Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago


Phone: 312-207-5600 


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.


Cornerstone (CCO) Community Outreach


Contact: Lyda Jackson – Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 773-506-6396×16 


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)

Phone: 312-353-3622

Fax: 312-353-6496


Mission Statement: The mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.


DuPage Children's Museum     


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


El Valor


Address: 1850 W. 21st Street, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Phone: 312-666-4511

Fax: 312-666-6677


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

Phone: 630-840-3351


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.


Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC)


Contact: Kathy Engelken, Executive Director

Phone: 312-362-7693

Fax: 312-362-5671


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

Position: NADP/Youth Engagement
Mission Statement:The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)  is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social and political life of our diverse society. In partnership with our member organizations, the Coalition educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.

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

Phone: 847-832-6911


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.

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.


New Moms, Inc.


Contact: Emily White Hodge 

Position: Director of Operations

Phone: 773-413-3446

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.


Peace Corps


Contact: Rok Teasley

Position: Peace Corps Recruiter

Phone: 312-353-1128


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.


SCARCE: School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education


Contact: Kay McKeen, Director of Staff

Phone: 630-545-9710


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.


The Volunteer Bay     


Contact: Pedro Carrera

Position: Director

Phone: 224-703-9479


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.


Y.O.U (Youth Organization Umbrella)


Contact: Brian Williams

Position: Director of Y.O.U. Spartans


Phone: 847-676-3545 ext. 1355​

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.










    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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