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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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

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 Thursday December 7 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 22, 2019.

Schaumburg, IL

12/7/19 10:00 AM

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

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

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

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

Through11/28/19

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

Thanksgiving Basket Outreach Program

Palatine Township's Thanksgiving Basket program helps needy families by providing them with all of the ingredients needed to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Basket donations need to be dropped off to the Township Office between Tuesday, November 12 and Friday, November 15, 2019. Suggest basket contents can include: canned vegetables, chicken broth, coffee, tea or hot chocolate, cranberry sauce, cream of mushroom sour, fruit, instant mashed potatoes, jell-o, piecrust mix and pie filling, stuffing mix, sweet potatoes, turkey gravy. A $25 grocery store gift card would be appreciated to enable families to purchase a turkey and other perishable items for their meal. If you would like to help a needy family "Express Interest" below by November 8th and you will be sent the online registration link.

Palatine, IL

Through11/8/19