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: Chicago Sinfonietta Wentz Concert Hall

Description: Volunteers will do a variety of tasks at our concerts. This may include putting inserts into program books, distributing program books, assisting their Box Office with distributing tickets, passing out surveys, ushering, assisting during their Audience Engagement activities, and selling raffle tickets. Impact: Chicago Sinfonietta is a unique organization that is both artistically innovative and socially conscious, and the people the organization attracts are eclectic, passionate, and fun-loving. While the work they put on stage is often larger-than-life, they are a relatively small organization, so serving 2,000+ audience members in one evening is a challenge without lots of helping hands! Their volunteers become an extension of their unique customer experience and truly value their contribution of time and energy. Volunteer Activity Type Event Support, Collecting, Sorting, Ushering, and Packing Location Wentz Concert Hall Great For: Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Partner Information: The Chicago Sinfonietta is a professional orchestra dedicated to modeling and promoting diversity, inclusion and both racial and cultural equity in the arts through the universal language of symphonic music. Our core values are built around being bold and daring in all aspects of our work, providing a source of connectivity through music and ensuring and inspiring a continued investment in diversity and inclusion in classical music. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve: Training meeting, 1-2 hour(s) before event ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however, a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Naperville, IL

5/11/19 6:00 PM

Referral: Chicago Sinfonietta Symphony Hall

Description: Volunteers will do a variety of tasks at our concerts. This may include putting inserts into program books, distributing program books, assisting their Box Office with distributing tickets, passing out surveys, ushering, assisting during their Audience Engagement activities, and selling raffle tickets. Impact: Chicago Sinfonietta is a unique organization that is both artistically innovative and socially conscious, and the people the organization attracts are eclectic, passionate, and fun-loving. While the work they put on stage is often larger-than-life, they are a relatively small organization, so serving 2,000+ audience members in one evening is a challenge without lots of helping hands! Their volunteers become an extension of their unique customer experience and truly value their contribution of time and energy. Volunteer Activity Type Event Support, Collecting, Sorting, Ushering, and Packing Location Symphony Concert Hall Great For: Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Partner Information: The Chicago Sinfonietta is a professional orchestra dedicated to modeling and promoting diversity, inclusion and both racial and cultural equity in the arts through the universal language of symphonic music. Our core values are built around being bold and daring in all aspects of our work, providing a source of connectivity through music and ensuring and inspiring a continued investment in diversity and inclusion in classical music. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve: Training meeting, 1-2 hour(s) before event ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however, a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

5/13/19 6:00 PM

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 of up to 15 volunteers to its Upcycling Workshop at 800 North Milwaukee Avenue. During Open Upcycling Times (or privately scheduled times), Upcyclng Colors sorts and reconditions donated materials into like-new art, craft and school supplies. Help by performing a range of tasks from testing writing utensils, to cutting out stickers, to transforming used coloring and activity books, and more! There's plenty to keep everyone busy and activities that can be completed sitting or standing, as required. Impact Upcycling Colors loves volunteers! As a brand new nonprofit this organization is currently a 100% volunteer-run organization. Volunteers help rescue, transform and deliver supplies to communities in need. Volunteers' kindness and generosity enables children around the world to experience creative enrichment and nurture their natural curiosity! Volunteer Activity Type Donation sorting Great For Indiviuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have a never volunteered before) Commited Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) When & Where Ongoing - Monday-Friday, Morning and Afternoon 800 North Milwaukee Ave Chicago,Illinois 60642 Contact for more information or to serve Cindy Laegeler Phone: (312) 623-3378 Email: cindy@upcyclingcolors.org ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 10/31/19

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

Description Volunteers will be responsible for venue set-up, food prep, serving prepared food, coordinating games at annual event and clean-up. Clean-up may involve lifting (such as putting up and taking down tables, picking up & moving chairs). In June 2019 we will be establishing a memorial garden at Ogden Park, date and time will be determined by the end of this year. Impact Volunteers will be able to give back and help others (better environment for others will be made), make new experiences (experience diverse cultures), create connections (with other volunteers, youth, seniors, etc.) and assist with broadening their skill capacity (initiative development, test a desired career path, problem solve, work more efficiently). Volunteer Activity Type Event Support Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (volunteers with a specific skill set, pro bono work, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) When & Where Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Saturdays during the months of February, July, November, and December. Events usually take place at the 007th Chicago Police Station located at 1432 W 63rd St., Chicago, IL 60636 and at Ogden Park located at 6500 S. Racine Ave., Chicago IL 60636. However, other locations will be chosen based on event and partnerships with other organizations. Contact for more information or to serve Raydell Lacey Phone: (312) 281-6552 Email: notbeforemyparents@gmail.com ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 7/31/19

