– Inspirations –

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

- Dr. Seuss


For more than 125 years, Northwestern Settlement has nurtured, educated, and inspired children and families in need in Chicago. Focusing on changing lives through education, social services, and the arts, Northwestern Settlement’s programs are fully integrated to meet the complex needs of our neighbors.


Northwestern Settlement’s comprehensive approach to community building provides immediate assistance for short term emergencies, education opportunities, and access to network of additional programs. Each year 40,000 individuals come through our doors. Across all our programs we touch 85 percent of zip codes in Chicago, touching individuals from 2 to 100 years old.

Our programs include: the Food Pantry and Family Services; AmeriCorps Project YES!, providing mentoring at local schools and community volunteer events throughout the year; House In The Wood Camp, a summer camp and year round outdoors education center; Rowe Elementary charter school; Adventure Stage Chicago, an award winning theater for young audiences; Family CARES Center, providing accessibly mental health support to Rowe scholars and families; After School, operating before and after school, and all day during the summer; and Early Childhood Education, a Head Start funded pre-K program for 2-5 year olds.

Opportunities Available with Northwestern University Settlement Association

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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


Early Childhood Education In-Classroom Support

Volunteers assist preschool teachers and children ages 2-5 in small group program segments in literacy, art, science, story time, blocks, computer time, and meals. Extra hands are always help, and…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…