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Restoration Work Day at The Grove

Help the restoration team restore the wonderful natural areas. The restoration team volunteers will 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. Next scheduled date is Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Glenview, IL

1/13/19 9:00 AM +more

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

Through 2/28/19

Receive Training in Retail Sales!

Volunteer at our Thrift Store, and you will receive training and experience in all areas of Retail Sales. Assist in stocking sales floor, stock rotation, displays and organization of merchandise. Sort and price merchandise in accordance to quality and pricing guidelines. Greet and thank donors and customers for their contributions. Sort donations into various categories according to Community Threads policies and procedures. Operate cash register accurately and efficiently. Report supply needs to manager. Greet and thank donors and customers for their contributions.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 3/21/19

Corporate Group Volunteer Opportunity! Help Homeless Women And Children.

Community Threads is a 100% non-profit resale store located in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. The profits raised by our store benefit local charities and provide scholarships for children's education, grants given to a homeless shelter and food pantry in Chicago, and funds for leadership training programs. We are able to accept items and sell them at an affordable price and keep items out of the landfills. Community Threads is a great environment for groups to serve in because we have numerous departments and tasks to work in and complete. Our staff members are equipped with instruction for leading groups on a variety of projects-from lifting and moving boxes of donations, to sorting clothing, housewares, toys, and jewelry, to helping organize and clean our sales floor. Both sitting and standing jobs are available. Community Threads has plenty of parking, restrooms, air conditioning and heating, complimentary water bottles and treats, and a break room for groups to meet and discuss the serve. This is a great way for groups to build team spirit and give back to their local community! Available service times: Monday through Friday from 10 am to 8 pm.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 3/21/19

Serve Hours for Court and School Mandated Service

Looking to serve community service hours for a court or school-mandated program? Community Threads resale store is currently accepting those who are seeking to complete hours required by courts and schools! We are able to provide a letter verifying all hours served to each volunteer. Serve anytime during our store hours M-F 10-9pm and Saturdays 10-7pm. Pick your own hours and begin your service within a day. Numerous tasks and jobs available such as sorting donations, merchandising items on the sales floor, customer service, item research, cleaning and more! Sit-down jobs available upon request.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 3/21/19

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 8/30/19

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 9/6/19

Donations for Abused & Neglected Children

Community-based agency that provides both emergency and long-term care and housing for children from birth - 17 years of age is in need of special drives from their wish list. New baby items, safety and health items, storage needs, baby toys, books/video tapes, household items & clothing are needed. Only new items accepted. Please call for a list. Open to all ages.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 9/27/19

Food & Pantry Drive

Organize a food and toiletry drive for an agency that supports abused and neglected children (hold through a company, club, school, or even at a local grocery store). Call for a list of items needed. Open to all ages to participate.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 9/27/19

Grocery Donations for Children

Next time you buy groceries, consider donating food items to an organization that supports neglected & abused children. Items are accepted year-round! Schaumburg area.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 9/27/19

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 10/4/19

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 10/4/19

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 10/4/19

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 10/4/19

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 10/4/19

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 10/8/19

Group Projects

Many volunteer opportunities for small and large groups. From planting flowers, mulching, weeding, painting fences and building, to Halloween and Holiday Events.

Libertyville, IL

Through 10/9/19

Groundskeeper

Volunteer groundskeepers assist the Maintenance staff to maintain all outdoor areas of the campsite. They will plant, weed, prune, and rake landscaped areas generally keeping the grounds neat and tidy. Shovel snow in the winter months. Groundskeepers must like to work outdoors and have knowledge of plants, trees, and shrubs. They should be able to lift 20 lbs. and operate small gas and electric powered equipment. Some mechanical ability is a plus. They must also be able to work independently without supervision. All volunteers must be able to pass a background check. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation tour of the campsite and will receive further training from the Maintenance staff. Time Commitment – Groundskeepers are required to work one shift per week. Each shift is 4 hours in length.

Des Plaines, IL

Through 10/15/19

Bowling Buddy

Volunteers needed as Lane buddies for adults with intellectual disabilities two Saturdays a month from 11:15 am to 2 pm.

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 4/5/19

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 10/17/19

Conduct a Winter Coat and Gear Drive

Organize a winter coat and winter gear drive at your own location - school, work place, neighborhood or faith community. Deliver items once the drive is completed to 1458 Chicago Ave between 6-9 pm or by appointment. Volunteers can also choose to deliver the donations on Wednesdays, 2-4 pm and sort their donation in the clothing room during our homeless drop in program. Please note that adult items and larger sizes are in greatest need.

Evanston, IL

Through 2/18/19

Winter Break Camp for Kids with Special Needs-Mt Prospect

NWSRA Winter Break Camps run December 26th -28th & January 2nd-4th. Volunteers will assist individuals with varying disabilities in recreation activities such as art, gym games, swimming and more. The camp locations are the Rolling Meadows Community Center, Rec Plex in Mt Prospect, Bartlett Community Center and Wheeling Community Center.

