Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities in the Fox Valley  

American Red Cross – Fox River Chapter

(630) 443-8844                                   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.


Anderson Animal Shelter

(847) 697-2880           www.andersonanimalshelter.org       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.


Art Volunteers in the Classroom

St. Charles (630) 377-7165      Contact: Susan Fogarty

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.


Association for Individual Development/Crisis Line of the Fox Valley

(630) 966-4304                                   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 Waubonsee Community College .

            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.


Batavia Depot Museum    (630) 406-5274    Contact: Carla Hill – Director

Volunteers act as docents, greeters and work in the research center after training to work with records in the museum collections.


Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners   (630) 879-8756

Help to maintain the Wildlife Sanctuary (on the Batavia Riverwalk on the Fox River), nearly 30 gardens, near the Batavia City Hall .


CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates

(630) 444-3100           www.casakanecounty.org      Contact: Deb McQuaid

Volunteers 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.  


Community Crisis Center Elgin

(847) 697-2380           www.crisiscenter.org              Contact: Lisa

Volunteers assist with all types of activities: advocate, children’s services, clerical assistance, resale shop, receptionist, fund raising, housekeeping, lobby assistance, special holiday opportunities.


Delnor Community Hospital Volunteer Service

(630) 208-4265           www.delnor.com                     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.


Dog Rescue (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels)

((630) 584-8932          www.gccavalierrescue.org     Contact: Sue Coffee

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.

Dorie’s Transportation Service

(630) 584-9082           Contact: Dorie

Help with driving elderly to doctor appointment and/or for local shopping.


Elderday Center Batavia

(630) 761-9750           www.elderdaycenter.org        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.


Elgin Symphony Orchestra – Ushering

(847) 888-0404           Contact: John Gilmour, Patron Services Manager

Usher volunteers help to create a fabulous concert experience for everyone.  Plus the ushers usually get to hear most of the concert without charge.  


Forest Preserve District of Kane County

(847) 741-9798           Contact: Julia

Volunteer needs:

1. Natural Areas – management and restoration, wildlife and plant monitoring.
2 .Education – with public and in programs.  Hosting in the nature center (hrs. 9-4 M-F and 12-4 Sat and Sun.)
3. Special Events
4. Cultural preservation especially at the Fabyan Forest Preserve
5.Public Relations – mounted rangers (if you have a horse), and/or work as a photographer for special events.


Fox Valley Associates of The Art Institute of Chicago   (630) 513-7891)

Contact: Georgia Smith - Membership

This 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 school of The Art Institute.  Training is also offered for Art in the Classroom Volunteers.


Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice – 200 Whitfield - Geneva

(630) 232-2233           Contact: Mary O’Malley

Volunteers provide assistance to acute convalescent and terminally ill residents of the Fox Valley .  Volunteers interested in direct service must complete a 30 hour training program.  Adult and Child bereavement volunteers attend an 18 hour training session.

            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.


Friends of Our Libraries

(630) 584-0076  St. Charles       (630) 232-0780  Geneva       (630) 879-1393   Batavia

(630) 365-2244  Elburn              (630) 896-0240  N. Aurora

Call your local library for volunteer opportunities as each site has individual needs.


Garfield Farm Museum (in LaFox)

(630) 584-8485           www.garfieldfarm.org        Contacts: Jerome Johnson, Patty Kennedy

Volunteers are needed for: tour guides, administrative support, animal care, natural areas care, restoration and maintenance, clerical, gardening and historic programs in costume.  


Glenwood School for Boys and Girls – Silver Glen Rd. St. Charles

(847) 464-8200           www.glenwoodschool.org                   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.


Habitat for Humanity, Pottawatomie Partnership  (847) 836-1432

www.local.habitat.org/northernfoxvalley     Contact:  Barbara Beckman

Volunteer chances abound when the ninth house is started in spring ’07.  Besides construction, lunch offerings are needed for the workers.


Hesed House – 659 S. River St . , Aurora , IL 60506       (630) 897-2156

Contact: Luke Niermann       www.hesedhouse.org  or        www.volunteeers@hesedhouse.org

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.


History/Heritage Centers

(630) 584-6967        St. Charles Heritage Center                  Contact: Julie Bunke

(630) 232-4951        Geneva Historical Society                    Contact: Cindy Corrigan

(630) 513-0251         Batavia Historical Society                   Contact: Dick Benson

Volunteers are used as needed by each center. 


Holmstad Retirement Community   (630) 879-4313      Contact: Susie Goldthwaite

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.


Lazarus House           (630) 587-2144           www.LazarusHouseOnline.com

214 Walnut St . , St. Charles , 60174

Lazarus House is a homeless shelter open 365 days a year serving men, women and children in need.  Guests come from Geneva , St.Charles, Batavia and western rural Kane County .  A volunteer is needed each night to augment the staff person.  Evening meals for 45 or more residents as well as brown bag lunches are always needed.  A rental assistance program is now available.  A new day center for women and children is due to open in the fall of ‘06.


Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley         (630) 584-2811           www.lvfv.org  

Contact: Peg Coker

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.


Living Well Cancer Resource Center    (630) 262-1111     Contact: Nancy Vance

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.


Mid-Valley Neighborhood Improvement Association, Inc.   (630) 584-1996

www.mvnia.org   Contact:  Barbara Zaha

There 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 repair.  The REUSEIT Center is your source for beautiful new and gently used building materials.  Here you can shop-donate and/or volunteer.


Mutual Ground Women’s Shelter   (630) 897-8989 www.mutualgroundinc.org     Contact: Pam

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.


Northern IL Food Bank   (630)443-6910 ex. 30     www.northernilfoodbank.org

Email:  lsanders@northernilfoodbank.org   Contact:  Loreal Sanders

This is a year round program that serves 13 counties in Northern IL .  Volunteers can assist in several capacities such as sorting and packing donated food items.  Many volunteers are needed.  


Salvation Army – Tri-Cities Corp   (630) 377-2769 www.satricity.org

Contact: Tammy

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.


Special Olympics of IL        (630)377-7250          email: akaylor@soill.org

1020 Cedar, Rm. 2A, PO Box 897 , St. Charles , 60174  Contacts:  Amy or Sandy

Help is needed for one day events such as sports competitions or fund raising, office assistance in their St. Charles location or you can work with local Special Olympic teams at practice sessions.

            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.


Tri-City 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.


Two Rivers Head Start – Aurora   (630) 375-9800  www.trhsa.org

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 1661 Landmark Rd. off of Sullivan.

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Last updated 10/28/06