Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re looking to volunteer, this is a great place to start.  Many nonprofits regularly post specific opportunities, so please scroll through the list and see if something is a good fit for you.  If something interests you, simply complete the Contact form, and someone will be in touch with you.   But remember, not all nonprofits post all of their volunteer needs, so if you don’t see something here, feel free to reach out to any of our Nonprofit Partners and offer your time and talents.  They’re always happy to hear from potential volunteers  Thank you for helping us helping others!

Opportunities are listed in order of date posted

North Shore Senior Center logo

Admin/Social Service Reception Desk Assistant

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Are you dependable and pleasant with good customer service skills? A volunteer is needed to assist the Admin/Social Services Reception Desk staff by answering phones and assisting walk-ins. The volunteer may also assist staff with a variety of special projects. Positive personality and superior phone skills are a must. Training will be provided. The volunteer is needed from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Mondays.

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Northfield
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Seniors
Categories: Seniors

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Help Assemble Meals

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Several volunteers are needed to assist assembly of meals in our kitchen as part of our Home Delivered Meals and Kosher to Go programs. The ability to stand for up to 2 hours is required. If interested, please email volunteers@cje.net or call 773.508.4232.

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Skokie
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Seniors
Categories: Health & Wellness,Seniors

Fundraising Volunteer

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We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer who enjoys making phone calls. This volunteer would follow a script and make thank-you calls to donors remotely or in person. Please call 773.508.4232 or email volunteers@cje.net, if you are interested.

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Chicago
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Seniors
Categories: Seniors

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AARP Tax Aide Program Tax Preparer

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Tax preparer volunteers are needed to assist North Shore Senior Center clients and community members in completing and filing simple yearly tax returns. This service is intended for seniors but is open to all and is provided in conjunction with the AARP Tax Aide program. Preparers must have basic computer skills, strong communication and organization skills, and a keen attention to detail.  Volunteers must be discreet with and keep client’s personal and financial information confidential. Tax preparation class through AARP is required. The AARP Tax Aide Program runs from February 2023 to mid-April 2023. Training for the program will begin prior to the start date.

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North Shore Senior Center
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Seniors

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Senior Options Therapy & Counseling Administrative Assistant

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Are you compassionate and a respectful listener? Our Senior Options Therapy & Counseling department is looking for a volunteer to assist new clients by explaining paperwork and helping them complete paperwork as needed. The volunteer will also assist with office work, assembling client packets, mailing client feedback surveys, and making reminder phone calls. Training will be provided.

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North Shore Senior Center
Opportunity Good For: Adults,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Seniors

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Senior & Family Services Benefits Administrative Assistant

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Are you organized, efficient, and good with phones and computers? We’re seeking administrative volunteers with customer service and basic computer skills to assist with our Older Adults Benefits Program! Tasks include answering phones and setting appointments, and confidentiality is required. Training will be provided. Openings are for our Niles office: Thursday or Friday mornings from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 1 – 4 p.m.

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North Shore Senior Center
Opportunity Good For: Adults,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Poverty & Homelessness,Seniors

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Senior & Family Services Community Care Program (CCP) Assistant

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Are you a people-person in search of a meaningful volunteer position? NSSC’s Senior & Family Services is seeking volunteers who can help call participants for wellness checks and appointment reminders! The role also includes data entry and other special projects, along with light administrative duties like copying and filing. Volunteers must be organized, have good phone and computer skills (including Microsoft Word and Excel), and be comfortable dealing with participants from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and educational backgrounds.

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North Shore Senior Center
Opportunity Good For: Adults,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Poverty & Homelessness,Seniors

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Senior & Family Services Intake Administrative Assistant

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Calling all administrative experts! Our Intake team is seeking detail-oriented volunteers who can help with phone, computer, and office work. Must be discreet with sensitive and confidential information. Training will be provided.

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North Shore Senior Center
Opportunity Good For: Adults,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Seniors

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AARP Tax Aide Program Tax Greeter

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Greet those coming to the North Shore Senior Center to have their taxes prepared through the AARP Tax Aide Program. Distribute and review paperwork with clients and explain process. Must have knowledge of the Tax Aide Program process (training provided). Excellent customer service skills required. Volunteers must be discreet with and keep client’s personal and financial information confidential. The AARP Tax Aide Program runs from February 2023 to mid-April 2023. Training for the program will begin prior to the start date.

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North Shore Senior Center
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Seniors

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AARP Tax Aide Program Tax Scheduler

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Retrieve voicemails, return phone calls, and schedule appointments for the AARP Tax Aide Program. Must have knowledge of the Tax Aide Program process (training provided). Excellent data entry, phone and customer service skills are required. Volunteers must be discreet with and keep client’s personal and financial information confidential. The AARP Tax Aide Program runs from February 2023 to mid-April 2023. Training for the program will begin prior to the start date.

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North Shore Senior Center
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Seniors

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Escorted Transportation Service (ETS) Coordinator

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The Escorted Transportation Service (ETS) Coordinator volunteer coordinates rides to and from medical/dental appointments for older adults within a specified area of the North Shore utilizing a bank of North Shore Senior Center ETS volunteer drivers. Coordinators retrieve phone messages, return phone calls during their shift and work on a database (training will be provided) to match the requests that come from clients with available ETS drivers. Coordinators must have good computer skills, effective communication skills and demonstrate strong organizational abilities and attention to detail.

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North Shore Senior Center
Opportunity Good For: Adults
Categories: Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Seniors

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Escorted Transportation Service (ETS) Driver

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Everyday seniors in your neighborhood may miss important medical appointments, simply because they can’t get there. Many have short-term illnesses or injuries that preclude them from driving while others have relinquished their licenses due to physical or mental constraints. You can remedy this situation by transporting seniors in your personal vehicle to and from medical and dental appointments. All that is required is a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, auto insurance and a 3-4 hour block of time to take an appreciative senior to an appointment. Scheduling software is used so drivers must have and be comfortable using their smartphone and computer to communicate and accept rides. Training will be provided.

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North Shore Senior Center
Opportunity Good For: Adults
Categories: Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Seniors

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2022-23 Power Soccer Program

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering for GLASA’s Power Soccer Program! Practices will be held from 7:30-9:00pm at Glenview Community Center, with additional time before and after practice for volunteers.

