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


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.


HUNGER Volunteering and Advocacy

Common Pantry

Food Pantry and Community Meal

3744 N. Damen Ave

Volunteer 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

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 Ave (All Saints Episcopal Church), 773-769-0282

Volunteer Opportunities at

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

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


Greater Chicago Food Depository

Their advocacy agenda


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. or call 773-784-9000



Center on Halsted

Resources for the LGBTQ Community

Volunteer Information at


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


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 or call 773-794-6299.


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.


COMMUNITY Advocacy and Organizing

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.


Hollaback-You Have the Power to End Harassment

Bystander Intervention Training Seminar November 29th




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


Community Counseling Center of Chicago

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


Other Non-Profits & Community Organizations

Albany Park Community Center

1945 W. Wilson Ave, 60640

Kaccasey Smagala


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




4740 N. Western Ave

Marlene Louks


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


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


Provides services for the community and refugees.


Epiphany Welcome Meal

2008 W. Bradley, 60618



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


Down syndrome awareness and educational centers providing resources, specialized teaching

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


Graceland West Community Association


International Organization for Adolescents

4305 N. Lincoln Ave, 60618

Alison Boak


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

Volunteers email


Jane Addams Resource Corporation

4432 N. Ravenswood Ave, 60640

Cat Humphrey


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


North Side Housing and Support Services.

4410 N. Ravenswood Ave, Suite 101

Luciana Bonifazi

Marketing and Development Manager

773-244-6401, ext. 103

North Side Housing and Supportive Services is a comprehensive human services agency dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness. Respect and empathy are as important in rebuilding lives as food, housing and supportive services. Dedicated staff and volunteers empower our participants with skills and motivation. Our mission is to end homelessness in the lives of individuals by providing housing and comprehensive supportive services. We also strive to eradicate the conditions that cause, contribute to and exacerbate homelessness.


Northcenter Anti-Hunger Network

1414 W Oakdale Ave, 60657

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


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

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


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


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

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

(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

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



St. Vincent De Paul Residence

4040 N. Oakley Ave, 60618

Kate Barretto


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


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.