Nonprofit Guide 2019

By: Dave Hamilton August 5, 2019



Guide 2019



Access Living

115 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654


Marca Bristo, President & CEO,, 773-640-2107

Access Living is a cross–disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities. It is an agent of social change that offers peer-oriented independent living services; public education, awareness and development; individualized and systemic advocacy; and enforcement of civil rights for people with disabilities.











After School Matters

66 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 742-4182

Mary Ellen Caron, CEO

Our mission is to provide Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.

Volunteer Opportunities: Make a difference in the lives of Chicago’s teens today! Whether as a group or an individual, After School Matters provides opportunities to share your time, talents, and resources with our teens. Check out our website for more opportunities to get involved.















All Chicago Making Homelessness History

651 W. Washington, Suite 504, Chicago, IL 60661, p: 312.379.0301, f: 312.379.0304

Contact us:,

All Chicago prevents and ends homelessness through emergency financial assistance, community partnerships, data analytics, and training and research. We work collaboratively to address the complex issue of homelessness with partners across Chicago. Last year, we served nearly 3,000 families through our Emergency Fund, providing financial support to help them remain stably housed and prevent them from becoming homeless. We secured $73 million in federal funding for 150 projects at 45 partner agencies in Chicago. Together, we have reduced homelessness in Chicago by 20% since 2015. Using data to drive decision-making, we manage the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), analyzing and disseminating key data to our partners citywide to track our progress. In addition, we support Chicago’s homeless services sector by providing training and research to help our partners apply proven strategies to address homelessness even more effectively.

Events: Join us October 10 for Breakfast with All Chicago, our signature event that unites the private, corporate, and social service communities to raise critical funds that work to prevent and end homelessness. Learn more at our website and get involved.

Carolyn Ross, President and CEO, p: 312.379.0301 ext. 113;


Almost Home Kids

211 E. Grand Ave. (6th floor of the Ronald McDonald House)

President & Executive Director: Deborah A. Grisko, RN /

Community Outreach Coordinator: Lisa Snow /

Almost Home Kids provides a Transitional Care Program for children with complicated health care needs who are ready to be discharged from a hospital but for whom preparations at home need to be made. In a comforting, homelike setting, children receive 24-hour medical and nursing support. AHK trains families to care for their children who are medically fragile and to prepare the home for the arrival of their children.

Volunteer Opportunities: We rely on volunteers daily to interact with and engage the children in play activities, reading or simply holding a baby. We are seeking individuals interested in volunteering with our children for an hour or two at a time: weekly, monthly or anything in between. We do require a minimum of 4 volunteer hours per month consistently. Volunteer shifts are available seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and volunteers will self-select their shifts. Prospective volunteers need to complete an online New Volunteer Application Form, register & attend a 1.5 hour Orientation, have a current TB test, a seasonal Flu shot (during Flu season) & clear a Background Check and be able to commit to volunteering for a minimum of 4 consecutive months.

If you cannot commit to volunteering regularly, you might want to coordinate a small Donation Drive for items on our Wish List.


Aquinas Literacy Center

1751 W. 35th St., Chicago IL 60609

Aquinas Literacy Center is a community-based organization in McKinley Park on the Southwest Side. Since 1996, Aquinas has served the immigrant community by offering free individualized instruction in the English language.

Volunteer Opportunities: Using trained, volunteer tutors, Aquinas serves over 200 learners annually. English Literacy Tutors commit to 90 minutes of 1-on-1 instruction per week with an assigned learner, plus an additional 20-30 minutes for preparation and minimal paperwork. Classes are scheduled 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Because consistent instruction is important in learning a language, we ask that tutors commit to the same day and time every week and commit to tutoring for a minimum of four months, preferably longer. Before you begin tutoring with us, we require that you participate in 13 hours of pre-service training. After the initial 10-hour training workshop, you will complete the final three hours of training during regular Center hours.

If you are interested in tutoring, contact Sabrina Poulin, Volunteer Coordinator at or call us at








A Safe Haven Foundation

2750 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL  60618, 773-425-8300,

General Email:

Neli Vazquez Rowland, President,           

A Safe Haven Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. A Safe Haven’s holistic and scalable model unites families, stabilizes neighborhoods, and creates vibrant, viable communities.

Corporate/University/Association and Individual Charitable Opportunities: Choose A Safe Haven as your go-to Charity Partner to make a social impact on poverty and homelessness for your next event, team building or fundraising or charitable drive activity! We work with you to design a social impact strategy to volunteer, fundraise or give to meet your Corporate Social Responsibility goals while providing a fun-filled and much needed authentic experience of making a difference in the community. For more information, visit


Best Buddies Illinois

101 W. Grand Ave., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60654

Contact information: Emma LaCosse, 312.828.9313,;  Executive Director: Adam Wilt, 312.828.9313,

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for 1-to-1 friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). 

Volunteer Opportunities: Are you interested in opening a school friendship chapter, being matched in a 1v1 friendship, serving on a board, or all three?! Give us a call or send us an e-mail and we will help you figure out how to get involved!

Events: Champion of the Year Gala, Friday, October 18 at Theater on the Lake. Along with food, drinks, silent auction, and live music, the evening will be filled with friendship and celebration as we crown Chicago’s Champion of the Year.

