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Fundraising Events

Volunteers are needed to assist with pre-event preparations and onsite coordination such as setup, registration, raffles, and cleanup. Events are held in the evening; time and duration of each event varies.

Palatine, IL

Through 8/31/21

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 1/31/21

Cary Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store Volunteer

Volunteers at our stores provide assistance throughout all areas of the store. Primary duties include, but are not limited to: accepting, sorting, cleaning, pricing, and displaying donated merchandise. Positions in specialized areas such as cashiering, floral arrangement, window dressing, and store design are also available. Proceeds from the stores go back to funding the program and services of the women and children in our shelters. The ability to volunteer for a minimum shift of 3-4 hours at a time and stand for a period of time. Volunteers must also be able to lift a minimum of 10 lbs. Thrift shop open and volunteers needed Monday - Saturday.

Cary, IL

Through 12/31/20

Woodstock Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store Volunteer

Volunteers at our stores provide assistance throughout all areas of the store. Primary duties include, but are not limited to: accepting, sorting, cleaning, pricing, and displaying donated merchandise. Positions in specialized areas such as cashiering, floral arrangement, window dressing, and store design are also available. Proceeds from the stores go back to funding the program and services of the women and children in our shelters. The ability to volunteer for a minimum shift of 3-4 hours at a time and stand for a period of time. Volunteers must also be able to lift a minimum of 10 lbs. Thrift shop open and volunteers needed Monday - Saturday.

Woodstock, IL

Through 12/31/20

Algonquin Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store Volunteer

Volunteers at our stores provide assistance throughout all areas of the store. Primary duties include, but are not limited to: accepting, sorting, cleaning, pricing, and displaying donated merchandise. Positions in specialized areas such as cashiering, floral arrangement, window dressing, and store design are also available. Proceeds from the stores go back to funding the program and services of the women and children in our shelters. The ability to volunteer for a minimum shift of 3-4 hours at a time and stand for a period of time. Volunteers must also be able to lift a minimum of 10 lbs. Thrift shop open and volunteers needed Monday - Saturday.

Algonquin, IL

Through 12/31/20

McHenry Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store Volunteer

Volunteers at our stores provide assistance throughout all areas of the store. Primary duties include, but are not limited to: accepting, sorting, cleaning, pricing, and displaying donated merchandise. Positions in specialized areas such as cashiering, floral arrangement, window dressing, and store design are also available. Proceeds from the stores go back to funding the program and services of the women and children in our shelters. The ability to volunteer for a minimum shift of 3-4 hours at a time and stand for a period of time. Volunteers must also be able to lift a minimum of 10 lbs. Thrift shop open and volunteers needed Monday - Saturday.

McHenry, IL

Through 12/31/20

Mundelein Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store Volunteer

Volunteers at our stores provide assistance throughout all areas of the store. Primary duties include, but are not limited to: accepting, sorting, cleaning, pricing, and displaying donated merchandise. Positions in specialized areas such as cashiering, floral arrangement, window dressing, and store design are also available. Proceeds from the stores go back to funding the program and services of the women and children in our shelters. The ability to volunteer for a minimum shift of 3-4 hours at a time and stand for a period of time. Volunteers must also be able to lift a minimum of 10 lbs. Thrift shop open and volunteers needed Monday - Saturday.

Mundelein, IL

Through 12/31/20

Third Lake Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store Volunteer

Home of the Sparrow provides a shelter, affordable housing and programs and services for area homeless women and children. We also operate seven Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores, with all net proceeds directly supporting our programs and services. Volunteers at our thrift stores have a great time and really enjoy making new friends and giving back to the community. The stores are open weekdays from 10 am - 7 pm, and on Saturdays from 10 am - 5 pm. Volunteer duties include accepting and sorting donations, pricing and displaying merchandise, sales assistance, customer service, testing electronics, silk floral arranging, holiday decorating, and so much more. After the first month, volunteers who work a minimum of 4 hours a week receive a 30% discount! To volunteer, please register here to connect with our volunteer coordinator for their application.

