A Just Harvest
Contact: Patti Thomas
Mission Statement: A Just Harvest’s mission is to fight poverty and hunger in the Rogers Park and greater Chicago community by providing nutritious meals daily while cultivating community and economic development and organizing across racial, cultural and socioeconomic lines in order to create a more just society.
Alliance for the Great Lakes
Contact:Olga Lyandres, PhD, Research Manager
Mission Statement: Our mission at the Alliance for the Great Lakes is to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. The Alliance for the Great Lakes values the diversity inherent in the ecological and human communities that it serves. To fulfill our mission to protect and restore the Great Lakes for all generations, we work to be inclusive of all people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, family status, spirituality, education, geographic location, social and economic class, and physical and mental ability.
Contact: Adam Hammond, Director of Education
Mission Statement: Artifice is a Woodlawn-based organization with a bold new approach to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. We seek to use project-based, hands-on learning to endow participants with the tech and entrepreneurial skills, specifically, that will make them the masters of their own destiny. Using the skills they learn at the center to create community-based social enterprises, enabling them to build their skillsets, portfolios, and even businesses, all while benefitting the community. Ultimately, we hope to combine tech and entrepreneurial competencies in a way that will sustainably raise the economic and educational prospects of the neighborhood and surrounding areas.
Autism Home Support Services
Contact: Lynn Green
Mission Statement: We believe that with evidence-based practices and qualified professionals trained in ABA therapy, we can create a positive difference in a child’s development and ability to communicate. From day one, we will work tirelessly with you to assemble the best Care Team Member and tools for your individual child and family. With patience, time, the right approach and a lot of hard work, we believe that every child can reach their full potential!
Bensenville School District #2
Mission Statement: Our vision is to be an exemplary school system of people, programs and culture which expects and realizes student engagement, growth and achievement in an environment of integrity, performance and service. The purpose of Bensenville Elementary School District 2 is to prepare each student for a world of opportunities as a college, career and innovation ready citizen with 21st Century skills.
Project CARE Plus
Contact: Lisa Simoncelli, Larissa Schwarz, Sue Vitale, Laura Butz
Phone: 630-766-2602 ext. 4101
Mission Statement: Mentors can be high school or college students, business people, or community volunteers. The volunteers provide assistance with some things that students may not have help with at home. The volunteers provide help for students over and above other special services a student may receive from reading specialists. Mentors can create informal and personal interaction to build self-esteem and encourage academic growth at the same time. Students benefit from a close adult/peer role model with someone who is not a family member or classroom teacher.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago
Contact: Majna Noll, Volunteer & Family Processing Specialist
Mission Statement: Each time Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, we start something incredible: a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential. And thanks to the first-ever nationwide impact study of a mentoring organization, we have the facts to prove it.
Broadway Youth Center (BYC)
Contact: Tanya Fink, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Mission Statement: Howard Brown Health Center exists to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education, and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.
Casa Central (Youth Opportunities Unlimited)
Contact: Alexis Macias, Service Project Development Leader
Mission Statement: Casa Central transforms lives and strengthens communities with a special focus on Hispanics. Our network of services propels a diverse population of all ages toward self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life.
Chicago Children's Museum
Contact: LaWanda May
Mission Statement: Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to improve children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning connect.
Chicago HOPES for Kids
Contact: Patricia Rivera
Mission Statement: Chicago HOPES for Kids began in 2006 as an initiative of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Educational Support for Students in Temporary Living Situations (STLS). The STLS Department created Chicago HOPES to provide students with additional support outside of the classroom and empower students to succeed academically despite the challenges of homelessness.
Children's Oncology Services
Contact: Jill Kulbok Carlson
Mission Statement: Children's Oncology Services, Inc. believes that a diagnosis of cancer should not prevent a child from experiencing the simple joys of childhood. Through our One Step programs, we offer camp experiences and other programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids. Our programs offer fun, friendship and support in a safe and nurturing environment.