Hot Cider Hustle 8K, Saturday, November 9 at Montrose Harbor. If you would like to volunteer the day of the Race, contact Kara Huber at

For more information visit:

Care for Friends

530 Fullerton Pkwy., Chicago, IL 60614;; 773.932.1010

Care for Friends provides easy access to community, food and overall wellness for Chicago’s most vulnerable and under-served people, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Food For Friends: doors open at 10:30 and lunch is served at noon every Monday, Thursday, Saturday; Health Care for Friends: ongoing Second Saturday 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.; Foot Clinic: Third Saturday, Final Monday 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

We are currently looking for volunteers in health care, food preparation, and foot care.

Hope Pavich, Executive Director,;;;


Center for Changing Lives

1955 N. St. Louis Ave., Unit #101 Chicago, IL 60647

Executive Director: Juliana Gonzalez Crussi; 773-342-1751 x 232;

Center for Changing Lives’ vision is a community where everyone thrives. We work to achieve vision through our mission of partnering with those held back by lack of resources and economic opportunity in order to uncover possibilities, overcome barriers, and realize their potential. Center for Changing Lives (CCL) has assisted over 22,000 Chicagoans in finding economic opportunities and financial freedom over the last 30 years.

Volunteer Opportunitites: Center for Changing Lives is always looking for volunteers for events, classroom support, or office work! Email with Volunteer in the subject line.

Events: 30th Anniversary Gala on October 11 at the Chicago Cultural Center - an evening full of food, music, and amazing community. For more information please visit, email or call 773-341-6210 x 238.





















Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)

17 N. State St., Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60602; 773.278.4800

Bob Dean, Chief Executive Officer;

Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) aims to build more livable and sustainable urban communities. For 40 years, CNT has fulfilled this mission by delivering game-changing research, data tools and solutions, and on-the-ground demonstrations that address environmental and social challenges and make advocacy successful in neighborhoods in Chicago and across the country.

Volunteer Opportunities: CNT seeks engaged volunteers for membership with advisory committees, the Board of Directors, and the Young Innovators (CNT’s associate board). Additionally, opportunities in transportation, water, and sustainable economic development occur throughout the year. Email for details.

Events: We’ve accomplished much in 40 years, and our work continues. We hope you join us for our Sustainability Summer Fundraiser on August 10, our 40th Anniversary Celebration on September 26, and our Urban Sustainability Tech Challenge Final Presentations on December 10! Visit to learn more.



Chicago Cares

2 N. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1800; p: 312.780.0800; f: 312.780.0801;;

Chicago Cares mobilizes volunteers to build a stronger, more unified Chicago.

Volunteer Opportunities: Chicago Cares creates community-driven volunteer experiences that connect Chicagoans and build trust. We offer 200 monthly volunteer projects, free to the public every month of the year, as well as opportunities for corporate volunteer activation, skills-based volunteerism, and volunteer leadership.

CEO: Jenné Myers; p: 312.780.0800;


Chicago Fair Trade

637 S. Dearborn St., 3rd Floor Chicago, IL 60605


​Katherine Bissell Cordova; 872-356-1202

Chicago Fair Trade cultivates a community dedicated to an economy that values the labor and dignity of all people. Educate | Activate | Celebrate.

Volunteer opportunities: We are always looking volunteers to help with special events and at our annual month long fair trade holiday pop-up shop.

Events: Join us for Globalfest, THE fair trade party of the year, Friday, November 15, at the National Museum of Mexican Art.


Chicago HOPES for Kids

641 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60661;


Chicago HOPES for Kids provides educational support for children living in Chicago's

homeless shelters. It is our mission to provide our students with the resources and

encouragement needed to succeed academically, despite the challenges of

Volunteer Opportunities:​ Volunteers sustain many of our programs. They commit to at minimum, one day of the week for two hours a day. Each semester (Fall/Winter, Spring, Summer) new and returning volunteers are welcomed; Chicago HOPES for Kids also offers direct service AmeriCorps (State & National) volunteer opportunities and AmeriCorps VISTA positions.













Chicago Shares

730 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Shares, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, provides a safe, simple, convenient and respectful way for generous people to help feed hungry people who ask for money in order to get something to eat.

Chicago Shares is a food voucher program that enables generous folks to buy -- and then give out -- vouchers (called “Shares”) instead of cash to needy people. Those in need redeem the Shares at merchants (for example, select Jewel Food Stores) for anything except alcohol or tobacco. Participating merchants are reimbursed 100% for the Shares collected.

Contact: Ron Polaniecki –; 312-573-4494;

Volunteer Opportunities: We need volunteers who will buy Chicago Shares (perhaps $20 worth), hand them out to needy people on the street, then post their experiences on social media: photos, video clips, tweets, and short messages to encourage others to try using Chicago Shares vouchers as a way to respond to the question, “Can you spare a dollar so I can get some food?”


Community Shares of Illinois

18220 Harwood Avenue, Suite 2,

Homewood, IL 60430

We are a network of nonprofit organizations created to connect, fund, and raise awareness for community groups that focus on long-term solutions to social problems. We support organizations working to improve local communities and connect donors with opportunities to create change. Our employee/workplace donation program, the Combined Charities Campaign, gives working people in Illinois the easiest and best opportunity to support charitable organizations through payroll contribution.

