– Inspirations –

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

- Dr. Seuss

Reading Tutor

We have an ongoing need for 1-to-1 literacy tutors during the school day for underserved students in grades K through 2.  Curriculum and ongoing training is provided.

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Reading Power Inc.

Our mission is to accelerate children's literacy learning and to develop in them a love of reading and writing. Working in partnership with underserved schools, Reading Power provides one-to-one literacy tutoring during the school day for children in prekindergarten through 2nd grade in North Chicago and Zion.

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Beacon Place

The mission at Beacon Place is to inspire and guide our neighborhood’s children and families toward a brighter tomorrow.  We do this through a community center and 6 core programs...

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Special Event Programming

Are you unable to commit to a weekly or regular volunteer schedule but still want to have a chance to help the Beacon Place kids and families? Consider volunteering to...

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After School Homework and Tutoring Programs

During the school year kids need extra support to do well in school. Teen and adult volunteers are needed afterschool until 5:30 Monday through Thursday and Saturday mornings 8:45 until...

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Summer Tutoring Programs

Are you looking to help kids learn over the summer? We need adult and teen volunteers to work one on one and in small groups Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday...

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Summer Lunch Program

Adult and teen volunteers needed Monday and Thursday 10:00-1:30 June through August; activities include interacting with kids during lunch and playing games, arts and crafts, sports, etc. Training is provided...

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Adventure Stage Chicago Auxiliary Board Operations

ASC’s Auxiliary Board focuses on strengthening the long-term viability of ASC. Two areas of focus include audience development and fundraising. Each year the Board operates a matching grant campaign and...

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Adventure Stage Chicago Trailblazers

Adventure Stage Chicago’s Trailblazers ensemble is a FREE and unique mentoring program that places young people (9-16) with mentors who are professional theater artists. Student participants guide the program’s content...

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Golden Agers BINGO

Northwestern Settlement’s senior citizen group, known as the Golden Agers, meet every Friday from 10:00 am-12:00 pm September through May. This group of outgoing and active seniors participate in BINGO...

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House In The Wood Camp

House In The Wood provides Chicago’s inner city youth a safe space to experience nature, foster responsibility, and learn from positive role models. On 23 acres alongside Wisconsin’s Lake Delavan,...

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Camp Mariposa Mentors

Camp Mariposa® is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth who have been impacted by substance abuse in their families. Camp Mariposa is offered free of charge to...

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After School Program

Each day, 200 Rowe Elementary scholars attend Northwestern Settlement’s After School program. Opportunities are available (and welcomed!) for volunteers to host various activities to engage our scholars. Past clubs have...

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Northwestern Settlement Garden

Together with Urban Growers Collective, Northwestern Settlement opened our very own vegetable garden this Spring. The garden is located provides our neighbors, scholars, staff, supporters and volunteers the opportunity to...

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Food Pantry & Emergency Services

The Food Pantry provides neighbors access to fresh produce, poultry and meats, and non-perishable food items, as well as basic household/furniture items, hygiene necessities and articles of clothing. Neighbors can...

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13th Annual Seeds of Service

Seeds of Service is a community gardening project that AmeriCorps Project YES! hosts every year in Humboldt Park with 7-9 community gardens. The goal is to raise awareness about the...

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9th Annual Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world and the only one that celebrates the contributions that children and youth make 365 days a year. Every year,...

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A Just Harvest

The mission of A Just Harvest 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 socio-economic lines in order to create a more just society.

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Food and Servers for AJH Community Kitchen

Need volunteers to donate food and serve dinners at A Just Harvest Community Kitchen

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Volunteer at the Winnetka Thrift Shop

Volunteers are needed to help  sort, greet shoppers and serve as cashiers at the Winnetka Thrift Shop, which provides funding to the Counseling Center of the North Shore.

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Counseling Center of the North Shore

Formerly known as Family Service of Winnetka-Northfield, Counseling Center of the North Shore is a private, not-for-profit community service organization that promotes the emotional well-being of individuals and families through quality, affordable counseling and psychotherapy.

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Assist with Holiday Drive

Assist with our next Holiday Gift Drive. (From October through December of each year).

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Various Ongoing Opportunities with ChildServ

Speak at a workshop for a youth program. Work with children on early learning skills while their parents attend parenting education programs. Become a one-on-one mentor for a youth or...

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Individual Volunteers at The Crib, Open Door Shelter-West Town, and the Health Outreach Bus

The Night Ministry needs individual volunteers to serve at two of our shelters and on our Health Outreach Bus. Volunteers must go through a one-time, 6 hour training and complete...

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Small Groups to Prepare and Serve Meals alongside The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus

We are in need of groups of 4-6 people to prepare and serve food at our Health Outreach Bus stops.  Our Health Outreach Bus is out Sunday-Thursday each week, providing...

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Volunteer Support at Country Garden & Antiques Faire

Volunteer opportunities at the Barrington Country Garden and Antique Faire on June 17 and 18, 2016 include furniture refurbishing, staging, merchandising, transportation management, marketing and PR management. We have Faire...

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Event Planning for June Faire

For our annual Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire we need volunteers to assist in 6 months of planning and during the week of the faire in June

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Website and Social Media Planning and Management

Our volunteer needs include website development and management, social media planning and management, marketing, and technology

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Hands of Hope

Hands of Hope is a community of women committed to helping women and children break free of destitution and hunger to build futures of security and possibility. Our mission is to give entire communities the sustainable tools they need to feed families, educate children, improve health and become economically self-sufficient.

