Opportunities in the Fox Valley
Red Cross –
Contact: Kim Watts
After an interview with the Emergency Services Director, volunteers may assist with blood services, disaster services, health and safety services or development activities.
Contact: Joy Walsh
Help is needed for fund raising events, dog walking, cat socialization, in house services, special projects, and foster homes. Items from a Wish List are much appreciated.
Volunteers in the Classroom
This is an elementary school program where volunteers share art history and the love of art with students. Projects are in different medium. Art training is not needed.
for Individual Development/Crisis Line of the
Contact: Cheryl Brown
Volunteer operators are available 24/7 and trained to handle calls that address crisis intervention issues like mental illness, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse.
Training is a free 9 week course with three college credit hours offered through
There is also a SUNSHINE PROGRAM where minimal training is required. Calls are made out to people who need a well being check, social support or medication reminders. All services are offered free.
Volunteers act as docents, greeters and work in the research center after training to work with records in the museum collections.
Plain Dirt Gardeners (630) 879-8756
to maintain the Wildlife Sanctuary (on the Batavia Riverwalk on the Fox River),
nearly 30 gardens, near the
– Court Appointed Special Advocates
Contact: Deb McQuaid
advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in juvenile
court. You would be trained and then appointed by judges. A 40 hour
training program is required.
Volunteers assist with all types of activities: advocate, children’s services, clerical assistance, resale shop, receptionist, fund raising, housekeeping, lobby assistance, special holiday opportunities.
Contact: Rose Booe
In service volunteers support patients, their families and hospital staff. Volunteers donate their time and efforts in many ways; delivering patient mail and flowers, guiding visitors throughout the hospital, staffing the gift shop and performing clerical duties.
Volunteer as little as twice a month. A new volunteer opportunity is a musical one. The hospital has a new piano and is looking for musicians to entertain in the main lobby.
Rescue (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels)
The Greater Chicago Cavalier Rescue was recently founded. This is a non-profit organization and licensed shelter with the state of IL. Dogs are fostered in the homes of the volunteers. The group also educates the public as to the health and care of this dog breed.
Help with driving elderly to doctor appointment and/or for local shopping.
Contact: Amy Cummings
Open Mon.-Fri. year round providing older citizens a place to meet with friends.
Needs are: set up and serving lunch, playing Bunco, Bridge and other games, crafts, and Bible Study. The center is also looking for males to assist with a men’s group.
Elderday accepts craft items, magazines and does not turn down any donated items. Check with Amy if you are unsure about your donation.
John Gilmour, Patron Services Manager
volunteers help to create a fabulous concert experience for everyone. Plus
the ushers usually get to hear most of the concert without charge.
Preserve District of
Natural Areas – management and restoration, wildlife and plant monitoring.
Georgia Smith - Membership
group provides programs for seniors in retirement homes given by volunteers from
the organization. They also hold a portfolio night for high school art
students where their work is reviewed by experts from the
provide assistance to acute convalescent and terminally ill residents of the
Other opportunities include office assistance, crafts, bakers and ambassadors to represent Hospice at local fairs and community events. Fund raising event planning is also needed.
of Our Libraries
(630) 896-0240 N.
Call your local library for volunteer opportunities as each site has individual needs.
Contacts: Jerome Johnson, Patty Kennedy
are needed for: tour guides, administrative support, animal care, natural areas
care, restoration and maintenance, clerical, gardening and historic programs in
Contact: Sherry Morel (847) 464-8225
Glenwood is a community supported non-profit school that serves about 300 economically and socially disadvantaged children who are undergoing extreme hardships due to serious family and community issues such as death, drugs and gangs.
Volunteer needs include: mentoring, tutoring, library, special events, computer lab, food service, annual Glenwood Classis Golf Outing, KidShop, learning resource and nurses aid.
for Humanity, Pottawatomie Partnership (847) 836-1432
Contact: Barbara Beckman
Volunteer chances abound when the ninth house is started in spring ’07. Besides construction, lunch offerings are needed for the workers.
