Community Partners

Opportunities For Service Learning

Community partners include organizations which prompt reflection in a variety of areas including Animal Care, Arts and Culture, Civic Engagement, Domestic Violence, Education and Literacy, Environmental Preservation, Global Challenges, Health and Well-being, Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and Social and Economic Inequalities.

Note: You must complete a waiver for participation prior to beginning your service learning project. Submit this waiver to your guiding faculty supervisor before beginning service.

Animal Care League

  • Description: The Animal Care League is committed to providing shelter, medical care, and comfort to animals in need. Their goal is to reduce animal overpopulation, and act as a community resource, thus promoting the human/animal bond.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers are needed for just about everything including dog walking, cat care/socialization, laundry/kitchen help, assisting in the 2nd Chance Shop. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Kate Rieke, Volunteer Program Manager, Email:, (708) 848-8155 ext. 118
  • Location: 1011 Garfield, Oak Park, IL 60304
  • Additional Information: All volunteers must be 17 or older in order to attend an orientation
  • Website:

Hinsdale Humane Society

  • Description: The Hinsdale Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless animals. They advocate for education and public service to encourage the compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent their suffering and neglect. They are a voice for companion animals who are dependent on people for their care.
  • Opportunities: The education department needs students who can assist with workshops with local kids, adult programs and birthday parties. There may also be opportunities to work behind the scenes on social media, event planning and development.
  • Sign up: Contact Jen Gordon, Humane Education Manager,, (630) 323-5630 ext. 33
  • Location: 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale, IL 60521
  • Additional Information: To volunteer directly with animals, a regular long-term commitment and training sessions are required.
  • Website:

DuPage Children’s Museum

  • Description: DuPage Children’s Museum ignites the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math and science.
  • Opportunities: Enthusiastic volunteers to greet visitors and reset children’s displays and interactive areas.
  • Sign up: Go to, and make a note you are a volunteer with Elmhurst College working for service hours
  • Contact: Jessica Greenlaw,
  • Location: 301 N Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540
  • Website:

Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Description: Elmhurst Art Museum is an organization dedicated to the development of rotating contemporary art exhibitions, the celebration and preservation of a rare single-family home designed by Mies van der Rohe, and ongoing educational programs available at no cost to interested groups, schools, and individuals.
  • Opportunities: Be a public-contact volunteer by greeting visitors, giving directions through the Museum, selling memberships, assisting shoppers in the EAM Museum Shop, or working an exhibition opening reception or fundraiser.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Pam Lyons, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Location: 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • Website:

Elmhurst Artists’ Guild

  • Description: The mission of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild continues as the charitable and not-for-profit functions of shows and exhibitions, workshops, lectures, classes and other similar activities which further the purpose of encouraging, promoting, advancing, and assisting art education and instruction, and the advancement of and development of the arts.
  • Opportunities: Volunteer docents to greet visitors to the museum and Elmhurst Artists’ Guild gallery.
  • Sign up/Contact: Julie Mars, Gallery Coordinator,, (630) 862-9268
  • Location: 150 S. Cottage Hill, Elmhurst IL 60126
  • Expectations: The volunteer shifts are in three-hour blocks between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Website:

Elmhurst History Museum

  • Description: The Elmhurst History Museum is an award-winning regional history museum founded in 1957 and operated by the City of Elmhurst. The museum’s mission is to engage people with history through its extensive collection and archives, enlightening exhibits, and diverse educational experiences.
  • Opportunities: The Museum is in need of volunteers of high school age or older in the following areas: Visitor Services, Education, Programs, Special Events, Office Clerical, Exhibit Installation and Collections/Reference Services.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Nancy Himmes, Administrative Assistant,, (630) 833-1457
  • Location: 120 E. Park Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • Expectations: Depending on the task, volunteer opportunities are available most days of the week, and the commitment level may be as minimal as four hours per month. Days and hours are flexible, with training and orientation provided.
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Field Museum

Lizzadro Museum

American Legion Post 187

  • Description: Since its charter in 1919, the Elmhurst Illinois American Legion Post 187 has welcomed Veterans from all branches of our Armed Forces. Through fundraising and special events, Post 187 sponsors scholarships for local children, gives aid and assistance to local needy Veterans and their families and supports a variety of worthy community programs and projects.
  • Opportunities: Service possibilities include serving at regular functions such as Bingo or the Fish Fry, helping before, during and after special events, and special projects as identified in collaboration between the student and Elmhurst American Legion leadership.
  • Sign up: Contact Mr. Bill Shanklin at
  • Location: 310 W. Butterfield Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126
  • Website:

Chicago Votes

  • Description: Chicago Votes is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization building a more inclusive democracy by putting power in the hands of young Chicagoans. They are engaging and developing a new generation of leaders by opening the doors of government and politics to young people from all corners of the city. They are changing laws to make Chicago and Illinois a better place to be young, and in the process, they are making democracy fun!
  • Opportunities: Register people to vote at various events
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Stevie Valles, Executive Director,, (440) 865-6957
  • Location: 234 S Wabash, 6th Floor Chicago, IL 60604
  • Website:

Citizen Advocacy Center

  • Description: Founded in 1994, the Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC) is a 21st century legal advocacy organization where community lawyers work with individuals, community groups, lawyers doing pro bono work, students, and volunteers to take matters of public concern to the street, to the airwaves, to electronic networks and to the courts. CAC’s mission is to build democracy for the 21st century by strengthening the citizenry’s capacities, resources and institutions for self-governance. Our community lawyers train individuals and community groups in how to use the law and democratic participatory tools through individual assistance, citizen guides, workshops and monitoring government entities for abuse of power. All CAC services are free.
  • Opportunities: CAC is always looking for volunteers to help with research projects, administrative tasks, newsletter production, event planning and coordination, and so much more.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: (630) 833-4080,
  • Location: 188 Industrial Dr., Suite 106, Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • Website:

Head Count

Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage

  • Description: Family Shelter Service transforms lives by offering help and hope to those affected by domestic violence.
  • Opportunities: Service at their resale shops where proceeds benefit the shelters and at various special events throughout the year.
  • Sign up: Email Katie Peterson, volunteer advocate at
  • Contact: Katie Peterson, volunteer advocate,, (630) 221-8290, ext. 9008; 605 E. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
  • Shop Locations: Central Store, 1512 N. Naper Blvd., Suite 172, Naperville, IL, (630) 955-9599; South Store, 1131 Fairview Ave, Westmont, IL, (630) 241-7268
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Hope Chest in LaGrange

  • Description: The Hope Chest, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) resale boutique, supports Pillars Community Health’s Constance Morris House, a shelter providing safety and services to domestic violence survivors and their children. Through the sale of donated, gently used women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories, the shop raises money to help fund programs at the Constance Morris House. The Hope Chest also provides needed clothing to shelter residents, as well as new housewares for women starting independent lives on their own. Through the generous support of our community, The Hope Chest helps make it possible for these brave women to move forward with their lives.
  • Opportunities: Working in the resale shop
  • Sign up: Contact Sally,, (708) 482-0359 to be added to the Sign-Up Genius link
  • Location: 305 W Hillgrove, LaGrange, IL 60525
  • Additional Information: Because Hope Chest is a women’s organization selling women’s clothing and accessories, they generally have female volunteers. However, if there is someone interested in website work, video or marketing, they could use help in that area as well.
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WINGS Program, Inc.

  • Description: Providing a continuum of integrated services in an effort to end domestic violence and homelessness one family at a time.
  • Opportunities: Work at the logistics center and resale shop.
  • Sign up: Email Bruna Srb, manager of volunteer services, at
  • Contact: Bruna Srb ICDVP, manager of volunteer services,, (847) 519-7820 ext. 216
  • Location: P.O. Box 95615, Palatine, IL 60095
  • Website:

Addison Public Library

  • Description: The library provides its diverse community with opportunities to explore, create, and connect. They provide a broad range of services and events that foster lifelong learning and literacy.
  • Opportunities: One-on-one homework help in any subject to students in grades K–12. There are tutoring opportunities Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Sign up: Email Kathy Welko at
  • Contact: Kathy Welko, Head of Community Engagement,, 630-458-3334
  • Location: 4 Friendship Plaza, Addison, IL 60101
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Arbors Homework Club

  • Description: Come help boys and girls from Briar Glen School with their homework and play some board games. This is a mentoring/tutoring program for students K-5th grade.
  • Opportunities: Be a positive role model, build a homework routine, help study for tests, and build a relationship with students through interactions and playing some board games. This program is unique as it takes place in the apartment complex where the kids live.
  • Sign up: Email Mary Krajcir, EL Teacher at, or for an application.
  • Contact: Mary Krajcir, EL Teacher, (630) 545-3310
  • Location: Clubhouse at Arbor Apartments, 325 Ramblewood Drive, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. Go up the ramp by the office. Come in the glass door on the left and go up the stairs.

Bernie’s Book Bank

  • Description: Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality children’s books to increase book ownership significantly among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
  • Opportunities: Help sort, sticker and pack quality books for at-risk children.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Casey Barbknecht, Director of Volunteer Services,, (847) 780-READ (7323)
  • Location: 917 N Shore Dr., Lake Bluff, IL 60044
  • Expectations: We host 18 weekly volunteer sessions. Each session is between 90 minutes and 2 hours. Orientation and training are included in the session time.
  • Additional: Bernie’s Book Bank accepts volunteers of all ages and abilities.
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Breaking Free

  • Description: Providing the highest quality education, prevention, and counseling services focused on drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse, family relationships, mental health, and wellness.
  • Opportunities: Tutoring, mentoring, and other opportunities for school-aged children
  • Sign up: Email Nikki Lay at
  • Location: Far western suburbs/Aurora, IL
  • Website:

Chicago HOPES for Kids

  • Description: Chicago HOPES for Kids provides educational support for children living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. The mission is to provide students in these shelters with the resources and encouragement needed to succeed academically, despite the challenges of homelessness.
  • Opportunities: After-school Volunteer Mentor; the after-school program is an opportunity to provide academic support and build relationships with children K-5 who are experiencing homelessness. After-school volunteers empower students through learning and have fun along the way! Volunteers assist in facilitating easy-to-follow curriculum. The curriculum includes: 40 minutes of homework help, 20 minutes of literacy support, and 25 minutes of enrichment (a read aloud, paired with a corresponding activity.) Volunteers work with one to three children at a time.
  • Sign up: Email Amelia Murphy,
  • Location: Shelter sites and times:
    • South Side Locations 
      • Englewood, Primo Center, 6214 S. Sangamon St., 4:00–6:00 p.m.
      • *South Shore, Back of the Yards, Su Casa, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
    • West Side Locations 
      • North Lawndale, Primo 2, 1609 S Homan, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
      • Austin, SRHAC/Austin Community Center, 501 N. Central Ave, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
    • North Side Locations
      • Uptown-Cornerstone, 4628 N. Clifton Ave, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
      • *Lakeview, Edgewater, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
      • Rogers Park, Good News Partners, 7632 N. Paulina St., 5:30–7:30 p.m.