Volunteers will assist GLASA staff members and coaches by helping move equipment into the gyms, setting up the practice area, assisting with drills and practice, and help clean up after the program.

Location: Glenview Community Center (2400 Chestnut Ave, Glenview IL 60026).

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help in a variety of volunteer positions. Please feel free to sign up for more than one opportunity, as we are looking for consistent volunteers to help our programs grow. 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.

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Glenview
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,Internships,People Over 16,People With Disabilities
Categories: Disabilities,Health & Wellness

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2022-23 Wheelchair Basketball Program

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering for GLASA’s wheelchair basketball program! The GLASA G Cats have both competitive prep and varsity teams and compete throughout the Midwest. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. The prep team plays on a 8½-foot hoop and is for beginners, while the varisty team plays on a 10-foot hoop for those interested in joining the competitive travel team.

Volunteers are needed to assist athletes, work with equipment, setting-up, fielding balls, running drills and taking down the equipment after the program.

Volunteer Requirement: It is preferred that volunteers have previous basketball experience.

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.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VOLUNTEER: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a44aaa62bab9-2022234

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Lake Forest
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,Internships,People Over 16,People With Disabilities
Categories: Disabilities,Health & Wellness

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2022-23 GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Program

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Program! Practices are held at Hot Shot Ice Arena on Sundays from 3-5pm.

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: Hot Shots Ice Arena (29860 Skokie Hwy, Lake Bluff, IL 60044) 3-5 pm

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.

If you are signing up for a volunteer opportunity, please sign our waiver by clicking this link: https://www.waiverfile.com/b/GreatLakesAdaptiveSportsAssoci


If all the shifts are filled, please email Emily at volunteer@glasa.org. A list of interested volunteers will be kept if there are cancellations.

Thank you very much for your continued support and dedication to the GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Team

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Lake Bluff
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Children Under 16,Families,Groups,Internships,People Over 16,People With Disabilities
Categories: Disabilities,Health & Wellness

GLASA logo

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association

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Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) will host its Second Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, the Timmy G. Classic, in memoriam of one of GLASA’s longtime wheelchair basketball athletes. Tim was a GLASA athlete from 2009 to 2018, with a presence on the court that will never be forgotten. His passion and never-give-up attitude made a difference to those around him.

The tournament will be held at St. Viator Highschool November 19-20th, with games starting at 8am.

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help in a variety of volunteer positions. Volunteers will be needed to assist with set-up, check in teams, man the scoring table for each game (shot clock, score, book), sell raffle tickets, sell concessions and clean up at the end of each day.

Location: St. Viator High School (1213 E Oakton St, Arlington Heights, IL 60004)

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

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Arlington Heights
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,Internships,People Over 16
Categories: Disabilities,Health & Wellness

GLASA logo

Sleds Are Coming GLASA Falcons Sled Hockey Exhibition Game

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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

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Lake Forest
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,Internships,People Over 16,People With Disabilities
Categories: Disabilities,Health & Wellness

GLASA logo

2022 Adaptive Tennis Program

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Tennis Instruction is provided for beginner, intermediate, and tournament level players who are ambulatory (standing) or use a manual or power chair.  In wheelchair tennis, the only rule change is that the player gets two bounces, if needed.  Athletes are under the coaching instruction of Paralympian Paul Moran and Coach Mike Carrico.

Volunteers are needed to assist the coaches with drills, field balls, one-on-one technique work and play in matches with athletes. All volunteers should be prepared to work with athletes of all abilities and levels (beginner, intermediate, recreational, and tournament). Although you will be assigned to specific courts initially, you may be asked to work with a different group based on the athletes and other volunteers present at each practice.

Volunteer Requirement: Volunteers must have tennis experience.

Location: A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center (530 Hibbard Rd, Winnetka, IL 60093)

Time: Saturdays; 2:00 – 4:00 pm

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Higgins at volunteer@glasa.org or 847-989-7743.

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A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center (530 Hibbard Rd, Winnetka, IL 60093)
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,Internships,People Over 16
Categories: Disabilities,Health & Wellness,Youth

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2022-23 Adaptive Yoga Program

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Thank you for your interest in volutneering for GLASA’s adaptive yoga program! Yoga classes will be held throughout the year from 6:15-7pm.

Volunteers are needed to assist with transporting any equiptment or supplies, setting-up the mats, assisting GLASA support staff during the yoga session, and cleaning up after the program.

Location: 847 Running Company (406 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048)

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help in a variety of volunteer positions. Volunteers DO NOT need to have previous experience. 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. Thank you!

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847 Running Company (406 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048)
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,Internships,People Over 16,People With Disabilities
Categories: Disabilities,Health & Wellness,Youth

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2022-23 Goalball Program

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Goalball is a Paralympic sport designed specifically for athletes with a visual impairment.  Players compete in teams of three, throwing a ball that has bells embedded in it down the court to attempt to score a goal, while their opponents, using their bodies to defend the goal, try to stop the ball from scoring.  The ball is thrown by hand and never kicked. All players participate while wearing blindfolds and tactile markings on the court are provided to aid with orientation.

Volunteers are needed to assist with setting-up the court, fielding balls, running drills and cleaning up after the program. Practices are held on Fridays from 6-7:30, with additional set up time starting at 5:30.

Location: Dunbar Recreation Center (888 Dunbar Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060)

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help in a variety of volunteer positions. Volunteers DO NOT need to have previous experience. 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.

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Dunbar Recreation Center (888 Dunbar Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060)
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,Internships,People Over 16,People With Disabilities
Categories: Disabilities,Health & Wellness

Chicago Humanities Festival

Event Volunteers Needed

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Volunteers assist with crowd management, ushering, ticket scanning, and other audience services tasks for each of our events, all year round.

Our volunteers are the front line of events, interacting with people of all ages and abilities. Some shifts may require working outside. All volunteers must be comfortable working in high-energy settings.

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Chicago
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,Internships,People Over 16,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Arts & Culture

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Grant Writer

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The need

We are a young 501c3 charity with a big vision.  The Grant Writer will use their evidence-based research, needs-assessment and intermediate to advanced grant-writing skills to establish a grant writing program that will be the first of its kind at our organization.

The Grant Writer is passionate, positive, innovative and creative.  Able to quickly pivot and adapt, the Grant Writer embraces a high standard of excellence in the work that they do.  They are compassionate, have a global perspective and embrace the mission, values and culture of BPB.

