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

11/15/18 9:00 AM +more

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

1/20/19 6:00 PM +more

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

1/21/19 6:00 PM +more

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: Family Legacy Foundation - Academic Assistance for Adult Learners

Description Responsibilities: Provide academic assistance to Adult Learners individually (one-on-one) Establish and maintain rapports with the Adult Learners Schedule tutoring appointments (as needed) Help develop positive attitudes toward learning Communicate with AVL Coordinator relevant progress and challenges of Adult Learners Provide evaluations and other reports as required by staff including assessment data Attend periodic training sessions given by staff members to increase competency in working with Adult Learners Maintain confidentiality. Discussions pertaining to Adult Learners must be held privately with the Literacy Coordinator only. Commit to the program for at least 16 weeks Impact The purpose is to help Adult Learners reach their goals of improved literacy by helping them with their reading and writing, vocabulary, comprehension, and background knowledge about basic subjects. When Mondays-Fridays September-June Requirements for Service Interview Process Application Training Meeting >2 hours 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 over) Contact for more information or to serve Cheryl Crozier at ccrozier@flfchicago.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 12/31/18

Referral: Upcycling Colors Workshop

Description Upcycling Colors welcomes individuals or groups of up to 15 volunteers to its Upcycling Workshop at 800 North Milwaukee Avenue. During Open Upcycling Times (or privately scheduled times), Upcyclng Colors sorts and reconditions donated materials into like-new art, craft and school supplies. Help by performing a range of tasks from testing writing utensils, to cutting out stickers, to transforming used coloring and activity books, and more! There's plenty to keep everyone busy and activities that can be completed sitting or standing, as required. Impact Upcycling Colors loves volunteers! As a brand new nonprofit this organization is currently a 100% volunteer-run organization. Volunteers help rescue, transform and deliver supplies to communities in need. Volunteers' kindness and generosity enables children around the world to experience creative enrichment and nurture their natural curiosity! Volunteer Activity Type Donation sorting Great For Indiviuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have a never volunteered before) Commited Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) When & Where Ongoing - Monday-Friday, Morning and Afternoon 800 North Milwaukee Ave Chicago,Illinois 60642 Contact for more information or to serve Cindy Laegeler Phone: (312) 623-3378 Email: cindy@upcyclingcolors.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 10/31/19

Referral: Not Before My Parents (NBMP) - Event Assistance

Description Volunteers will be responsible for venue set-up, food prep, serving prepared food, coordinating games at annual event and clean-up. Clean-up may involve lifting (such as putting up and taking down tables, picking up & moving chairs). In June 2019 we will be establishing a memorial garden at Ogden Park, date and time will be determined by the end of this year. Impact Volunteers will be able to give back and help others (better environment for others will be made), make new experiences (experience diverse cultures), create connections (with other volunteers, youth, seniors, etc.) and assist with broadening their skill capacity (initiative development, test a desired career path, problem solve, work more efficiently). Volunteer Activity Type Event 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 (volunteers with a specific skill set, pro bono work, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) When & Where Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Saturdays during the months of February, July, November, and December. Events usually take place at the 007th Chicago Police Station located at 1432 W 63rd St., Chicago, IL 60636 and at Ogden Park located at 6500 S. Racine Ave., Chicago IL 60636. However, other locations will be chosen based on event and partnerships with other organizations. Contact for more information or to serve Raydell Lacey Phone: (312) 281-6552 Email: notbeforemyparents@gmail.com ***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 7/31/19

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: 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: 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: 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 EL Da'Sheon Nix at enix@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: Minds Matter Chicago - Seeking Mentors

Description Minds Matter is an academic mentoring program that empowers high-performing high school students from low-income families to achieve college admissions and success. Students in the program participate in Saturday sessions which include mentoring, test prep, critical thinking and writing skill-building, and complete precollege academic programs over the summer. Minds Matter matches each student with two mentors that work with them for the duration of the program, from their sophomore through senior years of high school. This 2-on-1 structure is one of the things that sets Minds Matter apart and ensures their mentees’ success. We are currently seeking mentors, test prep instructors, Associate Board members (our fundraising team), and committee members. ​ Impact This organization’s success is founded upon the quality of their 200+ strong community of volunteers. These volunteers help support Minds Matter's incredible students into college and beyond. High schools with predominantly low-income students have 1,000 students per counselor versus a national average of 471 students per counselor. 50% of our nation’s high-achieving, low-income students do not apply to a single selective college, and personalized mentoring gives students the extra support they need to achieve their goals. When Saturday afternoons, September – May Mentors: 12:30 – 2:30 Test Prep Instructors: 10:30 – 12:30 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 Application Training Meeting < 2 hours Federal Background Check - through verified volunteers Contact for more information or to serve Cameron McEwen at program.coordinator@mindsmatterchicago.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 5/31/19

