Health & Wellness

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!

Sleds Are Coming GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Exhibition Game
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Sleds Are Coming GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Exhibition Game

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Sleds Are Coming GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Exhibition Game at Lake Forest College! Just as in ice hockey, sled hockey is played with six players (including a goalie) at a time. Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception some of the equipment. Players propel themselves on their sledge (specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades) by use of spikes on the ends of two three-foot-long sticks, enabling a player to push himself as well as shoot and pass ambidextrously. Rinks and goals are regulation Olympic-size, and games consist of three 15-minute stop-time periods.

Location: Lake Forest College Sports and Recreation Center (S Campus, Lake Forest, IL 60045) The game wil be held February 5th, 2023, and the game will be from 2-3:30pm

On-Ice Assistant Description: Volunteers are needed to assist players and coaches with various tasks. Help push and/or mentor sled hockey players on ice during practice and/or scrimmage play. Accepting volunteers 14 years and older who are VERY PROFICIENT skaters with a hockey background (must have vast hockey knowledge). On-ice volunteers are required to wear (and bring their own) hockey skates, helmet, gloves and hockey attire (warm ups or jersey, etc. – no jeans, please).

On-Ice Volunteers MUST be very proficient skaters with a hockey background and have their own skates We are currently recruiting volunteers to help in a variety of volunteer positions. Please feel free to sign up for more than one volunteer position (as long as they don\’t overlap)! If you have difficulty signing up or have any other questions, please feel free to contact Emily Higgins at volunteer@glasa.org or (847) 989-7743. SIGN UP HERE: https://linktr.ee/VolunteerForGLASA

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
Chicago Bears Mini Monster Football Clinics
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Chicago Bears Mini Monster Football Clinics

Thanks to our amazing volunteers, we can put on super fun and educational programming like our upcoming Mini Monsters football clinic. We\’d love for you to join us! Email us for more information on getting involved in this and other YMCA of Metro Chicago events at: cjungwirth@ymcachicago.org Friday June 17th Rauner Family YMCA: June 17, 10am – 11:30am

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.

Packing Parties
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Packing Parties

We are always looking for volunteer groups to help us with our Packing Parties.

  • We will come to your space and bring craft supplies and other materials needed to pack activity boxes, hero packs or favor bags for hospitalized children.
  • The theme of the packs varies depending on the season of the year.
  • The size and age of your group will also determine what the group will be assigned to do.
  • A Holiday Heroes staff member is always present to help and answer questions.
  • The activity itself usually takes 1-2 hours.

This is a meaningful and fun volunteer activity for corporate groups, families, and community, civic and school groups.