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There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. Why not give the gift of your time and talents by volunteering? Each Lurie Children’s volunteer has something special to offer, as well as the power to positively impact how patients and families experience the hospital.
We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities with varying levels of time commitment involved. Take a look at our volunteer options to determine which is best for you.
Join a Fundraising Board
Volunteer board and committee members are a critical part of our mission and the success of our fundraising initiatives, each made up of philanthropically-minded individuals dedicated to improving the lives of children.
Volunteer at the Hospital
Volunteering at the hospital can provide a life-enriching experience. Volunteers can be found throughout the main hospital and outpatient centers in a variety of roles, from the concierge and greeter stations to activity-based roles in the Panda Center and at the patients’ bedsides. Whether through direct or indirect interaction with patients and their families, our volunteers play an important role in improving the quality of care and the overall hospital experience.
Volunteer at an Event
Lurie Children’s Foundation’s annual signature fundraising events, including the Move for the Kids 5K Walk/Run, the Lurie Children’s Marathon Team, the Aon Step Up for Kids stair climb, the Run for Gus 5K and the CHICAGO Dance Marathon, offer a number of opportunities for volunteers.
Sign Up for Community Volunteer Corps
Lurie Children’s Community Volunteer Corps is an opportunity for community members, hospital volunteers and staff to serve as advocates for childhood health and safety throughout the Chicago area. During the summer, volunteers attend community events and festivals, bringing interactive games and educational material to share with children and families.
Due to limited capacity and continued concerns over health and safety, Community Volunteer Corps 2021 will not be taking external applicants for this summer. Thank you for your interest and we hope you will return in Spring 2022 for news on next year’s Community Volunteer Corps!"
Become a Social Media Ambassador
Help build awareness about Lurie Children's by proudly showing your support for the hospital on your own social media accounts. As a Lurie Children's social media ambassador, you will be part of an important community of hospital advocates.
Join Lurie Children's Families & Friends
Lurie Children’s Families & Friends is a program providing family members or friends of patients the opportunity to stay connected with the Lurie Children’s community, amplify their important story and volunteer or give back in meaningful ways.
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Thank you for your interest in conservation and stewardship opportunities at natural sites on the Southeast Side. As part of the city-wide Chicago Park District Community Stewardship Program , our volunteers work on projects such as litter pickup, trail mulching, removing invasive plants, and planting native species, as well as fun nature-based activities and events.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Ford Calumet Environmental Center or at Big Marsh Bike Park see the volunteer position descriptions listed below.
If you are interested in volunteering for a stewardship workday, visit our volunteer events calendar and rsvp., environmental center host.
Ford Calumet Environmental Center Hosts work alongside our Chicago Park District staff to welcome guests, field questions, and help visitors navigate the many opportunities available at the FCEC. These active volunteers are a friendly face at the information desk, assist with school groups, set up classrooms for programming, and foster a welcoming environment for visitors. Required skills include a quick smile and enthusiasm for talking about the Calumet Region and the Chicago Park District!
bike park trails volunteer
Bike Park Trails volunteers assist staff in ensuring that trails are maintained for visitors’ optimal safety and enjoyment. Duties include watering BMX and single track features, moving and tamping soil, removing vegetation, fielding visitor questions, and enforcing best practices for bicycle safety.
volunteer project opportunities
Since 2011, the Chicago Park District has made significant progress toward restoring Big Marsh Park into a space that allows recreational visitors and wildlife to coexist harmoniously. There’s still plenty of work to be done, and we rely heavily on our dedicated volunteers. If your scouting group, school, faith-based or community organization is looking to get involved in a fun and rewarding project we want to hear from you!
Getting Started Interested group leaders should meet with Big Marsh staff to define a project’s scope, ensuring it meets the park’s needs and is a good match for the volunteer organization. Once a project is agreed upon, volunteers create a timeline, materials and equipment list, and a fabrication and installment plan. Big Marsh Park staff will do their best to provide materials, tools, and collaboration with volunteers when available. However, volunteers are expected to take ownership over their own projects, and should complete most of the work themselves.
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There are no volunteer opportunities at Chicago Children’s Museum at this time.
Volunteer in the parks!
Thank you for your interest to volunteer with the Chicago Park District. There are many volunteer opportunities for every interest and level of time commitment.
