Be a one-to-one mentor through Chicago Lights Tutoring. You’ll be paired with a student in grades 1–12 and meet weekly to foster their academic and personal growth.
Vince DiGirolamo, Tutor/Mentor, Chicago Lights Tutoring
Have a lasting impact by meeting with your student once a week, 1.5 hours on the same day each week.
Volunteer when you’re free and work with a student whose regular tutor is away.
Assist with preparing and serving a healthy dinner to our students, and then support our enrichment classes before one-to-one mentoring.
Share your passion, hobby, or skill with students before their one-to-one mentoring time. Previous classes have featured visual arts, healthy cooking, acting, computer skills, yoga, creative writing, chess, knitting, and more.
Help students get a jump start on the school year while having a safe and fun summer. By participating in this program, 94% of our students improved or maintained their language arts skills, and 96% improved or maintained their math skills.
Cathy Flaa, Volunteer, Chicago Lights Summer Day
Volunteer in a small group or one-to-one setting, and help students with reading, writing, and math.
Get your creative juices flowing by volunteering in one of our arts classes: art, dance, acting, singing, or digital music production.
Assist our staff in serving healthy meals to students.
Join us on a field trip and help broaden students’ horizons at places like the Ravinia Festival, the Museum of Science and Industry, Oak Street Beach, and more.
Get your hands dirty at our Urban Farm! Work side-by-side with other volunteers, students, and young adult interns to help cultivate over 5,000 pounds of produce each season while supporting job opportunities and urban agriculture.
Typical volunteer tasks may include weeding, shoveling compost or woodchips, seeding/planting, painting, organizing, and general site beautification.
Halle Miroglotta, Volunteer, Chicago Lights Urban Farm
New volunteers must attend an orientation.
Saturdays, 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m.
Sign up to volunteer on a Community Farm Day! Saturdays, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
To schedule your group (5–15 people), contact Volunteer Manager Deja Stout at firstname.lastname@example.org / 312.252.3559.
All volunteering is on site at the Urban Farm, 444 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago (intersection of Chicago and Hudson Ave.).
Questions? Contact Volunteer Manager Deja Stout at email@example.com / 312.252.3559.
Our Social Service Center supports an average of 35 guests each day. Help welcome them with dignity and respect, as together, we walk alongside adults during some of their greatest times of need.
Hilda, Volunteer, Chicago Lights Social Service Center
Assist guests as they shop through our consumer-choice Food Pantry.
Assist with our bi-monthly Food Pantry delivery from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Volunteers need to be able to lift 40-pound boxes.
Help sort, clean, and organize clothing donations for our Share Shop or assist guests during their appointments.
Questions about individual volunteering opportunities? Contact Program Services and Volunteer Manager Patty Sokolow at firstname.lastname@example.org / 312.981.3388.
The Chicago Lights Associates Board is a group of committed young adults across various industries who support the work of Chicago Lights and raise awareness throughout Chicago by engaging in volunteering, networking, and fundraising.
Taylor Wong, President, Chicago Lights Associates Board
Join the Chicago Lights Associates Board! Become a member, and you'll help build brighter futures for 4,000 of our city’s youth and adults who face the challenges of poverty each year.
Our Associates Board hosts fun philanthropic events throughout the year to raise funds for Chicago Lights.
We further our impact by volunteering with Chicago Lights' programs! You can serve as a one-to-one mentor at Chicago Lights Tutoring, attend a group volunteer day at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, do street outreach with the Chicago Lights Social Service Center, and more.
Attend a monthly meeting! First Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago.