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

Through12/31/19

Referral: Chicago Sinfonietta Concert Hall

Description: Audience Engagement BRIDGE (Bold, Relevant, Dynamic, and Ground-Breaking Engagement), the Sinfonietta’s premier audience engagement series, programs activities before the performances and at intermission to further inform the audience on concert themes. Our hope for these activities is to make everyone feel comfortable in the concert hall no matter their background or experience with classical music. Past activities include: a crowdsourced painting activity hosted by SkyArt, on-site henna tattoo artists, an interactive exhibit from the #LetUsBreathe Collective and more. Volunteers may assist with pre-concert set-up, facilitation of activities, and tear-down of activities. Volunteers are expected to engage the audience by providing positive interactions and conscientious support to benefit the flow of the activities. Through BRIDGE you assist in making each concert a memorable one. Suggested attire: comfortable business casual. Event Support Chicago Sinfonietta hosts several events to raise critical funds for the orchestra. We could not do these events without the help of our amazing volunteers. The main events of the year consist of Prelude (Concert 1), West Suburban Friends Fundraiser (Concert II), Art & Diversity Reception (Concert III), and the Annual Ball (First Saturday in June). Volunteer tasks could include check-in, set-up and tear-down, raffle selling, as well as facilitation of various activities. For example, this year’s Concert II fundraiser will have a photo booth that includes an intricate backdrop, the tasked volunteer will assist with picture taking, as well as maintenance of the backdrop. Often, guests of events will also attend concerts following events and need to check-in with box office prior to the fundraiser. To facilitate the patron’s experience, 1-2 volunteers may be tasked to direct guests to the event. Volunteers should plan to arrive prior to the event, have a flexible and professional attitude, a comfort engaging with patrons, meeting new people, as well as speaking on Chicago Sinfonietta’s In-Office Support Chicago Sinfonietta staff is small, but mighty. Throughout the season, we execute major projects that require more hands at the table. Volunteers must be flexible as tasks could include any of the following: creating donation solicitations, fundraising/subscription mailing support, phone calls, ticketing, and other similar tasks as needed. Shifts may range anywhere between 30 minutes – 4 hours depending on your day-time availability as well as the tasks at hand. Volunteer opportunities are available in both Development and Marketing. You must have great attention to detail as well as strong organizational skills, any other skills you’d like to flex are also greatly appreciated. If volunteering in the office interests you, please let us know so that we can discuss your availability further. Impact: Chicago Sinfonietta is an award-winning professional orchestra. All of our concerts are specifically curated to include modern repertoire by those typically excluded from classical music. We pride ourselves in creating unique collaborations that highlight other art forms and providing a one-of-a kind concert experience. Sinfonietta concerts and events would not be possible without the help of our talented group of volunteers. Our volunteers truly embody our mission and we are so grateful for your support! Location(s): Chicago Sinfonietta Office: 70 E. Lake Street Symphony Center: 220 South Michigan Avenue Wentz Concert Hall: 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 Our volunteer opportunities can and have varied. Please contact us for more information! Requirements volunteers must complete to serve: Contact us with your interest and we will inform you of what volunteer duties are available. All training is done onsite at event and in the office. ***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

Through9/30/20

Referral: Upcycling Colors Workshop

Description Bring a group (up to 100 people) to our location or host an event at your company (unlimited number of participants) … and help us RESCUE leftover (used/new) ART, CRAFT & SCHOOL SUPPLIES … TRANSFORM them into LIKE-NEW TREASURES and BRING them to UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES in Chicago and around the world. Impact Team Building activities with an impact in the environment and education. Upcycling supplies that otherwise would have ended up in landfills will support art/project-based learning programs. You will enable to spark creativity to many children around the world who have never seen a crayon before, paint or even play board games. Join Upcycling Colors movement! Volunteer Activity Type From testing writing utensils, to cutting out stickers, to sorting crayons, to transforming used coloring and activity boos, to putting together treasure boxes, and more! Great For Groups (volunteers who come in a group) When & Where Ongoing – Monday to Sunday – Morning, Afternoon, Evening 1730 N Clark Street Chicago IL 60614 Contact Mariela for more information or to serve at mariela@upcyclingcolors.org or by calling 312.887.1619 ***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