Contact: Keri Hathhorn, Associate Director; 708-991-7284;

Connections for the Homeless

2121 Dewey Ave, Evanston, 847-475-7070;;

Executive Director: Betty A. Bogg

Mission + Services: Connections serves and catalyzes our community to end homelessness, one person at a time. Connections provides homelessness prevention, shelter, and housing.

Get Involved: Learn about all the ways you can support Connections – donate, volunteer, advocacy, events – at


CSM Chicago (City, Service, Mission)

5047 N. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, IL 60625; 773-244-5224;

City Directors - Emily Molloy and Kristina Craft

CSM is a faith-based, short-term volunteer organization that connects groups of volunteers coming from churches, schools, and families throughout the nation to organizations in Chicago that need extra hands. CSM emphasizes educating volunteers on the needs of the city. Through education and service, CSM hopes to inspire their volunteers to go home and make a long-term impact on their own communities by understanding and loving their neighbors.

In 2019, CSM has worked with over 1,000 volunteers coming from the U.S. and Canada and partnered with over 30 non-profits in Chicago.;


Cycle Forward

P.O. Box 595, Highland Park, IL 60035; 3112-208-6500

Sophie Draluck, Founder and Managing Director

Cycle Forward’s Mission is to provide feminine hygiene products to women and girls who struggle to - or cannot - afford them, and to generate awareness about access, equity and other issues related to menstruation. We collect monetary donations to fund bulk purchases of tampons and sanitary pads to be distributed to women and girls in need through several charitable partners (homeless shelters, food pantries, etc.) in our community and beyond. Cycle Forward also collects unopened boxes of tampons and pads. So far, Cycle Forward has donated more than 46,000 tampons and pads to women and girls in need!

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago

Interim Director, Dance Presenting Series: Ellen Chenoweth,

1306 S. Michigan Ave.;312-369-8330;

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is the city’s leading presenter of contemporary dance, showcasing artists of regional, national and international significance, augmented by an extensive educational and community engagement program.

The Dance Center provides students with a superior contemporary dance education in the context of a world-class, nationally recognized dance performance season.


Dance for Life

200 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 2100,

Chicago, IL 60606, 312.922.5812

The mission of Dance for Life is to support organizations and dance professionals facing critical health issues. As a catalyst for a unified artistic community in Chicago, Dance for Life uses dance to support a stronger and healthier community focused on health and well-being. The mission is accomplished through Dance for Life’s annual benefit dance performance and gala celebration, on August 17 this year, as well as The Dancers’ Fund Annual contributions to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and advocacy organizations


Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

In Residence with Ballet Chicago,

17 N. State St., 19th Floor

Chicago, IL 60602

The mission of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater is to re-imagine and diversify the aesthetics of contemporary dance by bringing together modern, classical, American and African-American traditions in dance and storytelling. Through its uncompromising pursuit of excellence, Deeply Rooted seeks to demonstrate how art and beauty play a transformative role in Chicago, the nation and the world.

Artistic Director: Kevin Iega Jeff,, 312-795-9777



Eastland Disaster Historical Society

PO Box 2013, Arlington Heights, IL 60006, 1-844-724-1915;;;;;

Executive Director: Ted Wachholz;

EDHS passionately preserves and shares the stories of the thousands of ordinary people whose legacies were altered or cut short by the Eastland Disaster, connecting people today to those personal stories and the history of the tragedy.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of dedicated operations delivered passionately by EDHS volunteers. A new 90-minute feature documentary, "Eastland: Chicago's Deadliest Day," was produced, premiering on WTTW Channel-11. A DVD is also available for those outside of the Chicago viewing area. EDHS will be making a major announcement in mid-summer regarding the plans to sustain its legacy of service for generations into the future.


Friends of the Children - Chicago

231 N. Pine Ave., Chicago, IL 60644

Friends of the Children is a national nonprofit with the mission of breaking the cycle of generational poverty by giving the most vulnerable children the ability to create a new story. We provide our children with a long-term, salaried, professional mentor (a “Friend”) from kindergarten through graduation—12.5 years, no matter what. Chicago is the 15th chapter of Friends of the Children and already serves nearly 60 of Chicago’s most vulnerable youth.

Taal Hasak-Lowy, Executive Director (773) 359-8159


Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation

20 W. Kinzie St, 17th Floor

Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 332-1350

Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation (GIRF) is dedicated to raising funds to support the physicians and scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center. The funds aid efforts in providing outstanding care, training of future leaders and performing innovative clinical and laboratory research. The research is intended to treat, cure, and prevent digestive diseases.

Lead Scientific Adviros: Dr. David T. Rubin - MD, FACG, AGAF, FACP, FASGE

(312) 332-1350

Events: September 20, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. -- GIRF Charity Golf Tournament. Twin Orchard Country Club, Long Grove. Great golf and friendship. We look forward to spending the day with you. Proceeds benefit the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center.


Girls in the Game

Douglas Park Cultural Center & Fieldhouse, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive, Chicago, IL 60623, P: 312.633.4263, F: 773-542-1168

Meghan Morgan,ED,

At Girls in the Game every girl finds her voice, discovers her strength and leads with confidence through fun and active sports, health and leadership programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Join our Charity Race Team and you can empower girls to be leaders with every mile you run. Find out more at

For upcoming fundraisers and opportunities, check out


Glass Slipper Project

The Glass Slipper Project is a non-profit organization that collects new and almost-new formal dresses and accessories and provides them, free of charge, to high school juniors and seniors who are unable to purchase their own Prom attire. Since 1999, we have helped more than 20,000 young women attend their proms in style.