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: Sertoma Centre Summer Community Festival

Description Sertoma Centre is having a Summer Community Festival. Volunteers will be stationed at a booth or area to assist attendees. There will be a game tent, children’s area, ticket booths, and water booths. Volunteers will be assisting wherever they are needed. Website www.sertomacantre.org Impact The goal for this summer event is to bring awareness, exposure, and engage the businesses, residents, and individuals and their families that support Sertoma Centre. Also, to let the community know what Sertoma Centre does and how it serves as a leader in the social service field. This event will help in continuing Sertoma's mission. When & Where August 10, 2019 11:00 AM- 6:00PM 4343 W. 123rd Street Alsip, Illinois 60803 Volunteer Activity Type Physical Activity 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) ​Partner Information The mission of Sertoma Centre, Inc. is to provide opportunities that empower individuals with disabilities to achieve personal success. Requirements for Service Interview process Application Training Meeting < 2 hours Contact for more information or to serve: Paula Biancalana, pbiancalana@sertomacentre.org, 708-730-6227 ***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. ***

Alsip, IL

Through 8/10/19

Referral: Women Employed " The Working Lunch"

Description Women Employed is looking for volunteers for its special event “The Working Lunch” on May 9, 2019. Volunteer areas will include: Greeters, Registration, Ballroom Set-up, Raffle Sales, and Raffle Processing. Website www.womenemployed.org Impact Volunteers at “The Working Lunch” help create a positive experience for luncheon guests and have direct impact on the success of the event, which raises critical funds to support the advancement of women through equity in the workplace and expansion of employment and educational opportunities. Women Employed could not hold this event without volunteers! When & Where Hyatt Regency Chicago-Grand Ballroom 151 E. Upper Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60601 Volunteer Activity Type Public event Networking Hiring/ Job placement Physical activity Great For Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Partner Information Women Employed has demonstrated 45 years of mobilizing people and organizations to expand educational and employment opportunities for America’s working women. Requirements for Service Application Contact for more information or to served: Linda Ballard at lballard@womenemployed.org or (312) 782-3902 ***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 5/9/19

Referral: Tri-Taylor Community Association Mission Clean & Green

Description “Mission: Clean & Green” is one of the biannual volunteer neighborhood cleanup events in Tri-Taylor. Tri-Taylor is an historic neighborhood, and one of the most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods in Chicago, located less than ten minutes from downtown, and just west of the Illinois Medical District. “Mission: Clean and Green” is the spring cleanup, aligning with Chicago’s city-wide Neighborhood Beautification Day, in recognition of Earth Day. The City of Chicago loans rakes, shovels, brooms and trash bags. Volunteers work in teams of five to ten people, (sometimes larger,) and will clean up the public spaces from Congress to a small neighborhood of cottages just north of Roosevelt, and Ogden to Maplewood. Volunteers will pick up trash, rake leaves, clear sewer grates, and sweep. The goal is to clean up the neighborhood for spring, and build and strengthen connections between Tri-Taylor and Chicago neighbors, schools, churches and businesses. Lowe’s Wicker Park donates buckets (for sharp objects,) and work gloves. Additional work glove will be provided (and rain ponchos, if needed.) Registration begins at 8am. Event is 8am-Noon. Mariano’s donut and Dark Matter Coffee will be served at the rally, before teams roll out at 9am. Lunch will be at noon. This is a great chance to connect with Tri-Taylor neighbors and more Chicagoans of good will, through work, service and fun! At Noon, there will also have a drawing (for movie tickets,) and a 50/50 raffle. Lots of chances to have fun and be a winner! ALL VOLUNTEERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR GREEN, OR DRESS AS YOUR FAVORITE GREEN SUPERHERO! Website www.tritaylor.community Impact All hands on deck are needed and as many volunteers as possible are needed to really make a visible difference in cleaning this broad area. As many hands are needed to make the work lighter and faster. Clean neighborhoods are safer neighborhoods. If you have a passion for clean and orderly neighborhoods, working in teams and having fun, join as volunteers work together with Chicago pride! When & Where Saturday, April 27, 8am-Noon Rally point- Washington Irving Elementary School, 749 S. Oakley Blvd. Oakley and Polk. Use the Polk Street side entrance. Volunteer Activity Type Physical Activity Great For Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups ( volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Partner Information Tri-Taylor Community Association’s mission is to provide residents, property owners and businesses an organized framework to promote, preserve and enhance the quality of life and values of the neighborhood. The Association will provide a voice for these groups and its members on matters affecting the five pillars of the community: business growth, education, safety, social, environment, and all other factors affecting the livability of the area within the boundaries of the Association. Requirements for Service None Other: Please feel free to wear rugged clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty Contact for more information or to serve: Brad Apland or Dayna Stinson @ 1312852-4722 or apland@tritaylor.community ***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 4/27/19

