IMMIGRATION Volunteering and Advocacy

Heartland Alliance: Refugee and Immigrant Community Services

They partner newly arrived refugees with Chicagoans to help them succeed in their new city. Volunteers needed in English as a Second Language program, immigrant Youth Mentoring Program

For volunteer information, click the “Volunteer” link at the bottom of this page

https://www.heartlandalliance.org/refugee-and-immigrant-community-services/

 

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

ICIRR works with over 100 member organizations to work on programs and campaigns that empower the immigrant community in Illinois.

http://www.icirr.org/about/get-involved

 

HUNGER Volunteering and Advocacy

Common Pantry

Food Pantry and Community Meal

3744 N. Damen

Volunteer Opportunities http://commonpantry.org/how-to-help/donate-time/group-opportunities/

Donations of shelf-stable food and personal care items needed

Distribution Wednesday 1-4 PM and 6-8 PM

Donation Dropoff Mon, Tues 9am-1p, Wed 9am-8pm

 

Lincoln Square Friendship Center

People and Pet Food Pantry

2733 W. Lawrence Ave

www.friendshipcenterchicago.org

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations Dec 1 and Dec 15 2016

In addition to shelf stable food, you can donate new or gently used winter items: clothing, coats, boots, socks, hand or foot warmers and toiletries. They also have a Pet Food Panty.

Distribution Hours: Thurs 3-7pm

Drop-off Hours: Tues  12-5pm (call to confirm), Wed   12-3pm, Thurs 12–7pm

Bigger Items can also be dropped off at the 47th Ward Office at 4243 N. Lincoln

 

Ravenswood Community Services

4550 N Hermitage (All Saints Church)

Volunteer Opportunities at http://www.ravenswoodcommunityservices.org/volunteer

Food Pantry and Community Meal

M-F 9-4, Tuesday nights until 8

Food Distribution Tue 5:30-7:30pm, Meal served at 6:30

Donations of shelf-stable food and personal care items needed

 

Take a Stand Against Hunger with the Greater Chicago Food Depository

https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/advocacy/

Their advocacy agenda https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2015_GCFD_Advocacy_Agenda_v2__2_.pdf

 

HOMELESSNESS Volunteering and Advocacy

The Night Ministry

The Night Ministry works to offer housing, health care and human connection to members of the Chicago community struggling with poverty or homelessness.

Short term and long term volunteer opportunities.

volunteering@thenightministry.org or call 773-784-9000

https://www.thenightministry.org/Volunteer2016.pdf

 

LGBTQ
Center on Halsted

Resources for the LGBTQ Community

Volunteer Information at http://www.centeronhalsted.org/volunteer.html

 

SENIORS Volunteering
Concordia Place Senior Wellness
Our Senior Lift Program Volunteers helps seniors by providing help with transportation for errands, grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, etc.  This program reduces isolation and loneliness for seniors.

Contact Martha DeLeon at 773.463.1600 ext. 221 or email marthad@concordiaplace.org.

 

Two Are Better Than One, Salvation Army

Your congregation or community group can connect with seniors in need to help improve the well-being of seniors and their caregivers through friendly visiting, home repair, and personal assistance services.

Contact Salvation Army at usc_2b1@usc.salvationarmy.org or call 773-794-6299.

 

COMMUNITY Advocacy and Organizing

Forward Chicago

Local community engagement, organizing and advocacy group.

Forward Chicago’s community members are involved with housing, transportation, social, and financial initiatives related to aging and community.

https://forwardchicago.org/get-involved/

 

Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality (ONE) Northside

Unites our diverse communities to build collective power to eliminate injustice through bold and innovative community organizing. We accomplish this through developing grassroots leaders and acting together to effect change.

http://onenorthside.org/

 

Hollaback-You Have the Power to End Harassment

http://chicago.ihollaback.org/

Bystander Intervention Training Seminar November 29th http://www.ihollaback.org/blog/2016/11/16/join-us-hollaback-bystander-intervention-training-webinar/

 

MENTAL HEALTH Advocacy

Thresholds

Service provider of mental health services in the 47th Ward.  Sign up for the Legislative Action Center

http://support.thresholds.org/site/PageNavigator/action_home.html

 

Community Counseling Center of Chicago

Service provider of mental health services in the 47th Ward.

https://www.c4chicago.org/advocacy/no-more-cuts-mental-health

 

Albany Park Community Center

1945 W. Wilson Ave, 60640

Kaccasey Smagala

www.apccchicago.org/

www.apccchiago.org/

773-583-5111

Offering diverse programs for individuals and families. Early education/school age programs, adult education, food pantry. Food and clothing donations.

