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 on Etrieve 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: Chiara Aiello, 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 21 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 summer camps, the Pet Food Pantry, 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 Kelsie Weisenberger, Humane Education Manager, at kelsie.weisenberger@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.
  • Opportunities: EAM is looking for docents, gallery guides, and events volunteers. This opportunity is perfect for those who are looking for museum experience or service hours and are passionate about art, architecture, and enriching the community through education.
    • Become a Docent: Lead public and private tours, support interpretation of the exhibition, and answer general questions. Docents are enthusiastic about art and passionate about connecting with visitors in order to make their experience memorable.
    • Become a Gallery Guide: Monitor and circulate throughout the galleries and ensure the artwork is safe, actively provide museum information to visitors, address their inquiries, orient them to gallery exhibits and museum rules, and assist staff with museum programs and activities.
    • Events Volunteer: supports event set-up and break-down, guest check-in, way-finding, distribution of program materials, participant ushering and guidance, and helps to provide answers about the Museum.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Contact: Anne Edulan, Visitor Services Assistant
  • 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: Joe Abboreno, Volunteer Coordinator, joe.abboreno@gmail.com
  • Location: Inside the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill, Elmhurst IL 60126
  • Expectations: The volunteer shifts are in one-hour blocks between Noon and 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 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: Marnie O’Reilly, Administrative Assistant, marnie.orielly@elmhurst.org or (630) 530-3325
  • 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

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Lizzadro Museum

  • Description: The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art is dedicated to sharing with others the eternal beauty of cut and polished stone. Our focus on lapidary art inspires and educates all people to gain an appreciation of the art created from the gems and minerals of the world.
  • Opportunities:
    • Front Desk Assistant: Responsible for handling front office reception and administration duties, greeting visitors and taking admissions, answering phones and handling visitor questions, and receiving program reservations.
    • Educator Assistant: Responsible for assisting the Educator with education programs and school field trips, work with children of varying ages, help with program set-up and take-down, be available to answer questions.
    • Special Events Volunteer: The Museum hosts a number of special events and programs throughout the year, including outdoor promotion events such as “Dino Day,” as well as “Lapidary Day.” These programs include hands-on activities geared towards children. Volunteers must be able to interact with a variety of visitors and assist children working on activities sponsored by the Museum.
  • Contact: Sara Kurth, educator@lizzadromuseum.org
  • Location: 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL, 60523
  • Additional Info: All volunteers working with children must submit to a background check. No prior knowledge of geology, lapidary, or museum work is required, however an enthusiasm for some or all of those topics is highly recommended. All applicants must be 16 years old or older to volunteer
  • Website: lizzadromuseum.org

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: Michaela Hagen, Guest Services Representative, (630) 420-6104 or nsvolunteer@naperville.il.us.
  • 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

DuPage United (Part of Metro IAF)

  • Description: DuPage United is an inclusive, non-profit, fiercely non-partisan organization whose members are civil society institutions: churches, mosques, synagogues, non-profit agencies, and associations. This mix of institutions have come together to form public relationships and to act together to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. DuPage United engages in democratic action in the public arena.
  • Opportunities: Work directly with a couple of leaders and/or organizer in 1 to 2 institutions (congregation, school, apartment complex) to conduct small group listening session and meet one to one with people to identify concerns and work with team to turn problem into an issue with an action strategy in the public arena. This is direct engagement in public life (politics) WITHOUT being partisan. You will have access to leadership training on the ground/hands on and in classroom setting. Current initiatives include accessible and affordable housing, mental health and gun safety.
  • Sign Up: Email emilyteisingdg@gmail.com a few sentences about why you are interested in this opportunity. Refer to attributes listed under “Additional info.”
  • Contact: Text or leave a voicemail for Emily Teising at (609) 575-8276 or email emilyteisingdg@gmail.com
  • Location: Students working with DuPage United will travel to sites across DuPage County for meetings. The DuPage United has an office within Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn.
  • Website: https://dupageunited.org/

Additional Information

The Work Involves:

Working directly with a couple of leaders and/or organizer in 1 to 2 institutions (congregation, school, apartment complex) to conduct small group listening session and meet one to one with people to identify concerns and work with team to turn problem into an issue with an action strategy in the public arena. This is direct engagement in public life (politics) WITHOUT being partisan. You will have access to leadership training on the ground/hands on and in classroom setting.

Applicants Should Posses the Following Attributes:

  1. NATIVE INTELLIGENCE—not necessarily academic letters after your name, but the ability to think, reflect, communicate, challenge the conventional wisdom, make judgments in complicated situations, and show flexibility.
  2. ANGER AND EDGE—not temper, not ideological fervor, not an abstract commitment to “the people,” but a clear sense of what’s wrong, impatience in the face of that wrong, and a drive to build enough power to successfully address it.
  3. A WILLINGNESS TO CROSS RACE AND CULTURE—willing to work with people unlike yourself, people of other races, ethnicities, classes, orientations, faiths, politics, and philosophies.
  4. A TRACK RECORD—some evidence (in high school, college, the local community, or your family or workplace) of attempting to respond to situations that seemed to demand response and some success in whatever field or career or endeavor has occupied your time until now.
  5. A DRIVE TO BE “ON THE GROUND” IN COMMUNITIES DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY INJUSTICE—examples that show you embrace the organizing tradition pioneered by the organizers and leaders excerpted in the new and award-winning anthology Reveille for a New Generation (www.actapublications.com).

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League of Women Voters of Elmhurst

  • Description: Empowering voters. Defending democracy.
  • Opportunities: LWV of Elmhurst will make the student a member of our League so that the student will be covered by liability insurance. The student could be an observer for the Elmhurst Park District or another governmental agency. Possibility of working on social media.
  • Expectations: no definite hours/time
  • Sign-up: Contact president.lwvelmhurst@gmail.com
  • Contact: see above
  • Location: No physical location

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 sources, processes and distributes free, quality children’s books to increase book ownership among under-served children 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

CARE: Cultivating Academic Readiness and Excellence

  • Description: 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: Email Lara Shwarz at lschwarz@bsd2.org
  • 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
    2. Tioga Elementary School, 212 West Memorial Street, Bensenville, Grades: Pre-K–5
    3. WA Johnson School, 252 South Ridgewood Avenue, Bensenville, Grades: K-5
  • Expectations: A minimum of one hour, one day per week for the semester is required.
  • Website

Chicago HOPES for Kids

  • Description: Chicago HOPES for Kids provides comprehensive support to Chicago students and families experiencing homelessness. We are committed to our children’s educational development and long-term empowerment through academic support, dedicated mentorship and basic needs services. HOPES Volunteers are essential to our daily programming! Volunteers have the opportunity to support students experiencing homelessness academically, while gaining skills in leadership, trauma-informed care and social emotional learning.
  • Opportunities: Our year round program is an opportunity to provide academic support, and build relationships with students from Kindergarten-9th grade who are experiencing homelessness. As an after-school volunteer you will empower students through learning, and have fun along the way! Volunteers assist in facilitating the HOPES curriculum curriculum, which includes: homework help, literacy support & enrichment (ex. STEAM activities). Volunteers will work with 1 to 3 children at a time depending on the number of students at the site.
  • Sign up:
    • For new, interested Volunteers: Sign up for an upcoming informational session here
    • For Returning Volunteers: Check out our project catalog through our volunteering platform, Volunteer Matters here. You can sign up for any of our current volunteer opportunities!
  • Contact: volunteer@chicagohopesforkids.org
  • Location: Shelter sites and times:
    • South Side Locations 
      • Englewood, Primo Center
      • *South Shore, Back of the Yards
      • South Chicago, Casa Esperanza, Believe
    • North Side Locations
      • Uptown-Cornerstone
      • *Lakeview, Edgewater
      • Rogers Park, Good News Partners

*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 up to 2 hours, depending on the program and site, Monday-Thursday. We ask that volunteers select a site and consistent day of the week that they will volunteer for the entirety of the program semester. Through your commitment, you will build stronger relationships with the students we serve.
  • Additional Information:
    • Must be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or GED.
    • Must attend a mandatory orientation.
    • Must pass a background check and complete onboarding paperwork.
    • Must be comfortable working with multiple students in an occasional fast-paced environment.
    • Must commit to one session (2-3 hours) per week for the duration of the semester.
    • COVID Vaccination not required but highly encouraged.
  • 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 Kelci Bednar at kbednar@thecommunityhouse.org
  • Contact: Kelci Bednar, Program Director, kbednar@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.
    • 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: Katerine Torres – katerine.torres@creodupage.org , (630) 984-0244
  • Additional information: Complete the Volunteer Application, which includes a criminal background check, interview with one of our staff members, and complete the Volunteer Training.
  • For more information and to apply, visit the CREO DuPage website.

D45 Mentorship Program

  • Organization Name: School District 45, DuPage County
  • Description: D45 is a collaborative community preparing students to successfully navigate a dynamic world.
  • Opportunities: D45 seeks to offer Elm U students real-world experience with today’s youth in their local community through a mentorship program aimed at helping D45 students establish a positive connection at their school.
  • Participating Elm U students will acquire tailored training that will guide them in reaching this objective. This experience will not only help prepare Elm U students for a future of working with and guiding today’s youth but will also help Elm U students develop skills applicable across career fields, including:
    • Leadership skills
    • Listening skills
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Adaptability
    • Empathy
  • The program is being piloted at Ardmore Elementary School.
  • Sign Up: A single 1.5-hour training is required for volunteers to become mentors. Sign up for a training by filling out the D45 Mentoring Program form by October 2023
  • Contact: For questions, email D45’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Claudia Garcia, at cgarcia@d45.org.
  • Location: Ardmore Elementary School, 225 S. Harvard Avenue, Villa Park, IL 60181
  • Additional info: After completing training, mentors will be matched with one or more mentees depending on the mentor’s availability. Mentor/mentee meeting times will also depend on the mentor’s availability.
  • Expectations: All volunteers must complete a 1.5-hour training to become mentors and commit to meeting for 15-30 minutes weekly or bi-weekly with their mentees at the school during the school day.  All mentors must complete the Volunteer Profile Form prior to their first meeting with their mentee(s). Forms will be made available on the day of training.
  • Website: d45.org

Elmhurst Library

  • 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
  • Location: 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst
  • Expectations: Flexible hours
  • Website: elmhurstpubliclibrary.org

Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center

  • Description: Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center (GECRC) offers out-of-school programming that empowers under-resourced K-12 students to meet state and local standards for academic and social-emotional learning; involves students in activities that enrich learning; and connects families to schools and other resources necessary to support student success and well-being. GECRC programs make space where students, their parents, educators, and community members can develop mutually enriching relationships that support and inspire learning and growth.
  • 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: Volunteer Coordinator, Polly Cooper; volunteer@gecrc.com
  • Expectations: Tutor for at least one hour a week, at least one day a week.
  • Location: Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center, 346 Taft Ave., Suite 205, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
    Tutoring Sites: Churchill Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Parkview Elementary, Hadley Junior High, or Glen Crest Middle School
  • 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), cgarza@addison-il.org, (630) 628-2680
  • Additional Information: Must pass a background check.
  • 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. JA provides in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities 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
    mramos@jachicago.org
  • Location: Various K-12 virtual volunteer experiences throughout the Chicagoland area.
  • Additional Information: Training will take place virtually. Students can also volunteer for as many opportunities needed to accomplish the number of hours needed.
  • Website

The LeaderShop

  • Description: The LeaderShop empowers youth to become community-minded individuals through diverse programs that foster confidence, knowledge and leadership.  Our vision is to build an ever-growing network of youth energized by service and responsibility to self, community and the world.
  • Opportunities: Elmhurst students can engage in service learning through the following programs.
    • After School Homework Programs: The LeaderShop provides homework help and opportunities for social emotional learning for K-8 grade students in three different locations.  These programs meet twice a week for 1.5 hours (times vary by site either 3:00-4:30 or 3:30-5:00). Volunteers can choose to volunteer both days or once a week.  Service learners will develop relationships with children while assisting them with homework and will have the opportunity to plan and implement a variety of activities such as teambuilding, social emotional learning and crafts after homework is complete.
    • Junior High and/or High School Leadership Programs: Service Learners can support junior high and high school students in planning and implementing service projects that benefit the community, assist with creating and delivering information-sharing workshops and supervise social recreational activities. The Junior High Program typically meets on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 and High School Programs typically meets on Thursday from 4:30-6:00.
    • Mentoring Program: The LeaderShop’s Mentoring Program matches screened adults with children in need of extra support and guidance. Matches meet off-site and engage in activities they both enjoy. In an effort to keep the kids on our waitlist connected, our program offers a monthly Mentor Event that all matches and participants are invited to. Service Learners can assist with the supervision of these events and if interested can help plan and lead the monthly activities.  Monthly events are held from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
    • Community Volunteer Opportunities: Other community organizations often look to The LeaderShop for youth volunteers for their special events and fundraisers. Examples include:  pancake breakfasts, 5K runs, raking for seniors, park district and village holiday events, etc. Service Learners can help with the supervision of youth for these activities. These activities vary by day of week, time of day and amount of time requested.
    • Marketing/Social Media: For students interested in going into Marketing, The LeaderShop offers opportunities for Service Learners to work with our Development Department to create and manage marketing materials and social media posts. This opportunity offers flexibility in scheduling.
  • Sign Up: Contact Cathy Pierson, Director of Volunteers and External Relations at cathyp@theleadershop.org or call (708) 579-5898
  • Location: 4903 S. Willow Springs Road – LaGrange, IL 60525 (most programs take place off site throughout Lyons and southern Proviso Townships)
  • Additional Info: The LeaderShop requires all staff, interns and service learners to either be vaccinated or wear a mask when working with youth and staff. In addition, all adult volunteers are required to pass a criminal background check.
  • Website
  • Expectations: Ideally, Service Learners would select the particular volunteer opportunity they are interested in and commit to the following schedule for each:
    • After-School Programs: once or twice a week
    • Junior High and High School Programs: once a week
    • Marketing/Social Media: once a week
    • Mentoring Program: once a month
    • Community Volunteer Opportunities: once a month or as needed

Math Tutoring at York Community Resource Center After School Program

  • Description: York Community Resource Center is a multi-purpose neighborhood resource center serving the residents of Villa Park.
  • Opportunities: Assist middle school students in building academic skills in math. Tutors are needed on a weekly basis to help with one to two middle school students from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.  Students need assistance with the following math topics: understanding ratios, numerical data sets, rational numbers, probability models, square root/cube root, and irrational numbers.
  • Sign Up:  https://weareoutreach.org/volunteer/
  • Contact: Mindy Inman, director of volunteer services at minman@weareoutreach.org
  • 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: mercyhome.org

Parkview Collective

  • Description: The Parkview Collective is a program focused on supporting students in District 45. The program emphasizes the importance of education and aims to meet the academic and social needs of students in age-appropriate ways. Volunteers contribute by engaging in activities such as reading with students, mentoring, providing classroom assistance, and participating in small group life skills learning.
  • Opportunities:As a volunteer, you can choose from several service opportunities based on your interests and availability. The available roles include:
    1. Reading with students: You can help students improve their reading skills by reading with them and providing guidance.
    2. Mentoring: By becoming a mentor, you will have the chance to provide guidance, support, and positive role modeling to students. Mentoring opportunities are available on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 PM or during lunch.
    3. Classroom help: Volunteers can assist teachers in classrooms, supporting students with their educational activities and creating an inclusive learning environment.
    4. Small group life skills learning: Engage with students in small group settings to teach and develop essential life skills that will benefit them in their personal and academic lives.

     

  • Schedule: Volunteer openings are available from Monday to Thursday, between 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM. If you prefer mentoring, the opportunity is specifically on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. You can select the day that works best for you based on your availability.
  • Sign Up: Please contact Alison Gardiner at alison@parkview.cc for more information and/or a link to the online volunteer application.
  • Contact: Alison Gardiner at alison@parkview.cc
  • Location: New Hope Church: 230 W Plymouth St., Villa Park, IL 60181
  • 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 interact will middle school youth and will be hands on to assist with projects that involve cooking, crafting, and workshop items. Dates for upcoming 4-week sessions are to be determined. Please contact us for information about future sessions.
  • 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: Volunteers are expected to interact with junior high youth. The connection between the middle school and college age students is an important part of this program. Volunteers will play games and talk to the students during supervised free time and will also help during programmed time as needed in the kitchen, workshop, or craft room. Assistance for set-up and clean-up is also part of the position.The program works in four-week sessions from 3:30–5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Volunteers should arrive at 2:30 p.m. for set-up and instructions for the day’s projects.
  • 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.

York Literacy Project

  • Description: The York Literacy Project is a partnership between the York Community Resource Center and the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department and the Spanish Department at Elmhurst University.
  • 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 Monday, February 13. Copy Allison Skiple, askip5338@365.elmhurst.edu, on this email. 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.
  • Location: Villa Park
  • Expectations: The commitment to this project involves one day per week, 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. Students who are not available on Tuesdays but who are interested in this project, or interested in serving at York Resource Center, should let Dr. Walsh know so that we can think about alternate possibilities. Students participating in this project may have their service recognized on their transcripts and receive credit toward the Integrated Curriculum Experiential Learning requirement. Contact Dr. Walsh for more information on this possibility.

