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Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Sew Masks for Inserts

We have the filter inserts, but we do need help sewing these masks. We are currently serving over 400 individuals residentially in approximately 60 homes. If you (or anyone you know) is able to sew, here are instructions on how to sew a mask. If you are able to help with the masks, please let Shama Valame know by e-mailing her at We will be accepting mask donations at our main location Monday – Friday 10:00am-2:00pm The address of our office location is 1835 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights IL We are still running low on toilet paper.

Arlington Heights, IL

Masks for Medical Advocacy

Northwest CASA is in need of donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to support our Medical Advocacy program. Advocates are responsible for providing in person support to victims of sexual violence in Emergency Rooms across the North/Northwest Suburbs of Cook County. We are currently in need of the following items: Hand Sanitzer Surgical Grade Gloves N95 Masks/Filters Hand-Sewn Masks (Please be sure to use neutral patterns and materials) Any and all help is truly appreciated!

Arlington Heights, IL

Support High School District 214 students and their families in need

District 214 Education Foundation has launched the 214Cares Emergency Fund. Community members are invited and encouraged to donate to this emergency fund online at All gifts will go directly to District 214 students and families based on the guidance and recommendations of school staff. These dollars may support housing needs, utility needs, basic living needs, academic needs and more. Donors' gifts will go even further because the District 214 Foundation board committed a $10,000 dollar-for-dollar match on the first $10,000 raised. During the 214Cares' campaign's first week, donors contributed $40,000+. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Illinois, about 30 percent of District 214 students were living in poverty. District administrators and the Education Foundation are now aware of heightened needs created by lost jobs, a loss of normalcy and difficulty in meeting basic needs. This is where the community can help in a direct manner. All gifts are tax-deductible, and donors will receive receipts.

Arlington Heights, IL

Career Coach

Purpose/Objective: To provide an opportunity to the unemployed or underemployed clients in our Career Coaching Program to fine tune their job interviewing skills and practice how to represent themselves in a professional manner. Responsibilities: To work directly with clients and provide candid feedback on their performance and professionalism. Must be passionate about our Mission, and be able to be agreeable to our policy and liability terms, and consent for a background check. Qualifications: Previous human resources experience required. Volunteer should be someone who is innovated, project orientated, has good communication skills. An ideal volunteer would have a basic understanding of the potential barriers that may exist for underserved populations and can be patient, and dependable. Volunteer must be able to provide own transportation. Coaching can be conducted remotely/virtually if needed. Time Commitment: Long term commitment preferable. A requirement of two times a month for two hours. Days and times are flexible. Training Required: Orientation and training will be provided.

Mount Prospect, IL

Donation Needs

In order to keep all of our operations running, JOURNEYS | The Road Home needs your help! Items needed are small denomination gift cards for client needs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, bottled water and kitchen supplies listed on the JOURNEYS Amazon Wishlist. If you are able, we would appreciate this much needed and valued support. Monetary donations are the most needed at this time to meet the unique needs this situation brings.

Palatine, IL

Provide Donations from Home

The children and families we serve at Shelter, Inc. need gift cards to purchase basic items like food, toilet paper, diapers and wipes. Gift cards from major retailers like Jewel, Aldi, Target, Walmart and Amazon can be purchased online and sent to us via email at Gift cards sent via email can be used immediately to purchase needed items or sent directly to families in need. Donate to our Family Crisis fund Needed items (such as toilet paper, diapers, or cleaning supplies) can be purchased online and sent to us directly through our AmazonSmile Charity List With all the changes that are happening in our world right now, there is one thing that is constant: Shelter is here 24 hours a day 365 days a year for our community. If you are able, please help us today provide for the most vulnerable in our community. We are in this together.