Reporting into the Executive Director, this position is critical to the growth and expansion of Building Peaceful Bridges and our impactful programs. Through these programs, we assist in family resettlement by establishing a community safety net, 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 we hope to double our support this year.

Responsibilities and duties

The Grant Writer will:

    • Communicate effectively across BPB in order to investigate and understand needs, requests and opportunities.
    • Develop templates and tracking mechanisms so as to standardize and streamline the grant-writing process.
    • Search for potential grant opportunities.
    • Prepare proposals by determining concept, clarifying needs with opportunities, gathering and formatting information, writing drafts, and obtaining approvals.
    • Write, revise, and edit drafts including executive summaries, conclusions, and organization credentials.
    • Maintain quality results by using templates, following proposal-writing standards including readability, consistency, and tone and maintaining proposal support databases.
    • Meet proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information Communicate effectively across BPB in order to investigate and understand needs, requests and opportunities.
    • Develop templates and tracking mechanisms so as to standardize and streamline the grant-writing process.
    • Perform external research and matching.
    • Prepare presentations with compelling text, graphics and video.
    • Manage relationships and improve processes.
    • Communicate authentically and effectively with existing and proposed foundations.

Improve proposal-writing results by evaluating and re-designing processes, and approach.

Skills and qualifications

The Grant Writer needs to have:

  • Appropriate years of experience in grant writing, prospect research, general fundraising or comparable and transferable skills acquired in a professional setting.
  • Marketing knowledge and success stories in grant-writing.
  • Evidence of strong presentation, written communication, graphic design, layout, and technical documentation skills.
  • Problem solving, process improvement, and strategic planning skills.
  • Deadline-orientation.

Hours and benefits

This is an unpaid, volunteer position.  Instead of compensation, the Grant Writer gets to:

  • Embrace and grow their passion for purpose, peace, and inclusion.
  • Place a vital and instrumental role in the growth and impact of BPB.
  • Leverage their global awareness by developing and implementing programs to further BPB’s mission and goals.
  • Network in a large sphere of agencies.
  • Give between 2 and 10 hours a week (or more if interested) and commit to 6+ months.

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Glenview
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Internships,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Refugees

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Digital Marketing

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Volunteers may assist with writing our digital publications which include: Quarterly reports, informational newsletters (e.g. Did You Know?), event announcements, and presentations.

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Glenview
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Internships,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Refugees

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Event Planning

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Volunteers may assist by organizing our quarterly education events (e.g. Learning Luncheon and Book Club), mentoring events (e.g. Family Fun Day), speaking events, and our Annual Event.

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Glenview
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,Internships,People Over 16,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Refugees

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Advocacy

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Volunteers may write, research, and participate in meetings regarding immigration policy changes/improvements. We are looking for someone to manage this program.

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Glenview
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Internships,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Refugees

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Bridge to Belongings

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Volunteers may help collect, sort, and deliver food, clothing, furniture and household items for refugee families. We are also looking for someone to manage this program.

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Glenview
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,Internships,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Refugees

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Mentoring and Sponsoring

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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 needs.
  • Nurture and support the refugee’s experiences, and share skills that might benefit the family.
  • Tailor your approach to each family’s dynamics and mitigate challenges.
  • Become the refugee family’s “favorites” on their phones!

What you need

  • A character that thrives on fluidity and exhibits adaptability.
  • Proven ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Experiences and competencies in areas such as social work, counseling, and teaching are a plus.
  • Language skills to include ESL training, or openness to be trained, and/or being conversant in other languages.
  • An open mind, a global world view, a strong sense of humor, and a love for Charades!
  • Volunteer details

Mentors give between 1 to 10 hours a week (or more if interested) and commit to 6+ months.
Some support can be done virtually, but we would love if our mentors would commit to in-person visits with their mentee family.

What will you get?

This is an un-paid, volunteer position. Instead of compensation, our Mentor volunteers get to…

  • Partner and train with experienced Mentor volunteers to develop the skills needed to make a difference in the lives of refugee families.
  • Embrace and grow their passion for purpose, peace, and inclusion.
  • See families gain a sense of belonging and flourish by their guidance.

How to apply

If you are looking to make a meaningful difference in the community, the state, the country, the world, then reach out to us today!

Please include the following information when you apply:

  • A statement telling us why you want to be a Mentor volunteer for a refugee family.
  • A snapshot of your relevant skills and abilities.
  • A list of all languages spoken.
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Glenview
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,Internships,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Education,Health & Wellness,Refugees

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Service group possibilities — please contact for additional information

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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!

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Winnetka
Opportunity Good For: Adults,People Over 16
Categories: Disabilities,Education,Health & Wellness

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Chicago Bears Mini Monster Football Clinics

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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

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Chicago
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups
Categories: Health & Wellness,Youth

New Trier Township

FOOD PANTRY PALS NEEDED

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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.

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Winnetka
Opportunity Good For: Adults
Categories: Education,Health & Wellness,Seniors

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Join WYO Youth Board

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Youth Board

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Winnetka, IL and Remote
Opportunity Good For: Children Under 16,People Over 16,People With Disabilities
Categories: Advocacy,Animals,Arts & Culture,Crisis &amp Disaster Relief,Disabilities,Education,Environmental & Nature,Global,Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Poverty & Homelessness,Professional Development & Training,Refugees,Seniors,Women’s Issues,Youth

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Single Day Opportunities

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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.

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Chicago
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,People Over 16,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Education,Poverty & Homelessness,Women’s Issues,Youth

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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

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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.

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Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Education,Poverty & Homelessness,Women’s Issues,Youth

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Communications Volunteers

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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.

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Opportunity Good For: Adults,People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Education,Environmental & Nature

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Landscaping Help

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We strive to keep all of our homes looking beautiful both inside and out. Each spring we do beautification projects to clear out all of the dead plants from the year prior and to plant new flowers for the year. We also perform maintenance on patios, fences, etc. as necessary.

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Northbrook
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Groups,People Over 16
Categories: Disabilities

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Packing Parties

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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.

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Chicago
Opportunity Good For: Groups,Internships,Seniors
Categories: Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Youth

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Join Our Communications Committee!

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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.

