Volunteer Opportunities


2018 Monthly Events

Nikolas Ritschel Foundation 

Oct. 13
7 a.m.
Rockford Rivets Stadium, Loves Park, IL

Nik's Home Run 7k race, 1.5 walk and silent auction exists to raise money for young adults between the ages of 18-24 who are fighting cancer. We provide wishes to college age students too old for Make a Wish Foundation. Our goal is to raise money for 10 wishes.

Volunteer positions are available for course marshall, water stops, drive a Lincoln, silent auction, set up and clean up. You can also create a remote team to run or walk vitually for us. Contact kelli@nikswish.org to get involved.

Bernie's Book Bank

Oct. 19
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
917 North Shore Drive, Lake Bluff, IL, 60044

Bernie's Book Bank collects, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children's books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.

Volunteers will be processing quality new and used children's books to be distributed among the Chicagoland area. Contact volunteer@berniesbookbank.org to get involved.

Kishwaukee Family YMCA 

Oct. 19
Multiple Shifts
NIU Convocation center 

We are looking for volunteers for our annual Halloween Party held at the NIU Convocation Center. We will need volunteers to help with setup, tear down,and with the event. For the event we are looking for people to help with games, bounce houses, Fear factor, and the Haunted House. Multiple shifts are available. Please email dhorne@kishymca.org to get involved.

Friends of DeKalb Public Library 

Oct. 18 - 22
309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL 60115

A book sale is being hosted to raise funds for the library. Help is needed with set-up on October 18th starting at 10 a.m. The sale takes place on October 19th and 20th and 21st with help needed at various times throughout the day. on Monday October 22nd help is needed with tear down starting at 10 a.m.

Contact Deborah Booth at debbooth54@gmail.com to get involved

Family Service Agency Volunteer Open House

Oct. 24
6-7 p.m.
14 Health Services Dr. DeKalb IL 60115

Family Service Agency (FSA) is excited to announce they are having a volunteer open house! Everyone in the community is welcome to join us to learn more about the volunteer opportunities that FSA has. This open house is for information purposes only and attendees are not required to make a commitment. Feel free to join us to ask questions and see what we have to offer for those who are interested in volunteering in their community. Refreshments will be provided.


Oct. 27
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
NIU Convocation Center

STEMfest is a free event at the NIU Convocation Center with hands-on exhibits, activities, and competitions to help K-12 students, their families and the community to explore science, technology, engineering and math.

We need students to help with everything from greeting visitors, to event set-up and tear-down, to working at one of our interactive displays, during a shift of your choosing.

Contact Sara Finnigan with questions: sfinnigan@niu.edu

Register to volunteer today!

Circle of Care Banquet

Nov. 1 - 2
5:30-10 PM
Crossview Church (150 Bethany Road, DeKalb, IL 60115)

Student volunteers will set up and serve a family style meal at the Circle of Care Banquet. They also clean up after. Serving experience helpful but not necessary. A very delicious dinner is provided! Contact kerry@wecarepregnancyclinic.org to volunteer.

There are no volunteer opportunities at this time.

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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

We offer a variety of activities throughout the year for students to show their support for safety and awareness activities, including, but not limited to, consent, Title IX/sexual misconduct and sexual assault, stalking and mental health awareness months.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Distributing information around campus
  • Blogging and posting on social media
  • Posting informational flyers
  • Gathering data
  • Attending events which promote the safety of all at NIU.

For more information visitthe  ADEI website or contact Susan Swegle at sswegle1@niu.edu to volunteer!

309 New Indian Trail Court
Aurora, IL 60506

Activity Based Day Programs

The Association for Individual Development empowers people with physical, developmental, intellectual and mental health challenges to enjoy lives of dignity and purpose. Ongoing, weekday volunteers are needed for our activity based day programs in Aurora, Elgin, Sugar Grove, Batavia and Yorkville. One three to four hour volunteer shift a week is perferred. Perfect for Disability studies, education, human services etc. students.

Contact Maureen to apply at mspradlin@aidcares.org or call 630-966-4020. 

Crisis Line Volunteers

The Crisis Line of Fox Valley is a free service provided by the Association for Individual Development, a not-for-profit organization serving over 5500 individuals who are developmentally and/or physically disabled, or are in need of behavioral health care.

This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity and volunteers are asked to commit to one four hour shift a week, and must complete training that runs Thursday nights for 12 weeks starting in September. Contact Maureen mspradlin@aidcares.org for more information.

Huntley Middle School (1515 S. 4th St, Door 28, DeKalb, IL 60115)

The Barb Mart food pantry is open every Thursday. Volunteers are needed in the morning to help unload food and from 4:15-6:15 pm while pantry is open. Student are welcome to work as often or seldom as you like. The pantry serves families in the DeKalb School District.

Contact Christine Holloway at Barbfoodmart@dist428.org or 815-901-8156 to get involved.

3298 Resource Parkway, DeKalb, IL 60115

Bethany student volunteers may aid the wellness (formerly activities) programs by aiding in pushing wheelchair residents to and from activities, helping residents with various levels of functioning to participate in activities and Wellness programming and simply volunteering your time to visit with residents.

