The Volunteer Pool of Highland Park has divided service options into nine categories of need: Art, Education, Community, Health, Homeless, Nature, Seniors, Special Needs, and Youth. Some agencies are listed under more than one category.

Most of the opportunities listed on this web site are in Highland Park and the surrounding communities. You will find some listings for programs and organizations that are further away. This happens when the particular program or service in not offered by an agency in the local area.

Education: Here you will find opportunities for tutoring, helping with homework, or helping with other educational events.

Community: If you are interested in getting involved in local government or commerce, you may find a good match here.

Health: This category covers both mental and physical health issues. There are many support opportunities that can be very fulfilling. Other possibilities include helping in hospitals, distributing literature, and fundraising.

Homeless and Hardship: This group includes not only the “homeless,” but also people who are displaced from their homes through economic hardship or risk of personal abuse. In this category you will also find opportunities to help people who have shelter, but lack basic essentials for daily life, such as food and adequate clothing.

Nature: This category covers both animals and the environment. There are many opportunities for education in this category as well as some hands on service projects that can really impact the community.

Seniors: Here you will find traditional nursing home volunteer opportunities as well as requests for visiting those who are homebound, delivering meals, working at the Senior Center, and more.

Special Needs: Individuals and groups of all ages and ranges of physical and cognitive disabilities are served under this category. There are opportunities to serve in structured programs that are as varied and as interesting as the individuals they serve.

Veterans And Their Families

Youth: All issues dealing with youth, family, and general wellness are addressed under this category. You will find opportunities to tutor, mentor, and serve in a number of inspiring ways.


Steps To A Successful Volunteer Experience:

  1. Call the Volunteer Pool and we will put you in contact with the organization that fits your schedule and interests.
  2. Visit the agency location and receive an orientation or an overview of what you’ll be doing. Find out who will be your supervisor and clarify expectations about your volunteering.
  3. Ask questions and tell your supervisor about any concerns you have as well as any positive comments.
  4. Notice what you are learning and talk about it with everyone, except for confidential information.
  5. Take responsibility for your safety and well-being. Do not agree to requests you consider risky or inappropriate. Ask for help when you need it.
  6. Take your commitment seriously, because your volunteer time is valuable. Call the site ahead of time if you must be late or absent.
  7. Invite your friends to volunteer. Multiply the difference you make.
  8. Do not be discouraged if you need to explore several volunteer opportunities at different agencies before you find the right one for you.

Education

Family Network
330 Laurel Ave, Highland Park
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

For 30 years Family Network has provided a warm caring place for families to connect and offer high quality child care. They have a  morning Drop-in Center with a toddler room, preschool room and a” Baby and me” Room. There are special education programs for the parents and special events like family pizza night. On Thursday morning they have a special Dual Language morning.
Volunteers are needed to help with publicity, summer classes and as an on-call receptionist.
The Right from the Start program of Family Network is a special support, education and advocacy for Latino families with young children. They do prenatal, hospital and postnatal visits for new mothers and fathers.  There are classes for parents and older children on nutrition, exercise, dance, jewelry making, storytelling  and music. They also provide ESL and GED tutoring. Volunteers are needed for childcare while parents attend classes (volunteers do not need to be bilingual).

After School Homework  Helpers –programs at 2 local schools where volunteers are needed to assist children with homework. More helpers who love children are needed.

Family Service of Highland Park
777Central Ave., Highland Park, IL., 60035
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Family Service seeks to be the leader in providing effective, responsive and innovative programs of human services. Family service assists individuals, families and communities in positively adapting to the ever-changing landscape of today's society. It is committed to the people it serves, to advancement of the field of practice and to proactive identification and response to changing societal needs.

Escuela en Casa- immediate need for 1:1 tutors for ESL program. Volunteers do not need to speak Spanish.  Meet in a convenient location and time.  

