Volunteer Referral Program

In order to meet more of our city’s volunteer needs, Chicago Cares offers a platform for volunteer recruitment to our community partners. The following volunteer opportunities come highly recommended by Chicago Cares and can accommodate a variety of interests including group volunteers.

Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects.  Please request verification directly from the referral partner. 

 

Community and Economic Development

These volunteer opportunities promote economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Activities listed here may include public art installation, workforce development, and ESL tutoring for adult students.

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Referral: Lupus Society of Illinois General Office Support Volunteer

Description General office support volunteers are needed to help enter data, fold brochures, print out flyers and assist the staff with various other tasks as needed. Health fairs - going to fairs to help with passing out materials for Lupus Society progams and services, assisting at various other upcoming events and briefly talking to individuals about lupus and the orgainzation. Impact Volunteers are needed to help increase public awareness about lupus and generate support for those who suffer from its potentially devastating challenges. Each year, thousands of people join forces with the LSI and walk with one unified purpose - achieve our mission. To date over 40,000 participants have walked in the Illinois Lupus Walk events. Volunteer Activity Type Caring for People Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Partner Information The Lupus Society of Illinois' mission is to promote lupus awareness and complement the work of health care professionals by providing personalized resources for the lupus community while supporting research. Requirements for Service Interview process Application Contact for more information or to serve Taurean Jackson at taurean@lupusil.org or 312.542.0002. ***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.***

Chicago, IL

7/16/18 9:00 AM +more

Referral: McKinley Dog Park Committee - Farmers Market

Description Volunteers will be assisting with necessary tasks at the McKinley Park Farmers Market. To begin, volunteers will help McKinley Dog Park Committee and the parent group, the McKinley Park Advisory Council, setting up pop-up canopies, tables, and acquiring chairs from the field house. Volunteers will walk around the park to set up lawn signs, fill up bowls of water for pets, and assist with organizing items at the committee's table. The fun part comes when the patrons start rolling through the park. Volunteers will simply chat with patrons and inform them of the committee's mission, enjoy the live performance, pet a few dogs, and engage with the other vendors! Finishing the day of volunteer work entails the breakdown of chairs, tables, and canopies. Volunteers will also help facilitate an easy exit for vendors by packing up their cars and ensuring they drive safely off the premises. This volunteer work truly is enjoyable for the committee and we hope it is just as rewarding for you. Impact McKinley Dog Park Committee thrives off of volunteers. The committee is comprised of four people who come together to volunteer their time towards establishing the first legal dog park on the South Side. Of the 20+ Dog Friendly Areas in Chicago, none are south of 16th St., leaving half of the city without a feasible place to unleash and socialize their dogs. Volunteers, aka extra (wo)man-power, help the committee get closer to their goal by assisting them with fundraising events. Chicago Park District has laid out a budget to build the park and the committee is responsible for raising the entire sum, which may be impossible to do without the additional help of volunteers. Every bit helps and is widely appreciated. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Public Events When Every other Sunday beginning June 3rd, until October 28th. 9:30am is when set up begins, market opens at 10am and ends promptly at 2pm. Great For Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Individual Volunteers (volunteeers who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Requirements for Service Supply references Other (arrive minimum of 20 minutes before farmers market begins for intro to the committee's mission and expectations) Contact for more information or to serve Carina Trudell at mckinleydogpark@gmail.com or 773-407-0121. ***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.***

Chicago, IL

7/29/18 9:30 AM +more

Referral: Lupus Society of Illinois Walk Volunteer Assistance, Western Suburbs

Description Volunteers are needed to help at upcoming Illinois Lupus Walks, this specific walk is taking place in the Western suburb of Naperville. A few tasks include: registering people, becoming route marshals, helping to sell items and raffle tickets, decorating the tents and helping to clean up. Impact Volunteers are needed to help increase public awareness about lupus and generate support for those who suffer from its potentially devastating challenges. Each year, thousands of people join forces with the LSI and walk with one unified purpose - achieve our mission. To date over 40,000 participants have walked in the Illinois Lupus Walk events. Volunteer Activity Type Caring for People Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Partner Information The Lupus Society of Illinois' mission is to promote lupus awareness and complement the work of health care professionals by providing personalized resources for the lupus community while supporting research. Requirements for Service Interview process Application Contact for more information or to serve Taurean Jackson at taurean@lupusil.org or 312.542.0002. ***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.***

Naperville, IL

8/11/18 7:00 AM

Referral: Chicago Sinfonietta Wentz Concert Hall

Description: Volunteers will do a variety of tasks at our concerts. This may include putting inserts into program books, distributing program books, assisting their Box Office with distributing tickets, passing out surveys, ushering, assisting during their Audience Engagement activities, and selling raffle tickets. Impact: Chicago Sinfonietta is a unique organization that is both artistically innovative and socially conscious, and the people the organization attracts are eclectic, passionate, and fun-loving. While the work they put on stage is often larger-than-life, they are a relatively small organization, so serving 2,000+ audience members in one evening is a challenge without lots of helping hands! Their volunteers become an extension of their unique customer experience and truly value their contribution of time and energy. Volunteer Activity Type Event Support, Collecting, Sorting, Ushering, and Packing Location Wentz Concert Hall Great For: Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Partner Information: The Chicago Sinfonietta is a professional orchestra dedicated to modeling and promoting diversity, inclusion and both racial and cultural equity in the arts through the universal language of symphonic music. Our core values are built around being bold and daring in all aspects of our work, providing a source of connectivity through music and ensuring and inspiring a continued investment in diversity and inclusion in classical music. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve: Training meeting, 1-2 hour(s) before event ***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.***

Naperville, IL

9/22/18 6:00 PM +more

Referral: Lupus Society of Illinois Walk Volunteer Assistance, Chicago

Description Volunteers are needed to help at upcoming Illinois Lupus Walks, this specific walk is taking place in Chicago. A few tasks include: registering people, becoming route marshals, helping to sell items and raffle tickets, decorating the tents and helping to clean up. Impact Volunteers are needed to help increase public awareness about lupus and generate support for those who suffer from its potentially devastating challenges. Each year, thousands of people join forces with the LSI and walk with one unified purpose - achieve our mission. To date over 40,000 participants have walked in the Illinois Lupus Walk events. Volunteer Activity Type Caring for People Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Partner Information The Lupus Society of Illinois' mission is to promote lupus awareness and complement the work of health care professionals by providing personalized resources for the lupus community while supporting research. Requirements for Service Interview process Application Contact for more information or to serve Taurean Jackson at taurean@lupusil.org or 312.542.0002. ***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.***

