Volunteer Opportunities


2018 Monthly Events

St. Mary's Golf Outing

August 24, 2018
various shifts
River Heights Golf Course
1020 Sharon Dr, DeKalb, IL 60115

St. Mary's is hosting their 14th annual golf outing and they are in need of volunteers to support this event. All proceeds will benefit technology needs at the school.

Volunteers can expect to monitor various holes where contests are taking place. Volunteers will also get lunch, dinner and two drink tickets.

Please contact Stacy Fowler at Stacyjofowler@yahoo.com for more information on volunteering.

We Care Pregnancy Clinic

August 25, 2018
9 a.m.-Noon
403 North 5th Street
DeKalb IL 60115

We Care Pregnancy Clinic is looking for volunteer help! Join them to tie information cards to 1,000 beautiful roses for the students of NIU.

Please contact Kerry Adams at kerry@wecarepregnancyclinic.orgm for more information

The Great Pumpkin Run

September 15, 2018
various shifts
2500 Johnson Rd. Oswego, IL 60543

Sour Fish Events is looking for volunteers to help with their Great Pumpkin Run.

Volunteers will receive an awesome tech t-shirt, along with one of the following:

  • Donation to the charity/group/school club of your choice
  • Free registration to this year's event (available only for the Friday shift or early Saturday shift)
  • Free registration to any 2019 event by Sour Fish Events

Register to volunteer today!


October 27th, 2018
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
NIU Convocation Center

STEMfest is a free event at NIU’s 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 the students choosing.

Contact Sara Finnigan with questions: sfinnigan@niu.edu

Register to volunteer today!

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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.

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.

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.

317 N. 4th Street, DeKalb
4th Sunday of each month at 5 p.m

The First United Methodist Church is in need of volunteers to assist with their family meal program and activities. Family First is a free family meal and activity to strengthen families in our community. Food prep volunteers prepare and serve a simple buffet meal. Activity and clean-up volunteers assist with the craft or game activity or with kitchen and room clean-up.

Sign up to volunteer with First United Methodist Church.

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.

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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