Nuestro Center in Highwood.  Volunteers needed for homework program 4-5:30pm especially Mondays and Thursdays.
On Fridays, come and share a special talent, art, chess, guitar. They have several guitars for a class/jamming session.
Be a helper for Senior group at Nuestro Center on Mon. 12:30-3pm (summer 10am-12).
Nuestro Center can also use Spanish speaking interpreters at certain events.


The Firehouse Youth Center
1830 Green Bay Road
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

High School volunteers are needed for weekly one-on-one tutoring after school for middle school students.

High School volunteers are needed to work with students in the Study Room, Monday through Thursday after school




Highland Park / Highwood Home Child Care Association

Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Mission Statement: Our mission is to ensure that the infants and toddlers of working families have access to care and education in our community.

Need volunteers to come into homes and do art projects, story times or anything educational that would give the children new stimulation.

They also need donations of professional literature to use in their lending library and donations of toys and books to share with home child care locations.



Literacy Volunteers of Lake County
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Tutoring volunteers are needed for tutoring on a one to one basis or in a class to help adults with basic education skills or ESL. Meetings take place in schools or library in Waukegan, Grayslake and Lake Shore. Two training sessions are mandatory and background check is needed.

Community

Career Resource Center (CRC)
40 E. Old Mill Road, #105, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

CRC offers meaningful volunteer opportunities in a professional setting. 

Time commitment can vary.
Volunteers needed as:

-Link-in Tutors
-On-line (web/Social Media) Communication Advisor
-Development/Fundraising
-Reception/Member Service
-Computer Technician
-Network Facilitator

www.CareerResourceCenter.org



CERT-Community Emergency Response Team
City of Highland Park, IL
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Volunteers needed to train to be part of the citizen emergency and disaster response in the community.
Training  required by the Police Department.


City Commission
1707 Saint Johns Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

The City of Highland Park is always in need of the talents and abilities of passionate citizens who are willing to devote their time to serve on City Boards and Commissions.

Residents interested in applying for a City Board or Commission volunteer position should complete a New Commissioner Application and send it, along with a letter and their resume, to the Mayor of Highland Park.



Family Network
330 Laurel Ave, Highland Park
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

For 30 years Family Network has provided a warm caring place for families to connect and offer high quality child care. They have a  morning Drop-in Center with a toddler room, preschool room and a” Baby and me” Room. There are special education programs for the parents and special events like family pizza night. On Thursday morning they have a special Dual Language morning.
Volunteers are needed to help with publicity, summer classes and as an on-call receptionist.
The Right from the Start program of Family Network is a special support, education and advocacy for Latino families with young children. They do prenatal, hospital and postnatal visits for new mothers and fathers.  There are classes for parents and older children on nutrition, exercise, dance, jewelry making, storytelling  and music. They also provide ESL and GED tutoring. Volunteers are needed for childcare while parents attend classes (volunteers do not need to be bilingual).After School Homework  Helpers –programs at 2 local schools where volunteers are needed to assist children with homework. More helpers who love children are needed.


Highland Park Historical Society
326 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Volunteers needed for work on special projects.
In the Fall, house tour docents are needed for the Historical House Tour.


Highland Park Public Library
494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

The Highland Park Library is seeking volunteers to work with our friendly staff on a variety of tasks. Hours are flexible. If you are detail-oriented, well organized and enjoy customer service, this is the volunteer opportunity for you!



North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Rd., Northfield, IL
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Volunteers can share their talents in many opportunities such as helping in the computer lab, as a driver, friendly visitor, receptionist, helping with oral history "Life Stories Program,” and helping with other special projects.
The "House of Welcome"  is a specialized day program for people with memory loss and their families. Volunteers help with many group activities, baking projects, and  socializing. A training program and a commitment for a longer period of time to  volunteer is required. 


Open Communities (formerly Interfaith Housing)
620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL, 60093-2308
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Mission Statement:  Our mission is to foster a housing market open to people of all ages and income levels,
regardless of race, religion, family composition or any of the other legally protected classes.

