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Gift Wrapping volunteers

Gift wrap volunteers needed to help spread awareness and raise donations for the Center of Concern. We are in need of volunteers throughout the month of December to wrap gifts at the Golf Mills Shopping Center. Shifts are available M-F 6pm - 9 pm, Saturday 10 am - 3pm and 11 am - 2 pm. Great opportunity for groups, clubs, organizations, friends, families, or individuals trying to give back!

Niles, IL

11/29/19 6:00 PM + more

Dessert with Santa 2019

We have an amazing volunteer opportunity! Dessert with Santa is one of our most popular events and we would love to have you share in the delight. We have lots of opportunities available. Express Interest with the dates you are available below. Times slots are between 3 and 4 hours and you'll be welcome to sign up for more than one slot. If you need court ordered service hours let us know when we contact you. Opportunities include: Trail Guide The weather may be blustery or beautiful as guests arrive. You’ll offer a warm welcome and guide them through the woods to and from their appointed destinations. Dress warmly for the weather. We’ll provide a Santa Hat but feel free to bring your own. Pioneer Log Cabin It’s Christmastime 1850. Help with set up, singing, story time, and Christmas tree decoration. You’ll meet before the first guests arrived to learn about the program and help tidy up when it’s over. Dress warmly for the weather. Kennicott House Crafts, cookie decorating, and singing! What could be better? A special guest? Yes! Santa will join the festivities. Volunteer and experience the excitement of the season. Assist with crafts, cookie decorating, singing, and handing out candy canes, Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you! Happy Holidays!

Glenview, IL

11/30/19 12:00 PM + more

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.

Glenview, IL

12/1/19 9:00 AM

For Teens: Call Supporters for Giving Tuesday Donations

The Bridge Youth and Family Services helps kids and their families achieve social and emotional health. We provide counseling, crisis intervention, and mentoring. Join us for a night of phone call making to Bridge supporters so that we can continue to provide these services regardless of families' ability to pay. This is a great opportunity for high school age kids to get into fundraising and community-based work. You will be coached and supported by Bridge staff and Board members and fed dinner (generously provided by local restaurants).

Palatine, IL

12/3/19 5:45 PM + more

Holiday Gift Wrapping

Looking for individuals who love to wrap presents and packages for the Holidays. Use of scissors, wrapping paper, tape and the working with bows. We need help on Wednesday December 4 anytime from 10 AM till 9 PM at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. We will be wrapping presents for shoppers for a donation to our organization which serves individuals with disabilities. Please Express Interest by November 29, 2019.

Schaumburg, IL

12/4/19 10:00 AM

Holiday Gift & Craft Fair

Customers choose from the fine art and craft work of talented vendors, tasty food products, etc from all over the Lakeshore. Volunteers assist at our booths with the sale of yummy chocolates, cookies, treats & holiday gifts. Location: Arlington Race Track Dates and Times: Thursday, December 5 | 1pm – 9pm Friday, December 6 | 11am – 9pm Saturday, December 7 | 9am – 6pm Sunday, December 8 | 10am – 5pm Various shifts- to be determined when we correspond Events are a special way to connect with our guests and share the work we do serving the developmentally disabled community. Events bring in proceeds that help with our programs and volunteers truly make a difference! Mission: Helping people with developmental disabilities lead productive, happy lives and connecting with the human spirit in us all.

Arlington Heights, IL

12/5/19 1:00 PM + more

Christmas Party for Seniors

Help with Christmas party at area nursing home, December 10 or December 12 from 10:00 – 1:00 pm. Help serve & assist with wheelchair transportation of residents to the party. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wheeling, IL

12/10/19 10:00 AM + more

Set up for Holiday Party

Annual Holiday Party - Volunteers needed to help decorate, assemble goodie bags, prep craft projects, and set up the area for food.

Palatine, IL

12/14/19 10:30 AM

Holiday Party

Volunteers needed to help serve refreshments, help with the craft tables, and engage in holiday fun with clients. Help with clean-up is also welcome!!!