*Location is protected by confidentiality; address will be disclosed after volunteer orientation is completed.

  • Expectations: The program takes place in one of our partnering shelters for a designated two hours, Monday—Thursday. Volunteers must select a site and a consistent day of the week that they will volunteer for the entirety of the program semester. Through the commitment, the volunteer will build stronger relationships with the students served. The semester runs from Feb. 4 to May 2.
  • Additional Requirements: 
    • Must attend a two-hour mandatory training session
    • Must pass a background check
    • Must be comfortable working with multiple students in an occasionally fast-paced environment
    • Must commit to one tutoring session (1.5–2 hours) per week for the duration of the semester
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Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center

  • Description: The mission of GECRC is to help children from low-income families acquire the necessary skills in academics and social interaction to move successfully through grades K-12 and into adulthood. They do this by providing after-school and summer programs which emphasize literacy and community involvement, using the talents of teachers, volunteer tutors, adult caregivers and a variety of local support services. The majority of the students are English Language Learners living in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Glendale Heights, Carol Stream, and Lombard.
  • Opportunities: This program provides 1:1 tutoring and homework assistance for the students in grades K-8 in reading and math. Through direct work with our students, volunteers gain valuable experience.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Jackie Reeves, Churchill Program Coordinator,, 630-479-9919
  • Expectations: Tutor for one hour a week, one day a week. The center is open Monday–Thursday, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center, 346 Taft Ave., Suite 205, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
  • Additional Information: An application, background check, and orientation are required before beginning. Details are on the website.
  • Website

Henry Hyde Resource Center

  • Description: Empowering families and individuals by providing opportunities to enrich relationships, access resources, and develop the skills needed to enhance education, foster personal growth, and become active members of the Addison Community.
  • Opportunities: Tutoring grades 1–8, M–F, 3:00–5:30 p.m.
  • Sign up: Concepcion Garza (Concha),, (630) 628-2680
  • Additional Information: Must pass a background check.
  • Location: 199 Michael Lane, Addison, IL 60101
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Junior Achievement of Chicago

  • Description: Recognizing the importance of reaching students during their formative years, JA teaches financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship from kindergarten through high school. Junior Achievement teaches young people about business, economics and the free enterprise system through a series of hands-on learning activities.
  • Opportunities: Elmhurst students have the chance to teach financial skills to young people at their elementary school. Students should plan to prep and teach at least one morning workshop at a local elementary school.
  • Sign up: Email Barbara Kahovec, operations manager at
  • Contact: Barbara Kahovec, operations manager, Junior Achievement of Chicago, 8383 W Belmont, Suite 303, River Grove, IL  60171,, (708) 456-1400 ext. 237
  • Location: Various elementary schools in the Chicagoland area
  • Additional Information: Training can happen on the Elmhurst campus if there are enough volunteers. Students can also volunteer to do multiple workshops at different schools to get the needed 15 hours.
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Literacy Project

  • Description: The Literacy Project is a partnership between the York Community Resource Center and the Elmhurst College communication sciences and disorders department and Spanish department.
  • Opportunities: Students selected to serve with this project will get the chance to learn and implement a research-based curriculum around reading, listening comprehension, and literacy, both in English and bilingually in English and Spanish. Students will work one-on-one with several elementary students each week to support and improve their reading literacy by working through the curriculum, utilizing additional literacy resources, and engaging the students socially and relationally.
  • Sign up: Email Dr. Mary Walsh, by the second Friday of the semester
  • Location: Villa Park
  • Expectations: The commitment to this project involves one day per week (Monday or Tuesday, 3:15–4:15 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.), as well as attendance at pre-service trainings. Students from the communication sciences and disorders department and the Spanish department will be given priority in terms of applications to serve, but all are welcome to apply.
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Math and Science Tutoring at York Community Resource Center After School Program

  • Description: The York Community Resource Center, a multi-purpose local community resource center, seeks mathematically or scientifically inclined Elmhurst College students to help sixth- to eighth-grade students during the homework portion of their After School Program.
  • Opportunities: Give students individualized attention and expertise they need to master math concepts they are struggling with and help them stay motivated.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Mindy Inman, Director of Volunteer Services,, 630-315-5906
  • Location: York Community Resource Center, “Center 2” location at 2020 S. Meyers Road, Lombard
  • Expectations: One weekday per week, 4:15–5:15 p.m.
  • Website

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

  • Description: Mercy Home for Boys & Girls provides residential care.
  • Opportunities: Mentoring, tutoring, and helping with special events.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Location: Campuses in Chicago’s West Loop and Beverly neighborhoods
  • Website:

Project CARE Plus (Citizens Active in Reading Education)

  • Description: Project CARE is an academic mentoring program that works with children in Pre-K through 8th grade in areas of reading, math, science and social studies.
  • Opportunities: Tutoring and mentoring
  • Sign up: Call contacts listed below
  • Contact: Lara Schwarz, Bensenville School District 2, Project CARE Coordinator, Community Liaison, (630) 766-2605 ext. 3202
  • Locations
    1. Blackhawk Middle School, 250 South Church Road, Bensenville, Grades: 6-8
      • Contact: Sue Vitale, (630) 766-2601
    2. Tioga Elementary School, 212 West Memorial Street, Bensenville, Grades: Pre-K–5
      • Contact: Laura Butz, (630) 766-2602
    3. WA Johnson School, 252 South Ridgewood Avenue, Bensenville, Grades: K-5
      • Contact: Lisa Simoncelli, (630) 766-2605
  • Expectations: A minimum of one hour, one day per week for the semester is required.
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Project CARE at Morton College

