that they can best partner with teachers to support students' reading abilities. Children who read fluently are better able to understand and retain the information that they read which, in turn, supports their academic achievement.

How and When Can I Help? As a trained volunteer, you support one elementary school teacher (1st- 5th grade) working with 1 or more students throughout the school year. Tutors volunteer at all 12 elementary and magnet schools, from October through May, during school hours (9am to 3:30pm).

 2. Math if FUNdamental Program: 

This District 65 math tutoring program was created to support 1st grade students who might benefit from a little extra math skills practice. By playing simple math games with the students (all materials provided), tutors will help students practice fundamental, age-appropriate math facts that will help increase students’ growth in mathematical achievement.

How and When Can I Help? As a trained volunteer, you support one teacher by meeting with 1 to 2 students to play games (materials provided) 1-2 times per week for 20-30 minutes at a time. Tutors volunteer at all 12 elementary and magnet schools, from October through May, during school hours (9am to 3:30pm).

Navigate to this website for more information https://sites.google.com/district65.net/fluencytutorprograms?pli=1  and click here to register to volunteer: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdV4x1RH-EGIEVUfYAMv-0nu5UhJj0miWhuFwuExEjo0Jf_uw/viewform?c=0&w=1 

If you have any questions, please contact Shonique Carter, Coordinator, D65 Fluency Tutor Programs, fluencytutors@district.net.

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 - Academic Skills Center Tutors

D65 Academic Skills Center Tutor(s)
Ongoing Opportunity

Positions open at most schools 3-, 4-, 5-day per week options! Some roles do not require licenses. 

Academic Skills Center Tutors help students fill in gaps and accelerate their learning so that students get the most out of school everyday. Motivation & encouragement are key!

Subjects and Grade Levels

  • Grades PreK-8 (let us know what fits you best)
  • Reading 
  • Math
  • Homework, study skills, & planning
  • Bilingual Spanish & English tutors are encouraged to apply.

To learn more, contact Lee Hart - 847-859-8076 or hartl@district65.net.

Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois

Our volunteers typically commit to help out on a regular basis weekly or at least once a month, for a one- to three-hour shift. Volunteers must be able to pass a background check, provide proof of covid vaccination, and drivers must provide a driver license and proof of insurance.Here are the volunteer positions we have available:Delivery Drivers: Be the eyes and ears of our organization and drop off freshly-packed meals to homebound clients! Routes are staggered starting at 10:30am, with none running later than 1:30pm. Pickups take place at four different locations (1723 Simpson Street in Evanston, 999 Civic Center Drive in Niles, 1450 Park Avenue West in Highland Park, 3355 Belvidere Road in Park City, 19351 W Washington Street in Grayslake). Note: drivers must be 21 years or older. Individuals younger than 21 can ride along to help!Van Drivers: Drive our delivery van to distribution sites to meet volunteers in Northern Cook and Lake Counties. This is a 10am-1pm commitment.Meal Packers: Prepare meals for daily delivery in the assembly line that keeps our mission rolling. These morning shifts (8am to 11am) take place at our main office at 1723 Simpson Street in Evanston.Food Prep: Chop, slice, and bake in vital behind-the-scenes work with our kitchen staff. Morning (8-11am) and afternoon (1-4pm) shifts available at our Simpson Kitchen in Evanston, Monday through Friday. Note: individuals must be 17 years or older.Office Assistance: Support the day-to-day logistics of a nonprofit with our staff. Shifts for front desk and data entry are available Monday through Saturday from 10am to 2pm and 1pm to 4pm.Other: Onsite bread packing, bag cleaning, and offsite bread pickup volunteers are also needed.Please note: We do not allow court-mandated volunteering. We require all of our volunteers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and provide proof of vaccination.

For more information, please contact:

volunteercoordinator@mealsonwheelsnei.org

North Shore Exchange

North Shore Exchange is a nonprofit organization with luxury consignment stores in Glencoe, Wilmette and Chicago and a popular website. We support Chicagoland charities serving children and families living in poverty through a unique combination of luxury consignment, designer shopping, and volunteerism. Our grants, made annually to worthy charities in the Chicagoland region, address the critical needs of abuse, hunger, homelessness, mental health, and more. 

Volunteer positions include retail sales assistants in our stores, merchandise photography and many others. Go to our website at northshoreexchange.org and click on “Volunteer”  to get information on all our volunteer opportunities and complete an application. Late afternoon and weekend shifts are always in highest demand.  

Make connections, have fun and give back to the community. Please join us! Reach out to loriew@northshoreexchange.org with any questions.