Chicago, IL

9/23/18 7:00 AM

Referral: Chicago Sinfonietta Symphony Hall

Description: Volunteers will do a variety of tasks at our concerts. This may include putting inserts into program books, distributing program books, assisting their Box Office with distributing tickets, passing out surveys, ushering, assisting during their Audience Engagement activities, and selling raffle tickets. Impact: Chicago Sinfonietta is a unique organization that is both artistically innovative and socially conscious, and the people the organization attracts are eclectic, passionate, and fun-loving. While the work they put on stage is often larger-than-life, they are a relatively small organization, so serving 2,000+ audience members in one evening is a challenge without lots of helping hands! Their volunteers become an extension of their unique customer experience and truly value their contribution of time and energy. Volunteer Activity Type Event Support, Collecting, Sorting, Ushering, and Packing Location Symphony Concert Hall Great For: Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Partner Information: The Chicago Sinfonietta is a professional orchestra dedicated to modeling and promoting diversity, inclusion and both racial and cultural equity in the arts through the universal language of symphonic music. Our core values are built around being bold and daring in all aspects of our work, providing a source of connectivity through music and ensuring and inspiring a continued investment in diversity and inclusion in classical music. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve: Training meeting, 1-2 hour(s) before event ***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.***

Chicago, IL

9/24/18 6:00 PM +more

Referral: Corporation for Supportive Housing Speak Up

Description CSH has a program called Speak Up in which they support the leadership and storytelling development of supportive housing residents in order to increase the impact and number of supportive housing advocates in IL. Their program provides training curriculum, advocacy opportunities, and a sense of community for their participants. They utilize volunteer coaches to support the residents in the storytelling. Coaches work with residents on story structure, editing, and practice. Impact Volunteer Coaches are essential to their program. They would support the growth and development of their Resident participants in becoming strong advocates for supportive housing in IL. Many of the Residents don’t currently value their voice and see how they can be an asset to the supportive housing sector that has provided them with stability. The coaches will help the Residents become an asset in relation to utilizing their voice and sharing their powerful stories of life transformation through supportive housing. Location The Residents and Coaches decide their own meeting scheduled. We believe the volunteer coaches will meet with the Residents between 1-5 hours a month based on their preferred schedule. Volunteer Activity Type Coaching and support; Advocacy Great for Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come as a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can volunteer on a regular basis) Partner Information Corporation for Supportive Housing's mission is to advance solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build healthy communities. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve None ***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.***

Chicago, IL

Through 9/30/18

Referral: Fruition Community Resource Volunteer Mentors

Description : Fruition Community Resource is a community-based social service. All their advocates and volunteers travel to clients. Currently they are looking to find volunteer mentors and tutors for at-risk youth ages 10-18. Volunteers will meet with their Mentor Coordinator to begin the interview process. Volunteers must be willing to submit a background check (paid for by the organization), participate in an in-person interview (usually no more than 1 hour long), and be periodically trained for client safety and responsiveness. Once a volunteer has been screened and approved for the specified position, the matching process can begin. They try to match volunteers with the most compatible mentees/clients. Currently they have an ongoing campaign for early intervention from April-October and their client base is growing. From April through October, their goal is to connect with at least 200 families/youth for support services. Many clients call to inquire about mentoring and tutoring for youth throughout the city of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. It is important for them to find committed volunteers to assist with their goals. Impact Volunteers are very valuable to their organization. Volunteers are enthusiastic and committed to making a difference in our communities. Although the mentor program is for a scheduled term, the impact the volunteers have on young people’s lives can last a lifetime! Many of the youth they work with have never experienced things like going to the lake or exploring downtown- many of the things that is often taken for granted. A mentor can have a huge impact by simply being a listener and a friend. Location Chicago Metropolitan Area- Community Based- depends on client location and availability. Most of their clients reside on Chicago’s south and west side, however there may be times where client’s other areas call for support. If volunteers are uncomfortable with traveling to specific areas, they will try to work with families to arrange for a mid-point meeting location. Volunteer Activity Type Mentorship Great for Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can volunteer on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Partner Information The purpose at Fruition Community Resource is to provide support, guidance, and resources to children and families as they work to eliminate conditional barriers that hinder growth and development. We believe that when families face barriers, children often pay the price. Their services are designed to approach intervention in ways that improve outcomes for youth, families, and communities. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Interview Process ​Supply References Application Training Meeting < 2 hours Background Check-Fingerprint ***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.***

Evanston, IL

Through 10/31/18

Referral: Center for Economic Progress - Project Money Program

Description The Center for Economic Progress is currently looking for volunteer coaches for their Project Money program. This organization is looking for volunteers that demonstrate and an understanding of the financial challenges facing income-qualified working adults. If you have a willingness to coach people on goals related to building savings, reducing debt, and more, then this volunteer role is for you! You will one-on-one with an individual member of the Project Money program for six hour-long sessions to work on identifying financial goals and strategies to achieve them. Impact The volunteer coaches not only measurably impact the financial lives of individuals but they also positively impact individual’s relationships with their money. Volunteer Activity Type Financial Literacy Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) When Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7:30pm Requirements for Service Interview process Application Training meeting > 2 hours Contact for more information or to serve Isabelle Rodriguez at irodriguez@economicprogress.org​. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/27/18