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: Tutoring Chicago

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

Chicago, IL

Through 6/26/19

Referral: Minds Matter Chicago - Seeking Mentors

Description Minds Matter is an academic mentoring program that empowers high-performing high school students from low-income families to achieve college admissions and success. Students in the program participate in Saturday sessions which include mentoring, test prep, critical thinking and writing skill-building, and complete precollege academic programs over the summer. Minds Matter matches each student with two mentors that work with them for the duration of the program, from their sophomore through senior years of high school. This 2-on-1 structure is one of the things that sets Minds Matter apart and ensures their mentees’ success. We are currently seeking mentors, test prep instructors, Associate Board members (our fundraising team), and committee members. ​ Impact This organization’s success is founded upon the quality of their 200+ strong community of volunteers. These volunteers help support Minds Matter's incredible students into college and beyond. High schools with predominantly low-income students have 1,000 students per counselor versus a national average of 471 students per counselor. 50% of our nation’s high-achieving, low-income students do not apply to a single selective college, and personalized mentoring gives students the extra support they need to achieve their goals. When Saturday afternoons, September – May Mentors: 12:30 – 2:30 Test Prep Instructors: 10:30 – 12:30 Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Requirements for Service Interview Process Application Training Meeting < 2 hours Federal Background Check - through verified volunteers Contact for more information or to serve Cameron McEwen at program.coordinator@mindsmatterchicago.org. ***Please note Chicago Cares does not manage the following volunteer projects. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will be present or coordinate logistics for these events. Chicago Cares is also not able to verify volunteer hours spent at referral projects. Please request verification directly from the referral partner. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 5/31/19

Referral: Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory

Description Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that collects new and nearly new children's items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers, and are distributed to disadvantaged children across the city through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners. C2C supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. Shifts in the Giving Factory (located at 4141 W. George Street, Chicago 60641) give volunteers the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and sort, organize, and quality check the items donated to Cradles to Crayons. Impact Since our founding, the Cradles to Crayons vision has been to create a future where childhood poverty no longer exists. To help make this a reality, Cradle to Crayons has adopted a mission to connect communities that have with communities that need. Every day, Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 with the essentials they need to thrive — at home, school and play. Thanks to their amazing network of volunteers, families, corporate donors and service partners. Cradles to Crayons works with over 7,000 families, individuals, community groups and companies to serve over 30,000 children every year in Chicago. When Volunteers are needed at any day and any time of the week. Great for Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who can come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Requirements volunteers must complete to serve None ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however, a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 8/31/19

Referral: Chicago Lights Tutoring Program

Description Celebrating its 54th year of service, Chicago Lights Tutoring provides academic support to children living in under-resourced neighborhoods on the near north, west, and south sides of Chicago. Each year, over 400 children in 1st -12th grades are enrolled in the Tutoring Program and need an adult volunteer to encourage success through homework assistance and personal development. At the program, students are offered dinner, arts and enrichment classes, access to a computer lab, a library, career development classes, literacy programs and the attention of a caring adult. Tutoring runs Monday-Thursday from 6:00pm-7:30pm from October–May. A typical night of tutoring consists of completing homework with your student, then participating in one or two of the following activities: getting a book from our library to read together, working on one of our many reading and writing programs, visiting the computer lab to do research on the internet or practice typing or math skills, visiting the art room to create a masterpiece, or playing one of our fun and educational board games. Impact As a Tutor, you will be working with a student each week to assist with their homework, challenge them academically, and help them explore their interests. However, not only will you be helping them with their academics, but as the year continues, you and your student will form a mentor and mentee relationship that is truly unique. The relationships built and the goals accomplished at the Tutoring Program each week make a life-changing impact on Chicago’s children, our communities and us all! When Volunteers help out Monday-Thursday evenings, October through May. They may either choose one day a week to volunteer with the same student, or they can come whenever they can to work with different students. Great for Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Partner Information Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to our city’s children, youth, and adults who face the challenges of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, we empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and build community. Requirements volunteers must complete to serve Supply References Application Training Meeting < 2 hours Background Check--Volunteers are required to fill out 2 background checks, one for Fourth Presbyterian Church and one for the Department of Children and Family Services. Other: All new volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation before filling out an application. To RSVP for an orientation session, please visit: tutoringorientation2018.eventbrite.com ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however, a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 5/31/19