Chicago Methodist Senior Services (Senior Connections Program)

Our Senior Connections Program is a no-cost program that matches trained volunteers with older adults to create mutually beneficial friendships that reduce loneliness and isolation.Why Senior Connections?Research has shown that lack of social connection is of greater detriment to our health than smoking up to fifteen (15) cigarettes per day, obesity, physical inactivity, or air pollution. Older adults, in particular, are among the most at-risk groups for loneliness and social isolation.Through our Senior Connections program, we are working to combat loneliness and isolation in our neighborhoods. By providing opportunities for social interaction and emphasizing the benefits of intergenerational friendships, we seek to strengthen our communities and support networks for older adults.About the Program

Senior Connections was established in Evanston in 1991, and for over thirty years, the program has remained vital to the Chicagoland community by reducing loneliness and social isolation. Senior Connections matches trained volunteers with older adults in the community, providing a mutually beneficial intergenerational friendships.Where We ServeThe program has always and will continue to serve the northern suburbs of Chicago. Soon, we will be expanding the program to Chicago’s northside neighborhoods and eventually, the western suburbs.Qualifications of a VolunteerVolunteers must:Be 18 years of age or olderCommit to a weekly visit/call for a minimum of one yearBe able to travel, if visiting in personDesire friendship with an older adultVolunteers must complete:Background checkOrientationOnboarding and ongoing trainingsPeriodic self-surveysBrief visit reportsWhy Volunteer?Establish meaningful relationships with eldersLearn new skills from older adult participantsShare a talent with othersMeet neighbors in the communityDesire to give the gift of time and a listening earImprove physical and mental health through volunteering

Volunteers and participants decide together upon a shared weekly visit time (in-person/virtual) that best suits each of their lives.

Contact SeniorConnections@cmsschicago.org with any questions.

Budding Branches - College Access Organization

Budding Branches is a college volunteer service organization currently looking for new volunteers! 
 
If you are a community-minded (but busy!) college student looking for flexible ways to help high schoolers in need, this is the organization for you! 
 
Introduction: 
We (https://www.buddingbranches.org/) are a NY-state certified nonprofit run by college students dedicated to helping underprivileged high schoolers learn more about their colleges of interest and find their right fit. Many high school students do not have adequate resources or support networks available to them during the college application process. Budding Branches helps these students by connecting them with volunteers at different colleges and universities nationwide. 
 
Services: 
Our main services for students of our partner organizations are 1-on-1 calls and college panels. During these informal, 30 minute calls, volunteers answer any questions about their colleges’ extracurriculars, academics, social life, and more. We also host/help run college panels for our partners, which include prominent organizations and nonprofits such as the New York Public Library, Project Rousseau, and Association to Benefit Children. 
 
We focus on sharing “what college is like” instead of “how to get into college.” Budding Branches is not a college counseling service, but rather it is an organization filling a much needed gap for underprivileged students navigating the process of applying to post-secondary institutions. 
 
Details of Volunteering: 
Volunteers are assigned around two calls per 3 weeks (1hrs/3 weeks). The timings of the calls are very flexible. All the students that our volunteers speak with are high school students from our partner organizations. 
 
There will be multiple college panels throughout the year, and they are completely optional. 
 
Volunteers will also have the opportunity to work on very short optional projects during the year where they will be placed in teams with a few other volunteers from different schools. Through these projects, volunteers can both meet new people and produce work that will help the students we help support (an example is our financial aid resource database project). 
 
If interested, please fill out this short interview sign-up form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScNsUaiPo1Yv0zufL37Go4_H5zG5eSMsooWwTkAv_JOmKf7Qg/viewform?usp=sf_link) or reach out to buddingbranchesofficial@gmail.com for a 15-minute interview! A board member will reach out after to schedule an exact time. 

Reach out to hannahoh2023@u.northwestern.edu for more information! 

Fall Tutoring (Online & In-Person) - Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America (FORA)

Located in the West Ridge Chicago Neighborhood, FORA is a tutoring center for refugee children from Burma, Afghanistan, and Syria. Using a methodology called High Impact Tutoring, tutors will work with students, whom have had limited or interrupted formal education, on foundational English literacy and numeracy to decrease learning gaps. FORA currently serves over 80 students (k-12) and are looking for volunteers interested in tutoring this school year.

