This blog was originally published in 2015; we have since updated it to reflect the most accurate information available.
As summer gets underway, many of us have free-time on our hands. Volunteering is a great way to make use of your time, and give back in the process.
Whether it’s a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or women’s shelter, there are plenty of places that need our help throughout the year. In a city like Chicago, your help is perhaps even more valuable.
Check out the best volunteer opportunities in Chicago this year.
The only organization designed to specifically connect volunteers with the situations and people who need them, Chicago Cares is an organization that will put the cheerful giver exactly where they are needed.
Established in 1991, Chicago Cares has been responsible for the placement of over 500,000 volunteers in a diverse range of initiatives, from hunger to education to job placement. Your contribution to their volunteer network will help make a difference in some of the most important aspects of life in Chicago.
Chicago Freedom School
If you have a passion for education and empowering young people to take on the world, the Chicago Freedom School is the volunteer opportunity for you.
The CFS’s initiative is to provide resources for the development, nurturance and support of youth and adult allies, providing a space for youth to gather, discuss ideas, develop leadership and interpersonal skills, and learn about current programs and reforms needed for the youth in the United States.
Help empower Chicago’s youth by volunteering for this outstanding organization.
This incredible Chicago organization is devoted to providing Chicago’s homeless women with a safe place to seek shelter, and a variety of services to help women heal from past traumas and develop productive new lives.
Started in 1985 as an emergency housing initiative in a church gym, Deborah’s Place has transformed into a community beacon. The organization now offers multi-bed units and multiple resources for women suffering from barriers to housing, including case management and permanent supportive housing.
Deborah’s Place is also active in some of Chicago’s most important housing programs, to help increase access to safe, affordable housing throughout the Chicagoland area.
Another outstanding resource for volunteering in the Windy City, One Brick helps volunteers customize their opportunities and lend a hand where they feel most useful.
Whether you’re passionate about children, education, inner-city neighborhoods, food banks or the environment, One Brick can connect you to a Chicago organization or opportunity that needs you.
With locations in cities all over the United States, One Brick volunteers provided over 50,000 hours of service last year alone.
OML Worldwide loves Chicago, and we know that the great volunteers throughout our city help make our home the wonderful place it is. Here’s to another great holiday season and plenty of opportunities to give back, help your fellow man and make a difference!
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