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: Corporation for Supportive Housing Speak Up

Description CSH has a program called Speak Up in which they support the leadership and storytelling development of supportive housing residents in order to increase the impact and number of supportive housing advocates in IL. Their program provides training curriculum, advocacy opportunities, and a sense of community for their participants. They utilize volunteer coaches to support the residents in the storytelling. Coaches work with residents on story structure, editing, and practice. Coaches will be able to collaborate with other talented volunteers during in-service trainings Impact Volunteer Coaches are essential to their program. They would support the growth and development of their Resident participants in becoming strong advocates for supportive housing in IL. Many of the Residents don’t currently value their voice and see how they can be an asset to the supportive housing sector that has provided them with stability. The coaches will help the Residents become an asset in relation to utilizing their voice and sharing their powerful stories of life transformation through supportive housing. Location The Residents and Coaches decide their own meeting scheduled. We believe the volunteer coaches will meet with the Residents between 1-5 hours a month based on their preferred schedule. Volunteer Activity Type Coaching and support; Advocacy Great for Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can volunteer on a regular basis) Partner Information Corporation for Supportive Housing's mission is to advance solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build healthy communities. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve None ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however, a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/19

Referral: Upcycling Colors Workshop

Description Upcycling Colors welcomes individuals or groups 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: info@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: The Learning Center/House of Connections

Description Do you have the gift of teaching and the love of working with others? The Learning Center/House of Connections needs you! We are a community based organization that provides FREE adult basic education, high school equivalency test preparation, English as a Second Language, and computer classes to residents of the North Lawndale and Little Village communities in Chicago. To continue our work, we need your support as a volunteer tutor! We’re asking our volunteer tutors to commit to two (2) hours a week or more of tutoring. Our classes are scheduled Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at The Learning Center on Millard. We can be flexible with your schedule to determine when you can come each week and for how long. You will work one-on-one or in a small group with students while the class is facilitated by a Malcolm X College instructor. We will figure out which class is the best fit for you once you get started. Tutors should exhibit a willingness to understand the importance and challenges of Adult Education; be reliable, flexible, and patient; treat your adult learner with openness and respect; respect confidentiality; and participate in any orientation meetings with staff prior to tutoring. Impact As a volunteer, you get more than you give. Our goal is to help our students increase their literacy levels, attain a high school equivalency credential, and find productive employment. In helping our students achieve their academic goals, you are also helping them rise from their circumstances and actualize their potential. You are helping our adult learners rebuild their lives and, ultimately, their communities. When & Where Monday - Thursday Morning, 9am-1pm. *We are closed for 4 weeks in the winter: 3 weeks in December and the first week of January.* 2153 S. Millard Avenue Chicago, IL 60623 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 sepcific skill set) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Interview Training Meeting >2 hours (includes orientation with instructor) Other - Online training through the Illinois State Library Partner Information The Learning Center in the North Lawndale and Little Village areas of Chicago supports adults in their pursuit of an educational path to more confident and effective learning. We believe adults can learn, have a right to a quality education, and that education is liberating. ***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 11/28/19

Referral: Albany Park Community Center Adult Education

Description Adult literacy tutoring for those who need assistance with ESL (English as a second language) and basic reading / basic math. Tutor individuals or small groups under the direction and support of the professional staff. Work with staff to meet adult learners' literacy needs. Carry out tutoring plans catered to the needs of learners. Report tutoring hours and learners' progress, successes and problems of learners. Must be 18 or over. Education equivalent to graduation from high school required. Good English speaking and reading skills. Completion of 12 hour basic training workshop. Impact As a volunteer, you would be educating and supporting members of the community as they determine their own path of growth and development through access of diverse programs and services for individuals, families and groups. Volunteers would help students help themselves and others access good quality education, healthcare, affordable housing and realize their hopes for a better life. We all have to start somewhere. An education is invaluable when it comes to getting ahead in life, and being a slef-sufficient and successful member of society. When & Where M-TH 6:30-9:30PM Saturdays 10AM – 6PM 5101 N Kimball Ave 2nd Floor Chicago IL 60625 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 sepcific skill set) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Interview Training Meeting >2 hours Other - a second language is welcomed! We have a great need for Spanish and Arabic speaking tutors. ***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 11/30/19

