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Sponsor: Ecology Center | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Children & Youth
We need your help with our egg hunt fun. Groups of kids and families will be coming to the Ecology Center for this annual spring special event. We need you help putting out eggs, handing out prizes and making sure everyone is having a safe and fun time. If interested we will need your help from 9:30am-3:30pm on Saturday April 4th. more
Sponsor: The Volunteer Center Of Northeast Metro Chicago | Location: Winnetka, IL 60093 Professional
The Volunteer Center welcomes any individual from the N.E. Metro Chicago area which of course includes Evanston residents. We would enjoy speaking with you if you would like to help us help others with our Days of Service, our opportunities to serve our 135 nonprofits and join our fun-loving, engaging board. If you have a friend or two who is also interested in volunteerism and helping people of all ag more
Sponsor: North Shore Village | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Education Technology Seniors
Are you tech savvy? Volunteering with North Shore Village is a great way to help older Evanston residents stay connected with friends and family. Using technology can help seniors feel empowered and decrease feelings of isolation. Commitment is minimal, and you may even make a new friend! Volunteer opportunities typically take place in member's homes and can be structured as either one-time meetings, more
Sponsor: Nichols PTA | Location: Evanston, IL 60202 Education Children & Youth Special Needs
Hi! I’m Liz Edelbrock, the volunteer coordinator for Nichols Elementary. Volunteering at Nichols means working with teachers, staff, children and other parents to help make 2014-2015 an exceptional year. It’s a great way to be on campus and get to know teachers and staff. And there are so many opportunities to get involved! Join the volunteer list and you will be notified throughout the year of fun ( more
Sponsor: McGaw YMCA | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Children & Youth Sports & Recreation
Evanston Swims! provides free swim and water safety lessons to all second graders in Evanston. We are looking for volunteers on 10/1, 11/5, 12/3, 1/14, 2/4, 3/11, and 5/6 in the 2014/15 school year from 1 – 3:30pm. There are various roles available and no prior experience is necessary. more
Sponsor: McGaw YMCA | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Education Children & Youth Mentoring
Project SOAR is our one-on-one mentoring program that aims to create a long-lasting relationship between youth and an adult through regular meetings and outings. Mentors meet one-on-one with youth for a minimum of one year in order to ensure stability and a long-lasting relationship. more
Sponsor: McGaw YMCA | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Education Children & Youth Mentoring
Tutoring at the 1000 Grove location (1-on-1 tutoring once a week, volunteers must be 18 or older) or Tutoring at the Foster Reading Center (1-on-1 tutoring, once a week, high school students are welcome to volunteer here). more
Sponsor: McGaw YMCA | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Hands On Community Special Events
Special Events Opportunities Healthy Kids Day (April) Camp Echo Work Weekend (May) Youth Triathlon (July) Facility painting and beautification projects (ongoing) Swim meets If you don’t see an opportunity that fits your interests and skills, please contact us; we may be able to design a position that’s just right for you. HOW DO I BEGIN? Complete the 2015 Volunteer Application and return to Jace Smith, more
Sponsor: Connections For The Homeless | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Hands On Basic Needs
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Connections for the Homeless! Below you can sign up to come to Hilda's Place Shelter to help sort and organize donations in our clothing room and food pantry as well as help with light cleaning work around the shelter. Other special projects as needed will also be assigned. We have available slots on the second Saturday of each month, 10am-12:30pm and EVER more
Sponsor: Center for Economic Progress | Location: Chicago, IL 60661 Office Support Special Needs
Support CEP’s mission behind the scenes. Projects are available on an as-needed basis and may include data entry, mailings, research and more. Time Commitment Time commitment is flexible and may be as little as 2-3 hours one time; we ask that volunteers complete projects to which they have committed. Telecommuting may be available for volunteers outside the Chicagoland area for certain projects. Tra more
Sponsor: Clearbrook | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Office Support Special Events Special Needs
Guardians Casino Nights Work game tables, bartend, serve food and drinks, sell raffle tickets and much, much more from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. at 746 South Vermont Street in Palatine. Guardians host their casino nights twice per year, once in March and once in October. Shining Star Ball Sell raffle tickets and assist with auction tables at our April event from 6:00 p.m. until midnight at the Four more