  • Description: Project CARE (Community Adult Reading Experience) is Morton College’s volunteer adult literacy program. Project CARE serves adult students (17 and older) seeking assistance with basic reading and writing, and/or adults who are learning English as a Second Language. Tutoring services are free and are available to all eligible students.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers provide tutoring for adult students one-on-one, in a small group setting, or as a tutoring aid in an ESL class.
  • Sign up: See the information on their website and email with the required application and agreement.
  • Contact Person: Irina Cline, Academic Support Specialist, Morton College, 3801 S. Central Ave, Cicero, IL, Room 245C,, (708) 656-8000 ext. 2383
  • Location: Tutoring takes place at Morton College and at public libraries in Cicero, Berwyn, Lyons, or Stickney-Forest View.
  • Expectations: Volunteer tutors complete pre-service training. Tutors can fulfill the training requirement by attending a seminar at Morton College or completing the training online. Tutoring instruction is once per week for two to three hours. Upon enrollment, tutors indicate their availability and receive tutoring appointment within the indicated days and hours. Student and tutor participate in the program for at least three months. A commitment of at least three months is required.
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The Projects After School Program at Trinity Lutheran Church

  • Description: This program focuses on giving kids meaningful and useful projects to create such as woodworking, cooking, scrapbooking, and craft projects.
  • Opportunities: Elmhurst students will assist with projects, interact with students during snack time, lead games, and be good role models for young people.
  • Sign up: Email Judy Bruschuk at
  • Contact: Judy Bruschuk, Youth Program,, 630-834-3440 or cell 630-220-6364
  • Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, Villa Park, IL 60181
  • Expectations: The program works in 4- to 5-week sessions with the upcoming session from August 27 through September 17 from 3:30–5:30 p.m. Volunteers should arrive at 2:30 p.m. for set-up and instructions for the day’s projects.
  • Additional: Volunteers must love junior high-age kids!
  • Website

York Community Resource Center

  • Description: York Community Resource Center is a multi-purpose neighborhood resource center serving the residents of Villa Park.
  • Opportunities:
    1. Study Mentor for 6th-8th-grade students; Monday–Friday, 4:15–5:15 p.m.
    2. Study Buddy for 1st-5th-grade students; Monday–Friday, 3:15–4:15 p.m.
      Assist students as they work on homework and academic enrichment activities during the after-school program. Study Mentors and Study Buddies get the chance to be positive role models and build lasting relationships with students by working with 1-3 students at a time during the academic hour to help students stay on task, work on homework, and learn study and homework habits. (Commitment of one day/week for at minimum one school semester)
    3. Classroom Helper for 1st-5th-grade program; Monday–Friday, 3:00–6:00 p.m.
    4. Classroom Helper for 6th-8th-grade program; Monday–Friday, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Provide general assistance to either program as an aide who jumps in anywhere needed in any activities of the day in our 1st-5th or 6th-8th-grade classroom. Activities may include: helping individual students or small groups with homework, leading activity stations, assisting with set-up or clean-up of activities, guiding students through academic enrichment activities, recreational time and more!

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

  • Description: The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s mission is to acquire and hold lands containing forests, prairies, wetlands, and associated plant communities or lands capable of being restored to such natural conditions for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna, and scenic beauty for the education, pleasure and recreation of its citizens.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers attend workdays to assist with restoration projects in higher quality natural areas around the county. Select sites host two-three hours workdays on many weekends and some weekdays throughout the year. Tasks change depending on the seasons and typically include: using hand tools to cut and remove small trees and shrubs, removing exotic weeds, collecting and/or spreading native seeds, and occasionally planting.
  • Sign up: Online here or contact Kathy Lech at, (630) 206-9630
  • Contact: Kathy Lech, Stewardship Technician, 29W220 Mack Road West Chicago, IL 60185,, (630) 206-9630
  • Location: Various forest preserves
  • Additional Information: All workdays take place outdoors in various locations throughout the county and are weather dependent. The workdays are updated quarterly on the calendar of events. Filter by type and choose “Volunteering.” All volunteers must register for workdays at least five days in advance by going online or calling (630) 206-9630. Orientation and safety guidelines are provided. All phone registrant volunteers are required to bring the emailed waiver form to the workday. Online registrants will fill one out electronically. If students would like to inquire about long-term volunteer positions, contact our Volunteer Services Department at (630) 933-7233 or Position descriptions can be found online.
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  • Description: SCARCE is an environmental education organization and the mission is to inspire people, through education, to preserve, and care for our Earth’s natural resources, while working to build sustainable communities.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers help us sort books, school, and office supplies, and other household items so that materials can be reused or recycled rather than taken to a landfill.
  • Sign up:  Complete a short online volunteer application
  • Contact: Rose Naseef, Volunteer Coordinator,, (630) 545-9710
  • Location: 799 Roosevelt Rd, Building 2, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.  SCARCE is in an office complex on the SOUTH side of Roosevelt Rd, just west of Route 53. Our facility is open from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday and from 9:00 a.m.–Noon on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.
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Artis Senior Living of Elmhurst

