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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 svalame@clearbrook.org. 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

Provide Holiday Gifts for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Clearbrook has 100 Adult with intellectual disabilities in need of gifts this holiday season. If you are interested in adopting an adult, please Express Interest below. We would need gifts to us by Friday, Dec. 11. Drop off would be 1835 W. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL.

Arlington Heights, IL

Adopt a Family or Child

Clearbrook has over 100 families in need that have young children that have disability and are in need of gifts over this holiday season. If you are interested in adopting a family or a child please Express Interest below. We would need gifts to us by Wednesday, Dec. 9th. Drop off would be 1835 W. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL.

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

Clothing Drive for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Often, survivors of sexual violence hand over their clothing when they are going through the Evidence Collection Kit process at our local partner Emergency Rooms. Northwest CASA provides clothing items so that survivors can feel comfortable as they leave the hospital. All donated items need to be new and have minimal or no graphics. Clothing Items Needed: Sweatshirts (Men's sizes preferred) Sweatpants (Men's sizes preferred) T-shirts (Men's sizes preferred) Women's Underwear Socks Amazon Wishlist Available: https://amzn.to/2TeXjN4 Opportunity is great for groups looking to do a holiday collection! Everything is done remotely and drop off can be arranged based on your availability.

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 214foundation.org. 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. Donations have helped us raise nearly $100,000 and disbursed over $78,000 so far, helping nearly 300 families. But the needs are on pace to far outweigh what has been collected. We are continuing this campaign to continuously address and help with housing, transportation, food and academic needs of our D214 students and their families. 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

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 shelter@shelter-inc.org. 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

Make the Holidays Brighter through Adopt a Family

This year, KYC’s Adopt a Family drive has shifted from physical gifts to gift cards in an effort to promote social distancing and minimize exposure risk for COVID-19. Although a gift card may not feel like the most exciting gift to give, it is a deeply appreciated opportunity for our clients who receive them. Check out the impact you make and the many ways you can make the holidays brighter for KYC’s clients this holiday season. Giving a gift card to parents is truly a gift that gives twice. Your gift creates an opportunity of empowerment to buy gifts or a special holiday meal and creates lasting holiday memories for their families. Your gift helps older adults feel connected and appreciated. Your gift sends a message that you care, and creates an opportunity to spread cheer to someone who may be more isolated than ever this holiday season. Your gift gives kids the opportunity to choose something that is important to them all on their own, without creating extra expenses for their families. It helps children express their individuality as they personally select a gift that will bring them the most joy. Express Interest to make the hol­i­days for a KYC client or fam­i­ly.

Elk Grove Village, IL

Gift Card Donations

Gift cards are used for program needs/residents throughout the year in many ways such as helping clients get to interviews and appointments as well as helping us to feed 90+ people within our safe homes. Gift Card List: ANY GAS CARD JEWEL ALDI MEIJER WALMART $100, $50, $25 denominations are preferred Thank you so much for helping us this holiday season. We thank you for your generosity.

Palatine, IL

Create Care Kits for Kids Ages 6-11

To comfort our clients during what may be a difficult holiday season, we are asking volunteers to put together Care Kits. Each kit must be packaged in a clear, gallon-size sealable plastic bag (like a Ziploc bag) and should be filled with items that are comforting to children ages 6-11. Some ideas: Thinking putty, stuffed animal, stress and fidget toys, coloring book/ crayons, motivational notes. Bags must then be dropped off at our office only during approved times: 12:00pm-3:00pm Monday through Wednesday until December 23. Please click "Email contact" so we have your contact information and know how many packages are coming in. You will receive an email with additional details.

Palatine, IL

Create Care Kits for Kids/Teens Ages 12-18

To comfort our clients during what may be a difficult holiday season, we are asking volunteers to put together Care Kits. Each kit must be packaged in a clear, gallon-size sealable plastic bag (like a Ziploc bag) and should be filled with items that are comforting to children and teens ages 12-18. Some ideas: Thinking putty, journal, stress and fidget toys, coloring book/ pencils, motivational notes. Bags must then be dropped off at our office only during approved times: 12:00pm-3:00pm Monday through Wednesday until December 23. Please click "Email contact" so we have your contact information and know how many packages are coming in. You will receive an email with additional details.

Palatine, IL

Create a scrapbook for the Little City Seniors

The seniors at Little City need your help! Create a scrapbook of our resident’s favorite memories for them to cherish over time. Information and pictures will be provided by Little City.

Palatine, IL

Become a holiday donor!

Work with our Holiday committee on ways to get involved this holiday season. Whether it is purchasing gifts or making holiday cards there are plenty of ways to get in the holiday spirit at Little City.

Palatine, IL

Sponsor a home for a night out!

Everyone likes a night out of the house. Many of our residents have been cooped up since March! Donate to provide residents the opportunity to go out for a meal, grab some ice cream, or purchase the supplies needed to host an in home dinner event to add to the holiday spirit at Little City.