Volunteer opportunities:

Fair Housing Tester/Home Seeker will communicate with Landlords, Realtors etc. to maintain a fair housing
program.  Will train free of charge.

General support:  Need help with a newsletter that is sent out twice a year, mailings and phone calls.

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
325 W. Washington Street, #100, Waukegan, IL 60085
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Prairie State Legal Services is the civil legal aid program for Lake County. They provide free legal help to low-income, disabled, and elderly persons with problems such as evictions, foreclosures, domestic violence, disability claims, Medicaid denials, and consumer issues.

They are looking for retired and practicing attorneys and paralegals who are able to volunteer on a regular basis. Those who devote two or three days per week work out best as they function as regular staff members and handle their own caseloads. They are also looking for a volunteer librarian to work a few hours a month. Other needs include volunteers to help with filling, handling mail, and fundraising. Volunteers who speak Spanish. Polish, or Russian are especially helpful.


Volunteer Court Watch Program
(AAIM) Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists
Skokie Court  House
5600 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie,IL 60077
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Mission Statement: To educate and inform students and adults about the hazzards of drinking and driving through educational programs.  To assist victims during their court process with support and in some cases financial assistance.
To improve the laws regarding DUI.

Volunteers are needed to be trained to monitor the Skokie Court House misdeameanor court room.  Each week the volunteer will be assigned to a court room where they will sit and gather information on completed DUI cases.  This is a study being done for IDOT on the sentencing of DUI offenders.

Training with be done at the court house. Men and women over 21 are needed. On going Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays mornings.


Health

American Cancer Society
100 Tri-State International, #125, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

The American Cancer Society offers many interesting opportunites for volunteers. They use volunteer cosmetoligists for a program called “Look Good… Feel Better” during which those undergoing cancer treatment are treated to free sessions to learn how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry.

They are always looking for drivers to help with a program called “Road to Recovery.” Here volunteers drive cancer patients to treatment giving them support when family members are working or otherwise unavailable for transportation.

The American Cancer Society also looks for cancer survivors to talk with and mentor those just beginning treatment.

In addition to these ongoing programs, the American Cancer Society has special events that may be of interest to volunteers.

The American Cancer Society is also always looking for volunteers to help staff booths and hand out information at area health fairs and to help with office work in the Lincolnshire office.



Blood and Marrow Transplant Information Center (
BMTinfonet.org)
2310 Skokie Valley Rd. Suite 104, Highland Park
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

A national information center for Bone Marrow Transplant Survivors. They provide information and phone consultation to survivors and families. They also give national symposiums for survivors and loved-ones. 
Volunteers are needed for office help with mailings, data base entry, graphic design, photography and possibly counseling expertise.


Cancer Wellness Center
215 Revere Dr,  Northbrook
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190
  
"Helping People Live better while living with Cancer".
Many free classes, activities, information and outreach to cancer patients. 

Volunteers are crucial to the center's success. Volunteers are needed for administrative help, special events, outreach, help with workshops and activities.

Elyssa's Mission
 900 Skokie Bld, Suite 110 Northbrook, IL, 60062
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Suicide prevention and education, especially with at-risk teens.
Voluteers are needed for office help with Quickbooks, marketing, computer skills, creating folders and board manuals.


Faith in Action Volunteers(Southeast Lake County Faith in Action-SELFIA)
HIghland Park and Deerfield
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Southeast Lake County Faith in Action Volunteers (Selcfia) is looking for volunteers to help disabled, chronically ill and elderly residents remain independent in the community by helping them carry on with the normal, non clinical activities of living independently. These may include social support, grocery shopping, telephone reassurance, transportation, respite care. Selcfia is non-sectarian.

Family First Center of Waukegan
202 S. Genesee Waukegan , IL, 60085
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

A strong community program that focuses on health, fitness, and youth  and family development.  They have a free gym and fitness classes. Counseling services are available.

