Skills-Based and Pro Bono Volunteering

Use your professional skills to help nonprofits fulfill their mission. Skills-Based Volunteering provides an invaluable service to our nonprofit partners by allowing them to do more with less. 

Why Volunteer? Skilled volunteers have many reasons for serving. Here are some trends in skilled volunteers:

  • In job transition, looking to keep their skills current.
  • Retired or have free time, and want to use professional skills
  • Students looking to learn new skills and build on their education
  • Employees or associations looking for Pro-Bono projects

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Graphic Designer: Design New Letterhead

Escorted Transportation Service will be changing its name in May and need a graphic designer to design new letterhead. We have a logo and color palette which will be provided. If available, we would also appreciate assistance with a newsletter template (for email) and potentially help with designs for a giveaway. Due date: mid April

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 3/31/21

Advocate - North/Northwest Cook County

Description: The Role of an Advocate is to provide support to our 24/7 crisis hotline. This includes answering hotline calls, responding to all 8 hospitals in NWCASA’s service area, and providing documentation within a timely manner. Advocates work directly with survivors of sexual assault and their significant others. Responsibilities: 24/7 Hotline Crisis Intervention: Answer calls during assigned shifts Hotline Crisis Calls – Individuals looking for immediate help Hotline Information/Referral calls – Individuals looking for information on resources available to them Hospital Calls – Survivors needing an advocate in the hospital setting Work closely with survivors in a hospital setting Provide emotional support and information about resource available to survivors Fill out paperwork in a timely manner Outreach Attend Volunteer Recruitment Events if interested and able to Attend General outreach events and functions if interested and able to Support NWCASA by attending events and fundraiser Skills and Qualifications: Must be 18 years or older Knowledge of sexual violence issues Ability to deal sensitively with victims of sexual violence and their significant others Public speaking abilities Able to work independently and to prioritize/organize tasks Ability to provide own transportation Ability to reach all 8 hospitals within the state mandated 1 hour. Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village Glenbrook Hospital, Glenview St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates Lutheran General, Park Ridge Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights Skokie Hospital, Skokie St. Francis, Evanston Evanston Hospital, Evanston Supervisor: Volunteer Coordinator, Allyson Schnoor Hours per Month: Minimum of 24 hours, 4 shifts of 6 hours Minimum 1 year committment after training.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 7/1/21

Power Employment Workshop Presenter

Volunteer presenters are needed to assist Business and Career Services (BCS) and with their award-winning “Power Employment” workshop designed to give job seekers “the Edge” when seeking employment.  Volunteers will present one or more of the following workshop modules:  Smart Goal setting, Advanced Job Search Techniques, Resume Writing and Interviewing.  All workshops are PowerPoint presentations, often presented in conjunction with another volunteer presenter.   Volunteers receive an initial orientation to the goals of the program and are then directed to observe and audit two Power Employment area workshops before presenting.  Additionally, volunteers are required to attend a monthly evening training meeting at the Schaumburg Library.  Here, job search best practices are discussed, and approved classroom flyers and training materials are passed out.  At this meeting, volunteers also benefit from hearing and networking with guest speakers, often local employers with jobs. Power Employment workshops are presented Monday - Friday from 9:30am - 3:30pm at local Northwest Cook County libraries and BSC offices in Arlington Heights, Hanover Park and Robbins. Volunteers will schedule their availability after completion of their audit of Power Employment workshops.  This is a great opportunity to develop superior presentation skills, build confidence by assuming a leadership role, as well as eliminate gaps in the resume.  Volunteers also land about 50% faster, since they are always teaching others how to find a job. To qualify for this volunteer opportunity, you do not have to be a trainer, speaker or sales professional. But it is recommended that minimally you have successfully conducted and lead a group in discussion.  Ideally, volunteers have also given a presentation to a work unit or other group, can communicate effectively with audiences, as well as present a professional image to represent BCS in this helping and teaching role.     There are also additional volunteering opportunities, such as helping at area Job Fairs and some administrative projects.  But our biggest ongoing need is for volunteer presenters to present “Power Employment.” This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) opportunity.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 10/1/21

