Whether you’re finishing up your graduate degree or rising in the ranks of your chosen field, you might feel like you’ve finally made it. You’ve come so far to get where you are, and now you want to help your fellow Windy City dwellers. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer right here in Downtown Chicago. Find a charity or non-profit organization that stands for something you believe in, and help make a change for good! Here are some ideas to get you started.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister to an underprivileged youth could be one of the most fulfilling things you ever do. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago gives you the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better. Not only can you assist a “Little” on their path to accomplishing big things, but you can also have fun in the process! Embrace this opportunity, and apply to become a “Big” today.
Help families fleeing war and oppression in their home countries to start a new life here in Chicago by volunteering with RefugeeOne. You can tutor refugee children, provide interpretation assistance and help families navigate Chicago’s healthcare system. You can also donate financially, advocate for refugee and immigrant rights, and even hire a refugee if you’re in the position to do so.
If you’re interested in serving the elderly and disabled members of our community, donate your time and skills to Chicago Lighthouse. Opportunities range from leading art classes for seniors to reading newspaper articles on the radio for the visually impaired to assisting in the administration department.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Volunteers at the Greater Chicago Food Depository help to repack bulk products into family-sized portions and distribute this food to hungry people across Cook County. Individuals, families and community groups can all find ways to get involved with this great organization.
Habitat for Humanity
Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity helps build homes for families in need. Volunteers participate at construction sites, perform “A Brush with Kindness” home repair projects, and donate supplies and money to make this charity’s goals a reality.
If you have computer skills, put them to use with FreeGeek Chicago. This organization turns old computer parts into working systems to give economically disadvantaged community members the ability to access the internet and the wealth of knowledge available there.
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