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Community Partners

Our community partners provide service learning opportunities for Elmhurst students.

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

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: volunteer@animalcareleague.org, (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: animalcareleague.org

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, jen.gordon@hinsdalehumanesociety.org, (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: hinsdalehumanesociety.org

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 dupagechildrensmuseum.org, and make a note you are a volunteer with Elmhurst University working for service hours
  • Contact: Jessica Greenlaw, jgreenlaw@dupagechildrensmuseum.org
  • Location: 301 N Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540
  • Website: dupagechildrensmuseum.org

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: elmhurstartmuseum.org

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, jamarsart@gmail.com, (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: elmhurstartistsguild.org

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, nancy.himmes@elmhurst.org, (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.
  • Website: elmhursthistory.org

Field Museum

Lizzadro Museum

Naper Settlement

  • Description: Naper Settlement creates community by connecting visitors to Naperville’s history through engaging, unique experiences.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers can assist at one event, once a week or whenever they have extra time. Work behind the scenes, outdoors, with visitors, or even at home! See more volunteer opportunities online.
  • Sign Up: Online
  • Contact: Terri Cooke, Volunteer Coordinator, 630-420-6104
  • Location: 523 S. Webster Street Naperville, IL 60540
  • Expectations: Varies, flexible
  • Website: https://www.napersettlement.org

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 billrshanklin@gmail.com
  • Location: 310 W. Butterfield Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126
  • Website: americanlegionthb187.org

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, stevie@chicagovotes.com, (440) 865-6957
  • Location: 234 S Wabash, 6th Floor Chicago, IL 60604
  • Website: chicagovotes.com

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, cac@citizenadvocacycenter.org
  • Location: 188 Industrial Dr., Suite 106, Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • Website: citizenadvocacycenter.org

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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 4:00–5:00 p.m. starting September 14, 2021.
  • Sign up: Email Kathy Welko at welko@addisonlibrary.org
  • Contact: Kathy Welko, Head of Community Engagement, welko@addisonlibrary.org, 630-458-3334
  • Location: 4 Friendship Plaza, Addison, IL 60101
  • Website: addisonlibrary.org

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 mkrajcir@ccsd89.org, or service.learning@elmhurst.edu for an application.
  • Contact: Mary Krajcir, EL Teacher mkrajcir@ccsd89.org, (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 increases book ownership among under-served children (birth- 6th grade) throughout Chicagoland.
  • Opportunities: Bernie’s Book Bank hosts weekly volunteer sessions. Volunteers help sort, sticker and pack quality books for under-served children. Each session is between 90 minutes and 2 hours. Orientation and training are included in the session time. Bernie’s Book Bank accepts volunteers of all ages and abilities.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Casey Barbknecht, Director of Volunteer Services, cbarbknecht@berniesbookbank.org, (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.
  • 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 volunteer@chicagohopesforkids.org
  • Contact: Kimberly King, kim@chicagohopesforkids.org
  • 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.
      • South Chicago
    • West Side Locations
      • 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 Fall semester runs from September 27th, 2021-December 16th, 2021.
  • Additional Requirements: 
    • Must attend an information session, virtual volunteer training and attend a weeklong orientation
    • Must pass a background check
    • Must be comfortable working with multiple students in an occasionally fast-paced environment
    • Must commit to (at least) one consistent program session per week for the duration of the semester
  • 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 Beth Hahn at bhahn@thecommunityhouse.org
  • Contact: Beth Hahn, Youth Recreation Program Director, bhahn@thecommunityhouse.org
  • Location: 415 W. Eighth Street, Hinsdale, IL, 60521
  • Website

CREO DuPage

  • Description: CREO is a pre-college preparation program that empowers motivated Latinx high school students and their families with relationships and resources to prepare them for college and careers. Most of our roles are remote as it makes it easier for our students and our volunteers to meet.
  • Opportunities:
    • One-on-one Academic Coach: Provide support to students in grades 9-12th for one hour per week on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. via hosted Zoom meetings. ALL Virtual! (Not available during J-Term) Check back for upcoming in-person opportunities. We do prefer a year-long commitment for Coaches.
    • Guides: Saturday morning 1x/month- facilitate conversations about college transitions with high school students and share from your own experience.
    • If you are flexible or have some unique skill or experience — we will try to work with your interest and schedule to find a meaningful experience for experiential learning.
  • Contact: Email James Johnson james.johnson@creodupage.org, (708) 232-3132
  • Additional information: Complete the Volunteer Application, which includes a criminal background check, interview with one of our staff members, and complete the Volunteer Training.
  • Website