Through10/31/20

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: 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

Through12/31/19

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

Through10/1/20

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

Through10/1/20

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

Through12/24/19

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

Through12/31/19

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

Through11/26/20

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

Through7/22/20

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

Through12/31/19

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

Through8/5/20

Referral: Mentor Matching Engine

Description Back in 2012 ISTI recognized a need in the Illinois community to connect innovative leaders and corporate resources with classrooms. We created the Mentor Matching Engine (MME), an online platform that connects students virtually with industry and university mentors to collaborate on student-led research projects. MME allows high school students to create projects online and select from our pool of recruited and quality mentors (all background checked), and then allows the students to work with these mentors virtually over the course of the year, with the teacher able to oversee and monitor all communication. In the coming academic year, we have a real need for mentors in a variety of fields to share their expertise and skills. Mentors will communicate exclusively on MME to guide students through the course of their project. The Mentor Matching Engine is a great way to volunteer and give back to younger students without a huge time commitment. It is also a helpful way to build your own experience in your field of study, build your CV, and interact with your community. Since it's virtual, all mentoring is online, with all communication through written discussion or video conferencing. Impact The Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) is a STEM-focused nonprofit that provides programs and partnerships to connect companies with classrooms. ISTI supports schools and companies who want to impact the next generation of innovators, to build a stronger, more inclusive talent pipeline in Illinois. We are a bridge between the classroom and real world that facilitates collaboration between students and industry mentors. Volunteers who mentor students develop substantial relationships that foster growth and development in STEM fields. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement STEM Mentoring 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 Background check: We use an organization called GoodHire to submit background checks. Every step is completed virtually. Training:Mentors will receive a webinar to explain the platform and can also set up an additional meeting with an ISTI staff member if needed. Contact Sarah Perret- Golubofft for more information or to serve at spg@istcoalition.org 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

Through6/19/20

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

Through12/17/19

Referral: HighSight

Description HighSight is looking for volunteer tutors to academically support our highly motivated scholars. In addition to assisting students with their assigned homework, tutors focus on test preparation, study habits and organizational skills. On average, tutors volunteer once a week, for an hour. Impact Tutors make the biggest difference in our organization and more importantly, in the lives of the scholars we serve. All of our students are hardworking and want the academic assistance provided by the tutors. Our scholars’ priorities are to master material and get straight A’s every year. Their four year goal is to go to the best college possible with the best financial aid. In conclusion, the volunteers make the most important impact on our organization. Tutoring is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 5pm to 7pm, and Saturdays, from 10am to 12pm. Time Tuesdays, 5:00 - 7:00 PM Wednesdays, 5:00 - 7:00 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 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

Through9/20/20

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

Through5/27/20

UChicago Lunch & Learn

Description Lunch & Learn Volunteers will make short 20 minute presentations highlighting their college/career path in the fields of business or law, including but not limited to the following: college selection, major, internships, mentors, first job out of college, best & worst part of their current job, advise for students interested in a career in business or law. The presentations will be followed by a Q & A session Lunch & Learn events are an opportunity for professionals to discuss relevant, fun and helpful topics with high school students (grades 10-12) that are currently interested in pursuing careers in business or law. Each session, 2-3 professionals will share their path to success and answer student questions about college and careers. Volunteers are encouraged to include a hands-on activity or photos to highlight their field of work. Lunch & Learns are an ideal environment for students to start their networking journey and to connect with peers in their school who share a similar career interest. Impact Volunteers will increase student knowledge in the skills required in their field, assist students in building confidence to network and provide insight into the many opportunities available in the business and law sectors. When & Where The Lunch & Learn sessions take place from 1:10-2:10 p.m. on the following dates: Nov 20, Jan 15, Feb 26, Mar 18, Apr 22, May 20 Contact Todd Barnett for more information at tbarnett@uchicagocharterschool.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