Third Lake, IL

Through 12/31/20

Soup Kitchen-Bessie's Table

Bessie's Table of Des Plaines is seeking Dining room volunteers (individuals and or groups up to 15) for their Monday night community dinner program. Volunteer duties include, but are not limited to; serving, rolling silverware, dish washing, clean up and possible light food prep. Volunteer hours are from 4pm-7:15pm every Monday (closed major holidays) and dinner is served from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Closed the month of August. Volunteers and groups are rotated weekly, so a weekly commitment is not needed. Dining Room volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. Orientation will be provided.

Des Plaines, IL

Through 10/17/20

Donation Sorter at the WINGS Logistic Center

Sorters graciously accept boxes and bags full of donated items from members of our community (and, occasionally politely decline items we unfortunately cannot accept). Then, often working together, the sorter(s) will inspect the items for damage and put them into the appropriate categories for further pricing and processing (eg. women’s clothing, kid's toys, books, etc.). Depending on the section, items may also be placed on a hanger, receive a tag or size sticker, etc. Items that are out of season are bagged and stored for pick-up from our recycler. Sorters are also always looking out for special treasures (high-end, name brand items, items with tags, some antiques, etc.). The specifics of our sorting system are learned through on-the-job training. Large group up to 25 volunteers are welcome!

Palatine, IL

Through 10/25/20

Conduct a Supply Drive for WINGS Housing Needs

Conduct a supply drive for a variety of items needed for WINGS safe houses and shared homes. Express Interest below for a list of the current most critically needed supplies from our Donations Coordinator.

Palatine, IL

Through 10/24/20

Adult Literacy Tutor Schaumburg

Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer Program: Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with adults to improve basic reading and writing skills. Classes meet for 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks at Schaumburg Township District Library from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Mondays or 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Wednesdays. All volunteers must attend training. We are in the process of developing an online training. Volunteers will be notified when this training becomes available. Volunteer tutors must have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years of age. Orientation will be provided.

Schaumburg, IL

Through 11/9/20

Adult Literacy Tutor Arlington Heights

Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer Program: Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with adults to improve basic reading and writing skills. Classes meet for 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks at Arlington Heights Memorial Library from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Tuesdays, or 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. All volunteers must attend training. We are in the process of developing an online training. Volunteers will be notified when this training becomes available. Volunteer tutors must have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least age 18. An orientation will be provided.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 11/14/20

Adult Literacy Tutor Wheeling

Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer Program: Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with adults to improve basic reading and writing skills. Classes meet for 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks at Indian Trails Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Wednesdays. All volunteers must attend training. We are in the process of develping online training. Volunters will be notified when this training becomes available. Volunteer tutors must have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years of age. Orientation will be provided.

Wheeling, IL

Through 11/14/20

Adult Literacy Tutor Elk Grove Village

Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer Program: Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with adults to improve basic reading and writing skills. Classes meet for 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks at Elk Grove Village Library from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Wednesdays. All volunteers must attend training. We are in the process of developing an online training. Volunteers will be notified when this training becomes available. Volunteer tutors must have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years of age. Orientation will be provided.

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 11/14/20

Adult Literacy Tutor Mount Prospect

Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer Program: Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with adults to improve basic reading and writing skills. Classes meet for 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks at Mount Prospect Library from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Fridays. All volunteers must attend training. We are in the process of developing an online training. Volunteers will be notified when this training becomes available. Volunteer tutors must have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years of age. Orientation will be provided.

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 11/14/20

Adult Literacy Tutor Rolling Meadows

Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer Program: Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with adults to improve basic reading and writing skills. Classes meet for 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks at Rolling Meadows High School from 7:00-9:30 p.m. on Thursdays. All volunteers must attend training. We are in the process of developing an online training. Volunteers will be notified when this training becomes available. Volunteer tutors must have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years of age. Orientation will be provided.

Rolling Meadows, IL

Through 11/14/20

Adult Literacy Tutor Wheeling

Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer Program: Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with adults to improve basic reading and writing skills. Classes meet for 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks at Wheeling High School from 7:00-9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. All volunteers must attend training. We are in the process of developing an online training. Volunteers will be notified when this training becomes available. Volunteer tutors must have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years of age. Orientation will be provided.

