The Volunteer Activities are listed alphabetically by agency, with contact information as of July 28, 2013

  1. A Just Harvest Community

    7649 N. Paulina, Chicago

    Mary Frohna

    773-262-2297 x 24

    A Just Harvest Community (formerly Good News Community Kitchen) in Rogers Park, fights poverty and hunger by providing nutritious meals daily, in a restaurant style environment, while cultivating community and economic development and organizing across racial, cultural and socioeconomic lines. A Just Harvest has numerous volunteer opportunities: serving in its Community Kitchen, Organizing for a Fair Economy with Northside P.O.W.E.R., and Mentoring Young Adults with the Genesis Project. It always needs volunteers with plumbing, painting, carpentry, graphic design, photography, videography, administrative, fundraising and communications skills. Unity Weekend 2013 project: serve dinner and beverages and bus tables.

  2. Campus Kitchen, Northwestern University

    2245 B Sheridan Rd Evanston

    Katie Darin


    Campus Kitchen is a student-run organization that uses volunteer service as a tool to meet hunger and nutritional needs in our community. The Campus Kitchen Project uses food to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities through resourceful and mutually beneficial partnerships among students, social service agencies, businesses and schools. Unity Weekend 2013 project: prepare and package meals for individuals and families in need.

  3. CARE Evanston Animal Shelter

    2310 Oakton, Evanston

    Rebecca Rieck


    A Just Harvest Community (formerly Good News Community Kitchen) in Rogers Park, fights poverty and hunger by providing nutritious meals daily, in a restaurant style environment, while cultivating community and economic development and organizing across racial, cultural and socioeconomic lines. A Just Harvest has numerous volunteer opportunities: serving in its Community Kitchen, Organizing for a Fair Economy with Northside P.O.W.E.R., and Mentoring Young Adults with the Genesis Project. It always needs volunteers with plumbing, painting, carpentry, graphic design, photography, videography, administrative, fundraising and communications skills. Unity Weekend 2013 project: serve dinner and beverages and bus tables.

  4. Center for Independent Futures

    1015 Davis St, Evanston

    Becca Kaplan


    Center for Independent Futures (CIF) is an Evanston-based, not-for-profit organization helping individuals with disabilities, and their families, access the skills and opportunities they need to realize full lives. CIF creates products and services to establish sustainable solutions through community living options, personal networks, lifelong planning and education. CIF runs a monthly Volunteer Club in which individuals with disabilities, Northwestern students, and older adults come together to engage in volunteer projects that have included: creating Personal Care Kits for Connections for the Homeless, packaging healthy snack baggies for Campus Kitchens NU, making animal toys for CARE Animal Shelter, and more.

  5. Citizens Greener Evanston (CGE does not have a street address, but can be located on the internet at either of the two websites listed below):

    Ronald Fleckman


    Citizens Greener Evanston works to make Evanston a more sustainable community - environmentally, economically and socially - and to address climate change by dramatically reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. Unity Weekend 2013 project: count automobile and bicycle traffic data in certain areas of Evanston as part of a larger Citizens Greener Evanston project.

  6. City of Evanston Parks Department

    2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston

    Adelita Hernandez


    The Evanston Parks Department provides the horticultural maintenance of all public grounds within Evanston. Employees maintain over 200 acres of land, encompassing 97 sites. Volunteering provides a great way for younger children and adults to help care for their community. Unity Weekend 2013 project: Enjoy the day in many Evanston parks while picking up trash along the lakefront.

  7. CJE SeniorLife (main office)

    Bernard Horwich Building

    3003 W. Touhy Ave. Chicago, IL 60645

    773.508.1000 (main phone)

    773.508.1064 (volunteers)

    (3 different CJE facilities are listed below):

    CJE SeniorLife facilitates independence and enhances the lives of older adults and their families through a comprehensive network of programs and continuum of care services that includes housing, health care, community services, health and wellness education, life enrichment programs and applied research. CJE SeniorLife’s variety of facilities and programs assist older adults, their families and caregivers with the complex issues of aging, short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, medical needs, life enrichment, supportive resources, and residential facilities. Unity Weekend 2013 projects: play games, provide entertainment for residents, and visit with residents.

