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Super Terrific Spring Farm Clean Up Days

Join the fun at Smart Farm's Spring Clean up, starting April 4th and continuing each Saturday in April from 10am-1pm. No experience necessary, just a good attitude and the desire to work. Please wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty! Feel Free to bring your friends! Always remember to bring a reusable water bottle and sunscreen when you come to the farm. Directions: Address: 490 W. IL Rte 22, Lake Barrington, IL (***NOTE: follow our directions, or you will end up on the east side of 59) We are located just west of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and east of Kelsey Rd on the North Side of Rte 22. Please turn in the driveway and follow the gravel road to the back of the property. We will meet you in or around the greenhouse.

Barrington, IL

4/11/20 10:00 AM + more

Mother's Day Brunch

Families enjoy a delicious brunch lunch at our Cafe in honor of their moms. Volunteers are needed to help customers at Cafe with greeting, pouring coffee, assisting staff, selling raffle tickets, etc. Lunch is provided as a thank you.

Libertyville, IL

5/10/20 9:00 AM

Model Train Day

Children of all ages can don their conductor's hat and operate the Digital Command Control System for running the model trains on the club's portable layout. The Valley Model Train Layout also features a CTC computerized signal system.There will also be train related activities with minimal cost for attendees. Activities located in all businesses. Volunteers will help with registration, sand art and other simple crafts with the guests that visit.

Libertyville, IL

5/16/20 9:45 AM

Wagner Farm: Vet for a Day

Volunteers are needed to help at our annual Vet for a Day special event which will be held at Historic Wagner Farm in Glenview, IL on Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 10am-1pm. This event features educational stations staffed by local Veterinarians who teach our guests about different aspects of caring for a variety of animals. Volunteers will arrive at 10:30am and be done by 1:30pm. Volunteers help with admissions, set up, clean up and helping out at the educational stations. No veterinarian knowledge is required. Volunteers must be able to stand for several hours and be outside.

Glenview, IL

5/16/20 10:30 AM

Restoration Work Day at The Grove

Make a difference in the environment! Help the restoration team restore the wonderful natural areas. The restoration team volunteers will collect seeds or remove non-native, invasive plants to make way for native wildflowers, grasses and trees. Activities mostly on Sundays, all from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Meet at The Grove Interpretive Center. Bring work gloves if you have them. April 5 Work Day has been cancelled. May 17 Work Day is still tentatively scheduled to occur.

Glenview, IL

5/17/20 9:00 AM

Champion Car Show

There will be music, raffle, trophies, beer, food and cars! Volunteers are needed for the following: Registration 8:30-11:30 (we need 3 volunteers) Selling raffle tickets- 10am -1pm (we need 2 volunteers) Food & Beer tent- 10am -3pm (we need 2 volunteers 21 yrs or older) Judging- 11am (if you have knowledge of cars, etc) - (we need 2 volunteers)

Libertyville, IL

5/31/20 8:30 AM

Fun and Fit Day 5K Run/2 Mile Walk

Guests enjoy a brisk run or walk around Old School Forest Preserve then browse sponsor booths and join in the fun & fit activities for the whole family. This event provides a great day for families to enjoy fun activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. Volunteers are needed to assist customers with various tasks - registration, fitness activities, games, helping on the walk and run courses, snack tent. This is an outdoor event. Snacks, treats & water provided.

Libertyville, IL

6/20/20 8:00 AM

Father's Day Brunch

Families will enjoy a delicious brunch lunch at our Cafe in honor of their dads. Volunteers are needed to help customers at Cafe with greeting, pouring coffee, assisting staff, selling raffle tickets, etc. Lunch will be provided as a thank you.

Libertyville, IL

6/21/20 9:00 AM

Help Homeless Women & Children At Our Thrift Store!

Community Threads is an upscale thrift store selling quality goods at low prices to customers who rely on thrift to stay out of poverty. Store profits go to help homeless women and children and the abused. You will also be part of an important recycling and conservation effort by keeping used goods out of our overflowing landfills. We also support local animal shelters and libraries. The store has many different roles for volunteers. We will help you find the role that fits you the best and provide training. Volunteers receive ongoing support when they serve. Many different service days and times are available to fit every schedule. Community Threads has given away over 1.56 MILLION in grants to our local community to provide shelter for the abused and homeless, support addiction recovery programs and other critical services. Conveniently located in Arlington Heights, IL. Flexible drop in hours Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 9 PM Saturday: 10 AM - 7 PM Sunday: Closed. We serve our customers with low prices and a clean environment. Community Threads is 100% nonprofit and supports the local community through programs and financial grants that alleviate poverty and promote education. We need your help!