Wheeling, IL

Through 11/14/20

Adult Literacy Tutor Arlington Heights

Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer Program: Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with adults to improve basic reading and writing skills. Classes meet for 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks at Forest View Educational Center from 9:30-12:00 noon. on Thursdays. All volunteers must attend training.We are in the process of developing an online training. Volunteers will be notified when this training becomes available. Volunteer tutors must have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years of age. Orientation will be provided.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 11/14/20

Adult Literacy Tutor

Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer Program: Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with adults to improve basic reading and writing skills. Classes meet for 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks. All volunteers must attend training. We are in the process of developing an online training. Volunteers will be notified when this training becomes available. Volunteer tutors must have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years of age. Orientation will be provided.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 11/14/20

Adult Literacy Tutor Arlington Heights

Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer Program: Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with adults to improve basic reading and writing skills. Classes meet for 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks at Arlington Height Memorial Library from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Tuesdays or 7:00-9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. All volunteers must attend training. We are in the process of developing an online training. Volunteers will be notified when this training becomes available. Volunteer tutors must have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years of age. Orientation will be provided.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 11/14/20

Adult Literacy Tutor Schaumburg

Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer Program: Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with adults to improve basic reading and writing skills. Classes meet for 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Tuesdays from 12:30-3:00 p.m. All volunteers must attend training. We are in the process of developing an online training. Volunteers will be notified when this training becomes available. Volunteer tutors must have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years of age. Orientation will be provided.

Schaumburg, IL

Through 11/14/20

Meal Delivery Driver - North Shore

Meal Delivery Volunteers pick up prepared meals from Evanston Hospital, Three Crowns Park, St. Francis Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital or other food providers and deliver meals to homebound clients residing in Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Skokie, Glenview, Northfield, Northbrook and Waukegan. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Report to pick up meals at assigned time Before leaving hospital, check that you have the correct number of meals for clients receiving food that day. Promptly report any problems with order to the Meals at Home office. Notify Meals at Home office is client is unable to receive meal, looks unwell or is in any unsafe conditions. Requirements Drivers must be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver's license, vehicle registration and insurance. (Runners may be under 21; minors must be accompanied by a registered volunteer parent or guardian.) Must be a driver in good standing with the State of Illinois or issuing state. Must be physically able to get in and out of a vehicle repeatedly and walk short distances. Desire to serve others with respect for people of different backgrounds and abilities. Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public. Respect and maintain confidentiality of Meals at Home volunteers, partners, and donors. Time Commitment Volunteers are expected to complete a minimum of one route per month. Each route takes about two hours or less between 11am and 1:30pm Monday through Saturday.

Evanston, IL

Through 6/25/21

Student Service Community Service--Mental Health and Wellness 5K Run Walk

Student Service or Community Service Project Introduction Mental health and wellness are reflected in one’s ability to have fulfilling relationships, successfully adapt to change, and coping with adversity. Mental health problems like depression, anxiety and family conflict keep us from mental wellness. Kenneth Young Center is here to serve you and your community to “help people feel good, do better, and find solutions.” Goal: To be able to speak comfortably about mental health and wellness and services that are available to help people find solutions and live better lives. Objectives: Learn-- Go to the Kenneth Young Center (KYC) website and research: Mental health and wellness, and how it affects one’s life KYC as an organization, i.e., our history and outreach The variety of service plans available through KYC, as well as other private and government-based resources Educate-- Create a 10-second “elevator-speech” about KYC to educate people about us and our services. Promote the HUSTLE for HEALTH Run/Walk by sharing: The Run is 5K in length, and it is timed (fees are applied for official “chip-times”) The Walk is 3.1 miles (5K) in length, and a donation is requested) Conveniently located at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village Family friendly-- Food, music, games and activities are included Pet friendly-- Bring your four-footed friends—all must be on a leash Recruit-- Get at least five (5) Team Leaders to join in on the fun at Kenneth Young Center’s annual Run/Walk for Mental Health and Senior Services Each Team Leader should know what Kenneth Young Center does and whom we serve in the community Each Team Leader is responsible for bringing in at least three more people to join their team

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 12/4/20

Building and Facilities Assistant--Roll Up Your Sleeves! Handy Helpers Needed!