 

In-person tutors must commit to four hours during the week. Tutoring sessions run from Monday through Friday from 4:30pm-6:30pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Online tutors must commit to tutoring at least five hours a week, one hour each weekday. Online tutoring times are 4:30pm-5:30pm, 5:30pm-6:30pm, 7:00pm-8:00pm, or 8:00pm-9:00pm CT. More information on tutoring is available at https://www.refugeefora.org/volunteertutorapplication.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our Chief Outreach Coordinator, Giulianna Larson at giuliannal@refugeefora.org.

AMPLIFY Event (Illinois Miss Amazing)

Illinois Miss Amazing is an inspiring 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities across Illinois to build self-esteem. Our annual AMPLIFY event will be held on Saturday February 10, 2024 at Center Stage Theater 1665 Quincy Ave STE 131 in Naperville. For the participants, the day consists of show rehearsal, hair and makeup, a service project, crafts, interviews, photos, and the final show. In lieu of participation fees, participants bring 5 cans of food to donate to a local food pantry. State representatives will be selected from each age group for the Miss Amazing ADVOCATE program, where they will continue their advocacy plans and attend the National Miss Amazing Summit. 
 
We are looking for volunteers to serve a variety of roles. Buddies will serve as a participant's friend and advocate throughout the day. Right hand men will escort the participants on stage during the evening wear portion of the event. Helping hands fill a variety of roles such as hair and make up, photography, set up, tear down, merchandise, check in, and more. 

Schedule depends on the volunteer type. Buddies must be available all day (mid-morning-early evening). Other volunteer shifts are a couple of hours. A more detailed schedule will be provided once participant registration closes a few weeks before the event. 

 Date: February 10, 2024

Volunteer applications can be found here: missamazing.org/volunteer  

Questions can be sent to volunteers.il@missamazing.org 

Open Communities

Open Communities

Ongoing Opportunity

Open Communities is seeking people to assist in the investigation of housing discrimination complaints. “Testers” pose as home seekers in a variety of housing rental and sales situations. Testers will be part-time as needed employees. In addition to the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping prevent and uncover housing discrimination, you receive $50 per completed phone test, $100 per completed in-person test, and $100 for completing training and practice test. In all cases, you receive reimbursement for travel and related out-of-pocket expenses. Hours vary and are flexible. Attention to detail is a must. Anyone 18 years or older can apply!If you would like more information on becoming a tester, please email Open Communities’ Fair Housing Associate Dominic Voz: dominic@open-communities.org

Evanston Animal Shelter

Evanston Animal Shelter

Ongoing Opportunity 

The Evanston Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to join the team! We need dedicated people who are excited to work with either cats or dogs, once a week, for at least 6 months. Volunteering with us would include: handling animals, providing clean living spaces, feeding, giving medication, and chores. We're located near Oakton and McCormick in Evanston and we look forward to hearing from you! 

Volunteers would come once a week for either a morning or evening shift. The shifts run for three hours as follows:M-F: 9:30 AM-12:00 PM or 6:00 pm-9:00 PMS&S: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM or 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Please contact easadoptions@gmail.com for more information about this opportunity!

CovEducation

CovEducation

Ongoing Opportunity 

"We are currently seeking undergraduate/postgraduate/grad students to volunteer virtually as mentors for K-12 students, particularly those with limited access to educational resources. If you’d like to connect with a student, please consider signing up to be a mentor at bit.ly/coved-mentor-signup! Spanish-speaking students are highly encouraged to sign up! Mentors serve not only as a source of academic support, but as role models for the student they work with. This will provide an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to students who have trouble accessing learning materials and mentorship. If you'd like to be more involved, please consider looking at bit.ly/covedrecruitment! Students will directly contact mentees to schedule mentoring sessions based on both sides' availabilities. If you have any questions, please directly contact yeji@coved.org."

Conversations to Remember

Conversations to Remember

Ongoing Opportunity

Conversations to Remember is a 501C3 nonprofit. We match college students with senior citizens, many of whom have dementia, for virtual visits. Our organization provides virtual training and ongoing support for the volunteers. The virtual visits are weekly, have 2-3 students on the video call with one long term care resident. Our senior citizens are from all around the USA as are our volunteers.You can commit as little as 1 hour per week, but it will be the same day/time each week. We expect our volunteers to commit to the weekly visits for at least 4 months - this is not a 1 day volunteer opportunity. Community service credit awarded.To volunteer for our program, a student should submit an interest form through our website: https://conversationstoremember.org/volunteer/

Volunteers will commit to 1 hour per week every week for at least 4 months. Volunteers submit their available times and we work to find an opportunity during one of those times. Most opportunities are during the weekdays between the hours of 9am and 5pm Central time, but there are sometimes opportunities on the weekend and/or in the evening.

