AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging of Suburban Cook County, plans, advocates, coordinates and funds services for older persons and their families in suburban Cook County.
The American Cancer Society provides free programs and services to local residents facing a cancer diagnosis, information on cancer prevention and early detection, and ways to get involved locally in the fight against cancer. Call 1-800-227-2345 to access patient services or to get more information about Society programs and events.
Hours: Local office 8:30 am to 5:00pm, M-F.
Volunteers: Needed to help plan and organize community events, provide services to patients including volunteer drivers, and assistance in the local office.
Best Buddies Illinois is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. Program links disabled and non-disabled friends at the middle school, high school, college and adult level.
The Great Room Kitchen
Campus Kitchen coordinates donations of unserved dining hall food, prepares and delivers meals to area social service agencies, low-income seniors and families, and provides service learning opportunities for Northwestern students. Currently preparing and delivering 750 meals per week, Campus Kitchens also welcomes volunteers not associated with Northwestern University.
CarePoint delivers social services to marginalized and underprivileged populations acutely affected by HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and STDs, substance abuse, incarceration, homelessness and youth at risk.
Hours: Weekdays 10am-4pm
Evanston COPE provides assistance to Evanston families with immediate needs related to sustenance, safety, and shelter through a network of volunteers in the Evanston school district. Through each school, COPE enables families to have access to: groceries and cooking classes,
beds and other furniture, funds for basic needs, services opportunities for family growth and community education and skills training.
Oversees more than 150 programs in Cook and Lake counties, serving families and individuals of all ages. Service Programs. Evanston residents are not limited to, but may first contact North Region, 1717 Rand Rd., Des Plaines, IL, 847-376-2121.
Volunteer citizens who have received disaster preparedness training and may be called upon to assist Emergency Operations personnel in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
CERT participants also receive training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Individuals must apply for admission into the next program.
400 Central Avenue, #111, Highland Park, IL 60035
This non-profit organization develops and provides affordable housing in Evanston, both rental and ownership, to people who are income eligible . If you are interested in applying for affordable housing in Evanston, please contact our office at 847-263-7478. There is a lot of information on our website-- http://www.cpahousing.org -- including pictures of available properties.
To submit a pre-application for affordable rentals, click here: http://cpahousing.org/cpah-rental-pre-application/
Connections for the Homeless serves and catalyzes our community to end homelessness, one person at a time.
Prevention: Short-term financial assistance for individuals and families at-risk of losing their home.
Community & Shelter: Overnight shelter for male-identifying adults and access to comprehensive services. Site-based outreach services for people who are homeless to access basic necessities including showers, laundry, storage, food, clothing, and an on-site health clinic.
Housing: Transitional housing for youth and families experiencing housing insecurity. Permanent housing and rapid rehousing for individuals and families who are homeless. All participants have access to comprehensive services.
Not-for-profit coffee shop serving light breakfasts and lunches. Employees are at-risk Evanston youth, ages 15-22, who want to take steps towards a positive future and learn skills leading to employment in the food service field. Students are tutored in computer literacy, food history, job readiness techniques, GED subjects and more.
From 3pm. to 10 pm., Mon.-Sat., the space becomes Just 8 Pizzeria, serving artisan pizzas and gourmet cookies for dine in or delivery.
Living Room is a large space adjoining the cafe that may be reserved for group meetings or parties.
Variety of volunteer opportunities.
Dress for Success Worldwide – Central serves job-ready women by referral only from Chicago non-profit organizations including domestic violence agencies, homeless shelters and job-training programs. Provides each woman with a business suit when she has a job interview. Volunteers assist women one-on-one with resume enhancements, cover letter development, mock interviews and job search strategies. Volunteers are also needed for development activities and assisting with merchandise donations and sorting.
Equip for Equality is an independent, private, not-for-profit organization designated by the Governor in 1985 to implement the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System in Illinois. The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with disabilities in Illinois. It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities. Equip for Equality provides free legal services and self-advocacy assistance to people with disabilities in the areas of discrimination, assistive technology, special education, guardianship defense, abuse and neglect, and community integration. Equip for Equality provides self-advocacy training to people with disabilities and family members on topics including the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment, transportation, voting, Ticket to Work, special education and guardianship.
