Spring is officially here, Chicago! The sun sets later and the days get warmer. How will you enjoy the Windy City as the season changes?
If you’re looking for a way to give back and volunteer, take a look around! Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are full of opportunities to donate and volunteer. A volunteer activity can make your community a better place for all: lead to new friends, connects you to valuable business contacts, helps you master new skills, and even allows you to share your expertise. Beyond these tangible benefits, the act of doing good just makes people feel good about themselves, wouldn’t you agree?
Check out our list of suggestions below to find an activity that matches your interest, time and budget…
Shelter, Inc. provides emergency housing for children and adolescents. Located in Arlington Heights (Chicago Northwest Suburb), Shelter, Inc. provide shelter for children who are abused, neglected or in need of supervision. Volunteers and donations play a vital role in making a difference in the lives of the children of our community. Our mission is to create community awareness, educate and promote healthy families to reduce child abuse and neglect. Visit our website for upcoming events.
Hope for the Day
Hope For The Day achieves proactive suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education. Proactive prevention is about creating an environment that doesn’t wait for someone to reach a point of crisis to address their mental health.
“If we are going to be proactive about mental health, we must meet people where they are and not where we expect them to be.”
— Jonny Boucher, Founder & CEO of Hope For The Day
Meals on Wheels Chicago
Meals on Wheels Chicago relies on volunteers to bring warm, nutritious meals to homebound seniors and people with disabilities, who might otherwise have difficulty preparing healthy food. On top of that, you could be providing companionship to someone who might really need it…
Don’t forget! You can check out your local township office for food pantries in your area.
The Nature Conservancy in Illinois
Volunteer for Nature gives the chance to learn more about natural areas, meet others who share your love of the outdoors and make a difference in your community. Volunteer at one of our Illinois Nature Conservancy volunteer sites. Find a forest preserve, beach, bird sanctuary or nature center near you!
PAWs Chicago is on a mission – building no kill communities! The organization values respect, community, compassion and education. They are committed to helping homeless pets with the support of volunteers, employees, adopters, fosters and the community. If you’re interested in lending a helping hand, find out how you can donate, volunteer & join TEAM PAWS!
One Tail at a Time Dog Rescue
One Tail at a Time is a no-kill, all-breed dog rescue committed to lowering euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area. It might not be an option for you to foster a furry friend, but even an hour of your time can help the rescue shelters and adoption centers fulfill their mission of finding these lovable dogs and cats a permanent, equally loving home. You can volunteer on a weekly basis to walk or bathe the animals, or help out at an adoption event.
Volunteer Match is a nationwide online platform that matches people looking for volunteer opportunities with nonprofits looking for volunteers. You can search by cause and location to find a good match!