Additionally, we are always in need of supplies for the shelters. Like any home, shelters constantly need 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 information regarding volunteer opportunities contact Erin Molek, Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-354-0858 ext. 113.
The Green Team promotes environmentally responsible behavior within the church and by its members.
Join the First Congo Green Team the first Saturday of every month in collecting Styrofoam from 9AM–12PM at the Village of Western Springs Recreation Center parking lot (1500 Walker Street, Western Springs). No heavy lifting required. Please consider coming for 1 to 3 hours — whatever works best for your schedule.
The Green Team is looking for new members to fulfill its mission (click here for more information). If you are interested in joining the group, contact Sue Klein (708-502-0231) or Joe Skvara (708-990-1325).
Thank you for considering sharing your time and talents with the First Congo Green Team!
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’re interested in the volunteer opportunity or have questions, please contact Susie O’Brien at email@example.com.
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.
CSS needs volunteers year-round. CLICK HERE for details.
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.
For those interested in volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis, please call Linda Reiter at (224) 500-2365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The local “Meals on Wheels” is in need of several drivers for meal delivery to shut-in folks in the suburbs surrounding Western Springs. It requires about a two-hour commitment once a week. If you’re interested, please contact Tanya at 708.310.4434.
The volunteer work entails picking up meals at a Senior Center on 31st Street in LaGrange Park and delivering them to those in need on 1 of 6 different routes.
Volunteer drivers needed to transport older adults.
Can you spare an hour or more a week to drive an older adult? 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 and is expanding to the western suburbs of Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove and Westmont. Volunteers provide accompanied transportation to medical appointments, and life-enhancing errands such as the grocery store, bank, hairdresser, and church. There is no cost to clients and donations are accepted, if able. Contact ICP at (708) 354-9328 for a volunteer application and visit them on the web at InterfaithCommunityPartners.org. They provide training and work around your busy life!
Pillars Community Health is a nonprofit provider of health and social services headquartered in La Grange. The organization offers multiple ways to get involved:
Provide a dinner to the women and children living at Constance Morris House, our domestic violence shelter, through the Connie’s Kitchen program.
Complete a 40-hour training, then advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence by answering our 24-hour hotlines, assisting at our domestic violence shelter, accompanying survivors to area ERs and police stations, etc.
Volunteer at our resale shop in La Grange, the Community Shop, by creating displays, serving as a cashier, stocking shelves, pricing jewelry, etc.
Work with grieving children by serving as a greeter or group facilitator at our Buddy’s Place childhood bereavement program.
Click here to learn more about these opportunities and to fill out the volunteer application.
Back on My Feet is a national organization operating in 13 major cities across the US that combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.
For all in need, we aim to provide: practical training and employment resources for achieving independence; an environment that promotes accountability; and a community that offers compassion and hope. For all with the capacity to serve – volunteers, donors, community and corporate partners – we seek to engage you in the profound experience of empowering individuals to achieve what once seemed impossible through the seemingly simple act of putting one foot in front of the other.
For more information, visit https://backonmyfeet.org/.
The LeaderShop empowers youth to become community-minded individuals through diverse programs that foster confidence, knowledge and leadership.
The LeaderShop aspires to build an ever-growing network of youth energized by service and responsibility to self, community and the world.
For more information, visit https://theleadershop.org/.
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