Other volunteer opportunities

Opportunities in the community

Many excellent local organizations needs volunteers. We have tried to provide direct links to information about volunteering at each of these organizations. Don't see an organization that interests you? Try these ideas from Des Plaines Patch.

FrisbIe Senior Center

52 E. Northwest Highway
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone ~ 847.768.5944 ex. 222

Feed my starving children

Locations in Schaumburg and Libertyville. Visit www.fmsc.org for more information.  They provide court-ordered community service hours, as well as genereal volunteer opportunities for families and groups. 

Des Plaines Youth Commission

Visit the website for more info: http://www.desplaines.org/government/comms/youth.htm

For junior high and high school students. Help out with events for families and other fun opportunities and earn service credit hours.

Lattof YMCA

300 E. Northwest Hwy.
Des Plaines IL 60016
(847) 410-5289

The Lattof YMCA offers volunteer opportunities to youth and adult.

Self-Help Closet and Pantry of Des Plaines

600 E Algonquin Rd
Des Plaines IL 60016
(847) 375-1443

Volunteers must be 18 and over.  Those under 18 can volunteer with a parent, call for more details.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

1775 Dempster St.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 723-6105

Opportunities for volunteers 16 and older. Minimum commitment of four hours per week for six months. In addition, there is a special summer service program for students.

Catholic Charities

1717 Rand Rd.
Des Plaines IL 60016
(847) 376-2118

Catholic Charities offers a broad range of services from locations throughout Cook and Lake counties. Volunteers are certain to find a place that corresponds to their interests. Some opportunities include working a food pantry, visiting nursing homes and teaching crafts.

Center of Concern

1580 N. Northwest Highway Suite 310
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 823-0453

No experience necessary--training provided! Most positions are available on a flexible-time basis. Some opportunities are friendly visiting, shopping and errands, photography, holiday gift delivery and office duties.

HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC)

2121 S. Goebbert Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 228-1320

Provides liaison service between volunteers and agencies that need volunteer assistant. Placement for teens-seniors.

Kenneth Young Center

1001 Rohlwing Road
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 524-8800

Kenneth Young Center collaborates with individual and group volunteers to provide direct service and support on many levels. Opportunities include visiting, assisting or shopping for seniors; delivering Meals on Wheels; being a friend to someone with serious mental illness or helping at KYC's Resale Shop.

Lutheran Social Services

1001 E. Touhy Ave., Suite 50
Des Plaines IL 60018
(847) 390-1488

Opportunities include, but are not limited to doing a crafts activity with seniors, landscaping and painting projects at program sites, providing administrative support to a program and collecting items for people in need.

Maine Township

1700 Ballard Rd.
Park Ridge, IL 60068 Dayna Berman:
(847) 297-2510

Volunteers provide services to help Maine Township departments. The goal of the G.I.F.T.S. program is to spark volunteer interest in community agencies that help Township residents. Volunteer opportunities and social service agencies are highlighted in Mainely News, the Township's newsletter.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Des Plaines
(847) 593-2849

Links Des Plaines residents in need with neighborhood volunteers for short-term, non-professional assistance such as shoveling snow, raking leaves and minor repairs. Recruits volunteers of all ages who are reliable and have a willingness to help others. Assists volunteers in selecting tasks on the basis of ability, frequency of service, time and preference.

North Shore Senior Center

161 Northfield Road
Northfield, IL 60093
(847) 784-6000

Here are some suggestions to consider: Gift Shop, Information Desk, Library, Friendly Visitor, Money Management, House of Welcome, a driver for the Escorted Transportation Service or an administrative assistant for Lifelong Learning, Social Services or their business office.

VITA (Volunteers in Teaching Adults)

Hosted by Oakton Community College, but classes are also held in local schools, churches, synagogues and other locations
(847) 635-1426

Oakton offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adult non-native speakers of English who need to acquire listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary to function in their new American culture.

Bernies Book Bank

917 North Shore Drive in Lake Bluff, IL

Info at http://berniesbookbank.org/volunteer/  Individuals or individual families are welcome at drop-in volunteer times shown listed on the website.

 

Other places to search

If you're still looking for volunteer opportunities, try one of these sites that list nation-wide volunteer opportunties.