Referral: Erie Neighborhood House- READS Program

Description READS is a literacy intervention program for children in grades 1-3. Volunteer tutors work with an individual student and/or small group of students on a variety of literacy-based activities. Tutors should be able to commit to attending READS a minimum of one day/week for the semester. Impact A child’s capacity to succeed in school is greatly impacted by whether or not they are reading at or above grade level by the 3rd grade. The READS program engages students identified as needing reading intervention in project-based learning to help increase reading fluency, comprehension, decoding skills, computer literacy and enjoyment of reading. Because of a strong curriculum and the volunteer tutors who help execute it, the program is working: Over 90% of students in the program are reading at or above grade level by the time they complete the 3rd grade. Volunteer Activity Type Reading/Literacy Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) When Volunteers must be available one day per week (Monday through Thursday), 2:30-5:00 pm Contact for more information or to serve Rachek Serra Phone: (773) 542-7617 Email: rserra@eriehouse.org ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/19

Referral: Casa Central - Activity Aid

Description Activity Aide volunteers will assist in the education and general development of children ages 2-5 years old in the Early Learning Academy. General responsibilities include conducting activities such as reading to children, storytelling, arts and crafts, puzzles, leading games or exercise activities. Other responsibilities may include serving and clean-up of breakfast, lunch, and snack, helping with set-up and clean-up of activities and assisting teachers with daily planned activities. Impact Activity aide volunteers in the Early Learning Academy serve as positive role models for the children and provide them with a positive relationship with an adult. Through volunteerism, children are able to receive individual attention to monitor their unique developments and educational needs. Ultimately, volunteers inspire curiosity and life-long learning in Chicago’s under-resourced youth by enhancing their learning and ensuring they are prepared with knowledge and skills to successfully transition into kindergarten and excel. Casa Central depends on its volunteers to ensure they continue providing award-winning, trustworthy care and education. Volunteer Activity Type Crafting Physical Activity Reading/Literacy Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Requirements for Service Training Meeting <2 hours Application Medical Exam Shots (TB, Tetanus, etc.) Background Check (fingerprinting and background by DCFS) Other - Requirements are dependent on if the volunteer is on-going (more than 15 hours). If less than 15 hours, only application and copy of photo ID are required. If more than 15 hours, requirements marked are needed. Contact for more information or to serve Alessandra DeChancie Email: adechancie@casacentral.org ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 10/1/20

Referral: Casa Central - After School Tutor

Description Seeking volunteers to serve as on-going tutors and mentors for the youth in Casa Central's School Age Program (SAP), children ages 6-12, and La Posada’s After School Age Program (ASAP), children ages 6-17. Youth in SAP are from low-income families and youth in ASAP are part of families experiencing homeless and reside in Casa Central's interim housing program, La Posada. Volunteers will primarily assist with completing homework assignments and engage in daily planned activities and games. There will be opportunity to develop and they will support program staff with any other additional needs. Impact Volunteer outcomes include improving study habits as well as academic skills and attitudes of Chicago’s economically disadvantaged youth. With the support of on-going tutor/mentors, children can enhance their social and personal skills, and develop the necessary math, literacy, and computer skills to succeed in school. Ultimately, volunteers support youth with a positive example of a healthy relationship and help them develop important life skills. When Monday - Friday Afternoons Volunteer Activity Type Homework Help Activities & Games Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Requirements for Service Training Meeting <2 hours Application Medical Exam Shots (TB, Tetanus, etc.) Background Check (fingerprinting and background by DCFS) Other - Must be able to provide social security number and copy of photo ID Contact for more information or to serve Alessandra DeChancie Email: adechancie@casacentral.org ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 10/1/20

