Volunteer Opportunities for Faculty, Staff, Undergrad & Grad Students

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Alliance For The Great Lakes

Website: www.greatlakes.org

Contact: Sarah Neville, Stewardship Coordinator

Phone: 312.445.9758

Email: sneville@greatlakes.org

Volunteer Opportunities: September Adopt-A-Beach Event


A Just Harvest

Website: www.ajustharvest.org

Contact: Patti Thomas, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 773-262-2297

Email: patricia@ajustharvest.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Serving in the Community Kitchen, Community Organizing, Mentoring Young Adults, & General opportunities.



Website: http://www.artificechicago.org

Contact: Adam Hammond, Director of Education

Email: artificechicago@gmail.com

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer Instructor Helper, Develop Curriculum for Kids, & Develop Curriculum for Adults.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago

Website: www.bbbschgo.org

Contact: Alicia Pernaw. Volunteer & Family Processing Specialist

Phone: 312-207-5615

Email: pernaw@bbbschgo.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Community Based Mentoring - volunteer matched w/child between 7 & 14 years of age for a minimum of one year, meeting 2 to 4 times a month. Site Based Mentoring - volunteers matched w/child between 7 & 14 years of age & attend weekly meetings at a designated site or program. Must have own car & driver's license.

Background check required


Broadway Youth Center (BYC)

Website: www.howardbrown.org

Contact: Tanya Fink, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

Phone: 773-388-1600

Email: Tanyaf@howardbrown.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Administrative, Brown Elephant Resale Shop, BYC Drop-in Youth Worker, BYC Health Educator, Clinic Based Counselor, Medical Records, Outreach Administrative, Street Outreach, Food Pick-Up/Delivery, Special Event Opportunities, & Walk-in Clinic Greeter.


Casa Central (Youth Opportunities Unlimited)

Website: www.casacentral.org

Contact: Alexis Macias, Service Project Development Leader

Phone: 773-645-2423

Email: amacias@casacentral.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Working with children and teens, tutoring/mentoring in the "Learning and Serving" program, joining older adults in activities, sharing a special talent or skill, arranging the clothing boutique at La Posada - our interim housing program for homeless families.

Mentorship Opportunities: ServiceWorks Success Coaches for experienced professionals working with 16 - 24 year olds "Service Scholars" either 1 on 1 or in groups to get them ready for college. Skills Training (Curriculum) Facilitator.


Chicago Children's Museum

Website: www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org

Contact: LaWanda May

Phone: 312-464-7652

Email: LaWandaM@chicagochildrensmuseum.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Administrative, All-In-One, Arts Learning, Community Connections, Early Learning Administration & Programs, Family Programs, Guest Connections, Kraft Free Family Night, Special Events, & Student Workshops.

Internship Opportunities: Fall Internships filled, Winter/Spring will be posted in December.


Chicago HOPES for Kids

Website: www.chicagohopes.org

Contact: Patricia Rivera

Phone: 224-595-4482


Volunteer Opportunities: Tutors for K-8th Grade Students, Literacy Program Summer 2015, Site Coordinator, & Enrichment Volunteer.


Children's Oncology Services

Website: www.onestepcamp.org

Contact: Jill Kulbok Carlson

Phone: 312-924-4220

Email: jkulbok@hotmail.com

Volunteer Opportunities: Program Volunteer, Summer Camp Volunteer & Event Volunteer.

Internship Opportunities: Programmatic (learning what it takes to operate a camp for kids with cancer, volunteer management, & community outreach) & Development (learning how a non-profit organization operates, how to write a grant, how to plan a fundraising event, & how to make programs possible for kids with cancer).


Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO)

website: http://www.ccolife.org

Contact: Charlene Stephens, Volunteer Coordinator

Email: volunteers@ccolife.org

Phone: 773-506-6396 ext 16

Volunteer Opportunities: Painting Projects, Organizing Our Free Store, Serving Meals, Distributing Groceries.

Internship Opportunities: Culinary, Case-Work, Maintenance, Office, Volunteer Coordinator, Life Skills, Grant Writing.