Elmhurst Library

  • Description: Elmhurst Public Library enriches life in Elmhurst by providing opportunities to connect, create, and explore.
  • Opportunities: Duties may range from general tidying up, helping out in the book sale room, folding and stapling handouts, and assisting in book repair. Additional opportunities are listed online.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Laura Butler, Circulation Supervisor, laura.butler@elmlib.org, (630) 279-8696
  • Location: 125 S. Prospect Ave, Elmhurst
  • Expectations: Flexible hours
  • Website: elmhurstpubliclibrary.org

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. Available slots are 4:30-5:30 (working with elementary students), 2:30-3:30 (junior high), and 3:40-4:30 (also junior high). Tutoring takes place Monday-Thursday.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Jackie Reeves, Churchill Program Coordinator, at jreeves@gecrc.com or (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
    Tutoring Sites: Churchill Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Hadley Junior High, or Glen Crest Middle School
  • Additional Information: All volunteers must be fully vaccinated and submit a photo of their vaccination card to tutor, along with the usual requirements.
    Masks must be worn while volunteering. 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), cgarza@addison-il.org, (630) 628-2680
  • Additional Information: Must pass a background check. Masks required.
  • Location: 199 Michael Lane, Addison, IL 60101
  • Website

Junior Achievement of Chicago

  • Description: Junior Achievement’s Purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. 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, middle, and high school. Live virtual volunteer sessions throughout the school year.
  • Sign up: Email Maria Ramos, Senior Vice President of Education & Operations mramos@jachicago.org
  • Contact: Maria Ramos, Senior Vice President of Education & Operations651 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 404
    Chicago, IL 60661
    (312) 715-1300 x234
    mramos@jachicago.org
  • Location: Various K-12 virtual and some pilot in-person schools throughout the Chicagoland area.
  • Additional Information: Training can happen virtually. Students can also volunteer to do multiple workshops at different schools to get the needed 15 hours.
  • Website

Literacy Project

  • In-person service is temporarily suspended.

Math and Science Tutoring at York Community Resource Center After School Program

  • In-person service is temporarily suspended.

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: mercyhome.org

Park View Collective

  • Description: The Parkview Collective is an after-school program that supports District 45 (Villa Park, IL) students. The Collective is committed to providing a safe and fun environment, focusing on the importance of education designed to meet age-appropriate academic and social needs. Programming involves homework assistance, small group life skills learning, enrichment activities (art, crafts, STEM) and physical activity.
  • Opportunities: Service opportunities include tutoring students in reading and math and assisting with homework completion. Openings are available Monday–Thursday, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Students may select the day that works best for them.
  • Sign Up: Please contact Chantel Gamboa at chantel@parkview.cc for more information and/or a link to the online volunteer application.
  • Contact: Chantel Gamboa Chantel@parkview.cc
  • Location: Christ Covenant Church: 350 N. Addison Rd., Villa Park, IL 60181
  • Additional Info: Two after-school programs are launching: Middle school start on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Elementary school start on Monday, September 27, 2021.
  • 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.
  • Website

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 project.care@morton.edu with the required application and agreement.
  • Contact Person: Rebecca Angevine, Academic Support SpecialistMorton College
    3801 S. Central Ave., Room 219C
    Cicero, IL
    project.care@morton.edu
    (708) 656-8000 ext. 2364
  • 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.
  • Website