  8. Cook County Forest Preserve

    Tower Road Canoe Launch, Skokie Lagoons

    Joe Swano or Mark Hildebrandt



    The Forest Preserve District of Cook County, with more than 68,000 acres, is the largest forest preserve district in the United States. Within its boundaries are rare habitats that offer plant and animal diversity on par with the rainforests of the world. Unity Weekend 2013 project: remove trash from the water and banks of the Skokie Lagoons.

  9. Curt's Cafe

    2922 Central St, Evanston

    Susan Trieschmann


    Curt's Cafe is a local cafe that believes in giving back to the community. It is designed to provide training to at-risk youth in Evanston in both food service and life skills. At Curt's Cafe , "dine with purpose" and help the community at the same time. Unity Weekend 2013 project: help re-establish a garden and plant seeds to grow herbs and vegetables for their menu items.

  10. Emily Oaks Nature Center

    4650 Brummel, Skokie 60076

    Amanda Sperry


    Emily Oaks Nature Center, part of the Skokie Park District, is a 13-acre savanna offering a full range of education, interpretative and recreation programming to enhance visitors' enjoyment and understanding of the natural world. Unity Weekend 2013 project: help with outdoor work in conjunction with the annual Earth Day festivities.

  11. Evanston Ecology Center

    2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston 60201

    Clara Alden


    The Evanston Ecology Center fosters a greater appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the natural environment, and our interdependence with it. The Evanston Environmental Association supports the mission of the Center through a wide variety of educational programs and service initiatives, including promoting the Center, presenting the Evanston Green Living Festival, assisting in the creation of new educational offerings, fund raising to support the Center's operations, and recruiting volunteers for various environmental events.

  12. Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse

    2010 Dempster, Evanston 60201

    Lou Dickson


    The Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse is a non-profit organization that promotes reduction of waste in landfills through sustainable deconstruction and renovation building practices. Reclaimed building materials are sold at its warehouse at low cost to the community and support education, job-training and job development. Volunteers help keep prices low by organizing and moving building materials. ERW provides an educational, fun and often physically exhilarating experience for volunteers who are encouraged to join in a volunteer project day.

  13. Family Promise Center

    1417 Hinman, Evanston

    Tracy McKeithen


    Family Promise, a local not-for-profit organization, provides families with young children, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, with a supported pathway to self-sufficiency. The Center offers guests warm, inviting spaces and an environment conducive to receiving professional services. Families can care for their kids while they work to find a home. Unity Weekend project: play games and share lunch with the children.

  14. Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center

    1655 Foster Street, Evanston

    Betsy Jenkins


    Fleetwood Jourdain is Evanston's first community center and has been serving the City for more than half a century. During daytime hours, the center provides low-income seniors with meals and shelter, and in the early evening the center offers after-school programs for children. In the summer the Center becomes a day camp. Unity Weekend 2013 project: work in the new garden area.

  15. Friedman Place

    5527 N. Maplewood, Chicago 60625

    Beth Elman


    Friedman Place is a non-profit supportive living community for blind and visually impaired adults. A full range of services and activities is provided so that residents' days are healthy, dignified and stimulating. Unity Weekend project: serve refreshments and visit with residents.

  16. Good News Builders / Good News Partners

    1600 Jonquil Terrace, Chicago (same address for both agencies)

    Brian Drell


    Good News Builders renovate and upgrade the Good News Partners' (see immediately below) multiple housing units and communal living areas. Its apprentice program allows community members to become trained in a wide range of building skills. As they remodel, renovate and rebuild, the builders acquire skills that move them toward independence and prosperity. The Good News Builder Program also takes on projects outside the community; for example, builders have repaired siding, modified outside decks, remodeled apartments with new kitchens and bathrooms, and worked on electrical, plumbing, and rehab projects with neighboring organizations, including painting, sanding, and dry walling.

