Organization Directory

100 Black Men of America

Mentoring program that nurtures creativity, emphasizes academic achievement and reinforces social responsibility. 404-892-5534


4-H is America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Donate or find your local 4-H at

Aidscare, Inc.

Assists those living with HIV/AIDS through achieving a higher quality of life through care, housing and support services. 773-935-4663


ALIVE Rescue, a no-kill green animal rescue in Chicago, is searching for families and individuals interested in fostering a homeless animal. ALIVE does not have a facility so relies on it’s foster families to shelter and care for its adoptable animals. ALIVE provides all the supplies and medical care each animal needs, all you need to do is provide a temporary home to a unwanted animal. Foster for as little as 10 days to a few months depending on your schedule. Currently ALIVE is recruiting dog foster homes, interested parties should visit and fill out a foster application. Every time you foster you save the life of a homeless animal.

Alzheimer’s Association

The national volunteer agency dedicated to researching the prevention, cure and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and to providing support and assistance to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families and caregivers. The Greater Illinois Chapter’s mission is to meet the needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse population by: providing guidance and support for persons with dementia and their caregivers, educating and informing the community, advocating for improved public policy and promoting needed legislation, and supporting research into cause(s), prevention, treatment and cure for Alzheimer’s disease. For additional volunteer information call 847-933-2413.


The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community- based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. For further volunteer information please contact Linda Saulnier at (847)358-3965.


The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. For further volunteer information please contact Roxanne Charles at (312)729-6221

American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago operates several different programs to help assist those in need within the community and across the country. Communtiy Services, Blood Supply, Health and Safety Services…The American Red Cross is ready when the time comes. For information on donating blood, call 1.800.GIVE.LIFE (1.800.448.5433) or to volunteer, call 312.729.6100

Amnesty International

Works to free all prisoners of conscience detained for their beliefs or ethnic backgrounds. 800-AMNESTY


The Anti-Cruelty Society has been dedicated to helping companion animals and their guardians forge closer relationships. We are committed to serving the needs of companion animals and the humans who care for–and about–them. For further volunteer information please contact Courtney Danner at (312)644-8338.


Responding to a critical societal need, Aquinas Literacy Center (ALC) empowers adults by providing English as a Second Language instruction through individualized tutoring in an environment that respects and reverences individuals. They enable learners to transform their lives by acquiring skills to become successful parents, productive workers and responsible citizens. In order to serve over 200 learners a year, they rely on volunteer tutors who commit 90 minutes of instruction time per week. ALC has served the immigrant community in McKinley Park and surrounding areas on the southwest side of Chicago since 1996. For information on volunteering call 773.927.0512 or email

Beagle Rescue, Education and Welfare Mid-West

The Mid-West Region of Beagle Rescue, Education and Welfare, Inc. (BREW Mid-West) is an all volunteer, 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding suitable permanent homes for stray, abandoned, abused, or otherwise homeless beagles. They do not operate a kennel or shelter but have built a network of foster homes and volunteers across Western PA, OH, IN, MI and IL. If you would like more information about volunteering or adopting a beagle, please email or visit the website.

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization dedicated to the fight against pediatric cancer by improving the quality of life for pediatric cancer patients and their families while furthering advancements in research. Bear Necessities reaches out to the children living in Illinois who are battling pediatric cancer or who are being treated at one of the eight Chicago hospitals with pediatric cancer departments through their Small Miracle Program. Bear Necessities welcomes individual, corporate, civic and group volunteer involvement. As a non-profit organization, Bear Necessities cannot carry out its mission without dedicated people who are willing to step up to lend their time, skills and resources. Call 847-952-9164 or email: to see how you can make a difference!


Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit organization that has one purpose and goal: to provide friendship, emotional support, and guidance to youth through positive adult role models. For further volunteer information please contact Rhonda Mofton at (312)427-0637


Big Smiles Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing toys, diapers, and clothes, to children in Bulgarian orphanages. For further volunteer information please call (312)393-9399


Provides an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.