Referral: Erie Neighborhood House- TEAM program

Description TEAM (Tutoring to Educate for Aims and Motivation) is a one-on-one mentoring initiative for youth ages 12-18. Volunteer mentors meet with an assigned student once each week during the school year to provide academic tutoring. In addition, mentors provide socio-emotional support, assist with goal-setting and help their students explore college and career opportunities. Impact TEAM mentors work alongside middle and high school students to help them reach their potential. The extra layer of support mentors provide can make a lifelong impact on our youth, many of whom are first-generation college students. Volunteer Activity Type Community Engagement Strategy & Discussion Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Commited Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Requirements for Service Training Meeting (2 hours) Application Supply References Interview Process When Volunteers must be available Mondays (6:00-7:30 pm) or Wednesdays (6:00-8:00pm) Contact for more information or to serve Maria Munoz Phone: (312) 432-2145 Email: mmunoz@eriehouse.org ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/24/19

Referral: Turning the Page School Community Night Legacy Charter School

Description Volunteers assist staff in student workshops where they help read books, do arts and crafts, play games, provide small group/one-on-one support to students, and help with the welcome/check-ins for families attending. Impact Volunteers are directly supporting students and parents in the North Lawndale community. Volunteers will mentor students to help improve each child's literacy skills while parents attend workshops on tracking student progress, in-home learning, and parent-teacher relationships. Volunteer Activity Type Reading/Literacy Crafting Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) When & Where Legacy Charter, 3318 Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60623- 4:30-7:00pm on Wednesdays (Sep. 19th, Oct 10th, Nov. 7th, Feb. 20th, March 20th, April 24th) Contact for more information or to serve Jacqueline Ingram Phone: (773)362-8598 Email: chicagottp@gmail.com ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 4/30/19

Referral: Turning the Page School Community Night Kellman Elementary

Description Volunteers assist staff in student workshops where they help read books, do arts and crafts, play games, provide small group/one-on-one support to students, and help with the welcome/check-ins for families attending. Impact Volunteers are directly supporting students and parents in the North Lawndale community. Volunteers will mentor students to help improve each child's literacy skills while parents attend workshops on tracking student progress, in-home learning, and parent-teacher relationships. Volunteer Activity Type Reading/Literacy Crafting Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) When & Where Joseph Kellman Elementary, 3030 W Arthington St. Chicago, IL 60612- 4:30-7:00pm on Tuesdays (Sep. 25th, Oct. 16th, Nov. 6th, Feb. 26th, March 26th, April 30th) Contact for more information or to serve Jacqueline Ingram Phone: (773)362-8598 Email: chicagottp@gmail.com ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 4/30/19

Referral: Turning the Page School Community Night Sumner Elementary

Description Volunteers assist staff in student workshops where they help read books, do arts and crafts, play games, provide small group/one-on-one support to students, and help with the welcome/check-ins for families attending. Impact Volunteers are directly supporting students and parents in the North Lawndale community. Volunteers will mentor students to help improve each child's literacy skills while parents attend workshops on tracking student progress, in-home learning, and parent-teacher relationships. Volunteer Activity Type Reading/Literacy Crafting Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) When & Where Sumner Elementary, 4320 W 5th Ave, Chicago, IL 60624- 4:30pm-7:00pm on Thursdays (Sep. 27th, Oct. 18th, Nov. 8th, Feb. 28th, March 28th, May 2nd) Contact for more information or to serve Jacqueline Ingram Phone: (773)362-8598 Email: chicagottp@gmail.com ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 5/3/19

Referral: Turning the Page School Community Night Penn Elementary

Description Volunteers assist staff in student workshops where they help read books, do arts and crafts, play games, provide small group/one-on-one support to students, and help with the welcome/check-ins for families attending. Impact Volunteers are directly supporting students and parents in the North Lawndale community. Volunteers will mentor students to help improve each child's literacy skills while parents attend workshops on tracking student progress, in-home learning, and parent-teacher relationships. Volunteer Activity Type Reading/Literacy Crafting Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) When & Where Penn Elementary, 1616 S Avers Ave, Chicago, IL 60623- 3:00-5:30pm on a Tuesdays or Thursdays (Sep. 18th, Oct. 9th, Nov. 1st, Feb. 7th, March 19th, April 23rd) Contact for more information or to serve Jacqueline Ingram Phone: (773)362-8598 Email: chicagottp@gmail.com ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 4/30/19