Referral: R.A.G.E. - So Fresh Saturdays

Description For the last six years, R.A.G.E. has reclaimed the local parks in Greater Englewood to offer the public a free, family-oriented, “edutainment” festival aimed at promoting peace throughout the community. From June to September, So Fresh Saturdays will feature local talent and a variety of activities attracting more than 5,000 residents from in and outside of the Englewood community. R.A.G.E's So Fresh Saturday tour has several opportunities to engage with the young people through activities, face painting, arts and crafts, and mobile art exercises, etc. Each tour stop will feature a community resource fair that brings together over a dozen organizations and schools that have programming and opportunities for community members. Children of all ages will take part in a variety of games, arts and crafts, and a bounce house. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a raffle and receive complimentary food. Impact Volunteers are essential to So fresh Saturday and if they decide to participate they will directly add to the social vitality of the Englewood community. They will experience the intergenerational contentedness that the Englewood community embodies. R.A.G.E also serves as the champion organization for the Englewood Quality of Life Public Safety Task Force, which creates a sense of safety through community networks and organizational partnerships as well as the revitalization of public spaces. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) When & Where July 21st from 3pm to 7pm @ Murray Park, 1743 W 73rd St. Contact for more information or to serve Tonika Johnson at tonika.rage@gmail.com. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 7/21/18

Referral: R.A.G.E. - So Fresh Saturdays

Description For the last six years, R.A.G.E. has reclaimed the local parks in Greater Englewood to offer the public a free, family-oriented, “edutainment” festival aimed at promoting peace throughout the community. From June to September, So Fresh Saturdays will feature local talent and a variety of activities attracting more than 5,000 residents from in and outside of the Englewood community. R.A.G.E's So Fresh Saturday tour has several opportunities to engage with the young people through activities, face painting, arts and crafts, and mobile art exercises, etc. Each tour stop will feature a community resource fair that brings together over a dozen organizations and schools that have programming and opportunities for community members. Children of all ages will take part in a variety of games, arts and crafts, and a bounce house. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a raffle and receive complimentary food. Impact Volunteers are essential to So fresh Saturday and if they decide to participate they will directly add to the social vitality of the Englewood community. They will experience the intergenerational contentedness that the Englewood community embodies. R.A.G.E also serves as the champion organization for the Englewood Quality of Life Public Safety Task Force, which creates a sense of safety through community networks and organizational partnerships as well as the revitalization of public spaces. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) When & Where August 4th from 3pm to 7pm @ Ogden Park, 6500 S Racine Ave. Contact for more information or to serve Tonika Johnson at tonika.rage@gmail.com. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 8/4/18

Referral: R.A.G.E. - So Fresh Saturdays

Description For the last six years, R.A.G.E. has reclaimed the local parks in Greater Englewood to offer the public a free, family-oriented, “edutainment” festival aimed at promoting peace throughout the community. From June to September, So Fresh Saturdays will feature local talent and a variety of activities attracting more than 5,000 residents from in and outside of the Englewood community. R.A.G.E's So Fresh Saturday tour has several opportunities to engage with the young people through activities, face painting, arts and crafts, and mobile art exercises, etc. Each tour stop will feature a community resource fair that brings together over a dozen organizations and schools that have programming and opportunities for community members. Children of all ages will take part in a variety of games, arts and crafts, and a bounce house. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a raffle and receive complimentary food. Impact Volunteers are essential to So fresh Saturday and if they decide to participate they will directly add to the social vitality of the Englewood community. They will experience the intergenerational contentedness that the Englewood community embodies. R.A.G.E also serves as the champion organization for the Englewood Quality of Life Public Safety Task Force, which creates a sense of safety through community networks and organizational partnerships as well as the revitalization of public spaces. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) When & Where August 25th from 3pm to 7pm @ Hamilton Park, 513 W 72nd St. Contact for more information or to serve Tonika Johnson at tonika.rage@gmail.com. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 8/25/18

Referral: R.A.G.E. - So Fresh Saturdays

Description For the last six years, R.A.G.E. has reclaimed the local parks in Greater Englewood to offer the public a free, family-oriented, “edutainment” festival aimed at promoting peace throughout the community. From June to September, So Fresh Saturdays will feature local talent and a variety of activities attracting more than 5,000 residents from in and outside of the Englewood community. R.A.G.E's So Fresh Saturday tour has several opportunities to engage with the young people through activities, face painting, arts and crafts, and mobile art exercises, etc. Each tour stop will feature a community resource fair that brings together over a dozen organizations and schools that have programming and opportunities for community members. Children of all ages will take part in a variety of games, arts and crafts, and a bounce house. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a raffle and receive complimentary food. Impact Volunteers are essential to So fresh Saturday and if they decide to participate they will directly add to the social vitality of the Englewood community. They will experience the intergenerational contentedness that the Englewood community embodies. R.A.G.E also serves as the champion organization for the Englewood Quality of Life Public Safety Task Force, which creates a sense of safety through community networks and organizational partnerships as well as the revitalization of public spaces. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) When & Where September 22nd from 2pm to 6pm @ Lindblom Park, 6054 S Damen Ave. Contact for more information or to serve Tonika Johnson at tonika.rage@gmail.com. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 9/22/18

Referral: GECC Business Networking Social

Description Volunteers are needed to help vendors set up. The GECC with the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation is hosting the 1st and largest business networking social on the plaza. Vendor booths are available at no cost to all chamber members, Englewood Business owners and Englewood resource providers. All with business owners, entrepreneurs and community members get to know each other and about the products and services they provide. Impact Volunteers will get to meet business owners, find out about other job opportunities and get access to resources and information provided here in Englewood. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Hiring & Job Placement Networking Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) When Saturday, July 28th from 9:30am - 2:30pm Where 815 W 63rd St. (outside in the plaza area) Requirements for Service None Contact for more information or to serve Felicia Slaton- Young at fyoung@gechamber.com​​. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 7/28/18

Referral: Advocates for Community Wellness, Inc.

Description Greet vendors and direct them to their table. Assist with table-set up, breakfast and panel discussion set up. Greet guests and assist with seating. Assist chef with serving breakfast. Assistance covering the welcome and check-in table. Disseminating attendance gift bags to participants. And help with clean up. Impact We need the extra manpower to help with the set up and to cover the event’s activities. The volunteers will filled the void of unmanned coverage needed to implement a successful event. When July 7, 2018 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm August 4, 2018 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.)​ Requirements for Service Interview Process Other (Telephone interview to review program and set up) Contact for more information or to serve Dale Cain at dmc2b1@gmail.com. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Evergreen Park, IL

Through 8/4/18

Education and Youth

Positive youth development and education is vital to healthy neighborhoods. The following volunteer projects may include tutoring elementary students and mentoring college applicants.

