girl helping pack food

Helping in the Community, Volunteer Opportunities

Giving back to the community is something children and teens can do to “pay it forward”.  Here are a couple websites that can help find the best match as well as a few sites that offer volunteer opportunities.    


1)    Volunteer Match

-can choose area (advocacy, animals, arts/culture, children, community,  etc.)

-can choose location

-lists names of places needing help if you don’t have a specific place in mind

2)    HandsOn Suburban Chicago

-can search opportunities by city and zip code, distance, date to and from

-a calendar is available and you can search specific listed events

3)    Anti-Cruelty Society

-lists projects and number of service hours each is worth

-gives ideas for group volunteering where the entire family can help

-a schedule is available for volunteering at the shelter

4)    Special Olympics

-anyone 10 years or older can volunteer

-can sign up to volunteer in a specific area via a “calendar of events”

-contact Aubrey Deerwester at 800-394-0562 for questions

5)    Greater Chicago Food Depository

Help in the following areas (minimum age is listed):
          Repacking Food


-3 hour timeslots; morning, afternoon, and evening slots

-volunteers must be 14 yrs. old to volunteer alone

           Loading Trucks

-ages 16 and older

-must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

             “Kid Days”

-ages 5-13 with an adult

 -monthly on Saturdays

 -Call: 773-843-5422 or Email: for details.