Through5/20/20

Referral: CPS Annual Academic Decathlon 2020

Description The Annual Academic Decathlon is a nationwide competition that promotes academic excellence through teamwork. Students of all achievement levels are tested on various subjects, such as, Art, Economics, Music, Language Arts and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Social Science. We also include proficiency in Speech, Interview and Essay writing. Students receive training and coaching throughout the school year in preparation to compete on a citywide and national stage. The specific content varies from year to year and is determined by the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) Board of Directors. The 2019 topic is In sickness and In Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness. Impact Volunteers will help to ensure that students of the Chicago Public Schools have a successful and equitable competitions. They will have the opportunity to give back to the community of inner city youth, while networking with people from other companies and organizations. When & Where January 25, 2020 – Several shifts beginning at 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Chicago Vocational Career Academy - 2100 East 87th St. Chicago, IL 60617 Volunteer Activity Type Youth Development Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have neve volunteered before) Groups (Volunteers who come in a group) Partner Information At Chicago Public Schools, our mission is to provide a high quality public education for every child, in every neighborhood, that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. To fulfill our mission, we make these three commitments to our students, their families and to all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Requirements for Service Background check - Complete a simple volunteer application via link - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Be9E-4nMQHb6H06VX26-P4_5NgBwfHCZz2fYRJnfeDY/edit?usp=sharing Contact for more information or to serve Anthony Mosley at amosley@cps.edu ***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

Chicago, IL

Through1/25/20

Referral: FIRST Illinois Robotics League Tournament

Volunteering with FIRST is an amazing opportunity for you to be energized, feel fulfilled, and have FUN. You’ll be inspired when you join our community and feel the energy and excitement that our programs bring to students and adults alike. FIRST® is More Than Robots. FIRST® participation has proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM related fields, inspired them to become leaders and innovators, and enhanced their 21st Century work-life skills. FIRST is more than a Robot “see why https://rebrand.ly/This-isnt-a-Robot Volunteers will be working side by side with FIRST participants (7th-12th grade) to build their leadership and problem-solving skills and, more importantly, their sense of belonging and self-confidence. We build tomorrow through our thriving community filled with inspiration, creativity, and hope. With your help, the next generation will be ready and willing to solve the complex challenges facing our cities, towns, and communities. Let’s build them up and inspire a generation of global citizens to create a strong, sustainable Force for change. Together, we build tomorrow. Volunteer positions that requires some preparation: Referee (if you have been a Soccer or Basketball referee-this is a great position that puts you in the middle of all the action) Field Technical Advisor (If you can fix your wifi at home-check out this role) Field Inspector (Again, if you can fix your wifi at home-check out this role) Robot inspector Scorekeeper (Comfortable around computers a plus) Positions that require no advance preparation: Team Check-in Field Reset Team Queuer A detailed description of all volunteer roles can be found at https://rebrand.ly/Register-To_Volunteer Volunteers are required to obtain FIRST Youth Protection Clearance (YPC), before beginning regular involvement with the team or event. This process entails: ■ Viewing a short information video. ■ Reading and agreeing to abide by the Code of Conduct and Fundamental Safety Guidelines. ■ Submitting legal full name, legal address, number of years at this address, and date of birth confidentially to a certified screening agency contracted by FIRST for purpose of a criminal background and sex offender registry 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