The Projects After School Program

  • 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. Dates for upcoming 4-week sessions on Tuesdays: October 2021, February 2022, May 2022. Please contact us to verify the exact dates.
  • Sign up: Email Judy Bruschuk at jbruschuk@aol.com
  • Contact: Judy Bruschuk, Youth Program, jbruschuk@aol.com, 630-834-3440 or cell 630-220-6364
  • Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, Villa Park, IL 60181
  • Expectations: The program works in four-week sessions 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. Dates for upcoming 4-week sessions on Tuesdays: October 2021, February 2022, May 2022. Please contact us to verify the exact dates.
  • Additional: Volunteers must love to work with 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: Provide general assistance to the program as an aide who jumps in anywhere needed in any activities of the day with 1st-8th grade students. 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! Volunteers are needed to work with middle school students Tuesday through Thursday 4:00–5:00 p.m. and with elementary students Tuesday through Friday 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Elmhurst Great Western Prairie

  • Description: Elmhurst Great Western Prairie is a six-acre remnant of native prairie that is a program of the Elmhurst Park District. This area is the oldest living environment in Elmhurst. Volunteers help to restore and maintain this prairie by removing invasive plant species, collecting seeds, and spreading seeds.
  • Opportunities: An active group of volunteers meets for work mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of most months. While volunteering you will also learn about prairie plants, butterflies and birds, feel good by doing good, enjoy volunteering with friends, fight climate change, strengthen team spirit in a club or merit society, get a full-body physical workout, benefit from intergenerational socialization, and support an important cause in one’s community.
  • Sign up: Email one of the volunteer leaders stating that you would like to be on the email list announcing upcoming work mornings: Dave Terrill at daveterrill@terrillconsulting.com or Eric Keeley at keeley.eric@gmail.com
  • Contact: Eric Keeley at keeley.eric@gmail.com
  • Location: We meet in Elmhurst on the west side of Berkley Avenue at the Illinois Prairie Path (Prairie Path Lane). That is three blocks south of St. Charles Road, four blocks west of Spring Road.
  • Expectations: Come in good spirits to do some sweaty work and to get a bit dirty. Wear work clothes including long sleeves, long pants, sturdy shoes, and work gloves, if you have them. Bring your own pruning shears or loppers, if you have them, but the volunteer group provides these tools for you to use. Elmhurst Park District requires a signed liability waiver from all volunteers and the waiver for those under 18 years old must be signed by a parent.
  • Website or Facebook page

Faith in Place

  • Description: Faith in Place empowers Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities. In-person service is temporarily suspended. 
  • Opportunities: Volunteers are needed for various office tasks and at events. Find out more online: https://www.faithinplace.org
  • Sign up: Email service.learning@elmhurst.edu and Katie Maxwell, Volunteer Coordinator, at katie@faithinplace.org
  • Contact:  Katie Maxwell, Volunteer Coordinator, katie@faithinplace.org, 708-762-8202 (work cell)
  • Location: TBD
  • Expectations: Varies, flexible
  • Website: https://www.faithinplace.org/

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. Private gifts are grants that underwrite youth conservation leadership programs, nature art and nature play installations, and capital improvements that welcome visitors to the Preserves and engage them.
  • 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 klech@dupageforest.org, (630) 206-9630
  • Contact: Kathy Lech, Stewardship Technician, 29W220 Mack Road West Chicago, IL 60185, klech@dupageforest.org, (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 volunteer@dupageforest.org. Position descriptions can be found online.
  • Website: dupageforest.org

Forest Preserve Foundation

  • Description: The mission is to engage in protecting and restoring the treasured natural habitats of the Forest Preserves of Cook County and to enhance the outdoor experiences of all communities. We do this by encouraging and administering private gifts to further the Forest Preserves’ mission and goals.
  • Opportunities: Students will work directly with Elmhurst Alum Sam Davis ’19 on events to secure resources to support the Forest Preserves. Students will help brainstorm and set up logistics for the events.
  • Sign up: info@forestpreservefoundation.org, (312) 603-8349
  • Contact: Sam Davis ’19, samuel.davis@forestpreservefoundation.org, (312) 603-8913
  • Location: 69 West Washington, Suite 2040, Chicago, IL 60602
  • Expectations: Time commitment will vary depending on the project and the student’s availability.
  • Website: forestpreservefoundation.org