Referral: Concerned Citizens Back to School Giveaway

Description Volunteers will help with activities and and pass out book bags for Concerned Citizens of Burnside's Back to School event in Burnside Park. Website http://www.concernedcitizensofburnside.org/ Impact Volunteers will greatly impact the community by helping with supplies for back to school and enaging with the community through activities and games. When & Where August 24, 2019 12PM- 3PM Burnside Park 9400 S Greenwood Ave Chicago, IL 60619 Volunteer Activity Type 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) Other (Individuals who have experience working with youth ages 7-17 years old) Great For Commited Volunteers (volunteers who come on a regular basis) Groups ( volunteers who come in a group) Partner Information The Concerned Citizens of Burnside, Inc. mission is to truly represent the people who live and work within the designated boundaries of Burnside regardless of race, creed, color or national origin. We are a public benefit organization. We strive to be a proactive partner within the community on a local, city, state, county and federal level to enhance the quality and living conditions of the community, and to inform and educate the public. We encourage development and historic preservation and renovation in the community. Requirements for Service None Contact for more information or to serve: Barbara Britten at 773-731-4155 or bbritten2001@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 8/24/19

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: 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: 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- 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: 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: 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

Referral: WINGS Program, Safe House - Kid Groups

Description At the Safe House, there are weekly groups for the kids in the evenings. The evenings have different themes. For example; one night could be game night, one night could be focused around the theme of cooperation. A staff member will plan the activities. Volunteers participate in the activities to provide the children with more individual attention. Because the age ranges of the kids vary widely, often a smaller group is formed to adapt to the activity to the age group. However, ratios sometimes vary due to the unpredictable nature of families in this situation. This is a great opportunity for people who enjoy very young children. Often there are enough babies and toddlers to designate a “nursery” where the volunteer assistant will comfort and cuddle the littlest ones, or read books and play with toddlers. This might be a good fit for you if: You enjoy being with children of all ages. You are fun-loving and enjoy participating in games and crafts. You are flexible and able to respond to changing situations. You have strong personal boundaries and are able to demonstrate those to children. You are interested in being a role model and teacher to the children in the areas of social skills, conflict resolution and respecting boundaries. You feel good when you are helping others. You feel comfortable working with people in a diverse environment in regards to social-economic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion. You are non-judgmental about why families are in a situation where they are in need of help. Impact Volunteer with help support our mission of ending Domestic Violence When & Where Tuesday & Thursday Evenings, 6pm-8pm. Located close to the midway airport area. Great for Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) 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 Application Training Meeting >2 hours Background Check Other - Need to complete a 40 hour Domestic Violence training ***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.***

Carrollton, TX

Through 11/26/20

Referral: College Mentoring Experience

Description College Mentoring Experience (CME) is currently in need of volunteers that will be preforming the following tasks of phone calls, texting, emailing, copying, scanning, faxing, distribution of mail curriculum planning, event planning, database management, scheduling, etc. Volunteers will need to be experienced in MS Office Suite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe; in addition to operating and maintaining current office equipment. Impact Volunteer are essential to the operation of CME programming; CME utilizes the services and skill sets of volunteers in being able to execute the day-to-day office tasks. When & Where 5846 West Madison Avenue, Ste. 2 Chicago, Illinois 60644 9AM-3PM: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays Volunteer Activity Type Skilled Volunteers 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.) ​Partner Information College Mentoring Experience is a Chicago non-profit organization that provides resources to help youth enter into college and graduate via college tours, scholarships, tutoring and mentorship; we prepare students with academic and soft skills needed to succeed in the 21st century academic and workplace environments. It is our belief that when students are supported; families and communities are impacted. Requirements for Service Interview process Application Background check Contact for more information or to serve: Bernard Lilly - info@collegementoringexperience.org or at 312-953-2634 ***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 10/14/19