  • Description: Supports residents and families on their journey through memory care.
  • Opportunities: Work with Artis residents, special events, and more.
  • Sign up: Contact Kim LaMotta, CDP, Director of Partnership Development,, (630) 359-3113
  • Location: 123 Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst, IL
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Atria Senior Living

  • Description: The Mission of Atria Park is to champion quality of life for all seniors.
  • Opportunities: Assist staff with a variety of programs with seniors. Sign up for an orientation time and to select specific service dates and activities at orientation. The types of programs could be the following: perform a talent; assist with a specific activity; visit residents; provide certain services for the residents not provided by Atria, such as shopping, reading, writing letters, sewing, etc.; participate or lead educational and religious services or classes; assist with light, non-confidential, clerical functions.
  • Sign up: Pick a location and email the engage life director at that location
  • Contacts: Janelle Schuppner, engage life director, Atria at River Trail,, (331) 253-6511 or Jenny Randag, engage life director, Atria Park Glen Ellyn,, (630) 446-1190
  • Locations: 95 Carleton Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, (630) 469-5555; and 370 N. Weber Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, (331) 253-6511
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Bridgeway of Bensenville

  • Description: Providing quality resident care by respectfully and responsibly delivering compassionate, quality care for all we are entrusted with.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers assist residents in classes like memoir writing, education, nutrition, etc. Residents also love to play brain/card games or do any special exercises. Volunteers who can lead musical activities are especially popular.
  • Sign up: Email by the third Friday of the semester.
  • Contact: Lynda Gordon, lifestyle director,, (630) 766-0605
  • Locations: 303 E Washington Street, Bensenville, IL 60106; and 111 E Washington Street, Bensenville, IL 60106

Park Place of Elmhurst

  • Description: Answering the call to enhance the lives of those they serve with a Christian-based focus, Park Place is both an independent and assisted living and skilled nursing community for seniors.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers assist with crafts, help with Bingo, read to residents, work one-on-one with residents, walk with therapy dogs and owners, go around with activity cart, decorate during holidays.
  • Sign up: Fill out an application (email the contact below or pick one up at the front desk.)
  • Contact: Val Ruiz, Lead Life Enrichment Assistant,, (630) 936-4519, ext. 20054
  • Location: Health and Wellness Center, 1050 S. Euclid Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • Expectations: Minimum of 4 hours for the semester is required to volunteer and volunteers are expected to have a regular schedule.
  • Additional: Volunteers must fill out an application (email contact or pick up at front desk) and attend an orientation session. A background check is required before beginning.
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Exodus World Service

  • Description: Exodus World Service provides opportunities to welcome and befriend refugees. Service may be pursued as a class, in a group or by individuals. Learn more information on the Exodus World Service mission and history.
  • Opportunities: Opportunities for service include welcoming refugee families and providing Welcome Packs or Care Packs for those families, committing to visit a refugee family once a week to answer basic questions about life in the US through the New Neighbor Program, helping a refugee to learn English or to become a US citizen, special projects, and much more.
  • Sign up: Email Sue Horgan at
  • Additional Information: For faculty – Representatives from Exodus World Service are available to meet with classes to teach about the refugee experience and share more information about the possibilities for service. If interested, contact Sue Horgan at Also, the Elmhurst College Service Learning program can help provide funding for some of the costs related to the Welcome and/or Care Packs. Contact Dr. Mary Walsh, director of service learning at for more information. Representatives from Exodus World Service are available to meet with classes to talk about refugees, refugee resettlement, mass migration, refugee global crises and cross-cultural issues.
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Feed My Starving Children

  • Description: Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian nonprofit dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide. FMSC estimates at least 6,200 children die each day from undernutrition. FMSC donates the meals to selected missions and humanitarian organizations that pay for shipping. The meals are used to operate schools, orphanages, clinics and feeding programs. Nutritious food is the foundation for progress.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers hand-pack special meal formulas designed to assist in reversing and preventing undernutrition.
  • Sign Up: Online
  • Contact: Carly Pizzitola,, (847) 519-9614
  • Location: 1072 National Parkway Schaumburg, IL 60173, will be moving to 740 Wiley Farm Ct. Schaumburg, IL 60173 on February 25. (There is also a location in Aurora.)
  • Additional Information: If students need to verify any service hours they complete, the FMSC volunteer verification system provides that once a volunteer has pre-signed up to volunteer and arrives for their reserved packing session, the volunteer can request a volunteer form (or provide their own) for a staff member to sign during the packing session. Volunteers will then pick up completed/signed volunteer form before they depart the session. FMSC does not track volunteer hours, this volunteer form is the only way to verify completed service hours through FMSC.
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Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)

  • Description: ICNA Relief is a national social services organization committed to strengthening local families and communities. Its services are available to all families in need, through 56 chapters nationwide and include transitional shelters for women and children, refugee empowerment services, car donations, food pantries, and more. Its services are based on a holistic approach to well-being and extend from long-term case management to emergency financial help, computer classes, ESL, and mentoring.
  • Opportunities: Our volunteers are assigned to refugee families or others in need, families at our transitional home, our food pantry and our office in capacities that best suit their own interests and strengths. The roles could vary from 1) teaching beneficiaries life skills; 2) stocking, cleaning, and serving clients at our food pantry; 3) administrative duties; 4) marketing, design and social media; and 5) working on outreach related to our varied drives and campaigns.
    Teaching life skills as mentors includes being translators, teaching English, being homework helpers, mentors, helping teach basic computer skills, teaching budgeting skills, teaching American cultural nuances and helping clients fill job applications. Mentors may also be assigned to drive our clients to doctors visits, the library and other locations, depending on what they have signed up for.
  • Sign up: Email by the third Friday of the semester.
  • Contact: Juwayriya Syed, office manager,
  • Location: Volunteers will be assigned to our pantry, our head office, our transitional home. All locations are in Glendale Heights. The office is at 1793 Bloomingdale Road, Suite 5, Glendale Heights. The pantry is at 1781 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights. The transitional home is in Glendale Heights but we share the information only on an as-needed basis.
  • Additional Information: Training will be provided if needed. All mentors go through a background check.
  • Website:

The Community House

  • Description: Based in Hinsdale and serving the surrounding suburbs, we are a nonprofit organization (501(c)3) that offers community recreation and quality social services to people of all ages and walks of life. We make a difference in the lives of thousands of families and individuals by providing local opportunities for athletics, arts and culture, counseling, education services, volunteer opportunities and community connections.
  • Opportunities: TCH has opportunities for students interested in photography for our website and promotions, providing musical accompaniment for events, website maintenance, helping at an After School program for elementary and middle school students, opportunities for teen volunteers at our summer camps, technology and social media, or data entry.
  • Sign up: Contact Marcie McGonagle at
  • Contact: Marcie McGonagle, Director of Volunteer Services, (630) 323-7500, Ext. 228
  • Location: 415 W. Eighth Street, Hinsdale, IL, 60521
  • Website

Heartland Hospice

  • Description: Supports terminally ill people and their families, caring for a wide cross-section of people in their local communities and serving patients throughout nine different counties. Volunteers are people from all walks of life; looking for students seeking to gain experience working with terminally ill patients and families.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers are crucial to hospice work. Volunteers help by visiting patients and providing companionship in various facilities and in patient’s homes. They might read a book to a patient, play music for a patient, sit vigil, or simply be a relaxing presence. Volunteers have a critical contribution to the hospice experience. They give of their time and contribute their skills, energy, and warmth during the most difficult period of a person’s life. Their value to patients and families cannot be underestimated.
  • Contact: Jen Hurd, volunteer coordinator and veteran liaison for Heartland Hospice, Westmont,, (630) 323-0119
  • Location: Although Heartland Hospice is located in Westmont, they match volunteers with patients closest to their home or within the area in which the volunteer is willing to travel.
  • Expectations: Most patients will have a visit frequency of two times within 30 days or four times within 30 days. They ask a minimum of 30 minutes per visit, but some patients may need/want more and if schedule permits, a visit can extend longer. Typically, patients are unable to tolerate more than two hours at a time. Times and days will vary depending on the volunteer’s availability and patient need. They try to work with all schedules. Every visit is documented using our documentation form. Hours and mileage are tracked through our system. Once volunteers meet the service hours requirement, if they wish to continue to see the patient, they can do so.
  • Additional Information: Our Volunteers are trained extensively and empowered in their support role. HH offers convenient training days/times and, when needed, will meet volunteers in their own communities. The training is typically an all-day training (depending on group size/questions etc.) but can be done in one long day or two shorter days. Volunteers on-board much like an employee: with two references, application, background check and TB screening- all of which are completed at no charge. HH also has administrative opportunities at the home office, if someone is interested in assisting with HR needs. HH continually tracks hours and mileage. HH is happy to provide letters of recommendation to prospective job opportunities.
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  • Description: NAMI DuPage’s mission is to provide support, advocacy, and education to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illness and their families.
  • Opportunities: NAMI DuPage offers education classes and support programs for people who have mental illness and their family members. We are always looking for interns or volunteers to help with our Supported Employment Program, Recreation Program, or general administrative work. Our Supportive Employment Program offers an opportunity to interact with clients and customers in our on-site cafe and printshop, as well as through our Supportive Employment classes and one-on-one meetings. Recreation activities are offered every weekday (art, writing, games, etc.) for which we are consistently in need of volunteers to help lead. Beyond these specific areas, there are many additional ways a volunteer could help at NAMI DuPage, even as an intern specifically for one of our program departments. Some of these opportunities include social media, outreach, data entry, telling your own mental health story, answering phone calls, and more!
  • Sign up:  Online form
  • Location: 115 N County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187
  • Website:

Ronald McDonald House

Synapse House

  • Description: Synapse House’s mission is to Engage, Empower, Employ individuals affected by brain injury and stroke.
  • Opportunities: Short and long-term volunteer opportunities are available to help with daily programming in our Clubhouse and in our Flour to Empower bakery, the social enterprise bakery of Synapse House.
  • Sign-up: Online
  • Contact: (877) 932-1120, email:
  • Location: 561 N. York St., Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • Website:


  • Description: Clearbrook is a nonprofit leader in creating innovative opportunities, services, and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Opportunities: Clearbrook’s Take A Break in the Afternoon program provides an opportunity for families to take a scheduled three-hour “afternoon break” once a month at various sites. Children with special needs under the age of five years old have an opportunity to play, make crafts and meet new friends all in a supervised setting. Siblings are also welcome to attend this program. Orientation is required and will take place after sign-up is completed.
  • Sign up: Email by the third Friday of the semester
  • Contact: Mary Yurik, Program Assistant,, (847) 302-1105
  • Location: Various locations, see below
  • Additional Information: Opportunities are first come, first served with scheduling for convenient times and locations.
  • Locations:
    1. Addison Location (NEDSRA HEADQUARTERS), 1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison, IL 60101
      • Nov. 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • Jan. 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • Feb. 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • March 21, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • April 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • May 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    2. Arlington Heights Location, Clearbrook, 1815 W. Central Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60005
      • Nov. 21, 2019, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 12, 2019, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
      • Jan. 23, 2020, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
      • Feb. 27, 2020, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
      • March 26, 2020, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
      • April 30, 2020, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
      • May 14, 2020, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
    3. Rolling Meadows Location, Rolling Meadows Park District, 3705 Pheasant Dr, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
      • Nov. 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • Jan. 11, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • Feb. 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • March 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • April 4, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • May 9, 2020, 10:00–1:00 p.m.
    4. Waukegan Location, SRSNLC-Waukegan, Douglas Park, 732 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, IL 60085
      • Nov. 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • Jan. 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • Feb. 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • March 21, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • April 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
      • May 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    5. McHenry Location, 16E Crystal Lake Plaza, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
      • Nov. 9, 2019, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 14, 2019, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
      • Jan. 11, 2020, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
      • Feb. 8, 2020, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
      • March 14, 2020, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
      • April 4, 2020, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
      • May 9, 2020, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
    6. Maryville Location, 6650 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634
  • Website: Clearbrook, Take A Break Children’s Respite Program

Community Access Naperville (CAN)



  • Description: Making everyday life possible for individuals with profound disabilities. This nonprofit organization serves infants, children, teens, and adults with serious and profound developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs with its homes to nearly 174 clients.
  • Opportunities: Participate in various scheduled group activities with residents at the Marklund Philip Center such as games, adapted sports, reading, crafts, and more.
    Attend community outings with staff and residents to various places such as shopping malls, movies, parks, and bowling. Participate in classroom curriculum/daily activities with our students.
  • Sign up: Lisa Esposito, Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Bloomingdale & Elgin Campuses,, (630) 397-5661
  • Expectations: Students should plan to make a weekly commitment of at least one hour.
  • Locations: Three residential locations located in Bloomingdale, Elgin and Geneva. The Bloomingdale campus has 21 residents at the Philip Center and over 60 students from the community attending the Day School which offers Multi-Needs and Life Skills programs for children and young adults with multiple medical needs, and those diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. Philip Center & Day School, 164. S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale, IL 60108
  • Additional Requirements: Tour/Volunteer Application, Background Check and Complete Volunteer Orientation (1 hour)
    • Days/Hours available for service learners:
      • Marklund Philip Center
        • Monday–Thursday: 3:00–6:30 p.m.
        • Fridays: 5:30–7:00 p.m.
        • Saturdays: 10:45–11:30 a.m. and 5:00–6:00 p.m.
    • Special event opportunities: Vary by month
    • Community Day Services & Marklund Day School Classrooms
      • Monday–Friday: 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
    • Website:

Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA)

  • Description: To positively impact individuals with disabilities through diverse recreation opportunities and community services.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers serve as friends, mentors and role models.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Colleen Cline, recreation coordinator – support staff/volunteers, inclusion services,, (630) 576-4039
  • Location: 1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison, Illinois 60101, (630) 620-4500
  • Website:

Special Olympics of Illinois

  • Description: Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers help coach, conduct competitions and fundraising events, and serve on committees.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Katie Grisham, region C director, Special Olympics Illinois, 500 Waters Edge Suite 100, Lombard, IL 60148, (630) 545-3402
  • Location: Varies depending on the event
  • Additional Information: Volunteers are especially needed for this fundraising event: Oakbrook Polar Plunge on March 2, 2019, at Oakbrook Bath and Tennis
  • Website:

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)

  • Description: To provide fun recreational programs for children and adults of all ages with disabilities.
  • Opportunities: Visit the WDSRA website to see activities described in the catalog
  • Contact: Katie Weadley, support services supervisor,, (630) 681-0962 ext. 578
  • Location: 116 N. Schmale Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188-2103
  • Website:

Beds Plus

  • Description: The mission is to help vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services.
  • Opportunities: Provide laundry assistance, first shift, fourth shift, front desk
  • Sign up: Online or use the Google form 
    (Students should indicate when they apply that they are from Elmhurst College and serving for 15 hours and not permanent volunteers)
  • Contact: Erin Molek, volunteer coordinator,, (708) 354-0858 ext. 113, office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.)
  • Location: Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing, 9601 Ogden Ave., La Grange, IL 60525
  • Website:

Bensenville Wood Dale Food Pantry

  • Description: Serves families in the Bensenville/Wood Dale area, serving about 250 to 300 families every month. The pantry is 100% volunteer-run, with about 30 volunteers working in various jobs.
  • Opportunities: Sorting/packing miscellaneous dry goods and loading these items into cars, as well as cleaning up the pantry after families have left.
  • Sign up: Call Debbie Lechman or Jim Hamill at (630) 766-9382
  • Contact: Debbie Lechman, (630) 688-3079
  • Location: Faith United Church of Christ, 192 S. Center Street, Bensenville, IL 60106
  • Expectations: The food pantry is open to families Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:30–11:00 a.m. Volunteers must be there from 7:00 a.m. until at least 11:30 a.m.