Needed: Roll Up Your Sleeves and "Get 'Er Done!" People Kenneth Young Center is a community mental health and older adult services provider serving Elk Grove and Schaumburg Townships, and the surrounding area. We really can use some help with performing routine cleaning, repairs, maintenance, furniture moves, light outdoor upkeep, and miscellaneous projects in a commercial building setting. If you are a "roll-up-your-sleeves" kind of person, who wants to help keep our building and property clean and welcoming to clients and staff, PLEASE contact us TODAY! Volunteer hours run during the normal business week (Mondays through Fridays, and we ask that volunteers be able to serve at least 1 to 2 hours per week.) Just to let you know--We offer a great, friendly environment here, and we are staffed by people who really care about others. Give us a shot; you'll be glad you did!

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 12/4/20

MUSICIAN ON CALL

We are looking for guitarists, singers, flutists, violinists, etc. to play at the Lutheran Home! Help us to positively impact the resident/family experience by providing live music to create and enhance a pleasing and relaxing environment. Lutheran Home appreciates anyone who is committed to offering the gift of their music to those who have a need. Music makes everyone feel better! Can you join us 1-2 hours per week?

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 10/11/20

Help With One Day Blood Drives in NW Suburbs

Help with one-day blood drives that are held at area places of business or schools. You will be greeting the donors, serving refreshments, helping the staff watch for adverse reactions, etc. This is a great opportunity for small groups or individuals 18 years and older. Orientation will be provided.

Rosemont, IL

Through 10/11/21

ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATE

To enhance the life of residents by assisting staff in planning or leading activities. Activities Associates are needed throughout the Home serving all levels of care. Bingo Caller Bible Study Art Therapy Provide Music Trivia Arts and Crafts Guide Seasonal Parties Develop and oversee own crafts and activities as appropriate Transport to and from activities

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 10/11/20

Help With One Day Blood Drives in North Suburbs

Help with one-day blood drives that are held at area places of business or schools. You will be greeting the donors, serving refreshments, helping the staff watch for adverse reactions, etc. This is a great opportunity for small groups or individuals 18 years and older. Orientation will be provided.

Rosemont, IL

Through 10/11/21

Palatine Township Food Pantry

The Palatine Township Food Pantry is remaining open to serve the community and will continue to accept donations. We rely on and appreciate all nonperishable donations. Food drives are always needed to keep our shelves stocked, but each and every individual donation adds up, enabling us to fulfill our mission. Any donation will be appreciated! Need immediately: Snacks (crackers/chips/etc.) Peanut Butter and Jelly Spaghetti Sauce Recurring donations needed: Coffee 100% Juice Bottles or Boxes Pancake Mix and Pancake Syrup Granola Bars Oatmeal Condiments – Ketchup, Mustard, Salad Dressing, Mayonnaise Pasta Sauce Baby Wipes Disposable Diapers (Size 5 and 6) Liquid Dish Soap Laundry Soap Cleaning Products Personal Products (shampoos, soap, feminine products) PAPER GROCERY BAGS gift cards to local food stores in $5, $10 & $20 increments Monetary donations are also appreciated and are fully tax deductible. The name of the charitable organization is the Palatine Township Needy Family Fund. As a member of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, monetary donations are used to buy both nonperishable and fresh food in bulk at greatly reduced prices.

Palatine, IL

Through 2/4/21

Thrift Shop Volunteers

We have positions for all levels of physical capability and want your time serving to be enjoyable and well spent. Positions available include: Donation Sorter, Donation Receiver, Donation Pricer, eBay Lister, Electronics Tester, Customer Service/ Greeter, Organizer, Cleaner, Cashier (with background check), and Visual Display. We offer flexible time slots Monday - Friday 10 AM - 9 PM and Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 2/20/21

Group Opportunity to Help at Community Closet

PATH’s Community Closet offers gently used clothing attire for newborn to adult all year long. After a minimal donation is made of $1 per person, families can choose clothing for their entire family. PATH is a 100% volunteer-run organization. We rely on social workers from partnered organizations to refer families to shop at the Community Closet. The Community Closet is stocked generously by donors locally and by organizations. We also provide school-age children with new socks and underwear. Volunteer opportunities for individuals, organizations or clubs are available on a one-time basis for 1-25 people or we can arrange a group to a dedicate one day each month. Tasks are sorting through donations, replenishing rooms with new donations, boxing up sorted clothes, straightening up rooms and more. It can be a great team building event while helping PATH and families that shop the closet. We also welcome your support organizing a drive for winter coats, snow pants, boots, new socks and underwear to help stock the closet. Come join our team, being better together.