Referral: Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation Camp Sheilah

Description Camp Sheilah serves youth ages 7-17 years old that have been impacted by the loss of someone in their life by homicide. Camp is overnight, 3 days long from Friday to Sunday afternoon. Anyone who is interested in volunteering must attend a 6 hour training that takes place where camp is held at Camp Manitoqua in Frankfort, IL. The next date of training this year is July 27th 2019. There are different roles volunteers can apply for at Camp Sheilah. First, volunteer role is as an “Explorer” who is matched with one youth to act as a support and guide throughout the Jr. Explorer’s (Camper’s) journey at camp. Volunteers are with them in their small group settings, during team building activities and free time. Volunteers will eat meals with them and stay overnight in cabins on good ol’ fashion bunk beds. Volunteers are paired with Campers based on gender and similar interests, must be 18 years of age and a great listener! Next is a “Journey Helper”, which is the behind the scenes team! Camp has many different transitions we must support and set up for while also cheering on the campers on as they go through their journeys. Must be at least 15 years old, expect the unexpected and be open to new tasks as they arrive in a team like atmosphere. “Scouts” are age 15-20 year old young people who would like to play a direct support role to our campers. You will be placed in a specific age group to support the Leader as well as the Jr. Explorers and Explorers during their entire journey through camp. We are looking for great listeners, enthusiastic and caring role models. Lastly, Camp Sheilah is looking for 2-3 Nurses and 2-3 Photographers. Nurses will rotate, being on call for camp attendees for first aid as well as disbursement of any medications over the weekend. You must have a nursing degree and enjoy working with kids, medical supplies provided by Camp Sheilah. Photographers/Videographers will be catching the magic happening all weekend for a slide show at our culminating Memorial Service event. We also send everyone home with posed shots of each Jr. Explorer with their Explorer, as well as a small group photo. Photographers are asked to please bring their own equipment. Website You can sign up here: http://www.sadfund.org/volunteers/ Impact Camp Sheilah doesn’t exist without volunteers! Your ability to be present with Jr. Explorers as they go through their unique grief journey is an immensely important ability to share. Camp also wouldn’t be as fun without all of the support roles making things flow seamlessly (most of the time) as Campers transition to different areas of camp and activities. Camp Sheilah hopes volunteers will grow relationships with Campers as well as other volunteers creating a village or family like atmosphere. Camp is fun but not without amazing volunteers! When & Where The afternoon of September 6th to the afternoon of September 8th 2019, this is an overnight camp where you will stay in cabins with your Camper or in a cabin with other volunteers. Camp Manitoqua and Retreat Center 8122 W. Sauk Trail, Frankfort, IL 60423 Volunteer Activity Type 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) Other (Individuals who have experience working with youth ages 7-17 years old) Great For Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups ( volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Partner Information The Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides support and assistance to children ages 7-17 whose parent, legal guardian, or sibling fell victim to homicide. Through our bereavement camp and our college scholarship program, we believe that we can transform a child’s tragedy into a bright future. Requirements for Service Training Meeting >2 hours Background check (please explain type) simple $25.00 background check Contact for more information or to serve: Julie Weatherhead at 734-626-3873 or julie@sadfund.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. ***

Lombard, IL

Through 9/8/19

Referral: BravenX

Braven is launching a 9-week experience called BravenX. It is a rigorous, experiential program in the form of a 9-week long course targeted to sophomore college students interested in developing the skills necessary to secure a strong first job. As part of the BravenX experience, students participate in a variety of opportunities designed to build their awareness while practicing the skills and competencies needed to be successful in the professional workforce. This Summer, we are looking for volunteers to help students polish their resume and LinkedIn profile. If you are looking for a meaningful impact, we suggest you look into the Leadership Coach role - launching in September 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, 9-week professional development experience in which they get hands-on practice managing diverse, millennial teams. Time: Wednesdays from August-October Afternoons and Evenings Leadership Coach Training: September 14, 2019 9am-3pm (Breakfast and lunch will be provided) Weekly Learning Lab: Wednesdays, September 18 – November 13 from 4:30-6:30PM Storytelling as Leadership Workshop: October 12 (All day workshop) ***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&#39;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.***</strong></p>

