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Service group possibilities — please contact for additional information
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Service group possibilities — please contact for additional information

We do not have specific volunteer roles at our headquarters in Winnetka at this time but we are always excited to hear how people from the community believe they might be of service. We do have a Woman\’s Board, a service group for young professionals in their 20s called Young Visionaries, and a Teen Board. These groups raise charitable donations for Hadley through events and activities. Please contact Joe Flint at (847) 784-2765 to learn more about either of these groups. Thank you!

Mentoring and Sponsoring
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Mentoring and Sponsoring

Our Volunteers support English language development, assist with job placement, provide tutoring, financial assistance, and physical and mental health support. They help families navigate their communities to find the resources they need to achieve self-sufficiency and a sense of belonging.

About us In 2014, two compassionate women from different parts of the world came together to inspire positive actions and peaceful resolutions. Seeds of mutual respect, compassion, and love grew out of multicultural luncheons and ultimately blossomed into Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB). We pick up the resettlement process where the U.S. refugee resettlement agencies leave off. Our Vision is “bridging the hearts and minds of all people”. We invite you to visit www.buildingpeacefulbridges.org to learn more about us.

The need Our Mentoring/Sponsoring Program assists in family resettlement by establishing a community safety net, providing monthly visits, assisting in the citizenship process, and building trust, hope, resilience, and empowerment. Ultimately, refugees give back to their community and make the country stronger. We have impacted 200+ families, and currently provide comprehensive mentoring to several families. We hope to double our support this year. In pursuit of this, we are looking for Volunteers to support our Mentoring/Sponsoring Program. We search for Volunteers that are highly adaptable and flexible, as no week will look the same. Our Mentors are compassionate people, nurturing by nature, and professional listeners. They frequently offer cultural counseling, education, tutoring, companionship, and a host of other friendly services.

What you will do

  • Be a part of a team that mentors a refugee family.
  • Meet with the family once a week.
  • Tutor English through regular conversation.
  • Introduce and guide family members through new settings, systems, and cultural norms.
  • Coordinate donated food, clothing, and household items as needed.
  • Identify and request assistance in other areas such as education, social services, and community
FOOD PANTRY PALS NEEDED
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FOOD PANTRY PALS NEEDED

The Township is looking for two hours, one day per week for six weeks* at our FOOD PANTRY. You pick the day of the week and time slot: from 11AM-1PM or 1PM-3PM. We have returned to in-person shopping at the Food Pantry and are in need of volunteers to greet and walk clients through the process. It may include simply being a welcoming presence and providing minimal clarification or it might be to help an elderly person or someone English as a second language navigate the shelves based on our shopping criteria.

The positive impact on the well being of fellow neighbors will be evident the moment you join our volunteer core. Food Pantry clients have identified the Food Pantry as an important way to live without the stress of how to manage food amidst various challenges or hardship.

Please contact Brian Leverenz, our Community Services Director who runs the Food Pantry with questions or to fit into a volunteer slot. Training can happen the first day you volunteer and is straightforward. We are still requiring masks at the Township. Contact: Brian Leverenz at bleverenz@newtriertownship.com or 847-446-8203.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

HOW is always looking for individuals interested in making a larger commitment to supporting our work. There are a variety of ways to make a big impact on the agency and those we serve, including:

  • Diaper Day Volunteer Pool
  • Join the Associate Board
  • Fruit and Veggies Packing
  • Virtual Youth Mentoring

Other ways you can help include:

  • Host a Donation Drive to secure needed items
  • Host an event to raise money and/or awareness of HOW
  • Become a Social Advocate

Please contact us for more details.

Single Day Opportunities
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Single Day Opportunities

Single-day volunteer opportunities include cleanup days at HOW buildings, assisting with community and client events, and providing expertise in specific areas. Volunteer to lead an enrichment activity such as yoga, resume writing, healthy eating, financial literacy, poetry writing, or dance. Opportunities include:

  • Teaching a Skills Class
  • Employment Assistance
  • Pick-up and Delivery Assistance
  • Gardening and/or Clean-up
  • In-Kind Donation Sorting

Please contact us by email for more information.

Communications Volunteers
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Communications Volunteers

Go Green Winnetka’s Communications Team is calling for volunteers to assist us in growing our influence and promoting sustainability in Winnetka and beyond. Specific strengths would be an aptitude for digital media and strong communication skills. We’re happy to train you. Are you a photographer? We’d love to enlist you to help us keep the images on our website and in our newsletter seasonally updated and fresh. We’d also love to find someone who can help us create video content for a YouTube and/or TikTok account. We are flexible and willing to work with your schedule. If you’re interested in working with us to make our community a greener place to live, we’d love to hear from you! We are an all-volunteer group, advocating for environmental stewardship and sustainability in Winnetka, Illinois. Go Green Winnetka is a member of the larger regional network of Go Green groups, through Go Green Illinois. As a member organization we support collaborative environmental justice efforts across the region and state. Go Green Winnetka holds regular meetings that are open to the public.

Join Our Communications Committee!
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Join Our Communications Committee!

Along with the growth and outreach that Go Green Winnetka is currently experiencing come additional communications opportunities. Our Communications Committee is currently seeking people to help with:

Keeping our Google Calendar up-to-date with upcoming events Updating our website Graphic design Desktop Publishing Photography Press Releases Copywriting

Bonus: We are flexible on timing. Most of our opportunities can be done in your own time. Our Communications Committee meets once a month on Zoom. If you have some talents that you would like to share with our team, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Teri Cross, Communications Chair, at teri.cross@gmail.com.

Volunteering at the Schmidt-Burnham Log House
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Volunteering at the Schmidt-Burnham Log House

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the 1800s? Do you like games and lively conversation? Are you interested in the history of the North Shore?

If one or all of your answers to these questions are yes, then we have an exciting opportunity for you! The Winnetka Historical Society is currently looking for volunteers to facilitate visitor experiences at the Schmidt-Burnham Log House on Sundays from 1:30-4:30, May 1 through November 20, 2022. Volunteering every Sunday is not required, but signing up for a set number of Sundays per month is preferable.

The Log House has a wonderful, rich history that requires enthusiastic docents/facilitators to share it with the public. In addition to telling visitors about the Log House’s history, there are also games and a scavenger hunt that create a great family experience.

Learn more at: winnetkahistory.org