Volunteers are needed for gym supervision and helpers for after school  and literacy programs for young children.

Nicasa Behavioral Health Services
1724  1st Street, Highland Park,Ill.
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Nicasa is a non-profit behavioral health and substance abuse prevention and treatment agency with several counseling centers in Lake County. Helpers needed in the summer to help with vegetable garden project at Judy H. Fried Center Women’s Service in North Chicago.

Volunteer help needed for painting some of their facilities (as needed).
North Shore University Healthsystem Hospice
4901 Searle Parkway, #160, Skokie, IL 60076
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

North Shore University Healthsystem Hospice’s Award Winning Volunteer Program offers a number of volunteer opportunites for compassionate people.

You may assist terminally-ill patients and their families with companionship, relief for caregivers, running errands, transportation, and office tasks.

The Hospice program provides training for their volunteers and asks for a commitment of 3 – 4 hours each week.


Mental Health Association of the North Shore
2120 Lincoln St., Evanston, IL 60203
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

The Mental Health Association of the North Shore works to education youth and adults about mental health and social-emotional learning and help dispel the stigma around seeking help.

They can use volunteers to help with mailings and other office work as well as staff booths and displays at community events.

The Mental Health Association of the North Shore is also interested in speakers to topics relating to their organization.


Random Acts of Flowers (RAF)
2000 Greenleaf St. #5
Evanston Il.60202
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Volunteers prepare donated flowers, create beautiful bouquets, and make personal deliveries of hope and encouragement to neighbors in hospitals, hospices, and health care facilities. Volunteers also drive vans, serve as greeters, provide administration assistance and data entry, help with processing donated vases, and keeping facilities safe and clean.



Willow House
300 Saunders Road, Riverwoods
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Willow House is dedicated to supporting children,
teens, families and communities who are coping with death and dying.
We are seeking caring, compassionate volunteers to work in group
settings with grieving families. A 20 hour training session begins Sept.
10.  Please contact us for additional information.


Homeless and Hardship

Feed my Starving Children
742 E. Park Ave. Libertyville IL
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Volunteers help assemble meal packages of  nutritious dehydrated food. Food is sent to many areas of the world to combat starvation. Short orientation required. Appropriate site for groups of volunteers. Time slots available for volunteers including weekend time slots.


The Haven of Lake County

Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Services and housing for homeless women and children.
Volunteers are needed for a number of different tasks such as grocery shopping 
or making and donating a meal. Volunteers need to fill out an online application.

Lake County PADS
3001 Green Bay Rd. North Chicago
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

PADS means Providing Advocacy, Dignity and Shelter for the homeless.
Volunteers may be needed at the PADS shelters to help prepare meals or to set up sleeping areas. 
Sites rotate each night from Oct. to April.
They also need donations of socks, underwear and other supplies.
Contact them if you want to make bag lunches for a shelter.


Moraine Township
777 Central Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Moraine Township offers a wide variety of general assistance including a food pantry and clothing closet.

Volunteers are needed for specific Food Drives, but not on a weekly basis.

In the summer, volunteers are needed for the "Pantry Plants and Garden Project".
Digging, weeding, watering vegetable beds on a weekly basis. Short orientaton required.


Northern Illinois Food Bank
440 Keller Dr. ,Park City, IL
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Help stacking and organizing food for food bank. Groups can volunteer including special needs groups.
Various time slots available during the week and on the weekend. Fill out an application on-line.


Soup Kitchens /Food Pantries
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190
Call for a list of soup kitchens in the north suburban area.


Nature

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

The Chicago Botanic Garden uses volunteers for different roles as greeters, tour guides, library work and other projects.
In the summer, volunteers (teens and adults) are needed to supervise  the Butterfly Garden.
Also Teen volunteers are needed for Camp CBG from June to August.
Training sessions are required.