Sponsor: Clearbrook | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Hands On Special Needs
Take A Break Volunteer Program Volunteers provide care giving to a child with special needs and their siblings for four hours per week. Volunteers participate in a training program and a six month commitment is requested. Take A Break in the Afternoon Program Engage in activities with children of all abilities on scheduled Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings at one of Clearbrook’s five sites. more
Sponsor: Center for Economic Progress | Location: Chicago, IL 60661 Education Professional
Financial Coaches work with low-income adults to complete the Progress Program - a high-impact, evidence-based eleven-week financial development course that combines financial education, financial coaching, financial behavior modification, and peer learning to empower participants to accomplish specific financial goals meant to help them move from financial uncertainty to financial security. Time Com more
Sponsor: Best Buddies Illinois | Location: Chicago, IL 60654 Mentoring Special Needs
Since 1993, Best Buddies High Schools has paired students with intellectual disabilities in one-to-one friendships with high school students. By introducing Best Buddies into public and private high schools, participants are crossing the invisible line that too often separates those with disabilities from those without. Today, Best Buddies boasts more than 900 high school chapters worldwide. more
Sponsor: Best Buddies Illinois | Location: Chicago, IL 60654 Mentoring Special Needs
Best Buddies Colleges pairs people with intellectual disabilities in one-to-one friendships with college students. In the past, individuals with intellectual disabilities have not had the opportunity to have friends outside of their own environment. By becoming a College Buddy, volunteers offer a Peer Buddy the chance to explore a new way of life. College chapters have grown from one single chapter at more
Sponsor: American Cancer Society | Location: Lincolnshire, IL 60069 Education Hands On Sports & Recreation Community Special Events
As an American Cancer Society volunteer you can honor a survivor or a loved one lost to cancer, help people in your local community, and join the fight to cure cancer. Your unique talents will make a real difference, and you can choose from volunteer positions that match your interests, offer flexible scheduling, and allow you to learn new skills. Join us and discover how rewarding it is to be an Ameri more
Sponsor: Allowance For Good | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Education Community Office Support Special Events Advocacy
We would love for you to join team AfG! We are a dynamic and innovative team that enjoys working collectively to achieve our mission. We do not currently have any open, paid positions. However, if you resonate with our mission and are willing to volunteer your skills, we would be delighted to hear from you. Send your resume and a brief cover letter to info@allowanceforgood.org. more
Sponsor: The Actors Gymnasium | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Community Office Support Special Events Arts & Culture
The Actor's Gymnasium is looking for office volunteers (people interested in data entry, mailings, and general office work), ushers, special event volunteers, box office and house management, and production assistants. If you would like to learn more, please sign up to connect with the volunteer coordinator. http://www.actorsgymnasium.org/support-us/volunteer/ more
Sponsor: North Shore CROP Hunger Walk | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Hands On Basic Needs Community
We need volunteers to help us prepare for the 2015 North Shore CROP Hunger Walk. This walk raises funds to benefit both local agencies for the hungry and hungry people around the world. Preparation for the walk involves a group of volunteers who recruit walk teams, generate publicity, seek business donation, organize crossing guards, and develop the program for a Recruiter's Rally as well as the walk more
Sponsor: North Shore CROP Hunger Walk | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Hands On Basic Needs Community
We need volunteers to help us prepare for the 2015 North Shore CROP Hunger Walk. This walk raises funds to benefit both local agencies for the hungry and hungry people around the world. Preparation for the walk involves a group of volunteers who recruit walk teams, generate publicity, seek business donation, organize crossing guards, and develop the program for a Recruiter's Rally as well as the walk more
Sponsor: JEH Early Childhood Center | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Hands On Children & Youth