Through2/1/20

Referral: FIRST Illinois Robotics League Championships

Volunteering with FIRST is an amazing opportunity for you to be energized, feel fulfilled, and have FUN. You’ll be inspired when you join our community and feel the energy and excitement that our programs bring to students and adults alike. FIRST® is More Than Robots. FIRST® participation has proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM related fields, inspired them to become leaders and innovators, and enhanced their 21st Century work-life skills. FIRST is more than a Robot “see why https://rebrand.ly/This-isnt-a-Robot Volunteers will be working side by side with FIRST participants (7th-12th grade) to build their leadership and problem-solving skills and, more importantly, their sense of belonging and self-confidence. We build tomorrow through our thriving community filled with inspiration, creativity, and hope. With your help, the next generation will be ready and willing to solve the complex challenges facing our cities, towns, and communities. Let’s build them up and inspire a generation of global citizens to create a strong, sustainable Force for change. Together, we build tomorrow. Volunteer positions that requires some preparation: Referee (if you have been a Soccer or Basketball referee-this is a great position that puts you in the middle of all the action) Field Technical Advisor (If you can fix your wifi at home-check out this role) Field Inspector (Again, if you can fix your wifi at home-check out this role) Robot inspector Scorekeeper (Comfortable around computers a plus) Positions that require no advance preparation: Team Check-in Field Reset Team Queuer A detailed description of all volunteer roles can be found at https://rebrand.ly/Register-To_Volunteer Volunteers are required to obtain FIRST Youth Protection Clearance (YPC), before beginning regular involvement with the team or event. This process entails: ■ Viewing a short information video. ■ Reading and agreeing to abide by the Code of Conduct and Fundamental Safety Guidelines. ■ Submitting legal full name, legal address, number of years at this address, and date of birth confidentially to a certified screening agency contracted by FIRST for purpose of a criminal background and sex offender registry 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

Through2/8/20

Referral: Code Nation

Description Code Nation equips students in under-resourced high schools with the skills, connections, and experiences that together create access to careers in technology. Code Nation is seeking web and software developers to be classroom teachers in our Intro to Web Development Course. We place teams of 4 developers at each of our schools sites. Volunteers commit to teaching 2x a week for the full school year (Sept-May), either in the morning during the school day or during after school hours. Volunteers receive ongoing training & support and have access to a ready-to-deliver curriculum that includes HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Impact Volunteers will teach, mentor, and inspire the next generation of technologists. Volunteers will contribute to diversity and inclusion efforts in the tech industry while joining a local and national community of 300+ civically-minded tech professionals. Volunteers will grow their own technical and professional skills! Requirements for Service Application Training Meeting Background check (CPS background check) Contact Shane Morris for more information at shane.morris@codenation.org For general infomation, please see codenation.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

Through12/31/20

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

Through12/31/19

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. About 3 to 5 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. 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 3-5 Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group of no more than 6) 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

Through12/31/19

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

Through8/5/20

Referral: American Council for the Blind

Description Volunteers will be assisting people who are blind and visually impaired navigate in unfamiliar surroundings. You will offer them your arm or they will follow you and you will help them locate meeting rooms, hotel restaurants, booths in our exhibit hall or their table in our general session meeting room. Volunteers do not take attendees outside the hotel or to their sleeping room. Impact Our attendees are visiting the hotel for the first time. It is a totally unfamiliar place. Volunteers enhance their attendance by making it easy to find locations when people are hurrying from one function to another. Many of our attendees say that volunteers make it possible for them to attend our convention, otherwise they wouldn’t feel comfortable knowing there would be no assistance to help them find their way. When & Where Thursday, July 2, 2020 through Saturday July 11th. On Thursday the 2nd volunteers are needed afternoon and evening, the 3rd through the 10th they are needed from 7:00 AM until 11:00 PM. On Saturday the 11th morning only. Locations Renaissance Hotel: 1551 N. Thoreau Dr. N., Schaumburg, IL 60173 Wyndham Hotel: 1725 East Algonquin Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173 Contact Sally Benjamin for more information at salbenjamin@comcast.net ***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.**

Minneapolis, MN

Through7/11/20