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Winnetka
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Internships,People Over 16
Categories: Advocacy,Education,Environmental & Nature

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Volunteering at the Schmidt-Burnham Log House

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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

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Winnetka
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Seniors
Categories: Arts & Culture,Education

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Weekly Food Distribution at Kelly Hall YMCA

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In partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Volunteers  help distribute fresh food to our neighbors experiencing food insecurity. Distributions takes place at Kelly Hall YMCA every Tuesday from 7AM-noon.

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Chicago
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Crisis &amp Disaster Relief,Health & Wellness,Poverty & Homelessness

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Interested in Becoming a Reading Power Tutor?

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So much of the success that children experience in Reading Power is due to the strong relationships that young children form with our tutors. ​

​Our volunteer tutors and professional staff are a diverse group of dedicated, educated, and passionate individuals. They come from all walks of life and share a love for reading and children.

Consistency creates a quality educational experience and builds confidence and trust. For that reason, we ask our tutors to make a solid commitment to whichever program they choose. Tutors commit to being on-site at a school one day per week for 2-3 hours, depending on the program. Programs are offered in the mornings and afternoons. We recognize that our tutors are volunteering their time and talents, and have developed a system to trade days with other tutors when “life” gets in the way of your plans. 

A background check will be completed for each tutor. More information about the prekindergarten, kindergarten, first grade and second grade programs may be found here.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. 

For more information, please contact Associate Director of Programs, Kristin Fine at: kristin.fine@readingpowerinc.org.

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Waukegan
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Seniors
Categories: Education,Poverty & Homelessness,Youth

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Volunteer: Remote Grant Writer with Experience

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Good News Partners is a 501c3, asset based community development nonprofit that houses families experiencing homelessness by providing them with access to an emergency shelter, affordable transitional and permanent housing.

GNP needs your help so we can continue to provide housing to families in the East Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago. We are looking for a volunteer Grant Writer to assist with identifying and applying for various grants that meet the organizations needs as well as overseeing the grant application process from beginning to end.

If you have a passion for helping to stop the displacement of low to very low income families from a neighborhood that is in need of resources and affordable housing options, join our team! Please contact us to discuss in more detail what this volunteer role could look like.

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Chicago
Opportunity Good For: Adults
Categories: Advocacy,Crisis &amp Disaster Relief,Poverty & Homelessness,Women’s Issues

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Volunteer Greeters at Wagner Farm

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The Wagner Farm Museum, The Heritage Center re-opened on 8/11/20 after being closed for 5 months due to COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19, additional safety procedures have been put in place in the museum. There are no longer any hands on exhibits. Visitor may view historical items and read about farming in the 1920’s.

We are looking for volunteer greeters to monitor the museum to help guests adhere to the new safety procedures.

Guests are asked to sign in upon arrival and sign out at departure. They are also asked to wear a face mask when in the museum. Guests are asked not to touch any of the exhibits as well. The greeters are responsible for informing guests about the safety procedures and reminding guests to adhere to these procedures when needed.

We will have a staff person at the front desk to answer the phone, help customers in the gift shop, answer questions and also to help reinforce the safety procedures. Front desk staff regularly sanitize the museum space and the restrooms as well.

If you’re interested in helping out, shifts will be Tuesday through Sunday. There are 2 shifts: 10am-12:30pm and 12:30-3pm.

Please contact the Wagner Farm Volunteer Coordinator, Paula Hamvas, at wfvolunteers@glenviewparks.org.

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Glenview
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16
Categories: Education,Environmental & Nature

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Life Stories Interviewer and Editor

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Life Stories is an oral history program where individuals can tell their personal history or stories to a trained interviewer in person or via Zoom. Volunteers needed to interview folks wanting this service must be good communicators and comfortable dealing with the public. You would meet w/the individual for two, 1 hour sessions. Editors need to have the technology skills to edit the files, transfer to discs or other mediums and make them ready to be distributed to the client and his family. Training provided.

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Virtual
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Health & Wellness,Seniors

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WiseUp – Aging with Attitude ~ Volunteer Driver

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Are you interested in helping older adults be able to continue to live independently in their homes and feel connected to the community they live in? If so, we would love to have you be a vital part of our organization! WiseUp needs volunteer drivers to provide transportation for medical appointments, grocery shopping, social/educational events or other errands.

Volunteer drivers pick up our Villagers, drive them to their destination, and return them to their homes. Drivers are needed for regularly scheduled trips and periodic trips. When appropriate, the volunteer driver will assist the member to and from the door of his or her house or apartment, and help them carry packages.

Flexible Scheduling – We are so appreciative of our volunteers and we understand scheduling can be tricky sometimes. To that end, we work around your schedule. Also keep in mind, you only have to accept the driving opportunities which work with your schedule. You can commit to a regular weekly driving commitment or choose to pick-up opportunities as they come up.

What do you need? If you own or have regular access to a safe, reliable vehicle, then you’re already on the road to volunteering. You’ll also need:

  • Have driving availability, ideally Monday – Friday
  • A current, valid driver’s license & proof of automobile insurance
  • To clear a background check performed by WiseUp, using Intellicorp.
  • Complete WiseUp training (based on your availability)

What is our organization all about? WiseUp, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a part of the growing nationwide “village” movement designed to support older adults in living independently in their homes. WiseUp’s mission is to help members feel like they are connected, active, contributing members of their community.

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Evanston
Opportunity Good For: Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Disabilities,Seniors

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Fitness Center Assistant

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Fitness Center volunteer needed to assist clients at the North Shore Senior Center Fitness Center.  Answer phone inquiries, provide info to members/guests about services and costs and assist trainers as needed.

Because of the COVID outbreak, we will be open on a limited basis.

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Northfield
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Health & Wellness,Seniors

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Executive Director position available

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The Winnetka Club is seeking a part-time Executive Director. Job description below. Interested parties should submit a resume and cover letter to execdir@thewinnetkaclub.org.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION

The Executive Director is the key management leader of The Winnetka Club. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to The Winnetka Club Board, with the President of the Board having direct authority.

 GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

1) Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfill the organization mission.

  • Responsible for leading The Winnetka Club in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the Club throughout the community.
  • Oversees strategic planning and implementation.
  • Oversees organization of Board and committee meetings.

2) Financial Performance and Viability: Supports Board to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for the expense budget of The Winnetka Club. Works with Finance Committee to create a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Works with the Board to be responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support The Winnetka Club’s mission.

3) Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.