Referral: Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange Office

Description Ongoing volunteers help with office administration, soliciting material donations, inventorying, packing, grantwriting, graphic design, communications, workshops,etc. Impact 85% of CPS Students live below the poverty level and most Chicago teachers spend between $500 - $1,500 out of pocket on basic supplies. CCRx gets donations of surplus from business for teachers, their students and other nonprofits. The organization's ongoing volunteers help make this important connection. And it’s like a treasure hunt – you don’t know what you’ll find! When Mondays - Fridays 12:00 - 4:00 pm Requirements for Service Application - Sign up at www.creativechirx.org/volunteer 30 min orientation at start of session Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (people 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, people with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (people aged 55 and older) Contact for more information or to serve Mari Rice at mari@creativechirx.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 12/31/18

Referral: Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory

Description Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that collects new and nearly new children's items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers, and are distributed to disadvantaged children across the city through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners. C2C supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. Shifts in the Giving Factory (located at 4141 W. George Street, Chicago 60641) give volunteers the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and sort, organize, and quality check the items donated to Cradles to Crayons. Impact Since our founding, the Cradles to Crayons vision has been to create a future where childhood poverty no longer exists. To help make this a reality, Cradle to Crayons has adopted a mission to connect communities that have with communities that need. Every day, Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 with the essentials they need to thrive — at home, school and play. Thanks to their amazing network of volunteers, families, corporate donors and service partners. Cradles to Crayons works with over 7,000 families, individuals, community groups and companies to serve over 30,000 children every year in Chicago. When Volunteers are needed at any day and any time of the week. Great for Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who can 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) 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 8/31/19

Referral: Chicago Lights Tutoring Program

Description Celebrating its 54th year of service, Chicago Lights Tutoring provides academic support to children living in under-resourced neighborhoods on the near north, west, and south sides of Chicago. Each year, over 400 children in 1st -12th grades are enrolled in the Tutoring Program and need an adult volunteer to encourage success through homework assistance and personal development. At the program, students are offered dinner, arts and enrichment classes, access to a computer lab, a library, career development classes, literacy programs and the attention of a caring adult. Tutoring runs Monday-Thursday from 6:00pm-7:30pm from October–May. A typical night of tutoring consists of completing homework with your student, then participating in one or two of the following activities: getting a book from our library to read together, working on one of our many reading and writing programs, visiting the computer lab to do research on the internet or practice typing or math skills, visiting the art room to create a masterpiece, or playing one of our fun and educational board games. Impact As a Tutor, you will be working with a student each week to assist with their homework, challenge them academically, and help them explore their interests. However, not only will you be helping them with their academics, but as the year continues, you and your student will form a mentor and mentee relationship that is truly unique. The relationships built and the goals accomplished at the Tutoring Program each week make a life-changing impact on Chicago’s children, our communities and us all! When Volunteers help out Monday-Thursday evenings, October through May. They may either choose one day a week to volunteer with the same student, or they can come whenever they can to work with different students. 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) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Partner Information Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to our city’s children, youth, and adults who face the challenges of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, we empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and build community. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Supply References Application Training Meeting < 2 hours Background Check--Volunteers are required to fill out 2 background checks, one for Fourth Presbyterian Church and one for the Department of Children and Family Services. Other: All new volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation before filling out an application. To RSVP for an orientation session, please visit: tutoringorientation2018.eventbrite.com ***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 5/31/19