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Referral: 826CHI

Description Volunteers can choose between two different programs. In After-School Tutoring & Writing, volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups with students to encourage their writing, support their homework, and have fun. It's encouraged that tutors commit to coming in on a weekly or biweekly basis for at least three months to maintain consistency and allow for greater relationship-building with students. In the Field Trips program, volunteers support 826CHI staff as they run interactive writing-based workshops for classrooms of students from around the city who are spending a morning in our office. There are several kinds of field trips, such as Storytelling & Bookmaking for 1st-3rd graders, Images & Imagination for grades 5 and up, and Memoir Writing for grades 8 and up. In all field trips, volunteers have the opportunity to engage students one-on-one or in small groups to support and inspire their writing and creativity. Impact Volunteers work directly with students every day to make sure they feel supported, know that their voice matters, and have fun with writing. 826CHI would not be able to reach as many students as they do each year (2,400+) or provide them with high-quality programs without an enthusiastic and diverse cohort of volunteers. Time Monday-Fridays, mornings and afternoons, Jan-June, September-December Volunteer Activity Type Tutoring Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who come on a regular basis) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Partner Information 826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind, 826chi provides after-school tutoring, creative writing workshops, field trips, in-school support, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. Requirements for Service Online Application Orientation Meeting < 2 hours Background Check (Costs between $20-$40) ***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.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: Asian Human Services ESL Tutor Volunteers

Description Volunteers will assist with Asian Human Services adult education program at the LEAF office as ESL tutors. Volunteers will be matched with one adult ESL student who could benefit from extra educational support and one on one instruction time. Specifiically, volunteers will meet with their student from 9:00am-11:00am at least once a week for an entire class term (Jan-April; May-Aug; Sept-Dec) and work individually with them on various skills and activities determined and communicated by the student's ESL teacher. Depending on the English level of the student, volunteers may spend their time reviewing the alphabet, practicing pronunciation, building vocabulary and reading skills, and breaking down complex lesson plans into smaller parts with their student. Impact Many of their students are eager for one on one instruction in English--which is not feasible in a classroom setting--so volunteers lend a lot of support to our program, ensuring that we continue to provide quality and compassionate services. Volunteers will see the impact of their hard work thorugh the growth and deepened understanding of their students, which in turn helps support Asian Human Services teachers, who are often unable to network individually with students who may be struggling. Volunteers in the past have commented on the rich, rewarding experiences they've had helping students achieve their goal of improving their English. Time Tutors must commit to at least 1 9-11am shift every week for one term. Volunteer Activity Type Tutoring Great for Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Partner Information Asian Human Services exsists to provide client-centered, quality, and compassionate services to Asian immigrants and other underserved communities so that they can fully participate in society, prosper, and thrive. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Interview Process Application Training Meeting >2 hours--the training meeting includes a brief volunteer orientation Online Trainings ***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.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: HighSight

Description Volunteer tutors focus on test preparation, study habits, and organizational skills while assisting scholars with their assigned homework. Tutors work with students, allowing volunteers to use their expertise in particular subjects. Impact Tutors' assistance to these students is invaluable and contributes greatly to the success of individual students and the organization as a whole. Time Tuesdays, 5:00 - 7:30 PM Wednesdays, 5:00 - 7:30 PM Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM *HighSight does not have tutoring on holidays. Volunteer Activity Type Mentoring/Youth Development, Tutoring Great For Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (Pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Partner Information HighSight's mission is to provide academic and social support to Chicago high school students. HighSight provides scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, leadership development and college readiness programs to enable its students to attend and succeed at the private high school of their choice. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Interview Process Supply References Application Background Check (general state of Illinois DCFS sheet) *There are two forms. A short two-page application and a background check. HighSight then does a one-on-one interview to go over their expectations and standards. ***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.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: SitStayRead

Description SitStayRead's mission is to advance children's literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, dedicated volunteers, and certified dogs. Founded in 2003, SitStayRead brings teams of trained volunteers and Certified Reading Assistance Dogs into 17 low-income Chicago Public Schools. SitStayRead, with the help of volunteers, works hard to serve low-income families and students with the proper resources to increase students' literacy skills while in the classroom. From Rogers Park to Bronzeville, from Old Town to Austin, SitStayRead is all over the map and in classrooms five days a week throughout the school year. For an hour a week for up to eight weeks a season, SitStayRead's volunteers, both human and canine, are in the classroom, during the school day, working with first through fourth graders on different reading and writing activities as dictated in the SitStayRead curriculum. Book Buddies, or volunteers without dogs, are at the table with the students during the hour in the classroom as literacy tutors, dispensing the reading and writing activities for the day. They will read with the students in a variety of ways, then brainstorm with them for their own stories, and then help them in writing their own, creative stories. SitStayRead's Book Buddies love working with children, love to read and write, and would love to make a difference in the lives of the children that live in their city! Impact SitStayRead's volunteers are at the heart of the organization. Without the help and support from volunteers, they wouldn't exist and schools across Chicago wouldn't receive this program. SitStayRead's volunteers make such a huge impact on the lives of Chicago's at-risk students. With the one-on-one attention they give them in the classroom, they not only help increase kid's literacy skills, but also build their confidence into becoming great readers, and writers! They make a large difference in their lives! Time Monday-Friday in the morning or afternoon. This program does not happen in the summer months (July, August, September). Location Rogers Park, Austin, Humboldt Park, West Town, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, North Lawndale, Chinatown, Fuller Park, Bronzeville, Back of the Yards, Englewood, Chicago Lawn, Altgeld Gardens Volunteer Activity Type Tutoring Great for Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Partner Information SitStayRead's mission is to advance children's literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, dedicated volunteers, and certified dogs. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Application Training Meeting (2 hours) Background Check-- CPS Background Check Process ***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.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: South-East Asia Center ESL Tutors