  • Responsible for implementation of The Winnetka Club’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that The Winnetka Club can successfully fulfill its Mission.
  • Responsible for the enhancement of The Winnetka Club’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other non profit organizations and groups.

4) Organization Operations. Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Responsible effective administration of The Winnetka Club’s operations.
  • Responsible for working with Board President to sign all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
  • Establishes administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
  • Reviews contracts for services.
  • Oversees marketing and other communications efforts.

And other duties as assigned by the Board and/or its President.

Professional Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of The Winnetka Club’s strategic future to  board, volunteers and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with Board or any staff
  • Strong public speaking ability

Position is a Part-Time, Hourly (20 hours per week – except for summer months) 12 month contract. Hours will be reduced to 8-10 hours per week during summer months (June 15 through August 1) and the office is closed between Christmas Eve and Jan. 2.  PTO (vacation and/or sick days) is non-paid and any request for PTO must be agreed upon by the Board President and the Board.  The Executive Director will receive three paid holidays annually.

During times when additional hours may be required for programs or events, the regular hourly rate of pay will hold and agreement will be made between the Ex. Director and The Board President regarding any additional hours.   Weekly hours over or under what is specified in this job description, must be approved prior to any change.  Hours over the weekly amount may require documentation of the work done.

This is part time employee position. No benefits are offered as part of this position.  TWC will pay required employment taxes as required by law and the Ex. Director will be required to complete a W-4 form.

The Winnetka Club
620 Lincoln Avenue
Suite #203
Winnetka IL 60093

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Winnetka
Opportunity Good For: Adults
Categories: Education,Health & Wellness,Professional Development & Training,Women’s Issues

Bodyworks for Vets

Bodyworks for Vets

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We achieve our mission by going out in the community to reach out to Veterans. With the support of our Volunteer therapist, we are able to provide our services at our Center, Health Fairs and the VA Hospitals.

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Highland Park
Opportunity Good For: Adults
Categories: Disabilities,Health & Wellness,Mental Health Services,Seniors

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Spanish Translator Volunteer

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Spanish Translator Volunteer: Are you able to translate in Spanish? We are looking for a volunteer to help us with translation at our various Focused Field Trips (FFT) and at our Early Childhood Connections events. You would work alongside our Educators during these school trips to help translate for those that are Spanish speaking. Skills needed would be to translate English to Spanish and or Spanish to English; both written and verbal.
Weekday Shifts Only: Between 9 AM to 5 PM

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Glenview
Opportunity Good For: Adults,People Over 16
Categories: Arts & Culture,Education,Youth

Bodyworks for Vets

Bodyworks for Vets

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We support our mission by going out in the community to reach out to Veterans. With the support of our Volunteer therapist, we are able to provide our services at our Center, Health Fairs and the VA Hospitals.

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Opportunity Good For: 
Categories: Disabilities,Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Seniors

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Reading Assistance Volunteers

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If you are in school to become a teacher or just enjoy helping people improve their reading skills, this is for you! Many participants at The Douglas Center are at lower reading levels and would like to improve their reading ability or just practice reading.

You will work under the guidance and supervision of a trained staff member. This volunteer service can be done during the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday and requires a minimum 60 hour commitment. If you are a college student or need service hours, you can choose to do a short-term volunteer commitment. If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity, please contact Elizabeth C. Kristiansen via email: ekristiansen@thedouglascenter.org or phone: 847-674-1921.

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Skokie
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Internships,People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Disabilities,Education,Seniors

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Art from the Heart Volunteer

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Can you color, paint, draw or enjoying helping those that do? You don’t need to be an artist for this opportunity!

We are seeking volunteers to assist with participants in our Art from the Heart program. This volunteer service can be completed between the hours of 12:30pm and 2:30pm on Tuesdays of each week. If you are interested in working with adults living with disabilities, we would love to have you join our team as a volunteer for this rewarding experience.  For additional information, please contact Elizabeth C. Kristiansen via email: ekristiansen@thedouglascenter.org or phone: 847-674-1921.

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Skokie
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Internships,Seniors
Categories: Arts & Culture,Disabilities,Education,Mental Health,Seniors

CJE Senior Life logo

RELIGIOUS CELEBRATIONS IN DEERFIELD

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Celebrate Shabbat with our residents in Deerfield.  Volunteers are needed at our Weinberg campus in Deerfield on Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. You will be able to assist residents throughout the Shabbat morning service.  Join us in being a part of a meaningful tradition.

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Deerfield
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Groups,People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Seniors

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Special Events Volunteer

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Special Events Volunteer: Be a part of a special event, such as helping us with stuffing envelopes for any of our fundraising events, or helping at the various actual events such as check-in’s, selling raffle tickets, or photo assistant.
Shifts: These special projects are date specific.  Contact us for further information

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Glenview
Opportunity Good For: Adults,People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Arts & Culture,Education,Youth

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Memory Care Support

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Unique opportunity to work with residents who have memory issues. Options include but not limited to music, travel or other group discussion topics. Other activities such as hand massage welcome. Locations in Skokie and Deerfield.

If this sounds like you and you would enjoy interacting with older adults, please contact us at volunteers@cje.net or 773-508-4232.

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Skokie, Deerfield
Opportunity Good For: Adults,People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Seniors

North Shore Senior Center logo

Lifelong Learning Program Aide

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If you enjoy educational seminars dealing with a variety of topics such as politics, travel, health, movies, popular culture and more then consider becoming a program aide.  Volunteers are needed to help sign-in individuals who have registered for our North Shore Senior presentations.  Once sign-in is complete, volunteers are welcome to attend the program at no charge.

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Northfield
Opportunity Good For: Seniors
Categories: Arts & Culture,Education,Health & Wellness,Seniors

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House of Welcome Program Assistants, Music Therapy and Pet Therapy

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Make a difference in the lives of persons with memory loss by interacting in the home-like setting of the House of Welcome Adult Day Service Program. (HOW). The HOW program serves older adults living with memory loss and provides a structured group program of therapeutic activities.  You can assist with scheduled activities such as crafts, baking, games or spend time 1-1 with participants. No previous experience or skills required.

However, IF you have a pet therapy animal you can participate in that aspect.  IF you play a musical instrument you can participate in the music therapy portion.

Because of the COVID outbreak, we are interviewing volunteer candidates for our volunteer roles by phone or on-line only.  Please contact cpadovani@nssc.org  and we will get the volunteer enrollment process started so that you will be ready to begin your new role with the North Shore Senior Center once our doors re-open.