Chicago, IL

Through 10/12/19

Referral: South-East Asia Center

Description Our volunteer tutors teach English to adult immigrants and refugees. Tutors usually meet one-on-one with the same student or with small groups of 2-4 adult learners. There are also opportunities to help prepare immigrants for the U.S. citizenship interview and test. Generally, tutors meet with students once or twice a week for 1-2 hours at a time. Tutors are asked to make a 3-month commitment to their student. Tutors are provided training free of charge. Our students range from low-literacy to conversational level. Impact Our volunteers actively support immigrants and refugees as they transition to life in the local community by tutoring them in English and building a bridge of mutual cultural understanding. English becomes the tool that the students use to gain access to resources and gain control over their future. Cultural understanding becomes the means whereby the volunteer tutors and the students build strong ties that support building a vibrant and diverse community life which benefits everyone. Our volunteer tutors find the experience culturally enriching and satisfying, especially when they see students achieve goals such as improving English, gaining employment and becoming U.S. citizens. Time Monday-Saturdays, all day Volunteer Activity Tutoring, ESL, English Teacher 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) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) 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 Application 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 7/22/20

Referral: Expanding Your Horizons Chicago

Description EYH Chicago is a one-day conference held each year to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. At the conference, girls can pick from a series of hands-on workshops to attend, including topics such as food science, biomedical engineering, and particle physics. The workshops are led by female professionals from a wide variety of STEM careers. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain hands-on exposure to a variety of STEM careers and meet great role models. The goal is to motivate girls, especially those from underserved neighborhoods in Chicago, to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st century challenges! Love what EYH Chicago does? Join the EYH Chicago Organizing committee, a group of 20-30 people made up of people of all genders and walks of life - all dedicated to planning every detail of this conference and making sure EYH is a great learning experience for our students. Choose a role that plays to your strengths! Each Organizing Committee member works in a small team of 2-4, each team taking ownership of one aspect of the conference (planning workshops, managing facility logistics, running a social media account, acquiring food, recruiting students, fundraising, marketing etc..). Combining our efforts, we make the EYH Conference a success each year! Impact Volunteers that join EYH Chicago are self-motivated, driven people who want to contribute their efforts to planning this large event. Every Committee Member brings their own innovation and problem-solving skills to the table and, from the start, can directly influence conference planning in meaningful ways. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Identity or Community History Public Events Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Requirements for Service Other: Just attend one of our organizing committee meetings so we can meet you and you can get a sense of how the EYH Organizing Committee operates! Contact Kate Proudfoot for more information or to serve at chicagoeyh@gmail.com 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: Access Living

Description Disability Justice Mentoring Collective at Access Living What does it take to be a mentor? *You must be age 22 and up *A desire to work with youth with disabilities *An application and background check *Attendance at a meeting one Saturday a month at Access Living *Contact with your mentee once a month at your convenience *A willingness to share your interests, experience and wisdom The minimum commitment for DJMC is four hours per month. This small investment of your time can have a profound impact on the life of a youth with a disability. Impact DJMC provides a unique opportunity for youth with disabilitites, ages 12-24, to receive guidance and support from a mentor who cares about disability justice. Disability justice is beyond disability rights-being sure that people have access to society and full inclusion beyond what is the law. in particular, disability justice is about furthering the power of people with color with disabilities. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Strategy & Discussion Requirements for Service Training Meeting (2 hours) Application Supply References Interview Process Background check When Volunteers must be available every second Saturday of the month from 12noon-2pm. The other 2 hours us spent in the community, at the mentor/mentees choice of where they want to go. Contact for more information or to serve Mary Lee Ahern 312-640-2119 TTY (312) 640-2142 mahern@accessliving.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 8/5/20

Referral: Healthy Plates with the Police

Description HEALTHY PLATES with the POLICE THE VOLUNTEERS WILL ASSIST OUR YOUTH AT DIFFERENT PREPARATION TABLES AS THE LEAD CHEFS PROVIDES INSTRUCTION. Impact THE IMPACT THAT THE VOLUNTEERS WILL HAVE ON OUR YOUTH WILL BE TO SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF THE YOUTH TO LEARN A VOCATIONAL SKILL THAT WILL HELP THEM THROUGH OUT THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. THE VOLUNTEERS WILL ENGAGE OUR YOUTH IN A POSITVE ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL PROMOTE SOME OF OUR YOUTH TO CONTINUE THEIR ADULT EDUCATION IN THE CULINARY FIIELD. ADDITIONALLY, THESE EVENTS PROMOTE HEALTHY EATING. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) When Saturdays Auguest 31st 2019 @ 10:00 AM Contact for more information or to serve Delbert Howell at DELBERT.HOWELL2@CHICAGOPOLICE.ORG SIGN UP ON EVENT BRITE AT WWW.HPWP.EVENTBRITE.COM ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 8/31/19