Career and Job Search Instructors

Volunteer instructors present one or more of a dozen hands-on group seminars that cover every aspect of job search: setting SMART goals; advanced job search techniques, job search plan development, researching and targeting prospects, branding, resume writing, connecting, interviewing, LinkedIn/social media, and more. Our greatest need is for presenters who can present specific content, and lead a group in discussion. Since the presenters will be talking about the importance of LinkedIn in the job search, it is strongly recommend the presenter have a LinkedIn profile as well. In addition, a professional demeanor and appearance is required. (Volunteer presenters need to present themselves as though job ready and it is recommended they dress professionally, as though they were ready to interview or begin work.) Equally important is follow through on the presentation date they commit to. We look to our volunteer presenters to bring the passion. We provide the training framework, audience and promotion of the seminar. A key strength of our program is that our volunteer presenters bring their experiences from a variety of industries and career backgrounds, including, but not limited to, technology, engineering, human resources, risk management, training, technology as well as sales and marketing. This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) Opportunity.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 10/14/21

Resource Development and Grant Writing Volunteer

Use your expertise to help research funders and write grants for HandsOn Suburban Chicago’s programs. Attention to detail and strong writing skills are required. 10-30 hours per month and remote work is encouraged. Volunteer must have previous grant writing experience.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 11/5/21

Marketing Manager

Marketing Manager will be responsible for the development & implementation of marketing strategy & goals including: Creating a marketing plan to assist our fundraising efforts Creating projects that will highlight our events & programs to the community Editing & improvement of our website content & presentation Collaborate with team to create printed & digital content Support fundraising efforts of the organization: donor messaging & content, create & manage online fundraising campaigns, etc. Help to identify opportunities to generate more qualified organic traffic Must be passionate about our Mission, agreeable to our policy & liability terms and consent to background check Experience in Marketing & Communications, Marketing Strategy & Planning, Interactive Social Media required. Experience in non-profit preferred but not necessary.

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 6/30/21

Fundraising and Development Manager

Fundraising & Development Manager will be responsible for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of events, campaigns & partnerships, expanding our funding opportunities. Will develop & manage fundraising strategies, with measurable goals & objectives, projects & activities focused on generating support for the organization. Will reach out to members of the community, generating funds from both current & potential donors. Must be passionate about our Mission and be agreeable to our policy and liability terms and consent to a background check.

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 6/30/21

Grant Writer

We are looking for effective grant writers to help us obtain grants to support our mission: to enhance our community by providing emergency services, education and empowerment which foster personal responsibility for those who are vulnerable or in crisis. Responsibilities include: Prepare, submit & manage grant proposals Perform prospect research on foundations & corporations to evaluate prospective grants Complay with all grants as required by corporate/foundation donors Establish & maintain good rapport with current donors Maintain accurate records in database of all grants & donations Track statistics relevant to the development & reporting of metrics & data to donors as needed

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 6/30/21

IT Support

Northwest Compass is a social service non-profit serving the Northwest Suburbs. We are in need of an IT support person who can help our office staff with phone system, computer set-up and trouble-shooting and licensing procedures, and other related issues.

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 6/14/21

Marketing Committee

Have professional experience in marketing? Join the Marketing Committee at JOURNEYS | The Road Home! We are seeking individuals with a professional and educational background in marketing and public relations to join our Marketing Committee to assist with strategic planning for fundraising campaigns. If interested in joining please Express Interest. Please be prepared to submit upon request a cover letter explaining how you and your skills would be an asset to JOURNEYS and/or a resume.

Palatine, IL

Through 2/28/22

Bike Repair Volunteer

Do you enjoy repairing bikes? Journeys | The Road Home is looking for you! Many of our clients rely on bicycles as their main mode of transportation. With daily use, repairs are needed often. Description: Clients will schedule appointments for days when bike repair volunteer is available Volunteer will repair around 1-4 bikes per shift in repair room at HOPE Center Shift Times: Flexible. During HOPE Center hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm

Palatine, IL

Through 8/31/21

RCL Board Member

Board Position Description: To determine policies for the conduct of the agency; to raise funds to finance the organization; and to monitor the organizational performance. Duties: Attend Board Meetings Attend meetings of standing committees Attend agency special events Assume board leadership in agency funding efforts Assume board leadership responsibilities Represent the agency at community events Be informed about agency programs, policies, and services Be informed about the needs of the community, society and constituents