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Northfield
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Animals,Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Seniors

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Volunteer Center Welcomes Additional Board members

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Join Us!

The operations of the Volunteer Center are supported by an energetic board of directors. This is a working board that is committed to volunteerism, service and making a difference in our community — a fulfilling experience!

The primary work of the board involves our Days of Service throughout the year that provide community-building opportunities to volunteer as an individual or with family, friends and service groups.  Board members also assist our various committees and help us with our annual fundraising efforts.

We enjoy a spirited camaraderie and act as liaisons in the community to encourage volunteerism. The Board seeks to have representatives in the New Trier Township and the surrounding N.E. Metro Chicago area.

We are always looking for anyone who simply has a passion for service and a willingness to help. We do have specific needs for those who have any of the following skills:

  • graphic design experience
  • communications – social media rep
  • marketing & public relations
  • program development/management
  • finance and accounting/treasurer duties

Interested?  Contact info@volunteercenterhelps.org for more information

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Winnetka
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16
Categories: Advocacy,Animals,Arts & Culture,Disabilities,Education,Environmental & Nature,Global,Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Poverty & Homelessness,Professional Development & Training,Refugees,Seniors,Women’s Issues,Youth

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Volunteers for Several Opportunities

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We help volunteers understand how they can support each person in reaching their personal goals or with participating in community activities.

We currently could use support in the following roles:

  • Peer Buddies at TotalLink social or community events.
  • Teaching or providing assistance in TotalLink classes or social programs.
  • Providing office or administrative support.
  • Networking for a job or training opportunity on behalf of our job seekers.

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Northbrook
Opportunity Good For: Internships,People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Arts & Culture,Disabilities,Education,Health & Wellness

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Russian Speaking Volunteers

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CJE SeniorLife, which offers a comprehensive network of programs and services for older adults and seniors, is seeking Russian-speaking volunteers for a variety of roles.

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Chicago
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Groups,People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Arts & Culture,Seniors

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Weekend Social Programming Support

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Social Programming Support:

We are looking for individuals that can offer their time at our weekend programs:

  • Friday Movie Night
  • Girlfriends Group (Saturday Afternoons)
  • Guys Night Out/In (Saturday Nights)
  • Saturday Socials (Saturday Nights).

This does not need to be an every week commitment.

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Northbrook
Opportunity Good For: Internships,People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Arts & Culture,Disabilities,Health & Wellness

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Senior Connections Friendly Visitor- Two Wilmette seniors seeking a visitor

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One hour a week can change a senior’s life! Make a difference today!

Argentium Senior Connections, Family Service of Glencoe and New Trier Township have partnered to bring Senior Connections friendly visiting program to Glencoe, Glenview, Wilmette, and Winnetka. We are currently looking for friendly visitors to connect with a socially isolated older adult in their community with a weekly visit. Upcoming training dates, so Inquire today to learn more!

Friendly visitors meet with their new senior friend for one hour, once a week to go for walk, sit and talk, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea together, or even go out to eat or shop.

All volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application, attend a volunteer training, provide personal references, and undergo a background check. A complimentary background check is provided. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds. College students, professionals, families, and retirees are encouraged to apply. Must be at least 18 years old to visit one-on-one with a senior.

After attending a training, staff will facilitate a match with a compatible senior and personally introduce a volunteer to the senior. This flexible, one hour, once a week volunteer opportunity allows for you to visit when it works best for you and your senior friend. Staff and additional training are available for ongoing support.

If interested in making a new connection with a local senior, please inquire today at 847-869-0682 or visit our website at www.argentiumcare.org to learn more about how to become a volunteer.

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Glencoe, Glenview, Wilmette, Winnetka
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Disabilities,Education,Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Seniors

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WiseUp – Aging with Attitude ~ Volunteer Friendly Visitor

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Are you interested in helping older adults be able to live independently in their homes and feel connected to the community they live in? If so, we would love to have you be a vital part of our organization! WiseUp is in need of friendly visitors to visit and spend time with older adults.  Our friendly visiting program is a great way to make a difference in someone’s life on a regular basis. You can share in conversation or if you’d like, do something together you both find of interest.

Flexible Scheduling – We are so appreciative of our volunteers and we understand scheduling can be tricky sometimes. To that end, we will work around your schedule. Also keep in mind, we will match you based on interests and schedule.

What do you need? If you have the desire to be matched as a friendly visitor, then you’re already on the road to volunteering. You’ll also need:

  • Have availability during the day
  • A current, valid driver’s license
  • To clear a criminal background check with Intellicorp
  • Complete WiseUp training (based on your availability)

What is our organization all about? WiseUp, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a part of the growing nationwide “village” movement designed to support older adults in living independently in their homes. Wiseup’s mission is to help members feel like they are connected, active, contributing members of their community.

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Evanston
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Disabilities,Seniors

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Performing Artists

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WANTED:  Musicians, vocalists, performers of all kinds are welcome to showcase their talents with CJE SeniorLife. What better way to contribute to our shared community! Individuals and groups are welcome! Please contact us at volunteers@cje.net or 773-508-4232.

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Chicago and northern suburbs
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Children Under 16,Families,Groups,People Over 16,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Arts & Culture,Seniors

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DOG PALS

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If you have a certified therapy dog (or want more information), we invite you to join our Dog Pals program. You will visit residents in our CJE SeniorLife buildings. This unique opportunity is beneficial and meaningful to all involved. Please contact us at volunteers@cje.net or 773-508-4232 for more information. If you have a certified therapy dog (or want more information), we invite you to join our Dog Pals program. You will visit residents in our CJE SeniorLife buildings. This unique opportunity is beneficial and meaningful to all involved. Please contact us at volunteers@cje.net or 773-508-4232 for more information.

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Deerfield, Skokie, Chicago
Opportunity Good For: Adults,Families,People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Animals,Health & Wellness,Seniors

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Haven Youth and Family Services Ongoing Opportunities

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Youth Board Haven offers area youth an opportunity to become more involved. Youth Board members have a chance to develop their leadership skills and help Haven grow as an agency. The Youth Board meets at Haven once a week (typically on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm). Their goal is to help fundraise and raise awareness of mental health issues in the community. Looking for a way to meet others and make a difference?

