Northwestern Settlement


About Northwestern Settlement

Northwestern Settlement’s comprehensive approach to community building provides immediate assistance for short term emergencies, education opportunities, and access to a wide 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.

Current Opportunities at Northwestern Settlement

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 and win prizes throughout the year.

Opportunities for volunteer support includes supervising BINGO games, calling out numbers, confirming winning cards, distribution of prizes, and provide overall essential companionship.

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Families, People Over 16, People with Disabilities, Seniors
Days: Friday
Times: Mornings

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 with thoughtful assistance from their mentors. In addition to creating original performances throughout the year, Trailblazers go on field trips, stretch their creative muscles with exposure to different forms of theater, and learn to work collaboratively in a supportive environment.

Every summer, 25 Chicago youth (ages 9-16) will take part in Trailblazers Summer Camp.  They’ll learn to work as an ensemble with professional artist mentors to create an original theatre piece inspired by issues young people face every day.  Campers will premiere their original work with a performance at the Vittum Theater.

Good For: Children Under 16, People Over 16
Days: Friday, Monday, Saturday, Sunday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Evenings

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 several fundraising events. We are always looking for new members who are interested in joining!

Good For: People Over 16
Days: Monday
Times: Evenings

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 utilize the pantry’s services and receive food, clothing or furniture items twice each month.

The pantry is open five days a week: Food distribution is available Monday through Thursday mornings and afternoons between 9:00am-11:00am & 1:00pm-3:00pm. Clothing distribution takes place every Friday from 9:00am – 11:00am.

Volunteers are needed for support to move and stock food and other items, assist with check-in, distribute allotment of food items selected by neighbors, sort, organize and/or separate donated items, etc.

[Ideal for individuals or groups up to three people at a time]

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Children Under 16, Families, People Over 16
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings

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 plant, nourish, maintain and harvest a variety of seeds/plants during the spring, summer and fall seasons. These vegetables will directly benefit the Settlement’s Food Pantry & Emergency Services program – all fresh produce will be donated to our food pantry and be distributed to our neighbors who utilize it.

There are currently two scheduled “planting days”, however, volunteers will be needed for daily garden maintenance, harvesting and distribution.                 Friday, April 20, 2018                                                                                             1:00pm – 5:00pm                                                                                               Thursday, May 24, 2018                                                                                       1:00pm – 5:00pm

In-kind donations for the following items are welcomed (and needed!):                      Lawn Mower & wheelbarrows;                                                                     Plastic Containers;                                                                                             Pots & Garden Decor;                                                                                         Gloves & Gardening Tools;                                                                               Garden Hoses

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Children Under 16, Families, Groups, People Over 16
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings

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 included arts and crafts, book clubs, homework time, computer lab, yoga, sports competitions, and painting.

The program operates each day after school from 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Families, Groups, People Over 16, People with Disabilities, Seniors
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Evenings

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 volunteers can schedule a regular time and day.

Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday.                                                Morning Session runs from 9:00am-11:00am                                  Afternoon Session operates from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Families, Groups, People Over 16
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings
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