Elmhurst Great Western Prairie

  • Description: Elmhurst Great Western Prairie is a six-acre remnant of native prairie that is a park within the Elmhurst Park District. This area is the oldest living environment in Elmhurst. Volunteers help the Park District to maintain and enhance 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. 2024 work mornings: 1/20, 2/17, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15, 7/20, 8/17, 9/21, 10/19, and 11/16.
  • 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. Include a completed Adopt-a-Park waiver.
  • 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. (For GPS, you may try 401 Prairie Path Lane, Elmhurst, IL.)
  • 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. Knit pants and shirts tend to pick up velcro-like seeds and burrs that are really annoying to try to remove. Sturdier fabrics like denim and chambray are easier. 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, Facebook page, Video

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: Students are encouraged to reach out for remote internship and volunteer opportunities. Our outreach staff may have occasional in-person events where students could support. Find out more online at: https://www.faithinplace.org/.
  • Sign up: Email service.learning@elmhurst.edu and Elena Canler (they/them), Deputy Director, at elena@faithinplace.org.
  • Contact:  Elena Canler (they/them), Deputy Director, at elena@faithinplace.org
  • Location: The Faith in Place team works remotely across Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin to support communities of faith from diverse religious traditions as well as people who identify as spiritual or motivated by justice but don’t identify with a specific faith tradition in advancing environmental and racial justice. Our headquarters are located at 5416 S Cornell Ave, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60615-5604.
  • Expectations: Varies, Flexible, Remote.
  • Website: https://www.faithinplace.org/
  • Additional Information: Learn more about Faith in Place’s commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) here: https://www.faithinplace.org/who-we-are

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 and at our native plant nursery garden within Blackwell Forest Preserve. 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. The native plant nursery workdays take place between April and November and include: weeding, prepping walkways, planting, seed collection, seed processing, watering and general garden tasks.
  • Sign up: Online here or contact Kathy Lech at klech@dupageforest.org, (630) 206-9630
  • Contact: Kathy Lech, Stewardship Technician, Grounds Management and Natural Resources Complex, 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. 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: Students will work directly with the Foundation’s President and Executive Director, Debra Walker Johnson on our refreshing our Tree and Bench Program, and events to secure resources to support the Forest Preserves.
  • Sign up: info@forestpreservefoundation.org, (312) 603-8349
  • Contact: Debra Walker Johnson ’19, Debra.WalkerJohnson@forestpreservefoundation.org, (312) 603-8349
  • 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: Glen Ellyn Park District stewards natural areas in eight parks.  Volunteers play an important role in managing and restoring the ecology of local woodland, prairie, and wetland habitats. The goals of ecological restoration are bigger than any one person. It succeeds only through the diligent work of passionate people over many years and many generations. Be a part of this legacy of volunteer stewardship that benefits both wildlife and people, now and in the future.
  • Opportunities: Volunteers join staff at Restoration Workdays for invasive plant removal, native tree/shrub/flower planting, native seed harvesting, and more. Gain hands-on experience protecting and restoring natural areas. Learn about the challenges of this work in the Chicago area and how we address them.
  • Sign up: Restoration Workdays are offered one Saturday per month, from 9–11 a.m. and rotate through various parks according to the schedule on the park district website. Additional special opportunities may arise, as well. https://gepark.org/volunteer/
  • Groups larger than five people are asked to notify us; individuals can just show up.
  • Contact: Laurie Bellmar, Environmental Outreach Specialist, Email: lbellmar@gepark.org, Phone: (630) 942-7273
  • Location: Various Glen Ellyn Park District natural areas.
  • 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 students should dress for the weather and conditions. Wear protective clothing for off-trail work (e.g., pants, closed-toe shoes/boots, hat, sunglasses, etc.). Bring a water bottle and a pair of work gloves. A limited supply of work gloves is available for loan. Tools and safety gear will be provided. Procedures and techniques will be explained at the beginning of the workday.
  • Website: https://gepark.org/recreation/nature/

Just Roots Chicago

  • Description: To advance our vision, we work in collaboration with communities to develop and expand access to local, sustainably grown food. We carry out this mission through three core pillars: sustainable agriculture, education, and community building.
  • Opportunities: Volunteer opportunities for student, class, and other groups as well as individuals. We can partner with service learning classes, provide internships, and support students in our Growing Young Leaders summer employment program. The opportunities include training in sustainable growing practices on the farm and other leadership development, like facilitation, work ethic, and more.
  • Sign Up: Apply for or learn more about Growing Young Leaders here and sign up to volunteer here.
  • Contact: Email Celie Davis, Co-Director, at celie@justrootschicago.org for paid opportunities and Jess Tang, Programs Manager, at jess@justrootschicago.org for volunteer opportunities.
  • Location: It Takes A Village Community Farm, 2500 223rd St, Sauk Village, IL 60411.
  • Additional Info: Please dress for the weather and bring a full water bottle.
  • Website: justrootschicago.org
  • Expectations: We are on the farm Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings.

SCARCE

  • Description: For over 32 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: info@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 does not presently have service-learning opportunities but directs interested parties to organizations with which we have relationships.
  • Sign Up: Online listing of organizations at https://dupage.wildones.org/volunteers/.  Look through the list to see organizations that need help.
  • Contact: Email GreaterDupageWildOnes@gmail.com if you have any questions.
  • Location: Depends on the organization and opportunity that is offered, but all will be within DuPage County.
  • Expectations: Varies, flexible
  • Website: https://dupage.wildones.org/
Chapters Living Elmhurst
  • Description: At Chapters Living Elmhurst, our mission is to provide the finest care and best everyday life for seniors who need Memory Care Assisted Living through individually designed programs combined with a compassionate dedication to each resident’s comfort and needs. Through our mission, our associates, residents, and their families join together to create a haven of dignity, empowerment, well-being and comfort.
  • Opportunities: Life enrichment/activities; volunteer activities (reading to residents, playing games, resident support); sales and marketing (event planning, marketing campaigns); operations; human resources;
    accounts payable; payroll; and more.
  • Sign Up: Email Donna Germann dgermann@chapters-living.com or 630-359-3113
  • Contact: Donna Germann, Chief Experience Officer, dgermann@chapters-living.com
  • Location: 123 W. Brush Hill Drive, Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • Additional Information: Please read the Volunteer Policy and Procedure document.
  • Website: https://www.chaptersliving.com/elmhurst
West Suburban Senior Services (a part of Chicago Methodist Senior Services)
  • Description: A longstanding Senior Center in Bellwood, West Suburban Senior Services (WSSS) has been providing community-based services for older adults in the near west Cook County suburbs since 1973. West Suburban is a non-profit organization which assists senior citizens and their families in remaining active, engaged, healthy, secure, and independent for as long as feasible. WSSS encourages independence and personal choices through a continuum of supportive services that will meet the needs of a diverse community while recognizing each individual’s goals, dignity, and ability to achieve his or her own quality of life.
  • Opportunities: Come engage with older adults at our Senior Center where we host regular activities such as exercise, bingo, cognitive games, educational presentations, and a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Sign-up: Call WSSS Senior Center Director Maggie Dodd at 708-234-1869
  • Contact: Maggie Dodd 708-234-1869 OR maggie.dodd@cmsschicago.org
  • Location: 439 Bohland Ave Bellwood, IL 60104
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/WSSeniors
  • Expectations – We follow guidelines for congregate dining sites which is currently “Masks Encouraged” but subject to change. Busiest times in the Senior Center are typically 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