Please contact info@conversationstoremember.org for more information about this opportunity.

Erie Neighborhood House (Tutoring English as a Second Language)

Erie Neighborhood House 
Ongoing Opportunity (2 hours per week)
"Erie Neighborhood House has been serving Chicago communities since 1870 in areas such as education, housing, job development, health, and citizenship services. Our department of Community Literacy assists individuals to learn and improve their English language skills. This opportunity involves tutoring English to an adult once a week for at least 2 hours. You can meet your student using Zoom or in-person at our location at 1347 W. Chicago Avenue in West Town, Chicago. We provide free training and materials. This is a wonderful opportunity to help someone grow in their English-language abilities, confidence, and overall well-being." 
Click here to learn more and contact Mary-Kate Kozak mkozak@eriehouse.org with questions.

Black Voters Matter Fund

Black Voters Matter Fund 
Ongoing Opportunities
  1. Student Volunteers - We need volunteers, especially youth volunteers to help us increase our outreach and our grassroot partners’ outreach. See volunteer flyer.
  1. Internships for students – We are currently seeking interns for our volunteer program. See the position description here.
  2. Campus activism – Any student groups that are interested in receiving guidance on organizing their fellow students around racism, voter suppression, and other justice issues can participate in our Take the Field Campaign. The following link will provide more information about the program and how to apply: https://blackvotersmatterfund.org/take-the-field/.

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities or want to volunteer in
other ways (such as through postcard writing, social media mobilization, warrant clinics, fundraising, text campaigns, phone banking, etc.), reach out to Matilde Davis, Partnership & Volunteer Manager:
matilde@blackvotersmatterfund.org

MetroSquash

MetroSquash
Ongoing Opportunity

"MetroSquash is an out-of-school education, squash, and college success program for students in 6th grade and above. We run programming at the squash courts at the McGaw YMCA and education programming in our main Evanston office on Maple Street (1599 Maple St.). 

We are looking for teen and adult volunteers to help support our students in education (tutoring & academics), enrichment, and squash programming weekdays after school. Here is the link to our volunteer website.

MetroSquash also conducts enrichment programming every week and are looking for volunteer groups/ partners to help run fun and engagement enrichment projects with our students. If you have a special talent/ know if someone is looking to give back in a creative way, please let me know!" 

Heartland Alliance After School Program

Heartland Alliance After School Program
Ongoing Opportunity

"Resettled youth face many challenges – trauma, poverty, interrupted education, language barriers, and navigating a new culture. As part of the After School Program, volunteers help to create a safe space where youth can excel, have fun, and learn new skills. Volunteers will regularly meet with participants aged between the ages of six and thirteen in a group setting led by Heartland’s K through 12 team. Volunteers will assist students with homework as well as help facilitate activities designed to help students develop the social, emotional, and communication skills they need to succeed. Cohort meetings are currently taking place in-person (pending CDC guidance) on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00pm."Program requirements:• Attend to weekly Wednesday meetings.• Complete an FBI background check.• Be screened through the National Sex Offenders Public Website and the Illinois Child Abuse & Neglect Tracking System.• Become a mandated reporter through the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS).• Attend a virtual Heartland new volunteer orientation on Zoom.• Provide proof of vaccination.

Time Commitment: 

Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Contact fzator@heartlandalliance.org for more information and learn more here: https://www.heartlandalliance.org/get-involved/get-involved-with-heartland-alliance/

Metro Achievement Center for girls/Midtown Center for boys

Metro Achievement Center for girls/Midtown Center for boys
Ongoing Opportunity

This organization is searching for volunteer tutors who are looking to fulfill service hours and give back to Chicago urban youth 2 hours/week on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays 6-8 PM from October-May (There are breaks in December and January for volunteer tutors)!

METRO ACHIEVEMENT CENTER FOR GIRLS
  • (4th–6th Grade Tutors) Mondays: 6 to 8 p.m.

  • (7th–8th Grade Tutors) Tuesdays: 6 to 8 p.m.

  • (9th–12th Grade Tutors) Wednesdays: 6 to 8 p.m.

MIDTOWN CENTER FOR BOYS

(4th-6th Grader Tutors) choose a day

  • Mondays: 6 to 8 p.m. or

  • Wednesdays: 6 to 8 p.m. or

  • Saturdays: 10 a.m to 12 p.m.

You can find more exact times for volunteer commitment on our website here: https://www.midtown-metro.org/volunteer

*For additional questions, please reach out to asnow@midtown-metro.org.