Glen Ellyn Park District Restoration

  • Description: This organization oversees natural areas in eight neighborhood parks. Volunteers play an important role in preserving and enhancing the biodiversity of local woodland, prairie and wetland areas.
  • Opportunities: Volunteer ecological restoration workdays are offered the second Saturday of each month. Work includes removal of invasive plants, cleaning up trash, planting native trees/shrubs/flowers, harvesting native seeds in the fall, maintaining trail systems, and more.
  • Sign up: Restoration Work Days take place on Saturdays from 9:00–11:00 a.m. (unless otherwise indicated) and rotate through the District according to the schedule listed at https://gepark.org/get-involved/restoration-work-days/
  • Groups larger than five people are asked to notify us; individuals can just show up.
  • Contact: Renae Frigo, Manager of Natural Areas, Email: rfrigo@gepark.org, Phone: 630-858-6037, ext. 6006
  • Location: Various Glen Ellyn parks
  • Expectations: These are one-time workday opportunities and students are welcome to show up for as many or as few as they can attend.
  • Additional Information: Workdays are held outdoors, so dress for the weather and conditions. Tools and safety gear will be provided. Work will be explained and procedures will be covered at the start of the day. Wear protective clothing for work that may happen off-trail (pants, boots/sturdy shoes, hat, sunglasses). Bring a water bottle and a pair of work gloves (gloves will also be available if needed).
  • Website: https://gepark.org/get-involved/restoration-work-days/

SCARCE

  • Description:For over 30 years, SCARCE has been inspiring people to conserve natural resources. Through recycling initiatives, local events, and hands-on educational programs, SCARCE partners with individuals and organizations to build sustainable communities.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers sort books, school and office supplies, and other household items so that materials can be reused or recycled rather than taken to a landfill.  There are also opportunities to assist with recycling events and environmental programs in the community.
  • Sign up: Complete a short online volunteer application
  • Contact: Rose Naseef, Volunteer Coordinator, rose@scarce.org, (630) 545-9710
  • Location: 800 S. Rohlwing Road, Addison. (Just 15 minutes from campus!)
  • Expectations: Monday through Friday: morning (9:00 a.m.-noon) and afternoon (1:00-4:00 p.m.) shifts available; occasional Saturday mornings.
  • Additional Information: If you are interested in donating items, the list of items SCARCE accepts can be found at https://www.scarce.org/ongoing-reuse-recycle-at-scarce/
  • Website: scarce.org

Sierra Club: River Prairie Group or Illinois Chapter

  • Description: The Sierra Club works for clean air, safe water, land protection, and a vibrant natural world. They advocate for environmental and social justice. The River Prairie Group is just one of 15 groups that make up the regional chapter (IL) of this organization. These groups focus on specific environmental needs of DuPage county, lobbying for environmental legislation in Springfield, and exploring more nature through their monthly outings.
  • Opportunities: For a more political direction, reach out to Carolina Wooten/IL Chapter. These volunteer opportunities consist of workshops and political lobbying. For more local, hands-on options with nature, try the River Prairie Group. Both local groups and the state chapter work closely with one another.
  • Sign Up:
  • Contact: Volunteer Organizers:
  • Location: Work occurs all over the suburbs and city. Main office: 70 E. Lake Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL  60601
  • Expectations: Varies, flexible
  • Websites: River Prairie and Illinois Chapter

Sustain DuPage

  • Description: This nonprofit is a local platform for transformative action by building a new culture: a DuPage sustainability culture. This group is strengthening our regional economy, taking back our government, and preparing our communities for the dangers of climate change.
  • Opportunities: This group has a number of different projects listed on their website.
  • Sign up: Go online and scroll through to select a project. The categories with the most opportunities are within “Food” and “Restoration”
  • Contact: Andrew Van Gorp, andrewvg@sustaindupage.com
  • Location: Varies
  • Expectations: Varies, flexible
  • Website: https://sustaindupage.com

Wild Ones Greater DuPage

  • Description: This organization prides itself on learning about and implementing native plants around the county. They help members understand more about the importance of Northern Illinois plant life.
  • Opportunities: Wild Ones educate their members and interested visitors about using native plants in the home landscape including yard tours and field trips to natural areas to observe native plants in their natural habitats.
  • Sign Up: Online at https://dupage.wildones.org/volunteers/. Look through their list of volunteer sites to see what location works best for you.
  • Contact: Email Pat Clancy, chapter president, at pjclancy41@gmail.com
  • Location: COD, Glen Ellyn parks, Naperville, and more. A calendar is available at https://dupage.wildones.org/events/.
  • Expectations: Varies, flexible
  • Website: https://dupage.wildones.org/
Service Temporarily Suspended Due to COVID-19