Palatine, IL

12/14/19 12:30 PM

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

Through2/28/20

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

Through3/21/20

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

Through3/21/20

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

Through3/21/20

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

Donations for Abused & Neglected Children

We need donations! Please refer to the list below to see what items are needed. All items must be new. Please reach out if you have any questions! Shelter, Inc.'s mission is to end child abuse and neglect. We provide emergency housing for children and adolescents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Group Home Needs: Household Items: Vacuum (2) Craft supplies – (paint by number, canvases, sketch pads, art pencils) Journals Plastic Drinking Glasses (24) Pillows (Twin- 12) Mattress Pads (Twin 12) Twin Comforters (Neutral Colors 12) Bath Towels Pots and Pans Mops and Brooms Batteries AA and AAA Sporting Equipment: footballs, basketballs, tennis rackets, etc.(4) Gift Certificates: Wal-Mart Target Best Buy McDonald’s Burger King Wendy’s Hobby Lobby Boys Group Home (age 11-17): Hoodies (M, L, XL) Shorts (M, L, XL) Pajamas (M, L, XL) Slippers (M, L, XL) Gym Shoes (11, 12, 13) Long Sleeve Shirts (M, L, XL) Sweat Pants (S, M, L, XL) Socks Men’s Boxers (S, M, L, XL) Sweaters (M, L, XL) T-Shirts (S, M, L, XL) Jennings Group Home (Girls age 11-17): Hoodies (M, L, XL) Leggings (S, M, L, XL) Pajamas (S, M, L, XL) Socks Underwear (S, M, L, XL) Sports Bras (S, M, L, XL) Gym Shoes (7, 9, 11) Boots (7, 9, 11) Yoga Pants (M, L, XL) Slippers (M, L, XL) Long Sleeve Shirts (M, L, XL) Pads and Tampons Healthy Families Program Needs: Diapers Pull Ups Child Safety locks, outlet covers Board books (age 0-5) Board books (age 0-5) Bilingual english-spanish Children's books Foster Care Program Needs: Gift cards to restaurants Gift cards for groceries Gift cards for activities/experiences (for sibling meetings)

Arlington Heights, IL

Through10/30/20

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

Through12/31/19

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

Through12/31/19

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

Through12/31/19

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

Through12/31/19

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

Through12/31/19

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

Through12/31/19

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

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 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 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 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 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

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

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

Through11/28/19

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

Through11/28/19

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 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. Express Interest below and we will get started!

Arlington Heights, IL

Through1/31/20

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.” 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

Through12/4/19

Deliver MEALS to Homebound Seniors--SCHAUMBURG TWP

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

Through12/4/19

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

Through12/4/19

Deliver MEALS to Homebound Seniors--ELK GROVE TWP

HOME-DELIVERED MEALS Drivers for Elk Grove Twp: 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.

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through12/4/19

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

Through12/11/19

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

Through12/19/19

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

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

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

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.

Palatine, IL

Through1/3/20

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

Through2/4/20

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

Through2/20/20

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

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

Bowling Buddies

Volunteers needed for the Lane Buddies Bowling League for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. It takes place twice a month from 11:15 am - 2 pm.

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through4/3/20

Holiday Angel Tree Program

Palatine Township’s Angel Tree program begins November 1.  The township lobby will be filled with special “angel” ornaments that include the name, age and “wish” of a child or senior citizen in need.  Sign out an angel at the Township, shop, then drop off the wrapped gifts during normal business hours, no later than Dec. 3

Palatine, IL

Through12/4/19

Adopt-A-Family

There are many families in the community whose financial situations will not allow them to experience a joy-filled holiday season. You can reach out and adopt one of these families for the holidays. Donors can help to provide new clothing, toys and gifts to recipients for the holiday season. Gifts will be collected and distributed to the families on Dec 14, 2019. To adopt a family "express interest" in this opportunity and a link will be sent to you by Palatine Township to register as a donor.

Palatine, IL

Through12/13/19

Holiday Gift Giving Program

Our holiday gift program is where once a year we ask the community to help provide some specific wish needs our families have for the holidays and where we try to get all the items we need to operate our shelters for the year. We have several ways that groups, organizations or individuals can participate to help make the holidays a little brighter for the women and children we serve. Gift of Hope: This is one of the greatest needs this year - a monetary donation for a specific cause. One spark of hope can change the journey of a mother or child for the rest of their life. By giving a monetary donation this holiday season, you can help our families with the large expense of childcare, groceries, rent or utilities. Checks can be made out to Home of the Sparrow. Due a generous donor this year, all monetary donations received between now and December 31, 2019 will be matched up to $250,000. This doubles your donation, making it twice as impactable. Gift of Opportunity: By donating items needed on the Shelter Wish List, it provides the women and children with basic needs as they move into the shelter or move out into their own housing. This gives them the Opportunity to focus on achieving self-sufficiency knowing that their basic needs are met. Groups wanting to help in this area are welcome to organize donation drives to collect the items needed. Our Shelter Wish List can be found at: https://www.hosparrow.org/how-to-help/shelter-wish-list/ Gift of Support: By adopting a mother, child, or family in our program, you wil have the ability to provide Support during the holidays. Purchasing items on their holiday wish list helps make their Holidays a little brighter. We ask that all gifts be brand new and unwrapped. For more information express interest below. Thank you so much for your interest in our holiday gift program! Every little bit counts, so please feel free to choose among the different options that work best for you.