Contact: Mara Tapp
Mission Statement: Cool Classics, Inc. is committed to improving literacy among low-income elementary school students, expanding their sense of arts, culture and humanities, creating readers and critical thinkers, serving schools that have lost arts and culture programs and are overwhelmed by demands of test-driven curricula.
Cornerstone (CCO) Community Outreach
Contact: Charlene Stephens, Volunteer Coordinator
Contact: Mindy Taylor, Community Development
Phone: 773-506-6396 x 12
Mission Statement: Cornerstone Community Outreach has a longstanding commitment to providing shelter and finding homes for families and individuals who are at the greatest risk of being excluded from necessary services.
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
Contact: John Hosteny (Illinois Office)
Mission Statement: The mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
DuPage Children's Museum
Contact: Diane Ernst
Phone: 630-637-8000 (0 for Adm.)
Mission Statement: DuPage Children’s Museum’s mission is to stimulate curiosity, creativity, thinking and problem solving in young children through self-directed, open-ended experiences; integration of the arts, science and math; the child-adult learning partnership
Contact: Estela Cervantes
Mission Statement: El Valor believes that the future of our communities lies within the strength of our families. We take a relationship-driven approach in program delivery. Relationships are developed with the family and caregivers of the child or individual enrolled in our programs. The best possible outcomes are achieved through this approach.
Contact: Office of Communication
Mission Statement: Each summer Fermilab offers a variety of intern programs for secondary school teachers, high school students, undergraduates and graduate students. Interns have an opportunity to work on projects that support particle physics experiments in areas such as applied physics, engineering and computing. Working with Fermilab scientists or engineers, interns have an opportunity to experience current research methods and study problems of particle physics research. Also, Fermilab offers a few internships in environmental studies, particularly working in hundreds of acres of restored tallgrass prairie. Interns are selected for their outstanding scholarship and their interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
Food for a Greater Elgin Pantry
Contact: Michelle Frampton, Community Outreach Manager
Phone: 847-931-9330 ext. 306
Mission Statement: Working together to provide food security for the community of greater Elgin. Partnership is a key strategy for volunteerism, funding, and food programs – making a larger impact on hunger.
Gads Hill Center
Contact: Bryan Stokes
Phone: 312-226-0963 ext 225
Mission Statement: Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources, and community engagement. Gads Hill Center offers programs that support and empower the economically and educationally disadvantaged residents of Chicago's Pilsen, Back of the Yards, Little Village, and North Lawndale neighborhoods. We put our mission into action through an array of services that are of high quality, flexible, responsive, and culturally sensitive.
Girls in the Game
Contact: Meg Horgan
Mission Statement: Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls.
HandsOn Suburban Chicago
Contact: Brandon Massey, Schools Program Manager
Mission Statement: Our mission is to inspire, equip, and mobilize people to volunteer and take action that builds vibrant and prosperous communities.
Contact: Kayleigh Avello, Volunteer Coordinator
Mission Statement: To provide the best end-of-life care and rehabilitative care through a family support team that supports patients and families.
Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC)
Contact: Kathy Engelken, Executive Director
Mission Statement: To support Presidents and their institutional leadership, to actively promote the civic mission of higher education and to engage students, faculty and campuses in collaborative partnerships that promotes civic engagement. Continue to strategically plan and achieve maximum impact of service and civic learning on higher educations’ institutional commitment to responsible citizenship and community building. Sustain an invigorated commitment to providing resources, training and support to institutions of higher education that are developing sustainable partnerships with P-12 schools. Impact the lives of students long beyond their college experience through the training, resources and service that develops citizenship skills, value for democracy and a sense of civic engagement in community.
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights
Contact: Anna Machalski, NADP/Youth Engagement
Junior Achievement of Chicago
Phone : 312-715-1300
Triton College Access to Literacy Program
Phone: 708-456-0300, Ext. 3978
Kohl Children's Museum
Contact: Development Office
Mission Statement: Become a part of one of the nation’s best children’s museums by assisting us with your volunteer time and service. Since 1985, Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago, a not-for-profit, educational facility, has been dedicated to “hands-on” learning and fostering innovative ways to nurture a love of learning in young children through play, exploration, and discovery. Kohl is one of the few museums in the country that has always focused on early childhood education – the fundamental, critically important learning that occurs from birth to age eight.