Available Volunteer Opportunities
Explore the links below for detailed information on our various volunteer opportunities.
- One Day Volunteers
Group One Day Service Projects
- Natural Areas Community Stewardship
- Community Gardening
- Garfield Park Conservatory
- Lincoln Park Conservatory
- Park Advisory Councils
- Pitch in for the Parks - Park Clean-Up Effort
- Special event support
- Coaching and sports instruction
- Tutoring/mentoring after school programs and camps
For questions please call (312) 742-4764 or email [email protected] .
One-day volunteer opportunities include park clean-ups, event support, Earth Day, It’s Your Park Day, Special Olympics, tree mulching days, and much more. To find one-day volunteer opportunities contact your local park or Park Advisory Council. Go here to find a park. Advisory Council contact information is listed on each park page (if the park has a council). All one-day volunteers must complete the online volunteer waiver PRIOR to beginning a workday. Please note Long Term Volunteers do not need to fill out the one-day volunteer waiver.
The Chicago Park District offers many opportunities for one-day service project volunteers. Your service may include planting gardens, mulching trees, and other various park improvements. These events not only contribute to making Chicago’s Parks the beautiful destinations that they are but also serve as opportunities for team building. For more information or to schedule a group service project event, fill out the Group One Day Service Projects Volunteer Application. For further information on Chicago Park District Group One Day Service Volunteer opportunities email [email protected] .
Long Term Volunteer Application
To ensure the safety and protection of all park patrons, all volunteer applicants are required to successfully complete a background check prior to becoming a volunteer. If you are interested in a long-term volunteer position with the Chicago Park District, all long-term volunteers must complete a Long Term Volunteer Application (see below). Long-term indicates you are dedicated to supporting a local park on a regular basis. The Following Groups should complete the Long Term Volunteer Application
- Park Advisory Council board members handling finances or volunteering with youth
- Parent volunteers
- ANYONE volunteering with youth or handling finances
Steps to become a long term volunteer :
- Connect with the park supervisor or program manager.
- Complete the Long Term Volunteer Application (see application links below), and email your completed application to: [email protected] .
- Upon receipt, applicants will receive email instructions to complete a background check.
- The park supervisor or program manager will contact you when you are cleared to be an official Chicago Park volunteer.
- Enjoy volunteering in the parks!
Long Term Adult Volunteer Application (17 years and older) Long Term Minor Volunteer Application (16 years and younger)
For more information on Chicago Park District volunteer opportunities please email [email protected] .
We offer many options for sharing your time, matching your personality with volunteer opportunities.
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Now Accepting Volunteer Applications
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is currently accepting new volunteer applications. All interested applicants must supply COVID-19 vaccination records and other requested immunizations.
Questions? Please email [email protected] .
How Do Volunteers Make A Difference?
Volunteers are central to how patients and families feel about their care at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. We cherish our volunteers because they add diversity, dimension and vibrancy to how we — and you — express compassion.
There is no other research hospital in the world that will be practicing “translational” medicine, i.e., research will be directly applied (or “translated”) during therapy, with doctors and researchers working in the same space, real time, 24/7, with patients. Our stunning building is architecturally designed to create this seamless integration.
As integral members of our healthcare team, the contributions of volunteers are far-reaching:
- Administrative support — Providing office support services to departments.
- Patient services — Visiting adult and pediatric patients, mail/flyer delivery, patient transport.
- Therapy sessions — Working with staff and patients in physical and occupational therapy sessions.
- Therapeutic recreation — Reinforcing social and therapeutic processes by helping patients participate in therapeutic activities.
- Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program — Providing support to athletes and coordinators during practices and competitions.
Requirements for Volunteering
- Online/onsite Orientation Session
- Possible Phone Interview
- 100 Hour Commitment with Consistent Weekly Shifts
- Medical Requirements, including MMR, Varicella, TB Testing, COVID and Flu Vaccination (Seasonal)
- Criminal Background Check (18 years and older)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the volunteer time commitment?
We ask for a 100-hour commitment. Most volunteer areas require a 3 hour shift each week. - One consistent weekly shift - AM Shift: 9:00-12 or PM Shift: 1:00-4 - Cancel shifts you can't attend in VSys - You must attend 3 out of 4 assigned shifts per month. Most volunteer opportunities are during the week, more limited for evenings and weekends.
What is the minimum age to volunteer?
