Volunteer Fair

Saturday, April 01, 2017, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Find out how you can become more involved in your community and sign up to volunteer with the local organization that suits you best. Participating organizations include:

 
Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer. Join us at these events to bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.
 
The extent and scope of Central Baptist Community’s mission embraces a full range of human needs that pertain to older adults and is limited only by our imagination, our skills, our resources and our willingness to carefully risk meaningful change. The care of our residents is much more than comfort, safety, security and good healthcare. It must attempt to create a balance between providing care to our residents and dealing effectively with people and situations of the world around us. This includes growing in spiritual wholeness and understanding the meaning of life, aging and death. We strive to promote quality of life through stimulating healthful lifestyles and interest in continued personal development, recognizing personal limitations and independence.
 
Chicago Pet Rescue is a 501c(3) non-profit, foster home and volunteer-based rescue, dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned animals.
 
Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002, with the mission of providing to children ages 0 to 12 some of the most important basics of life—free of charge. These basics include clothing, school supplies, toys, and much more. In other words, we provide all the physical goods that children need to be safe, protected from the elements, and ready to learn. And by supplying them with high-quality used or new goods, we make children feel valued.
We partner with social service organizations to connect communities that have surplus resources—new or used items in good condition—with communities that desperately need access to those resources.
 
FreeGeek Chicago is a not-for-profit community organization that recycles used computers and parts to provide functional computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those who want them.
 
The Friends of the Eisenhower Library is a volunteer, nonprofit group of contributing members who are committed to enhancing the Eisenhower Public Library District and its services.
 
The purpose of  the Portage Park Advisory Council (aka Friends of Portage Park) shall be to provide advice and assistance to the Chicago Park District and/or other agencies on matter relating to concerns and needs of the Portage Park Community and all users of Portage Park. Portage Park Advisory Council (PPAC) is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes: a. Determining the needs of the Portage Park community; b. Working with the Chicago Park District to determine and establish programs to meet these needs; c. Providing advice and counsel and an evaluation of the programs as they relate to community needs.
 
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
 
Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Girls on the Runs envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
 
Habitat for Humanity Chicago ReStore helps raise money for Habitat AND keeps good, reusable materials in use! The ReStore has discounted prices on donated and new building supplies, appliances, and furniture. 
 
The mission of Housing Forward is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. Housing Forward is the only social service agency in west Cook County with a comprehensive "housing + services" solution for transitioning individuals and families out of homelessness.
 
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.
 
For over 75 years, Junior Achievement of Chicago has been getting professionals like you — and companies like yours — into the inspiration business, by teaching school kids the real-world skills they need to succeed. We call it Take Your Work to Kids Day. And it happens every day, in classrooms all across Chicagoland. All it takes is one day to open a child’s eyes to a possible future they never could have imagined. And the kids aren’t the only ones who go home inspired. The experience can be a great reminder to our volunteers of just what it is they love about what they do.
 
For patients experiencing life-limiting illnesses or injuries, Loyola Medicine’s hospice program provides compassionate and comprehensive care to adult and pediatric patients. Hospice care is for patients with terminal illness or injury and intended to provide comfort and relief from pain, allowing for the highest quality of life possible during the time that remains.
 
Mather LifeWays is making neighborhoods better places for older adults to live, work, learn, contribute, and play in inspiring ways.  
 
New Life for Old Bags (NLOB) is a collaboration of volunteers of all ages and abilities making sleeping mats for the homeless out of used plastic bags. NLOB is intergenerational and green. Since 2010, NLOB volunteers have made over 2,000 sleeping mats.  The mats are distributed to homeless people by a collective of agencies and organizations that serve the homeless.  
 
We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.
 
The purpose of the new organization is to enrich the lives of members of the Norwood Life Society community including the seniors we serve, our volunteers, the staff, and the community at large. 
 
Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy, the largest and oldest organization of its type in the Chicago metropolitan area, is a volunteer organization committed to using the capabilities and magic of dogs in therapeutic environments, especially with children. All of our programs develop and build essential skills, give the children a focus other than their disability or disease, and provide a happy respite from the rigors and challenges of their daily lives. 
 
Hospice offers the support and encouragement that patients and families deserve during the final months of life. A team of nurses, home health aides, physicians, pastoral care staff, social workers and trained volunteers provides the hospice care. And, along with caring for patients, these individuals make home visits, provide respite for caregivers, and coordinate community services by listening and responding to the needs of the patient and family. In caring for the loved one, the hospice team recognizes that the family often knows best regarding what will make the patient comfortable. These hospice workers acknowledge the courage it takes to care for a loved one who is dying.
 
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties is sponsored by Triton College. RSVP is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Illinois Department on Aging and Leyden Township and matched by Triton. RSVP is part of Senior Corps which also includes Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions.
 
Our mission is to provide for the needs of senior citizens, 60 and over, and of the disabled, to assist them in maintaining a meaningful, dignified,  and quality lifestyle both on a short term and long term basis within the communities of Norridge, Harwood Heights, and unincorporated Norwood Park Township.
 
Since 1851, Travelers Aid has worked around the world to help passengers in crisis. At Chicago O'Hare, we help vulnerable travelers who need guidance and support during their trip, helping them create a safe, viable plan to arrive at their destination.