Palatine, IL

Through 10/31/20

DONATE Empty Boxes for Food Connection Program

Donate boxes that are used to pack food items for our Food Connection Program that serves low-moderate income families in the Northwest Suburbs. The perfect size is similar to the printing paper boxes with lids or the boxes that 40 medium sized oranges fit in (approx 2ft. X 1ft. x 1ft.). 100-200 boxes are needed on a monthly basis. Please feel free to contact us for details on drop-off dates and time or if you would like us to pick-up the boxes.

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 6/30/21

DONATE Food for Food Connection Program

Donate food to our Food Connection Program, which is in desperate need of supplies. Assist low to moderate income families in the Northwest Suburbs of Cook County. No donation is too small! Here is a list of ideas that can be donated, but it is not limited to such: Cooking/Baking: Flour, Sugar, Vinegar, Tomato Sauces Sides: Whole Wheat Pasta, Stuffing, Brown Rice Soups/Canned Items: Fruits, Vegetables, Spaghettios, Ravioli, Macaroni and Cheese, Tuna packed in water Breakfast: Oatmeal, Low Sugar/High Fiber Cereal Condiments: Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Olive, Canola, Vegetable Oil, Jelly-low sugar, Salad Dressings, Peanut Butter, Pickles Miscellaneous· 100% Juice, Whole Wheat Crackers

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 6/30/21

Northern Fox Valley Habitat Young Professionals

Looking for vibrant young professionals who are interested in developing leadership, communication, and team-working skills and seeking to impact their community through their energy and time and resources. The young professionals are needed to assist the mission of the Northern Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity by helping families with low income attain affordable housing. Location of current projects are in the Northern Fox Valley area. Young Professionals needed to bring a heart to serve and give back to the community by serving on committees or on the Northern Fox Valley Habitat Young Professionals Executive Board.

Carpentersville, IL

Through 6/11/21

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley

Looking for people who are interested in building and rehabbing homes for low-income, deserving families. Location of current projects are in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Carpentersville and Batavia. Work days are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. No construction experience necessary - just a willing heart. Volunteers must be 16 or older to volunteer on construction sites.

Carpentersville, IL

Through 6/30/21

Habitat ReStore Elgin

ReStore Elgin is a resale store, open to the public, carrying new and gently used building materials, appliances and furniture. Sales of donated merchandise generates proceeds that go to build Habitat homes in our area. We need volunteers to help at every phase of the operation. You select the day and times (as little as 4 hours). The types of activities where we need volunteers: Processing donations: cleaning donations (not greasy, just dusty), some items require assembly, every item must be priced before going to the sales floor Sales Floor: Move merchandise from processing area, put in correct location on sales floor, assist customers Warehouse: unload donations from vehicles; help customers load purchases into their own vehicles; place furniture and cabinets on selling floor; assist in managing space in warehouse Custodial: offices, conference room, break room and restrooms are used by customers, staff and volunteers so these areas need to be clean and presentable everyday. Minimum age: 14 and 15 year old serving with parent/guardian. 16 and 17 year old parent/guardian not required. Waiver of Liability for Minors must be signed by parent/guardian for all under 18 years Shifts: you pick your shift. Serve as little as 4 hours 9 AM to 1 PM or 12 PM to 4 PM Dress code: jeans or slacks; tee shirt (no message on shirt, no tank tops or mid-drifts); closed-toe shoes Training: sign up for required NEW TO RESTORE ORIENTATION held twice a week. Contact Volunteer@ReStoreElgin.org for more information Court ordered Community Service: ReStore accepts those individuals that need to complete 30 hours or more. ReStore does not accept those that have committed the following offenses: Retail Theft, Shoplifting, Burglary, Domestic or Physical Abuse, Animal Cruelty, Possession of Illegal Drugs with Intent to Distribute. Bring your court documents with you when you attend "New to ReStore" Orientation.

Elgin, IL

Through 6/30/21

Bingo Volunteer

Assist with Friday BINGO at our senior center. Duties include: count money coming in for BINGO, be the runner to get cards that have called BINGO, and check to verify accuracy against the BINGO board. Bingo is held every Friday from 1 – 3 pm. Volunteers come around 12 to help set up.