Description Volunteers serve as ESL tutors working one-on-one or with small groups of 2-4 immigrant or refugee adult learners to increase their knowledge of the English language. Generally, volunteers meet with their student once a week for an hour to two hours. Student levels range from low-literacy to conversational. Impact Working with immigrants and refugees is a moving experience. Volunteers can expect to make a concrete impact in the life of the student they work with. Though at times language acquisition can seem slow, volunteer tutors will help students learn applicable English language skills that can be put to use in student’s daily lives. Beyond the impact of teaching English, volunteers often develop strong, fulfilling relationships with their students that reach across cultural boundaries. Time Monday-Saturdays, all day Volunteer Activity Tutoring Great for Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Partner Information The mission of the South-East Asia Center is to build bridges of understanding and cooperation amongst all Asian people as well as between peoples of Eastern and Western upbringing. They work with native-born Americans and immigrants, promoting mutual understanding and cooperation. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Interview Process Training Meeting >2 hours ***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.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: Horizons For Youth

Description Big Siblings/Mentors: Change a life, twice a month. Attend monthly enrichment outings (Saturday mornings) with your little and coordinate a one-on-one time each month. Be a friend and a mentor to a K-12 student. Tutors: Work with one of their students (K-12) once a week for an hour. Almost all tutoring happens at their West Loop location in their tutoring center. Help a student in need in reading and/or math! Impact Their volunteers have the opportunity to help change the life of a child who needs it. Students in the low-income demographic need reliable, good-hearted role models to help them navigate childhood into adulthood. Time Ongoing-Joining their organization as a Big Sibling/Mentor and/or as a tutor is a longer-term commitment. You’d work one-on-one with the same student anywhere between a few weeks (e.g., shorter tutoring needs like studying for the SAT) and years (e.g., being a child’s big sibling for years and helping them grow up). Volunteer Activity Type Mentoring/Youth Development Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Committed Volunteers (people who come on a regular basis) Young Professionals (21-35) that live and work in the Chicagoland area. Signing Up If you are interested in applying for this volunteer opportunity, please follow this link to fill out a volunteer profile form so Horizons for Youth can capture details about you and your volunteer interests, as well as schedule an in-person interview: http://tinyurl.com/HorizonsVolunteer Partner Information Only 9% of children from low-income families will earn a college degree, but among Horizons for Youth program participants, the rate is 86%. They work with the same profile of kids, from the same neighborhoods, facing the same socioeconomic challenges, with the same array of learning abilities. And yet, Horizons for Youth students achieve a nearly 10-fold increase in college persistence. Requirements for Service Application Interview Process Background Check (FBI Fingerprint check and online SSN/name-based check) Training Meeting < 2 hours ***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.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: Kufi Club of Chicago

Description: Volunteers will be utilized to: provide one-on-one mentoring, collectively decide on the program content and format, orientate other volunteers and parents. Impact: A rites of passage program requires adequate adult support to be carried out effectively. Accordingly, the impact volunteers will make is that they will help create positive change in the lives of African American youth. Date/Time: Monday – Wednesday from 3:30PM – 6:00PM Volunteer Activity Type: Mentoring/Youth Development Great For: Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set) Older Volunteers (volunteers who are aged 55 and up) Partner Information: The KUFI Club of Chicago addresses the cultural, career, academic and social needs of at-risk African-American youth living within Chicago’s Roseland Community. Requirements for Service: Interview process Application Training Event < 2 Hours Background Check ***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.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: Chicago Scholars

Description Chicago Scholars is transforming the leadership landscape of our city by resolving the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resourced communities. Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to our Scholars through each phase of our program: College Access: Launch, College Persistence: Lift and College to Careers: Lead, we ensure that they realize their full potential as students and leaders. All Chicago Scholars receive extensive college counseling, which helps them successfully enroll in best match & fit colleges, and are supported through the college transition process. Mentors with Chicago Scholars make a 2-year commitment. They attend 1 monthly workshops for the 10-months of the program. Workshops are scheduled in the evenings M-Th and all day Saturday. Volunteers can be connected on single-day activities that range throughout the year and vary in time. Mission Statement We uniquely select, train, & mentor academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities to complete college & become the next generation of leaders who will transform their neighborhoods & our city. Volunteer Activity Type Mentoring/Youth Development Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Requirements for Service Interview process Supply references Application Training meeting >2 hours Standard background check Contact for more information or to serve Michael Johns at getinvolved@chicagoscholars.org. ***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.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: African American Christian Foundation - Educational Tutors & Mentors

Description Volunteer to work with youth (aged 16-24): AACF needs educational tutors in reading, math, and science. Youth mentors are also needed to spend time with an assigned youth client, talking, sharing about experiences, planning and doing activities together. Impact Volunteers who work directly with youth clients will have a very large impact on AACF's clients' success in education and workforce development programs. Many of the youth clients come from severely economically disadvantaged backgrounds and may have experienced, or may be currently experiencing homelessness, troubled homes, dropping out of school, and many other social problems associated with severe poverty. It has been proven that a person can survive and thrive if they believe that just one person is there for them. Volunteer Activity Type Reading/Literacy STEM When Volunteers are needed during hours of operation: Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM (Volunteers can pick specific times that work best for them during AACF's hours of operation) Great For Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Requirements for Service Interview process Application Training meeting <2 hours Contact for more information or to serve Laura Constans at lconstans@aacfworks.org or 708-848-1700. ***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.***

Oak Park, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: StandUp for Kids Chicago

Description StandUp for Kids has 3 program evenings in which youth participants are fed a meal, have access to clothing/supplies, and receive assistance through Homework/GED/Resume help, Referral services for housing and healthcare, and health services testing and assessment, as well as mentoring youth. Impact Volunteers will help stabilize the lives of the youth in transition. Volunteers are needed to provide a good ratio to the # of youth we encounter as well as to provide specialized and specific attention to their needs and assisting them in meeting those needs. Volunteer Activity Type Basic need services Meal service Reading/literacy Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) When Volunteers are needed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-9pm Requirements for Service Interview process Supply references Application Training meeting < 2 hours Background check Contact for more information or to serve Wayne Stiles at waynes@standupforkids.org. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/27/18

