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Build brighter futures. Change lives.
Due to COVID-19, volunteer opportunities are limited to protect the health and safety of our volunteers.
Our typical volunteer opportunities are below. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer with Chicago Lights and change lives with us!
Due to COVID-19, Tutoring volunteer opportunities are limited to protect the health and safety of our volunteers.
Our typical volunteer opportunities are below. For more information, contact Mark Dennison at email@example.com.
Chicago Lights Tutoring for the 2020-2021 school year is taking place virtually.
Create a meaningful team-building environment, deepen your impact with Chicago Lights, and give back to the local community by participating in a corporate volunteer experience.
Vince DiGirolamo, Tutor/Mentor, Chicago Lights Tutoring
Due to COVID-19, Summer Day volunteer opportunities are on hold to protect the health and safety of our volunteers.
Our typical volunteer opportunities are below.
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
On hold due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines
Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Mark Dennison at firstname.lastname@example.org / 312.274.3828
Get your hands dirty at our Urban Farm! Work side-by-side with our Urban Farm team 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.
Limited spots are available on certain Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. Sign up here. (Required to reserve your spot.)
Volunteering: Community Farm Days
Limited spots are available on certain Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sign up here. (Required to reserve your spot; please sign up only if you can stay the entire time as spots are limited.)
What to Know before Volunteering at the Farm
- Please dress in clothes that can get dirty and close-toed shoes. Bring your own sunscreen if needed.
- Bring a refillable water bottle if you have one. We have drinking water on site.
- For facilities, there is a porta potty and hand-washing station only.
- Plenty of picnic tables in the shade to take a break.
- Wear a mask or face cover at all times.
- Bring your own gardening gloves if you have them (we will have a limited number of new small and medium gloves to purchase for $3).
- Practice 6-ft social distancing (all tasks will be assigned with this in mind).
- Please do not bring personal items. We do not have storage for these items and cannot be responsible for your belongings.
- All volunteers are required to complete a self-certification form upon arrival. Before visiting the Urban Farm, please make sure you are in compliance with the most recent City of Chicago travel directive to quarantine. Please visit chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html for up-to-date information.
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have any COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to the Farm and follow all guidelines provided by the CDC and your doctor. If you do test positive or have symptoms and have been to the Farm in the two weeks prior to your symptoms first occurring, please contact the Farm Director, Ben Jaffe (email@example.com), immediately.
Due to COVID-19, Social Service Center volunteer opportunities are limited. All volunteers must follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. For more information, contact Associate Director Patty Sokolow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Food Pantry Shopping Aide
Temporarily on hold
Food Pantry Delivery Aide
Second and Fourth Mondays, 8:30–11:00 a.m.
Assist with our bi-monthly Food Pantry delivery from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Volunteers need to be able to lift 40-pound boxes. Sign up here.
Share Shop Sorter/Aide
Temporarily on hold
Good Neighbors Street Outreach
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Must be at least 18 years old
Volunteer with a small group, including staff, and connect with neighbors experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. Volunteers provide snack items and hygiene kits to individuals on the streets.
Contact Street Outreach Coordinator Sarah Berlyn at email@example.com / 312.981.3567.
Temporarily on hold
Contact Community Partner Manager Jill Keiser at firstname.lastname@example.org / 312.981.3590.
All volunteering at the Social Service Center is at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago.
Taylor Wong, President, Chicago Lights Associates Board