WiseUp


About WiseUp

WiseUp is a nonprofit member organization of older adults committed to helping one another live purposeful lives. We provide support and connections to each other as we age, helping us to remain active, vital, and contributing members of our communities.

WiseUp (formerly known as North Shore Village) was launched in Evanston in 2010 by community activists who heard about a new model for aging in place and wanted to bring it to this area. Commonly known as “villages”, these organizations share a common purpose:  to connect older adults to services, supports and social engagement that can help them remain active, healthy and vital in their communities.

WiseUp is one of six Villages in the Chicagoland area. We are affiliated with the national Village-to-Village Network, which supports the growth, impact and sustainability of individual Villages and the Village Movement. Learn more about the VtV network here: www.vtvnetwork.org.

Current Opportunities at WiseUp

WiseUp – Aging with Attitude ~ Volunteer Driver

Following the lead of other Villages in the country, WiseUp’s volunteer services will be adjusted to essential shopping, grocery and prescription pickup/delivery only.  All non-essential services will be curtailed until further notice, pending guidance from IDPH.


Are you interested in helping older adults be able to continue to live independently in their homes and feel connected to the community they live in? If so, we would love to have you be a vital part of our organization! WiseUp needs volunteer drivers to provide transportation for medical appointments, grocery shopping, social/educational events or other errands.

Volunteer drivers pick up our Villagers, drive them to their destination, and return them to their homes. Drivers are needed for regularly scheduled trips and periodic trips. When appropriate, the volunteer driver will assist the member to and from the door of his or her house or apartment, and help them carry packages.

Flexible Scheduling We are so appreciative of our volunteers and we understand scheduling can be tricky sometimes. To that end, we work around your schedule. Also keep in mind, you only have to accept the driving opportunities which work with your schedule. You can commit to a regular weekly driving commitment or choose to pick-up opportunities as they come up.

What do you need? If you own or have regular access to a safe, reliable vehicle, then you’re already on the road to volunteering. You’ll also need:

  • Have driving availability, ideally Monday – Friday
  • A current, valid driver’s license & proof of automobile insurance
  • To clear a background check performed by WiseUp, using Intellicorp.
  • Complete WiseUp training (based on your availability)

What is our organization all about? WiseUp, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a part of the growing nationwide “village” movement designed to support older adults in living independently in their homes. WiseUp’s mission is to help members feel like they are connected, active, contributing members of their community. 

  • Evanston and neighboring suburbs
Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Seniors
Categories: Advocacy, Disabilities, Seniors

WiseUp – Aging with Attitude ~ Volunteer Friendly Visitor

Following the lead of other Villages in the country, WiseUp’s volunteer services will be adjusted to essential shopping, grocery and prescription pickup/delivery only.  All non-essential services will be curtailed until further notice, pending guidance from IDPH.


Are you interested in helping older adults be able to live independently in their homes and feel connected to the community they live in? If so, we would love to have you be a vital part of our organization! WiseUp is in need of friendly visitors to visit and spend time with older adults.  Our friendly visiting program is a great way to make a difference in someone’s life on a regular basis. You can share in conversation or if you’d like, do something together you both find of interest.

Flexible Scheduling – We are so appreciative of our volunteers and we understand scheduling can be tricky sometimes. To that end, we will work around your schedule. Also keep in mind, we will match you based on interests and schedule.

What do you need? If you have the desire to be matched as a friendly visitor, then you’re already on the road to volunteering. You’ll also need:

  • Have availability during the day
  • A current, valid driver’s license
  • To clear a criminal background check with Intellicorp
  • Complete WiseUp training (based on your availability)

What is our organization all about? WiseUp, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a part of the growing nationwide “village” movement designed to support older adults in living independently in their homes. Wiseup’s mission is to help members feel like they are connected, active, contributing members of their community. 

  • Evanston
Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: People Over 16, Seniors
Categories: Disabilities, Seniors
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