    Good News Partners

    Carol Nielsen


    Good News Partners, a faith-based community organization, focuses on housing, education, and economic development in Chicago's East Rogers Park/North of Howard neighborhood. GNP provides affordable housing for otherwise homeless families, with a step-by-step transition from interim housing to independent living. GNP programs also support youth as they grow in their social, academic and personal capacity and provide ongoing volunteer opportunities for all kinds of expertise and foreign language speakers.

  17. Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

    Chicago (Main Office)

    216 W Jackson St, Suite 700

    Chicago, IL 60606

    Katie Dudzik


    Chicago City North Office

    3525 W Peterson Ave

    Suite 400

    Chicago, IL 60659


    HIAS Chicago - North Suburban Office

    5150 W Golf Rd

    Skokie, IL 60077


    HIAS Chicago - Northwest Suburban Office

    1156 W Shure Dr, Suite 181

    Arlington Heights, IL 60004


    HIAS Chicago assists refugees from around the world in the immigration process and to adjust successfully to life in America. It advocates for the rights of refugees and immigrants on national, state and local levels and educates the public to the benefits immigrants bring to our community. Volunteers help immigrants in the following ways: filling out citizenship applications, preparing for the citizenship exam, practicing for their in-person interview with an immigration officer. Unity Weekend 2013 project: make flashcards to help immigrants learn English and study for their citizenship tests.

  18. Hilda's Place

    1458 Chicago Ave, Evanston

    Lisa Todd

    847-424-0945 X11

    Hilda's Place, part of Connections for the Homeless, provides emergency shelter and short-term housing for homeless adults. Hilda's Place, Evanston's only homeless shelter, is open 365 nights of the year and has capacity for 34 adults at a time. Hilda's Place is located in the basement of Lake Street Church and develops partnerships between the homeless and the community. Unity Weekend 2013 projects: Spring cleaning, washing walls, mopping, cleaning kitchen and doing yard clean-up. Sort donations in clothing room and food pantry. Paint women's dorm room.

  19. Hillside Food Pantry

    2727 Crawford Ave, Evanston

    Maiya Lueptow or Susan Gottlieb


    Hillside Food Pantry serves the needs of the nutritionally insecure and is in constant need of volunteers to pick up food donations, unload donations, sort the items, stock the shelves, bag food for families, set up the parking lot, direct traffic, and welcome and help distribute food to its patrons. Unity Weekend 2013 project: volunteers conduct an on-the-spot food drive at a nearby grocery store and deliver the items collected to Hillside.

  20. Housing Options

    1132 Florence Ave, Ste B, Evanston 60202

    Debbie Bretag


    Housing Options offers housing opportunities for adults recovering from chronic mental illnesses by providing permanent living arrangements coupled with supportive services. All residents have low incomes and many were homeless before entering the program. Unity Weekend 2013 project: interview a small group of participants and document their stories.

  21. Howard Area Community Center

    1527 W. Morse Ave, Chicago

    Andrew Kuttler


    Howard Area Community Center assists low-income individuals and families in the Rogers Park area to stabilize their lives and develop skills to become productive community members. The Center has many ongoing, one-time, short-term and long-term opportunities for volunteers. Examples include: work with children in the early childhood or youth programs, be an adult literacy tutor, help someone find a job, pick up and bag bread, or group days of service. Unity Weekend 2013 project: paint the kitchen.

  22. Howard Street Farm / The Talking Farm

    3701 Howard Street, Skokie

    Linda Kruhmin


    Howard Street Farm/The Talking Farm is a working produce farm (in Skokie on a two-acre site near the Evanston-Skokie border on Chicago's North Shore) that provides local, fresh food and educational and volunteer opportunities for the community. Produce from the farm will be available to restaurants, farmers markets, schools, food pantries and individuals. Howard Street Farm grows fresh produce applying sustainable agricultural practices such as crop rotation, companion planting, mulching, natural biocides, and non-petroleum-based fertilizers as well as offering classes in growing, preserving, and enjoying local foods, and conducts research relevant to urban farming. Volunteers may help farm or sell seedlings and are welcome to show up on any scheduled work day. (See, ) This calendar reflects the most current schedule; call Matt at 847-440-6997 to check for weather cancellations. Volunteering is easy, as tools, gloves, and ice water are provided. The Unity Weekend 2013 project: set up, run, and take down a food stand, work in the field creating new production rows, weed, transport and layer "new soil" materials, mulch and plant.