Wellness programming includes items from Bingo to Zumba, as well as painting nails, playing charades and taking a group to a local store or restaurant for a day out.

Contact Alexander Arthur at alexander.arthur@aegistherapies.com for more information.

1430 Dekalb Ave. Sycamore, IL 60178
Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m.

Parents Care + Share is a program through Children's Home + Aid that provides support groups for parents and caregivers. These support groups give parents and caregivers an opportunity to learn new skills, engage in meaningful conversation, and expand their support networks all in an effort to prevent child abuse and neglect. An important part of these support groups is childcare. By providing childcare, parents and caregivers are able to fully engage in a group that is beneficial for themselves and their families. We are seeking experienced childcare for our groups.

This is a paid position. You get $20 for each session of childcare. This is a great way to volunteer your time and an easy way to make some extra money! To get started, contact Darci Thompson or call 309-834-5240 to schedule an interview.

1771 S Wiesbrook Rd, Wheaton, IL 60189

Connection of Friends is a small non-profit organization that provides programs for adults with special needs. We are currently looking for volunteers for our Saturday Night Socials. Volunteers would need to facilitate conversations with our small group of participants, lead activities and games, and have fun with the participants. For more information please visit our website and click on "Volunteer/Intern."

Volunteer with this after school program for students of Littlejohn Elementary School. Creando Caminos provides academic support and mentoring through one-on-one and small group activities. For more information about this semester's schedule please contact James "Twigz" McGuire.

Share your time and talents while gaining real-world work experiences. Try something new and different. 4-H is seeking mentors to lead DeKalb County youth in various project activities. Make a difference in your community by being part of a new adventure. DeKalb County 4-H is recruiting mentors to teach short-term Special Interest clubs on subjects that are interesting to both the mentor and the 4-H member. Photography, Cooking, Art, Theater, Gardening, Robotics and Dogs are just a few examples of potential clubs that can be offered with your help.

Youth Development training and support will be provided so no prior teaching experience is needed. Volunteer around your busy schedule and invite your friends to be a mentor with you. Everyone has something to offer. What kind of adventure do you want to take this year?

Contact Nicole Groezinger or call 815-758-8194.

The Communiversity Gardens began in 2014 with three gardens – the Huskie Service Scholar Gardens, the Native Plant Garden and the Sandra Streed Memorial Garden. In their first growing season, the gardens raised about 500 pounds of food to donate.

The Communiversity Gardens are unique among DCCG plots in that DCCG provides ongoing support, but NIU students and staff take the lead in maintaining the gardens. Volunteer to help the gardens today, there are various time slots available!

Help your community by volunteering a small portion of your time to help senior citizens and adults with disabilities cut grass, rake leaves or shovel snow. To volunteer, please call 815-758-6550.

509 North First Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Volunteers are essential to creating an enjoyable and informative visit for the thousands of guests to Ellwood House! Volunteers conduct tours and engage with visitors. Each volunteer will work with the education staff to determine which responsibilities are best suited to their skills and interests. For more information contact Tricia 815-756-4609.

14 health Services Drive, DeKalb

Senior Connections is a volunteer program designed for volunteers to provide companionship to seniors who are home-bound or struggling with isolation and loneliness. Some activities that a volunteer and senior can do together include games, puzzles, hobbies, community events and more. Volunteers must be 18 or older.

Youth Mentoring provides mentoring programs for children. They provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. There are two programs: Community-Based where children ages 5-16 are matched with a mentor.

Lunch Buddies where elementary and middle school mentees are matched with a mentor who visits their match during the child's lunch period every other week during the school year.

Visit our website for more infomation on how to get involved.

317 N. 4th Street, DeKalb

Family FIRST, a free community meal and activity for families with children, first Wednesday of each month, 5:45-7 p.m. Assistance needed with food prep/serving, clean up and activities. Sign up to volunteer for Family First.  

REAL Meal, a free community meal for all, served family style, fourth Sunday of each month (except December), 5-6 p.m. Assistance needed with food prep, 3-5 p.m. Volunteers encouraged to stay for the meal. Sign up to help at REAL Meal.

2626 North Annie Glidden Road
DeKalb IL 60115

Heritage Woods of DeKalb offers affordable assisted living to adults 65+. We are always in need of volunteers to serve in various capacities based on interests and abilities. From assisting residents during scheduled activities, to community outings, special events and everything in between - Heritage Woods has opportunities for all ages. We are conveniently location just North of the NIU campus.

Email resident.services@hw-dekalb-slf.com to get involved.

2626 North Annie Glidden Road
DeKalb IL 60115

Volunteers are always needed at the Huskies Student Food Pantry. Students and/or student groups can volunteer to work when the pantry is open, help stock the shelves, unload food, etc. Visit Huskie Food Pantry to register to volunteer or send an email with any questions you may have.

