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, Reseach 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 C.A.R.E. 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: Michelle Faherty, 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: Flynn Doran, 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: Sarah Wright, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 773-271-8163 x 28
Contact: Mindy Taylor, Community Development
Phone: 773-506-6396 x12
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 & 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 x4680
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 x306
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, Program Director
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, Development Director
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.
HANDS ON 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: Natalie Furlett, 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: Celina Villanueva, NADP/Youth Engagement Program Manager
Mission Statement: The ICIRR is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants & refugees to full & equal participation in the civic, cultural, social & political life of our diverse society. In partnership with our member organizations, the Coalition educated & organizes immigrant & refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship & civic participation; monitors, analyzes & advocates on immigrant-related issues; & informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants & refugees.
Triton College Access to Literacy Program
Phone: 708-456-0300 x3978
Mission Statement: We give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Our corporate and community volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world – enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school.
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: Lothar Greski, Community Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 773-525-1777 x12
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: Sister Mary Gilbart
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.
PARTNERSHIPS IN EDUCATION & SERVICES (P.I.E.S.)
Contact: Karen Roth
Mission Statement: We at PIEs recognize that learning environments are centers of community growth and civic development. We support teachers, families, and children while serving communities through partnerships with underserved schools. Rebuilding Neighborhoods One School at a Time.
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.
Contact: Pat Fiorio, Director of Resident Services
Mission Statement: We are five continuing care retirement communities in Chicago’s North Shore and Northwest Suburbs. Every Presbyterian Homes community offers peace of mind with our guarantee of continued residence, meaning that you will never have to leave your home or your newfound friends because of onforeseen circumstances that prevent you from being able to pay. With the rising cost of care, this commitment ensures that your future needs can be met, providing you more flexibility without the worry or burden.
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.
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 FIELD MUSEUM
Contact: Aimee Davis, Volunteer & Public Learning Experience Administrator
Mission Statement: The Field Museum inspires curiosity about life on Earth while exploring how the world came to be and how we can make it a better place. We invite visitors, students, educators and scientists from around the world on a journey of scientific discovery.
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: Rebecca Moore, HR Coordinator
Phone: 847-866-1200 ext. 223
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.