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: Service opportunities include welcoming refugee families to Chicago the very first day they arrive with a Welcome to America! Pack, help a refugee child an hour a week with reading and homework help, commit to visiting a refugee family once a week to answer basic questions about life in the U.S., and show them around their new neighborhood, or help a refugee study for the citizenship test.
  • Sign up: Email Sue Horgan at sue.horgan@exodusworldservice.org
  • 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 sue.horgan@exodusworldservice.org. Also, the Elmhurst University 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 walshm@elmhurst.edu 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.
  • Website: exodusworldservice.org

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, CPizzitola@fmsc.org, (847) 519-9614
  • Location: 740 Wiley Farm Ct. Schaumburg, IL 60173 (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.
  • Website: fmsc.org

Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Relief

  • 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: bit.ly/ICNAReliefWaiver
  • Contact: Zak Sirajullah, Field and Volunteer Coordinator(866) 354-0102 ext. 3101
    zakariya.sirajullah@icnarelief.org
  • 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: icnachicago.org

World Relief Dupage/Aurora

  • Description: World Relief Chicagoland has welcomed refugees and immigrants since 1979. Through partnership with volunteers from the community and partner churches, we offer holistic services designed to promote local integration so that refugees and immigrants root and flourish in supportive communities. We invite you to partner with us in this mission!
  • Opportunities: World Relief is seeking volunteers, interns, and AmeriCorps members to work alongside the families we serve in collaboration with our staff team. A variety of volunteer opportunities is available, from providing homework help to youth, tutoring an adult in English skills, mentoring a young adult, or befriending a newly arrived refugee.
  • Sign up: Apply online
  • Contact: Holly Tseng, Volunteer Mobilization Director, HTseng@wr.org, (630) 462-7566 x 1046
  • Location: Carol Stream, IL. Additional volunteer placements are available elsewhere in DuPage County and the city of Aurora, as well as within the Albany Park area of Chicago.
  • Expectations: 1-2 hours one day/week for a full semester or the full academic year.
  • Additional Information: A background check is required for students who are interested in volunteering. There are some behind-the-scenes administrative options in Carol Stream as well, such as office support, filing, etc.

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 Beth Hahn at bhahn@thecommunityhouse.org
  • Contact: Beth Hahn, Youth Recreation Program Director, bhahn@thecommunityhouse.org
  • 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 help by visiting patients and providing companionship in various facilities. They might read a book, play music, 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 is priceless.
  • Contact: Monika Alcheikh, Volunteer Coordinator for Heartland Hospice, Westmont, monika.alcheikh@hcr-manorcare.org, (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. Heartland offers convenient training days/times and when needed, will meet volunteers in their own communities. A portion of the training is done in person and typically takes a few hours (depending on group size/questions etc.). The other portion is given to the volunteer to complete on their own time. Volunteers on-board like employees with paperwork to complete, a background check, and TB screening- all of which are completed at no charge. Heartland continually tracks hours, mileage, and is happy to provide letters of recommendation to prospective job opportunities.
  • Website: heartlandhospice.com

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Illinois

  • Description: Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s advocates and staff work tirelessly to support victims at no charge, advocate for stronger laws and create a future of No More Victims.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to record court proceedings, educate students in the schools, help with event set-up/clean up, research among other tasks.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Bonnie Jones at Bonnie.Jones@madd.org or (630) 541-6099 ext. 7752
  • Location: A local office for MADD is located in Lake Forest, but programs happen all over the state of Illinois.
  • Expectations: Time commitment varies depending on what the volunteer signs up to do.
  • Website: madd.org/illinois

NAMI DUPAGE

  • 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
  • Contactservice.learning@elmhurst.edu
  • Location: 115 N County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187
  • Website: namidupage.org