The purpose of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago is to partner with families and communities to enable young people in greater Chicago to grow up to be responsible, self-reliant, caring adults. They achieve this by forging vital partnerships which help young people grow. For further volunteer information please contact Muniera Maalik at (312)627-2700

Buddy Foundation

The Buddy Foundation in Arlington Heights was established by the concerned and caring animal lovers from Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs, based on the necessity for a quality no-kill animal shelter. There has been a population explosion of unwanted and abandoned animals that are without the benefit of care, nurturing, and a loving home. Far too many are being put to DEATH yearly. The Buddy Foundation (TBF) is strictly a volunteer organization with all funds benefiting the animals. The Buddy Foundation is looking for volunteers & loving, caring homes for its animals. For information call their hotline at (847) 813-7206, write them at P.O. Box 334, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60006 or check out their website.

Business Volunteers for the Arts

Have you considered putting your professional skills to use as a pro bono consultant of a creative arts organization?The Arts & Business Council’s Business Volunteers for the Arts program trains and places experienced business professionals on pro bono consulting projects for small to mid-sized nonprofit arts organizations. For more information and a BVA program application, visit A&BC’s website or contact Teresa Macdonald, Assistant Director of Programs & Grants, at (312) 372-1876 X 228 or

Cabrini Connections

Cabrini Connections operates a tutoring program in Chicago to help economically disadvantaged students in the 7th to 12th grades succeed in school. For more information and volunteer opportunities go to

CASA of Cook County

CASA of Cook County is the Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Cook County Juvenile Court. Advocates are appointed by a judge and assigned to one case at a time, serving as an independent voice for abused and neglected children in court. They advocate for safe, permanent homes for these children to break the cycle of abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers help ensure that children receive appropriate services and treatment. To become a CASA volunteer you must complete a comprehensive 30-hour training program, make a commitment of 12 months and dedicate approximately 10-15 hours per month to your case. If you are interested in volunteering, or for more information, please contact NeAngela Marshall at (312) 433-5312


Cat Guardians, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed to help with the feline overpopulation and homelessness problem in DuPage County, Illinois. Cat Guardians provides proper medical and sustenance needs and loving care to these stray and unwanted cats. We make sure that every cat is neutered and therefore unable to produce any unwanted cats. For further information concerning Cat Guardians please call (630) 543-3395.


Cathedral Shelter provides programs, licensed by the Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, and include extensive counseling and supportive services as well as providing extensive food, clothing, furniture, household goods, case management, and other services including emergency housing assistance. For further volunteer information please contact Brian Myers at (312)997-2222


Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago fulfills the churches mission in charity by providing compassionate, professional and competent services to improve the quality of personal and family life while respecting the unique resources of each individual. For further volunteer information please email


The Center increases economic opportunities for low-income families, children, and individuals by improving access to public, private, and non-profit programs and services. Please contact Dora Cooper at (312)252-0280 for more information.


Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation is dedicated to alleviating hunger in metropolitan Chicago through the distribution of quality food, education, training and advocacy. For further volunteer information please contact Beverly Decker at (773)252-3663


Join thousands of other Chicagoans and volunteer with Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares is a non-profit organization, founded in 1991, whose purpose is to help busy individuals that want to share their time and talents, find an outlet to make a difference in their communities. The service programs offer a diverse group flexible options. There are 70-90 service programs each month that range from the environment to Senior Citizens to Housing & Beautification. If you would like to join Chicago Cares, contact them at 312.780.0800 or email them at


Chicago Children’s Museum’s mission is to activate the intellectual and creative potential of children by being a catalyst for the process of learning. For further volunteer information please contact Lewanda May at (312)464-7671.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness. 800-940-1119


Chicago Foundation for Education is dedicated to improving and enhancing the educational experiences provided to Chicago’s public elementary school children by the educators who serve, guide, and teach them. For further volunteer information please contact Pam Hay at (312)670-2323

Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind

Social service agency to aid visually impaired & multi-disabled persons. 312-666-1331


Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to Chicago children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, they empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives and build community. Chicago Lights programming affords a variety of meaningful one time and long- term volunteer experiences. For more information on individual, group, or corporate service opportunities, please contact Kate Solis at 312.981.3564 or


With an abundance of special events, gardens and parkland, there are many opportunities to volunteer your time and talent. Whether you want to participate in a short-term event and pitch in for a day or you would prefer a commitment on a monthly basis opprtunities abound. For more information, call 312.742.4775


Chicagoland Cardiac Connections, CCC, is Chicagoland’s first community for children and young adults with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs).  CCC was founded by the patients, nurses, and cardiologists at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  The group is led by Dr. Gregory Webster and a steering committee of grateful families and patients with pacemakers and ICDs.   For further volunteer information contact Colin Alesse at 224-250-3081.


