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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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

12/12/19 10:00 AM

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! After registering with HandsOn, please wait for a confirmation email from the Center of Concern.

Niles, IL

12/12/19 6:00 PM

Breakfast with Santa Brunch

Families enjoy a brunch lunch and picture with Santa at our Cafe. They then have a festive time doing simple holiday crafts at our Visitors Center. Volunteers are needed to help customers at Cafe with taking pics with Santa, greeting, pouring coffee, assisting staff, selling raffle tickets, etc. At the Visitors Center they will help with simple holiday crafts with the children and parents. Location: Lambs Farm Magnolia Cafe & Visitors Center Dates: • Saturday, December 14 • Sunday, December 15 • Saturday, December 21 • Sunday, December 22 Time: 9:00am-2:30pm (lunch provided as a thank you) 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.

Libertyville, IL

12/14/19 9:00 AM + more

Holiday Party Volunteer Helper

Little City's Foster Care and Adoption Agency is having their annual HOLIDAY PARTY! We need your help to make the season bright for our foster children. There are many opportunities to help! Food Service Serving Beverages Greeter/Hallway Monitor Karaoke Facilitator Board and Card Game Facilitator SANTA CLAUS (male santa suit provided) Santa's Helper Face Painter Photo Taker Cookie Decorator Frame Decorator Floater Attire: Dress festive! Red, Green, White, Gold, shine and shimmer!

Dolton, IL

12/14/19 10:00 AM

Donation Sorting Saturday

On December 14th, JOURNEYS | The Road Home is hosting Donation Sorting Saturday! On this day, we will have two shifts, 12pm-2pm and 2pm-4pm, of volunteers who will help sort through our piles of donations at our HOPE Center location. Each shift will be comprised of 15 volunteers who will organize, label and put away donations in our food pantry and clothing closet. If you are interested in volunteering that day, please Express Interest below and more info will be sent. The HOPE Center is located at 1140 East Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60074. **Please wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes. Please keep in mind that this activity requires heavy lifting of boxes and cans.** **Children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.**

Palatine, IL

12/14/19 12:00 PM

Christmas Party

Volunteers will be playing games, opening presents, doing arts and crafts, and singing songs with adult clients with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Rolling Meadows, IL

12/21/19 9:00 AM

Annual Christmas Eve Gift Opening

Marklund Wasmond Center will be hosting their annual gift opening event on December 24, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Volunteers will be partnered with a resident and help them open all their gifts. Volunteers should wear closed toe/heal shoes.

Elgin, IL

12/24/19 10:00 AM

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


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


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


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



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


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: 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


Holiday Friendly Visitor

Bring the spirit of the holidays to area nursing home –Come visit for a few hours and provide companionship to residents in the Life Enrichment Center. Express Interest and we'll schedule a time for you to come in!

Wheeling, IL


Sorting Donations - Volunteer

We need volunteers to help us sort and organize donations! Our storage space needs to be reorganized and new donations need sorting. Come help us sort our resources to get the donations to the kids that need them. 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