Referral: BravenX Professional Mentor Program

Description Are you looking to give back in a meaningful way, but you only have a couple hours a week? Look no further! Braven is recruiting volunteers to mentor underrepresented, first-generation college students on the ins and outs of navigating the workforce. Professional Mentors (PMs) will support Braven Fellows on their path to securing quality postgraduate jobs. You will be paired with a recent or soon-to-be college graduate at National Louis University who is interested in your career field, and you’ll provide weekly 1:1 coaching on the job search and application process. The PM role is a great opportunity to pay it forward, gain experience coaching, and build a strong relationship with a mentee. This volunteer role is especially convenient for professionals with a tight schedule. You will meet with your Fellow once a week virtually and two times in person throughout the duration of the commitment. You and your Fellow can agree on a mutually convenient meeting time that fits both of your schedules. Impact As a Professional Mentor, you’ll be able to open the doors to your personal network, help student understand the skills they need to be successful in the professional workspace and help them build and polish their professional portfolio. Volunteer Activity Type Mentoring/Youth Development, Strategy and Discussion Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) Skilled volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) New volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Partner Information The mission of Braven is to empower promising underrepresented young people--first generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds--with the skills, mindsets, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact. Requirements for Service Supply references Application Interview Process Training meeting > 2 hours Background check Contact for more information or to serve Dania Moctezuma at 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 12/17/19

Referral: Chicago Lights Tutoring Program

Description Celebrating its 55th year of service, Tutoring provides academic support to children living in under-resourced neighborhoods on the near north, west, and south sides of Chicago. The Chicago Lights Tutoring Program 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. Tutoring this year begins in October, and we are looking for permanent and substitute volunteers to join us! You can volunteer in one of two ways: Permanent, One-to-One Tutor/Mentor (Monday - Thursday, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm) You pick one night that works best for you and commit to tutoring the same student that same evening each week. You meet with your student each week to enhance their education and school preparedness. The relationship you will build with your student provides limitless opportunities for you to offer encouragement that can have a positive impact on the student’s life for years to come. Casual Substitute Tutor (Monday- Thursday, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm) In this position, you simply come to the program when it is convenient for you and work with a student whose tutor was delayed at the last minute. This volunteer position is flexible and allows you to determine the time commitment that is appropriate for you. Substitute tutors are needed most evenings and are extremely helpful in providing support and homework help to a student who would have otherwise been without a tutor for the evening. The Chicago Lights Tutoring Program runs from October-May, Monday-Thursday evenings. Please contact Program Manager Meg Sutter at msutter@chicagolights.org to schedule your orientation session. Impact 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. For many students, Tutoring provides them with a supportive relationship with an adult that sticks with them for the school year and beyond. 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. 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) Requirements volunteers must complete to serve 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. Supply References ***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 5/27/20

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: 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: 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: WINGS Program, Safe House - Lobby Volunteer