JEH Early Childhood Center is looking for motivated, caring and responsible volunteers to provide childcare while their parents attend parent groups/workshops/meetings. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know amazing children who attend our wonderful school and their families! Opportunities are available!! We are most in need for our Parenting class, starting, Thursday, April 16th from 6:00-8:0 more
Sponsor: Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Education Office Support Special Events
Having already accomplished its initial task of developing a new coalition slogan and logo, this committee is working on activities that will build coalition visibility in the community and increase coalition capacity. Projects include representing the coalition at community events, recruiting and training new members, establishing a strong online presence via website and social media pages, and devel more
Sponsor: Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Education Office Support Special Events
The Student Committee works collaboratively with ETHS Student Ambassadors to develop an annual plan made up of monthly activities which highlight selected qualities from The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets. These assets are grounded in extensive research and represent the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to avoid risks and to thrive. This group enga more
Sponsor: Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Education Advocacy
The alcohol committee develops initiatives to help youth lead healthy lifestyles and prevent underage drinking in the community. Recent efforts by the alcohol committee include: Introducing B.A.S.S.E.T. (Beverage Alcohol Seller and Server Education Training) to the City of Evanston retailers and instituting a mandatory training in B.A.S.S.E.T. for all alcohol retailers. In 2014, 92% of businesses pa more
Sponsor: Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Education Health
The Tobacco Committee works on various activities aimed at preventing youth tobacco use. In the past, the committee has coordinated youth events for the Great American Smokeout in November and Kick Butts Day in March. The committee is currently working on providing educational materials to parents and tobacco retailers, providing signage to tobacco retailers, acknowledging retailers who pass tobacco co more
Sponsor: Interfaith Action Of Evanston | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Hands On Basic Needs
Interfaith Action of Evanston is able to provide services to its hungry or homeless guests only with the support of its volunteers. There are both individuals and teams of volunteers that serve at the sites for the hospitality center, warming centers, soup kitchens, and the Producemobile. Producemobile (Every 2nd Tuesday): To help distribute flyers for the Producemobile or and to help distribute the p more
Sponsor: Junior Achievement Of Chicago | Location: River Grove, IL 60171 Education Children & Youth Mentoring
The weekly program is an in-school program where volunteers present JA on a weekly basis coordinating the schedule with the teacher. Volunteers and teachers work together to mutually arrange the required number of sessions and session lengths taking into account their classroom and business schedules. Time Commitment Class time: 30 – 55 minutes each visit for 5-12 weeks (depending on the chosen progr more
Sponsor: Junior Achievement Of Chicago | Location: River Grove, IL 60171 Education Children & Youth Mentoring
The JA in a Day program is an in-school program where volunteers present Junior Achievement curriculum to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in a one-day format. JA works directly with the school to arrange one date for JA to take place. The volunteers cover all lessons (or a minimum of 4) in one visit. Time commitment Class time: 4-5 hours. The teacher will be in the classroom at all ti more
Sponsor: Harvest Food Pantry And Clothes Closet | Location: Evanston, IL 60202 Hands On Basic Needs
We distribute bagged groceries to families in need. The Harvest opened in January 2005 serving 3-5 families a week. Our ministry has grown and we now serve 250 families each week. The Harvest serves anyone who needs to make ends meet. Distribution Every Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm Third Saturday of each month 10:00am-Noon (Clothes closet will be closed on Saturdays) Volunteer at the Harvest Please email us more
Sponsor: Harvest Food Pantry And Clothes Closet | Location: Evanston, IL 60202 Hands On Basic Needs
Areas to Serve Set-Up Team To be prepared to open doors at 6:00pm every Wednesday, we need volunteers who arrive at 5:30 to move clothes racks and containers into place. From 6:00 to 8:00 we need volunteers who can help serve patrons and restock the racks and containers. During this time we also have volunteers who sort and organize donations in the storage rooms. Sort Teams For this ministry to opera more
Sponsor: League Of Women Voters Of Evanston | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Local Government Office Support Advocacy