We are a completely volunteer-run organization. Perhaps you can be a “fairy godmother”/stylist at one of our boutiques next prom season.

Global Explorers Kids

Global Explorers Kids is dedicated to providing children the opportunity to explore the diversity of the world’s peoples and to understand and respect different cultures, using the arts. Through after-school programs, in-school residencies, summer camp, and community workshops, Global Explorers Kids brings programs to children throughout Chicago.

Executive Director: Holly Hutto;;; 773-491-2723

Volunteer opportunities: Global Explorers Kids is seeking board members who are passionate about helping teach children about world cultures through the arts. The board meets bi-monthly to provide organizational oversight, assist with fundraising, and help determine programming. Volunteers are also needed to help with community programs and special events.


Growing Home

825 W. 69th St, 2nd Floor, Chicago IL 60621; 773-549-1336;

Danielle Perry, Executive Director,;


Janelle St. John, Chief Fund Development and Communications Officer,; 773-549-1336

Growing Home’s mission is to operate, promote, and demonstrate organic urban agriculture as a vehicle for job training, employment, and community development. Our USDA-certified organic farms serve as the foundation for our innovative employment training and food access programs, and produce between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds of vegetables and herbs annually. Our employment training program aims to increase employment opportunities for individuals with histories of homelessness, contact with the criminal justice system, and other extreme barriers to workforce entry. Each year, Growing Home enrolls approximately 50 individuals to empower them with the tools, skills, and support needed to find and keep good jobs. We also provide healthy, affordable food and food education to the Greater Englewood community, where our farms are located.

Volunteers lend a hand on the farm during our growing season, help with events, and assist with administrative projects. For a list of scheduled volunteer days, please email us at

HANA Center

773-583-5501;; Main Office: 4300 N California Ave Chicago, IL 60618; Northwest Office:  664 N Milwaukee Ave, Suite 213, Prospect Heights, IL 60070

Executive Director: Inhe Choi,

Our mission is to empower Korean American, immigrant, and multi-ethnic communities through social services, education, culture, and community organizing to advance human rights.

Volunteer Opportunities: ESL Tutor. HANA Center is currently looking for volunteer tutors to teach English to currently registered students in our English as a Second Language classes.

Events: 42nd Annual Health Fair Saturday October 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Swedish Covenant Main Pavilion 5140 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL; Storytelling through Art (Summer 2019); HANA Center's 4th Annual Gala Friday, June 19, 2020, 6 - 9 p.m.


Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival

Producers Nicole Gifford Dance and ology dance/Melissa Mallinson founded Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, a 501(c)(3) in 2010 to share and celebrate the work of practicing contemporary dance artists and companies. Gifford and Mallinson have a combined 30+ years of experience producing dance events, choreographing work and performing their work in Chicago and throughout the Midwest.

Events: 10th anniversary of Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival

September 20–21 and 27–28 at 8 p.m., Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago


Hyde Park School of Dance

5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago 60637

Hyde Park School of Dance provides opportunities for students of all ages to study, perform, and create classical and contemporary dance at the highest levels of discipline and artistry. We welcome dancers of any race, religion, body type, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and family income. We cultivate a love of dance and strength of body, mind, and character that will benefit our students throughout their lives.

Artistic Director: August Tye,, (773) 493-8498

Ignite (formerly Teen Living Programs (TLP))

180 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1900, Chicago IL 60601, p: 312-568-5700; f: 312-568-5701;;;;;

In 2019, Teen Living Programs re-branded as Ignite, Futures with Promise. Ignite stands with youth ages 14 to 26 who are experiencing homelessness on their journey to a home and a future with promise. Our programs and services are designed to meet the immediate and long-term needs of unstably housed youth. But it’s our sense of community that truly makes Ignite unique. Participants build deep relationships with one another as well as with our staff that continue to positively impact their lives long after they graduate from our programs.

Jeri Linas, CEO, p: 312-58-5700 ext. 227;


Illinois Hunger Coalition

205 W. Monroe, Suite 310, Chicago, 60606.

Hunger Hotline (English and Spanish):

800.359-2163 Fax: 312.629-3514

Diane Doherty, ED,,


The Illinois Hunger Coalition seeks to #endhungernow and its underlying causes through community organizing, advocating for progressive public policies and public education. Key campaigns include promoting living wages, fair taxes and an equitable budget, access to healthy, affordable food, creating better jobs, safer communities with better schools, parks and libraries.

Events: Annual #EndHungerNow Night at Lagunitas Brewing Company this fall.; Facebook:; Twitter: @IL_Hunger; Instagram: @ilhungercoalition




Imerman Angels

205 W. Randolph, 19th floor; 866-IMERMAN;

Imerman Angels aims to provide personalized connections that enable 1-on-1 support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Through our unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone, any age, any gender, anywhere and any cancer type seeking support with someone just like them – a “Mentor Angel.” A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who, most importantly, has faced the same type of cancer.

Our service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.


Inspiration Corporation

4554 N Broadway Suite 207,

Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 878-0981

Shannon K. Stewart, Executive Director and CEO,

In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing.