Referral: Tutoring Chicago

Description Volunteers are matched one-to-one with a student in 1st-6th grade and meet with that same student once a week during the school year on Mon, Tues, OR Wed from 6:00-7:30pm. To begin, volunteers just need to complete a brief application, background check, and attend a 90-minute orientation. Typical tutoring sessions include homework review and skill-building activities in literacy, math, technology, and other key subject areas. Tutoring Chicago provides a wide variety of resources and materials and staff are on-hand to assist with questions. Impact Tutoring Chicago's dedicated volunteers are essential to the success of our programs. As a one-to-one volunteer tutor, you can make a significant impact on the academic and personal success of a student. Research shows that children who have a consistent, supportive adult tutor/mentor are much more likely to succeed in high school and college and develop pro-social behaviors. Volunteer Activity Type STEM Reading/Literacy Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) When Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Evenings from 6 - 7:30PM Where St. Vincent de Paul Center (Lincoln Park) Goethe Elementary School (Logan Square) Hope Institute Learning Academy (Near West Side) Kozminski Community Academy (Hyde Park) Requirements for Service Application Training Meeting <2 hours Background check Contact for more information or to serve Bradley Troast at btroast@tutoringchicago.org​​. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 6/26/19

Referral: David Hoyt Foundation Summer Programming

Description The David Hoyt Foundation's major volunteer needs are for help with play-based learning programming that they facilitate year-round in Chicago Public Schools and libraries throughout the city. We also utilize volunteers for a summer project called Word Play Way, which is a public engagement process where we install a giant word search by painting letter stencils on the sidewalk. Lastly we use volunteers to help us with events and administrative duties that pop up from time to time during the year. Impact These programs help students learn how to work together toward a common goal, while reinforcing important literacy and math skills. Through our public programs we remove barriers of cost and location to communities throughout Chicago. When Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, Mornings and Afternoons for July and August. Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under)​​ Requirements for Service Training Meeting < 2 hours Contact for more information or to serve Ashley Elsmo at ashley@davidhoytfoundation.org. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 8/30/18

Wellness and Safety

These volunteer opportunities strengthen communities’ ties and help Chicagoans meet basic needs. Activities may include food distribution at a local pantry or weeding to maintain a local garden.

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Referral: Musicians On Call Volunteer Guides

Description Musicians On Call is a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Volunteer Guides are needed in one of our new markets, Chicago, to deliver the healing power of music to hospitals. They are recruiting more Volunteer Guides for their bedside performance program at Chicago Methodist Senior Services. Impact Volunteer Guides get to witness the healing power of music in the hospital setting. Being able to facilitate a musical moment for someone who is sick or undergoing treatment is an extremely uplifting experience. MOC Guides work with talented and kind-hearted volunteer musicians and they are able to benefit from the live music as well! Volunteer Guide Role Volunteer Guides escort Volunteer Musicians from room to room as the musician plays music for patients. Volunteer Guides knock on each hospital room door and ask patients if they feel like hearing music. They also introduce the musicians prior to their performances and guide them through the facility. Each guide is assigned to a specific healthcare facility. The Volunteer Guide is the "eyes and ears" of MOC during the Bedside Performance Program as well as the liaison between the hospital and the Volunteer Musician. But most importantly, Volunteer Guides know the protocols, policies and expectations of the hospitals or healthcare facilities in which they volunteer and are responsible for making sure these guidelines are upheld during the program. Volunteer Guides are critical to the success of the program. MOC’s orientation process includes the following: Submit Application: www.musiciansoncall.org/volunteer Phone interview Handbook, orientation & quiz Volunteer Agreement Submit Photo ID Shadow an experienced Volunteer Guide at least twice Chicago Methodist’s orientation process includes the following: Submit completed Application and Compliance Agreement Orientation meeting with Director of Volunteer Services Complete screenings: Background, Drug Test, 2-Step TB Test (costs covered by hospital) Have ID badge made (Flu Shots are encouraged but not required) After completion of training, Volunteer Guides must commit to volunteering once a month for at least one year. Great for Committed Volunteers (people who can volunteer on a regular basis) Partner Information The purpose of Musicians On Call at Chicago Methodist is to provide live music for older patients. Some of these patients might not have many visitors so it’s especially important for our volunteers to show some support and bring musical joy to these residents. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Interview Process Supply References Application Training Meeting <2 hours Shots (TB, Tetanus, etc.) Background check- Criminal Background Check through Chicago Methodist ***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.***

Chicago, IL

7/17/18 5:30 PM +more

Referral: First St. Paul Lutheran Church Community Meals Program

Description Each Saturday, St. Paul Church serves a hot, healthly meal to needy people, often homeless, in the community. The church typically has 80-120 guests. St. Paul provides food ingredients, supplies, and space in the fellowship hall. Volunteers from the congreation and community arrive at 9:00 AM to prepare the meal in the kitchen, serve at 11:00, and clean up from noon until about 12:30. Volunteers should expect to be on their feet for the 3.5 hours, and many of the tasks require physical energy. The experience is satisfying to volunteers and greatly appreciated by our guests. Impact The church has been serving this community meal every Saturday for nearly three decades. Regular volunteers are organized into six teams, so they come once every six weeks. Occasional volunteers are needed every week to supplement the teams, as it takes about 10 people to prepare and serve the meal within the tight timeframe. Volunteer Activity Type Food Preparation and Meal Services Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Requirements for Service Training Meeting < 2 hours Contact for more information or to serve Christine Williams DeVries at devries1555@rcn.com or 507.923.0972. ***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.***

Chicago, IL

7/21/18 9:00 AM +more

Referral: Top Box Foods Warehouse Support

Description Help in our warehouse on the 2nd Thursday of every month helping stage pallets for upcoming monthly deliveries. Impact Top Box Foods is a fairly small organization with only eight full time staff members. Top Box truly relies on volunteers for the majority of their operations. Volunteers can make a huge difference in any capacity they feel comfortable in, whether it’s in their office, in their warehouse, or on deliveries. By growing their volunteer pool, Top Box is able to continue to fight food insecurity in our city and help affordable food be available to all. Volunteer Activity Type Other (warehouse support) Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Partner Information We are not a grocery store, farmers market or food bank. We are a year-round resource for anyone who wants to bring affordable and healthy food home and help their neighbors to do the same. Healthy food matters. Where you live shouldn't. Requirements for Service None Contact for more information or to serve Eleni Rigsby at volunteer@topboxfoods.com or 312-527-7890. ***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.***

Chicago, IL

8/9/18 12:00 PM +more

Referral: Lakeview Pantry

Description Volunteers will distribute food to clients, stock shelves, unload deliveries, sort donations, and other various jobs Impact Volunteers distribute a nutritious supply of food to our clients who experience food insecurity. Dates and Times See the volunteer opportunities page for information on dates and times. Volunteer Activity Type Collecting, sorting, and packing, Food Distribution Great For Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers ( people who can come on a regular basis) Requirements for Service We have opportunities for food distribution, set-up, home delivery and driving programs for volunteers to get involved. Interested individuals can view our volunteer opportunities page to see a list of our options and must attend an orientation at our Sheridan location on 3945 N. Sheridan. Upcoming orientation dates and times can be viewed by visiting our news and events page. There is no need to RSVP, just show up to one that works for you! Partner Information Lakeview Pantry's mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty in our community by providing food to fill the basic need of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs, and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them.