K-9 Buddies –Reading Buddies of the North Shore
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Non-profit group that trains therapy dogs to help children read. Organized sessions occur in local libraries and schools. Carol Yuster is the founder.
Volunteers can find out about helping with events in the area.


Orphans of the Storm
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

2200 Riverwoods Rd, Riverwoods (Deerfield)
Animal shelter and animal adoptions.
Volunteers can attend and help with events, may help with fundraisers or sponsor an event. To have direct contact with animals, volunteers must be at least 18yrs old and sign a volunteer form/waiver.

K-9 Buddies –Reading Buddies of the North Shore



Park District of Highland Park / Natural Areas

2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park, IL 60035
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

The Park District of Highland Park has several volunteer opportunites in connection to it’s Natural Areas. These are opportunites for individuals, families, and groups to work hands on in prairie and woodland areas. Projects are typically every Friday of the month from 9 – noon. Special workdays can be scheduled for interested groups.


A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife, Inc.
3149 Dundee Road, #229, Northbrook, IL 60062
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Refuge for Saving the Wildlife is a not-for-profit parrot rescue, rehabilitation, education, adoption, and no-kill shelter facility. Activities include education of the public about parrots, rescue of abandoned/neglected/abused parrots, rehabilitation of parrots, and sanctuary for parrots. They also do raptor rehabilitation and related education.

Volunteers are needed in the following areas: Architect, refuge help, newsletter, CPA, pet taxi, carpenter, plumber, builder, and general contractor.

Items needed: Flat sheets, paper towels, 24”x30” lined freezer/butcher paper, HP paper and printer cartridges, Xerox dry ink, stamps, #10 envelopes.


Seniors

AARP Illinois
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

AARP volunteers help in Driver's safety programs and fraud watch classes for seniors

Faith in Action
Highland Park and surrounding suburbs.
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Faith in Action is helping seniors stay in their residence. Volunteers help as friendly visitors, drive seniors to appointments, take seniors grocery shopping, do home repairs for seniors.
Interview and application process is required.



North Shore Senior Center

161 Northfield Rd., Northfield, IL 60093
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Volunteers can share their talents in many opportunities such as helping in the computer lab, as a driver, friendly visitor, receptionist, helping with oral history "Life Stories Program,” and helping with other special projects.
The "House of Welcome"  is a specialized day program for people with memory loss and their families. Volunteers help with many group activities, baking projects, and  socializing. A training program and a commitment for a longer period of time to  volunteer is required. 


Silverado Senior Living
1651 Richfield Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035

Volunteers are helpful with activities for residents  games and friendly visiting.
Playing a musical instrument is enjoyed by residents.



Sunrise Senior Living
1601 Green Bay Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Volunteers help with activities such as art or music classes for seniors.
Application process and screening is required.

Special Needs

Adult Community Transition Program (ACT)
1910 First Street, #307, Highland Park, IL 60035
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

The Adult Community Transitions Program focuses it’s efforts on supporting young adults with developmental disabilities in their efforts to be independent and to contribute meaningfully to their community.

ACT offers participants experiences that enhance social relationships, personal growth, self-sufficiency, employment, and volunteer opportunities.

ACT is looking for volunteers to speak to participants about life skills and employment. They are also interested in volunteers that can offer tours, demonstrations, or teach tasks.

Another need is for volunteer opportunites for ACT participants. Many are interested in making a difference in the community. Participants have a variety of skill levels and would be accompanied by staff when necessary. Perhaps you would like to provide an opportunity for a volunteer or even for employment.


Aspiritech
427 Sheridan Rd. Highland Park, Ill.
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Software testing which harnesses the power of people with Asperger’s Syndrome. Volunteers needed to help with fundraising and special events.


