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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Reiki Vols. Needed-Kane, DuPage, and Cook Coun. with Harbor Light Hospice

If you are a Reiki Master with at least a Level III Certificate and would like to comfort hospice patients, we would like to talk to you! Harbor Light Hospice cares for patients with a life-limiting disease and has a dedicated staff and volunteers. Donate 2 hrs. per week to soothe patients who are located in facilities around the Chicagoland area.

Winfield, IL

Through 8/31/18

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 9/25/18

Social Services Auxiliary Receptionist

Provide clerical assistance to the Social Services division. Job functions include: schedule appointments for Social Service staff, answer basic questions regarding governmental programs, and resources, make reminder phone calls, and various other clerical duties. Qualifications: confidence with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Knowledge of use of phone, copier, and fax machine. Awareness of HIPPA rules. Must be comfortable sitting and standing. Background check, and signed confidentiality statement required. Bi cultural/Bilingual preferred. Time commitment once a week: Monday 12:30 - 4:30; Wednesday 8:30 - 12:30 and 12:30 - 4:30; Thursday 8:30 - 12:30 or Friday 8:30 - 12:30.

Bartlett, IL

Through 2/14/19

GOLF for a Good Cause: Network and Fund Raising

GOLF, Greens and Good Times Do you want to Play and Make a Difference? Join the volunteers of Kenneth Young Center (KYC) who are working on our Golf Committee. Members recruit new players, foursomes and corporate sponsors. KYC is a senior services and community mental health and provider. Our Annual Golf Outing, being held on August 1 at Bloomingdale Golf Club, is a major awareness-builder and fund-raiser for us. This Outing includes links fees, contests, delicious lunch, and a great deal of fun! As a volunteer, we will ask you to use your networking, salesmanship, and social skills to generate teams of four to play golf. We ask that you be willing to attend monthly planning meetings. We will welcome your support by generating new corporate sponsors. Sponsors may contribute prizes for golf contests, raffles, goodie bag stuffers (tickets, coupons, corporate promotional items--preferably golf related), silent-auction prizes, etc. What we need most is your enthusiasm and support! [Kenneth Young Center is a JCAHO-accredited agency providing community mental health and senior services to the northwest suburbs. Our mission is to help families, teens, children and seniors feel good, do better, and find solutions. All proceeds go directly to supporting important community programs.]

Bloomingdale, IL

Through 1/4/19

2018 5K Committee

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our 5K Committee! This group will increase awareness of the 5K in the community and help with the overall success of the event. Members will be responsible for soliciting and securing sponsorships and donations. They will work together with the 5K Chair to identify new attendees and corporate partners Time Commitment: Approximately 2 hours per week from home, however time commitment may vary. Attend committee meetings in person or by phone once a month in the Hoffman Estates area. Additional committee meetings may be added as the event approaches. Preferred Skills and Additional Details: Enthusiasm for planning a charity event Experience fundraising or soliciting donations About the Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County (CAC): CAC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization which serves as the leading resource to empower and heal the abused child and prevent violence against children. Learn more at

Hoffman Estates, IL

Through 7/1/18

Board Director for Kenneth Young Center

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 • Be loyal to the organization • Hold in confidence any proprietary information given to the Board • Take initiative and provide leadership • Adhere to KYC Board Governance Policy #2301 including: Approve changes to Articles of incorporation, Bylaws 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 Hiring, evaluating and supporting the CEO QUALIFICATIONS highly desired: * Specific experience and/or knowledge in at least one area: administration, board functions, personnel, finance, legal, legislative, fundraising, public relations, marketing or property management * Knowledge of and commitment to the mission and programs of the organization. * Ability to work in a team. This is a Skill Based Volunteer Opportunity (SBV)