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: Heritage Healthcare Administrative Support

Description Administrative work that can include filing, data entry, copying and preparing mailings. Patient care that may involve reading to them, running errands for the patient or family (grocery shopping, walking/feeding the pets, cleaning, etc.) or any other activities and needs the patient requests. Impact Volunteering is a very meaningful and rewarding experience. Helping people at a very difficult time in their life can make a difference in their lives and yours as well. Volunteer Activity Type Other (administrative support) Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Partner Information At Heritage Healthcare, care is provided around our belief in preserving the individual’s dignity and ensuring peace and comfort at the end of life. Support to the patient and family is an integral part of the whole hospice experience. The appropriate goals of care involve doing everything possible to achieve the most satisfactory level of physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort possible for all persons facing a life-limiting illness. Requirements for Service Interview process Application Training meeting <2 hours Shots (TB, Tetanus, etc.) Background check Fingerprinting testing Contact for more information or to serve Gretchen Zoeller at gzoeller@heritagehc.org or 847-885-1818. ***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.***

Harwood Heights, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: Top Box Foods Office Support

Description Assist in daily office management such as answering calls, inputting orders, making reminder calls to existing customers to place their monthly order. If volunteers have a background in finance (QuickBooks, etc.), event planning, or other specialized skillsets Top Box would love to get you working on a long-term volunteer project. Impact Top Box Foods is a fairly small organization with only eight full time staff members. Top Box truly relies on volunteers for the majority of their operations. Volunteers can make a huge difference in any capacity they feel comfortable in, whether it’s in their office, in their warehouse, or on deliveries. By growing their volunteer pool, Top Box is able to continue to fight food insecurity in our city and help affordable food be available to all. Volunteer Activity Type Other (office support) Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Partner Information We are not a grocery store, farmers market or food bank. We are a year-round resource for anyone who wants to bring affordable and healthy food home and help their neighbors to do the same. Healthy food matters. Where you live shouldn't. Requirements for Service None Contact for more information or to serve Eleni Rigsby at volunteer@topboxfoods.com or 312-527-7890. ***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.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: Random Acts of Flowers Chicago

Description Volunteers would do a variety of tasks to fufill RAF's mission: Deconstruction and prep of floral arrangements donated by grocery stores, weddings, and wholesale florists. Arranging new bouquets that would be delivered to area hospitals and senior care facilities. Workshop organization (cleaning, sorting, etc). Pick up flowers at partner sites (varying locations) in Random Act of Flowers Chicago (RAFC) delivery van. Impact By utilizing and recycling the endless supply of leftover flowers from weddings, special events, memorial services, and retail outlets, RAFC volunteers turn what would otherwise be waste into something fresh and meaningful! Time Monday through Thursday from 9:30am-3:30pm, and additionally Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm Volunteer Activity Type Collecting, sorting, and packing; Floral arranging; Visiting with hospital patients and nursing home residents Great for Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can volunteer on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Partner Information Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness. Using flowers as the vessel, our vision is to inspire and nurture a culture of care and compassion. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Complete online interest form Attend training sessions ***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.***

Evanston, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: Top Box Foods Delivery Support

Description On the second Friday and Saturday of every month, Top Box makes deliveries to the South and West side of Chicago as well as Lake County. These are entirely volunteer lead deliveries and typically last about 5 hours. If you’re interested, Top Box will provide the routes and times. Impact Top Box Foods is a fairly small organization with only eight full time staff members. Top Box truly relies on volunteers for the majority of their operations. Volunteers can make a huge difference in any capacity they feel comfortable in, whether it’s in their office, in their warehouse, or on deliveries. By growing their volunteer pool, Top Box is able to continue to fight food insecurity in our city and help affordable food be available to all. Volunteer Activity Type Other (office support) Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Partner Information We are not a grocery store, farmers market or food bank. We are a year-round resource for anyone who wants to bring affordable and healthy food home and help their neighbors to do the same. Healthy food matters. Where you live shouldn't. Requirements for Service None Contact for more information or to serve Eleni Rigsby at volunteer@topboxfoods.com or 312-527-7890. ***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.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/14/18

Referral: WINGS Program, Inc.

Description Volunteers will sort donations that routinely come into their center. Impact The WINGS Program, Inc. has provided 15,259 nights of shelter at their Safe House and 3,864 nights of shelter at their WINGS Metro Safe House. It has served over 387 guests in their Safe House and over 82 guests in their WINGS Metro Safe House. 43,534 nights of shelter in Transitional Housing has been provided to 193 residents, along with 4,001 hours of counseling to women and children across all programs. 445 hours of counseling through Suburban Latina Outreach for Latina Women has also been provided, in addition to 1,816 hours of services and counseling at local hospitals. Volunteers serving with WIGS Program, Inc. can be a part of the WINGS impact, revolutionizing the way so many people live today. Time Mondays - Saturdays, 9AM-4:30PM Volunteer Activity Type Collecting, sorting, and packing Great for Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers ages 12- 18) Partner Information The mission of WINGS Program, Inc. is to provide housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence. At WINGS they believe that everyone has the potential and strength to overcome difficult life circumstances and to accomplish goals that will lead to an enhanced quality of life. WINGS is committed to treating each woman and child in a respectful and compassionate manner while valuing the unique qualities and needs of each family. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Interview Group will be set to volunteer with just a simple e-mail. ***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.***