Best Buddies Illinois
Highland Park area
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Dedicated to help establish one-one friendships and employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Best Buddies Citizens Program” pairs adults with disabilities with volunteers in the community for one-one friendships.
 A one-year commitment is needed to participate in this program. Buddy and “citizen buddy” talk and meet about once every 2 weeks. Interview and background check to volunteer.
Center for Enriched Living
280 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods, IL
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

The Center for Enriched living is a program for people with developmental disabilities to be fully included in the community. They have an Adult Day program and afterschool and other social and leisure programs for children, teens and adults. They also have a Summer Camp that they need volunteers to help the campers. For specials events: Fall and winter dances, and outings during the year, volunteers are needed.


Great lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA)

400 E. Illinois, Lake Forest Ill.
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Promotes the development of youth and adults with physical /visual disabilities through recreational and sports activities.
Help with special events. May require training.

Volunteers also needed with office work, marketing, grant writing and outreach.

The Josselyn Center
405 Central Ave., Northfield, IL 60093
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Volunteer opportunities:
 - Need help at the drop-in center for adults with mental illness. - Assist with mailings and other clerical work as well as aiding staff at community events.


Lambs Farm
14245 West Rockland Road, Libertyville, IL 60048
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Lambs Farm offers a full range of residential, vocational, social, and recreational services to adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities.

Lambs Farm is looking for volunteers to provide administrative help, gardening, work in the thrift shop of the restaurant, or help with special events.



North Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA)
3105 Mac Arthur Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062
Contact: The Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

NSSRA enriches the lives of people with disabilities through quality recreational services by partnering with Park Districts in many of the Northern suburbs including Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, and Northfield. Volunteers assist special needs programs in Park Districts. Some of the programs where volunteers are needed are Sports Buddies, Creative Theater Companions and Ice Skating Buddies.


NSSED (North Suburban Special Education District)
760 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL 60035
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-219

Volunteer to help enrich the lives of students with disabilities with the Northern Suburban Special Educational District (NSSED). Children ages pre-k through high school in several locations in Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook and Glenview. Volunteers are needed to assist in the classrooms, office, during or after school and also in the summer. There is a special need for trained volunteers who know and could lead classes in yoga and relaxation or music. Also, volunteers are needed to join our "Puppet Troupe" that performs disability awareness skits in local grade schools. Contact person is Teri Rosenberg at
847-831-5100 ext 2156
trosenberg@nssed.org


Veterans And Their Families

Captain James Lovell Federal Health Care
3001 Green Bay Rd. North Chicago, IL, 60064
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Community living for rehabilitation and long-term treatment for Veterans.
Volunteers would be appreciated to help with recreational activities, also one-to -one escorts on trips and special events.
On Sundays, escorts are needed to help residents to church services and the 4th Sunday each month, help is needed for a brunch from 10am-12.


USO Great Lakes Naval Base
530-B Farragut Ave. Great Lakes, IL 60088
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Volunteers can help in media room and kitchen for cooking, restocking.
Weekends, evenings, and some weekday evening times are available.


Youth

American Indian Center, Inc. (AIC)
1630 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

The American Indian Center serves at the main community center for Native Americans in the Chicago area. The organization strives to address community needs educationally, culturally, and economically, and the overall well-being of community members. The AIC hosts many activities throughout the year including the annual Chicago Powwow in November.

AIC offers volunteer opportunites year round in it’s after school program, maintenance, food pantry, and administrative offices.

They also need volunteers to help with the annual Powwow and other special events.



Bernie's Book Bank

28101 Ballard Dr. Lake Forest, IL, 60045
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Studies show that many low income families do not have books to read to their children. Bernie's Book Bank has distributed more than 1 million books in 3 years to at-risk children in the Chicagoland area.
Volunteers can donate books or help at the warehouse to sort, sticker and bag collections of books for at-risk children.
Volunteers can be individuals or groups. Many time slots available weekdays and Saturday morning drop-in hours.