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 12/31/18

Senior Citizens Benefits Aide: Federal, State and Civic Assistance Programs

SENIOR CITIZENS BENEFITS AIDE Assist Seniors to Obtain Benefits to Maintain Their Independence Kenneth Young Center is a non-profit provider of community mental health and senior services. We provide support services to local senior citizens, families, and children who are facing crisis and difficult transitions. As a Benefits Aide, you need to be very comfortable working with Microsoft Excel, Word, and the Internet. You will work with local senior citizens 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! Volunteers need to provide their own vehicles, as they may be traveling to senior's apartments in Elk Grove and Schaumburg Townships. This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) Opportunity. [Kenneth Young Center is a JCAHO-accredited agency with over 40 years of service to our local community. Our mission is to help families, teens, children and seniors feel good, do better, and find solutions.]

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 12/31/18

Money Management Volunteers--Help At-Risk Seniors

Make a Difference in Someone's Life Help Older Adults Remain at Home and Independent Money management volunteers help older adults maintain their independence by assisting them with managing household finances. They may be writing checks, paying bills, budgeting, etc., in client's home or agency office. Training is provided by Kenneth Young Center. Scheduling is flexible. Program is overseen by the Illinois Office of Inspector General (OIG). This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) opportunity. Volunteer must be 21 years and older. [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. To learn more about us please visit our website at:]

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 10/31/18

Let your concerns BE HEARD: Senior Advisory Council

Senior Advisory Council Volunteer YOUR VOICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD Get Involved; Get CONNECTED! The Senior Advisory Council is Kenneth Young Center’s connection to the senior community. You will join a group of professionals and senior citizens who meet at least quarterly. You will share your time and talents by helping to: Identify needs of the elderly Make senior-citizen program recommendations Serve as a link between the agency and the general community Provide feedback to Kenneth Young Center program staff about the services we provide Occasionally, the council members may be asked to participate in special events and fundraising activities specific to the senior service program. If you want to be an active advocate for senior-citizen based issues, then this is your opportunity to get involved! *NOTE WELL: We ask that new volunteers for the Senior Advisory Council be at least 68 years young! This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) opportunity. [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. To learn more about us please visit our website at:]

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 3/9/19

Job and Career Helpers: Change Someone's Life!

This is your chance to really have an impact on someone's life. You can help them to find a job. Our Vocational Department is looking for volunteers with solid people and computer skills. Volunteers work with staff during group sessions in our computer lab. Volunteers assist clients in finding a job. While most of our clients have no mental health diagnosis, we do work with individuals having other cognitive and learning disabilities. Volunteers must have solid computer skills and be very comfortable with the Internet and MS Office. You will use these skills to help clients apply for jobs online. You will also help them edit cover letters and search for new job openings. No human resources experience is necessary, but we do need you to be patient and supportive. Specifically, if you are available one day a week for 2 hours (either 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm) this could be a great match! If you can't work these hours, please contact as well...We may be able to work out an agreeable schedule. [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. To learn more about us please visit our website at:]

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 7/25/18

Volunteer Toymaker

Elves won’t be the only ones busy in the workshop this season. If you have basic carpentry skills and your own power tools at home, you can be a volunteer toymaker with the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Crabtree Nature Center will provide volunteers with the branches of invasive plant species that have been removed to help restore the health of our natural areas. We’ll provide some instruction and guidelines and you bring the vision to life. These toys will be used to help children become more engaged with nature.

Barrington, IL

Through 10/31/18

Grant Writer

Experienced grant writer for faith-based organization serving the "unchurched" population. Empowerment center and financial literacy training center centering on the whole person to reach their fullest potential seeks a grant writer to research and develop program designs to qualify for funding; develop partnerships with governmental agencies; coordinate grant applications for CHA submissions; provide technical assistance for the operation of grant funded programs. Experience relevant to competitive government funding or foundation experience, as well execution of strategic funding plans is required. This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) opportunity. Volunteers must be 55 years & older.