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 Jody May at jody.may@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 Jody May at jody.may@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
  • 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: https://icnarelief.org/volunteer/#volunteer
  • Contact: Nasreen Khan, Volunteer Coordinator, (866) 354-0102 nasreen.khan@icnarelief.org
  • Location:Volunteers may be assigned to our food pantry, our main office in Glendale Heights, or another local area where we could use their assistance. The office is at 1698 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights. The pantry is at 1781 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights.
  • Additional Information: We offer community service hours for individuals who need to fulfill them through volunteering. Please let us know in advance in order that we can issue you a confirmation letter once you have completed your required hours.
  • Website: https://icnarelief.org/about-us/

World Relief Chicagoland

  • Description: World Relief is seeking volunteers and interns 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, or befriending a newly arrived refugee. Internships are available across our different programs.
  • 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 to Volunteer | Apply to Intern
  • Contact: Adam Feralio, Volunteer Mobilization Coordinator, VolunteerChicagoland@wr.org, (773) 389-6013
  • Location: Carol Stream, IL. Additional volunteer and intern placements are available elsewhere in DuPage County and the City of Aurora, as well as in the City of Chicago, specifically the Albany Park, West Ridge, and Rogers Park neighborhoods. Some virtual opportunities, especially for youth and English tutoring, are also available.
  • 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: Kelci Bednar at kbednar@thecommunityhouse.org
  • Contact: Kelci Bednar, Program Director, kbednar@thecommunityhouse.org
  • Location: 415 W. Eighth Street, Hinsdale, IL, 60521
  • Website

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: Erin Payton, Executive Director, erin.payton@madd.org, (630) 541-6099 ext. 7751
  • 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: IL.state@madd.org

NAMI DUPAGE

  • Description: NAMI DuPage’s mission is to provide support, advocacy, and education in order to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illness and their families.
  • Opportunities: Thank you for your interest in becoming a NAMI DuPage volunteer or intern! As a grass-roots organization, volunteers and interns have always been the heart and soul of NAMI; they make us who we are! If you are passionate about mental health and those living with mental illnesses, then you will thrive during your time volunteering with us. We offer a variety of ways to get involved, and are grateful for the help that you can offer as we work together to help provide education, advocacy and support to those living with a mental health condition and their families, in DuPage County.
    • Reception
    • Recovery Support Specialist
    • Family Partnership Professional
    • Support Group Facilitator
    • Job Coach
    • Social & Recreation Facilitator
    • Speaker
    • Administrative
    • Events
    • Plus More!
  • Additional Information: 
    • 18 years of age and older
    • We are a non-clinical agency; we are a peer-led agency
    • Internships are unpaid and part-time
    • Support Group observations are not allowed
  • Sign up:  Online form
  • Contact: Cindy Kaczmarczyk at c.kaczmarczyk@namidupage.org
  • Location: 115 N County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187
  • Website: namidupage.org

Oasis Hospice and Palliative Care

  • Description: Oasis Hospice compassionately serves Cook, Will and DuPage counties in Illinois. Our quality service speaks for itself with testimonials from families we serve. We desire to bring refuge to every patient and family we care for. As a faith-based organization, hospice care is a calling and not just a profession. We offer each patient the best care options that best meet their needs. Our team members are experienced in the health care industry in general and hospice care, in particular.
  • Opportunities:
    • Hospice Visitor Volunteer – spend time with patients providing companionship or helping with light chores.
    • Wellness Call Volunteer – provide a friendly ear to patients for a weekly check-in call.
    • Vigil Volunteer – specially trained volunteers who sit at the bedside of a patient in their final hours.
    • Veteran Volunteer – assist fellow veteran patients with visits.
    • Bereavement Volunteer – specially trained volunteers who provide emotional support to families after their loved one has passed.
    • Office Volunteer – help with mailings and other office tasks.
    • Special Projects – where your creativity provides joy for patients through baking, music, crocheting/knitting, sewing, and more.
    • Outreach Volunteer – help represent Oasis at events.
  • Sign Up: by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Contact Person: Volunteer Coordinator Miranda Denler, (773) 941-4838 (office), (312) 544-9418 (cell), or dmiranda@oasishospice.us
  • Location: Cook, DuPage and Will counties, available opportunities vary with patient census and needs.
  • Additional Info:
    • 18 years of age and older
    • Medical requirements include vaccinations, physical, and drug screening
    • Reliable transportation, driver’s license and car insurance
    • Background check
    • One year minimum since the loss of a loved one
    • Training will be provided
  • Website: https://oasishospice.us/
  • Expectations: Once training is completed, it will remain valid for one year and can be renewed through an evaluation with the Volunteer Coordinator. There is no set number of hours expected from our volunteers as needs and opportunities vary.