CHILD SERV Our mission is to help children and their families build better lives. Call Sondra Masibay at (773)693-0300 for further information.


Christian Churches Caring (CCC) provides services to seniors in the Irving Park and surrounding communities. Our goal is to help seniors live healthy, independent lives in their own home or to support them in their choice to move to other arrangements. For further information please contact Peter Brich at (773)539-8950.

Community Media Workshop

Community Media Workshop provides media relations and communications workshops, a media guide, a journalists’ tipsheet and sponsors the Studs Terkel Awards all in the name of connecting the community with the media so important stories and voices can be heard.


Conscience Connections Singles Volunteer Group offers a way for local singles to meet each other while volunteering for worthwhile and charitable organizations.


The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. For further volunteer information please contact Christina Hallal (312)236-4491.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Chicago

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Chicago is a 501c3 self-help, all-volunteer organization founded in the interest of offering support to those with mood disorders & their families, professionals, and friends. The organization is participating in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the
second time and need volunteersto perform the following duties: Grant Writer; Marathon Team Fundraisers; Volunteer Coordinator; Sponsorship Solicitation Volunteers; Promotions Volunteers; Runner Recruitment Volunteers; Media Volunteers; Event Day Volunteers.

DuPage Senior Citizens Council

Over 1,500 seniors in DuPage County rely on the DuPage Senior Citizens Council for nutritious meals each day. Volunteers are urgently needed to deliver meals Monday – Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Routes take about an hour and driving directions are provided. Volunteer daily, weekly, or as a substitute. Call 630.620.0804 or e-mail to get started.


Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago provides comprehensive services for individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families to improve quality of life and maximize independence. Easter Seals provides a number of programs and services, including the direct delivery of dental care, child development, educational programs, and therapeutic services. For further volunteer information please contact Gary Mohr at (312)939-5115 extension 116


The mission of Fairygodmother Foundation is to make wishes come true for loved ones facing terminal illness. Fairygodmother Foundation strives to bring joy to the lives of individuals (18 and older) and loved ones in their time of greatest need by turning dreams into reality. Our goal is to ensure that those whose lives will be cut short by terminal illness (having a year or less to live) enjoy at least one moment of immeasurable happiness. In the process of fulfilling wishes, we hope to create an opportunity for peace, closure, a sense of belonging, and cherished memories for everyone involved. For further volunteer information please call (312) 573-0028 and their address is: Fairy Godmother Foundation is 213 W. Institute Place, Suite 509, Chicago, IL. 60610

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

Become a Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust Volunteer. Volunteering at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio or Wright’s Robie House is a fascinating and rewarding experience. Lead tours of their world-class museums, help visitors in the museum shops, or donate your time and talents in many other ways. Call Angela or Shannon at 708.848.1976 or e-mail for more information.

Gaylord Building

The Gaylord Building, 200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, IL, is seeking retirees to help lead its educational activities and community outreach. Interested individuals should contact the historic site by emailing or calling 1-815-838-9400.

Gilda’s Club Chicago

Gilda’s Club Chicago provides a meeting place where men, women and children with cancer, along with their family and friends, can join with others to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care. Members of Gilda’s Club Chicago, create a personalized program which positively enhances all areas of their lives…far beyond the walls of the clubhouse. Free of charge, Gilda’s Club Chicago is a non-profit organization conveniently located in River North (537 N. Wells street). For additional information on how you can get involved, please contact Gilda’s Club Chicago at 312.464.9900 or 312.464.1487. At Gilda’s Club, no one has to face cancer alone.


The mission or purpose of Girl Scouting is to inspire girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens. For further girl scout information please call (312)416-2500.


Glenkirk’s mission is to provide quality, lifetime supports and services which empower individuals with developmental disabilities to participate fully in all areas of community life.

Global Volunteer Network

The Global Volunteer Network is a non profit organization that places volunteers in community projects in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Thailand, and Uganda. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational, environmental and community aid programs. Examples of the exciting and rewarding activities available to volunteers include teaching English, environmental work, AIDS education, and assisting in an orphanage.