Des Plaines, IL

Through 7/30/21

Once & Again Boutique Volunteer

Additional volunteers are welcome to join the current team to help sort, price and organize donations. Assistance with cleaning is also needed. Comfortable with cash? Cashier is also needed. Hours are Tues - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Des Plaines, IL

Through 7/30/21

Marklund Wasmond Center Activity Assistant

Volunteers help Marklund make everyday life possible for our residents and students by assisting them with therapeutic, recreational and educational activities, reading a favorite story, or just being a new face to see during the day. They provide many daily life experiences while freeing up staff to provide 24-hour specialized care. Residential Activities: Monday - Thursday (Between 3:30p-6:15p) Activity Times: 3:30p.m.- 4:30p.m. 4:30p.m.- 5:45p.m. 5:00p.m.- 6:15p.m. Activities include: Playing games with our residents (Bingo, Pictionary, Hangman, etc.), outdoor games, adapted sports, reading, arts & crafts, and more. Community Outings: Days/locations vary each month, a calendar with scheduled activities & community outing opportunities is available each month.

Elgin, IL

Through 12/19/20

Trail Watch Volunteers

Do you enjoy being out on the trails in the Forest Preserves of Cook County? If so, you can volunteer while performing your favorite trail activity. Whether you are walking, biking or even riding your horse, you can be a visible and welcoming presence in the forest preserves. Monitor the trails for troubling conditions and report them to the Forest Preserves Police. To participate, attend a one-time training and orientation session and pass a background check.

Cook County, IL

Through 6/30/21

Host and Organize a Food Pantry Drive

Plan a drive in your neighborhood, social club or school for a local food pantry! This is a great time to begin collecting food for needy families in the area. Items needed are non perishable canned foods, jar foods, dry food, breakfast foods and household items i.e. toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo & deodorant, soap & detergent. No expired expiration dates please. Volunteers of all ages can help.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 6/30/21

Provide Donations from Home

The children and families we serve at Shelter, Inc. need gift cards to purchase basic items like food, toilet paper, diapers and wipes. Gift cards from major retailers like Jewel, Aldi, Target, Walmart and Amazon can be purchased online and sent to us via email at shelter@shelter-inc.org. Gift cards sent via email can be used immediately to purchase needed items or sent directly to families in need. Donate to our Family Crisis fund Needed items (such as toilet paper, diapers, or cleaning supplies) can be purchased online and sent to us directly through our AmazonSmile Charity List With all the changes that are happening in our world right now, there is one thing that is constant: Shelter is here 24 hours a day 365 days a year for our community. If you are able, please help us today provide for the most vulnerable in our community. We are in this together.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 12/31/20

Masks for Medical Advocacy

Northwest CASA is in need of donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to support our Medical Advocacy program. Advocates are responsible for providing in person support to victims of sexual violence in Emergency Rooms across the North/Northwest Suburbs of Cook County. We are currently in need of the following items: Hand Sanitzer Surgical Grade Gloves N95 Masks/Filters Hand-Sewn Masks (Please be sure to use neutral patterns and materials) Any and all help is truly appreciated!

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 12/31/20

Accepting Handmade Masks

Please consider donating to Addolorata Villa's Residents. We are in need of handmade masks for the residents. Drop off or Call Lynn Deger 847-808-6132 for more information.

Wheeling, IL

Through 12/31/20

Masks for Seniors

Hanover Township Senior Services has an urgent need to find volunteers that are great with sewing and are willing to donate masks for our seniors. Express Interest below for delivery details.

Bartlett, IL

Through 12/31/20

Shelter Needs Wish List

Home of the Sparrow has an updated list of needs for its shelters. Donated items must be new. Please call to schedule an appointment before you drop off items at administrative office.