We welcome all ages over the minimum age of 15.
What is the application process?
To begin, all prospective volunteers must submit an online application. Once the initial application is approved, instructions will be emailed explaining how to submit proof of medical documentation. Once medical requirements are provided, a background check is competed for those 18+. Attendance at an onsite orientation session to learn about the volunteer program is required. Onsite orientation is contingent on completing the medical requirements, background check and additional online onboarding steps. You will receive information on how to access Vsys, our volunteer management portal which is used to track schedules and hours. Many steps of this process are self-directed. Most volunteers are able to begin service within a month.
What is the volunteer dress code?
A yellow volunteer shirt is provided at no cost. Please wear business casual pants and closed toe shoes. No Jeans/Shorts/Legging. Masking is required at all times onsite.
May I shadow a doctor, therapist, or researcher?
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab does not offer shadowing opportunities at this time.
What can I expect at the Onsite Orientation Session?
Orientations are approximately 30 minutes in length which include the following topics: - Tour of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab - Patient Interactions in a hospital setting - HIPAA regulations and confidentiality - Infection control - and Volunteer Services policies.
Do you have any annual requirements?
The flu vaccine is required of all volunteers each year between the months of Oct-March. There is also annual mandatory TB education that is required. There may be other requirements depending on place of service.
What does a typical day look like?
Therapies typically occur between 8:00am and 5:00pm, the busiest times are 9am-4pm - Patients will typically receive 3 hours of therapy per day, 5 out of 7 days per week. Both individual and group therapies are included. - This includes OT, PT & SLP and may also include technology center. Additional services may be provided (as warranted) and will be on the schedule including admin support, patient transport, spiritual care, therapeutic recreation, art/music and LIFE center workshops.
How do I complete the TB test requirement?
TB tests can be completed with your medical provider. If completing a PPD skin test- a TWO STEP skin reading is required (this includes TWO placements and TWO readings). QuantiFERON (blood draw) TB test is also accepted. We do offer QuantiFERON TB test onsite at no cost to the volunteer.
Do you offer volunteer opportunities for college students looking to satisfy program hour requirements?
Yes, many college students volunteer at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in order to gain hours and experience in order to satisfy program requirements. All students must complete the onboarding process listed above. Please note, while we make every effort to accommodate requests, assignments to specific focus areas such as PT/OT/in-patient therapies are not guaranteed due to high demand.
Is it mandatory to provide the requested medical documentation?
Yes, due to the nature of patients that Shirley Ryan AbilityLab serves, this is a mandatory requirement. To become an active volunteer, all individuals must provide proof of vaccination or titer (immunity) for MMR and Varicella. Additionally, you must show proof of Covid Vaccination, as well as negative TB test. During the months of October-March, an up to date influenza vaccine is required. Volunteers may be removed from the schedule at any point and without notice if found to be non-compliant with these requirements.
I have a question not addressed here. Who can I contact?
If you have additional questions, please contact Volunteer Services at 312-238-6027 or [email protected]
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Become a Volunteer | PAWS Chicago
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Volunteers are the life force of PAWS Chicago
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By joining PAWS Chicago's team of dedicated volunteers, you'll build strong relationships with other like-minded volunteers, the animal-loving community, and of course, the animals themselves. Working together, we will build a No Kill community where all healthy and treatable pets are saved.
Volunteers are integral to the PAWS Chicago No Kill mission and touch every aspect of our operations. Volunteer opportunities are available in person at our Lincoln Park Adoption Center (1997 N. Clybourn Ave) and our Medical Center (3516 W. 26th St.) Remote opportunities are also available for volunteers to support our lifesaving work virtually!
Joining the PAWS Chicago volunteer team is fun and easy – the first step is attending New Volunteer Orientation!
We offer New Volunteer Orientation online nine times a month . Click the link below to complete the application for the online orientation. Following orientation, you will be eligible to sign up for volunteer shifts at either the Lincoln Park Adoption Center and / or our Medical Center.
Online Volunteer Orientation
Prefer to attend orientation in person? Click the link below to complete the application for in-person orientation, which takes place at the PAWS Chicago Medical Center (3516 W. 26th St.) Following orientation, you will be eligible to sign up for volunteer shifts at either the Lincoln Park Adoption Center and/or our Medical Center.