Barrington, IL

Through 2/2/19

Charity Ball Committee Members

The Charity Ball Committee is a group of individuals who work to support our biggest black tie event of the year, the Charity Ball, that takes place each November. One of the goals of the committee members is to support the Charity Ball by soliciting donations. The type of skill set needed is someone who is a go-getter with good communications skills; this person should be able to attend monthly meetings (1 meeting per month until the event) at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg. Someone who is innovative with a sales mentality that is able to go out into the community to retrieve donations is desired. The Committee typically meets one Tuesday evening of every month from 5:45 - 6:30pm. This is a Skill Based Volunteer Opportunity (SBV)

Schaumburg, IL

Through 11/30/18

Professional Graphic Designer

The Bridge Youth & Family Services seeks a professional graphic design volunteer to help with projects throughout the year. Projects include designing save the date cards and invitations for the annual golf outing and gala, our two largest fundraising events. Interested volunteers must have access to their own design programs and be willing to make adjustments to the layout to meet print requirements. The total time commitment varies depending on the project. The Bridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides mental health counseling, crisis intervention and mentoring services to children and families.

Palatine, IL

Through 10/12/18

Board of Directors Position

Provide needed expertise to govern PTSCC and assist in fundraising. An ideal candidate for this position would work or live in the Palatine area, have prior board experience, have strategic/problem-solving skills and also strong interpersonal skills. The Board of Directors of the Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council are responsible for setting and ensuring effective policy, actively promote PTSCC, and assure that resources are adequate and managed effectively. The Board actively promotes PTSCC and supports the Executive Director. This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) opportunity. Volunteers must be over 21 years old.

Palatine, IL

Through 3/6/19

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 8/30/18

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 8/31/18

Board Member

– Arts Refreshing the Soul (A.R.T.S.), a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of at-risk women and children through creative arts experiences, seeks a board member responsible for providing governance to the organization and representing the organization to the community. Specific Duties • Attend quarterly board meetings and related meetings. • Understand and support organization’s mission and its impact on the community. • Make a serious commitment to participate actively in committee work. • Participate in fundraising for the organization through community outreach and events. • Propose candidates to fill board and committee vacancies as needed. • Be informed about and provide input on major actions of the organization, such as capital expenditures and major program and service changes. • Be an active participant in the Board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts including strategic and financial planning. This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) opportunity.

Palatine, IL

Through 11/1/18

Social Media Volunteer

A.R.T.S. is looking for a social media savvy person to help strengthen and expand our social media presence. This person would be responsible for posting to and monitoring the official A.R.T.S. Facebook and Instagram pages to spread our mission. This is a virtual position with no physical office location and would require approximately 2 hours per week. Day/time is flexible.

Palatine, IL

Through 6/27/18

Board Member

Board Position Description Purpose: To determine policies for the conduct of the agency; to raise funds to finance the organization and its programs; and to monitor organizational performance. Duties: • Attend Board meetings (10 per year) • Attend meetings of standing committees, as well as any special ad hoc committees to which appointed • Attend agency special events as announced • Assume board leadership in agency funding efforts • Assume board leadership responsibilities as requested (such as committee chairperson, elected officers, etc.) • Represent the agency at community events, organizations and with private individuals • Be informed about agency’s programs, policies and services • Be informed about the needs of the community, society and constituents This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) opportunity.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 7/1/18