Referral: Braven Leadership & Career Accelerator

Description The Braven Leadership & Career Accelerator, is a rigorous, experiential program in the form of a semester-long course targeted to sophomore college students interested in developing the skills necessary to secure a strong first job. As part of the Braven experience, Fellows particiapte in a variety of opportunities designed to build their awareness while practicing the skills and competencies needed to be successful in the profesional workforce. This Fall, we are looking for volunteers to help Fellows polish their resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile. As well as opportunities to serve on several panels to speak about your professional trajectory and share career advice. If you are looking for a more meaningful impact, we suggest you look into the Leadership Coach role - launching in January 2019. Leadership Coaches lead teams of students through an experiential leadership and career course. Braven partners each Leadership Coach with 5-8 first-generation and low-income college students. Coaches teach students how to navigate the professional world while participating in a rigorous, 20-week professional development experience in which they get hands-on practice managing diverse, millennial teams. Impact As a volunteer, you will help Fellows create a strong resume and cover letter as Fellows prepare to apply for internships and jobs. Volunteers empower promising young people from some of Chicago's most vulnerable neighborhoods, on their path to college graduation, strong first jobs, and upward economic mobility. When & Where Portfolio Polish (One-time commitment) - October 4, 2018 12-2pm, October 18, 2018 12-2pm Panelist (One-time commitment) - January 17, 2019 5:30-6:30pm, February 7, 2019 4:30-5:30pm, May 2, 2019 5:00-6:30pm Leadership Coach (5-month commitment) - January - May 2019, Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm National Louis University - 122 S Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603 Volunteer Activity Type Job Readiness 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) Other (23+) Requirements for Service Interview Process Supply References Application Training Meeting <2 hours Background Check Contact for more information or to serve Dania Moctezuma Phone: 773-226-4642 Email: dania@bebraven.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 1/31/19

Referral: Erie Neighborhood House- READS Program

Description READS is a literacy intervention program for children in grades 1-3. Volunteer tutors work with an individual student and/or small group of students on a variety of literacy-based activities. Tutors should be able to commit to attending READS a minimum of one day/week for the semester. Impact A child’s capacity to succeed in school is greatly impacted by whether or not they are reading at or above grade level by the 3rd grade. The READS program engages students identified as needing reading intervention in project-based learning to help increase reading fluency, comprehension, decoding skills, computer literacy and enjoyment of reading. Because of a strong curriculum and the volunteer tutors who help execute it, the program is working: Over 90% of students in the program are reading at or above grade level by the time they complete the 3rd grade. Volunteer Activity Type Reading/Literacy Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) When Volunteers must be available one day per week (Monday through Thursday), 2:30-5:00 pm Contact for more information or to serve Rachek Serra Phone: (773) 542-7617 Email: rserra@eriehouse.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 12/31/19

Referral: Casa Central - Activity Aid

Description Activity Aide volunteers will assist in the education and general development of children ages 2-5 years old in the Early Learning Academy. General responsibilities include conducting activities such as reading to children, storytelling, arts and crafts, puzzles, leading games or exercise activities. Other responsibilities may include serving and clean-up of breakfast, lunch, and snack, helping with set-up and clean-up of activities and assisting teachers with daily planned activities. Impact Activity aide volunteers in the Early Learning Academy serve as positive role models for the children and provide them with a positive relationship with an adult. Through volunteerism, children are able to receive individual attention to monitor their unique developments and educational needs. Ultimately, volunteers inspire curiosity and life-long learning in Chicago’s under-resourced youth by enhancing their learning and ensuring they are prepared with knowledge and skills to successfully transition into kindergarten and excel. Casa Central depends on its volunteers to ensure they continue providing award-winning, trustworthy care and education. Volunteer Activity Type Crafting Physical Activity 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) Requirements for Service Training Meeting <2 hours Application Medical Exam Shots (TB, Tetanus, etc.) Background Check (fingerprinting and background by DCFS) Other - Requirements are dependent on if the volunteer is on-going (more than 15 hours). If less than 15 hours, only application and copy of photo ID are required. If more than 15 hours, requirements marked are needed. Contact for more information or to serve Alessandra DeChancie Email: adechancie@casacentral.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 10/1/20