Big Brothers Big Sisters
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Big Brothers Big Sisters is excited to announce that we are offering an Evening Site Based Mentoring Program in Highland Park! We are looking for individuals who would be paired up in one-to-one mentoring relationships with youth from the Highland Park & Highwood Communities. Mentors and mentees would meet every other Monday from 6:00-7:30pm at Oak Terrace Elementary School for structured mentoring, supported by a Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Coordinator, and attend field trips out in the community the last Sunday of every month. Special Skills: Mentors must be over 21 years of age, and be able to make a commitment of one calendar year.



CASA of Lake County-Advocates for Abused and Neglected Children within the Juvenile Court System
700 Forest Edge Dr. Vernon Hills, IL, 60061
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Usually CASA Volunteer time commitment is 10-15 hours per month or 1 or 2 cases a month. There is a 40 hour training program.


Family Network
330 Laurel Ave, Highland Park
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

For 30 years Family Network has provided a warm caring place for families to connect and offer high quality child care. They have a  morning Drop-in Center with a toddler room, preschool room and a” Baby and me” Room. There are special education programs for the parents and special events like family pizza night. On Thursday morning they have a special Dual Language morning.
Volunteers are needed to help with publicity, summer classes and as an on-call receptionist.
The Right from the Start program of Family Network is a special support, education and advocacy for Latino families with young children. They do prenatal, hospital and postnatal visits for new mothers and fathers.  There are classes for parents and older children on nutrition, exercise, dance, jewelry making, storytelling  and music. They also provide ESL and GED tutoring. Volunteers are needed for childcare while parents attend classes (volunteers do not need to be bilingual).

After School Homework  Helpers –programs at 2 local schools where volunteers are needed to assist children with homework. More helpers who love children are needed.

Family Service of Highland Park
777Central Ave., Highland Park, IL., 60035
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Family Service seeks to be the leader in providing effective, responsive and innovative programs of human services. Family service assists individuals, families and communities in positively adapting to the ever-changing landscape of today's society. It is committed to the people it serves, to advancement of the field of practice and to proactive identification and response to changing societal needs.

Escuela en Casa- immediate need for 1:1 tutors for ESL program. Volunteers do not need to speak Spanish.  Meet in a convenient location and time.  

Nuestro Center in Highwood.  Volunteers needed for homework program 4-5:30pm especially Mondays and Thursdays.
On Fridays, come and share a special talent, art, chess, guitar. They have several guitars for a class/jamming session.
Be a helper for Senior group at Nuestro Center on Mon. 12:30-3pm (summer 10am-12).
Nuestro Center can also use Spanish speaking interpreters at certain events.


Highland Park Scholastic Chess
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park  847-433-2190

The Highland Park scholastic chess program currently serves more than 180 students from all eleven schools in District 112.  The program relies heavily on volunteers.  The program is described at www.hpchess.org,  Although only a year old, the district program has already enjoyed considerable success in competition.

Volunteers, screened by our advisory committee and the district, are used in two programs.  Some serve as coaches and administrators in after-school programs, which meet at four District 112 elementary schools: Indian Trail, Lincoln, Sherwood, and Wayne Thomas.  Administrators do not need to be chess players.  

We are also seeking volunteers to serve in our Mentors Program, in which adult chess-players in the community coach students in the adult’s homes in the evenings or on weekends.  These sessions normally run approximately an hour, and parents usually attend.  A curriculum and teaching tips are supplied.  Students range from beginners to advanced.


Highland Park / Highwood Home Child Care Association
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

Mission Statement: Our mission is to ensure that the infants and toddlers of working families have access to care and education in our community.

Need volunteers to come into homes and do art projects, story times or anything educational that would give the children new stimulation.

They also need donations of professional literature to use in their lending library and donations of toys and books to share with home child care locations.



Reading Power
736 N. Western, suite 226. Lake Forest Ill.
Contact: Volunteer Pool of Highland Park 847-433-2190

A literacy tutoring program serving elementary schools in North Chicago. 1:1 tutoring reading. No experience necessary except a love for reading.


 

 

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