Rape Crisis Center Advocate

ABOUT US: Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (Northwest CASA) serves the needs of sexual violence survivors and their significant others in the north and northwest suburbs of Cook County. We offer a variety of FREE and CONFIDENTIAL services which include: counseling for survivors & significant others; prevention, community education & training; medical & legal advocacy; and a 24 hour crisis hotline. Northwest CASA was established in 1978 by volunteers in the community who joined together to combat sexual violence. For over 35 years, Rape Crisis Advocates continue to be the backbone of Northwest CASA and a treasured resource providing assistance to the numerous survivors we help each year. In this challenging yet rewarding volunteer role, you are able to directly impact a survivor's life. RESPONSIBILITIES: With a minimum of a one year's commitment to the hotline, all Rape Crisis Advocates will be state certified through our FREE 40-hour training and certification course. After the training, you will be able to provide: Medical/Legal Advocacy: Provide in-person medical/legal advocacy 24/7 to survivors who are seen in the hospital. Offer emotional support, provide information on sexual violence, and give necessary referrals to the survivor and any significant others Advocate for the survivor's rights Please note that volunteers must live within an hour of our 8 Cook County Hospital partners because it is a state requirement that response time to those local hospitals be no more than 1 hour. Below is a list of our current partners: 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 Hotline Crisis Intervention: Provide telephone support, emotional support, crisis intervention, information and referrals to sexual assault survivors and their significant others on the crisis hotline from your own home, REQUIREMENTS: At least 18 years old Valid driver's license and access to vehicle during shifts Commit to TWO 6 hour hotline shifts per month (hotline calls routed to volunteer's cell/home phones) Background check 40-hour training (Northwest CASA will provide) 1 year commitment to volunteering

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 10/26/18

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 9/30/18

Financial Independence Center Intern-AmeriCorps VISTA

The Resource for Community Living’s mission is to offer adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities opportunities to achieve greater self-esteem, dignity, and participation in all aspects of community life through affordable, independent housing options, individualized skill instruction, and necessary support services. The VISTA will work on expanding the work of the Financial Independence Center by developing a savings and asset building strategy for clients with disabilities. The VISTA will design a program process strategy to recruit participants and match them to financial coaching and asset building services at the Host Site. Program Benefits: Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Training, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Stipend, Relocation Allowance, Health Coverage*, Living Allowance. Skills: finances, general skills, writing/editing, For more info: Description of Hours: This is a full time position of approximately 35-40 hours per week. Some evenings will be necessary. Terms : Permits working at another job during off hours , Permits attendance at school during off hours

Rolling Meadows, IL

Through 6/30/18

Volunteer Ombudsman

PROJECT MISSION: To improve quality of life and care for residents of long-term care facilities. 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 and also to educate residents, facility staff, and the public about long-term care residents’ rights and to advocate for individual and systemic improvements. POSITION: VOLUNTEER OMBUDSMAN QUALIFICATIONS: Be at least 18 years of age; have the ability to travel to required training sessions, volunteer meetings, and 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 for at least two years; attend required meetings and trainings. No nursing home experience is necessary. CONFLICT OF INTEREST RESTRICTIONS: A volunteer ombudsman or a member of their immediate family may not: • be presently employed by a long-term care facility, or • have any current fiduciary interest, either direct, indirect or implied, in any long-term care facility. A volunteer ombudsman may not: • be assigned to work in a facility in which a member of their immediate family resides, • conduct or engage in political or religious activities in the assigned facility; • use the position for any financial benefit, direct, indirect, or implied, • provide any hands on care to any resident, or • bring in or distribute in any facility any form of alcohol, tobacco, or medications including such items as over-the-counter medications. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Visit assigned long-term care facilities for at least four hours per month. More frequent visits are desirable and important. • Work closely with the staff of the Ombudsman Project to develop a strong sense of teamwork and mutual support. • Establish cooperative and trusting relationships with residents and facility staff. • Inform residents, family members, staff and other interested parties about residents’ rights, community services available to them, laws and regulations that govern long-term care facilities, and good health and safety practices. • Seek out hard-to-reach residents. • Advocate for residents that cannot speak for themselves by observation. • Help residents and their families to understand the rules under which facilities operate. • Assist and encourage residents to voice their complaints within the facility and help them to advocate for themselves. • When a resident raises a complaint, work to investigate and resolve concerns to the satisfaction of the resident. • Establish a relationship with Resident Council members and attend Council meetings when invited. • Attend a minimum of one Resident Council meeting per year in each facility assigned. • Assist residents and their families and friends to be actively involved in their care and treatment through resident and family councils. • Establish a relationship with Family Council members and attend Council meetings when invited. • Immediately report all actual or suspected incidents of abuse and neglect to the volunteer coordinator or to the regional ombudsman if the volunteer coordinator is not available. • Maintain residents’ confidentiality and privacy at all times. • Treat all residents, family members and staff with respect. • Maintain current written records of contact with residents and visits to facilities. • Complete the Monthly Report Form, and submit to the volunteer coordinator by the fifth of each month. • Attend meetings/training sessions as scheduled by the volunteer coordinator. • Inform the volunteer coordinator if unable to visit the facility for a period of two weeks or more. TRAINING AND SUPERVISION: • Two six-hour Level I training sessions and four-hour mentorship prior to designation as a volunteer ombudsman. • Attend meetings/training programs for continuing education requirement of six hours each year. • Ongoing supervision by the Ombudsman staff. • Complete Level II training when required.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 2/15/19