Arlington Heights, IL

Backpack Drive 2020

School may look a little different this fall, but one thing remains the in Shelter's programs still need school supplies to get the year off to a good start. Sign up to provide a backpack to kids! Purchase a backpack from a store of your choice and a $35-$50 gift card from Target or Walmart. Express Interest to receive donation process information. No-contact drop off will be available. All contributions must be received by August 7! We will be collecting backpacks for the following: PreK - 3rd Grade (Backpack + $35 gift card) 4th Grade - 8th Grade (Backpack + $35 gift card) High School - College (Backpack + $50 gift card)

Arlington Heights, IL

Donate New Socks and Underwear

School age kids in need of new socks and underwear for the new school year. Please consider donating sizes 4-18 for boys and girls NEW underwear and socks for elementary to high school students. Boys underwear should be boxers or boxer briefs only. Girls underwear can be all kinds, briefs only for little girls. Boys socks no-show to crew sizes, black is often requested. Girls socks no-show to ankle styles. Donations can be dropped off between 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday at the Community Resource Center at 1585 N Rand Rd, Palatine, IL Masks must be worn in building.

Palatine, IL

Accepting Handmade Masks

Please consider donating to Addolorata Villa's Residents. We are in need of handmade masks for the residents. Drop off or Call Lynn Deger 847-808-6132 for more information.

Wheeling, IL

Send A Smile

The Township of Schaumburg is collecting handmade cards, drawings, or pick-me-up notes for older adults and people with disabilities in the community. Please consider creating an uplifting message for a neighbor! No artistic experience required. Help us reach our goal of 2,250 cards! Mail To: One Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 ATTN: Megan Conway Drop Off At: One Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 ATTN: Megan Conway We can pick up quantities of 30 or more. Call 847-450-8011 for questions or more information.

Hoffman Estates, IL

Masks for Seniors

Hanover Township Senior Services has an urgent need to find volunteers that are great with sewing and are willing to donate masks for our seniors. Express Interest below for delivery details.

Bartlett, IL

Search Engine Optimization

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley has a ReStore in Elgin and Arlington Heights. We need an individual that is familiar with Search Engine Optimization to help with the Google ads grant. This activity does not have to be done on site at either ReStore.

Elgin, IL

Social Media Volunteer

Habitat for Humanity Social Media Volunteer Set your own hours and days to help Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley reach more people through social media. We are seeking a creative, forward-thinking and organized social media volunteer. We are looking for a volunteer proficient with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc. who can bring our social media presence to the next level. Volunteering can be done remotely or in our Elgin office at 56 S. Grove. Responsibilities: Strategize, develop and write online content; get approvals and schedule posts Publish and share content daily (original text, images, videos, events, news) Ensure posts and messages positively promote the organization to the public Build meaningful connections and encourage community involvement through dialog and messaging Collaborate with construction, family services, resource development, volunteer, ReStore and other departments to manage organizational messaging and promotions to increase reach Website management, search engine optimization, and Google Ads Required Skills: Experience in social media and digital marketing Strong written communication skills Strong familiarity with the business applications of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.) Helpful but not required: Understanding of social media metrics; able to interpret the results and take action to increase effectiveness of social media campaigns

Elgin, IL

Support to Continue Services

Home of the Sparrow is soliciting donations to address the immediate and long-term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. WE NEED YOUR HELP to keep our doors open, to help the women and children of Home of the Sparrow and those who may need our services during this time. Donations can be made at Home of the Sparrow's mission is to provide Hope, Opportunity, and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Home of the Sparrow provides Transitional Shelter, Housing, Rental Assistance, Supportive Services, and also operates Community Threads Thrift Store in Arlington Heights, and 7 Sparrows Nest Thrift Stores in Cary, Palatine, McHenry, Mundelein, Third Lake, Woodstock, Algonquin.