Referral: IMPACT Family Center Volunteer Opportunities

Description IMPACT: Mentoring/Counseling Mentor: Mentors are susceptive to meeting with the assigned mentee or small group of mentees for agreed-upon time. Most importantly, serve as an example/role model and act as a resource. Mentors must accept and relate to youth who may not share the volunteer’s lifestyle and values. Overall, they have to respect the mentee’s right to self-determination and independence. Mentor Wednesdays brings youth and mentors together to share life stories, college/career experiences and insight, and participate in IMPACT Family Dinner. “I AM Beautiful” & “Men Stand Out!” Clubs: Teen males and females participate in mentoring clubs, and are involved in personal development, life skills training, planning a successful future, community service projects, relationship building, and social etiquette in order to better prepare them to become productive men and women in the 21st century. This program culminates with an annual Cotillion & Scholarship Gala to celebrate the teens' accomplishments and to promote academic achievement. The gala is usually the second or third Sunday of July at 4 p.m. Counseling/Social Work: Experienced students or professionals with counseling and/or social work experience are needed to conduct assessments, observations, counseling sessions (one-on-one/small group), case management tasks, and other related tasks for the youth and families at IMPACT. IMPACT: Education Tutoring/Homework Help/College Prep: Youth in elementary – high school attend small group and individualized homework help, tutoring, and SAT Preparation with an in-house or Internet tutor via Khan Academy/SAT. Students are assisted with homework, tutoring, special projects, writing assignments and standardized test prep during after school hours. Saturday tutoring and SAT Prep is also available. GED Prep: Adult education supporters are needed for adults preparing to take the GED Test. The program consists of in class teaching, tutoring, test-taking skills, and/or monitoring online work to guide students through the 8-12 week sessions. Volunteers with a teaching/education background in a variety of subjects are needed. IMPACT: General Administration Public Relations (P.R.)/Marketing: This position is responsible for managing all forms of media, schedule and coordinate speaking engagements, appearances, photo shoots, and other special events. In addition, the P.R./Marketing volunteer must be able to write press releases and other materials, but not limited to, assisting print production and searching for press clippings. Accounting: The accounting volunteer works with donors, vendors, agency staff, management and board members. This individual is in charge of monthly expenses, such as payable and receivable, bank and investment accounts and expense accounts. They also oversee incoming donations, asset management and reduction, grant management and reporting tasks. Grant Writing: Experienced grant proposal writers are needed to assist with securing additional funding for programs, services, and our capital fund. Most parts of grants are pre-written and have to be tailored to the specific grant. This is a task that could be done remotely. General Office: The general office position requires the individual to answer questions, collect, and mail correspondence, copy information, and forward information by receiving and distributing communications. Also, the general office entails maintaining office supplies by regularly checking inventory levels, placing and expediting orders. Impact Volunteers help IMPACT continue their mission to IMPACT the lives of children and their families. Volunteers could be influential to many students whether through mentorship, tutoring, or learning a skill. Volunteers would help IMPACT by bringing the skills they have and implementing them, helping to create an innovative program. Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Groups (volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) When & Where Volunteers are needed on any day between Monday-Friday during the mornings, afternoons, or evenings. 11300 S Halsted St., Suite A, Chicago, IL 60628 843 W Marquette Rd. Chicago, IL 60620 Contact for more information or to serve Rashaud Bell/Tamonica Oneal Phone: (773) 840-3590 Email: impactfamilycenter@gmail.com ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.***

Chicago, IL

Through 12/31/19

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: Chicago Youth Programs Saturday Dreams Program

Description Every 2nd and 4th Saturday volunteers will be a part of the Saturday Dream Program. This program is a fun Saturday program that allows youth in grades 1st-6th to have a Saturday filled with fun time that included gym time, arts and crafts a healthy snack and the investment of time from a group of committed volunteers. Website www.chicagoyouthprograms.org Impact CYP is a long-term organization that works with youth from birth until college. This volunteer opportunity will allow volunteers to work with the same group of youth as long as they volunteer. CYP believes this type of investment benefits both the child and the volunteer. When & Where Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from April until June 12 PM-2 PM 5350 S Prairie Ave, Chicago IL 60615 Volunteer Activity Type Crafting Intergenerational Engagement Reading and Literacy Storytelling Physical Activity 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 The Mission of Chicago Youth Programs (CYP) is to improve the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth using a comprehensive approach aimed at developing their capabilities. Requirements for Service Background Check (volunteers complete the DFSS background check onsite when they show up to volunteer) Contact for more information or to served: Chelsea Corbett at (773) 493-4054 or uptown@chicagoyouthprograms.org or Monique Cook-Bey at cpo@chicagoyouthprograms.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. ***