Description Ensure the safety of the Safe House by allowing only appropriate people to enter the Safe House. Lobby volunteer utilizes the intercom and camera system to confirm the identity of Safe House clients, staff, other volunteers, and service providers who come to the Safe House door. Interact with clients as they come in and out of the shelter and as they come to the Safe House lobby to ask questions about Safe House policies and operations. Assist clients with basic daily living skills, including: signing in/out from the Safe House, providing directions to community locations, assisting with public transportation-looking up train/bus schedules, providing needed items such as toiletries/linens/bedding from Safe House inventory, giving laundry detergent as needed. Explain the basic Safe House policies and procedures to clients, including: staff schedules, babysitting rules, curfew, overnight policy, mail process, chore assignments. Other duties are assigned to Lobby volunteers based on volunteer interest and current shelter need (Examples include: minor administrative tasks-filing/making copies/faxing documents, organizing/sorting donations, researching community resources). This might be a good fit for you if: You enjoy helping people find a way out of difficult situations. You are looking for a volunteer opportunity that provides direct service to our clients. You are a good listener and able to give empathy and options without giving advice. You are able to stay calm, even when others become upset or emotional. You are committed to providing a safe, non-judging environment where you are willing to support people in their choices, even choices you may not agree with (example: a woman choosing to return to her abuser.) Impact Volunteer with help support our mission of ending Domestic Violence When & Where Sunday - Monday, mornings & afternoons. Located close to the midway airport area. Great for Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) 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 Application Training Meeting >2 hours Background Check Other - Need to complete a 40 hour Domestic Violence training ***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.***

Carrollton, TX

Through 11/30/19

Referral: First St. Paul's Lutheran Church Community Meal Serving

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 Arlene Dahm at communitymeals@fspauls.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: IMAN's Weekly Farmer's Market

Description IMAN's weekly farmers market launches Friday, July 12th! The farmer's market hosts local growers and businesses to offer access to goods that promote a healthy lifestyle. IMAN will also have arts and culture programming as well as exposure & education events. Volunteers are needed throughout the market season (July 12 - October 25) to help the market run as smoothly as possible and to make it a welcome space for folks to gather and get some good food! Volunteers would support a variety of tasks including but not limited to: assisting vendors, serving food samples, assisting cooking demos, helping with kid’s activities, welcome/sign-in booth management, set-up and break down, outreach (day of or during the week). Website www.imancentral.org Impact IMAN is a community organization that fosters health, wellness, & healing in the city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts, and operating a holistic health center. IMAN’s weekly farmers market is an extension of this mission and aims to increase access to fresh and nutritious food and support local businesses. When & Where IMAN parking lot - 2744 W 63rd St., Chicago IL 60629 Fridays in July, August, September and October The hours of the farmers market are 2-6pm. Set-up begins at 9am and breakdown ends at 7pm. Volunteer shifts are as follows: 9am-1pm 1pm-5pm 3pm-7pm Volunteer Activity Type · Public Events · Physical Activity · Community Engagement · Clean-Ups · Other Great For · Individuals (volunteers 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) · Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) · Skilled Based Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with specific skill sets, etc.) Partner Information IMAN is a community organization that fosters health, wellness and healing in the inner city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts and operating a holistic health center. Contact for more information or to served: Sara Hamdan at (773)434-4626 or sara@imancentral.org Requirements for Service: IMAN will have a mandatory volunteer orientation. Please plan to be at one of the following dates: Friday, July 5 from 2-3pm (please arrive by 1:45pm) at IMAN Wednesday, July 12 from 4-5pm (please arrive by 3:45pm) at IMAN ***If your schedule cannot accommodate either of these orientation dates, please contact sara@imancentral.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 10/25/19

Referral: Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly

Description Volunteers may visit elderly people in their homes or help facilitate an event or activity. A home visit could be a birthday or holiday gift delivery, grocery bag, or a wellness visit. A visit could also be done by a long-term volunteer, one that commits to visiting an elder twice a month for a year. Volunteers at events or activities help to cook and serve meals, socialize with elder, or accompany elders from their homes to the event. Impact Volunteers enable Little Brother Friends of the Elderly to meet their mission, as the majority of their programs are volunteer led. Additionally, they are seeking to significantly expand their volunteer corps, in order to engage with more lonely and isolated elders. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Requirements for Service Training Meeting (2 hours) Application Background check Contact for more information or to serve Josh Chartier Emal: JChartier@littlebrotherschicago.org Phone: (312) 455-1000 ***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 8/5/20