  23. Interfaith Action of Evanston

    P.O. Box 1414, Evanston 60204

    Sue Murphy, Administrative Director


    For a complete list of soup kitchens, warming centers and shelters in the Evanston area, including those sponsored by other individual faith communities, click here .

    Soup Kitchen Locations

    • Sunday, 3:00 p.m.

      St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1004 Greenwood Street

    • Monday, 12:00 noon

      Second Baptist Church, 1717 Benson Avenue

    • Thursday, 6:00 p.m.

      First United Methodist Church, 516 Church Street

    • Friday (sack lunch), noon

      First Congregational Church Hall, 1417 Hinman Avenue

    Interfaith Action of Evanston is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to bring together communities of faith and spirit to serve people who are hungry and homeless and to express shared values through action and interfaith dialogue. Interfaith Action of Evanston operates four major programs - a hospitality center, warming centers, soup kitchens, and the Producemobile. It is able to provide services to its hungry or homeless guests only with the support of volunteers. There are both individuals and teams of volunteers that serve at the various program sites. Interfaith Action volunteer teams staff several soup kitchens operating in the Evanston area and do the following: plan, purchase, prepare, serve and clean up a hot meal for 115 people at the site. For details on how to volunteer, visit the Interfaith Action volunteer page.

  24. Knitting Ministry

    1330 Ridge Ave, Evanston

    Joan Horberg


    Knitters meet at the Unitarian Church of Evanston twice monthly for fellowship and to knit and crochet hats, scarves and granny squares for blankets to donate to people in need of comfort. Items are made with love and care and include: prayer shawls for palliative care and hospice programs, hats and blankets for premature babies and lap shawls for individuals.

  25. Levy Senior Center

    300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston 60202

    Leslie A. Wilson


    The Levy Senior Center in Evanston provides numerous programs, services and activities for persons aged 55 and older. Unity Weekend 2013 project: clean the kitchen and do work in the Rothschild Garden.

  26. Mather Place at the Georgian

    425 Davis St., Evanston

    Jane Kozak


    Mather Place at The Georgian is a retirement community in downtown Evanston. Unity Weekend 2013 project: have fun leading older adults in singing familiar songs.

  27. McGaw YMCA Children's Center

    1420 Maple Ave., Evanston 60202

    Sonja Coster

    847-475-8580 x 318

    The McGaw YMCA Children's Center provides quality, comprehensive childcare and education for Evanston's diverse community. It is an accredited children's center with nursery, preschool and daycare programs, committed to building confident babies, preschool and school-age children today and bright futures tomorrow. Unity Weekend 2013 project: clean, sanitize toys, and organize books.

  28. Misericordia

    6300 Ridge Ave, Chicago

    Theresa Rooney


    Misericordia is home to over 600 children and adults with mild to profound developmental and physical disabilities. Misericordia offers weekday, weeknight and weekend opportunities for volunteers to help on a regular basis: with resident programs, in the Greenhouse Restaurant, with clerical work, and with occasional special activities. Misericordia has a list of opportunities for volunteers looking to make a regular, weekly commitment, who are at least sixteen years old and who can serve a minimum of six months. For those interested in helping Misericordia, but can't commit to a regular time, there are still plenty of single opportunities to help for 2-3 hours or more -- call in advance to signup. Unity Weekend 2013 project: join residents in activities, games and art projects.

  29. Normal Moments

    1330 Ridge Ave, Evanston

    David Orlicz


    Normal Moments, Inc. supports parents with critically ill children in the home, in the hospital, and via web resources so that they can spend as much time as possible sharing the most normal moments possible with their hospital-bound children. Normal Moments strives to achieve this goal by providing parents with services that reduce some daily cares such as housecleaning, lawn maintenance, and meals from local restaurants. Unity Weekend 2013 project: children read books aloud that will be recorded and made into CDs for chronically ill and hospitalized children.