Data Entry-Blackbaud Software

Purpose/Objective: Support agency in reporting data to assure best practices in Raisers Edge Responsibilities: Entering data into Raisers Edge and Financial Edge; maintaining security and confidentiality Qualifications: Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Raisers Edge/Financial Edge; attention to detail and accuracy; ability to be a good team player Training: Blackbaud Raisers Edge/Financial Edge Time Commitment: Minimum of four hours on a consistent weekly basis, your choice of hours and days within Northwest Compass working hours, from 9:00 am to noon, and/or 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 6/30/18


Purpose: To assist office with directing calls and participants to the appropriate staff so services can be delivered to those individuals. Responsibilities: To be able to complete all reception duties, including: transferring calls, speaking with participants, filing, data entry, etc. Qualifications: Looking for a skilled volunteer who is innovative, project-orientated, has good communication skills, is patient, dependable, and able to work as a team. Commitment: Long term commitment preferable. Three hours a week

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 6/27/18

Fundraising and Development Assistant

Position: Fundraising & Development Assistant Purpose/Objective: To obtain money for our operations and to assist with relationship building within the community. Location: Northwest Compass, 1300 W. Northwest Hwy., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056. Responsibilities: To develop new and imaginative fundraising ideas through events, campaigns and partnerships, inspire new supporters to raise money, increase funds by researching and targeting charitable trusts, develop and implement strategy, recruitment as well the ability to work with a team. Must be passionate about our Mission, and be able to be agreeable to our policy and liability terms, and consent for a background check. Qualifications: Looking for a volunteer who is innovated, project orientated, has good communication skills. Is patient, and dependable. Volunteer must be able to provide own transportation. Time Commitment: Long term commitment preferable. Training: Orientation and training with by provided by Managing Director of Partnership & Development. Supervisor: Jessica Elbe, Managing Director, Partnership & Development .

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 7/11/18

Golf Outing Committee Member

Do you love golf? Would you like to help plan a golf event? The Golf Outing Committee is a group of individuals who work to support our second-biggest event of the year that takes place each June. One of the goals of the committee members is to support the Golf Outing by soliciting donations. The type of skill set needed is someone who is a go-getter with good communications skills; this person should be able to attend monthly meetings in person (Arlington Heights) or by phone. Someone who is innovative with a sales mentality that is able to go out into the community to retrieve donations is desired. The Committee typically meets one Wednesday per month during the morning.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 8/8/18

Fundraising for Abused & Neglected Children

Agency that serves abused and neglected children is looking for people who like to make things happen! Event committee volunteers in the area of donations, sponsorship, marketing, fundraising,etc. are needed. Volunteers must be 18 years & older. Orientation will be provided. This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) Opportunity.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 11/30/18

Development/Community Outreach Intern (Offsite)