Global Volunteers

Global Volunteers strives to wage peace through the world by helping establish mutual understanding between people of diverse cultures. Each year Global Volunteers coordinates more than 150 teams of volunteers who participate on short-term human and economic development projects in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific. 800-487-1074


Kenilworth Union Church is a nondenominational Christian community of faith dedicated to the worship and service of God through spiritual nurturing of individual and family, education of youth and adult, and outreach to others within and beyond the congregation. For further volunteer information please contact either Amy Bergan, Matt Coatar or Heather Borezinski at (773)247-3663.


Greenpeace, the world’s leading international environmental organization, has a unique opportunity for volunteers who are ready to stop global warming. The organization is working with volunteers all over the North Shore to make global warming a key issue in the 2008 elections. Whether you just want to contribute a few hours or are looking for internship and leadership opportunities, Greenpeace wants your help. Whatever your level of commitment, their goal is to aid and empower citizens to demand action from their government on global warming. This campaign, known as Project Hot Seat, is dynamic and multi-faceted. They recruit volunteers, take the message to the media, run grassroots events, and more. For information, please call Adam at 312.929.6711

Guild for the Blind

The Guild offers a holistic approach to helping people adjust to life with vision loss. They work with their members in a supportive environment, tailoring programs to fit their specific needs. Members can participate in adjustment counseling, career counseling, technology training and daily living skills training. All of their services are provided in small groups or individually. 312-236-8569


Committed to improving the quality of life for Chicago’s low-income elderly, Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) helps seniors remain independent and part of their community by offering opportunities for intergenerational living and by providing a variety of citywide support services.

Programs offered by H.O.M.E. include the only free citywide moving and furniture donation program, free shopping transportation services, volunteer services, upkeep and repair services for elderly homeowners in the city of Chicago, and assistance to elderly CHA residents during the Senior Housing Rehabilitation Initiative.

Various volunteer opportunities are available. Please call Volunteer Coordinator Christine Doyle-Vincent 773.921.3200.


Habitat for Humanity International brings families and communities in need together with volunteers and resources to build descent and affordable housing.


To provide communities with a comprehensive youth golf program that eliminate the obstacles that discourage youngsters from learning and continuing to play golf while instilling in them an understanding of the sport’s rules, etiquette and history. Please contact David Fujimoto for further information.

HopeLine by Verizon

Verizon is committed to helping the nearly one in four women, one in seven men and more than 3 million children in the United States affected by domestic violence. They’re doing their part to end this epidemic by collecting no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and turning them into support for domestic violence organizations nationwide. You can support their important initiative by donating your old phone at any Verizon Wireless Communications store.


The mission of Horizons For Youth is to create opportunities for and build relationships with children from low-income families so that they can conceive of and achieve their dreams.


Recognizing that healthy infants, children, mothers and families constitute the basis of our society, IMCHC is dedicated to promoting and improving their health and well-being through advocacy, education, community empowerment and policy development. The activities of the Coalition address and support the fundamental principles of equity, social justice and fair access to care — the basic rights of all human beings. The Coalition\’s main objectives are directed to overcome critical barriers, such as poverty and racism, that prevent achievement of maternal and child wellness.


The ISPB was founded to prevent the tragedy of needless blindness. Dedicated to the care, protection, and preservation of sight, ISPB programs stress education and information.


Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with mental retardation and closely related developmental disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Inspiration Corp.

Provides supportive programming to help homeless men and women exit homelessness with dignity and respect. 773-878-0981

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

The JUF TOV Volunteer Network is a grass roots organization that links prospective volunteers to volunteer opportunities in the Jewish and larger community. Whether you wish to volunteer once a week, once a month or once a year, TOV will work to match your special skills and interests with the many needs in our community. Possibilities include tutoring, working with children, working in hospitals & nursing homes, providing family support, involvement in anti-hunger programs or homeless services, pro bono professional services, employment assistance or citizenship preparation. Contact TOV at 312-357-4762 or

Job Corps

Job training for at risk kids ages 16-24. 800-773-JOBS

Joint Action in Community Service (JACSINC)

JACS is a national human service organization of community volunteers helping at-risk youth enter the workforce and become self-reliant adults. 800-522-7773


Junior Achievement’s purpose has been to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives.


The JDRF is committed to creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D) for children—and everyone else affected by the disease. As a JDRF volunteer, you’ll join a tight-knit—but far-reaching—community that truly cares about finding a cure for everyone affected by this devastating disease.