Referral: Casa Central - After School Tutor

Description Seeking volunteers to serve as on-going tutors and mentors for the youth in Casa Central's School Age Program (SAP), children ages 6-12, and La Posada’s After School Age Program (ASAP), children ages 6-17. Youth in SAP are from low-income families and youth in ASAP are part of families experiencing homeless and reside in Casa Central's interim housing program, La Posada. Volunteers will primarily assist with completing homework assignments and engage in daily planned activities and games. There will be opportunity to develop and they will support program staff with any other additional needs. Impact Volunteer outcomes include improving study habits as well as academic skills and attitudes of Chicago’s economically disadvantaged youth. With the support of on-going tutor/mentors, children can enhance their social and personal skills, and develop the necessary math, literacy, and computer skills to succeed in school. Ultimately, volunteers support youth with a positive example of a healthy relationship and help them develop important life skills. When Monday - Friday Afternoons Volunteer Activity Type Homework Help Activities & Games 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.) Requirements for Service Training Meeting <2 hours Application Medical Exam Shots (TB, Tetanus, etc.) Background Check (fingerprinting and background by DCFS) Other - Must be able to provide social security number and copy of photo ID Contact for more information or to serve Alessandra DeChancie Email: adechancie@casacentral.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 10/1/20

Referral: Erie Neighborhood House- TEAM program

Description TEAM (Tutoring to Educate for Aims and Motivation) is a one-on-one mentoring initiative for youth ages 12-18. Volunteer mentors meet with an assigned student once each week during the school year to provide academic tutoring. In addition, mentors provide socio-emotional support, assist with goal-setting and help their students explore college and career opportunities. Impact TEAM mentors work alongside middle and high school students to help them reach their potential. The extra layer of support mentors provide can make a lifelong impact on our youth, many of whom are first-generation college students. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Strategy & Discussion Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Commited Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Requirements for Service Training Meeting (2 hours) Application Supply References Interview Process When Volunteers must be available Mondays (6:00-7:30 pm) or Wednesdays (6:00-8:00pm) Contact for more information or to serve Maria Munoz Phone: (312) 432-2145 Email: mmunoz@eriehouse.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 12/24/19

Referral: Turning the Page School Community Night Legacy Charter School

Description Volunteers assist staff in student workshops where they help read books, do arts and crafts, play games, provide small group/one-on-one support to students, and help with the welcome/check-ins for families attending. Impact Volunteers are directly supporting students and parents in the North Lawndale community. Volunteers will mentor students to help improve each child's literacy skills while parents attend workshops on tracking student progress, in-home learning, and parent-teacher relationships. Volunteer Activity Type Reading/Literacy Crafting 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 & Where Legacy Charter, 3318 Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60623- 4:30-7:00pm on Wednesdays (Sep. 19th, Oct 10th, Nov. 7th, Feb. 20th, March 20th, April 24th) Contact for more information or to serve Jacqueline Ingram Phone: (773)362-8598 Email: chicagottp@gmail.com ***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 4/30/19

Referral: Turning the Page School Community Night Kellman Elementary

Description Volunteers assist staff in student workshops where they help read books, do arts and crafts, play games, provide small group/one-on-one support to students, and help with the welcome/check-ins for families attending. Impact Volunteers are directly supporting students and parents in the North Lawndale community. Volunteers will mentor students to help improve each child's literacy skills while parents attend workshops on tracking student progress, in-home learning, and parent-teacher relationships. Volunteer Activity Type Reading/Literacy Crafting 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 & Where Joseph Kellman Elementary, 3030 W Arthington St. Chicago, IL 60612- 4:30-7:00pm on Tuesdays (Sep. 25th, Oct. 16th, Nov. 6th, Feb. 26th, March 26th, April 30th) Contact for more information or to serve Jacqueline Ingram Phone: (773)362-8598 Email: chicagottp@gmail.com ***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 4/30/19

Referral: Turning the Page School Community Night Sumner Elementary

Description Volunteers assist staff in student workshops where they help read books, do arts and crafts, play games, provide small group/one-on-one support to students, and help with the welcome/check-ins for families attending. Impact Volunteers are directly supporting students and parents in the North Lawndale community. Volunteers will mentor students to help improve each child's literacy skills while parents attend workshops on tracking student progress, in-home learning, and parent-teacher relationships. Volunteer Activity Type Reading/Literacy Crafting 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 & Where Sumner Elementary, 4320 W 5th Ave, Chicago, IL 60624- 4:30pm-7:00pm on Thursdays (Sep. 27th, Oct. 18th, Nov. 8th, Feb. 28th, March 28th, May 2nd) Contact for more information or to serve Jacqueline Ingram Phone: (773)362-8598 Email: chicagottp@gmail.com ***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 5/3/19