Carrollton, TX

Through 6/28/19

Wellness and Safety

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

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Referral: Journey Care

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

Chicago, IL

Through 7/2/19

Referral: 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: Second Sense

Description Perfect for the Art Lover! Do you love art? Help Second Sense create a buzz about their talented artists with vision loss! You’ll be helping coordinate their biggest fundraiser, Passionate Focus. You also get to know the artists through their bios and beautiful artwork who are competing for a spot in this special benefit for Second Sense. The volunteers will be helping with: -Creating save-the-date cards, invitations and program book with design software (no experience necessary, will be trained). - Pulling together silent auction packages and baskets - Tracking silent auction donations - Help writing social media posts to promote event - Editing and posting artist bios - Attend the big event on May 16th! Impact Volunteers will be helping make Second Sense's one and only fundraiser run smoothly. Volunteers will help ensure that artists are represented well to many donors who support their work and our mission. When & Where 65 E. Wacker Place, #1010 Chicago, Illinois 60601 January 15- May 16 Flexible scheduling, 2-4 hours per week. Volunteer Activity Type Crafting, Public Arts, Public Events, Office Administration Great For Individuals (people who come on their own) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Other (Volunteers with knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint, detail oriented, willing to learn Adobe Creative Suit) ​Partner Information Second Sense inspires individuals to move beyond vision loss and believe in their abilities. Through client-centered support and training, they learn new skills, build confidence and realize their value in our community. Together we are changing society’s perception of human potential. Requirements for Service Interview process Application Training meeting <2 hours Contact for more information or to serve: Kathy Austin at Kathy.austin@second-sense.org or 312-236-8569 ***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 5/16/19

Referral: MDA Chicago Spring Half Marathon

Description Muscular Dystrophy Association is the official charity of the Chicago Spring Half Marathon/10K and needs your help! The MDA is looking for group volunteers to set up and manage two Aid Stations—handing out water to keep athletes hydrated while cheering them on out on the course! MDA can’t thank volunteers enough for their help, and want to try to show how they are appreciated. All volunteers will receive an event specific volunteer shirt, water, snacks, a light meal, service hours, and more. Website www.mdateam.org Impact Team Momentum is MDA’s endurance training program that empowers individuals of all athletic abilities to train for a half or full marathon while supporting kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. Participants dedicate their miles, muscles and personal finish line to freeing families from the harm of muscle-debilitating diseases that take away everyday freedoms like walking, running, hugging and even breathing. Aid station volunteers will be supporting Team Momentum participants, as well as all other Chicago Half Marathon/10K runners. When & Where May 19th, 2019 5:30 AM-11:30 AM Volunteer Activity Type Physical Activity Community Engagement Great For Groups (volunteers who come in a group) ​Partner Information MDA's legacy of progress has always started with families at the heart of all we do. For more than 65 years, we have been committed to saving and improving the lives of kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases. We are proud of our rich history and grateful to the dedicated families and supporters who have made today's progress possible. The victories of our past will lead to tomorrow's treatments and cures Requirements for Service None Contact for more information or to serve: Nora Capocci at, ncapocci@mdausa.org 312-260-5984 ***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 5/19/19