Pro Medica 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, 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 ProMedica Hospice, Westmont, monika.alcheikh@promedica.org , (630) 323-0119
  • Location: Although ProMedica 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: They request a minimum visit frequency of 2 times within 30 days, Visits vary in length, but are typically around 20-30 minutes each. Some patients may need/want more time and if schedule permits, a visit can extend longer. 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.
  • Website: https://www.promedicahospice.org/

Ronald McDonald House

  • Description: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) provides housing, support, and community so families with sick children can stay together. Every year, thousands of children and families travel to receive care at one of Chicago’s world-renowned hospitals. Through our Ronald McDonald House® and Family Room® programs, we have been by their side since 1977, providing a caring and compassionate environment where families can rest and find support while remaining close to their hospitalized child.
  • Opportunities: We need volunteers with a passion for our mission and the flexibility to help with wide-ranging tasks to keep things running smoothly at our Ronald McDonald Houses and Family Rooms. There are many ways to volunteer with RMHC-CNI. The RMHC-CNI College Representative Program gives students the opportunity to volunteer in a flexible capacity to volunteer within their communities to raise awareness and support for the organization. Click here to learn more: The RMHC-CNI College Representative Program
  • Sign Up: Contact Melanie Keen
  • Contact: Melanie Keen, Manager of Community Engagement, mkeen@rmhccni.org
  • Location: RMHC-CNI has five Ronald McDonald and three In-Hospital Programs at which you can volunteer.
  • Ronald McDonald Houses:
    • RMH near Advocate Children’s Hospital: 4410 W. 93rd, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
    • RMH near Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital: ON150 Winfield Rd., Winfield, IL 60190
    • RMH inside Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital: 250 E Superior St. Chicago, IL 60611
    • RMH near Loyola University Medical Center: 1 Airmail Rd., Hines, IL 60141
    • RMH near Lurie Children’s Hospital: 211 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
    • RMH near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital: 5444 S. Drexel Ave., Chicago, IL 60615
  • Ronald McDonald in-Hospital Programs:
    • Ronald McDonald Family Room in Edward Hospital
    • Ronald McDonald Family Room in Lurie Children’s Hospital
    • Ronald McDonald House inside Northwestern Prentice Hospital
  • Additional Info: Interact professionally with guests, other volunteers, donors, visitors, and RMHC-CNI staff.
    • Complete simple household tasks and maintain a clean and functional space. Responsibilities vary widely but may include: cleaning, doing laundry, and changing light bulbs, as well as restocking or organizing common spaces, kitchens, and storage areas.
    • Work at the front desk to welcome and assist guests, accept donations, assist with administrative projects and answer the phone. Give tours to volunteer groups, families, and other visitors.
    • Help families by preparing guest rooms for their arrival, answering basic questions, and directing them throughout the House or Family Room.
    • Assist with the preparation for and/or cleanup of volunteer group activities.
    • Remain flexible and willing to complete wide-ranging tasks to meet current needs
  • Website: rmhccni.org
  • Expectations: Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination in order to participate at RMHC-CNI locations.
    • Agreement with and alignment to all RMHC-CNI rules, policies and protocols, including our current, post-COVID participation requirements.
    • Must be at least 18 years of age.
    • Ability to work professionally and collaboratively with other volunteers and RMHC-CNI staff.
    • Desire to create and maintain a caring and compassionate environment for guest families.
    • Willingness to engage with and provide service to all families and visitors.
    • Volunteers must be dependable, trustworthy, friendly and flexible.

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: deborah@synapsehouse.org
  • Location: Synapse House 3130 Finley Rd., Suite 520, Downers Grove, IL 60515
  • Website: synapsehouse.org

Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage

  • Description: Transforms lives by offering help and hope to those affected by domestic violence. Programming includes emergency shelter, court services and orders of protection, supportive services for children and adults, community-based services and prevention services.
  • Opportunities: Shelter Grocery Shopper, Make Meals for Sheltered Clients, Hotline Counselor,  Court and Victim Advocacy Volunteer, Gift Donation management, Upkeep of Yard, Group/Corporate volunteer events, Fundraising, Host a Donation Drive, Volunteer at the Family Shelter Service or Treasure House Resale Shops.
  • Sign up: Julia Forte, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator, at fortej@metrofamily.org
  • Contact: Julia Forte, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator, at (312) 758-9557 or fortej@metrofamily.org
  • Resale Shop Locations:
    • Family Shelter Service Resale Store:1512 Naper Blvd. Naperville 60563
    • Treasure House Resale:
      497 Pennsylvania Ave. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 
  • Metropolitan Family Services (metrofamily.org)

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 DuPage and Fox Valley

  • Description: Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley turns uncertainty into possibility for infants and children with developmental delays and disabilities. Each week more than 1,000 children come through our doors and across our screens to receive in-person and tele-therapy services that help them build skills and access resources they need to live, learn, work and play.
  • Opportunities: There are many ways to get involved with Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley throughout the year. We offer a range of volunteer opportunities to support our programs. Choose what works best for your team or add your own ideas. Activities include:
    • Run for the Kids 5K
    • Bike for the Kids
    • Trunk or Treat
    • Spring Clean Up
    • Themed Activities & more!
  • Additional Information: Volunteers must complete the volunteer application form. Some positions may require a background check, confidentiality form, and ethics form.
  • Sign up: Online
  • Location: 830 S Addison Ave, Villa Park IL
  • Website: easterseals.com

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: Nikki Osterloh, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, nosterloh@marklund.org, (630) 593-5468
  • 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: leaders, paired participants, medical, and media.
  • Sign up: Complete the online application.
  • Contact: support@palsprograms.org or (267) 477-7257
  • Location: Elmhurst University each summer (other locations listed online)
  • Additional Info: Elmhurst University Summer 2024 Dates: July 21-July 27. Other dates for other locations listed on the PALS website.
  • Expectations: Volunteers are expected to attend the overnight, full-week program from Sunday afternoon to the subsequent Saturday afternoon. Volunteers need no prior experience to apply, and they attend camp at no cost. PALS also provides travel reimbursement to eligible applicants.
  • 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: Katelin Zandi, Region C Director, Special Olympics Illinois, (630) 545-3402, KZandi@soill.org
  • 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, ellies@wdsra.org
  • Location: 116 N. Schmale Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188-2103
  • Website: wdsra.com