La Rabida Children’s Hospital

La Rabida is a specialty children’s hospital that provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities and for those who have been negelected and abused. La Rabida not only provides medical care, but also the support, resources and encouragement children need to thrive and prosper. For information on how you can volunteer, 773.363.6700, x248.

Lake County Council Against Sexucal Assault

The Lake County Council Against Sexual Assault is accepting applications for its Summer Volunteer Training Classes that start June 19th at The LaCASA/Zacharias Center at 4275 Old Grand Avenue in Gurnee. LaCASA provides a place where survivors of sexual assault and abuse can heal, while mobilizing the community to end sexual violence. Call Wendy Ivy (847) 244-1187 ext. 24 or visit to register online.


Lifelink has helped more than 4,000 children find their forever families. Learn how to get started on your adoption journey by contacting Lifelink.

Literacy Chicago

Provides free individual adult literacy services. 312-236-0341


Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is a private, non-profit, volunteer-based organization committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. They offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life. To learn about volunteering, contact Phyllis Barker at


Responding to the Gospel, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois brings healing, justice and wholeness to people and communities. For further volunteer information please contact John Murphy at (847)635-4600.


Provides local progams to assist victims of alcohol-related crashes; educates the public of dangers of drunk and drugged driving. 800-438-6233


The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes & fulfill the dreams of children who are facing life threatening illnesses. To date, MAW of Northern Illinois has granted over 3600 wishes to children in Illinois. For information on how you can help, please call 312.943.8956. We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.


Marklund is a private, not-for profit organization which exists to help infants, children and adults who have severe and profound developmental disabilities reach their highest potential and live a full and happy life.


Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a long-term residential home for troubled children. They care for girls and boys between the ages of eleven and twenty-one. Their fourteen different homes offer each child the structure or independence to work through problems and to achieve success.

At Mercy Home, they heal children by giving them a safe home and helping them realize their full potential. They give their children round-the-clock care and support, therapy, tutoring and mentoring.

For volunteer information please contact Jennifer Brown at (312)738-7560.

Merit School of Music

The Merit School of Music provides high-quality music education to students in metropolitan Chicago. Its primary goals are to help young people achieve their full musical potential, to remove economic barriers to participation, and to stimulate personal and educational growth through music. Several volunteer opportunities are available. For more information contact Sloane Moore, Development Associate and Volunteer Manager, at 312-786-9428 x287 or via email at

Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue

Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue (MSIR) is a non-profit, all-volunteer corporation that seeks out, fosters, and places homeless Shiba Inu dogs into carefully screened, lifelong, and nurturing homes. In addition to rescue, MSIR volunteers provide medical care and/or rehabilitation for foster dogs and then attempt to match them with appropriate, permanent homes.

MSIR also educates the public about the Shiba Inu breed, the need for dog rescue and dog training, and the importance of spaying/neutering pets to prevent overpopulation.

For information on volunteering, donating or adopting, go to

Mount Prospect Jaycees

This young peoples leadership and community service group is for people between the ages of 21 to 40. The have great community service events as well as social ones. They are part of a state and national organization. For more information write the Mt. Prospect Jaycees at P.O. Box 27, Mount Prospect IL, 60056, call their hotline number at 847-289-4395 or check out their website.

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Provides services and education and is dedicated to the prevention, treatment, alleviation and cure of multiple sclerosis, and to the improvement of the quality of life of individuals with MS and their families. 800-922-0484


The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency — a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans. Volunteer Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is Kathleen Clickett.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and committed to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of battered women and their children. 800-799-7233

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Provides education to children, intervention services to families, and referral treatment for alcoholics and drug addicts. 800-NCA-CALL


The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) gives young people between the ages of 21 and 39 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

Committed to increasing the awareness of kidney and urinary disease and organ donation. 312-663-3103

National Mentoring Partnership

Advocates for expanding mentoring programs and a resource mentors. 202-729-4340


The Greater Illinois Chapter serves people with MS in seven regions spanning 73 counties in Northern Illinois. Volunteer opportunities for short or long term commitments are available. For more information on different programs and how you can help, call 1.800.FIGHT MS (1.800.344.4867).


Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has runaway, or if you are a runaway ready to go home. For more information or to volunteer go to

National Ski Patrol

The National Ski Patrol is a not for profit organization whose purpose is to assist the skiers who get injured on the hill to be transported safely down the hill. To learn more about the National Ski Patrol go to


The Near Northwest Civic Committee’s mission is to unite civic minded citizens to work together to further the welfare of the Near Northwest side community, and to sponsor educational, recreational, camping and other activities aimed at the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency. For further information please email

Northern Illinios Samoyed Assistance, Inc.

The Northern Illinois Samoyed Assistance, Inc. is a not-for-profit rescue breed-specific organization that is dedicated to locating new homes for abandoned and unwanted Samoyeds. For more information on how you can get involved contact 847-255-4815.

Odyssey Hospice

No matter what your talents or interests, you can make a difference in someone’s life. When you volunteer with Odyssey Hospice, you become part of a team of skilled, compassionate people who dedicate their time to a truly noble cause. They are currently looking for Patient Visit Volunteers who visit patients to provide companionship and support through conversation, leisure activities, or by being a supportive presence. You may also provide respite for caregivers so they can have some time away for themselves. For more information, contact Debbie Goff at or 708-409-3040.


Dedicated to strengthening families by developing responsible children, youth, and parents; empowering youth to become positive participants in the community. 847-353-1500.


Orchard Village is committed to enhancing the quality of life of people with developmental disabilities by protecting and nurturing the right to control one\’s own destiny. We provide community integrated residential, vocational, respite, and specialized services that are both supportive and challenging. For further volunteer information please call Erica Paukstis at (847)967-1800 extension 133.

Pacific Intercultural Exchange

pen your heart & home to an international student. Pacific Intercultural Exchange needs host families urgently in your community for academic year and semester home-stay programs. If you are interested, please call P.I.E. at 1-800-828-9001.

Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors (PAWWS)

Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors is a 501-c3 non-profit organization that trains service dogs for military veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You can support this important cause at a fundraiser on May 5, 6 p.m. to midnight, at Lexington House, 7717 W. 95th Street, Hickory Hills, IL. Complete with live Chicago blues music, raffles, silent auctions, food, open bar, and more.

Points of Light Foundation

Engages people in volunteer community service to help solve serious social problems. 800-VOLUNTEER

Project Education Plus

Find an outlet for your talent in Technology, Tutoring, or Special Events. To volunteer, call PEP at 312-642-4191.


RAINBOWS is a not-for-profit, international organization that offers training and curricula for establishing peer support groups in churches, synagogues, schools or social agencies. These curricula are available for children and adults of all ages and religious denominations who are grieving a death, divorce or any other painful transition in their family.

Ronald McDonald House

Help families overcome the stresses associated with a child\’s illness by encouraging supportive interaction with other parents in a comfortable, homelike environment. 773-324-KIDS

Ronald McDonald House Charities

By creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well being of children, Ronald McDonald House Charities is working to better the lives of children and their families around the world.


The mission of the Rush Hospice Partners is to provide comprehensive, coordinated health care services to people in the Chicago metropolitan area and selected tertiary services to people throughout the nation. For further information please call (708)234-2828 or for those interested who live in Illinois, please call (800)994-9400.


Its mission is both spiritual and practical, encompassing the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ and alleviating human suffering and distress without discrimination.

Save The Children

Creates positive, lasting changes in the lives of children in need. 800-243-5075


SENEVOLU is a not-for-profit organization based in Senegal, West Africa, founded to promote community tourism and Volunteer Work. SENEVOLU offers a variety of programs and services including homestays, volunteer opportunities, language programs, trips and workshops. Visit the organization’s website for more information.

Sertoma Centre

Sertoma Centre, Inc. is a nationally-acredited, award winning,not-for-profit agency that provides job training and employment services to more than 650 individuals with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, and/or mental illness. Communities served include 45 south and southwest suburbs and parts of Chicago. Sertoma Centre also operates several community group and foster-care homes located in the south suburbs. For information on how you can help call (708) 371-9700.

Shelter, Inc. Thrift Shop

The Shelter, Inc. Thrift Shop is seeking Elgin area residents to volunteer for its new location in the Town & Country Shopping Center, 300K S. McLean Blvd, Elgin. Make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children! For more information, please call Shelter’s Volunteer Coordinator at 847.590.6188, ext. 22.

Sit Stay Read!