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Assist with Grant Writing

Help write grant proposals to fund food, medicine and school supplies for orphans in Kenya.  

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Assist with Events

  Assist with fundraising events, passing out flyers, etc.

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Fred Outa Foundation

The Fred Outa Foundation is devoted to improving the lives of orphans in wartorn and poverty stricken countries. Specifically, the foundation works with orphan children who live in Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The foundation raises money to help provide basic food, medicine and school supplies for the students of Spurgeons Academy and St. Esther's Girls High School, located in Kibera Slum, Nairobi.

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ReVive Center for Housing and Healing

ReVive Center for Housing and Healing is a vital piece to the city’s west side, providing community assistance, life skills development and resources for thousands of families and almost a hundred permanent supportive housing clients. The experienced staff at ReVive have decades of experience in homeless counseling, work transitions and addiction treatment services.

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Ongoing Opportunities with Open Communities

We need YOU… to become a Fair Housing Tester! By becoming a volunteer fair housing tester, you can help us foster a north suburban housing market that’s open to people...

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Kindness Connection

We believe that meaningful volunteer experiences have the power to inspire individuals to make a lifelong practice of giving their time and resources to charitable and civic causes. The Kindness...

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Volunteer as a Dog Team!

A Dog Team (DT) is comprised of a volunter and their SitStayRead-certified reading assistance dog. Dog Teams work with one (or two) kid(s) at a time in either the Little...

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Rotary Club of Winnetka/Northfield

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. One...

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Ongoing Opportunities with Glencoe Community Garden

Our Planting Days in May will be posted soon. Harvest Days starting in June – drop in and help out! Tuesday mornings     7:30 – 9 Thursday mornings  ...

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Bernie’s Book Bank

Bernie’s Book Bank is the logistical bridge between where currently unused books are today, to where they are desperately needed. We do three things exceptionally well:  we collect hundreds of...

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Light and Leadership Initiative

  Light and Leadership Initiative’s mission is to respond to the needs of the women and children in the Ate-Vitarte district of Lima, Peru in their struggle out of poverty,...

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Ongoing Opportunities with Ten Thousand Villages

Our volunteers help make the connection between artisans in developing countries and buyers in North America. In order to keep costs to our customers down

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Ongoing Opportunities with Infant Welfare Society of Evanston

Current volunteer opportunities include: Work with children in the classroom Serve on a committee of the board of directors Assist with fundraising campaigns Assist with administrative tasks in the office

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Ongoing Opportunities with INFANT

Help provide infant needs to over 60 social service agencies via collections of formula

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Ongoing Opportunities with Winnetka Congregational Church Rummage

We are constantly in need of volunteers to help orchestrate such a huge fundraising charitable event. Those who have worked a given number of hours can also shop during the...

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Ongoing Opportunities with Rotary Club of Winnetka/Northfield

YOUTH EXCHANGE HOST FAMILY The Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Club seeks volunteer host families to host it’s foreign exchange student from Turkey in their home for a period of 3-4 months. The...

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Ongoing Opportunities with Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry

The following are some examples of opportunities available at Bonaventure House and The Harbor. Volunteering Reception/Front Desk Office Assistance Tutoring Facility Upkeep Special Events Development Public Relations and Media Internships/Service...

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Trees That Feed Foundation

Our mission is to supply trees that produce edible, nutritious fruit to individuals and groups in countries where there is extreme hunger. We also seek to create jobs and benefit the environment.

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Working Bikes

Working Bikes rescues discarded bicycles and gives them new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities.

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The Salvation Army

Activities range from direct service to indrect support. We have opportunities for groups and individuals on both an ongoing or one-time only basis.

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Center for Cultural Interchange

CCI is a nonprofit international exchange organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness, and world peace.

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Volunteer Center of N.E. Metropolitan Chicago

The Volunteer Center has been in existence since 1960 and currently refers over 12,000 people annually who serve approximately 15,000 individuals in need. The Volunteer Center has over 100 nonprofit partners and sponsors Days of Service throughout the year that people of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate.

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Taproot Foundation Chicago

Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society. We engage the nation's millions of business professionals in pro bono services both through our award-winning programs and by partnering with companies to develop their pro bono programs.

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New Trier Township Food Pantry

The Pantry is an important service for residents whose incomes do not cover all their needs. Its shelves offer a variety of canned and packaged food, frozen foods, useful paper goods, and toiletry items for all ages.

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Youth Organizations Umbrella

Since 1971, Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) has proudly served youth and families in Evanston, Illinois. We provide learning enrichment, social development, and emotional support to over 300 youth and their families each year. It is our goal that all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence and opportunity to participate fully, freely and responsibly in the life our community.

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Winnetka Congregational Church Rummage

The Winnetka Congregational Church Rummage Sale sponsors a rummage sale with proceeds going to over 30 non-profit agencies throughout Chicago. A nonprofit used goods sale.

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INFANT, Inc.

NFANT, Inc. has been feeding needy babies in the Chicago area for over 25 years via deliveries to approximately 60 social service agencies. As an all-volunteer organization, our administrative costs are less than 2% of our expenses.

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Infant Welfare Society of Evanston

The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston is a social service agency that provides struggling and at-risk families parenting children under the age of three with comprehensive services aimed at promoting self-sufficient parenting, healthy child development and a bright future for all of our children.

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Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry

Through our Transitional Living Program we offer our residents a wide array of on-site supportive services - case management, recovery, occupational therapy, and spiritual care. Individual sessions and group services are provided in all areas, including psychosocial support groups such as HIV-support, sobriety support, life skills, and spiritual discussion.

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