BEDS Plus

  • Description: BEDS Plus Care delivers emergency services, including overnight shelter, housing services and homelessness prevention to reduce and end homelessness in Southwest Suburban Cook County.
  • Opportunities: Front desk at La Grange main offices 2- and 4-hour shifts, commitment 1x per week (minimum of 1 month commitment), supplemental food program for clients at La Grange main offices 2 and 4-hour shifts, commitment 1x per week (minimum of 1 month commitment). Volunteers needed at our Summit respite facility to aid medically fragile clients by serving food and assisting with basic needs
  • Sign Up: Here
  • Contact: Sue Dever, Operations Manager at (708) 887-8129 or dever@beds-plus.org
  • Location: BEDS Plus Main Offices, 9601 E. Ogden Ave, La Grange 60525
    Summit Medical Respite Center, 7666 W 63rd Street, Summit IL
  • 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 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. via hosted Zoom Meeting. ALL Virtual! (Not available during J-Term) Check back for upcoming in-person opportunities.
  • Contact: Katerine Torres – katerine.torres@creodupage.org , (630) 984-0244
  • For more information and to apply, visit the CREO DuPage website.

DuPagePADS

  • Description: DuPagePADS’ mission is to end homelessness in DuPage County.
  • Opportunities for Service: Volunteer opportunities are available at our Interim Housing Center in Downers Grove and Client Service Center in Wheaton as well as at special events.
  • Sign Up: https://dupagepads.org/solutions/volunteer/
  • Contact: Volunteer Manager Heidi Meier, hmeier@dupagepads.org
  • Location: 601 Liberty Dr. Wheaton, IL 60187 (Administrative Office)
  • Additional Info: Volunteers create a volunteer profile that includes a background check.
  • Website: https://dupagepads.org/
  • Expectations: Volunteer opportunities will have different shift days, times, and lengths. Volunteers can commit regularly or on a one-time basis.

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 the first and second Thursday and the third Saturday of the month from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Students do not have to be available during the time the Clothing Center is open to the public. Clothing Center Director Beth Valdez can work with students to find mutually convenient times to sort donations.
  • Opportunities: Sorting, hanging, folding, and organizing donations.
  • Sign up: Contact Beth Valdez, bvaldez1142@sbcglobal.net, (630) 915-7335. Please contact Beth directly. Do not call the church office.
  • 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 Elmhurst Family Pride Fest and other related events/initiatives.
  • Sign-Up: Please submit a brief Statement of Interest to Stephanie Wargin at stephanie@elmhurstpridecollective.com. Please visit our website to ensure you support our mission. We welcome all who identify as LGBTQ+ or as allies.
  • Contact: Stephanie Wargin, President, stephanie@elmhurstpridecollective.com
  • Location: Varies, based on job: in Elmhurst, some from home.
  • Website

Elmhurst Yorkfield Food Pantry

Greater Chicago Food Depository

  • Description: The Greater Chicago Food Depository is the food bank for all of Cook County. We believe a healthy community starts with food. We act as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs.
  • Opportunities: The Greater Chicago Food Depository regularly needs volunteers to help repack donated food and other products. The food we receive at our warehouse comes in bulk quantities, and volunteers break it down into manageable sizes. In a Repack session you may sort produce, inspect and box shipments of bread, or repack bulk dry goods (pasta, rice, beans) into smaller quantities.
  • Sign up: https://volunteers.chicagosfoodbank.org/
  • Contact: Volunteer Services, volunteerservices@gcfd.org or 773-247-3663
  • Location: 4100 W Ann Lurie Place, Chicago
  • Website

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.

HOPE Fair Housing Center

  • Description: HOPE Fair Housing Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination across Illinois since 1968. We work to create greater housing opportunities for all. We want to ensure everyone has the chance to live in the community/home/apartment of their choice free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, or any other characteristics protected under state or local laws.
  • Opportunities: HOPE Fair Housing Center routinely recruits and trains testers to support its Enforcement operations. Additionally, HOPE offers volunteer and intern opportunities for folks interested in a career in civil rights, either in the areas of fair housing education and outreach or fair housing enforcement.
  • Sign Up: Sign up form
  • Contact: Josefina Navar, Deputy Director,
    josefina.navar@hopefair.org or 630-690-6500 x112
  • Location: 202 W. Willow Ave, Suite 203, Wheaton, IL 60187
  • Website

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: https://icnarelief.org/volunteer/#volunteer
  • Contact: Nasreen Khan, Volunteer Coordinator, (866) 354-0102 nasreen.khan@icnarelief.org
  • Location: Volunteers may be assigned to our food pantry, our main office in Glendale Heights, or another local area where we could use their assistance. The office is at 1698 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights. The pantry is at 1781 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights.
  • Additional Information: We offer community service hours for individuals who need to fulfill them through volunteering. Please let us know in advance in order that we can issue you a confirmation letter once you have completed your required hours.
  • Website: https://icnarelief.org/about-us/

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. Our programs help create vibrant and inclusive neighborhoods across the Greater West Side, with direct services to expand housing options, combat segregation, and improve opportunity. Through education, advocacy and proactive strategies that promote fair housing, we’ve made a lasting impact in Oak Park and nearby communities.
  • Opportunities: Support daily operations, administrative duties, customer service, topical research, event coordination and support, other opportunities.
  • Sign up: info@oprhc.org
  • Contact: Sarah Moloney, smoloney@oprhc.org, (708) 848-7150
  • 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: PRC is looking for students 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: Kelly Hook, Volunteer Department Manager, KHook@peoplesrc.org
  • Locations: 201 South Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL  60187, (accessible by Metra to the 104 Chestnut, Westmont, IL 60559 and Wheaton stop. It is a 0.5-mile walk from the train station).
  • Additional Information: Shifts are available throughout the week, including evenings and weekends. Volunteers manage their own schedule online after application steps are complete. 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