Referral: Turning the Page School Community Night Penn Elementary

Description Volunteers assist staff in student workshops where they help read books, do arts and crafts, play games, provide small group/one-on-one support to students, and help with the welcome/check-ins for families attending. Impact Volunteers are directly supporting students and parents in the North Lawndale community. Volunteers will mentor students to help improve each child's literacy skills while parents attend workshops on tracking student progress, in-home learning, and parent-teacher relationships. Volunteer Activity Type Reading/Literacy Crafting 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 & Where Penn Elementary, 1616 S Avers Ave, Chicago, IL 60623- 3:00-5:30pm on a Tuesdays or Thursdays (Sep. 18th, Oct. 9th, Nov. 1st, Feb. 7th, March 19th, April 23rd) Contact for more information or to serve Jacqueline Ingram Phone: (773)362-8598 Email: chicagottp@gmail.com ***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 4/30/19

Referral: IMPACT Family Center Volunteer Opportunities

Description IMPACT: Mentoring/Counseling Mentor: Mentors are susceptive to meeting with the assigned mentee or small group of mentees for agreed-upon time. Most importantly, serve as an example/role model and act as a resource. Mentors must accept and relate to youth who may not share the volunteer’s lifestyle and values. Overall, they have to respect the mentee’s right to self-determination and independence. Mentor Wednesdays brings youth and mentors together to share life stories, college/career experiences and insight, and participate in IMPACT Family Dinner. “I AM Beautiful” & “Men Stand Out!” Clubs: Teen males and females participate in mentoring clubs, and are involved in personal development, life skills training, planning a successful future, community service projects, relationship building, and social etiquette in order to better prepare them to become productive men and women in the 21st century. This program culminates with an annual Cotillion & Scholarship Gala to celebrate the teens' accomplishments and to promote academic achievement. The gala is usually the second or third Sunday of July at 4 p.m. Counseling/Social Work: Experienced students or professionals with counseling and/or social work experience are needed to conduct assessments, observations, counseling sessions (one-on-one/small group), case management tasks, and other related tasks for the youth and families at IMPACT. IMPACT: Education Tutoring/Homework Help/College Prep: Youth in elementary – high school attend small group and individualized homework help, tutoring, and SAT Preparation with an in-house or Internet tutor via Khan Academy/SAT. Students are assisted with homework, tutoring, special projects, writing assignments and standardized test prep during after school hours. Saturday tutoring and SAT Prep is also available. GED Prep: Adult education supporters are needed for adults preparing to take the GED Test. The program consists of in class teaching, tutoring, test-taking skills, and/or monitoring online work to guide students through the 8-12 week sessions. Volunteers with a teaching/education background in a variety of subjects are needed. IMPACT: General Administration Public Relations (P.R.)/Marketing: This position is responsible for managing all forms of media, schedule and coordinate speaking engagements, appearances, photo shoots, and other special events. In addition, the P.R./Marketing volunteer must be able to write press releases and other materials, but not limited to, assisting print production and searching for press clippings. Accounting: The accounting volunteer works with donors, vendors, agency staff, management and board members. This individual is in charge of monthly expenses, such as payable and receivable, bank and investment accounts and expense accounts. They also oversee incoming donations, asset management and reduction, grant management and reporting tasks. Grant Writing: Experienced grant proposal writers are needed to assist with securing additional funding for programs, services, and our capital fund. Most parts of grants are pre-written and have to be tailored to the specific grant. This is a task that could be done remotely. General Office: The general office position requires the individual to answer questions, collect, and mail correspondence, copy information, and forward information by receiving and distributing communications. Also, the general office entails maintaining office supplies by regularly checking inventory levels, placing and expediting orders. Impact Volunteers help IMPACT continue their mission to IMPACT the lives of children and their families. Volunteers could be influential to many students whether through mentorship, tutoring, or learning a skill. Volunteers would help IMPACT by bringing the skills they have and implementing them, helping to create an innovative program. 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 Volunteers are needed on any day between Monday-Friday during the mornings, afternoons, or evenings. 11300 S Halsted St., Suite A, Chicago, IL 60628 843 W Marquette Rd. Chicago, IL 60620 Contact for more information or to serve Rashaud Bell/Tamonica Oneal Phone: (773) 840-3590 Email: impactfamilycenter@gmail.com ***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 12/31/19