McHenry, IL

Through 12/31/20

Habitat ReStore Arlington Heights

We need volunteers to help at every phase of the operation. You select the day and times (as little as 4 hours). The types of activities where we need volunteers: Processing donations: cleaning donations (not greasy, just dusty), some items require assembly, every item must be priced before going to the sales floor Sales Floor: Move merchandise from processing area, put in correct location on sales floor, assist customers Warehouse: unload donations from vehicles; help customers load purchases into their own vehicles; place furniture and cabinets on selling floor; assist in managing space in warehouse Custodial: offices, conference room, break room and restrooms are used by customers, staff and volunteers so these areas need to be clean and presentable everyday. Minimum age: 14 and 15 year old serving with parent/guardian. 16 and 17 year old parent/guardian not required. Waiver of Liability for Minors must be signed by parent/guardian for all under 18 years Shifts: you pick your shift. Serve as little as 4 hours 9 AM to 1 PM or 12 PM to 4 PM Dress code: jeans or slacks; tee shirt (no message on shirt, no tank tops or mid-drifts); closed-toe shoes Training: “NEW TO RESTORE ORIENTATION” is required for all new volunteers and Community Service. Contact Volunteer@ReStoreElgin.org for WebEx link to Orientation. Court ordered Community Service: ReStore accepts those individuals that need to complete 30 hours or more. ReStore does not accept those that have committed the following offenses: Retail Theft, Shoplifting, Burglary, Domestic or Physical Abuse, Animal Cruelty, Possession of Illegal Drugs with Intent to Distribute. Bring your court documents with you when you attend "New to ReStore" Orientation.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 9/30/21

General Landscaping/Gardening

Lambs Farm is open! We want to begin sprucing up our grounds with general landscaping (weeding, trimming, raking, deadheading plants, watering, whatever the need is!) beginning in the front of the Farm so that we look presentable and inviting to our supporters that are returning! If you are able to bring a pair of gardening gloves with you I'll make sure to get you set up with gardening tools you can borrow and an area to start helping at the front of the Farm! You can help any time frame between 8 am - 4 pm daily. Express Interest below and I'll contact you about what day and time you can help. SAFETY ASPECT: We will make sure you are in an outdoor area to yourself or if you bring a friend or two you can still help while social distancing - there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the sunshine and nature while helping us!

Libertyville, IL

Through 12/31/20

Calling All Gardners!

Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) enriches the lives of children and adults with disabilities as a partnership of 17 Park Districts located within the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Are you a very knowledgeable gardener and love to garden? We are seeking volunteers to help maintain our Sensory Garden at the Hanover Park Community Center! This opportunity will be taking place outdoors, and you will be able to social distance comfortably. NWSRA provides outstanding recreation opportunities for people with disabilities within our partner Park Districts through weekly programs, adult day programs (PURSUIT), special events, summer day camps and inclusion in Park District programs. NWSRA is a park district that serves people with disabilities.

Hanover Park, IL

Through 10/1/20

Meals on Wheels Packer

WHO WE ARE Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois (MWNEI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering home delivered meals to the homebound and disabled without regard to age or economic status. MWNEI delivers meals throughout Northeastern Illinois. MWNEI has built a new kitchen to provide daily, fresh meal deliveries to our clients. MWNEI is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in their communities and are the driving force behind the organization. THE NEED Everyday hundreds of delicious meals are prepared for homebound individuals throughout Northeastern Illinois. We are looking for individuals who are willing to package these meals with an eye for detail. Training will be provided on site. All Volunteers who work in the kitchen will report to the Food Service Director who will instruct on portion size and presentation. ServSafe food handler training is required and will be provided to all Meal Packers by MWNEI. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Maintain an organized, clean, and sterile environment. Must be willing to assist in kitchen maintenance tasks as well as inventory control. Must present a professional appearance and a friendly manner. Reserve enough time to complete shift from 8am-12pm and be prepared to sub if a Meal Delivery Driver does not show up. Easy going and able to assist in other areas when needed. COMMITMENT Volunteer Teams choose one recurring day of the week. Shifts Available: Monday-Saturday (including Holidays) Time: 8AM – 12PM (approximately 4-5 hours) Certification: All Kitchen Volunteers will be required to take a food handler certification course prior to starting. Online training will be provided, and monthly online quizzes are required. Certification links will be emailed to you. CONTACT US Express Interest for more information or use the link to email opportunity leader.

Evanston, IL

Through 3/1/21

Hospice Volunteer

Do you want to make a difference? HOPE Palliative and Hospice Care is currently accepting applications for volunteers. HOPE offers both administrative and direct-patient opportunities. We offer thorough training and continued support!

Through 1/6/21