Volunteerism

There are thousands of quality nonprofit organizations in Illinois looking for dedicated volunteers. Here is a list of several nonprofit organizations that offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Scroll through them to learn about being a youth tutor or mentor, helping an adult learn English or serving the community in other ways. Some volunteer opportunities are for individuals and others are for groups. Learn more by linking to each nonprofit organization.

You can make a big difference in someone’s life.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

    A volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18. Positive relationships are developed that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

  • The Black Star Project

    The Black Star Project is committed to improving the quality of life in Black and Latino communities of Chicago and nationwide by eliminating the racial academic achievement gap. Their mission is to provide educational services that help pre-school through college students succeed academically and become knowledgeable and productive citizens with the support of their parents, families, schools and communities. Mentors and tutors are needed.

  • Chicago Cares

    Chicago Cares creates, manages and leads 200 original group volunteer projects each month serving children, adults, seniors, the environment, and more. Register as a volunteer and receive access to the latest projects through monthly print and e-calendars.

  • Giving DuPage

    Giving DuPage connects donors and volunteers with opportunities to get involved in local organizations. At Giving DuPage, you can learn about volunteer opportunities and discover helpful tips on volunteering and giving.

  • Go Civic

    An initiative of Chicago Leadership Alliance, Go Civic contains profiles for 16,000 nonprofits, 670 Chicago Public Schools and 600 Chicago Park District parks. After registering, visitors can donate or search for volunteer and other civic opportunities by focus area (animals, kids, the environment, etc.) and by neighborhood.

  • Greater Chicago Food Depository

    The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes 66 million pounds of food to 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County, serving nearly 142,000 individuals each week. Opportunities include repacking bulk products to individual/family sizes, assembling boxes with assorted food, checking expiration dates and labeling and gleaning products. Repacking date calendar is found on the organization’s website.

  • HandsOn Suburban Chicago

    HandsOn Suburban Chicago connects volunteers to meaningful  volunteer opportunities in the north and northwest suburbs for government and 200+ nonprofit  and schools. Visit its volunteer matching website to help find traditional and skills-based opportunities. Youth, seniors, those in job transition and companies that want to engage their employees in community service will discover the variety of ways they can give back through service.

  • Lake County Cares

    Just as an executive search firm helps individuals find the right career path, Lake County Cares helps people find the right volunteer fit. Their goal is to help you find a service experience that matches your current interests and desired time commitment and leaves you feeling inspired.

  • Learn How To Become

    LearnHowToBecome.org began in 2013. Its mission is to help students or aspiring professionals understand what it takes to volunteer or have a nonprofit career. Information includes picking the right college all the way to climbing the career ladder. The site compares similar profit and nonprofit jobs such as marketing and finance positions.

  • Metropolitan Family Services

    Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, earn, heal and thrive. Since 1857 they have helped Chicago-area families reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities through economic stability, education, empowerment and emotional wellness programs & services. There are many ways to get involved in empowering Chicago-area families with Metropolitan Family Services through youth mentoring, tutoring, special events, visiting with older adults and much more!

  • Northern Illinois Food Bank

    Northern Illinois Food Bank provides nutritious food to more than 71,000 people each week through a network of food pantries and feeding programs across 13 counties. Volunteers help sort, inspect and pack food; assist with office tasks; and provide professional skills. Opportunities are available for individuals, families and groups at three locations: Geneva, Park City and Rockford.

  • Taproot Foundation

    Taproot Foundation supports nonprofit organizations projects in human resources, technology and marketing with professional volunteers. The professional volunteers work as a pro bono team in providing solutions.

  • Tutor Mentor Connection

    The mission of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) is to gather and organize all that is known about successful non-school tutoring/mentoring programs and apply that knowledge to expand the availability and enhance the effectiveness of these services to children throughout the Chicago region.

  • Volunteer Center McHenry County

    The Volunteer Center McHenry County links nonprofits, resources and volunteers together throughout the year for organizations in McHenry County.

  • Volunteer Match

    VolunteerMatch is a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities by helping good people and good causes to connect. Its award-winning online service makes it easy to find a way to make a difference by location, expertise, or availability.