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Juvenile Protective Association

2020-02-21T17:34:25-06:00

People Served/Type of Services: Education/Child and Adolescent Development, Children

Types of Help Needed: Activities with Agency Clients

Service Opportunity Details: Groups of volunteers participate in WeROCK (We Reach Out to Chicago’s Kids) throughout the school year. They spend a class period with 2nd–3rd graders presenting and then doing a simple project with the children developed by JPA. For example, groups have presented about young entrepreneurs and then helped the children think of and draw their own business ideas. The children then present their ideas to the class. We usually arrange to have 2–3 classrooms for each WeROCK, with 4–5 volunteers per classroom. The classrooms are located in the schools and neighborhoods JPA serves through its programs, and at least one JPA staff person is part of the group. Sometimes WeROCK sessions involve reading to/with the children.

Location: Chicago-West Loop

Volunteer Ages: Young Adults, Adults, Groups

Frequency: One-time or more

Frequency Details: We arrange WeROCK sessions based on classroom and volunteers’ schedules. Some groups have done WeROCK more than once in different schools.

Contact Info: Staff: Selma Walker, Organizer, 312-440-1203

Other Information: WeROCK has proven very enjoyable for all participants, who get to meet some great children from neighborhoods that are usually portrayed negatively. They are lively, eager, full of ideas (edible school supplies, for example!), and enjoy meeting and working with the WeROCK volunteers. Total time commitment (not including travel to the site) is about 2 hours per session. We meet beforehand to review the presentation, we have about 45–55 minutes with the children, and then meet briefly afterwards to share reactions, observations, etc.

Humble Design

2019-10-29T13:49:24-05:00

People Served/Type of Services: Life Transitions, Homelessness

Types of Help Needed: Events and Projects

Service Opportunity Details: Volunteer opportunities are broken into two categories – warehouse and deco days. (1) Warehouse volunteers sort, reorganize and pull furniture and goods for our upcoming families. (2) Deco volunteers meet at the family’s home in Chicago (typically south or west side) from 9:30–3 p.m. and clean, furnish, decorate then greet the family when they return to see their transformed home.

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Volunteer Ages: Families with teens, Teens, Young adults, Adults, Groups

Frequency: Periodic

Frequency Details: (1) Warehouse volunteer times are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The warehouse volunteer times are open for signup about one month out. If a volunteer is not able to commit for the full four-hour time frame, we just ask volunteers to make a note when signing up. (2) Deco days are Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Sign-up for these days are listed the week beforehand.

Contact Info: Alicia Enriquez,  773-285-2800

Other Information: Volunteers must sign up online here for specific dates. They can volunteer as their schedule allows. First time volunteers are asked to sign up for a warehouse day before signing up for a deco day. This serves as a volunteer training and orientation. Groups can arrange to do a sponsored Day of Service farther in advance.

 

Holy Family Ministries

2019-10-29T13:49:32-05:00

People Served/Type of Services: Education/Child and Adolescent Development, Early Childhood, Children, Teens

Types of Help Needed: Teaching, Tutoring, Coaching and Mentoring

Service Opportunity Details: There is always a need for tutors at Holy Family School (K-8th grade) and Little Learners Academy (3-5 year olds) during regular school hours. We match tutors with children based upon student needs and each tutor’s expertise/interest.

Location: Chicago-North Lawndale

Volunteer Ages: Young adults, Adults, Groups

Frequency: On-going

Frequency Details: Tutors are generally asked to commit to one afternoon a week for a period of one school year.

Contact Info: Staff: Cynthia Schmidt, Dir. of Outreach, 773-273-6015, ext. 405

Other Information: Tutors are an invaluable gift to Holy Family students. They not only play an important role in helping them to excel academically, but also serve as a special adult role model in their lives.

 

Christopher House

2019-10-29T13:50:20-05:00

People Served/Type of Services: Urgent Services, Community Services, Food Insecurity

Types of Help Needed: Events & Projects

Service Opportunity Details: Christopher House’s food pantry focuses on providing staple food items for our families in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables that are often out of reach due to higher costs. You can support our food pantry through cash donations or by organizing a food drive. It only takes $1,500 to stock our food pantry every month and support our families. Your support would ensure hundreds of children and adults don’t go hungry.

Location: Chicago-Belmont Cragin, Logan Square

Volunteer Ages: Families with teens, Teens, Young Adults, Adults, Groups

Frequency: One-time, Periodic

Frequency Details: Food pantry is run twice a month throughout the academic year.

Contact Info: Staff: Judith O’Callahan, 773-922-7500

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Christopher House

2019-10-29T13:50:26-05:00

People Served/Type of Services: Community Services

Types of Help Needed: In-kind Donations

Service Opportunity Details: Each year, Christopher House spends more than $30,000 on diapers, wipes, and formula for their infants and toddlers. With every donation, they can reduce this expense and impact more families. Please consider helping us provide these essentials for our youngest learners: diapers size 6, pull-ups, wipes, and Enfamil formula are most in need.