Branches of Hesed House
Hesed House, Inc. – providing services to the poor and homeless
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, Inc – weekly grocery assistance for the poor who currently are not homeless
Aurora Soup Kitchen – provides hot lunches Mon and Fri. for the poor and homeless
PADS – Public Action to Deliver Shelter, Inc.- provides housing and other services to the homeless
Hesed House accepts financial and item donations. There are always needs and you can check their website for the most current needs. They also need volunteers for food preparation, food service, overnight staffing of the shelter and more.
are used as needed by each center.
Retirement Community (630) 879-4313 Contact:
Volunteer Opportunities include: beauty shop escort, baking, birthday party helper, chapel escort, Christmas baskets, coffee and conversation leader, gift store and cart, one-on-one visits, piano player, reading and table/card games.
House (630) 587-2144
House is a homeless shelter open 365 days a year serving men, women and children
in need. Guests come from
You do not need an education background to help. If you are a good listener and have patience then you can help an adult read, write or speak English. There are 5 training sessions each year. After training you meet with your student one hr. per week. Volunteers are also needed for food offerings for student/teacher gatherings, administrative work and help with fundraisers and work with the Board of Directors on Ad Hoc Committees.
Provides programs and services that encourage, educate and emotionally support people living with cancer, their family members and care givers.
Volunteer opportunities include: clerical, phones, cookie baking for support groups, creating crafts, mailing assistance for newsletters, etc. ***Clinical professionals are also needed. All services at this agency are provided at no charge.
Neighborhood Improvement Association, Inc. (630) 584-1996
are two parts to this organization. The Mid-Valley Neighborhood
Improvement Ass. is a resource for housing information, advocacy, referrals and
technical assistance, low interest home improvement loans and emergency home
Ground Women’s Shelter (630) 897-8989 www.mutualgroundinc.org
Volunteers are essential to Mutual Ground. They can work as trained helpers directly with victims or volunteers can do other work that does not require training and is yet just as important such as client transportation, grocery shopping, activities with children.
IL Food Bank (630)443-6910 ex. 30 www.northernilfoodbank.org
Contact: Loreal Sanders
is a year round program that serves 13 counties in
Army – Tri-Cities Corp (630) 377-2769 www.satricity.org
Here are some of the many volunteer jobs:
After school child care, food pantry (M-F 8 to 4), intake of clients for assistance at the holiday season, Thanksgiving and Christmas distribution of food baskets and gift items. (no driving required), holiday Red Kettle campaign bell ringers, Angel Tree shopping at Christmas for gifts for needy families, organizing meals for volunteers workers.
Programs include: Golden Diners plus games, movies, walking, nutrition and seated exercises, and Bread Distribution. Crop Walk supports African outreach and Fox Valley Food Pantries. Also there is the Friday Women’s Ministries.
Olympics of IL (630)377-7250
Cedar, Rm. 2A,
is needed for one day events such as sports competitions or fund raising, office
assistance in their
Here are just some of the sports included: track and field, cross country skiing, equestrian, gymnastics, soccer, golf, basketball, figure skating, bowling, softball, tennis, cycling, aquatics, volleyball.
Family Services (630) 232-1070
Contact: Miranda Iwataki
The volunteers do work through the group “Friends of Tri-City Family Services.” A few of the opportunities include, childcare while groups are meeting, office work. and fund raising at their Annual Benefit, The Great Lobster Fly-In, Golf Outing, and Trivia Nights.
You can adopt a family for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Rivers Head Start –
The mission of this agency is to alleviate the effects of poverty by providing opportunities and support services.
Two Rivers gratefully accepts donations of: paper products, cleaning supplies, office supplies, children’s books, craft items, personal care items, furniture, clothing in all sizes, baby items and food.
Call for directions to drop off location at
Last updated 10/28/06