DuPage Children's Museum

Website: dupagechildrens.org

Email: Volunteer Coordinator, dernst@dupagechildrensmuseum.org

Phone: 630-637-8000 ext 4680

Volunteer Opportunities: Play Assistant, Museum Assistant, Art Studio, Visitors Services, Maintenance, & Administrative

Internship Opportunities: Art Programming, Development, Early Childhood, Event Planning, Exhibit Design, Graphic Design, Marketing, Membership, Birthday Parties & Rentals, & Volunteer Management.

Background Check Required: Background check policy


El Valor

Website: www.elvalor.org

Phone: 312-666-4511

Email: volunteer@elvalor.net

Volunteer Opportunities: Working in Children & Family Center Kitchen, Reading to Children, Working with Intellectually & Developmentally Disabled Individuals, & Maintenance.



Website: www.fnal.gov

Contact: Office of Communication

Phone: 630-840-3351

Email: fermilab@fnal.gov

Internship Opportunities: intern programs


Gads Hill Center

Website: www.gadshillcenter.org

Contact: Bryan Stokes, Program Director

Phone: 312-226-0963 ext 225

Email: bstokes@gadshillcenter.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Club Learn Tutor, Club Learn Aide, Child Development Center Program Assistant

Mentor Opportunties: Mentor for New Horizons with Middle School Students & Tutor Mentors for Teen Connection with College Bound Youths.


Girls in the Game

Website: www.girlsinthegame.org

Contact: Meg Horgan

Phone: 312-633-4263

Email: mhorgan@girlsinthegame.org

Volunteer Opportunties: Girls in the Game After-School, Tutor/Homework Help, Saturday Days of Play,
GameDays: One-Day Events, Sports and Leadership Summer Camp, Special Events, Technical Support, & Special Interests.

Internship Opportunities: Unpaid Full & Part-Time - Programming (Elementary, Middle or High School Level), Development, & Marketing/Communications.


HandsOn Suburban Chicago

Website: www.HandsOnSuburbanChicago.org

Contact: Brandon Massey, Schools Program Manager

Phone: 847-228-1320

Email: Brandon.massey@volunteerinfo.net

Volunteer Opportunities: After-School Tutors, In-school Tutors, Adult Literacy Tutors, Grant Researcher/Writing Assistance, Clerical Assistance, Youth Mentors, & Marketing Communications.


Hospice Advantage

Website: www.HospiceAdvantage.com

Contact: Kayleigh Avello, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 847-488-0512

Email: Kavello@hospiceadvantage.com

Volunteer Opportunities: Administrative Support at Hospice Advantage Office, Running Errands & Chores, Providing Comfort Care to Hospice Patients & Familiy Members, & Visiting Hospice Patients in Hospitals.


Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights

Website: www.icirr.org

Contact: Celina Villanueava, NADP/Youth Engagement Program Manager

Phone: 312-344-2222

Email: cvillanueva@icirr.org

Internship Opportunities: Politics, Organizing, Policy, Immigrant Family Resource Program, New Americans Initiative & Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Communications, & Development.


Instituto Del Progreso Latino

Website: www.idpl.org

Contact: Juanita Negrete

Phone: 773-890-0055

Email: juanita@idpl.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Administrative Support, High School Mentor with AVID, & Volunteer Services Support.


Junior Achievement of Chicago

Website: www.jachicago.org

Phone:(312) 715-1300

Email: info@jachicago.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Classroom Volunteer, Capstone Volunteer, After School & Summer Programs.


Kohl Children's Museum

Website: www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org

Contact: Development Office

Phone: 847-832-6911

Email: development@kohlchildrensmuseum.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Assistants to Help in Adventures in Art Exhibit, Exhibit Experience Opportunities, Birthday Party Concierge, & Membership Renewal/Recruitment Associate.


Lakeview Pantry

Website: www.lakeviewpantry.org

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 773-525-1777

Email: volunteers@lakeviewpantry.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Counter Work, Restock Pantry & Sort Clothing.


Marillac St. Vincent Family Services

Website: marillacstvincent.org

Contact: Amber Boyd & Mital Lyons-Warren, Volunteer Coordinators

Phone: (773) 584-3212

Email: foodpantry@marillacstvincent.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Food Pantry, Community Garden, Working with Senior Citizens, Working with Kids, & Computer Lab.


National Runaway Safeline

Website: www.1800RUNAWAY.org

Contact: Becca Bowlin, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 773-289-1726

Email: rbowlin@1800RUNAWAY.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Crisis Line Workers, Administrative Support, & Street Team.

