Community Service Opportunities


Last Updated: April 25, 2016

A complete list of all on-going volunteer opportunities is available here.


City of Elgin Parks and Recreation
28 Brookside Dr. Elgin, IL 60123
April 16 & May 21, 2016 / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

Do you get excited working outdoors, landscaping, the environment and seeing the community working together? Are you looking for a one day community project? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Come dressed to work outdoors and ready to have fun!

Possible Projects:
1) Cutting buckthorn and other weedy trees and invasive species using bow or hand saws
2) Hauling cut trees and shrubs to an area where they can be neatly stacked (for later removal)
3) Raking
4) Pulling garlic mustard
5) Wood chipping trails

Projects will be assigned the scheduled work day based on weather conditions, the number of volunteers and the skill levels of the volunteers that day.

Volunteers 14 years old and up are welcome to participate. ALL volunteers under the age of 18 must have a liability waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. Sign-up on-line at and click on Sign up for Parks and Recreation VolunteerUP fill out a volunteer profile and choose the date you would like to volunteer on the calendar. Volunteer liability waiver forms are available at the top of the calendar. Please print fill out and bring with you on the day of the event. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Contact Information:
If you have any questions on how to sign up to volunteer please contact Cindy Corrigan at or 847-931-6770.


  • Arrive promplty to sign-in and receive instructions.
  • All volunteers must sign a waiver form.
  • All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver form.
  • Must wear closed toe shoes.
  • Please bring a water bottle, wear work boots/tough shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and dress for the weather. In the spring and summer remember to bring bug spray.

You will be given detailed instructions about the work that will be done that day.


Junior Achievement
Genoa Kingston Middle School
Friday, April 29 / 7:00 - 11:30 am

Volunteers are needed to provide middle-schoolers with information about high school and college. Join Junior Achievement and help young students begin planning for their future. This is a great opportunity for education majors! Transportation will be provided. For more information contact Lisa at

Earth Day Service at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Kickoff at West Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, County Line Road, Portage, IN 46368.
Saturday, April 30th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Join the Student Conservation Association for Earth Day to help preserve Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. With the support of American Express and in support of the Find Your Park campaign, SCA is mobilizing volunteers coast to coast in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.
Volunteers will work to protect Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore through beach clean-up, trail maintenance, and invasive species removal.

BRING WITH YOU: Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, preferably work boots or sturdy sneakers, and bring a reusable water bottle. The event will take place rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

PROVIDED: SCA will provide lunch and snacks for all volunteers, as well as project materials, gloves, and free Find Your Park t-shirts!

To join us, please sign up at to complete the online waiver.
** For participants traveling from Chicago, free volunteer shuttle buses will depart from the Loop and return to the city following the event.**

Questions? Contact Lynne Mecum at or 312-239-1669.


Civil War Days
May 21 - 22
Volunteer Shifts: 9:30am - 1:30pm; 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Email or call 630.305.5256 to sign up!


Naper Nights Community Concert Series
Friday, June 17 - Mr. Blotto (Jam Band Tribute)
Saturday, June 18 - American English (Beatles Tribute)
Volunteer shift: 4:30-9:30 pm
Email or call 630.305.5256 to sign up!

American Diabetes Association
2016 Chicagoland Tour de Cure
55 E. Monroe St. , Suite 3420, Chicago, IL
June 12th, 2016- 5:00AM-5:00PM

ADA Tour de Cure Logo 2016

Come help us celebrate 25 years riding strong by supporting our riders on this magical day. The Tour de Cure depends on volunteers like you to fill lots of positions to help provide an incredible day of event experience!

We're always looking for smiling day of event volunteers! All ages are welcome to volunteer, and we can provide highschool or community service hours. Church and Service Groups, Clubs, Sororities and Fraternities are encouraged to help! If you would like to volunteer before the ride, we welcome help in our local office with various administrative projects. Contact Deanna Galea at or 312-346-1805 x6565 or fill out our online form here to get signed up as a Day of Event Volunteer!