The Elmhurst Clothing Center at the First United Methodist Church

  • Description: Provides clothing, books, toys, and small household goods to Elmhurst and the surrounding communities. Open to the public three times a month on the first Thursday in the a.m. and p.m. and the third Saturday in the a.m.
  • Opportunities: Sorting, hanging, folding, and organizing donations.
  • Sign up: Contact Beth Valdez,, (630) 915-7335
  • Location: 232 South York Street, Elmhurst IL 60126, (630) 834-2440
  • Additional Information: Currently, open volunteer hours on Monday and Tuesday from 9:30–11:30 a.m. and Thursday from 1:30–3:30 p.m. Flexible and can accommodate evening hours as needed.
  • Website:

Elmhurst Yorkville Food Pantry

Habitat for Humanity

  • Description: Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
  • Opportunities: The Elmhurst College Habitat for Humanity campus chapter offers alternative spring break trips each year during the College’s spring break week. During these trips, students will travel to locations within the contiguous United States to participate in rebuilding the lives of families and communities that have been affected by devastating circumstances. Projects during this week typically include digging, roofing, landscaping, framing, window and door installation, building sheds, or working in a Habitat for Humanity Restore. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn about and reflect on economic and cultural differences and their relation to poverty and substandard housing.
  • Sign up: Email Kayli Benak, about the Spring Break trips
  • Contact: Contessa Ehlers, Habitat for Humanity president, or
  • Additional Information: Spring break information is coming soon! Last year, each trip cost each student about $300 and scholarships are available.

Night Ministry

  • Description: The Night Ministry compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty, and loneliness.
  • Opportunities: Elmhurst College service learners will serve alongside the Health Outreach Bus. Students donate, prepare and serve a meal alongside the bus. Students see the program at work and directly interact with those served. This is both an educational and immersive experience which generates discussions about issues of poverty and homelessness.
  • Sign up: Email to sign up. Preference will be given to students who email by the third Friday of the semester. Dates TBD. First come, first- served. Spots fill up quickly.
  • Location: Downtown Chicago with multiple locations
  • Additional Information: Students will meet the faculty service sponsor, Dr. Kathy Sexton-Radek, on campus to carpool and caravan together to the site. Additional rules regarding preparation and conduct on and off site will be distributed once the student is signed up for a date.
  • Website:

Northern Illinois Food Bank

  • Description: This nonprofit organization engages the community to feed our hungry neighbors. They receive food and funds from a large array of donors, but the food must be sorted and packed to be sent to local food pantries. With the help of some 31,000 volunteers, they feed more than 71,500 people each week.
  • Opportunities: Sort and pack food.
  • Sign up: Online at
  • Contact:Rose Stelter,, (630) 443-6910 ext. 171
  • Location: 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL 60134
  • Website:

Oak Park Regional Housing Center

  • Description: The mission of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center is to achieve meaningful and lasting racial diversity throughout Oak Park and the surrounding communities.
  • Opportunities: Provide technical and website assistance; support daily operations; research fair housing policy; coordinate events, edit videos
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Derrick Lewis,, (708) 665-3667
  • Location: 1041 South Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60302
  • Expectations: 2- to 4-hour shifts
  • Website

People’s Resource Center (PRC)

  • Description: This organization exists to respond to basic human needs, promote dignity and justice, and create a future of hope and opportunity for the residents of DuPage County by discovering and sharing personal community resources.
  • Opportunities: The Center is looking for students who would be willing to volunteer in the food pantry. Students stock the pantry and interact with clients who use the pantry.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Lucinda Page, Volunteer Coordinator,, (630) 682-5402
  • Locations: 201 South Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL  60187, (accessible by Metra to the Wheaton stop. It is a 0.5-mile walk from the train station) and 104 Chestnut, Westmont, IL 60559
  • Additional Information: Various shifts are available at both locations throughout the week. Go here to see available shifts.
  • Website:

Poised for Success

  • Description: Providing women on assistance with interview-appropriate clothing and empowering them to see themselves with confidence and self-worth, in their search for gainful employment and their life.
  • Opportunities: Assisting at monthly intakes (second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.) by helping our donors bring in donations from their vehicles, sorting through donations, steaming, etc. Also, organizing inventory, visual merchandising, assisting with social and print media, assisting with annual fall fundraiser-before/during/after, researching new agencies whose clients can benefit from PFS, and assisting with collecting donations.
  • Sign up: Email by the third Friday of the semester.
  • Contact: Gail Foster, Executive Director, POISEDFORSUCCESS@SBCGLOBAL.NET, (630) 691-1455
  • Location: 312 S. Westmore-Meyers Rd., Lombard, IL 60148
  • Website:

Chicago Cares

  • Description: Chicago Cares mobilizes volunteers to build a stronger, more unified Chicago. Our city does not give us many natural opportunities to connect across lines of difference, so Chicago Cares cultivates volunteer experiences to challenge Chicagoans’ preconceived notions while contributing directly to neighborhood revitalization plans. We offer 200 monthly volunteer projects, free to the public every month of the year, as well as opportunities for skills-based volunteerism and volunteer leadership.
  • Contact:
  • Website

Giving DuPage

  • Giving DuPage. Together. Making a Difference.
  • Description: As the DuPage County Volunteer Center, Giving DuPage hosts a countywide volunteerism website known as the Volunteer Portal. The site contains 700+ volunteer opportunities as well as information about in-kind donation needs, events and jobs, for 400 local nonprofit organizations. The needs and organizations are searchable by cause, keywords, skills, and zip code. Search this site for opportunities to give back and make a positive difference in the DuPage community. If a student finds one of interest, be sure to secure the permission of the instructor (if serving for course credit) and/or the permission of the Director of Service Learning at Elmhurst College, Dr. Mary Walsh at
  • Contact: Shefali M. Trivedi,, (630) 407-6458

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