 

Common Pantry

3744 N. Damen Ave, 60618

Kathleen Trainor

commonpantry@hotmail.com

www.commonpantry.org

773-327-0553

Community Organization to combat food insecurity.

food, non-perishables and toiletries

 

DANK Haus

4740 N. Western Ave

Marlene Louks

dank@dankhaus.com

www.dankhaus.com

773-561-9181

German cultural center offering German language classes, and cultural activities such as a Museum and tours. Volunteers to serve as greeters, tour guides and docents.

 

Deaf Communications by Innovation

3711 N. Ravenswood Ave Suite 144, 60613

Raymond Rogers

info@deafcomm.net

www.deafcomm.net

773-857-7709

Provides services to improve communication between the Deaf and Hearing Communities, ASL instruction, interpretation and consulting activities.

Volunteers who know ASL sign language.

 

Epiphany United Church of Christ

2008 W. Bradley Pl, 60618

Rev Kevin McLemore

www.epiphany-ucc.org

www.epiphany-ucc.org

773-281-4144

Provides services for the community and refugees.

 

Epiphany Welcome Meal

2008 W. Bradley, 60618

Dianne

diannew@epiphany-ucc.org

www.epiphany-ucc.org

773-281-4144

Provides a free meal to all on Wednesday Evenings.

Volunteers to serve the Wednesday night welcome meals at the Church.

 

GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago

3948 N. Lincoln Ave, 60613

Amy Archer

chicago@gigisplayhouse.org

www.GiGisPlayhouse.org

773-583-7529

Down syndrome awareness and educational centers providing resources, specialized teaching

Volunteers for literacy tutors, administrative assistance, events and committee board positions.

 

International Organization for Adolescents

4305 N. Lincoln Ave, 60618

Alison Boak

aboak@iofa.org

www.iofa.org

773-404-8831

Provides several outreach services to prevent human trafficking among the Asian Communities.

Volunteers email info@iofa.org

 

Jane Addams Resource Corporation

4432 N. Ravenswood Ave, 60640

Cat Humphrey

www.jane-addams.org/

www.jane-addams.org

773-728-9769

Provides adult job training and placement services.

Volunteers for tutoring, shop tours, and guest speakers.

 

Jose Rizal Heritage Center

1332 W. Irving Park Rd

Dr. Rufino Crisostomo

www.facc-rizal.org

773-281-1210

Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago. Provides educational and cultural activities for the community.

Volunteers to assist members with activities.

 

Lake View YMCA

3333 N. Marshfield Ave., 60657

www.ymcachicago.org/lakeview

www.ymcachicago.org/lakeview

773-248-3333

Provides fitness and healthy living programs for youth and adults. Mission is to strengthen communities by empowering individuals. Runs a youth development program.

Volunteers to assist with after school activities.

 

Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce

4732 N. Lincoln Ave #9, 60625

Katie Krauss

Katie@lincolnsquare.org

www.lincolnsquare.org

773-728-3890

Association of local businesses and community members committed to addressing issues affecting the community by fostering relationships between business owners, community members and city officials.

Volunteers for the Winter Brew and other fundraising events.

 

Martha Washington Senior Living

2324 W. Irving Park Rd, 60618

Catherine Romo

cromo@related.com

www.metroplexinc.com

773-478-8900

Provides apartments for Seniors 62+ or people with disabilities/low income. Related is the new owner of Martha Washington Senor Living. There is a 2 year wait list for the independent senior living facility; applicants must be 62 years old.

 

Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club

2501 W. Irving Park Rd, 60618

Bonnie Werstein

bonnie@nbgc.org

www.nbgc.org

773-463-4161

Provides after school tutoring and athletic programs for youth.

Adult volunteers to assist with after school homework and athletic programs, and K-8th grade teen volunteers can apply to be in the Leadership in Training for youth programs.

 

Night Ministry

4711 N. Ravenswood Ave, 60640

Megan Hoxhalli

Megan@thenightministry.org

www.thenightministry.org

773-506-6004

Provides housing and healthcare to combat homelessness and poverty; Youth Outreach Serrvices

Volunteers to assist office in on-site programs, serving meals and packing outreach boxes.

