Volunteer Opportunities


Buddy’s Place

8 Week Session Begins April 2nd – Registration is open!

Buddy’s Place is a family based children’s grief support program for families with children ages 4-18 who have experienced the death of a someone important in their life, such as a parent, sibling, grandparent, or friend. The Monthly Gatherings and 8 Week Session are free to the families who attend.

 

MONTHLY GATHERINGS

Buddy’s Place offers a monthly family support group that meets on the 2nd Monday of every month, including the summer. All groups meet from 6:15pm – 7:30pm. The dates for the 2019 Spring Monthly Gatherings are:

  • Monday, February 11th

  • Monday, Mach 11th

  • Monday, April 8th

  • Monday, May 13th

  • Monday , June 10th

Spring 8 Week Session – begins on April 2nd

The 8 Week Session is a family-based bereavement support group that provides support and grief education. It meets for 8 consecutive Tuesday evenings in Western Springs from 6:15pm – 7:30pm. (April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21)

There is no cost to participate in Buddy’s Place however registration is required.

Additional information on Buddy’s Place can be found at on the Buddy’s Place webpage and grief resources can be found on our Pinterest board.

Please feel free to post or share with those that may be interested in our programs. Families should call Michelle Halm at 708.995.3750 or send an email to buddysplace@pchcares.org to register or for more information.


The 5K Mardi Gras Chaser, benefitting Back on My Feet, a First Congo Mission & Outreach partner, will take place Saturday, Mar. 2 at Montrose Harbor. Volunteers are needed for water stations, registration, gear check, etc. Volunteers are needed to help during shifts between 7:00am and noon. If you have questions or are able to volunteer, contact Cindy Blum at cindyblum@me.com.


First Congo Green Team

Join the First Congo Green Team on the first Saturday of every month in collecting Styrogoam at the Village of Western Springs Recreation Center parking lot (1500 Walker Street, Western Springs).  We are there from 9am-noon.  No heavy lifting required.  Please consider coming for an hour or three hours, whatever works best for your schedule.  Thank you for considering sharing your time and talents with the First Congo Green Team!

 


New Moms

Volunteers are needed to provide childcare for First Congregational Church’s new Mission and Outreach partner, New Moms. New Moms is looking for teams of 2-3 individuals to come to their site located in the Austin community in Chicago (5317 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60651) and babysit for 2-hour shifts. The childcare allows the young moms who do not have the support of family or friends to leave their children in a safe place for a short period of time.

There are several playrooms designated for onsite childcare full of toys, crafts, and books.  Volunteers do not need to provide any supplies or entertainment for the children.   Volunteers may be 16 or older but must have one adult with them if under 21. All volunteers must attend a New Moms orientation prior to starting. If you are interested in the volunteer opportunity or have questions, please contact Susie O’Brien at skgordon5272@hotmail.com.  


CSS Community Support Services

CSS is a private, nonprofit agency that initiates, provides and promotes services for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families, within their communities, in order to strengthen their independence, self-esteem, and ability to participate in and contribute to community life.


Aging Care Connections

The mission of Aging Care Connections is to enrich the quality of life in our community by providing older adults and their families with guidance and support that enhances the ability to age well. Please click here for information regarding volunteer opportunities, and we invite you to learn more by viewing our Mission Brochure.


BEDS Plus 

BEDS Plus is looking to fill some volunteer slots for the Western Springs Methodist Church Saturday evening site.  For more inforation regarding this volunteer opportunity contact Erin Molek, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@beds-plus.org or 708-354-0858 ext. 113.

HELP BEDS STOCK UP FOR WINTER

Our 30th shelter season began October 1st at Saint Frances Xavier Church in La Grange and St. Luke the Evangelist Orthodox Church. Last year, our shelters reached 306 people over the course of 224 days for a total of 13,516 nights of shelter. We relied volunteers to set up, cook, clean, and supervise shifts each night, and we would love to have you join us this year! To learn how, click here.

Additionally, we are always in need of supplies for the shelters. Like any home, shelters need to constantly restock basic supplies. Small gifts of snacks, kitchen supplies, and bedding can dramatically improve clients’ experience as they move toward regaining housing. We list commonly needed supplies below. Click here to learn how to give.

If you are interested in organizing a “Stock a Shelter” drive, click here.

For more inforation regarding volunteer opportunities contact Erin Molek, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@beds-plus.org or 708-354-0858 ext. 113.


Interfaith Community Partners

Interfaith Community Partners is a non-profit organization that works together with volunteers to provide rides to older adults and individuals with disabilities in the Lyons, Proviso, and Riverside Townships.

Over 100 volunteers provide escorted transportation to medical appointments, therapies, and life-enhancing errands such as the grocery store, bank, and church. We also take our clients with disabilities to their places of employment. There is no cost to our clients, and we rely solely on private donations, grants, special events, and church support for funding. And we need you! Please consider becoming a Volunteer driver – we will work around your busy life. Contact us at 708-354-9328 for an information packet, visit our website, and like us on Facebook.

Petal Pusher volunteers needed! They are looking for volunteers to arrange donated flowers and deliver them to our older adult clients on the first Thursday of the month. Call the office (708-354-9328) for info or to volunteer!

Volunteer drivers needed! Interfaith Community Partners is a non-profit organization that works together with volunteers to provide rides to older adults in the Lyons, Proviso, and Riverside Townships. Over 95 volunteers provide escorted transportation to medical appointments, therapies, and life-enhancing errands such as the grocery store, bank, and church. There is no cost to our clients, we ask for them to donate, if able. We rely solely on private donations, grants, special events, and church support for funding. Contact us at 708-354-9328 for an information packet, visit us on the web at InterfaithCommunityPartners.org, and like us on Facebook. Can you spare an hour a week? We will work around your busy life!

Attention Moms with kids! Are you looking to volunteer in the community over the summer with your children? Interfaith Community Partners has opportunities to deliver flowers to our older adult clients, take an older adult grocery shopping, or just visit with them for a half hour or so. Call our office at 708-354-9328 for details!

To read more about the upcoming Interfaith Community Partners On the Road Again fall benefit click here:  ICP On the Road Again_Invitation (2)


Pillars

Pillars Community Health Training New Domestic Violence Advocates

Did you know that as many as 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes? You can help! Attend our 40-hour training on domestic violence crisis intervention. Volunteers learn to assist with our 24-hour hotline, provide crisis intervention, provide presentations to our children’s group, and/or assist with day-to-day tasks at our domestic violence shelter Constance Morris House.

Training Dates:

  • Wednesday and Friday, January 9 and 11: 9 am-3:30 pm

  • Wednesday and Friday, January 16 and 18: 9 am-3:30 pm

  • Wednesday and Friday, January 23 and 25: 9 am-3:30 pm

  • Wednesday and Friday, January 30 and February 1: 9 am-3:30 pm

  • Wednesday, February 6: 9 am-3:30 pm (volunteers only)

Location of Training: Pillars Community Health, 333 N. La Grange Rd. (second floor), La Grange Park, IL 60526.  

Cost: Free with 6 month volunteer commitment; free for Pillars Community Health employees/current Sexual Assault volunteers; $250 without volunteer commitment

For more information: Contact Jacki Robertson at jarobertson@pchcares.org or 708-995-3805, or register online at www.PillarsCommunityHealth.org.


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