Referral: Imagine Englewood If Greater Englewood Unity Day Clean Up

Description Volunteers are needed for the 7th Annual Greater Englewood Unity Day in connection with Chicago's Citywide Clean and Green. A Unity Celebration including food, fun and love will follow the clean-up from 1pm-3pm. IEI needs volunteers to fill the following roles: 1. Set up (8am-10am)– Volunteers helping with set up will arrive around 8:00am to help clean and set up tables for the pre-event activities; organize the gloves, shirts, trash bags for pick up; help set up breakfast for volunteers 2. Clean up (10am-1pm) -Volunteers will be assigned an area in the community to clean with another group or organization; assist in recycling trash and counting garbage bags; helping take pictures of people in action cleaning up 3. Unity Celebration (12pm-4pm) - Volunteers will help set up tables, chairs, food and games for the unity celebration; help to serve food and beverages during the event; help clean up after the event Website www.imagineenglewoodif.org Impact Volunteers will help beautify the Englewood community by cleaning up the trash that covers various vacant lots and blocks. This is also an opportunity for people from other parts of the city who are not familiar with the Greater Englewood community to learn more about the neighborhoods and the residents to create a more connected Chicago. When & Where 6006 S. Peoria Saturday, April 27, 2019 10AM-1PM. Volunteer Activity Type Physical Activity Community Engagement 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) Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Partner Information Imagine Englewood If’s mission is to strengthen and empower the Greater Englewood community through teaching local youth and their families- healthy living, environmental awareness, and positive communication skills. Requirements for Service Application Contact for more information or to serve: Tamisha Gamble or Michelle Rashad at info@imagineenglewoodif.org or 773-488-6704 ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so. ***

Chicago, IL

Through 4/27/19

Referral:Fifth Third Bike the Drive 2019

Description Volunteers are needed to produce a successful, car-free bike ride for over 20,000 riders on Lake Shore Drive. Please join us Sunday, May 26, 2019 for our biggest fundraiser, Fifth Third Bike the Drive, and support Active Transportation’s work to improve biking, walking and transit. Help is needed pre-event, day-of-event and post-event. Choose a job that suits you, whether it is helping to organize materials ahead of the event, fueling and cheering participants on at rest stops or ensuring that the event is fun and safe for all. Perks of volunteering: Day-of-event volunteers receive a complimentary meal and t-shirt and the chance to meet hundreds of other bike enthusiasts. Pre-event volunteers can trade six volunteer hours for a free event registration. Groups of 15 or more volunteers may qualify for a $200 donation their own non-profit organization or a charitable organization of their choice. School groups, church groups and community organizations are all welcome! Website www.bikethedrive.org/volunteer Impact Active Transportation Alliance needs volunteers to help make largest fundraiser of the year, Fifth Third Bike the Drive, a success. Active Trans the Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit advocacy organization that works to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit and engage people in healthy and active ways to get around When & Where Sunday, May 26, 2019 Butler Field in Grant Park will be the main festival area of Bike the Drive. 235 S. Columbus Dr., 60604 Volunteers stations are located along Lake Shore Drive from Bryn Mawr Ave. to 57th Street/The Museum of Science & Industry. Volunteers are also needed at the festival in Butler Field at Grant Park. Volunteer Activity Type Clean-ups Public Events Physical Activity Great For Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups ( volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Partner Information The mission of Active Transportation Alliance is to promote walking, bicycling and public transit to create healthy, sustainable and equitable communities. Active Trans envisions a Chicagoland that is a fun and healthy place to live, work and play Requirements for Service Training Meeting < 2 hours Contact for more information or to served: Brittany Gillespie at 1312.216.0465 or britany@activetrans.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 5/26/19

Referral:Talented Tenth's World Record Car Wash

Description Talented Tenth is partnering with NAPA AUTO PARTS in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of Records of how many cars washed in an 8 hour period. We are looking for 12-15 volunteers for each location. Website www.talentedtenthss.org Impact The purpose of the car wash is to assist Talented Tenth with fundraising for the Operation: Feed A Soul, Warm a Heart Program, which is a program that provides healthy meals to the homeless. Our goal is to ensure no one is without a healthy meal. When & Where Saturday, April 27, 2019 700 Enterprise Ct- Naperville, Illinois 60563 40 Baker Hill- Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137 956 E. 9th St- Lockport, Illinois 60441 2025 Lincoln Hwy- St. Charles, Illinois 60174 2121 W. Jefferson St- Joliet, Illinois 60435 3090 US Highway 34- Oswego, Illinois 60503 23835 W. 135th St- Plainfield, Illinois 60544 Volunteer Activity Type Physical Activity Great For Individuals (volunteers who come on their own) Groups ( volunteers who come in a group) New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before) Committed Volunteers ( people who can come on a regular basis) Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under) Partner Information Talented Tenth Social Service's Mission is to educate and empower disenfranchised families in Chicagoland by providing community initiatives, programs and referral services. Requirements for Service None For more information or to serve contact: Natalie Bonner @ talentedtenthss@gmail.com or (630)301-9700 ***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program; however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so. ***

Naperville, IL

Through 4/27/19