You can volunteer at Inspiration Corporation and help make a difference in the lives of our participants. Volunteer opportunities include helping serve or cook meals, packing bagged lunches, participating in mock interviews and facilities projects. Individuals and groups are welcome for one time or ongoing volunteer opportunities. You can find out more through our online orientation on the volunteer page of our website.

Inspiration Corporation has several fundraisers and events throughout the year. Follow us on social media to stay up to date on any upcoming events!


International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60610, 312-642-6502,

Michelle Rinard, Operations Manager,

The mission of the Museum is to enrich people’s lives by enhancing their appreciation and understanding of the history, development, and advances in surgery and medicine.

Volunteer Opportunities: front desk, educational programming, guided tours, public programming, exhibitions.


Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC)

4432 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 main office; and 231 N. Pine Ave., Chicago, IL 60644

JARC believes people who work should not live in poverty. We provide free high-quality skills training and support services that lead to good-paying jobs in manufacturing for careers in welding, machining and press brake, with locations in Ravenswood and Austin. Attend information sessions on Wednesdays (see Training open to women and men with criminal records, housing concerns, and without GEDs. Following training, JARC provides free certification testing and job placement. JARC's training programs include financial education, public benefits screening, and employment coaching. For more information about training, contact Patricia Arias at or 773-751-7104.

Volunteers are welcome to conduct mock interviews and tutor in math and reading (Tues and Thurs evenings). To volunteer, contact or call 773.751.7109. Facebook: janeaddamsresourcecorporation


Jewish United Fund’s Tikkun Olam Volunteer (TOV) Network

The Tikkun Olam Volunteer (TOV) network is a program of the Jewish United Fund. In accordance with tikkun olam, the Jewish concept of repairing the world, TOV connects members of the Jewish community with rewarding volunteer opportunities that best meet their interests and needs. For a complete list of current opportunities, please visit Email:, Phone: 312-357-4762, Facebook: TOV Volunteer Network (JUF), Instagram: TOV_Volunteers


Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart

1501 N. Oakley Blvd.,

Chicago, IL 60622, 773-276-1261

Executive Director - Patti Tuomey, Ed.D., President, Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart,

Josephinum Academy is the only all-girls independent school in the Midwest to offer every student the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. This comprehensive yet affordable program ensures that graduates develop in-depth knowledge and real-world learning skills, to help them succeed in college and life.

Josephinum's student body of 200 girls represents 29 ZIP codes throughout Chicago. More than $1 million in scholarships and financial aid is awarded annually to attend Josephinum. The school has a 100% college acceptance rate. The class of 2019 received more than $4 million in scholarships from colleges and universities nationwide. 

Events: Join us at an open house on October 19, November 2, November 23, or schedule a shadow day to learn more.














KIDs In Danger

116 W Illinois St, Suite 4E, Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 595-0649,,,

Executive Director: Nancy Cowles,

KID is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety. Our mission is to save lives by enhancing transparency and accountability through safer product development, better education and stronger advocacy for children.

KID is consistently recruiting high-quality volunteers to assist us in our mission. If you are a student, in search of volunteer opportunities, or a professional looking to donate your services, please contact us at For more information, you can also

#KickBackWithKID Young Professional Summer Events: Tuesday, August 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at South Branch Tavern and Grille outdoor veranda  For more info and to purchase tickets, visit

KID Annual Wine Tasting Event: Tuesday, October 15 at Merchandise Mart.


Lakeview Pantry

3945 N. Sheridan Road

Kellie O’Connell, Chief Executive Officer: or (773) 250-3174

Angie Davis, Director of Marketing & Communications: or (773) 525-777 ext. 222

Mission: Lakeview Pantry seeks to eliminate hunger in Chicago by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people, empowering our clients to achieve independence through social service programs, and raising awareness about hunger/poverty and its solutions.


Volunteer Opportunities: We have volunteers assisting in the following shifts at our Sheridan Road location: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 12 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday: 4 to 6:30 p.m.; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Other volunteer opportunities include:

Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m. - Restock shelves and organize pantry. Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Restock shelves, organize pantry and unload GCFD truck delivery and van deliveries from local grocery stores.

We are receiving and sorting donations at the Ravenswood warehouse, 5151 N. Ravenswood: Monday - Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Restocking and cleaning. Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Restocking and gleaning

We also operate our Home Delivery Program out of the Ravenswood warehouse, providing food to elderly, physically disabled, and homebound people on the North Side. Our Home Delivery Program shifts are: Saturday: 9 to 11:30 a.m. - Set up and fill grocery bags; 11 a.m. to about 1 p.m. - Driver volunteers arrive with their own cars to make deliveries.

In our space at La Casa Norte, 3533 W. North Ave., volunteers assist with distributing, restocking food and other various jobs during the following shifts: Mondays

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 12 to 4 p.m.

- Set up and distribution; Fridays

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Receive donations, restock and organize pantry

For more information, contact our volunteer department at or visit our website.

Events: Lakeview Pantry’s 7th Annual Fall Fundraiser, 6 p.m. October 4, Booth One, 1301 N. State Pkwy., Chicago.


Lawrence Hall

Main campus: 4833 N. Francisco Chicago 60625, 773.769.3500, locations also in South Shore, Hyde Park, and Greater Grand Crossing

Kara Teeple, CEO 773.769.3500

Lawrence Hall is a community-based service agency embracing at-risk youth and their families by instilling resilience, healing and changing lives for good.