Description: Shelter, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that provides community-based, emergency and longer-term housing for children and adolescents who are abused, neglected, dependent or in need of supervision. The Development/Community Outreach Intern will work directly with the development staff and report to the Volunteer Coordinator. The Intern will assist with community outreach initiatives, research, grant research, volunteer recognition/management, and special event assistance. This is a part-time, offsite internship, allowing for flexible scheduling and the ability to work from home. All internships are unpaid. This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) opportunity. Duties & Responsibilities: Research Develop & maintain lists of potential donors, volunteer groups, and community events. Research Grant Proposals Communications/Marketing Design flyers for events & promotion of volunteer activities Special Event assistance (event planning, promoting, and set-up) Outreach Attend volunteer fairs on behalf of Shelter Attend community events to speak about Shelter & our services *Other Duties as assigned Qualifications and Desired Skills Pursuing a degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Nonprofit Management or related field Detail oriented, strong initiative, works well independently Experience with nonprofits is helpful Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, & Excel Excellent written and verbal communication skills Time Commitment: We will work with educational institution to meet academic requirements if needed.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 1/31/19

Social Media Assistant

Assist in growing our audience. Update and develop social media Need skilled-based volunteer who is innovative, project-orientated, with strong communication skills, and dependable. Online communications to be determined Long-term engagement preferable (min. 3 mos.) Works with Director Development

Des Plaines, IL

Through 12/31/18

Fundraising and Development

Seeking assistance with grant writing and fundraising initiatives to obtain money for operations, preservation and restoration efforts, and programming. Produce Compelling Content To Secure Funding. Develop new and imaginative fundraising ideas through events, activities, campaigns, and partnerships. Research charitable trusts that support historic preservation, and sustainable community development. Seeking innovative, project-oriented, dependable volunteers with good communication and research skills. Volunteer must be able to provide own transportation. Long-term commitment preferable (min 3 mos). Orientation and training provided by Director of Development

Des Plaines, IL

Through 12/31/18

SHIP / Medicare Counselor

Volunteer job purpose Many of our clients require assistance navigating their Medicare, Medicare supplement, or Medicare managed services. The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselor position exists to advise and answer questions regarding health insurance. Volunteer Requirements Satisfactorily complete the initial SHIP training session on Medicare and Medicaid. This training is five (5) half day sessions completed all in the same week. The location of the training varies within Cook County based on the date of the training. Center of Concern will help with the training registration and will provide a stipend to cover food and travel. -Conduct individual health insurance counseling sessions, serving as their advocate and advisor - Maintain the confidentiality of the client - Maintain objective counsel without conflict of interest or preference for particular insurance companies and without recommending any specific insurance policies - Assist clients with filing claims for Medicare and Medicare Supplemental health insurance - Complete a counseling report for each session and submit reports online at the end of each month - Represent SHIP counseling at community groups or pertinent audiences - Attend ongoing education programs - Commit to working 8-10 hours per month - Must not be employed by the health insurance industry -Volunteers will be required to sign up for one morning or one afternoon a week - Monday - Thursday. Benefits SHIP Counselors will benefit from a broad network through the SHIP program and the Center of Concern staff and volunteers. Counselors will gain detailed knowledge of Medicare policies and programs. Counselors will gain valuable experience as personal coaches and respected advisers. Satisfaction of giving back to the community and serving others. This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) Opportunity.

Des Plaines, IL

Through 2/28/19


The person in the Design position supports our community with design, branding and information technology needs. This position is a volunteer or unpaid internship position and has flexible hours.

Glenview, IL

Through 6/30/18

Docent for American Indian Museum

Lead school and individual group tours through permanent and temporary exhibits and demonstrate how to make American Indian inspired crafts. Educate museum guests on Native American history and artifact significance. Answer questions related to Native American History and exhibits. Self-guided docent training will provide you with the skills, education and confidence need for the docent position. Volunteers are asked to commit to the training program and a docent time slot once a week or every other week. Volunteers age 55 and older. This is a Skill Based Volunteer (SBV) Opportunity..

Evanston, IL

Through 6/14/19

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