Rolling Meadows, IL

Through 6/30/21

Financial Counselor Coach

The Financial Counselor/Coach is responsible for providing one-on-one and group financial counseling services to Financial Independence Center clients and being a liaison to the financial services community. JOB DESCRIPTION: Facilitate financial education classes; educate clients in sound financial principles and assist them in the process of overcoming their financial indebtedness; help clients identify and modify ineffective money management behavior; provide financial counseling, including needs assessments, credit report explanation and household budget review; provide support and advice on improving credit and arranging individual credit counseling sessions, and; interface with the banking community, and; work closely with RCL staff to ensure effective integration of services and client referrals. QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of banking or other financial industry practices; familiarity with private and public programs; skills in financial literacy, education, and self-sufficiency, strong verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, ability to work as a member of a team, and computer literacy. Some experience working with special needs populations would be a plus. ACADEMIC BACKGROUND: Financial Counselor accreditation, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and three years' experience. This is a Skills Based Volunteer (SBV) opportunity

Rolling Meadows, IL

Through 6/30/21

Help Older Adults Remain Independent--Be a Money Management Program Volunteer

Make a Difference in Someone's Life Help Older Adults Remain at Home and Independent Money Management Program volunteers help lower income, older adults who have difficulty managing their personal finances, household budgets, paying bills, keeping track of banking records, intervening with creditors, completing medical forms, and handling other issues related to personal finances. Professional experience working with financial matters is required. Volunteers must be able to serve during normal business hours and occasional weekend hours as required by client needs. Volunteers must be 21 years and older. This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) opportunity. Training is provided by Kenneth Young Center. Scheduling is flexible. Program is overseen by the Illinois Office of Inspector General (OIG). [Kenneth Young Center provides community mental health and senior services to the northwest suburbs. Clients and their families come to us in some of their most desperate moments, and we help by providing: Service coordination and in-home services for frail elderly persons. Counseling for adults, children, families. Assessment, stabilization, linkage for adults/children in psychiatric crisis. Treatment, support, and recovery services for those with serious mental illness. Volunteer opportunities.

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 2/28/22

Counselors: Educate, Counsel, Assist Older Adults--TRAINING PROVIDED!

COUNSELORS--Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Assist older adults obtain Medicare benefits to maintain their independence! TRAINING IS PROVIDED! Kenneth Young Center (KYC) is a certified Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) site. SHIP is a free, statewide health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. Its purpose is to connect with beneficiaries who have limited incomes to help them save money on health care costs. SHIP is not an insurance plan; it is a free counseling service provided by the Illinois Department on Aging, through the annual prescription drug plan enrollment period. SHIP volunteers do not sell or solicit insurance. SHIP trains volunteer counselors throughout the State of Illinois to provide one-on-one help with a Medicare-beneficiary’s insurance options. The SHIP Volunteer Team is developed to increase our capacity to educate, counsel and assist Illinois Medicare Beneficiaries. The volunteer interacts with a Medicare client, typically an older adult, and/or the client’s representative caregiver. The counselor’s experience can have a meaningful impact on the lives of Medicare beneficiaries in our state. As a SHIP Counselor, you need to be very comfortable working with Microsoft Excel, Word, and the Internet. You will work with local older adults and their loved ones to explain and assist them in completing State, Federal and civic benefits program applications. We will train volunteers on the benefits application process so you do not have to have prior knowledge of state/federal benefits. However, previous experience is HIGHLY DESIRED! A few key points: Volunteers must be available to perform services during normal business hours. During COVID, training is done off-site via Internet/Zoom-sessions during normal work-week. Sessions may take a number of days for completion. GREAT opportunity for recently retired professionals. This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) Opportunity. Experience working or interacting with older adults is highly desired. (Kenneth Young Center is a local, community mental health and older adult services provider. We provide support services to local older adults, families, and children who are facing crisis and difficult transitions. For over 50 years, we have served people to help them feel good, do better and find solutions. For more information, visit our website at )

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 2/28/22

Board Director Member for Kenneth Young Center (KYC)