Resilient

  • Description: Our programs impact marginalized youth, ages 5-20 years old, to foster the development of upstanding character, life skills, independence, and self-empowerment. Additionally, we support their families and larger community to create a stronger foundation for these children and young adults to encourage greater potential success.
  • Opportunities:
  • Upstart: provides non-college bound students the knowledge and skills necessary to seek rewarding careers in the trades. Opportunities for participants include entering an apprenticeships program in the construction trades and/pr non-union positions. Students will also be mentored in character and spiritual (Christian) development.
    • Volunteers will help mentor 8th/9th grade math to the participants
    • Commitment: Wednesday nights from 6-8pm for 12 weeks, next session starts in October 2024
  • Community Meal: dinner served monthly to students, families, and neighbors in need of nourishment in coordination with community engagement and speakers on life skills.
    • Volunteers will help serve dinner and facilitate speakers and activities
    • Commitment: once per month, third Thursday of each month from 5-7pm
  • Sports Ministry: a program that provides a safe space to play, build a relationship with God, and learn fundamental life lessons through sports like basketball or soccer. Program is offered to elementary and middle school youth.
    • Volunteers will help facilitate teaching sports
    • Commitment: typically one week during Spring, Summer, and Fall during the day, morning/afternoon. Varies on program
  • Sign Up: Email info@resilientstrong.com to receive digital application
  • Contact: Anna Rubicz | info@resilientstrong.com | 847-801-0403
  • Location: 136 E Highland Avenue, Villa Park, IL
  • Additional Info: We are willing to take whatever commitment you can give, even if it’s not for the whole session of any individual program
  • Website: resilientstrong.com
  • Expectations: Know that we are a Christian-based organization, and talk about God in our programs

Roots and Wings // Alas y Raíces, NFP

  • Description: Our Mission is to embrace the human dignity of community members through services and programs that support immigrants’ integration, connect community members, and celebrate the plurality of cultures.
  • Our Goal: Help to close the gap in social and educational services in the immigrant community within the Village of Bensenville and surrounding areas.
  • Our Purpose:
    • Create programs that promote wellness, mentorship and educational resources for new immigrants and their families in need.
    • Create a sense of belonging to our community and create civic engagement opportunities.
    • Create a transition program to offer all the skills, knowledge and tools to be successful in the integration process.
  • Our Core Values: Everyone can reach their full potential when provided with the resources they need to succeed.
    • Work and Civic Engagement Opportunities
    • Financial and Social Stability
    • Educational Equity
    • Passion and Empathy
  • Our programs:
    • Children Fine Arts Program (Music and Art)
    • Eco Club, STEM, Board Games Club,
    • Youth Groups
    • Adult Groups
    • Education
    • Integration Programs
    • Transition Programs for New Incoming Youth
    • Service Projects and Civic Engagement
    • Community Resource and Health Fairs
    • Cultural Events
  • Opportunities: Volunteering your time or talent either leading or helping in our Clubs, becoming program managers, leadership, helping with administration or publicity, or media or web management, accounting, grant writing etc.
  • Sign Up: Through email or phone
  • Contact person: Eren Loza, rootswingsalasyraices@gmail.com, eren.at.roots.and.wings@gmail.com, 630-379-3436
  • Website: https://alas-y-raices.org/
  • Location: 302 W. Green St. Bensenville IL
  • Expectations: Background check & commitment for the season.

SMOC Family Strengthening Center

  • Description: The center aims to help individuals develop life skills that they can apply in their lives to strengthen themselves, their families, and their communities.
  • Opportunities: Elmhurst students can develop their leadership skills and learn how to work in a team setting. Students can lead classes and workshops they are interested in and will also better the community. We welcome creativity and give students the guidance and materials they may need for their class to be successful. In the past, students have led:
    • Technology workshops such as managing emails, Microsoft365, typing, making flyers and coding.
    • Health and Wellness classes such as sound therapy, yoga, Zumba, meditation, Women’s Support group, and indoor sport activities.
    • Art classes such as mosaic, crotchet, knitting, D.I.Y projects, and painting.
    • Education and literacy programs such as English as a Second Language, Spanish as a Second Language, Tutoring, GED prep
    • Children Activities such as story time, gardening, physical fitness activities, board games, and art and crafts.
  • Sign Up: Students can email ssanchez@catholiccharities.net and ggabarin@catholiccharities.net with times they are available for in-person or virtual interviews and include a resume.
  • Contact: Gabriela Gabarin at (708) 303-3678 or ggabarin@catholiccharities.net.
  • Location: 1448 S. Wesley Ave, Lower Level, Berwyn, IL 60402
  • Additional Information: A volunteer application and background check must be completed.
  • Website: Facebook group
  • Expectations: Students are expected to complete the hours they say they will work. Any changes can be discussed

Warm Coats for Cool Kids

  • Description: Warm Coats for Cool Kids provides new winter coats to children in need through local schools. Distributions are held at the schools with volunteer shoppers who walk the student through finding a properly fitting winter coat, hat, and gloves.
  • Opportunities: Assist with coat distributions at local schools. This would entail setting up the coat display, replenishing coats as needed throughout the distribution, assist children as “shoppers’ to ensure a proper fit and a happy child, check in/ check out, Bilingual translators to assist with Spanish speaking children.
  • Sign up: Debra Vaccaro (630) 738-9102. Email: gvac@sbcglobal.net
  • Contact: Garry Vaccaro (630) 732-9102. Email: gvaccaro55@gmail.com
  • Warm Coats for Cool Kids

West Suburban Senior Services (a part of Chicago Methodist Senior Services)

  • Description: The LGBT+ program (formerly SAGE) at West Suburban Senior Services serves the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT+) older adult population in the western suburbs of Chicago. WSSS has been a pioneer in offering regular programming and services targeted to LGBT+ older adults.
  • Opportunities: Engage in programming with LGBT+ older adults in our LGBT+ Program where participants take part in a weekly discussion group, a weekly crafting group, a monthly movie day, and connect with the AgeOptions Thrive with Pride Café program as our own Café.
  • Sign up: Call program lead Eric Eugenio-Vironet at (708) 234-1875 or evironet@cmsschicago.org
  • Contact: Eric Eugenio-Vironet 708-234-1875 OR evironet@cmsschicago.org
  • Location:  439 Bohland Ave., Bellwood, IL 60104
  • Website: Here
  • Expectations: We follow guidelines for congregate dining sites which is currently “Masks Encouraged” but subject to change.

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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