Volunteer Opportunities: fundraising, special events for our youth, tutoring, mentoring, providing workshops for our youth, clerical work, corporate volunteer day,  Lawrence Hall Auxiliary, Associate Board:

Events: Annual Fall Fete, 6 p.m. October 26 at Zhou B Art Center on 35th Street.


Les Turner ALS Foundation

5550 W. Touhy Ave., Ste 302, Skokie, IL 60077


Andrea Pauls Backman, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, 847-745-6050,

Founded in 1977, the mission of the Les Turner ALS Foundation is to provide the most comprehensive care and support to people living with ALS and their families in Chicagoland so they can confidently navigate the disease, and advance scientific research for the prevention, treatment and cure of ALS.   

Volunteer Opportunities: The Les Turner ALS Foundation is always looking for volunteers to join the fight against ALS. Volunteers help with signature fundraising events or plan their own Fundraise Your Way community event.


Literacy Works

641 W. Lake St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60661, (773) 334-8255

Literacy Works' mission is to advance equity by promoting literacy education and the use of clear language. In Chicago, well over half a million adults cannot read and write well enough to support employment, community involvement, and their children’s education. Literacy Works' Community Literacy program provides volunteer tutor training and professional development to strengthen the capacity of community-based adult literacy programs throughout the Chicago area. Literacy Works' Clear Language Lab consults with organizations across sectors to break down barriers to information. The Lab's consultants provide 1) training for staff on using clear and effective communication, and 2) materials re-development to create easy to read documents.If you are an adult interested in improving your basic skills or wish to be a volunteer tutor call our Adult Education Helpline: 312-998-READ (7323) or visit our website

Christine Kenny, Executive Director:


Music Institute of Chicago

1702 Sherman Ave., Evanston (as well as campuses in downtown Chicago, Downers Grove, Evanston, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, and Winnetka)

Mission: Provide the foundation for a lifelong engagement with music by offering the highest quality music education for all ages and ability levels; providing music education opportunities to those with limited access; supporting lifelong musical learning in every community; and building upon a proud tradition of developing exceptional performers.

The Music Institute of Chicago is a community music school dedicated to transforming lives through music education, striving to lead everyone in its community toward a lifelong engagement with music.

Executive Director: Mark George,

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Melissa Aucoin / CEO / / Karen Young/ 312.226.9410

The mission of the NOCC is to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer and to improve the quality of life for Survivors.

Volunteer Opportunities: Looking for people to assist with our 2019 September Awareness Campaign & 2020 Run/Walk event.

Events: 11th Anniversary Teal Lights Celebration Cruise, Lake & River architecture cruise, buffet, bar, teal-lit skyline, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, September 13, $75 per person.


National Runaway Safeline

3141 B N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657

Office 773-880-9860, Hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY,,

Susan Frankel, Chief Executive Officer, 773-289-1720,

Since its founding in 1971, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) has worked to keep America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. NRS operates a hotline and online crisis services, provides local referrals to youth and families in need, mediates conversations between a parent/guardian and youth, provides young people with safe travel home through the Home Free program in partnership with Greyhound, educates a range of audiences about runaway and homeless youth issues and leads National Runaway Prevention Month every November.

Volunteer Opportunities: From providing crisis intervention to supporting volunteer trainings, to serving on NRS' board of directors and Associate Board, volunteers are critical to the organization. Crisis services volunteers participate in a thorough training program to ensure they are prepared to conduct crisis intervention services. For more information, contact


The Night Ministry

4711 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60640; 773-784-9000;; Paul Hamann, President & CEO

The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that provides housing, health care, and human connection to individuals experiencing homelessness or poverty. Through our Health Outreach Bus, Street Medicine Teams, Youth Housing, and Youth Outreach Team, each year we provide services to more than 5,660 young people and adults who have nowhere else to go. We accept individuals as they are and offer support as they seek to improve their lives.

Volunteers play a vital role, from providing hospitality at the Health Outreach Bus and building relationships with the young people in our Housing Programs to preparing and serving meals to individuals. Visit our website or email to get involved.

Events: Street Medicine Luncheon, Friday, September 13, at the Standard Club, Chicago; Night Lights, the Annual Gala of The Night Ministry’s Associate Board, Thursday, October 17, at River Roast, Chicago.


ONE Northside

4648 N. Racine, Chicago, IL 60640; 773.769.3232

Jennifer Ritter,

Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside is a mixed-income, multi-ethnic, intergenerational organization that unites our diverse communities. We build collective power to eliminate injustice through bold and innovative community organizing. We accomplish this through developing grassroots leaders and acting together to effect change.

Sign up for our emails and opportunities to get involved here:







Onward Neighborhood House

5423 & 5413 W. Diversey Ave.;;; @onwardhouse

Executive Director: Mario F. Garcia, (773) 622-3215,,

We open doors to improve lives and uplift communities through educational, economic and support services. Our unique blend of programs help children thrive, while assisting parents and adults gain the skills needed to succeed academically and economically.

Volunteer opportunities: The Auxiliary Board is an excellent way for professionals to get involved in Chicago philanthropy, and immediately impact the community we serve. We offer: opportunities to connect with other young professionals, leadership opportunities through committee service, experience in philanthropy through special fundraising – including the annual Night of Bright Futures Gala and Golf Tournament. We are always seeking professionals to come speak and answer questions about their profession at one of our entrepreneurship and job skills classes.

