Cara

2018-10-10T12:21:40+00:00

People Served/Type of Services: Life Transition Support, Adult Job Readiness

Types of Help Needed: Activities with Agency Clients

Service Opportunity Details: Cara welcomes members of Kenilworth Union Church to participate in a service day with Cara participants through either a networking breakfast where participants and volunteers share personal and professional experiences, challenges, successes, etc, or through a speed networking session – similar to speed dating – where participants get to share resumes, career goals, and interests in a rapid-fire setting. For those who are comfortable with public speaking and fielding questions, volunteers who work in various professional industries can share their knowledge and professional backgrounds with participants through an arranged speaker panel.

Location: Chicago-West Loop

Volunteer Ages: Adults Groups

Frequency: One-time

Frequency Details: Cara offers several one-time opportunities. The day would begin with Motivations, Cara’s unique morning activity, from 8:25-9:00am, followed by a quick tour of Cara’s Downtown Campus. The day would conclude with the group activity, typically ending by noon. Date would be mutually agreed upon.

Contact Info: Staff: Audrianne Coffer, Individual Engagement Manaer, acoffer@carachicago.org or 312-798-3321

Other Information:  This would be an appropriate activity for a smaller volunteer group of three-seven.

WINGS

2018-10-04T13:39:00+00:00

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

Types of Help Needed: Activities with Agency Clients

Service Opportunity Details: Safe House Hostess: The WINGS domestic violence Safe House has capacity for up to 45 adults and children a night. In addition to shelter, it provides counseling, case management, referrals, career
services, and meals. Hostesses will assist in this effort by warming up, setting out, and putting away a previously prepared lunch for anyone in the house. Volunteers are encouraged to eat with the residents and to promote constructive and friendly conversations with and between the residents who are there. They also help the clients with their daily tasks, including checking and signing off on the chore chart, filling requests for needed items from the supply closet, etc. Volunteers also promote constructive conversation and a positive environment by lending a
listening ear to someone who wants to talk, engaging more hesitant residents in conversation to help them feel welcomed and comfortable, even suggesting or facilitating simple activities to adults or parents trying to entertain children.

Location: Northwestern suburban Chicago and Midway Airport area in WINGS Domestic Violence Safe Houses

Volunteer Ages: Adults

Frequency: On-going

Frequency Details: Requires willingness to commit to a weekly shift for at least 1 year.Most volunteers cover 1 or 2 meal shifts a week. The lunch shift is Monday – Friday from 11:30am to 2pm and the dinner shift is Monday – Friday from 4:00- 6:00pm. Occasionally, some other timeslots may be available based on the needs at the house. Advance notice is requested in the event of a cancellation so we can schedule a substitute.

Contact Info: Staff: Bruna Srb, bsrb@wingsprogram.com KUC: If interested in this opportunity, you can also contact Chris Cole, cecole100@gmail.com, to get more detailed information about whether this may be a good fit for you.

Other Information: Requirements: Completion of the 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training provided by WINGS 3 times a year; A willingness to keep the location confidential; Any personal experience with domestic violence should be more than two (2) years prior to applying for this volunteer opportunity.

Umoja Student Development Corporation

2018-10-04T13:37:12+00:00

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

Types of Help Needed: College and Career Assistance, Activities with Agency Clients

Service Opportunity Details: Umoja hosts “Senior Day of Action” events 2-4 times a year at Seminar partner schools. On these days, volunteers are needed to come to one of Umoja’s schools and conduct mock interviews with high school seniors. This is an opportunity for seniors to practice presenting themselves in a professional way and to work on their verbal interviewing skills. Volunteers do not need any specific type of background or skills and only need to be willing and eager to share their specific educational and career experiecnes with high school students.

Location: Chicago- Rogers Park, Bronzeville (South Side)

Volunteer Ages: Young Adults, Adults

Frequency: One-time

Frequency Details: “Senior Day of Action” events happen two to four times per year at our Seminar partner schools. If interested, contact volunteer co-ordinator for exact dates and times.

Contact Info: Staff: Caryn Turgeon, Volunteer Co-ordinator, cturgeon@umojacorporation.org

Other Information: The agency provides lunch for volunteers at these events and they are usually asked to volunteer for 5 hours.

St. Leonards Ministries

2018-10-10T12:21:52+00:00

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

Types of Help Needed: Activities with Agency Clients

Service Opportunity Details: Field Trip Coordinator: This volunteer would contact various cultural and educational organizations in Chicago to arrange for complimentary tickets for St. Leonard’s residents. The coordinator would coordinate dates for the field trips with St. Leonard’s staff, and communicate the upcoming events to St. Leonard’s residents. Field Trip Chaperone: Single volunteers or groups of volunteers would attend various field trips with St. Leonard’s residents to cultural and educational organizations in Chicago. The volunteer would travel in St. Leonard’s vehicles or provide their vehicle for transportation, and would serve as a point of contact for residents at the venue. This could also include participating in sports-related field trips, such as a softball or basketball game.

Location: Chicago-Near West Side

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

Frequency: One-time, On-going, Periodic

Frequency Details: Field Trip Coordinator: This would be a weekly commitment of a few hours every week for 3-6 months. Can mostly be done telecommuting. Field Trip Chaperone: This would be either an ongoing commitment for 3 months for field trips, or a one-time experience.