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: 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

12/8/18 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

12/13/18 12:00 PM

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: 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: Mercy Housing - Computer Lab Monitor Eastwood Apt

Description Computer Lab Monitor: This individual will monitor the activities in the computer lab as well as offer direction in navigating website and using online services. This is an ongoing opportunity for our North side location (Uptown area) as part of Mercy Housing's programs that are offered for young adults starting at the age of 18 years old up to senior citizens. The computer lab is equipped with functioning computers however is has limited use due to the lack of being able to provide a monitor. The Computer Monitor will help individuals navigating the computer for the following but not limited to: job searching, resume posting and access and/or creating an email account along with social media account. In addition, monitor the use of the computer to make sure individuals are using safe and friendly sites. Impact Mercy Housing Lakefront is an organization that serves families and individuals who were on the brink of becoming homeless. The organization's programs provide people with opportunities that will assist them in continuing to be productive citizens in society. The closest library to this location is a little over a mile away; however, the computer lab is right in the building in which they live and in some cases is cost effective to those residents in terms of transportation. When Mondays and Wednesdays, August through December This opportunity is for 2 hours twice a week. Times that would work best are between the following: 9:00 a.m. -noon Noon – 4:30 p.m. 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.) Requirements for Service Interview Process Application Background Check Mercy Housing Lakefront Waiver Contact for more information or to serve Terrhonda Hudson at thudson@mercyhousing.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 12/31/18

Referral: Mercy Housing - Computer Lab Monitor Pullman Wheelworks

Description Computer Lab Monitor: This individual will monitor the activities in the computer lab as well as offer direction in navigating website and using online services. This is an ongoing opportunity for our South side location as part of Mercy Housing's programs that are offered for young adults starting at the age of 18 years old up to senior citizens. The computer lab is equipped with functioning computers however is has limited use due to the lack of being able to provide a monitor. The Computer Monitor will help individuals navigating the computer for the following but not limited to: job searching, resume posting and access and/or creating an email account along with social media account. In addition, monitor the use of the computer to make sure individuals are using safe and friendly sites. Impact Mercy Housing Lakefront is an organization that serves families and individuals who were on the brink of becoming homeless. The organization's programs provide people with opportunities that will assist them in continuing to be productive citizens in society. The closest library to this location is a little over a mile away; however, the computer lab is right in the building in which they live and in some cases is cost effective to those residents in terms of transportation. When Mondays and Wednesdays, August through December This opportunity is for 2 hours twice a week. 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.) Requirements for Service Interview Process Application Background Check Mercy Housing Lakefront Waiver Contact for more information or to serve Terrhonda Hudson at thudson@mercyhousing.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 12/31/18

Referral: Mercy Housing - Fitness Instructor

Description Instruct fitness and dance classes for beginners Impact The volunteer would introduce new and fun dance moves that will engage a group of individuals who would not otherwise participate. He/she should be prepared to teach low impact aerobics with healthy moves, keeping in mind that this is a beginners session. When Mondays and Wednesdays, August through December 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.) Other Requirements for Service Interview Process Application Background Check Mercy Housing Lakefront Waiver Contact for more information or to serve Terrhonda Hudson at thudson@mercyhousing.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 12/31/18

Referral: Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Description Volunteers will be riding along with our staff driver to pick up donated gifts from donors. Website www.restorechicago.org Impact The Habitat Restore Chicago donation stewards are an integral part of the success of our our operations. As a donation pickup assistant for Habitat Restore they, along with our staff driver, will likely be the only face of our organization for donors. Volunteer Activity Type Collecting, sorting, and packing Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (volunteers who can come on a regular basis) Partner Information Habitat Chicago brings people together around the health of neighborhoods. But moving an individual, family and community from A to B successfully requires us all. It takes a lot of time and effort, but with every person we meet and every story we tell, we know it's worth it. Requirements for Service Application Training Meeting < 2 hours Contact for more information or to serve Elizabeth Lopez at elizabeth@restorechicago.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 12/31/19