  30. North Branch Restoration Project

    Harms Woods

    Jane and John Balaban


    The North Branch Restoration Project is a group of volunteers working to help protect and restore native Illinois ecosystems. Every weekend, in all kinds of weather, volunteers gather at scheduled sites ( ) to work, restoring health to the preserves by cutting brush, pulling weeds, gathering and sowing seeds (groups of six or more should contact the steward to make arrangements). The work is done in small groups along with experienced prairie/woodland volunteers.

  31. Over the Rainbow Association

    2040 Brown Ave, Evanston 60201

    Katie Miglore


    Over the Rainbow Association manages affordable, barrier free, wheelchair accessible housing for disabled adults. OTR is always looking for supporters who want to work alongside the residents. Residents, in turn enjoy the interaction, in whatever way the volunteers want to offer, whether one-on-one or in groups. Volunteer activities have included picnics, meals, movie nights, and other wonderful social events. Unity Weekend 2013 project: participate in a wheelchair wash.

  32. Presbyterian Homes

    3200 Grant Street, Evanston 60201

    Debbie Seiller


    Presbyterian Homes is a not-for profit, faith-based organization that creates retirement communities serving older adults through its residential and healthcare programs. Unity Weekend 2013 projects: play bingo and bring musical instruments to entertain residents.

    Presbyterian Homes, Westminster Campus, Elliot Chapel

    3131 Simpson Street

    Evanston, 60201

    Chaplain Frank Baldwin


    Located on the Westminster Place campus, Elliott Chapel serves the residents of Presbyterian Homes for worship, memorial services, music and other programs. Unity Weekend 2013 project: assist patients to and from the church service.

  33. Project Linus, North and Central Chicagoland Chapter

    637 Charlemagne Northbrook, IL

    Linda Neumann or Judi

    847-498-6074 or 847-498-3987

    Project Linus' "Blanketeers" lovingly make handmade fleece blankets and afghans to give as gifts to children, ages 0-18, who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Project Linus provides a rewarding and fun service opportunity for individuals and groups in local communities. Fleece Blanket donations may be dropped off during regular business hours at: EVANSTON-Vogue Fabrics, 718 Main Street, Evanston, 847-475-1995. Before dropping off blankets, place the donation in a clear plastic bag for blankets or white plastic bag for donations of yarn or fabric. Mark the bag for Project Linus and be sure to include your name and address so your donation can be acknowledged. For a large donation, call the store first before dropping off the donations, as some sites cannot accommodate large donations. Drop off large donations at 637 Charlemagne, Northbrook.

  34. Recyclery

    7628 N. Pauline St, Chicago

    Tzippy Rhodes


    The Recyclery Collective builds community through the restoration of donated and discarded bicycles and by sharing resources and encouraging discussion about how our transportation choices affect the health of our communities and our environment. The Recyclery is primarily run by volunteer labor. Experienced mechanics are welcome, as well as those who have never changed a tire. Volunteers fix bicycles for those in need, host Open Shop times, staff bike sales, and teach youth classes. Recyclery volunteers have the satisfaction of rescuing bicycles from the trash and transforming them into a sustainable form of transportation for those in need, work with youth, have a positive impact on the neighborhood, share mechanic skills and learn together.

    Volunteer Hours

    Tues: 12-5pm; Volunteer Orientation

    2nd and 4th Thursdays 6pm.

  35. Rice Child and Family Center

    1101 Washington St, Evanston 60202

    Melvin Tate


    The Rice Child + Family Center assists vulnerable children, ages 6 to 15, with severe emotional, behavioral and mental health problems. The Center's goal is to return the children to a loving family and to help them reach productive and independent lives. The facility includes a medical clinic, group therapy classrooms, special education facilities and an art therapy area to provide residential and treatment services designed to diagnose and treat behavioral challenges. Unity Weekend 2013 project: participate in board games and group activities.