Kenneth Young Center (KYC) is a local, community mental health and older adult services provider. For almost 50 years, we serve people in times of distress and crisis to help them feel good, do better and find solutions. The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring effective and fiscally sound programs and operations by providing organizational governance, advice and direction to the CEO in implementing the mission of the organization. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Attend and participate in at least 70% of regular and special Board meetings Prepare for each Board of Directors meeting by reading material distributed prior to the meeting Serve and actively participate on at least one Board committee Serve and actively participate on a special events committee and bring participants to the event Make a personal financial contribution to the organization Maintain knowledge of current programs Share resources and talents with the organization including expertise, contacts for financial support and contacts for in-kind contributions Identify individuals for potential membership on the Board of Directors and its committees Serve as a mentor to a newly elected Board member if requested Be accessible to other Board Directors as needed Fulfill commitments within the agreed-upon deadlines Hold in confidence any proprietary information given to the Board Take initiative and provide leadership Chief Executive Officer (CEO) qualifications are required to contribute to such tasks as: Approve changes to Articles of Incorporation, bylaws and strategic planning responsibilities Resource Development responsibilities Board oversight around programs, real estate transactions, merges or dissolution's Financial responsibilities including budget, investment, borrowing and audit oversignt/approval Risk management Performance and quality improvement review Legislative advocacy for mental health and senior services Approving development and dissolution of Board committees Specific experience and/or knowledge in at least one area: administration, board functions, personnel, finance, legal, legislative, fundraising, public relations, marketing or property management For more information, visit our website at This is a Skill Based Volunteer Opportunity (SBV)

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 2/28/22

Safe House Hostess

TITLE: Safe House Hostess STAFF PARTNER: House Advocate LOCATIONS: WINGS Domestic Violence Safe Houses, which are in undisclosed locations in the Northwest Suburban area and Midway Airport area. TIME: Most volunteers cover one or two meal shifts a week. The lunch shift is Monday – Friday from 11:00 to 2pm and the dinner shift is Monday – Friday from 4:00-7:00pm. Occasionally, some other timeslots may be available based on the needs at the house. COMMITMENT: Requires willingness to commit to a weekly shift for at least one (1) year. Advance notice is requested in the event of a cancellation so we can schedule a substitute. REQUIREMENTS: Completion of the 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training (provided by WINGS three (3) times a year.) Background check is required. Any personal experience with domestic violence should be more than two (2) years prior to applying for this volunteer opportunity. A commitment to keeping the location confidential. DESCRIPTION: - Assist in the daily meal times at the Safe House by: warming up, setting out and putting away a previously prepared lunch or dinner for clients and workers at the Safe House. Interact with clients during meal times to promote constructive and friendly conversations with and between the clients. - Promote a positive environment by lending a listening ear to someone who wants to talk, engaging more hesitant clients in conversation to help them feel welcomed and comfortable. - Help clients with daily living tasks, including: explaining kitchen and dining room chores, assisting clients with cleaning up after themselves and their children. - Organizing and sorting weekly food donations in both the Safe House walk-in fridge and pantry. Hostess volunteers also make sure that clients have enough food items (milk, butter, cereal, etc.) in the communal area and restock if needed. - Other duties are assigned to Hostess volunteers based on volunteer interest and current shelter need (Examples include: suggesting or facilitating simple activities (such as a card game or new toy) to adults or to parents trying to entertain children,). THIS MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR YOU IF: - You are looking for a volunteer opportunity that provides direct service to clients. - You are able to lift about 30 lbs. - You are a good listener and able to give empathy and options without giving advice. - You are able to say calm, even when others become upset or emotional. - You have strong boundaries and are able to demonstrate those to others. - You are willing to support women in their choices; even choices you may not agree with. - You feel comfortable working with people in a diverse environment in regards to social-economic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion. You are comfortable with varying levels of activity. (Sometimes the house is very full and busy. Other times the residents spend much of their time away.)

Palatine, IL

Through 2/16/22

Safe House Lobby Volunteer

Title: Lobby Volunteer Staff Partner: Safe House Advocate Location: WINGS Domestic Violence Safe Houses, which are in an undisclosed location in the Northwest Suburban area and Midway Airport area. Time: Most volunteers come once a week for a 3- 4 hour shift between 8am and 7pm weekly. Occasionally, some other timeslots may be available. Additional time is required in the beginning for training. Commitment: Requires willingness to commit to volunteer for at least three (3) hours a week for at least one (1) year. Requirements: - Completion of the 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training (The class is usually offered three (3) times a year.) Background check is required. - Any personal experience with domestic violence should be more than two (2) years prior to applying for this volunteer opportunity. - A willingness to keep the location confidential. 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 may 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.) - You feel comfortable working with people in a diverse environment in regards to social-economic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion. You are comfortable with varying levels of activity. (Sometimes the lobby is very busy, other times it can be very slow.) The environment can be active which makes this a great opportunity for those who can multi-tasks and are not sensitive to noise.