 

North Center Satellite Senior Center

4040 N. Oakley Ave, 60618

Liza Martin

www.seniorcitizensguide.com

www.seniorcitizensguide.com

312-745-4029

A collaboration between the city of Chicago, DFSS, and Catholic Charities to provide programs and resources for those 55 years or older.

More information can be found on the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Center-Satellite-Senior-Center-4040N-Oakleychicago/480132035385744

 

North Side Housing and Support Services.

4410 N. Ravenswood Ave, Suite 101

Margaret Kushiner,MSW

mkushiner@northsidehousing.org

www.northsidehousing.org

872-829-2835

Director of Strategic Partnerships to end Homelessness on the Northside. Recently became a partner of a 72 bed shelter for men at the People’s Church in Uptown.

 

Northcenter Anti-Hunger Network

1414 W Oakdale Ave, 60657

www.northsideantihunger.org/

www.northsideantihunger.org

Supports the operation of member agencies in their response to hunger needs of the community. HAHN meets 6 times per year at Conrad Sulzer Library.

 

Northcenter Chamber of Commerce

4054 N. Lincoln Ave, 60618

Lindsay Eanet

Lindsay@northcenterchamber.org

www.northcenterchamber.org

773-525-3609

A business and community development organization committed to making Northcenter a better place for businesses and residents.

Volunteers to market community events and do public relations activities

Northcenter Neighborhood Association

North Center community

Kathleen Abbott

www.northcenterneighborhood.org

A community organization to achieve a vibrant neighborhood to live, work, learn and play.

 

Northeast Regional Senior Center: Levy Center

2019 W. Lawrence Ave, 60625

Paula Basta

www.NCHPAD.org

www.NCHPAD.org

312-744-0784

Comprehensive wellness and fitness activities for seniors as well as Golden Diners Lunch program.

Books and volunteers to assist members with activities.

 

Our Lady of Lourdes

4641 N. Ashland Ave, 60640

Fr. Michael Shanahan

mshanahan@ololchicago.org

www.ololchicago.org

773-561-2141

Provides a soup kitchen, counseling and community services.

Gift cards from Jewel, Target, CVS, and winter clothing.

 

Peterson Organic Gardens

4750 N. Sheridan #200, 60640

www.petersongarden.org/

www.petersongarden.org

Operates pop up victory gardens on city lots. Garden plots can be purchased for a season. Educational classes on growing produce in Chicago.

Volunteers and financial donations can access the website for more information.

 

Ravenswood Community Child Care Center

4908 N. Damen Ave, 60625

Stacey Johnson

staceyjohnson@rc4cares.com

www.rc4cares.com

(773) 271-4495

Provides quality childcare and education for age 6 months-5 years.

Toys, books and clothing.

 

Ravenswood Community Council and Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce

1756 W. Wilson Ave, 60640

Margaret O’Conor

www.ravenswoodchicago.org

The Ravenswood Community Council connects businesses and residents to promote a vibrant, locally focused community.

Volunteer opportunities to assist local non-profits are listed in the newsletter.

 

Ravenswood Community Services

4550 N. Hermitage Ave, 60640

Parker Callahan

parker@ravenswoodcommunityservices.org

www.ravenswoodcommunityservices.org

773-769-0282

RCS provides resources to neighbors in need and creates opportunities thru outreach in the Ravenswood/Uptown neighborhoods. It provides groceries, health screening and life skills education on Tuesday nights. The organization began as an outreach program for All Saints Episcopal Church. Volunteers are needed on Tuesday nights in the Community Kitchen, Food Panty and Dining Hall and to mentor neighborhood youth at Ravenswood School. Contact volunteer@ravenswoodcommunityservices.org

 

St. Vincent De Paul Residence

4040 N. Oakley Ave, 60618

Kate Barretto

kbarretto@catholiccharities.net

www.catholiccharities.net/housing/vincent_de_paul_residence

773-539-2660

Provides section 8 housing for seniors only.

Volunteers are needed to assist in group activities, to assist individual residents, small household items.

 

Technical Training Center for Metalworking Trades, Jane Addams Resource Corporation

4222 N. Ravenswood Ave, 60640

Michael Slezak

Mslezak@jane-addams.org

www.jane-addams.org/

773-728-9769

Operates a Career in Manufacturing program which offers metal fabrication and manufacturing job training thru 10-20 week programs. WIOA vouchers are accepted.

Volunteers are needed to be guest speakers and conduct shop tours.