Naper Settlement - Naper Nights
523 South Webster Street, Naperville
June 17 & 18 - 4:30-9:30 PM

Rock out to great music while helping out at this beautiful outdoor historic museum! Help greet guests and direct them where to go, sell drink tickets, pour beverages, and sell memberships. For more information contact Amanda Martinelli at or 630-420-6010


Friday, July 22 - Mike & Joe (90s pop & rock)
Saturday, July 23 - Landslide (Fleetwood Mac Tribute)
Volunteer shift: 4:30-9:30 pm
Email or call 630.305.5256 to sign up!


Friday, August 19 - 16 Candles (80s Theme Night)
Saturday, August 20 - Kashmir (Led Zeppelin Tribute)
Volunteer shift: 4:30-9:30 pm
Email or call 630.305.5256 to sign up!


Ellwood House Museum
509 North First Street 

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. Fore more information contact Tricia at 815-756-4609 or

Children's Home + Aid
1430 Dekalb Ave. Sycamore, IL 60178
Mondays from 4:00-5:30PM 

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, you can contact Darci Thompson at 309-834-5240 or to schedule an interview.


University Village Tenants Association
722 North Annie Glidden Road
Feb. 6 & 27, March 5 & 26, April 2 & 30
1-4 PM

Volunteers will aid in engaging participants (ages 5-16) in program activities. Activities are based on the themes: February is visual arts, March is drama, and April is music and movement. For more information please contact Tiara Huggins at 815-501-5764 or

TAILS Humane Society
2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb 
9-11 AM or 4-6 PM


Brooms and Brushes Volunteer Opportunity:
Volunteers aid in general shelter duties, including but not limited to, washing windows, sweeping and mopping, cleaning dishes, rotating laundry, cleaning and sanitizing hard plastic items, organizing and cleaning shelter rooms, refilling water bowls throughout the shelter, spot cleaning dog/puppy runs, opening and shredding newspaper, organizing donations, emptying the garbage and recycling, etc.
Commitment: 2 hours each shift, 6 hours each month
Availability: Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday either 9-11AM or 4-6PM.

For more information on the volunteer opportunity, contact Nicole Brokaw, Director of Volunteers & Outreach, at or 815-758-2457 ext. 103. Visit for more information on Tails Humane Society.

Creando Caminos

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 at  

The Homework Club
First United Methodist Church of DeKalb
321 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL (corner of 4th & Oak Streets— Bus Route 7, 2 blocks from Locust Street stop)
Wednesdays, September 16, 2015 -May 18, 2016
2:45-4:00pm or 4:15-5:30 pm

First United Methodist Church of DeKalb is in search of volunteers to serve as tutors for local DeKalb students who could use some assistance with homework and study strategies. This volunteer position begins Wednesday, September 16, 2015 and will continue on until May 18, 2016. The shifts are listed below:

  • Grades 1-5: 4:15-5:30 pm
  • Grades 6-8: 2:45-4:00 pm

To sign-up as volunteer, fill out a volunteer form online at or at First United Methodist Church of DeKalb. If you have any questions about The Homework Club and this volunteer opportunity, contact Vicki Boone at or Darlene Orth at 815-756-6301. Download this flyer for more information. 

Huskies Student Food Pantry
Grace Place Campus Ministry Building- 401 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL

Huskies Student Food Pantry Logo

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 to register to volunteer or email with any questions you may have.

DeKalb County 4-H 
Contact: Nicole Groezinger or 815-758-8194

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?

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

iGlow Mentoring

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 at

Current Volunteer Positions Available:
  • Event Coordinator for girls non profit
  • Social Media intern
  • Administrative Assistant for boys non profit
  • Administravtive assistant for Girls non profit

DeKalb County Communiversity Gardens
Various volunteer time slots available 



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! 

Miscarriage Matters, Inc.
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. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Women of Empowerment and Miscarriage Matters 2 Men teams and are also needed for Live Chat Operators and Social Media Assistants. For more information about Miscarriage Matters volunteer opportunities please contact Elle Budano at


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