The Young Adult Board of Haven Youth and Family Services is comprised of young professional, community minded adults from 21-35 years old who have a strong desire to serve youth and adolescents and promote healthy lifestyles. The purpose of the Young Adult Board is to create public awareness of Haven’s mission, foster a spirit of volunteerism, learn skills necessary to serve in voluntary leadership roles with non-profit organizations and participate in occasional fundraising events that enable Haven to continue their work within the North Shore community. The Young Adult Board will meet approximately four times a year and members will have an opportunity to meet peers, network with one another and socialize with others in the Chicago area. These get-togethers will be informal and mostly held in the city at local eateries, etc. Businesses and corporations are often pleased when their employees show an interest in their community! Board of Directors – Supporting our children and their families 24 hours a day. 847.251.6630

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Winnetka
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Education,Youth

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Ongoing Opportunities with American Red Cross

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JOIN OUR TEAM At the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago there are 3,000 active volunteers working day and night throughout northeastern Illinois. Volunteers are 90% of our staff and we would not be able to do the work without them. We would love for you to join our team! Volunteers play a vital role in fulfilling the Red Cross mission: preparedness, prevention, and response to emergencies. No matter your interests, skills or schedule, you can make a significant contribution to your community. Volunteers are needed in all areas of our work from instructing courses, providing office support, assisting with disaster response, etc. All training will be provided. It’s time to give back and there’s no better place to do that then with the American Red Cross.

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Chicago
Opportunity Good For: Children Under 16,Groups,Internships,People Over 16,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Advocacy,Crisis & Disaster Relief,Mental Health,Poverty & Homelessness

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Care Companions

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Care Companions visit with patients and families and provide an extra layer of support through simple conversation, playing a game, watching television, etc. They volunteer at the Care Centers or in the home.

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Barrington
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Health & Wellness,Seniors

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Hospitality Volunteers

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Hospitality Volunteers assist JourneyCare staff with clerical tasks such as answering phones and call lights, faxing important documents, providing tours of the hospice unit, and so on.

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Barrington
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Education,Seniors,Youth

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CNA Assist Volunteers

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CNA Assist Volunteers are paired with a Certified Nursing Assistant and help with a patient’s “activities of daily living,” such as feeding, bathing, changing linens, etc. Specialized training is provided to help prepare volunteers to provide this tender care to our patients.

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Barrington
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Health & Wellness,Seniors

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Fashion Intake & Pricing Volunteer

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North Shore Exchange, the award-winning, nonprofit luxury resale shop, is opening a third location in the Old Orchard Shopping Center on June 1! Our first two locations, in Glencoe and at 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago, and our online store, have raised $1.5 million for dozens of inspiring Chicagoland organizations doing important work to change the lives of families, individuals, and children with the greatest need.

If you have an eye for fashion and a passion for our mission, please consider joining our amazing volunteer team as a fashion intake and pricing specialist.

In this vital role, you will decide whether items offered for consignment or donation are a good fit for our customers and then research similar items to determine price. Then, you’ll enter the item into our computer system using our standard description format, print the tag, and watch it find its new home. This opportunity is for approximately 10 hours per week. Training provided. Volunteer hours would be spent at our 372 Hazel Avenue, Glencoe location at a mutually agreed upon time.

Must be able to climb stairs, lift light items off the floor, have strong attention to detail, be comfortable with computer research and learning a simple computer program, and be comfortable working with one other person, as this work is generally done in a team.

For more information, please click here or email melissa@northshoreexchange.org. To apply for this position, click here.

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Glencoe
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16
Categories: Women’s Issues

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Home Accessories Intake & Pricing Specialist

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North Shore Exchange, the award-winning, nonprofit luxury resale shop, is opening a third location in the Old Orchard Shopping Center on June 1! Our first two locations, in Glencoe and at 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago, and our online store, have raised $1.5 million for dozens of inspiring Chicagoland organizations doing important work to change the lives of families, individuals, and children with the greatest need.

If you have an eye for home accessories and a passion for our mission, please consider joining our amazing volunteer team as a home accessories intake and pricing specialist.

As a member of the vital home accessories team, you will help decide which items to acquire by reviewing pictures or going to consignors’ or donors’ homes, then determine accurate pricing by researching similar items. Other responsibilities might include responding to emails about furniture consignment, arranging delivery or pick up of items, computer skills for inputting information into Liberty (software system), and organizing the items in the store.

The ability to move or assist in moving light pieces within the store is helpful. Must be comfortable with computer research and learning a simple computer program, and be comfortable working with one or two other people, as this work is generally done in a team.

For more information, please click here or email home@northshoreexchange.org. To apply for this position, click here.

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Glencoe
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16
Categories: Women’s Issues

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Digital Marketing Volunteer

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North Shore Exchange, the award-winning, nonprofit luxury resale shop, is opening a third location in the Old Orchard Shopping Center on June 1! Our first two locations, in Glencoe and at 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago, and our online store, have raised $1.5 million for dozens of inspiring Chicagoland organizations doing important work to change the lives of families, individuals, and children with the greatest need.

If you have good computer skills and have a passion for our mission, please consider joining our amazing volunteer marketing team in a digital marketing role.

In this vital role, after training, your efforts will be focused on uploading product to our website, monitoring product postings for quality control, and removing stale items from our online store. Following completion of training, this is a volunteer role that can be done from home. 

Must have strong attention to detail, be comfortable with technology/computers, and be comfortable working independently.

For more information, please go to our volunteer page or email sheilah@northshoreexchange.org. To apply for this position, click here.

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Glencoe
Opportunity Good For: Adults
Categories: Women’s Issues

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Product Photographer, North Shore Exchange

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North Shore Exchange, the award-winning, nonprofit luxury resale shop, is opening a third location in the Old Orchard Shopping Center on June 1! Our first two locations, in Glencoe and at 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago, and our online store, have raised $1.5 million for dozens of inspiring Chicagoland organizations doing important work to change the lives of families, individuals, and children with the greatest need.

If you can take a decent picture and have a passion for our mission, please consider joining our amazing volunteer team as a photographer for our new store in the Old Orchard Shopping Center. Our volunteer photographers are responsible for taking pictures of our merchandise, from clothing and handbags to jewelry, shoes and home decor items. These pictures are used to sell merchandise on our online store and also in our marketing efforts including email marketing and social media.