Arlington Heights, IL

Through2/28/21

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

Through8/28/20

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

Through1/31/21

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

Through12/31/20

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

Through12/31/20

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

Through12/31/20

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

Through12/31/20

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

Through12/31/20

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

Through12/31/20

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

Through10/17/20

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

Through10/25/20

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

Through10/24/20

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. Our next training session is scheduled for January 24th or 25th, 2020 from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center. 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

Through11/9/20

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. Our next training session is scheduled for January 24th and 25th, 2020 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Forest View Educational Center. 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

Through11/14/20

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. Our next training session is scheduled for January 24th or 25th 2020 from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center. 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

Through11/14/20

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. Our next training session is scheduled for January 24th or January 25th, 2020 from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center. 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

Through11/14/20

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. Our next training session is scheduled for January 24th or 25th, 2020 from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center. 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

Through11/14/20

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. Our next training session is scheduled for Janaury 24th or 25th, 2020 from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center. 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

Through11/14/20

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. Our next training session is scheduled for Janaury 24th or 25th, 2020 from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center. 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

Through11/14/20

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. Our next training session is scheduled for January 24th or 25th 2020 from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center. 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

Through11/14/20

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. Our next training session is scheduled for January 24th and 25th, 2020 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Forest View Educational Center. 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

Through11/14/20

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. Our next training session is scheduled for January 24th or January 25th, 2020 from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center. 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

Through11/14/20

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. Our next training session is scheduled for January 24th or January 25th, 2020 from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center. 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

Through11/14/20

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

Through6/26/20

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

Through12/4/20

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

Through12/4/20

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

Through10/10/20

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

Through10/10/20

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

Through10/11/20

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

Through10/11/20

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

Through2/4/21

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

Through2/20/21

Wagner Farm Gardening and Harvesting

Gardening and Harvesting Are you interested in farming and gardening? Want to learn to grow and harvest food? Wagner farm is looking for farm volunteers! Many of our volunteers commit to a minimum of one 4 hour shift a week, May through October, but we're happy to work with your schedule to create an experience that works for you as well as for the farm. Volunteers tend our market garden by planting, weeding, cultivating and harvesting a wide variety of vegetables. If you love being outside, connecting with the land and have an appreciation for where our food comes from, this is the place for you!

Glenview, IL

Through10/26/20

Corporate Volunteering at Historic Wagner Farm

Corporate Volunteering Does your organization promote giving back to the community? How about scheduling a fun day lending a hand at Historic Wagner Farm? Historic Wagner Farm is open to the public every day. Part of our mission is to help people understand where our food comes from. We have extensive gardens and two acres of crops that need tending. Volunteers help plant, weed, cultivate and harvest our crops and package them for sale at the farmers' market and for donations to local food pantries! After volunteering your group can spend some time exploring the farm. We're happy to include a private tour for your group! We'll work with you to find a date and time that works best for everyone.

Glenview, IL

Through10/31/20

Wagner Farm Information Guide

Wagner Farm Information Guides: move about the farm and answer questions about life on a 1920's dairy farm learn about livestock animals, gardening and harvesting and the history of dairy farming give demonstrations to educate the public about farm life in the 1920's engage with the public around the farm The Glenview Park District's 18.6 acre Wagner Farm is one of the last working dairy farms in Cook County and is open to the public for recreation and learning. The farm provides a unique opportunity for families to learn about our farming heritage and experience first hand "the way things used to be".

Glenview, IL

Through10/26/20

Wagner Farm Greeters

Greeters at Historic Wagner Farm: welcome visitors at the entrance to the farm assist visitors in understanding the layout of the farm give directions answer questions about daily activities The Glenview Park District's 18.6 acre Wagner Farm is one of the last working dairy farms in Cook County and is open to the public for recreation and learning. The farm provides a unique opportunity for families to learn about our farming heritage and experience first hand "the way things used to be". Wagner Farm's mission is to engage visitors through innovative, educational programming and partnerships to increase understanding of local agriculture, both past and present.

Glenview, IL

Through10/26/20

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

Through10/31/20

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

Through6/5/20

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

Through6/5/20

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

Through6/12/20

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 Carpentersville, Elgin and Crystal Lake. 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

Through6/13/20

Glenview Farmer's Market at Wagner Farm

Glenview Farmer’s Market Love to eat healthy? Want to support 'Buying Local'? Do you want first pick of the fabulous produce, meats, cheeses and flowers at the Glenview Farmer's Market? Want to learn more about sustainable agriculture? Come volunteer at the market and you can do all that and more! The Glenview Farmers' Market at Historic Wagner Farm is looking for energetic volunteers to help out on Saturday mornings, mid-June through mid-October. Shifts are 6:45-9:45am and 9:45am-12:45pm. Volunteers help with: **set up and take down **information booth **crossing guard **green table (environmental information) **general market help **stocking and selling produce at our market stand

Glenview, IL

Through10/26/20

Bingo Volunteer

Assist with BINGO at our senior center. Duties include preparation of coffee and display of pastries for patrons. 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.

Des Plaines, IL

Through7/31/20

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. and Thurs and Fri from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Des Plaines, IL

Through7/31/20

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

Through12/19/20

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

Through6/26/20

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

Through6/26/20

Choral Buddies

Volunteer with Choral Buddies, and help to enhance the creativity of our participants through singing and concert style techniques! The last night of program will feature a small informal performance! The program meets every Tuesday, 01/14/2020 to 04/14/2020, from 6 PM to 7 PM.