Contact Info: Staff: Shay Mayweather, Volunteer Coordinator, 312-780-3196, volunteer@slministries.org

Other Information: St. Leonard’s volunteers often remark that they receive more from the experience than they give. We invite you to experience this first-hand.

Sarah’s Circle

2018-10-04T13:31:31+00:00

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

Types of Help Needed: Administrative/Office Support, Activities w/Agency Clients

Service Opportunity Details: “Front desk assistant: This volunteer position is responsible for supporting Sarah’s Circle program staff members at the front desk in either the Daytime Support Center or Interim Housing programs. Responsibilities include: Greet all incoming visitors; Inform new clients about available services, using the Daytime Support Center Brochure; Answer telephones and redirect calls as appropriate; Control entrance access; Distribute toiletries and other resources to clients; Assist women who are in need of services from other agencies, using the Community
Resource Brochure; Help maintain a calm and welcoming atmosphere; Assist women with laundry.”

Location: Chicago-North Side

Volunteer Ages: Adults

Frequency: On-going

Frequency Details: Weekly time commitment of 3-4 hours. Minimum 3 months required. Daytime Center volunteers needed Monday through Friday during business hours. Interim Housing Volunteers needed anytime including evenings and weekends.

Contact Info: Staff: Mary NeCastro, mnecastro@sarahs-circle.org, 773-751-7454

Other Information: Volunteers must attend an orientation training session, agree to Sarah’s Cirrcle ‘s Volunteer Guidelines, and understand and uphold its volunteer policies.

RefugeeOne

2018-10-10T12:23:38+00:00

People Served/Type of Services: Life Transition Support, Refugee Resettlement

Types of Help Needed: Activities with Agency Clients

Service Opportunity Details: Co-sponsorship/mentoring: Co-sponsorship volunteer activities include welcoming new refugee families upon arrival at O’Hare Airport; in-home tutoring for children; making social visits to help the family members practice their new English skills; and raising funds to assist with their initial months of resettlement.

Location: Chicago

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

Frequency: On-going

Frequency Details: Co-sponsorship of a newly resettled refugee family is an ongoing commitment lasting an average of 6 months. There is also a financial commitment with this volunteer opportunity. Kenilworth Union Church groups have co-sponsored with RefugeeOne several refugee families before.

Contact Info: Staff: Kathy Amstutz, Volunteer Coordinator, kamstutz@refugeeone.org 773-989-5647

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Northwestern Settlement

2018-10-04T13:28:41+00:00

People Served/Type of Services: Community Services

Types of Help Needed: Activities with Agency Clients

Service Opportunity Details: Northwestern Settlement’s senior citizen group, known as the Golden Agers, meet every Friday from 10am – 12pm 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, distributing prizes, and providing overall essential companionship.

Location: Chicago-West Town

Volunteer Ages: Teens, Young Adults, Adults

Frequency: Periodic

Frequency Details: Takes place every Friday (weather permitting) from 10am – 12pm, September through May.

Contact Info: Staff: Tina Berto, tberto@nush.org, 773-969-5542

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Northwestern Settlement

2018-10-04T13:28:09+00:00

People Served/Type of Services: Community Services

Types of Help Needed: Food preparation and distribution, Events and Projects, Activities with Agency Clients

Service Opportunity Details: Each year, to kick-off the Holiday Season, Northwestern Settlement hosts a Thanksgiving Dinner for its neighbors and their families. Volunteers needed to work with staff and other supporters to prepare and serve a holiday feast to over 300 men, women and children in attendance.

Location: Chicago-West Town

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

Frequency: One-time

Frequency Details: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm.

Contact Info: Staff: Tina Berto, tberto@nush.org, 773-969-5542

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Northwestern Settlement

2018-10-04T13:27:10+00:00

People Served/Type of Services: Community Services

Types of Help Needed: Events and Projects, Activities with Agency Clients

Service Opportunity Details: Together with Urban Growers Collective, Northwestern Settlement will opened its own vegetable garden in Spring 2018. The garden is located in front of Rowe Middle School (directly next to the Settlement House on Augusta Blvd.). Volunteers needed to assist neighbors, students, and staff 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 and family services program – all fresh produce will be donated to our food pantry and be distributed to our neighbors who utilize it.

Location: Chicago-Noble Square

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

Frequency: Periodic, One-time

Frequency Details: Groups and individuals can sign up to help with the garden whenever they would like.

Contact Info: Staff: Tina Berto, tberto@nush.org, 773-969-5542

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Northwestern Settlement

2018-10-04T13:25:45+00:00

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

Types of Help Needed: Activities with Agency Clients

Service Opportunity Details: Northwestern Settlement’s Early Childhood Education program provides children ages 2-5 with full-day, year-round preschool education. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help with classroom activities such as reading, arts and crafts, fitness, etc. No special skills are necessary.

Location: Chicago-West Town

Volunteer Ages: Teens, Young Adults, Adults, Groups

Frequency: Periodic

Frequency Details: Monday through Friday 9:00 to 11:30 AM and from 2:30 to 5:00 PM. The program operates year round.

Contact Info: Staff: Tina Berto, tberto@nush.org, 773-969-5542

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