  36. Salvation Army

    1403 Sherman Ave, Evanston

    Colleen Michaud


    The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been in Evanston for over 100 years. It offers community and church programs for the advancement of the Christian religion, education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable undertakings beneficial to society. Unity Weekend 2013 project: clean out the Salvation Army shed containing materials for projects.

  37. Senior Connections

    535 Custer Ave, Evanston

    Wendy Klinkner


    Senior Connections pairs isolated older adults with caring volunteers from the Evanston community to form ongoing friendships. Senior Connections recruits, trains and supports its volunteers. There are many ways for volunteers to spend one hour a week with their senior friend, doing anything from taking walks and working on memoirs or photo albums to just sitting and chatting. Senior Connections asks for a commitment of one year (or one school year, for students.) The rewards are many for both the senior and the visitor.

  38. SHORE Community Services

    4232 Dempster Street, Skokie, IL 60076

    Kirsten Luna

    847-982-2030 X30

    SHORE provides housing and a variety of programs and supportive services to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Clients are helped to meet the challenges of living and working in the community by assisting them to reach toward their highest potential and level of independence. SHORE has identified nearly 20 different areas in which it needs volunteer help. Click on to see a complete list of all volunteer opportunities.

  39. Ten Thousand Villages

    719 Main St., Evanston

    Cheryl Nester-Detweiler


    Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer that provides vital, fair wage income for disadvantaged artisans in developing nations by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories. Volunteers play a key role in keeping customer costs down. Volunteer Opportunities at Ten Thousand Villages include: Sales Associate - (Click here for description); Committee Members - Retail Excellence Committee, Marketing Committee and Volunteer Committee; and Community Outreach Volunteers to share information about Ten Thousand Villages with community groups. Unity Weekend 2013 project: paint a bathroom and clean up the alley-scape.

  40. The Grove of Evanston

    500 Asbury St., Evanston 60202

    Mari Lou


    The Grove provides transitional care following a hospital stay, recovering from surgery, or a serious illness. Residents may require specialized care before being ready to return home. Some need help with pain management or monitoring chronic conditions or ongoing therapy to regain strength and mobility for independent living. Unity Weekend 2013 project: provide entertainment for musical program and play bingo with residents.

  41. The Well of Mercy

    6339 N. Fairfield, Chicago

    Mary Zeien


    The Well of Mercy supports single pregnant women who need shelter, education, and emotional support to build a poverty-free future for their families. The Well provides educational support, spiritual guidance, and emotional support. Volunteer opportunities are available for both one-time and longer periods of time in many areas such as: administrative support, domestic skills, mentoring, tutoring, special events, house repairs and maintenance, prayer partners, sorting and organizing donations. Unity Weekend 2013 project: clean the kitchen and other rooms, plant flowers and do other gardening.

  42. YWCA Evanston / North Shore

    1215 Church St, Evanston

    Trimmy Stamell

    847-864-8445 x121

    The YWCA Evanston/North Shore works to end violence against women and children, provides resources that empower women and girls and strives to combat racism. There are several ways for volunteers to support the YWCA whether it is for a few hours, a few days, or for the long-term. These include: Domestic violence services volunteers to work first-hand with clients and directly impact their lives. Volunteers are required to have completed 40-hours of DV training. Under the Adopt-A-Room Program, organizations, clubs, community groups and individuals can adopt and maintain shelter rooms to ensure that every women and child feels a sense of home, safety and support. The YWCA needs special skills to support any of the following areas: special event coordination, childcare, administrative support, legal services for DV services clients, and gardening and landscaping. Every Spring, the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate needs volunteers for: goody bag stuffing, packet pick-up support, poster distribution, course marshals, onsite registration, food tent support and T-shirt distribution.

If you are looking for ways to volunteer other than any of the agencies listed above, the City of Evanston's Volunteer Program provides many opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering with the City of Evanston, browse the open opportunities on Volunteer Evanston. To find the most current volunteer opportunities, subscribe to the City of Evanston Volunteer eNewsletter. (If you need assistance accessing the Volunteer Evanston, please do not hesitate to contact: 847.859.7833)