Events: Golf Tournament – September 12, 11 a.m. lunch, shotgun start at 1 p.m. At Ravisloe Golf Club, Homewood; Night of Bright Futures Gala – Leap day 2020! Feb. 29, 2020 at Revel Fulton Market (tickets $150)



Orion Ensemble

A nationally recognized and highly acclaimed ensemble dedicated to performing a broad repertoire of chamber music at the highest level. Orion brings world-class concerts to audiences in Chicago and across the nation. Orion is committed to the development of young artists through its summer chamber music program with OPUS, outreach initiatives and master classes.

Executive Director: Kathy Pirtle,

1107 Fischer Dr., Addison, IL; 630-628-9591,


Project Onward

1200 W. 35th St., 4th Floor; 773.940.2992

Executive Director, Nancy Gomez.

Project Onward supports the professional development of artists with exceptional talents and challenges, ranging from autism to mental illness. The organization provides artists workspace, materials, professional guidance, exhibition opportunities, and art sales opportunities.

Project Onward serves 50 artists, each with unique creative styles and facing diverse challenges. Member artists range in age from early-20s to early-70s and represent over 30 Chicago neighborhoods and several suburbs. Half of all art sales go back to the artist, the other half goes to Project Onward to fund supplies and workspace.

Gallery Hours Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (FREE and open to the public). Parking is FREE in the Bridgeport Art Center lot








Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

230 E. Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611, 844-Talk-PFF;

William T. Schmidt, President and CEO

More than 200,000 Americans are living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a debilitating and complex disease that causes progressive scarring in the lungs. Fifty-thousand new cases are diagnosed each year. There is no known cure.

September is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month. You can help lead the way to a cure for PF by building a team and raising funds at the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation's Third Annual PFF Walk Chicago on Saturday, September 14 at Diversey Harbor in Lincoln Park. The PFF Walk is a family-friendly event emceed by Mary Ann Ahern of NBC Chicago. The one- and three-mile courses offer beautiful views of Chicago’s magnificent skyline and lakefront. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.  Register for free at

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation mobilizes people and resources to provide access to high-quality care and leads research for a cure so people with pulmonary fibrosis will live longer, healthier lives. Learn more and follow the PFF on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at



Red Clay Dance Company

1507 E. 53rd St. #905, Chicago, IL  60615; 773.624.8411

Mission: Red Clay Dance Company lives to awaken “glocal” change through creating, performing and teaching dances of the African Diaspora–change that transforms cultural and socioeconomic imbalances in our local and global community.

Artistic Director: Vershawn Sanders-Ward,


See Chicago Dance

100 S. State St., Chicago 60603

Surinder Martignetti,

interim executive director

See Chicago Dance (SCD) is a dance service organization with a mission to advocate for the dance field and strengthen a diverse range of dance organizations and artists through services and programs that build and engage audiences. SCD provides Chicago dance organizations and artists with increased visibility, expansive resources, and forums to showcase and share their talents. Its flagship program, the audience development website, drives ticket sales and has grown to become the most comprehensive source of information on dance in Chicago, offering feature stories and reviews, discount ticket offers, and in-depth information on more than 200 dance companies and organizations. See Chicago Dance also hosts professional development workshops for artists, convenes the dance industry quarterly for networking and shared learning opportunities, and hosts numerous events, artist discussions, and showings to educate and inform the public about Chicago’s vibrant and diverse dance scene.

SGA Youth & Family Services

11 E. Adams St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60603; 312-663-0305

Manager of Development:; 312-447-4328

Executive Director: Martha Guerrero;; 312-447-4323; President & CEO: Susana Marotta;; 312-447-4321

SGA Youth & Family Services leads positive change for children and families in Chicago's most challenged and underserved neighborhoods. The non-profit has provided free, comprehensive services since 1911. SGA believes that sustainable community change results from a focus on early childhood, education supports, parenting, and workforce development. SGA replaces the cycle of poverty with the Cycle of Opportunity.

We would be happy to work with your organization to create volunteer opportunities. For more information, please contact Marta Garczarczyk;; phone: 312-447-4328

Events: SGA’s annual benefit, “Building on Promise” takes place in the spring.











2849 N. Clark St.; 773-661-9251

Executive Director: Mara O'Brien;

SitStayRead's mission is to advance children's literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, dedicated volunteers, and certified dogs.

Volunteer Opportunities: SitStayRead always needs volunteers (both human and dog!) who help students in low-income Chicago Public Schools improve their literacy skills. Volunteers go into the classroom during the school day, and work with grades K-3 on different reading and writing activities for an hour a week. There is no commitment required to volunteer with SitStayRead, and volunteers can pick where they go when they go! We serve 18 low-income Chicago Public Schools all over the city and are looking for more Book Buddy (human) and Dog Team (human with their owned dog) volunteers to join our team! To get started, fill out our Volunteer Application on our website!


Saint Sebastian Players

1625 W. Diversey, enter on Marshfield, Chicago (theatre) 1641 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL 60614 (mailing); 773.404.7922

Saint Sebastian Players is a membership-based theatre company emphasizing collaborative theatre development in a supportive environment that fosters learning and growth. We believe theatre helps people from all walks of life more fully understand themselves and each other.