Referral: The Kindness Campaign at Wrigley Field

Description The Kindness Campaign, an Outstanding Member (volunteer) driven organization, is seeking Outstanding Members to volunteer their time as a Concession Stand Worker at Chicago Cubs home games (April – October, 6.5/hour time commitment), located at Wrigley Field, and Northwestern University basketball and football home games (September – April, 5-hour time commitment), located in Evanston, IL. The Kindness Campaign has a partnership with Levy Restaurants where in Outstanding Members perform concession stand duties. In exchange, Levy Restaurants donates a percentage (%) of net sales to The Kindness Campaign. The Kindness Campaign is expanding its impact, including the launch of a youth fellowship program. Funds raised will be used to increase and expand the impact of programs and services. Outstand Members duties include cash register operation, beverage preparation, food retrieval and stand maintenance. Impact In 2018, The Kindness Campaign’s impact: over 25,000 meals were served to the homeless and food insecure families through a commitment to end local food insecurity by directly rescuing and transferring fresh, usable food that would have otherwise been thrown away from grocers, restaurants and other food industry sources; over 250 students ages 6 – 17 were prepared for a successful school year by participating in back to school activities to prepare and inspire them for academic success; over 500 students ages 6 – 17 participated in activities focused on reading, anti-bullying, tolerance and career exploration; over 2,500 community members were encountered and benefited from violence reduction through community improvement projects; and over 5 miles of blocks were cleaned and beautified. Your participation and commitment will fund the expansion of impact programming as well as the launch of a youth fellowship program that will focus on health, financial literacy, media literacy and community improvement. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Intergenerational Engagement Meal Service Physical Activity Identity or Community History Public Events 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 Completion of 20-minute online training. Valid state issued government issued photo ID. Contact Christopher Watts for more information or to serve at CHRIS@THECWINITIATIVE.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 9/30/19

Referral: Colon Cancer Coalition

Description Help the Colon Cancer Coalition team with set up, tear down, race registration and course marshals! Impact This is a local event! Help us raise awareness for colon cancer and honor those who have been affected by this disease by showing support! Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Intergenerational Engagement Physical Activity Public Events Health and Wellness Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) For more information contact Stacy Zwerdling at stacy@coloncancercoalition.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 9/7/19

Referral: Compass to Care Associate Board

Description Compass to Care is seeking current seeking young professionals to join it’s 2019 Associate Board. The mission of the Compass to Care Associates Board is to: Enhance the efforts of Compass to Care by generating funds and support for the organization Enhance the Associates Board Member’s resumé and develop long-term Compass to Care leaders Play an active role in engaging other young people to support Compass to Care Create an opportunity for young professionals to meet wonderful people and have fun! All members must be willing to: Attend and participate in all meetings Volunteer for and attend Compass to Care events Participate in event planning, fundraising, communications, community outreach, & recruiting Sell tickets for fundraising events and/or raffles Promote the Compass to Care mission and programs in the community Financially support Compass to Care with an initial contribution of $100, and a commitment to raise an additional $1,000 Requirements for application: Minimum 2 years professional work experience Passionate about making a difference in the lives of children with cancer Commit to one-year Board Membership Commit to 6 hours per month Sign and adhere to Board Manual and Statement of Values & Code of Ethics Website www.CompassToCare.org Impact Many people feel helpless when they see a child with cancer. How can Compass to Care help? Compass to Care helps by ensuring that these children can access the best cancer treatment with the hope of a cure. Compass to Care helps children, whose parent are facing financial challenges, travel to the hospital for their treatment by paying for gasoline, tolls and parking. If the child needs to travel to a distant medical center, Compass to care helps with that too by paying for their airfare and lodging. By volunteering to help raise as much money as possible during Tag Days, Compass to Cares give parents relief from expenses they cannot afford and give children the very best chance to beat this terrible disease. Won’t you please help!? When & Where Meetings are held in the Loop at one of the Associate Board Member’s offices. Schedule for meetings available upon commitment Volunteer Activity Type Strategy & Discussion Civic Engagement 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) Partner Information Compass to Care, a 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, ensures all families can access life-saving cancer treatment for their children. Compass to Care carries out this mission by scheduling and paying for travel arrangements to the hospital where a child is being treated for cancer. Ultimately, Compass to Cares gives children the best access to life-saving cancer treatment, regardless of their family’s financial situation. Contact for more information or to served: Michelle May at (773) 657-3269 or Michelle@CompassToCare.org Requirements for Service Interview process Supply references Application Training 2 hours < Must have 2 years of professional work experience ***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 12/1/19