Ronald McDonald House

Synapse House

  • Description: Synapse House’s mission is to Engage, Empower, Employ individuals affected by brain injury and stroke.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers work side-by-side with Clubhouse Members and staff accomplishing rehabilitative goals that make a significant difference in Member lives and our non-profit organization. Roles include being an outing assistant, leading an arts or music group, assisting with photography or videography, or working in the bakery as an assistant or with sales.
  • Sign-up: Online
  • Contact: (877) 932-1120, email: info@synapsehouse.org
  • Location: 561 N. York St., Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • Website: synapsehouse.org

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: Julia Forte, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator, at fortej@metrofamily.org
  • Contact: Julia Forte, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator, at (312) 848-8058 or fortej@metrofamily.org
  • Shop Locations: Central Store, 1512 N. Naper Blvd., Suite 172, Naperville, IL, (630) 955-9599
  • Website

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, sallykurfirst@gmail.com, (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.
  • Website: thehopechest.net

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 bsrb@wingsprogram.com
  • Contact: Bruna Srb ICDVP, manager of volunteer services, bsrb@wingsprogram.com, (847) 519-7820 ext. 216
  • Location: P.O. Box 95615, Palatine, IL 60095
  • Website: wingsprogram.com

Community Access Naperville (CAN)

Easterseals

Marklund

  • 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, lesposito@marklund.org, (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: marklund.org

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, ccline@nedsra.org, (630) 576-4039
  • Location: 1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison, Illinois 60101, (630) 620-4500
  • Website: nedsra.org

PALS Summer Program

  • Description: PALS Programs creates inclusive camp experiences for people with and without Down syndrome. Our volunteer-led programs change attitudes, transform lives, and inspire a world of belonging.
  • Opportunities:  Volunteers attend camp for free, and are offered a wide range of opportunities. To efficiently execute a successful program, PALS seeks volunteers to fill the following roles: camp counselor, counselor in training, camp PALS support, medical, and media.
  • Sign up: Apply online
  • Contact: support@palsprorams.org or (267) 477-7257
  • Location: Campgrounds near Elmhurst campus (other locations listed online)
  • Expectations: Volunteers are expected to attend the full Saturday and Sunday of programming, and will also undergo self-paced virtual training ahead of the program. Volunteers need no prior experience to apply, and they attend camp at no cost. PALS also provides travel reimbursement to eligible applicants. We are taking all necessary precautions to protect participants, including mask-wearing, social distancing, cohort structure, and remaining outdoors for the duration of programming.
  • Additional: Elmhurst Dates: June 26–27, 2021 (other dates at other locations are listed online)
  • Website: palsprograms.org

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: soill.org

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: Ellie Stefanic, Support Service Supervisor, ellis@wdsra.org
  • Location: 116 N. Schmale Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188-2103
  • Website: wdsra.com

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 University and serving for 15 hours and not permanent volunteers.)
  • Contact: Erin Molek, volunteer coordinator,  volunteer@beds-plus.org, (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: beds-plus.org

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.

CREO DuPage

  • Description: CREO is a pre-college preparation program for motivated Hispanic high school students from first-generation college-bound families in DuPage County.
  • Opportunities: One-on-one Academic Coach. Provide support to students in grades 9-12 for one hour per week on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 6:30–8:30 p.m. via hosted Zoom Meeting. ALL Virtual! (Not available during J-Term) Check back for upcoming in-person opportunities.
  • Contact: Email James Johnson james.johnson@creodupage.org, (708) 232-3132
  • Website: creodupage.org

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, bvaldez1142@sbcglobal.net, (630) 915-7335
  • Location: 232 South York Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • Additional Information: Flexible and can accommodate evening hours as needed.
  • Website: umcelmhurst.org