Contact: Volunteer Department
Mission Statement: Our mission is to eliminate hunger in our community by: providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people, increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs, and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them.
Lisle Township Food Pantry
Contact: Lois Biggins
Phone: 630-968-2087 ext 16
Mission Statement: The Lisle Township Food Pantry is operated for the benefit of township residents who are in need. It is our goal that no person goes hungry. The pantry is staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers. Some, with over twenty years of service to our township.
Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Contact: Amber Boyd & Mital Lyons-Warren, Volunteer Coordinators
Phone: (773) 584-3212
Mission Statement: As stewards of the Vincentian spirit, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services is committed to strengthening and empowering those most in need to reach their greatest potential.We fulfill our mission through quality child care and early childhood education, after-school programs, comprehensive services to isolated seniors, programs for pregnant and parenting teens and outreach to at-risk families and individuals.
National Runaway Safeline
Contact: Becca Bowlin, Volunteer Coordinator
Mission Statement: The mission of the National Runaway Safeline is to help keep America's runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.
New Moms, Inc.
Contact: Emily White Hodge, Director of Operations
Mission Statement: Our mission is to enable, empower, equip, and encourage at-risk adolescent parents and their childrens and with your help, we can break the cycle of poverty and change the future for young homeless and near-homeless families in Chicago.
Contact: Rok Teasley, Peace Corps Recruiter
Mission Statement: The Peace Corps has been a leader in international development and citizen diplomacy for more than 50 years across more than 139 countries. In an increasingly interdependent world, we tackle challenges that know no borders--such as climate change, pandemic disease, food security, and gender equality and empowerment. Our volunteers learn about leadership, ingenuity, self-reliance and relationship building and become global citizens.
Saint Joseph Services
Contact: James Escortt, Volunteer Coordinator
Mission Statement: As stewards of the Vincentian Spirit, our mission is to serve and support families and individuals at risk, partnering with them to strengthen and develop their values and talents to reach their full potential.
SCARCE: School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education
Contact: Kay McKeen, Director of Staff
Mission Statement: Inspire people, through education, to preserve & care for the Earth's natural resources, while working to build sustainable communities. We depend heavily on volunteers to keep our projects going. We can always use help with the Book Rescue, Tools for Schools, and Super Crayon programs.
Student Career Empowerment
Contact: Arsemiris Galva Batista
Mission Statement: Our mission is to serve as a bridge between students and internship sites by creating customized internship experiences.
Su Casa Catholic Worker Community
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator
Mission Statement: Su Casa is a house of hospitality in the Catholic Worker tradition that provides a space of healing and hope to displaced Latino families and serves a warm meal to the surrounding community three days a week. Responding to the Gospel call to compassionate action, we are committed to a simple, non-violent lifestyle as we live and work among the poor.
The Volunteer Bay
Contact: Pedro Carrera, Director
Mission Statement: The Volunteer Bay is an organization that promotes safe travel and responsible volunteering abroad through a collection of vetted volunteer programs and blog narratives. Our mission is to cultivate in travelers our travel and volunteering concept, and immerse them in an inspiring experience of self and global awareness, and creating positive change.
Wheeling Township Food Pantry
Contact: Craig Wleklinski
Mission Statement: With the exception of a slight cost for a staff person overseeing the pantry, Wheeling Township's Food Pantry is funded almost entirely with donations from the community -- food items and cash donations are received regularly. We recently tripled the size of the pantry with donated funds and 40 dedicated, hard working volunteers sort the food, keep the shelves stocked, and guide residents through the client choice shopping process. Visit our "Volunteer" site for information on various volunteer opportunities.
Y.O.U (Youth Organization Umbrella)
Contact: Brian Williams, Director of Y.O.U. Spartans
Phone: 847-676-3545 ext. 1355â€‹
Mission Statement: Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc.) is a youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community.