Voter Service Find out how you can participate in voter registration, candidate forums, and other voter service of the League. If interested, send email. Observers The Observer Corps will continue to observe the Evanston City Council and some of its committees. If interested, send email. Membership Help with recruitment and retention of members. Send email. Local Programs Learn more about the local p more
Sponsor: A Just Harvest | Location: Chicago, IL 60626 Education Local Government Community Advocacy
Do you want to eliminate the causes of poverty and hunger? Do you believe that together we can create a more just society? Northside P.O.W.E.R. members are ordinary people who have chosen to engage in the public arena where decisions are made that affect our daily lives and the well-being of our communities. Northside P.O.W.E.R. members organize to hold our elected officials and other decision makers a more
Sponsor: A Just Harvest | Location: Chicago, IL 60626 Hands On
Do you want to serve meals in our Community Kitchen? Do you other have gifts and talents to share? The Community Kitchen serves dinner to anyone in need every day of the year and relies upon volunteers to plate, serve, and bus tables in our restaurant-style service. We welcome both individual volunteers and small groups. To find out when the next volunteer orientation session will be held or to schedu more
Sponsor: A Just Harvest | Location: Chicago, IL 60626 Children & Youth Mentoring
Do you have experience running a small business? Do you have money management, catering, or gardening and urban farming skills to share? The Genesis Project, A Just Harvest’s community and economic development initiative, needs mentors and project-specific volunteers. Current projects include an aquaponics social enterprise, Just B.I.T.E.S. (a catering business incubator), and a microlending program. more
Sponsor: Meals At Home | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Seniors
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Meals at Home. They deliver meals, make visits, and offer help in many other ways. Many volunteers deliver meals one day a month. You do not need to drive in order to volunteer. Those who drive must be 21 and have a valid driver’s license and insurance. Volunteers may work individually or in pairs. Volunteers who work in pairs typically have one person who drives an more
Sponsor: Muse Of Fire Theatre Company | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Hands On Community Special Events
As a small local non-profit, we are always seeking help from our community supporters. Please consider donating a small amount of your time; it helps us in a very big way! Our short-term volunteer opportunities include: 1) running our T-shirt tent during performances 2) helping distribute posters to businesses in and around Evanston and Highland Park 3) laundering our costumes once a week during the more
Sponsor: Open Communities | Location: Winnetka, IL 60093 Professional Community
You can help promote open and welcoming communities in Chicago's northern suburbs by volunteering as a fair housing tester. Testers pose as either potential homebuyers or renters and report their obeservations to Open Communities. We encourage people of any racial or ethnic group and all physical abilities to participate. Volunteers receive fair housing training, a stipend for each completed test and t more
Sponsor: Open Studio Project - IL - Evanston | Location: Evanston, IL 60202 Children & Youth Community Office Support Arts & Culture
Volunteers at Open Studio Project, “Studio Assistants” are involved in various aspects of the studio, from administrative tasks, assisting with programming to preparing for our annual fundraiser. Let us know what your interests are while volunteering at Open Studio Project? (Check all that apply.) ___ Special Events/Gallery: help with hanging shows, at exhibit openings, and at other community events. _ more
Sponsor: PEER Services | Location: Evanston, IL 60201 Professional Community Office Support
PEER Services has opportunities for short term and long term volunteers. At this time, we are specifically looking for individuals with experience in public relations, finance, event planning and marketing/branding. On a regular basis, we have volunteer opportunities available to help with cleaning, agency mailings, and reception coverage. Due to client confidentiality, we do not offer volunteer opport more
Sponsor: Rainbow Hospice | Location: Mount Prospect, IL 60056 Office Support Health
Administrative and Office volunteers provide critical support with the day-to-day workings of Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care. These volunteers work in many different capacities throughout the organization support staff and patient care and helping with special projects. Volunteer Opportunities Medical Supply Stockroom Office: Data Entry Office: Tracking Office: Copy Center Office: Baked Goods more


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