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 12/19/18

Winter Break Camp for Kids with Special Needs-Rolling Meadows

NWSRA Winter Break Camps run December 26th -28th & January 2nd-4th. Volunteers will assist individuals with varying disabilities in recreation activities such as art, gym games, swimming and more. The camp locations are the Rolling Meadows Community Center, Rec Plex in Mt Prospect, Bartlett Community Center and Wheeling Community Center.

Rolling Meadows, IL

Through 12/19/18

Winter Break Camp for Kids with Special Needs-Wheeling

NWSRA Winter Break Camps run December 26th -28th & January 2nd-4th. Volunteers will assist individuals with varying disabilities in recreation activities such as art, gym games, swimming and more. The camp locations are the Rolling Meadows Community Center, Rec Plex in Mt Prospect, Bartlett Community Center and Wheeling Community Center.

Wheeling, IL

Through 12/19/18

Winter Break Camp for Kids with Special Needs-Bartlett

NWSRA Winter Break Camps run December 26th -28th & January 2nd-4th. Volunteers will assist individuals with varying disabilities in recreation activities such as art, gym games, swimming and more. The camp locations are the Rolling Meadows Community Center, Rec Plex in Mt Prospect, Bartlett Community Center and Wheeling Community Center.

Bartlett, IL

Through 12/19/18

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 9/30/19

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 10/25/19

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 10/24/19

Snowshoe Race Team Volunteer

Assist individuals with disabilities as they train for Special Olympics snowshoe racing! Program is located at Kimball Hill School in Rolling Meadows and program time runs from 6:30-8:00pm, Wednesdays from 11/28/18-1/30/19.

Rolling Meadows, IL

Through 1/30/19

Alpine Ski Team Volunteer

Assist individuals with disabilities as they ski Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin! Program runs on Wednesdays from 12/19/18-1/31/19 with transportation that picks up and drops off at NWSRA in Rolling Meadows (4pm-9:30pm).

Rolling Meadows, IL

Through 12/31/18

Group Opportunity to Help at Community Closet

Looking for organizations or clubs to host a one-time opportunity or dedicate one day a month and recruit volunteers from your organization to volunteer at the Community Closet. We will train the lead person(s) who would oversee the sorting of clothes, replenish rooms with inventory and if comfortable can grow into a role to also be involved with managing the closet for just volunteers and or with shoppers checking them in and out on the days they are assigned.

Palatine, IL

Through 10/31/19

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 18th or January 19th, 2019 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

Through 11/9/19

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 18th or January 19th, 2019 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

Through 11/14/19

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 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 18th or January 19th, 2019 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

Through 11/14/19

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 18th or January 19th, 2019 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

Through 11/14/19

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 18th or January 19th, 2019 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

Through 11/14/19

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 January 18th or January 19th, 2019 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

Through 11/14/19

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 January 18th or January 19th, 2019 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

Through 11/14/19

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 18th or January 19th, 2019 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

Through 11/14/19

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 18th or January 19th, 2019 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

Through 11/14/19

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 18th or January 19th, 2019 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

Through 11/14/19

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 18th or January 19th, 2019 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

Through 11/14/19

We can use YOUR help this season! Help homeless women & children - Volunteer!

The holiday season is not only a busy time for retail stores- but also for resale stores! Join the volunteer team at Community Threads to help produce funding for homeless women and children. Community Threads supports Home of the Sparrow (https://hosparrow.org) by using volunteer labor and donated goods to generate funds that directly impact homeless women and children. From outreach and prevention to providing a variety of housing options, HOS is rapidly growing in the number of homeless women and children they are able to serve. In 2011, HOS served 105 individuals. That number jumped to 831 individuals in 2016. By volunteering at Community Threads, you can spend your time sorting donations, organizing items on the sales floor, or assisting as a cashier. Your time with us is valuable-we can accommodate your service at any time. We offer same day orientation so that we can make the most of your time spent serving at Community Threads. Send us an email and we will get started!

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 11/28/19

Create your own schedule! Serve court and school hours here

Need to fulfill court-mandated hours? We let you serve ANYTIME the store is open. No need to schedule shifts - just drop in and serve! For those completing school mandated hours (Harper Promise, NHS, Palatine Life), contact us to sign up for shifts. It's easy and accessible! We have helped hundreds of individuals successfully complete their court or school ordered service with ease. Our environment is welcoming and we offer a break room, kitchen area, and restrooms. Your service helps create funds that provide housing and resources for homeless women and children. Complete your service hours and make a difference at Community Threads! Contact us and let's get started!

