Opportunity Details

Health & Wellness
People with Disabilities, People with Health-based Concerns
Physical Activity

Age Minimum (with Adult): 13+, Minimum Age:15+

Referral: KEEN

During sessions, volunteers are matched 1:1 with a youth with a disability end engage them in physical activity. KEEN has sports and swim sessions. Volunteers receive an orientation prior to their first session with our athletes.  KEEN volunteers are asked to fill out an application here.
KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) is a national, nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational and social opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families. KEEN's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals.

KEEN Chicago is a small nonprofit with one staff member. KEEN recruits volunteers to engage 1:1 with their athletes during sessions. KEEN provides unstructured sports activities that these kids would not be able to experience otherwise. Volunteers truly make an impact at KEEN as they help a kid with a disability develop new skills and interact with their peers.

Volunteer Activity Type

  • Physical Activity 

Great For

  • Individuals (volunteers who come on their own)
  • Groups (volunteers who come in a group)
  • New Volunteers (people who have a never volunteered before)
  • Commited Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis)
  • Skilled Volunteers (probono work, volunteer with a specific skill set) 
  • Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older)
  • Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under)  
Requirements for Service
  • Application 
  • References 

When & Where

KEEN has a variety of regularly scheduled programming.
KEENSports at Loyola (1230 W. Greenleaf) takes place the first and third Sunday of each month from 1:30-4:00pm.
KEENSports at UIC (828 S Wolcott) takes place the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 10:30am-1:00pm as well as the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 3:00-5:30pm.
KEENQuatics at UIC (828 S Wolcott) takes place the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 12:10pm-1:00pm as well as the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 3:45-4:30pm.
KEEN also holds a program on the last Monday of each month at the Sky High in Niles from 6-8pm.

Sky High Niles
6424 Howard St.
Niles, IL 60714
Schedule: http://www.keenchicago.org/current-schedule
**2019 schedule coming

Contact for more information or to serve 
Laura Fillenwarth 


***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

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