Location: Chicago-Belmont Cragin, Logan Square

Volunteer Ages: Teens, Young Adults, Adults, Groups

Frequency: One-time, Periodic

Frequency Details: Diapers, wipes, and formula donations are accepted year-round.

Contact Info: Staff: Judith O’Callahan, 773-922-7500

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Casa Central

2019-10-29T13:50:41-05:00

People Served/Type of Services: Community Services, Adult Wellness

Types of Help Needed:

Service Opportunity Details: Volunteers can join Casa Central’s Adult Wellness Center to play games, dance, and do arts/crafts with its older adults. Spanish speakers are encouraged for this program, and we welcome groups to have a pre-planned activity.

Location: Chicago-Humboldt Park

Volunteer Ages: Families with teens, Teens, Young adults ,Adults, Groups

Frequency: One-time, On-going, Periodic

Frequency Details: Casa Central appreciates volunteers that are able to come on a regular basis. Especially for groups, however, they also welcome one-time volunteers.

Contact Info: Staff: Andrew Ten Eyck, 773-645-2465

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St. Leonards Ministries

2019-10-29T13:51:39-05:00

People Served/Type of Services: Life Transition, Support for formerly incarcerated individuals

Types of Help Needed: Building, repairing, painting

Service Opportunity Details: Groups: St. Leonard’s would design a service experience for a group that (depending on needs and the season) could entail cleaning, organizing, painting, and/or landscaping. Skilled individuals: we can design a project with your skills in mind that could involve carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, etc.

Location: Chicago-Near West Side

Volunteer Ages: Families with teens, Teens, Young Adults, Adults, Groups

Frequency: One-time

Frequency Details: This is a commitment of three to eight hours during a weekday.

Contact Info: Staff: Volunteer Coordinator, 312-780-3196

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Sarah’s Circle

2019-10-29T13:52:08-05:00

People Served/Type of Services: Urgent Services, Homelessness, Domestic Abuse, Food Insecurity

Types of Help Needed: Food preparation and distribution

Service Opportunity Details: Provide a meal for 50 program participants. Meals can consist of a main dish, vegetable side/side salad, bread/rice, and dessert for lunch or dinner. Sarah’s Circle does not adhere to any dietary restrictions, but we ask you to please make staff aware if your dishes include nuts, shellfish, or other common allergens. If needed,Sarah’s Circle’s kitchen can be used for preparation, but volunteers may need to supply their own equipment in some cases. Volunteers must provide all ingredients needed for the meal preparation. Please discuss your meal plans with the Volunteer Coordinator prior to serving to ensure you will have the necessary materials. Serving materials, such as plates, napkins, and utensils will be provided by Sarah’s Circle.

Location: Chicago-North Side

Volunteer Ages: Families with teens, Young adults, Adults, Groups

Frequency: One-time, Periodic

Frequency Details: Call the volunteer coordinator to schedule a date.

Contact Info: Staff: Dakota Chisholm, Volunteer Coordinator, 773-728-1014 ext. 314

Other Information: Anyone under 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

 

Sarah’s Circle

2019-10-29T13:52:35-05:00

People Served/Type of Services: Urgent Services, Homelessness, Domestic Abuse, Food Insecurity

Types of Help Needed: Events and projects, In-kind Donations

Service Opportunity Details: Sarah’s Circle readily accepts donations of toiletry kits. These kits supplement the services and items provided at Sarah’s Circle, as women often rely on them when they are not in our space. Sarah’s Circle accepts toiletry kits in quantities of 25 or more. These must include: soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion (all travel sized). Other items may (but are not required to) include: toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, q-tips, Kleenex, cough drops, etc. All kits provided should include the same items.

Location: Chicago-North Side

Volunteer Ages: Families with young children, Families with teens, Young adults, Adults, Groups

Frequency: One-time, Periodic

Frequency Details: Volunteers can provide toiletry kits on a one-time basis or periodically.

Contact Info: Staff: Dakota Chisholm, Volunteer Coordinator, 773-728-1014 ext. 314

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A Just Harvest

2019-10-29T13:52:59-05:00

People Served/Type of Services: Urgent Services, Food Insecurity

Types of Help Needed: Building, repairing, painting

Service Opportunity Details: Occasionally we need repairs, maintenance, upgrades to the property.

Location: Chicago-Rogers Park (delivery location)

Volunteer Ages: Families with teens, Teens, Young adults, Adults, Groups

Frequency: Periodic

Frequency Details:

Contact Info: Staff: Maggie Williams 773-262-2297, ext. 23;

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