Internship Opportunities: Work-Study & Internships for those in Social Service Programs.

Crisis Line Worker


New Moms, Inc.

Website: newmomsinc.org

Contact: Emily White Hodge

Phone: 773-413-3446

Email: contact@newmomsinc.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Receptionist, APD Job Search Assistant, Donation Distribution, Volunteer Work Floor Support, Lunch Monitoring, Donation Drive Coordinator, Delivery & Pick-Up, Candle Production Assistance, Special Events, Child Care, Professional Speaker, & Photographer.

Internship Opportunities: Bright Endeavors Social Enterprise Intern.


Partnerships in Education & Service (P.I.E.S)

Website: http://www.partnershipsineducation.org

Contact: Karen Roth

Phone: 773-234-6623

Email: pieservicelearning@gmail.com

Volunteer Opportunities: June Service Trip to Genola Migrant Head Start Community Center in Genola, Utah, August Service Trip to New Orleans, Louisana, and August Service Trip to New York TBD.

Project CARE Plus: Bensenville School District

Website: www.bsd2.org 

Contact: Lisa Simoncelli, Larissa Schwarz, Sue Vitale, Laura Butz

Phone: 630-766-2602 ext. 4101

Volunteer Opportunities: Mentoring & Tutoring After School Program.


Saint Joseph Services

Website: stjosephservices.org

Contact: James Escortt, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 773-278-0484

Email: jescortt@stjosephservices.org

Volunteer Opportunities: One-on-One tutoring, After School Mentoring, Tutoring Adult Students, ESL tutors, Tutoring Adults in Computers, Enhance Professional Skills in Marketing, Web Design, & Photography/Videography.


SCARCE: School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education

Website: www.scarceecoed.org

Contact: Kay McKeen

Phone: 630-545-9710

Email: ecoed@sbcglobal.net

Time Commitment: Long term, short term, and 1 day projects

Volunteer Opportunties: Fall Recycling Extravaganzaz, Book Rescue, Tools for Schools, Super Crayons, Office & Data Entry, Concierge.


Su Casa Catholic Worker Community

Website: http://www.sucasacw.org

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 773-376-9263

Email: sucasacw@gmail.com

Volunteer Opportunities: Part-Time & Live In Internships (Part Time, 3/4 Time, & Full Time)


Wheeling Township Food Pantry

Website: http://www.wheelingtownship.com/Food-Pantry

Contact: Craig Wleklinski

Email: cwleklinski@wheelingtownship.com

Phone: 847-259-7730

Volunteer Opportunities: Meals on Wheels & Food Pantry Assistant

Background Check Required & Long Term Commitment Preferred (Once a Week)


Y.O.U (Youth Organization Umbrella)

Website: www.youevanston.org

Contact:  Tara Dolan 

Email: tara.dolan@youevanston.org

Phone: 847-866-1200 ext 232

Available Opportunities: After School Tutors, Mentorships, Internships, Work Study, & Impact Fellows for 2015/2016.


Long Term Volunteer Opportunities

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Website: www.nationalservice.gov

Contact: John Hosteny (Illinois Office)

Phone: 312-353-3622

Email: il@cns.gov

Serving in the United States

Paid Volunteer Programs: AmeriCorps State & National, AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC,  FEMA Corps, & Senior Corps.


Peace Corps

Website: www.peacecorps.gov

Contact: Rok Teasley

Phone: 312-353-1128

Email: rteasley@peacecorps.gov

Serving Abroad

Volunteer Opportunities: Peace Corps (2 Years Commitment), Peace Corps Response (3 to 12 Month Commitment), Global Health Service Partnership (1 Year Commitment), Graduate Program for Volunteers (Combine Service & Master Degree Program).


The Volunteer Bay     

Website: www.thevolunteerbay.com

Contact: Pedro Carrera

Phone: 224-703-9479

Email: pedro@thevolunteerbay.com

Serving Abroad in Ecuador, Nepal, & Thailand

Volunteer Opportunties: Teaching English minimum commitment 3, 4, or 12 weeks; Social Development minimum commitment 2, 3, or 12 weeks; Animal Care & Rescue minimum commitment 1 or 4 weeks; Conservation & Sustainability minimum commitment 2, 4, or 12 weeks.


    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
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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
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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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