– Inspirations –

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

- Dr. Seuss


Mission of McGaw YMCA: Welcome All, Inspire Youth, Activate Families, Impact Community Project SOAR seeks to provide adult role models who will foster positive and stable relationships with youth, ages 9-14.

SOAR’s goal is recruitment and training of adult volunteer-mentors and is focused on creating effective mentors who grow to become leaders and resource-builders in the lives of Evanston youth. SOAR encourages successful mentor-mentee matches with careful and thoughtful match selection, training, professional support staff, group activities, and monthly contact with support staff. All mentors are background checked, reference checked and fingerprinted.


Opportunities Available with McGawYMCA Project SOAR

Ongoing Opportunities with McGaw YMCA Project SOAR

Here are some ways you can help: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities Project SOAR Mentoring (1-on-1 mentoring


Ongoing Opportunities with Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter

BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER: Join us for a brief introduction to the programs and volunteer opportunities at Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter


Ongoing Opportunities:

Here are some ways you can help:

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Project SOAR Mentoring (1-on-1 mentoring, once a week)
Tutoring at the 1000 Grove location (1-on-1 tutoring, once a week, any time Mon-Fri 3:30-6 pm)
Tutoring at the Foster Reading Center (1-on-1 tutoring, once a week any time Mon-Fri 4-6 pm)
Brillianteen (high school Broadway musical production, needs directors, painters, ticket sellers, etc.)
Administrative volunteer (once a week in the tutoring center)
Housekeeping volunteer (once a week in the tutoring center/youth lobby)
Towel folder

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Healthy Kids Day (April)
Camp Echo Work Weekend (May)
Youth Triathlon (July)
International Family Festival (December)
Special Events (ongoing)
Facility painting and beautification projects (ongoing)
Swim meets