McHenry, IL

Shop for WINGS online

Updated needs! You can shop for specific needed items from our WINGS Wish List on Amazon and have it shipped straight to our office. If you prefer to shop at a different store online, please purchase items from the list below and ship them to our Main Office: WINGS Program, Inc. Attention: Tabitha 5104 Tollview Drive, Suite B Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Group Home Pen-Friend

Looking for a way to help? If so we have a wonderful way for you to bring some joy to our residents while they are self-quarantining. Our Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) program is inviting you to become a CILA Pen-Friend by sending cards to our group homes. If interested, you can indicate in your card that you would like our residents to send you a card back. You can send your cards, drawings or letters to the following address: Attn. CILA Activity Managers 1815 W. Central Road Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Virtual Girl Scout troop leaders needed!

Even as we all practice social distancing, Girl Scouts is still a place where girls can feel supported and share honest conversations about what they’re feeling. Knowing that they have a mentor and someone that supports them can help. In addition, there are tens of thousands of other troops in this sisterhood that are also figuring things out can be comforting to many girls. Have fun working with a minimum of one other adult to lead a small group of girls in planning, carrying out and evaluating activities in ways that help them develop values, foster a sense of worth, relate to others, and contribute to their community. Flexible time commitment based on your availability and schedule.

Share your talent or passion with Girl Scouts-virtually!

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana are embracing shelter in place and that means Girl Scout activities are taking place at home and through virtual experiences. If you have a talent to share and can create a simple video then we have volunteer opportunities for you! Can you create activity videos to go along with at home activities ? Cadettes ( grades 6, 7,8), Seniors (grades 9 and 10) and Ambassadors (grades 11 and 12) Can you create activity videos to go along with at home activities? Juniors (grades 4 and 5) Can you create activity videos to go along with at home activities? Brownies (grades 2 and 3) Gold Award support Sign language interpreters needed! Express Interest below or use the links above for more details of current needs. Visit Girl Scout website on virtual opportunities:

Township Virtual Programming Seeks Volunteer Facilitators

Do you have a special skill, talent, or interest you would like to share with others? The Township of Schaumburg Senior Services is looking for volunteer facilitators to lead virtual programming for older adults. Each day, Senior Services is running a virtual program at 10 AM. Older adults are at risk for social isolation and the coronavirus is exacerbating this concern. Help us provide social engagement and educational opportunities to our residents. Some ideas would be teaching a basic class on language skills, running a cooking or art demonstration, and facilitating a discussion on an interesting topic. We are open to exploring other ideas as well. Facilitators must be comfortable with technology and using an online video conferencing program. Please Express Interest for more information. This is a virtual opportunity, and volunteers will be asked to facilitate from their homes.

Virtual ESL Tutor for Korean Seniors

Hanul needs a volunteer who can tutor ESL through the phone for our Korean seniors. When: 2 hours a week at 10 AM - 11 AM, Tuesdays & Thursdays (but hours and days can be flexible) Who: Will be tutoring 5-10 Korean seniors over the phone (conference call) Requirement: Bilingual in Korean and English, must be comfortable speaking in Korean

Be a Pen Pal with Isolated Seniors

We are a Senior Living Community. During the self-quarantine, our residents would be so grateful to receive a card or short handwritten note from you! Become a pen-pal and help ease the isolation and bring joy to our residents. Please send your cards or letters to the following address: Attn: Life Enrichment 555 McHenry Road Wheeling IL 60090

Share Talent in Virtual Programming

Do you have a “talent” you would like to share virtually with our members? Maybe you play an instrument or teach yoga or dance-we would love to have you be our special guest in one or more of our virtual programs, which run from morning until early evening, 7 days a week. Express Interest below for details.

Become a PanPal

Approximately half of all Center for Enriched Living (CEL) members live in residential agencies. Many of these members have limited interaction with family members on a regular basis, and with the Coronavirus that has been compounded. We want to continue to engage with our members even though our building is closed. To do so, we’re returning to the lost art of letter-writing. If you would like to participate, you can send a letter, picture, card to a member and let them know that you’re thinking of them during this time. Express Interest below for more details.