In-person Volunteer Orientation
Questions? Email [email protected] and one of our Operations Support Volunteers will respond to your inquiry. Thank you for wanting to help homeless pets!
Volunteer Inquiries [email protected]
Have a question about volunteering?
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16 Hospital Volunteer Opportunities In Chicago (2021)
Hospital volunteering in Chicago is great for people looking to lend a helping hand and learn more about healthcare.
The work you do in any of the following organizations could help make a big difference in patients’ lives and give you a unique opportunity to learn more about various healthcare roles.
Before we get into the list of hospital volunteer programs in Chicago, make sure you check out our other city guides and find more hospital volunteer opportunities near you .
Hospital Volunteer Opportunities In Chicago
UChicago Med offers volunteer placements on their main campus and at UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.
Volunteers must be a minimum 16 years of age and must serve six consecutive months and 100 hours of service in a year. Shadowing/internship opportunities are available for those contacting departments directly.
- Name : The University of Chicago Medicine
- Location : 5841 S. Maryland Avenue
- Phone : 773-702-1000
- Website : uchicagomedicine.org/give/volunteer
Northwestern Medicine has various medical volunteering opportunities available across several of its associated hospitals.
Volunteers should be 16 or over.
- Name : Northwestern Medicine
- Location : 251 E. Huron St.Chicago, IL 60611
- Phone : 312.926.2000
- Website : nm.org/patients-and-visitors/volunteer
AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital
Chicago’s Saint Joseph Hospital offers adults and students annual volunteer positions via their Volunteer Services Department.
Medical volunteers can expect to gain exposure to health care roles across a range of departments, units and clinics. Applicants must be a minimum 15 years of age.
- Name : AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital
- Location : 200 S. Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60606
- Phone : 855-692-6482
- Email : [email protected]
- Website : amitahealth.org/about-us/volunteer-programs/
Chicago’s Community Health organization offers a range of medical volunteering roles across their clinics. Positions include dental, health education, lab, pharmacy technician and triage volunteers.
- Name : Community Health
- Location : West Town, 2611 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
- Phone : 773.395.9900
- Email : [email protected]
- Website : communityhealth.org/clinic-volunteer-opportunities/
Loyola University offers volunteer-based health positions across 80+ clinics in the Chicago area.
- Name : Loyola University
- Location :1032 West Sheridan Road Sullivan Center 262, Chicago, IL 60660
- Phone : 773-508-3636
- Website : luc.edu/prehealth/studentopportunities/volunteeropportunities/
University of Illinois
UI Health is a diverse and dynamic group of over 600 volunteers who are dedicated to providing exceptional care and services to patients and families.
Volunteers must be over 16 and must make a commitment of 12 months of service with a minimum 8 hours each month.
- Name : University of Illinois Hospital
- Location : 1740 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60612
- Website : hospital.uillinois.edu/volunteer-services
Mobile Care offers unique volunteering positions for people to help provide medical and dental care in Asthma and Dental Vans travelling across Chicago.
Volunteers must make at least a 3 month commitment and be able to work one shift either weekly or bi-weekly.
- Name : Mobile Care Chicago
- Location : 239 W Root St, Chicago, IL 60609
- Phone : 773-254-4030
- Website : mobilecarechicago.org
Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Volunteer positions here are available in outpatient clinics, family life centers, pre/post surgery and inpatient units.
Volunteers must be a minimum 16 years of age. Opportunities for high schoolers are mostyle during the summer program.
- Name : Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
- Location : 225 E. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60611
- Phone : 312-227-3388
- Website : luriechildrens.org
DePaul College of Science and Health
DePaul offers volunteering, shadowing, student research, internships, enrichment programs and other experiential learning opportunities for people with an interest in healthcare.
- Name : DePaul College of Science and Health
- Location : 1 E. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604
- Phone : (312) 362-8000
- Website : csh.depaul.edu
Chicago’s Swedish Hospital offers volunteers a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients, families and the surrounding community.
- Name : Swedish Hospital
- Location : 5140 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
- Email : [email protected]
- Website : swedishcovenant.org
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children offers volunteers important exposure to a unique health care environment while gaining a rewarding experience working with kids and families from diverse cultures.
Volunteers must be at least 18 and able to commit to two to four hours per week.