Palatine, IL

CHiL Mentor at London Middle School (After School & Virtual)

CHiL Mentor at London Middle School CHiL (Cooper, Holmes, and London) aims to mitigate the inequities in education exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic by equipping low-income students with volunteer mentors to enable student engagement, socialization, and access to academic and emotional support. Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs caring and reliable community members like you to help high-needs students get on track to graduate! Because CHiL will take place online in spring 2020, volunteers must be 18 or older, have reliable access to both broadband internet and a computer with a camera, and have high computer literacy skills to be able to participate. Proficiency in Google products is a plus! A mandatory orientation and training session will take place in January. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check. What: CHiL is a volunteer-based afterschool program that provides social and emotional support coupled with homework help to low-income middle school students in Community Consolidated School District 21. Through video conferencing and under the direction of program staff, volunteer mentors will foster socialization among a small group of students; facilitate social and emotional learning activities; and guide their charges in completing schoolwork. Where and When: CHiL will take place online and begin in the week of January 18th and go through March 18th. Volunteer mentors are needed on Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Choose and commit to one day each week. Why: Mentoring 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 learn new skills. Mentoring at CHiL is also a great way for college and graduate students to gain field hours. Make a difference. Apply today: https://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/chil

Wheeling, IL

CHiL Mentor at Cooper Middle School (After School & Virtual)

CHiL Mentor at Cooper Middle School CHiL (Cooper, Holmes, and London) aims to mitigate the inequities in education exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic by equipping low-income students with volunteer mentors to enable student engagement, socialization, and access to academic and emotional support. Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs caring and reliable community members like you to help high-needs students get on track to graduate! Because CHiL will take place online in spring 2020, volunteers must be 18 or older, have reliable access to both broadband internet and a computer with a camera, and have high computer literacy skills to be able to participate. Proficiency in Google products is a plus! A mandatory orientation and training session will take place in January. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check. What: CHiL is a volunteer-based afterschool program that provides social and emotional support coupled with homework help to low-income middle school students in Community Consolidated School District 21. Through video conferencing and under the direction of program staff, volunteer mentors will foster socialization among a small group of students; facilitate social and emotional learning activities; and guide their charges in completing schoolwork. Where and When: CHiL will take place online and begin in the week of January 18th and go through March 18th. Volunteer mentors are needed on Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Choose and commit to one day each week. Why: Mentoring 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 learn new skills. Mentoring at CHiL is also a great way for college and graduate students to gain field hours. Make a difference. Apply today: https://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/chil

Buffalo Grove, IL

CHiL Mentor at Holmes Middle School (After School & Virtual)

CHiL Mentor at Holmes Middle School CHiL (Cooper, Holmes, and London) aims to mitigate the inequities in education exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic by equipping low-income students with volunteer mentors to enable student engagement, socialization, and access to academic and emotional support. Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs caring and reliable community members like you to help high-needs students get on track to graduate! Because CHiL will take place online in spring 2020, volunteers must be 18 or older, have reliable access to both broadband internet and a computer with a camera, and have high computer literacy skills to be able to participate. Proficiency in Google products is a plus! A mandatory orientation and training session will take place in January. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check. What: CHiL is a volunteer-based afterschool program that provides social and emotional support coupled with homework help to low-income middle school students in Community Consolidated School District 21. Through video conferencing and under the direction of program staff, volunteer mentors will foster socialization among a small group of students; facilitate social and emotional learning activities; and guide their charges in completing schoolwork. Where and When: CHiL will take place online and begin in the week of January 18th and go through March 18th. Volunteer mentors are needed on Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Choose and commit to one day each week. Why: Mentoring 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 learn new skills. Mentoring at CHiL is also a great way for college and graduate students to gain field hours. Make a difference. Apply today: https://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/chil

Wheeling, 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

Virtual Holiday Volunteer

Virtually bring the spirit of the holidays to Addolorata Villa's residents. Use your talents to brighten the residents holiday using zoom: caroling Arts and crafts: make personalized ornaments Unique ideas are welcome Express Interest and we'll contact you!

Wheeling, 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

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 https://www.hosparrow.org/donate/ 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

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.

Teach a Workshop Class!

Do you have a passion you would love to teach? Sign up to teach a weekly class! This can be yoga, art, jewelry making, or whatever you love virtually through recorded videos or live through ZOOM. **Times and availability may vary

Financial Planning and Money Management Volunteer

Volunteer to counsel clients from Maine Township with understanding finances, creating and maintaining a budget, building/repairing credit, creating a plan to reach a goal or to pay down debt. Virtual, over the phone, or in person, schedule is completely based upon the Volunteer's availability and client demand.

Holiday Gift Giving Program

Our holiday gift program provides three great ways for individuals, groups, and businesses to help make the holidays a little brighter for the women and children we serve. Gift of Hope: 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. 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. 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 will have the ability to provide Support during the holidays. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions, we are asking donors to purchase gift cards for each family member this year, which will allow the women to shop for their children online. Gifts cards can be mailed or dropped off at our office. Purchasing items on their holiday wish list helps make their Holidays a little brighter. 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.

Holiday Gift Drive 2020

We want to make the holidays special for children and families in crisis, and we need your help! You can sign up to fill a wish list, provide gift cards, or make a cash donation to cover the cost of gifts. We want to make sure that even through difficult times, the children, young adults, and families that we serve know they are loved and supported. Holiday Gift Drive Interest: https://forms.gle/Pdqw44dRxEkgeaKb6 Shop for me! I prefer to make a cash donation: https://shelterinc.salsalabs.org/holidaygiftdrive2020 For more information: https://shelter-inc.org/in-kind-donations/