Elmhurst Pride Collective

  • Description: Our Mission: Show support for the LGBTQ+ community and build a larger network of community allies committed to making Elmhurst safe and inclusive. Objectives: Assist Elmhurst businesses and organizations in their efforts to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, including LGBTQ+ families, friends, and allies, and people of all races, ethnicities, and religions.Create connections among local businesses and organizations that are looking for partnerships and networking opportunities to achieve similar goals in our community.
    Host a variety of social events and educational programming for local businesses and organizations and the community at large. Show support for the LGBTQ+ community and build a larger network of community allies committed to making Elmhurst safe and inclusive.
  • Opportunities: Assist with outreach to local businesses/organizations, schools, medical community. Help plan and execute public educational/social/fundraising events. Assist in updating social media plan, create informative posts. Planning/outreach for Pride Fest 2022 and other related events/initiatives.
  • Sign-up: Please submit a brief Statement of Interest to Stephanie at the email below if you meet the qualifications listed below. Please visit our website to ensure you support our mission. We welcome all who identify as LGBTQ+ or as allies. Email Stephanie Wargin, stephanie@elmhurstpridecollective.com
  • Contact: Stephanie Wargin, President, stephanie@elmhurstpridecollective.com
  • Location: Varies, based on job: in Elmhurst, some from home.
  • Website

Elmhurst Yorkfield 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 University Habitat for Humanity campus chapter offers alternative spring break trips each year during the University’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.
  • Contact Service Learning for more information.

Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)

  • Description: ICNA Relief strives to build healthy communities, strengthen families and create opportunities for those in despair while maintaining their dignity and advocating for their basic human needs. We are a community-based organization and feel it is our sacred responsibility to support those in need in our country regardless of their race, religion, or other identifying features.
  • Opportunities:
    • Family Services: Students can tutor adults and youth in building their basic computer skills (email, google docs, web searches, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Students can also be ESL and homework tutors. This would take place from our Glendale Heights office.
    • Donor Appreciation: Students can write thank you cards or make thank you phone calls to our donors. (This can be from the office or as a virtual option).
    • Food Pantry: Students can pack and distribute food boxes to families in need. Distributions take place in Glendale Heights on Saturdays during a three-hour window.
  • Sign Up: ICNA volunteer sign-up form
  • Contact: Zuby Ahmed, volunteer coordinator, call (630) 935-4003 or email zoubeida.ahmed@icnarelief.org
  • Location:
    • Glendale Heights Food Pantry: 1781 Bloomingdale Rd., Glendale Heights, IL 60139
    • Rogers Park Food Pantry & Resource Center: 2809 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
  • Website: icnarelief.org

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 University 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 service.learning@elmhurst.edu 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: thenightministry.org

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 SolveHungerToday.org
  • Contact:Rose Stelter, rstelter@northernilfoodbank.org, (630) 443-6910 ext. 171
  • Location: 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL 60134
  • Website: SolveHungerToday.org

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, dlewis@oprhc.org, (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: Fill out a volunteer application.
  • Contact: Lucinda Page, Volunteer Department Manager, VolunteerDepartment@Peoplesrc.org, (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: Shifts are available throughout the week. Go here to learn more and complete a volunteer application.
  • Website: peoplesrc.org

Poised for Success

  • Description: Providing women who are 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: Help sort, inspect and prepare donations. Help merchandise clothing. Help with fundraising events.
  • Sign up: Email service.learning@elmhurst.edu 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: poisedforsuccess.org

SAGE West Suburban Senior Services (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders)

  • Description: The mission is to understand and meet the growing needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied community in the western suburbs through outreach and programming delivered with knowledge, sensitivity, and pride. We offer targeted outreach and services to LGBT older adults to promote equality and dignity in service delivery and break down barriers that can limit access to needed services.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to help with current programming which includes a weekly lunch/discussion group, a weekly crafters group, and a monthly movie night in addition to occasional special events.
  • Sign up: Contact Eric Eugenio-Vironet, evironet@cmsschicago.org, (708) 234-1875
  • Contact: WestSuburban@cmsschicago.org, (708) 547-5600
  • Location:  439 Bohland Ave., Bellwood, IL 60104
  • Website: cmsschicago.org

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: info@chicagocares.org
  • 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 University, Dr. Mary Walsh at walshm@elmhurst.edu.
  • Contact: Shefali M. Trivedi, shefali.trivedi@dupageco.org, (630) 407-6458
  • Additional information: Giving DuPage Volunteer Portal with connections to many area organizations: https://givingdupage.galaxydigital.com/landing-page-nov-2020/

Volunteer Match

  • Description: This is one of the largest volunteer networks in the world, with a large number of volunteers, nonprofits, and opportunities. Sign up for a free account and then search by your zip code and area of interest.
  • Website: https://www.volunteermatch.org/

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