You can help bring the magic of reading and the love and respect for animals to kids in need! Volunteer for Sit Stay Read, an organization that partners specially trained reading assistance dogs with children learning to read in Chicago area schools, libraries and community facilities. Volunteers with and without dogs are needed. Call 773-936-6054 for more information.


Special olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in several different Olympic type events for children (8+) and adults with mental retardatuion or closely related disabilities. The traing and events allow for participants to develop skills, physical fitness and pariticipate in the sharing of gifts and skills with friends and families. If you would like to volunteer and act as a coach, competition official, event organizer and many other opportunites, call 312.595.9138


The purpose of the Starlight Foundation is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families through a variety of in hospital and out patient programs and services.

The Arc of the United States

Assists people with mental retardation in areas of education, employment, aging, recreation and housing, as well as providing information and support to families. 800-433-5255


Through its core programs in outreach, youth shelter, healthcare, advocacy, and education, The Night Ministry builds supportive relationships that empower thousands of individuals each year to recognize their own self-worth and ability to meet their own needs. For more information concerning The Night Ministry please contact Melissa McGuire at (773)784-9000, extension 205.


The goal of The Saints is primarily to help the smaller, not-for-profit performing arts organizations.

The Salvation Army

An international movement to meet basic human needs without discrimination. 800-SAL-ARMY


SNI’s purpose is to respond quickly and with compassion to those who as a result of war, persecution or natural disaster are homeless and in desperate need of shelter and in doing so to be instruments of God’s love for all people and especially the poor.

Tutor/Mentor Connection

Builds and sustains “village” of tutor/mentor programs. 312-467-2889

U.S. Committee for UNICEF

Provides medicine, clean water and sanitation, improved nutrition, basic education and emergency assistance to children around the world. 800-FOR-KIDS


Nothing changes a child’s life like having a good friend. This is especially true for children and youth who have suffered abuse and neglect. UCAN’s Mentor Program pairs the talents and interests of successful men and women with the needs of our clients. The program helps young people build positive relationships with adults and broadens a child’s social and cultural experiences.

United Way

The mission of United Way is to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.

United Way’s First Call for Help

Help is just a phone call away. The United Way’s First Call for Help can link you to vital social services throughout metropolitan Chicago. Find answers to questions about daycare, senior services or programs for the entire family. The program also provides information and resources for more serious problems such as terminal illness, family violence and more. United Way. The way we care, community by community. For more information on this program, other services offered or how you can lend your time or resources, call 1.800.725.5314

Volunteers of America

Designed to promote community service. 800-899-0089


Womans International News Gathering Service raises womens voices through radio worldwide.

Warm Wishes

Warm Wishes is a not-for-profit group that distributes clean blankets, quilts and comforters to those in need. As we move toward the winter months, consider making a donation to a very worthy cause that provides warmth to anyone that asks. For more information on how you can help, call 630.830.0674

WINGS…Women In Need Growing Stronger

A not-for-profit comprehensive housing program dedicated to ending homelessness for women and children in the Northwest Chicago suburbs. WINGS provides transitional living, job training, support and counseling for women and their children helping to provide building blocks for success. For more information of to volunteer, call (847)963-8910

Women in Community Service

Works to reduce young women living in poverty by promoting self-reliance and economic independence. 800-442-9427


The Mission of World Relief as commissioned by the National Association of Evangelicals, is to work with the Church in alleviating human suffering worldwide in the name of Christ. For further volunteer information please call Elizabeth Barrett at (773)583-9191


World Vision is an international partnership of Chrisitians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God. Please call (773)921-3900 with further questions.

YMCA of the USA

Builds strong kids and communities. 800-872-9622


Youth Crossroads Inc.’s Connections Program is looking for teen-age, college-age, and adult volunteers who have an interest in working with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade youth. Volunteer responsibilities include building healthly relationships through interaction in activities with youth, assisting youth with homework, role modeling positive behavior, helping to coordinate group activities. Volunteer requirements are being at least 16 years of age, committing to at least 1 day a week, completion of an application, references and training, and completion of a criminal background check (for volunteers 18 years of age and older).


Empower women and girls; eliminate racism. 212-273-7800


Eliminating racism, empowering women — it’s what they are about and what they intend to do. The YWCA Lake County is a not-for-profit women’s organization, giving all women, regardless of race or economic status, the support and tools they need to transform their lives, be confident in their choices and raise healthy families. Call 847-662-4247 or visit or

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