Volunteering Opportunities

Below you will find a list of many volunteer opportunities in your location and desired fields.

  • Meet your Schools volunteering requirements with some of the opportunities below. KYC is always looking for volunteers also, and we write really good recommendation letters for the hours you complete!
  • Volunteering is an integral part of your college/University Applications, “70% of admissions officers surveyed valued consistent local volunteering over a long period rather than a short stints of service here and abroad.”
  • Admissions officers like to see words like “Commitment” and “Passion” most when applicants describe their community services.” explains Fastweb.org

Jefferson Awards Foundation

Elk Grove Public Library Contact: Adelaide Rowe at arowe@egvpl.org or (847) 439-0447 (x 252)

Center of Concern (Des Plaines, IL) 

Chicago Cares (Many volunteering opportunities) 

Ronald McDonald House (volunteering-bake cookies or make food, or collect pop tabs)

Companions Journeying together (Read books (through recording) or data entry to children of incarcerated Mothers and Fathers) For groups must be 18yrs old 

Literacy Volunteers of IL

www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org (Opportunities are listed on front page)

Huddled Masses 

Cards for Hospitalized Kids they also have volunteer opportunities

Greater Chicago Food Bank 

State Farm (links for volunteering in your zip code)



Volunteering Activities (in your area)

Reach Animal Shelter 

Book Drive 

Feed My Starving Children

Kirk School

Miner School Arlington Heights 

Clearbrook Center 

Maot Chitim food pantry

Lake Arlington Clean Up

Buffalo Grove Park District 

Forest Preserves of Cook County

Retirement Homes

Adopt a Highway 

Buffalo Grove Park Volunteer OP

Chicago Food Bank 

The Buddy Foundation

Rainbow Hospice Care (Mt. Prospect)

Des Plaines Park District

PADDS Hope Center Volunteer (Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Palatine)

University of Illinois Extension (4-H)

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