- Name : Shriners Hospitals for Children
- Location : 2211 N. Oak Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60707
- Phone : 773-622-5400
- Website : shrinershospitalsforchildren.org
Mercy Hospital Chicago
Mercy Hospitals volunteer tradition has a long history of caring for patients across their hospital and clinics.
- Name : Mercy Hospital Chicago
- Location : 2525 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
- Phone : (312) 567-2000
- Email : [email protected]
- Website : mercy-chicago.org/volunteering
Howard Brown Health
Howard Brown has several volunteer opportunities for people looking to gain more insight into health care environments and community outreach.
- Name : Howard Brown Health
- Location : 4025 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60613
- Phone : 773-388-1600
- Email : [email protected]
- Website : howardbrown.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Weiss Memorial Hospital
Weiss Memorial Hospital has several volunteer positions in clerical and patient-facing roles. Volunteers must be 13 years or over.
- Name : Weiss Memorial Hospital
- Location : 4646 N. Marine Drive, Chicago, IL 60640
- Phone : 773-878-8700
- Website : weisshospital.com/for-professionals/volunteer-at-weiss/
Whether your interest is personal, educational or social, Loretto Hospital has a volunteer position for you.
As a not-for-profit, community based organization, your help could make a big difference here.
- Name : Loretto Hospital
- Location : 645 South Central Avenue Chicago, IL 60644
- Phone : (773) 626-4300
- Website : lorettohospital.org
Project Hope is offering multiple opportunities for medical volunteers in Chicago in the wake of COVID-19.
Volunteers will visit long-term care facilities to help bolster efforts to educate staff in infection prevention control (IPC) measures.
- Name : Project Hope
- Website : projecthope.org
Why become a hospital volunteer in chicago.
Volunteering in a healthcare capacity in Chicago can have a positive impact on the community.
The skills, connections, and friends you make in any of the roles above, are something that’ll stay with you for a long time.
The experience also looks great on applications for healthcare-related degrees.
Who are these hospital volunteer opportunities for?
These volunteer opportunities are broad and open to people from all backgrounds.
Summer programs are generally for high schoolers looking to get a taste of healthcare fields while general volunteering positions are available to both students and professionals.
Check that you meet the criteria and eligibility for each opportunity first.
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Other City-affiliated Volunteer Opportunities
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- Harris-Lass Museum
- Leadership Santa Clara
- Santa Clara Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)
- Santa Clara Arts & Historical Consortium
- Santa Clara Senior Center
- Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA)
- Reserve Firefighter
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Have you thought about getting involved, but not sure where to start?
The City of Morgan Hill has many volunteer opportunities that could allow you to give back to your community and have an impact, develop a new skill, meet new people, stay connected, explore a new career, or just help you grow individually as a person. Research indicates that volunteering not only benefits and strengthens your community and the organization you are volunteering for, it can have significant health benefits. If you are interested in volunteering please complete an volunteer interest form.
Please note, some volunteer roles may require a background check, finger printing or a TB test. Please allow two weeks for processing these requirements.
Current Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer Driver - RYDE Program RYDE is a curb-to-curb transportation and local trip planning service for adults 65+ living in the Morgan Hill area. Volunteers are needed to help seniors get to their appointments, run errands, or get groceries. RYDE Program Information
Magical Bridge Morgan Hill
The Morgan Hill Magical Bridge Playground needs your help to ensure the City can maintain the park once it is open to the public. All funds raised will be used for future park maintenance. Preschool Aide Assist the preschool teachers with classroom activities. Requires background check and TB testing. Time commitment of at least 6 months is required. Age 16+ Administrative Support - Centennial Recreation Center (CRC) Help in the office with various job assignments, such as filing and making copies, other tasks as assigned. Requires background check and TB testing. Senior Center Nutrition Program Server- Centennial Recreation Center (CRC) Join our nutrition program team as a lunchtime server. We are looking for a team player who is excited to serve daily from 10:30-1:00. Requires background check and TB testing. Administrative Support - Aquatics Center (AC) Assist the staff at the Aquatics Center with various office tasks. Help give out life vests during the busy season. Requires background check and TB testing. Administrative Support - Senior Center Assist the operation of the Senior Center by working at the Senior Welcome Desk. Greet members as they come in, answer questions, answer phones and various other activities. Requires background check and TB testing. Adopt A Park Either solo or with a group help the City of Morgan Hill keep their parks clean and beautiful. Such needs are picking up trash, planting plants, cleaning up graffiti, etc. Adopt Public Art There are many pieces of public art around the City of Morgan Hill. You can adopt a piece of art and help the city keep the art looking like new. Adopt A Trail There are several trails around the City of Morgan Hill. The trails are a wonderful resource for the community. Individuals and groups can help throughout the community by adopting a trail to help keep them viable for everyone to use. The needs are to keep the trail maintained by keeping brush cut back, trash picked up and various other projects. Special Events Help the city staff with special events throughout the year. The day of events may need volunteers to help out as well. Aquatics Program Assistant As a volunteer in the aquatics programs you will be assisting the teachers by being another set of eyes. You will help with the younger children’s classes by making sure they stay on the wall as well as games and songs. Requires background check. Creek Clean Up With the help of community volunteers, the city hosts a Spring and a Fall creek clean up each year. These cleanups offer an opportunity for individuals, families and groups to be a part of the solution to local water pollution. Spend a morning working with your friends and neighbors to help pick up trash and keep our local waterways neat and clean. Email Environmental Services for details. Maintenance Volunteer The maintenance department has several volunteer opportunities.