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 11/28/19

Art Gallery Re-Paint

Trickster Gallery would like to re-paint two galleries between Dec 3 - 21, 2018. All patching and sanding will be done. Two to three individuals would be ideal for this two day project. Gallery has high ceiling, must be comfortable with ladder work. Paint day option are Tuesday - Friday 10 - 5, or Saturday 10-2. Lunch and beverages provided.

Schaumburg, IL

Through 12/21/18

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.” Let’s GET STARTED! 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 If you wish to participate in this Service-Hours program—Express Interest below!

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 12/4/19

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! 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 12/4/19

Deliver MEALS to Homebound Seniors--ELK GROVE

HOME-DELIVERED MEALS Drivers for Elk Grove: Deliver HOT MEALS and Be a Friend! As a HOME-DELIVERED MEALS Driver, you will use your vehicle to provide hot meals to home-bound senior citizens. You will pick up the meals at a predefined location. The meals are delivered over the noon hour to about eight elderly people on your route. Meals Drivers help senior citizens maintain their independence in their own homes. Not only do you provide healthy, nutritious meals and a friendly smile, but you also act as a direct link to the outside world for many home-bound senior citizens. [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: www.kennethyoung.org]

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 12/4/19

Deliver MEALS to Homebound Seniors--SCHAUMBURG

We Need DRIVERS Please help us keep Homebound Seniors Safe and Healthy! As a HOME-DELIVERED MEALS Driver, you will use your vehicle to provide hot meals to home-bound senior citizens. You will pick up the meals at a convenient location to you. The meals are delivered over the noon hour to about eight elderly people on your route. Meals Drivers help senior citizens maintain their independence in their own homes. Not only do you provide healthy, nutritious meals and a friendly smile, but you also act as a direct link to the outside world for many home-bound seniors. This is a GREAT CORPORATE Volunteer Program or take an INDIVIDUAL route: Routes are kept within 5 miles of your location in Schaumburg or Elk Grove Townships; they are structured to be completed within 50-60 minutes. 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.

Hoffman Estates, IL

Through 12/4/19

Trail Watch Volunteers

Be a visible presence to help make our preserves welcoming and inviting to all visitors as you are out enjoying the preserves. Trail watch play a very important role by being additional eyes and ears for our Forest Preserve police. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, attend a new volunteer training and have to pass a criminal background check. This new Volunteer Training will be taught in January, May and October each year.

Cook County, IL

Through 12/11/19

Silent Auction Baskets

For our annual Heal, Hope, Grow Gala in April, we work with groups such as offices, clubs, and friends to collaborate on our Silent Auction Baskets. Groups adopt a silent auction package-- with 10 or so people contributing 1 or 2 items each amazing, fully loaded baskets are created! Each year, we aim to raise $10,000 at the silent auction, and we are not able to do that without the involvement of volunteers. We can provide basket ideas and helpful tips, but all themes are welcome!

Hoffman Estates, IL

Through 4/1/19

Palatine Township Food Pantry Drive

Remember the area food pantry all year round! Plan a drive with your friends family or place of business. Items needed are: nonperishable food items, coffee, teas, condiments, oil, cleaning supplies, paper goods and gift cards to local food stores in $5, $10 & $20 increments. Any donation will be appreciated!

Palatine, IL

Through 1/31/19

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 6/28/19

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 6/28/19

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. madd14 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 1/31/19

Afterschool Tutor at London Middle School

CHiL (Afterschool) Tutor at London Middle School Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs YOU to help underserved students get on track to succeed! What: CHiL (Cooper, Holmes, and London) is an afterschool tutoring program that offers homework help to low-income middle school students. Volunteers will work with small groups of students and under the direction of program staff. Where and When: We are now accepting applications for the spring semester, which is expected to begin in January and run through the end of March. Volunteer tutors are needed on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:15 pm at Jack London Middle School (1001 West Dundee Road, Wheeling, IL 60090). Choose and commit to one day or more per week. Mandatory orientation and training is TBD in September. Applicants must be willing to undergo a background check. Why: Tutoring is a fun and rewarding experience. Volunteers have consistently reported that working with students has boosted their self-confidence and given them an incredible sense of satisfaction in knowing their contributions have positively impacted the academic growth of their students. Make a difference in child’s life. Apply today: http://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/tutor

Wheeling, IL

Through 1/31/19

Afterschool Tutor at Holmes Middle School

CHiL (Afterschool) Tutor at Holmes Middle School Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs YOU this fall to help at-risk students get on track to graduate! What: CHiL (Cooper, Holmes, and London) is a volunteer-based afterschool program that provides homework help to at-risk middle school students. In addition to academic support, CHiL at Holmes Middle School in Wheeling offers students social-emotional learning activities. Volunteers generally work with small groups of students and under the direction of program staff. Where and When: We are now accepting applications for the spring semester, which is expected to begin in January and run through the end of March. Volunteer tutors are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:15 pm at Holmes Middle School (221 S. Wolf Rd., Wheeling, IL 60090). Choose and commit to one day or more each week. Mandatory orientation/training is TBD in September. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check. Why: Tutoring is a fun and rewarding experience. In addition to the satisfaction that comes with positively impacting those in need, volunteering in schools is an ideal way to meet new people, enhance your resume, and/or learn new skills. Completing community service may also help youth volunteers qualify for scholarships. Make a difference in child’s life. Apply today: http://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/tutor

