Community Service Opportunities


Last Updated: February 25, 2015

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

Southeast Elementary FUN FAIR!

Saturday, March 7th


Volunteers are needed to help set-up, collect tickets, monitor games, and clean up. For more information please email Susana at

Creando Caminos 
Tutoring Program 

Wednesdays 3:30-4:45pm 
at Littlejohn Elementary


Tutors are paired up with students for the duration of the semester with the hope that they build a trusting relationship. Through this experience, tutors become mentors and contribute to the success of the students. Volunteers undergo a brief training to help them prepare. It is not required for volunteers to be bilingual, however, many of the students are considered English Language Learners. For more information please email Jim at

Destination ImagiNation

Saturday, April 11th - 7:30am-5pm

Destination ImagiNation is looking for 150 student volunteers to help with a tournament that will be hosted on NIU's campus on April 11, 2015. Destination ImagiNation is a volunteer-led organization where teams of students (K-12) work together to develop a solution to one of 7 open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Through challenges, students learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation.

Students will assist with directing foot traffic, help with set-up and take-down, act as score runners, and help families navigate campus.

For more information, email Sara at

Egyptian Theatre

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the following events, please contact Alex ( with the shifts you are available to volunteer. You will receive an email confirmation for the shifts that can utilize your help.

Saturday, February 7 - 2:45-8pm
Miss Fox Valley Pageant
(5 volunteers needed)

Saturday, February 14 - 6-10:30pm
Gaelic Storm Concert
(16 volunteers needed)

Saturday, February 21 - 6:30-10:30pm
Chicago Rat Pack
(15 volunteers needed)

Friday, February 27 - 6:45-10:30pm
Rocky Horror Picture Show
(3 volunteers needed)

Goodwill Northern Illinois

Help needed during tax season!


Volunteers are needed to help with the free tax filing site during the tax season coming up at the beginning of the year. No experience necessary! Training begins in November. This is great experience for accounting students! If you have any questions or would like more information call 815-965-3795 or email

Great Strides Walk

Saturday, April 11
Hopkins Park, DeKalb, IL
7:30am – 12pm

On Saturday, April 11st, local residents will lace up their running shoes and pound the pavement towards a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF) at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual Great Strides 5K Run/Walk, being held in DeKalb. The event will be a day full of fun and entertainment, with food and beverages, music and many other exciting activities. Great Strides encourages corporate and family teams to gather at Hopkins Park to walk and celebrate their fundraising efforts over the past several months. The community is uniting through Great Strides to continue building momentum and generating the funds that allow advances in cutting-edge CF research and care.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Morning set-up
  • Unload truck
  • Hang signs
  • Set out balloons
  • Set out breakfast
  • Registration
  • Breakfast Distribution
  • Hand out t-shirts
  • Be cheerleaders for walkers
  • Lunch Distribution
  • Help with clean-up

Please contact Emily at (312) 236-4491 or if you’d like to volunteer!


To submit a volunteer opportunity to be advertised on this page, please fill out this form.

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