Buffalo Grove, IL

Through4/14/20

Fitness & Swim

Help our participants work out with 30 minutes of walk/jogging on the track, and 30 minutes of water exercise. This program meets every Monday between 01/27/2020 and 04/20/2020 from 6:45 and 8:15 PM.

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through4/20/20

Afternoon Club

Help our participants spend the afternoon building friendships, self-esteem, and working on individual goals through yoga, game, technology, and cultural arts. This program meets every Tuesday between 01/28/2020 and 04/21/2020 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. No program on March 24th.

Hanover Park, IL

Through4/21/20

Autism Movement Therapy (Rolling Meadows)

Assist our volunteers in this nationally renowned program that combines structured movement and music that connects the left and right hemispheres of the brain for a complete cognitive thinking approach. This program helps improve peer interaction, ability to work in groups, and perform academically in the classroom. This program meets every Wednesday between 01/29/2020 and 04/22/2020 from 6:15 and 6:45 PM.

Rolling Meadows, IL

Through4/22/20

Learn To Ice Skate

Help our participants lake up and learn to march, glide, backwards wiggle, and stop. Beginning through intermediate skills are taught, including gross motor coordination and balance. This program runs each Thursday between 01/30/2020 and 04/23/2020, from 3:55 to 4:30PM. There is no program on March 26th.

Hoffman Estates, IL

Through4/23/20

Autism Movement Therapy (Hanover Park)

Assist our volunteers in this nationally renowned program that combines structured movement and music that connects the left and right hemispheres of the brain for a complete cognitive thinking approach. This program helps improve peer interaction, ability to work in groups, and perform academically in the classroom. This program meets every Thursday between 01/30/2020 and 04/23/202 from 5:30 to 6:00 PM.

Hanover Park, IL

Through4/23/20

Media Meet Up

Help our participants explore different elements of today's popular media. We will focus on the development of skills in PowerPoint, Prezi, Facebook, YouTube, Print, and many more! This program meets every Friday between 01/31/2020 and 04/24/2020 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. There is no program on March 6th, 27th, and April 10th.

Hanover Park, IL

Through4/24/20

Busy Bodies

Help our participants enhance their socialization skills with friends through games, activities, and swimming. This program runs every Saturday between 02/01/2020 and 04/25/2020 from 11 AM to 2 PM.

Hanover Park, IL

Through4/25/20

Art Sampler

Help our participants draw, paint, and create fun projects while developing their creative side. This program meets every Saturday between 02/01/2020 to 04/25/2020 from 3:15 to 4:30 PM. There is no program on March 28th and April 11th.

Rolling Meadows, IL

Through4/25/20

Track and Field

Help our participants train for peak performance to increase strength, coordinator, and flexibility. Special Olympics requires 8 weeks of continuous training to compete in the Spring Games, so come and be a part of the process! This program meets every Thursday between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM from 02/06/2020 to 04/23/2020.

Rolling Meadows, IL

Through4/23/20

Co-Rec Soccer

Help our participants score with more soccer skills development and conditioning during the winter session, and league play during the spring! This program meets every Wednesday between 02/12/2020 and 05/13/2020, from 5PM to 6PM at Falcon Park in Palatine, IL. Game times may vary.

HOFFMAN EST, IL

Through5/13/20

Cradles to Crayons Chicago-Become a Champion Volunteer!

To support Chicago’s children, Cradles to Crayons needs volunteers who can commit to regular volunteer shifts. As a Champion volunteer at The Giving Factory, you will lead volunteer shifts, create an enjoyable volunteer experience, and help make a difference in the lives of Chicagoland children and their families. Responsibilities include: leading large groups, engaging volunteers with relevant Cradles to Crayons information, and providing great customer service for volunteers of various backgrounds. Champion volunteers help prepare Cradles to Crayons stations, welcome volunteers, and act as a resource during volunteer shifts. Champion volunteers also help staff members with logistical needs such as restocking stations, creating kits, and general upkeep of warehouse. No previous experience needed, and all training will be provided. We are looking for Champion volunteers who can commit to volunteering at least twice a month for a minimum of 6 months. Volunteer shifts are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and weekends from 9:30AM-12:30PM and 1PM-4PM. If interested in applying please Express Interest below.

Chicago, IL

Through6/30/20

Ceramics

Help our participants create beautiful ceramic pieces as gifts or home decorations! This program meets every Wednesday between 03/04/2020 to 04/22/2020 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through4/22/20

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 here: https://shelterinc.salsalabs.org/Shelter FamilyCrisisFundDonationForm/. Needed items (such as toilet paper, diapers, or cleaning supplies) can be purchased online and sent to us directly through our AmazonSmile Charity List here: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/1BYNA2GUELQAO/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl 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

Through6/30/20

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!

Through1/6/21