Now in its 38th season, SSP began producing theatre in 1982 at its original home, the St. Sebastian parish. For a complete production history, visit

Board President: Jill Chukerman Test,



Mission: To empower those facing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness by providing access to resources and employment opportunities so individuals can work toward self-sufficiency with dignity.

The StreetWise model offers immediate access to employment through the Magazine Vendor Program and entry to traditional employment through STEP (StreetWise Transitional Employment Program) of job readiness training and placement opportunities. These two programs are supported by the Social Services Program, which provides direct linkages to medical or mental health services, substance abuse or domestic violence services, and referrals for legal services.

Executive Director: Julie Youngquist,

4554 N. Broadway, Suite 350

Chicago, IL 60640


Facebook: StreetWiseChicago

Instagram: @StreetWise_CHI

Twitter: @StreetWise_CHI


Syrian Community Network

5439 N. Broadway Unit 1, Chicago, IL 60640, (872) 806-0141

Executive Director: Suzanne Akhras /

The Syrian Community Network (SCN) mission is to empower Syrian refugees to achieve a seamless transition and relocation to the United States through connections to the right services and support networks. It was established by a diverse team of community members to support the anticipated influx of Syrian refugees scheduled for resettlement in Chicagoland.

SCN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that will supplement efforts to helping the refugees adjust to their new home. What distinguishes SCN from other organizations is that it wants to facilitate building the bridge for mutual support between the newly arrived Syrian refugees and local communities. Current services include after school programs, summer programs, women’s ESL, case management, teen focus group, and family wellbeing program.

Website: / Facebook:  Syrian Community Network / Twitter: @SCN_Network / Instagram: @syriancommunitynetwork

Volunteer Opportunities: Organize a winter coat drive, tutor after school at our center, teach English as A Second Language, organize opportunities with teens.


Taller de José

2831 W. 24th Blvd., Chicago IL 60623;  773-523-8320;; Anna Mayer, Executive Director,

Se habla Español. Taller de José is an agency that offers accompaniment and personalized service to people finding their way in a complex social system. We collaborate with other agencies to make health, legal, and social services more accessible to the communities we serve. Our unique model of accompaniment is client-driven. Staff members listen to clients, collaboratively develop a plan to access needed services, and then accompany them in the process of achieving their goals. Bilingual volunteers who are able to commit at least one day a week to accompanying clients are in highest demand, but we also seek young professionals willing to serve on our Associates Board.


Upwardly Global

123 W. Madison St., Suite 1950,

Chicago, Illinois 60602, 312-431-1923

CEO: Jina Krause-Vilmar; Local contact in Chicago office: Alexandra Diaz, Community Engagement & Outreach Associate

Upwardly Global’s mission is to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees and integrate this population into the professional U.S. workforce.

Volunteer Opportunities: UpGlo volunteers play a meaningful role in transforming job seekers’ lives by sharing knowledge of U.S. workplace culture and expectations, industry insights, and lessons learned. UpGlo volunteers support job seekers through interview coaching and they encourage and mentor them.

Events: #ChiGlo 2019: A Decade of Opportunity gala October 16 at Venue West.








U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum - Midwest Office

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall. The USHMM Midwest office is the Museum's largest fundraising office in the country.

Midwest Office Executive Director Jill Weinberg, P.O. BOX 1852, Highland Park, IL 60035. 847-433-8099


Youth Outreach Services

Youth Outreach Services promotes the strengths and abilities of youth and families by providing community-based services that empower and enrich them to face life’s challenges with confidence, competence and dignity.

YOS’s goal is to make sure youth, ages 12-21 years, and their families have the resources they need to deal with and prevent issues that stand in the way of success. We do this by offering over 20 youth programs and interventions within any of our four program areas: Counseling, Prevention, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice. Services may include: individual, group, family behavioral health and substance use counseling services; 24/7 crisis intervention; outreach services with monthly outings and weekly hang outs; community-based alternatives to detention and reentry services; middle school and high school prevention curricula; summer employment; homeless youth services and an adolescent domestic battery program; transitional living program and foster care services; and services for families with youth who exhibit problematic sexual behaviors.

Multiple Locations: Austin, Pilsen, Dunning, Melrose Park, LaGrange

Need services:

YOS Leadership Team:

Other Inquiries:; Email:; Phone: 773-777-7112


Zephyr and SITE/less

Zephyr is an experimental dance company that has had a strong artistic presence in Chicago for more than 20 years. Zephyr pushes to the edge of the discipline to question current trends in dance making and the reduction of the art form to its most quantifiable, easily recognized patterns. In April 2018, Zephyr Director Michelle Kranicke and architect David Sundry opened SITE/less, an experimental architecture, movement, and research center that seeks to rethink the relationship between the typical model of most performance venues and how the organization of those venues inevitably limits and conditions the curatorial practice. SITE/less does not exist in a traditional “finished” state, but rather continues to evolve and grow with time, functioning as an incubator, a laboratory, a physical structure, a dance, and a place where distinct art forms can speak directly to each other. In addition, SITE/less aims to facilitate connection with the public and promote social interaction by creating an atypical arena hosting non-art events, such as community meetings and pop-up dinners.

Artistic Director: Michelle Kranicke,, 773-489-5069

2010 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 (mailing address)

SITE/less, 1250 W. Augusta Blvd., Chicago or




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