Palatine, IL

Through 2/16/22

Legislative Affairs Volunteer

Little City is seeking a Legislative Affairs volunteer to work with the Little City Marketing and Governmental affairs teams. The volunteer will conduct research, analyze and prepare correspondences on various issues. Gather and compile information to prepare briefing books, reports and other material as necessary that pertain to bills, laws, and committee summaries as they pertain to Little City and Intellectual and Development Disability sector, including writing a “Week In Review” for leadership and for possible publication on our blog. The ideal candidate will have current enrollment in a related BS or Master’s degree.

Palatine, IL

Through 11/18/21

Junior Board Opportunity - Emerging Leaders

CAC’s Emerging Leaders are a dynamic and diverse group of 22-35 year olds who actively engage in activities to help raise funds for and create awareness about CAC. The group presents a unique opportunity for young professionals in CAC’s community to collaborate, network and develop leadership skills while putting their skills, talents and passions toward a worthy cause. The group is recruiting new members willing to commit their time and talents to supporting children hope, heal and grow after abuse. Fall Event: Crawl for a Cause | Spring Event: Frames for Futures The Emerging Leaders are looking for individuals with: A passion for children A commitment to the mission of CAC & to help every child that walks through CAC’s door hope, heal and grow The drive and enthusiasm to, as part of a group, host successful fundraisers The ability to meet monthly in the Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates/Palatine areas The willingness to attend at least one of CAC’s agency fundraising events Openness to learn about non-profit organizations The Emerging Leaders meet monthly on a Tuesday evening in the Schaumburg area. Please reach out for more information!

Hoffman Estates, IL

Through 2/28/22

Home Delivered Meal Payment Volunteer

Clerical assistance for the Front Desk Receptionist needed to register clients in the MySeniorCenter system. Volunteer will enter individual client payments, reconcile total payments per shift, and track hours on MySeniorCenter. Qualifications include: moderate computer skills, knowledge of General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) attention to details, comfortable both siting and standing. Confidentiality statement and background check required. Flexible time of day schedule to meet your availability.

Bartlett, IL

Through 6/30/21

Volunteer Ombudsman

PROJECT MISSION: To improve quality of life and care for residents of long-term care facilities throughout suburban Cook and Lake county communities. PROJECT PURPOSE: To speak with residents and their family members at the facilities and to speak with concerned citizens in the community in order to empower residents so they are treated with respect, receive quality medical and personal care, are free to exercise self-determination. Educate residents, facility staff, and the public about long-term care residents’ rights and to advocate for individual and systemic improvements. QUALIFICATIONS: Be at least 18 years of age; have the ability to travel to long-term care facilities; have a sincere interest in promoting the well-being and protecting the rights of people in long-term care; have the ability to discover facts alleged in complaints and objectively determine whether the complaints are verified or not verified; be able to work cooperatively with residents and staff to resolve complaints; successfully complete required training; dedicate at least 4 hours per month at assigned facility preferably for at least two years; attend quarterly meetings and training. No nursing home experience is necessary. Volunteers choose their volunteer hours as Ombudsman have 24/7 access to the facilities as Certified Ombudsman. A background check is required through the Illinois State Police.

Chicago, IL

Through 6/25/21

Computer Instructor

Are you interested in helping older adults with technology? The Hanover Township Department of Aging Services is looking for a technologically savvy volunteer who would be able to assist the Department with facilitation of virtual technology classes and individualized technology assistance for clients as requested. Topics could include but are not limited to: smart phone assistance for beginners, how to use Zoom, understanding streaming services, what to look for when purchasing a computer or phone, basic computer and device usage, ride share applications, medical applications and other application assistance, etc. Please Express Interest below to learn more about this opportunity. Time commitment: Once or twice a week. Times varies. We will need two to three volunteers.

Through 10/8/21

Common skills include:

  • Board Development
  • Strategic Development
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Financial Management
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Software Development
  • Organizational Management
  • Operations and Process Improvement
  • Web Development
  • Training and Professional Development
  • Content Marketing and Blogging

Traditional Volunteerism

Skills-Based Volunteerism

Tutor a student

Design a tracking program to manage tutors & mentors

Serve at a food pantry

Set up a database to help track and evaluate donations

Sell raffle tickets at a fundraising event

Develop a strategic plan to increase profitability and donor support

Answer phones, enter data

Create a work processes and implementing a plan for improvement

Donate items to resale shop

Coming up with a marketing strategy to increase customer base


For more information, contact Jordan Friedman
847-228-1320 x 111