233 S. Wacker Drive 84th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60606

At iGlow Mentoring, our mission is to effect change in young girls by renewing their minds and restoring values. However, we can’t accomplish this task alone. We need you! Volunteers are a vital part of our success. By donating a small portion of time, you can make a big impact in the lives of the young girls we serve. Together we can Inspire Girls to Lead Our World! For more information please email us.

Current Volunteer Positions Available
  • Event Coordinator for girls nonprofit
  • Social Media intern
  • Administrative Assistant for boys nonprofit
  • Administrative assistant for Girls nonprofit

Volunteer hours are flexible. Make your own schedule. This web-based community offers support to the survivors of miscarriage, stillbirth and early infant loss. Members are offered a one-on-one support and mentoring program that is tailored to their individual needs.

Contact Steve French at steve.french@mymiscarriagematters.org or 540-498-7197.

The Northern Illinois Food Bank has two volunteer opportunities to consider!

We need of volunteers to assist in the inspecting, sorting and packaging of donated food to be sent out to over 800 feeding sites. Responsibilities will vary based on the donated product that has recently come in. Regular roles can include putting together boxes, labeling food items, inspecting product for damage, checking expiration dates, weighing, carrying and lifting boxes of products. Location: 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva IL

We've opened our Senior Grocery Market and Winnebago Community Market at the Northwest (Rockford) Center to provide nutritious food to our hungry neighbors. These markets average about 250 clients served each session.

Available volunteer roles are chosen the day of the shift, and include assisting in registration, handing out food, restocking the food carts and managing the carts as clients move to and from their cars. Location: 765 Research Parkway, Rockford IL

Volunteers can sign up using our online calendar.

Contact volunteer@northernilfoodbank.org with questions!

PALS Programs is looking for volunteers to staff summer camp locations around the country. Camp PALS provides one-week sleepaway camps for teens and young adults with Down syndrome.

Counselors are paired one-to-one with a camper and spend a week living on campus, building friendships and taking part in dynamic programming. We ask our volunteers to be present, keep an open mind, dance like crazy, get to know your roommate, and have fun!

Counselors have no out-of-pocket costs besides transport to and from Camp. Be ready to be both challenged and inspired. Visit our website for more dates and locations - we're running 14 unique programs this summer, nationwide.

Contact Colton Davies at colton@palsprograms.org or 267-289-2153.

Pals Programs (Elmhurst College)
190 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126

27779 E Five Points Rd, Sycamore, IL 60178
8-10 a.m. and/or 3-5 p.m.

Shift duties include walking/exercising the huskies, cleaning indoor and outdoor kennels, feeding and administering medications. We require one shift a month to remain an active volunteer. We do accommodate for student break schedules.

Morning shift is 8-10 a.m. and afternoon shift is 3-5 p.m. Volunteers staff morning shifts on Saturday-Sunday and afternoon shifts seven days a week.

Contact April Chmara at aprilshowers418@yahoo.com or 815-508-8007 for more information.

P.O. Box 621, DeKalb, IL 60115

Help us end domestic and sexual violence in DeKalb County! We DeKalb county's only domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center. We provide free counseling to all survivors. We have volunteer positions open for childcare, children's group facilitator, crisis advocate, donation organizer, event ambassador and medical on-call advocate.

For more information, please contact Pamela Rosales at 815-756-5228 X 144.

830 Grove Street, DeKalb IL 60115

We need volunteers in our Food Pantry. The pantry is open M-Th 9:00 am-noon & Thursday evenings 5:00 pm-6:45 pm. You will be helping clients through our free choice pantry and stocking the shelves.

To apply comlete the online application on our website: www.salarmydekalb.org. You may also have to complete a background check.

5111 Chase Avenue, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

Sharing Connections a non-profit furniture bank that serves low-income families and individuals in homeless transition. Volunteers are needed for sorting donations, working directly with clients, cleaning and preparing furniture and possible assistance with going to donations pickup locations on company truck.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon.

For more information contact Amy Stukalo at astukalo@sharingconnections.org 

2678 N. IL Route 178, Utica, IL 61373

Starved Rock State Park is in need of volunteers to help adopt trail systems for clean up throughout the year. The Park's visitor center will provide garbage bags and garbage grabbers to help grab those items hard to reach from the trail. Volunteers will need to provide their own gloves.

Please contact Lisa Sons, Natural Resource Coordinator, to get started at 815-667-4726 dial 0, or lisa.sons@illinois.gov.

2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb

Volunteers assist Tails animal care staff in ensuring the dog and puppy cages/runs are properly cleaned and sanitized and properly set up in accordance with policies and procedures. Volunteers will also assist with general shelter duties like mopping, dishes, laundry, sorting newspaper, washing windows, cleaning cages and feeding the animals.

Commitment: 2-3 hours each shift, one shift weekly.

For more information on the volunteer opportunity, contact Ali Taylor at ataylor@tailshumanesociety.org or call 815-758-2457 ext. 103.

580 Waters Edge, Lombard, IL 60148

VITAS Healthcare is seeking volunteers to join their team! As a member of the team, volunteers will supplement the care provided by staff to support and socialize with patients. To sign-up to volunteer, contact Karen Smith at karen.smith@vitas.com.

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