Referral: Mercy Housing - Computer Lab Monitor The Loft

Description Computer Lab Monitor: This individual will monitor the activities in the computer lab as well as offer direction in navigating website and using online services. This is an ongoing opportunity as part of Mercy Housing's programs that are offered for young adults starting at the age of 18 years old up to senior citizens. The computer lab is equipped with functioning computers however is has limited use due to the lack of being able to provide a monitor. The Computer Monitor will help individuals navigating the computer for the following but not limited to: job searching, resume posting and access and/or creating an email account along with social media account. In addition, monitor the use of the computer to make sure individuals are using safe and friendly sites. Impact Mercy Housing Lakefront is an organization that serves families and individuals who were on the brink of becoming homeless. The organization's programs provide people with opportunities that will assist them in continuing to be productive citizens in society. The closest library to this location is a little over a mile away; however, the computer lab is right in the building in which they live and in some cases is cost effective to those residents in terms of transportation. When Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, August through December 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm 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.) Requirements for Service Interview Process Application Background Check Online Orientation Contact for more information or to serve Terrhonda Hudson at thudson@mercyhousing.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 12/31/18

Referral: StandUp For Kids Chicago - Meal Prep

Description StandUp For Kids Chicago serves over 100 homeless teens each week with meals, clothing, and mentorship. StandUp For Kids is currently seeking groups who would like to prepare meals for up to 40 teens per evening and share them with youth at the Lakeview drop-in center. Impact StandUp For Kids works to break the cycle of teen homelessness through feeding, clothing, and providing mentorship Volunteer Activity Type Basic need services Meal service Great For 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) When Volunteers are needed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8pm Requirements for Service Training meeting >2 hours Background check for more than 3 visits to the site 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 9/30/19

Referral: Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW) - Secretary Assistance

Description Main contact to greet visitors and staff, answering phone and door, light filing. Impact HOW's southside location is a second location for them as they expand their services. A volunteer will help HOW understand their own needs while still allowing them to provide the intimate services they do at their northside location. Volunteer Activity Type Administrative Support Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) When & Where Volunteers are needed on any day between Monday-Friday for at least 4 hours between 9am-5pm. 400 W 76th Street Chicago, IL 60620 Contact for more information or to serve Christy Smith-Hall Phone: (773) 465-5770 Email: csmith-hall@how-inc.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: 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. ***

Chadds Ford, PA

Through 12/31/18

Referral: 2 Li'l Fishes Thanksgiving Meal

Description Volunteers will be serving a Thanksgiving meal to up to 300 guests. Specific tasks will include setting up the dining hall and some meal prep in the earlier shift, and serving the meal and clean-up in the later shift. When November 21, 2018 Two shifts are available: 8-11am. And 11am-1:30pm. Volunteers may also sign up for both shifts, 8am-1:30pm. Volunteer Activity Type Meal Service 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) Requirements for Service None Contact for more information or to serve Josie Cain Phone: 773-784-6633 Email: twolilfishes@yahoo.com​ ***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 11/21/18

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: KEEN

Description During sessions, volunteers are matched 1:1 with a youth with a disability end engage them in physical activity. KEEN has sports and swim sessions. Volunteers receive an orientation prior to their first session with our athletes. KEEN volunteers are asked to fill out an application here. KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) is a national, nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational and social opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families. KEEN's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals. Impact KEEN Chicago is a small nonprofit with one staff member. KEEN recruits volunteers to engage 1:1 with their athletes during sessions. KEEN provides unstructured sports activities that these kids would not be able to experience otherwise. Volunteers truly make an impact at KEEN as they help a kid with a disability develop new skills and interact with their peers. Volunteer Activity Type Physical Activity Great For Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have a never volunteered before) Commited Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (probono work, volunteer with a specific skill set) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Requirements for Service Application References When & Where KEEN has a variety of regularly scheduled programming. KEENSports at Loyola (1230 W. Greenleaf) takes place the first and third Sunday of each month from 1:30-4:00pm. KEENSports at UIC (828 S Wolcott) takes place the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 10:30am-1:00pm as well as the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 3:00-5:30pm. KEENQuatics at UIC (828 S Wolcott) takes place the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 12:10pm-1:00pm as well as the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 3:45-4:30pm. KEEN also holds a program on the last Monday of each month at the Sky High in Niles from 6-8pm. Sky High Niles 6424 Howard St. Niles, IL 60714 Schedule: http://www.keenchicago.org/current-schedule **2019 schedule coming Contact for more information or to serve Laura Fillenwarth 312-876-2535 ***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