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Morgan hill historical society.
Discover the fascinating history of our community at Villa Mira Monte! Share your passion for history by becoming a Docent at the Hiram Morgan Hill House, the Morgan Hill Museum and/or the School Field Trip Program (Grades 3-5). Other ways to get involved include museum archiving, events and fundraisers, property management and much more. Make new friends and have a great time!
If you're interested in volunteering with the Morgan Hill Historical Society, please contact: Morgan Hill Historical Society 17860 Monterey Road Morgan Hill, CA 95037 Website
Where to Volunteer in Chicago Right Now
Spread the love at park clean-ups, animal shelters, eco-friendly shops, and more..
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The most important thing you can do, as a proud Chicagoan, is try to make a difference in your own community. Things like supporting local businesses , donating food, and even just venmoing a buddy who’s having a hard time $30 so they can treat themselves to a nice dinner really help. Still, for people who want to make more of a difference, there are plenty of organizations in Chicago that are in need of volunteers to help make this city a better place.
Food Not Bombs Humboldt Park
Food Not Bombs is a global volunteer network that connects with local businesses to arrange donations of unsellable food in order to provide healthy meals to people in need. The Humboldt Park branch of Food Not Bombs has been helping to feed Chicago’s northwest side through the entire pandemic, and they always need folks to help them collect groceries and pack meals. You can sign up easily online here .
Audubon Great Lakes
Birds are such important members of our ecosystem, and many Chicagoans may not realize that supporting birds is a crucial part of bettering the city’s environment. Not only do birds help with pollinating, seed-dispersing, and insect and pest control, but they’re also downright beautiful. Chicago is home to around 300 species of birds, and each spring and fall, roughly 8 million birds migrate through the Chicagoland area. Suffice it to say, the health of native habitats in and around the city is key for their continued survival. If you want to get involved, you can become a conservation volunteer with Audubon Great Lakes doing things like educating students about their local bird habitat, undertaking conservation projects, or even taking part in the 15-minute backyard bird count .
Chicago Park Districts
Aside from enjoying the great outdoors and adopting a ‘leave no trace” mentality, Chicagoans can spend time in nature while promoting environmental responsibility by volunteering. Park enthusiasts can make a difference in their local communities by volunteering for any one of Chicago Park District's parks, conservatories, and greenhouses, which offer opportunities for every interest and varying levels of time commitment. Enhance the quality of life for your fellow Chicagoans whether just for a day or on a regular basis by planting gardens, mulching trees, and making other important improvements. The Lincoln Park and Garfield Park Conservatories are also always looking for energetic, dedicated adults and families to lend a hand.
Friends of the Chicago River
There are many ways to get involved with Friends of the Chicago River, an organization that helps restore and protect the Chicago River. Dedicated Chicago River Eco-Warriors (aka CREW) remove litter, remediate gullies, and improve and monitor wildlife habitat projects in and along the Chicago River. Volunteers can also pitch in at special events like Chicago River Day and lend a hand at the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum, helping spread the word by tabling at community functions and other public happenings.