Our photography volunteers follow a provided, predetermined format for our product photography that allows us to present a consistent look to the products we feature online. Photos are shot square/no larger than 1000 x 1000, and uploaded no longer than 24 hours after the volunteer session to our shared Dropbox folder.

Being a professional photographer is not required (many of our volunteers just use their iPhones!). Must have strong attention to detail, be comfortable working independently, and be able to climb stairs and lift items off the floor. This opportunity is for approximately 5 hours per week. Training provided. Volunteer hours would be spent at our 372 Hazel Avenue, Glencoe boutique location at a mutually agreed upon time.

For more information, please go to our volunteer page or email sheilah@northshoreexchange.org. To apply for this position, click here.

With acceptance of the volunteer role, the photographer agrees that photography shot of North Shore Exchange merchandise is the exclusive property of North Shore Exchange.

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Glencoe
Opportunity Good For: Adults
Categories: Women’s Issues

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Art Adventures Volunteer

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Mentor “future” artists in our Art Studio by helping children with their engaging projects, setting up new activities, and prepping materials for their projects. Seeking individuals with past experience working with young children in the arts.
Weekday Shifts:  10 AM – 12 noon  or 1 PM – 4 PM
Saturday Shifts:  10 AM – 12 noon or  1 PM  – 4 PM
Sunday Shift:  1 PM  – 4 PM

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Glenview
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Categories: Youth

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Floor Guide Volunteer

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Be one of the friendly faces that help enhance guest’s experiences, and learning through interaction in our Museum exhibits. Assist the Museum staff by ensuring a safe and clean environment on the Museum floor. Keep an eye out for lost children and keep exhibits organized so that all patrons can enjoy the interactive exhibits! Assist with set-up, tear down and general support of birthday parties when necessary.

Weekday Shifts: 9:30 AM – 12 noon  or 12 noon – 3 PM
Saturday Shifts:  9 AM – 12 noon, 11 AM – 2 PM, 12 noon  – 3 PM, and 2 PM – 5 PM 
Sunday Shifts: 12 noon – 3 PM, 12 noon – 5 PM, or 2 PM – 5 PM

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Glenview
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16
Categories: Arts & Culture,Education,Youth

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Retail Sales Assistant

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Passionate about fashion and giving back? Join our growing volunteer team.

North Shore Exchange, https://northshoreexchange.org, the award-winning, nonprofit luxury resale shop, is opening a third location in the Old Orchard Shopping Center on June 1! Our first two locations, in Glencoe and at 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago, and our online store, have raised $1.5 million for dozens of inspiring Chicagoland organizations doing important work to change the lives of families, individuals, and children with the greatest need.

If you’re energetic, friendly, and have a passion for our mission, please consider joining our amazing volunteer team as a retail sales assistant in our new store. Sell a wide variety of high-end merchandise, including woman’s fashion, jewelry, accessories, art, home decor, furniture and much more.

For more information, please go to https://northshoreexchange.org/pages/volunteer.

To apply for this position, click here https://www.jotform.com/nseglencoe/volunteer-application-form

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Glencoe
Opportunity Good For: Adults
Categories: Women’s Issues

New Trier Township

Food Pantry Food Drives

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Our Food Pantry doesn’t currently need volunteers — but we are always seeking individuals and groups willing to lead food collections at local grocery stores, parties, events, and local businesses and organizations.

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Winnetka
Opportunity Good For: Children Under 16,Families,Groups,People Over 16,People With Disabilities,Seniors
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New Trier Township

High School Peer Jury Program

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Every year we look for motivated high school students who attend public and private New Trier Township schools, to serve on the High School Peer Jury.   juvenile diversion program that works with local police departments to determine appropriate penalties for non-violent, first time lawbreakers and cut down on repeat offenses.  Ideal for youth interested in law or crime prevention.

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Winnetka
Opportunity Good For: Children Under 16
Categories: Disabilities,Mental Health,Poverty & Homelessness,Seniors,Youth

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Meal Volunteers

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We are looking for volunteers to come alongside us and help serve our children through preparing dinners every week. This is an opportunity for our children to connect and create healthy adult relationships outside of their normal routines. Not only do we want to provide food for our children’s bodies, we also want to nourish their souls through meaningful interactions at mealtimes. In addition, it is a wonderful chance for you to see what life is like at LYDIA Home by sharing a meal with our children. As a volunteer, you would prepare, serve, and partake in the meal as well as assist our staff in any clean-up. We encourage you to stay and enjoy the meal with our kids, or even bring an age-appropriate activity to share. We especially encourage families and small groups to volunteer in this way.

Time commitment 5pm-7:30pm any night of the week except Thursdays

For more information and to sign up for a meal visit this link: http://www.lydiahome.org/meals-that-heal/

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Chicago
Opportunity Good For: Children Under 16,Families,Groups,People Over 16,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Crisis &amp Disaster Relief,Education,Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Youth

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Front Desk Volunteer

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We are looking for a few volunteers to serve as administrative support at our front desk. We are hoping to cover a total of 40 hours a week between 9AM-4PM Monday-Friday. Shifts would be 4-8 hours long, depending on volunteer availability. Responsibilities include greeting guests, answering the phone, distributing mail, managing calendars, and maintaining office supplies.

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Chicago
Opportunity Good For: People Over 16,People With Disabilities,Seniors
Categories: Crisis &amp Disaster Relief,Education,Health & Wellness,Mental Health,Youth

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Gardeners at Wagner Farm

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Are you interested in farming and gardening? Want to learn to grow and harvest food? Wagner farm is looking for volunteers!

Volunteers lend a hand in our Market Garden Monday through Saturday from 9am-1pm now through October.

Volunteers tend our market garden by planting, weeding, cultivating and harvesting a wide variety of vegetables. Much of our produce is donated to the local food pantry.

If you love being outside, connecting with the land and have an appreciation for where our food comes from, this is the place for you!

Wagner Farm is complying with public health recommendations regarding COVID-19. Masks are required while volunteering when unable to be more than 6 feet from others. Cleaning and sanitizing protocols have been implemented. Our goal is to have volunteers give back to the community in a safe environment.

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Glenview
Opportunity Good For: Children Under 16,Groups,People Over 16,Seniors
Categories: Education,Environmental & Nature,Health & Wellness,Seniors,Youth

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