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 12/31/18

Referral: LYDIA Home Association, Residential Therapeutic Program

Description LYDIA Home Association's Residential Therapeutic Program is in need of some green-thumbed volunteers to help tend to their community garden during the week. By lending a helping hand, volunteers will be able to expose the facility residents to not only a more beautiful space, but also encourage a more sustainable lifestyle by planting several flower beds all around the building. Impact By teaching the residents about healthy and green living through maintaining an aesthetically and nutritionally functional space, volunteers can enforce the LYDIA Home Association's vision-- for every child to be loved and cared for. Time Two days per week (M, W, R, F, Sa) from June - August. Hours available: Between 9AM - 7PM. Volunteer Activity Type Gardening/Planting Great for Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Partner Information LYDIA is a national, Christ-honoring organization whose mission is to strengthen families to care for children and care for children when families cannot. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Interview Process Application Training Meeting < 2 hours Background check (fingerprints) ***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.***

Chicago, IL

Through 8/31/18

Referral: Journey Care

Description Care Companion & Vigil Volunteer Provide emotional support to patients in their homes by providing companionship, reading aloud or sharing activities that the patient enjoys. Support can be provided to families through respite care. Vigil volunteers provide a supportive presence at the bedside of patients during their final hours C.N.A. Assist. Partner closely with C.N.A’s to care for patients in the Hospice CareCenters Hospitality Volunteer Greet and accompany guests and provide support to reception staff Pet Therapy - Visits from our certified therapy animals always bring smiles to our patients, families and staff members, whether it be at home, our hospice carecenters, assisted living community Impact Volunteering with JourneyCare offers you the opportunity to share your unique knowledge, experiences and gifts to make a difference in the lives of our patients and families. You can select opportunities in one of our five Hospice CareCenters, located in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Chicago, Glenview and Woodstock, or in your own community. Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Requirements for Service Supply References Application Training Meeting > 2 hours Medical Exam Shots (TB, Tetanus, etc.) Federal Background Check Contact for more information or to serve Mary Flores at MMazzaroli@journeycare.org. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 7/2/19

Referral: Compass to Care TAG DAYS

Description Wrigleyville, here we come!! Please join Compass to Care for their TAG DAYS on Saturday, July 21, and/or Sunday July 22! Volunteers of all ages are welcome - everyone's help is needed! What's up? On July 21 & 22, Compass to Care will be participating in TAG DAYS. What is Tag Days? Volunteers will basically become Salvation Army bell ringers for kids with cancer but without the bell! Volunteers will be placed throughout Wrigleyville (volunteers will not be in Wrigley Field but on the streets around Wrigley Field) on both days with donation cans, asking those who pass by for a donation. It is called Tag Days because those who donate will be given a tag (sticker) to show their support. Questions? Email at info@compasstocare.org Please use subject line: Tag Days Question This is a great opportunity for: Individuals, friends, colleagues to volunteer Groups to get involved Anyone who needs service hours Families who want to volunteer together The more people Compass to Care has tagging, the more funds they will raise! With the Cubs taking on the Cardinals that weekend, it is sure to be an amazing opportunity to help Compass to Care raise money to help kids with cancer travel to treatment. Compass to Care hopes you will grab a friend (or friends) and join them! Impact Many people feel helpless when they see a child with cancer. How can we help? We can ensure that these children can access the best chance treatment with the hope of a cure. We help children, whose parent are facing financial challenges, travel to the hospital for their treatment by paying for gasoline, tolls and parking. If the child needs to travel to a distant medical cancer, we help with that too by paying for their airfare and lodging. By volunteering to help us raise as much money as possible during Tag Days, we give parents relief from expenses they cannot afford and give children the very best chance to beat this terrible disease. Won’t you please help us! When Saturday, July 21- 2 hour shifts between 9am-7pm Sunday, July 22 – 2 hours shifts between 11am-7pm Requirements for Service None Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under)​​ Contact for more information or to serve Michelle May at info@compasstocare.org​. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 7/22/18

Referral: Holiday Heroes

Description At Holiday Heroes' hospital parties volunteers help to make crafts with the kids and families that are served, and generally help manage the "flow" of the party. Holiday Heroes other events are more administrative tasks at fundraisers that involve checking people in, etc. Impact Holiday Heroes is a very lightly-staffed organization, and they rely almost entirely on a volunteer workforce to make the parties happen and for fundraising -Holiday Heroes LOVE their volunteers! Volunteer Activity Type Crafting Other (administrative support) Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Partner Information "No one wants to be in the hospital, especially kids. It’s stressful, scary, and isolating for them, their families and their caregivers. For hospitalized children, a little fun makes a big impact! Holiday Heroes hospital parties and play take a child’s mind away from the pain, anxiety and stresses of being hospitalized; encouraging healthy social development and better recovery from illness." Requirements for Service Training meeting <2 hours Shots (TB, Tetanus, etc.) Background Check Contact for more information or to serve Bridgette Ferraro at bridgette@holiday-heroes.org or 847-461-9710. ***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.***

Through 12/31/18

Referral: Operation Warm

Description Help Operation Warm staff their high energy, high impact coat giving events at elementary schools in your area. Work with other volunteers to give the gifts of warmth, confidence, and hope as students try on and select a colorful, kid-friendly coat to call their own. Approximately 500 children living in need at each one of our coat giving events will be served. Impact Operation Warm's mission is to provide hope, happiness, and warmth through the gift of brand new winter coats. Operation Warm is not a coat drive; rather they work directly with manufacturers to create their own line of carefully crafted, kid friendly coats. By creating their own coats they control the quality and cost, and ensure their brand new winter coats become a daily pride and joy for children in need. Many of the children served rarely feel the emotion associated with receiving something brand new that no one has previously owned before. Inside each coat is a permanent label that says, “Made Just for You!” Volunteer Activity Type Basic Need Services Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) When Monday - Friday mornings, October - December Requirements for Service Application Training Meeting <2 hours Background Checks (Operation Warm has a system that process and covers this. Background check includes Criminal History, Sex Offender Registry and Government Watchlist) Contact for more information or to serve Julie D'Esposito at julie@operationwarm.org​​. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Through 12/31/18