Urban Growers Collective
Deploy your green thumb at one of the city's many community gardens and urban farms through Urban Growers Collective, where volunteers can dig their hands in the soil, learn what it takes to grow food, and give back to their community by growing food for them. Depending on the season, you'll prepare beds, shift compost, plant, harvest, or clean up the space—rain or shine. Volunteer applications are closed at the time of posting, but will be reopened this coming April for the 2023 growing season.
The Morton Arboretum
Become a champion of trees at The Morton Arboretum by volunteering at the visitor center or for special seasonal events, working alongside a horticulturist in one of the collections or garden areas, preserving and studying plants from the Chicago area and elsewhere at cutting-edge research labs, and keeping track of trails, plant and tree blooming stages, and migratory and native bird species. You can contact them here to apply to volunteer for the 2023 season, and the Arboretum will contact you as the volunteer season begins.
Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity
Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity is building a better Chicago—literally. Volunteers construct homes, complete repair projects, assist at job sites, and work with dedicated employees in Habitat ReStores, where used home goods, appliances, and furniture are sold to help give back to the community (you may even find something you can’t live without among the diverse inventory).
Howard Brown Health
Howard Brown Health is one of the nation’s largest health networks firmly rooted in LGBTQ+ liberation, and they’re always looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of the care they give. From staffing health clinics to helping organize community events, volunteers can help ensure Chicagoans have access to necessary and affirming healthcare. Howard Brown Health also offers a sliding scale payment schedule for low income, uninsured, or under-insured patients, so you can be confident that you’re making a difference for those who really need it. Just as a note, because of the sensitive nature of healthcare work, volunteers will have to undergo a few trainings and certifications in order to help out.
PAWS Chicago is one of the city’s preeminent animal welfare charities, helping to fulfill the dream of a “No Kill Chicago” where every pet without a home can receive medical treatment and find a loving family. Volunteers can get involved at the medical center to help our furry friends get healthy and happy, pitch in at the adoption center to ensure they find a loving home, or get involved off-site to help spread PAWS’s mission.
Volunteering Untapped Chicago
Still can’t decide on where to volunteer? Volunteering Untapped Chicago has your back. They partner with different organizations every month, holding volunteering events on the second Saturday. Previous organizations have included SparkShop Chicago , a non-profit that helps inspire the next generation of STEM leaders through their programming, as well as Share Our Spare , a community resource group for folks living in poverty.
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Volunteering at the hospital can provide a life-enriching experience. Volunteers can be found throughout the main hospital and outpatient centers in a variety of roles, from the concierge and greeter stations to activity-based roles in the Panda Center and at the patients' bedsides.
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One-day volunteer opportunities include park clean-ups, event support, Earth Day, It's Your Park Day, Special Olympics, tree mulching days, and much more. To find one-day volunteer opportunities contact your local park or Park Advisory Council. Go here to find a park.
Chicago, IL 60611 United States Give Now Now Accepting Volunteer Applications Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is currently accepting new volunteer applications. All interested applicants must supply COVID-19 vaccination records and other requested immunizations. Questions? Please email [email protected] How Do Volunteers Make A Difference?
Volunteer opportunities are available in person at our Lincoln Park Adoption Center (1997 N. Clybourn Ave) and our Medical Center (3516 W. 26th St.) Remote opportunities are also available for volunteers to support our lifesaving work virtually!
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Northwestern Medicine has various medical volunteering opportunities available across several of its associated hospitals. Volunteers should be 16 or over. DETAILS Name: Northwestern Medicine Location: 251 E. Huron St.Chicago, IL 60611 Phone : 312.926.2000 Website : nm.org/patients-and-visitors/volunteer AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital
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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the City of Santa Clara. In accordance with the County of Santa Clara's Public Health Guidelines related to COVID-19, most volunteer opportunities will be suspended or delayed until further notice. If you have applied for a volunteer opportunity, we will notify you once the program's resume.
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Current Volunteer Opportunities. Volunteer Driver - RYDE Program. RYDE is a curb-to-curb transportation and local trip planning service for adults 65+ living in the Morgan Hill area. Volunteers are needed to help seniors get to their appointments, run errands, or get groceries. RYDE Program Information.
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Volunteer with Other Departments. The County of Santa Clara is committed to connecting volunteers with community needs and promoting volunteerism in Santa Clara County. To the right are links to various volunteer opportunities throughout the County. Animal Shelter. Board or Commission. Emergency Medical Services Agency. Environmental Management.