Holiday Opportunities

HandsOn Suburban Chicago is pleased to provide a listing of great ways to give back to the community this holiday season through our partnering nonprofits. Please check back frequently as more will be added.

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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

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

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. Send us an email and we will get started!

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 11/28/19