McHenry, IL

Through12/12/19

Tree Trimming at Senior Living Facility

Bring the spirit of the holidays to area nursing home – help residents trim the tree. All supplies will be provided. Great way to volunteer with family, friends or your group from work! Date in early December is still to be scheduled. Please Express Interest below for more information. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wheeling, IL

Through12/7/19

Fundraising Volunteer

Do you want to make an impact? We need volunteers to help us fundraise to support the children in our programs at Shelter, Inc. You can fundraise as a group or as an individual. Fundraisers can be for monetary or non-monetary donations. Creativity and enthusiasm is encouraged. Examples include: bake sale, book drive, school projects, having a gift card drive, setting up a restaurant fundraiser, creating a 5K race, hosting a diaper collection, etc. Shelter, Inc.'s mission is to end child abuse and neglect. We provide emergency housing for children and adolescents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through12/31/19

Help With Christmas Gift Tags

We are looking for donors who can help us with Christmas gifts which will be used to set up a holiday store for WINGS clients. Please contact us for gift tags, so you can buy and donate fits that are needed. We are also looking for donors who can coordinate holiday drives to help us collect the necessary items for clients to use throughout the year, such as comforters and towels. Please contact us for a list of needed items.

Palatine, IL

Through12/7/19

Holiday Gift Drive 2019

Will you help us fill a child's wish list this holiday season? We need donations to provide holiday gifts to the children and adolescents in our programs! You can donate gifts individually or as a group by signing up to fill a wishlist. If your company or organization wants to participate in this drive, please contact the Development Coordinator, Zoe McGrath. Shelter, Inc.'s mission is to end child abuse and neglect. We provide emergency housing for children and adolescents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through12/9/19

Cleaning Crew Needed in Hanover Park!

Northwest Special Recreation Association offers inclusion assistance for children and adults who have disabilities within the 17 park districts in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. We are seeking volunteer crews to assist with various deep-cleaning projects at our Hanover Park location. The duties include, but are not limited to: wiping base boards, dusting, cleaning windows etc. We are very flexible with times, and will work around your schedule. Thank you!

Hanover Park, IL

Through11/30/19

Cleaning Crew Needed in Rolling Meadows!

Northwest Special Recreation Association offers inclusion assistance for children and adults who have disabilities within the 17 park districts in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. We are seeking volunteer crews to assist with various deep-cleaning projects at our Rolling Meadows location. The duties include, but are not limited to: wiping base boards, dusting, cleaning windows etc. We are very flexible with times, and will work around your schedule. Thank you!

Rolling Meadows, IL

Through11/30/19

Cleaning Crew Needed in Mt Prospect!

Northwest Special Recreation Association offers inclusion assistance for children and adults who have disabilities within the 17 park districts in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. We are seeking volunteer crews to assist with various deep-cleaning projects at our Mount Prospect location. The duties include, but are not limited to: wiping base boards, dusting, cleaning windows etc. We are very flexible with times, and will work around your schedule. Thank you!

Mount Prospect, IL

Through11/30/19

Lunch Buddies: Tutor in Reading at Rupley Elementary in Elk Grove Village

Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs you to help inspire a love of reading in low-income students. What: 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, second, and third graders. Where and When: We are now accepting applications for spring 2020, which begins January 22 and runs through April 29. Volunteer tutors are needed on Wednesdays from 11:45 AM-12:35 PM at Rupley Elementary School (305 Oakton St, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007). Weekly commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo a background check. Mandatory orientation/training is TBD in early January. 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 today: http://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/tutor

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through3/3/20

Holiday Adopt a Family Drive

Each holiday season, Kenneth Young Center (KYC) organizes an Adopt a Family drive to provide clients with the highest needs extra support and holiday cheer. KYC is seeking "captains" to be the key point person for your corporation, church, family, or community group. Captains would work to promote the donation drive, deliver the gifts or work to schedule a pick-up by KYC. Gifts will be due by December 6, 2019. How it works: decide how many gifts, $25 to $50, your group will give, KYC will provide client wish lists, collect and wrap the gifts, and deliver to KYC's Elk Grove office.

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through12/6/19

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