Volunteer Opportunities


2020/2021 Monthly Events

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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 mefntal 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 visit the ADEI website or contact Rose Henton at rhenton@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

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.

Chick Evans Field House
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.

My Pantry Express is a pilot program of Northern Illinois Food Bank, where neighbors in need place online orders for groceries and pick them up at a determined location.
Volunteers are needed to arrive 30 minutes before customers arrive and tasks include check-in, order collection, and grocery loading.

When and Where

Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Walmart DeKalb at 2300 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb
Fridays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at NIU Nursing School Parking Lot, 1240 Normal Rd., DeKalb

Must Pre-Register to volunteer

For more information please visit our website www.solvehungertoday.org or contact Mary Speckman at 630-443-6910 ext 211 or by email at mspeckman@northernilfoodbank.org to volunteer.

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!

We are looking for individuals who are interested in mentoring and giving back to our youth, as well as those in cosmetology who have a passion for working with children and adolescents. Our youth can derive great benefits from working with positive role models and those who have a passion for mental health.

Visit the Northern Illinois Academy website for more information or contact Lily Hill at 331-213-3982 or arlilian.hill@sequelyouthservices.com.

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 Wendy Solari at w.solari@comcast.net for more information.

P.O. Box 621, DeKalb, IL 60115

Safe Passage is DeKalb County's domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center. Volunteers help Safe Passage thrive through their invaluable time and talents. Because of the vital role volunteers provide, Safe Passage is able to offer and maintain the quality and amount of services needed to help those affected by domestic and sexual violence.

Our volunteer opportunities include: Hotline, Medical On-Call Advocate, Children's Program, PAIP and Legal Program

Get more information about volunteer opportunities or contact Pamela Rosales at prosales@safepassagedv.org or 815-756-7930 ext. 144

830 Grove Street, DeKalb IL 60115

Food Pantry

We need volunteers in our Food Pantry. The pantry is open Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday evenings 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m. -1 p.m. You will be helping clients through our free choice pantry and stocking the shelves.

To apply comlete the online application. You may also have to complete a background check.

After School Program for Kids

The Salvation Army will be starting an after school program for kids. Volunteers are needed to help with the various activites. You can register/apply online and complete a background check. The background check forms can be picked up at our office. 830 Grove St, DeKalb, Monday through Thursay 9 a.m. -4 p.m. If you have questions call 815-756-4308.

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.