Wheeling, IL

Through 1/31/19

Lunch Buddies: Tutor in Reading at Plainfield Elementary in Des Plaines

Lunch Buddies Tutoring at Plainfield Elementary School Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs people aged 55 and over to join Senior Corps-RSVP, one of the nation's largest networks of volunteers, to help inspire a love of reading in low-income students. What: Supported by Senior Corps-RSVP, Lunch Buddies is an in-school tutoring program designed to promote favorable attitudes toward books. The program additionally strengthens the fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills of elementary school kids. Under the supervision of program staff and/or volunteer leaders, volunteers can enjoy lunch and work with small groups of first and second graders. Where and When: We are now accepting applications for the fall semester, which is expected to begin in September and run through December. Volunteer tutors are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10-1:00 PM at Plainfield Elementary School (1850 Plainfield Dr., Des Plaines, IL 60018). Choose and commit to one day or more per week for the school year. Applicants must be willing to undergo a background check. Mandatory orientation/training is TBD in early September. Why: Tutoring is a fun and rewarding experience. In addition to the satisfaction that comes with positively impacting those in need, volunteering in schools is an ideal way to meet new people, enhance your resume, and/or learn new skills. Apply online today! http://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/tutor

Des Plaines, IL

Through 1/31/19

Afterschool Tutor at Cooper Middle School

CHiL (Afterschool) Tutor at Cooper Middle School Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs YOU to help underserved youth get the academic support they need to succeed! What: CHiL (Cooper, Holmes, and London) is an afterschool tutoring program that offers homework help to low-income middle school students. Volunteers will work with small groups of students and under the direction of program staff. Where and When: We are now accepting applications for the spring semester, which is expected to begin in January and run through the end of March. Volunteer tutors are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at Cooper Middle School (1050 Plum Grove Circle, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089). Choose and commit to one day or more each week. Mandatory orientation/training is TBD in September. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check. Why: Tutoring is a fun and rewarding experience. In addition to the satisfaction that comes with positively impacting those in need, volunteering in schools is an ideal way to meet new people, enhance your resume, and/or learn new skills. Completing community service may also help youth volunteers qualify for scholarships. Make a difference in child’s life. Apply today: http://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/tutor

Buffalo Grove, IL

Through 1/31/19

Meals on Wheels Drivers

Wheeling Township is in need of volunteer drivers during the noon hours to deliver meals to elderly shut-ins and the disabled. Weekdays from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Volunteer must be Age 18 & older. Orientation is required.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 1/3/19

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 1/15/19

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 2/27/19

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 3/13/19

Lunch Buddies: Tutor in Math or Reading at Jane Addams Elementary in Palatine

Lunch Buddies Tutoring at Jane Addams Elementary School Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs YOU to help low-income students get the academic support they need to succeed! What: Lunch Buddies is an in-school tutoring program designed to strengthen the foundational reading and math skills of elementary school students (4th, 5th, and 6th graders). Volunteers will work with small groups of students and under the direction of volunteer leaders and/or program staff. Where and When: Volunteer tutors are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Jane Addams Elementary School (1020 East Sayles Drive, Palatine, IL 60074). Choose and commit to one day or more per week for the school year. Mandatory orientation/training is TBD in September. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check. Why: Tutoring is a fun and rewarding experience. In spring 2017, students, on average, improved their automaticity with multiplication and division facts by nearly 10%. Moreover, volunteers have reported that working with students has boosted their self-confidence and given them an incredible sense of personal satisfaction. Apply today: http://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/tutor

Palatine, IL

Through 5/9/19

Giving Tree and Gift Drive

Marklund is home to 174 residents at three facilities. Help give the Jolly Old Elf a hand by supporting Marklund's Gift Drive and Giving Tree program. Each resident has a personal wish list. These items are on individual tags that hang on Marklund's holiday trees. Pick a tag or two, purchase gifts from the list and return them to the appropriate Marklund residential locations the week before Christmas. Residents will receive the gifts on Christmas Eve morning.Giving Tree locations are: Marklund Philip Center, 164 S. Prairie Ave, Bloomingdale, IL, Marklund Wasmond Center, 1435 Summit St, Elgin, IL, Olive Garden, 332 W. Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale, IL, and Marklund Hyde Center, 1S450 Wyatt Drive, Geneva, IL.

Through 12/21/18