To report abuse, neglect or exploitation to authorities, click here.
The Evanston Animal Shelter is committed to providing compassionate and humane care for Evanston’s abandoned, abused and relinquished animals and to find them homes through rehabilitation, foster care, adoption, and rescue organizations. We aim to further serve the community as a proactive resource for education, counseling and support.
Visit us during our adoption hours at 2310 Oakton Street in Evanston, IL. The shelter is located between Dodge and McCormick, across the street from Petsmart, Home Depot and Steak & Shake.
Weekdays: 6 PM - 8 PM*
Weekends: 12 PM - 3:30 PM
The Evanston Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to enriching Evanston and the lives of its people, now and in the future. The Foundation builds and manages more than 60 distinct funds, addressing Evanston's changing needs through grantmaking, and provides leadership on important community issues.
Largest single fund is CommunityWorks with its mandate, Every Evanston child ready for kindergarten and every youth ready for work.
The All Our Sons fund supports programs for young males and encourages boys and young men to become full members of the community.
Leadership Evanston trains participants in community leadership skills, in order to develop leadership potential and community engagement in individuals living or working in Evanston.
Community cable for the public, education, and government access channels in and for the city of Evanston.
Located in the Civic Center Service Building, one block West of Ridge Avenue at the end of Leon Street or 1 block East of Green Bay Road off Simpson.
Channel 6: Public access programming produced by community members who have learned how to make television at our facility.
Channel 16: Government access programming produced by the City of Evanston.
Channel 19: Educational access programming produced by Evanston/Skokie School District 65.
Built on the grounds of the Ladd Arboretum, 17 acres of park land with a bird sanctuary and bicycle path, the Evanston Ecology Center serves as a focal point for environmental education and volunteerism in the community. Offers a wide range of programs to community members of all ages including School Programs, Community Gardening, and Summer Camps. Operated by the City of Evanston with support from the Evanston Environmental Association.
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm year round
Open weekends for programs and rentals.
An annual event, that is part of the “open streets” event Streets Alive, where local organizations present green products, services and ideas to help attendees lead more sustainable lives. Usually held on a Sunday in September.
The Evanston History Center, located in the historic Charles Dawes House, works to present,teach and interpret Evanston's rich history through museum tours, special exhibits, annual special events.
The Charles Gates Dawes House may be visited during regularly scheduled Tours.
Individuals may conduct research on their homes or other topics using the Frank B. Foster Research Room and EHC Archives.
The History Center is available for Event Rentals .
Learn more about Evanston history through the Evanston History Center Blog.
Community organization that presents professional world music performances in each Evanston/Skokie District 65 school and two Evanston parochial schools twice a year, immersing students in the joy, appreciation and diversity of music. EISMA musical enrichment programs and community concerts (in collaboration with the Evanston Public LIbrary) are funded solely by donations from individuals, local businesses, community organizations, participating school PTAs, foundations, and grants.
Evanston news and information portal, event and business directory,local issue blogs. Subscribers may submit announcements, photos, and reviews and participate in discussions.
Volunteer opportunity postings.
Non-profit which promotes reduction of waste in landfills through sustainable deconstruction and renovation building practices. Contractors, building owners and residents may donate used or surplus construction materials which can be purchased for reuse at reduced prices by local residents and contractors. Revenue from the sales funds workforce job training and community education.
EVANSTON SAFETY TOWN is a summer day camp program for 4-7 year olds. Established in 1977 by the Evanston/Skokie Council of PTAs, the not-for-profit program teaches safety rules in a fun-filled setting. Safety rules are reinforced with practice on the child-size Safety Town that includes buildings, cars (big wheel bikes) and bicycles from home.
The Evanston Safety Town summer day camp is now taking registrations for 2021 campers ($130) and the teen volunteers ($5), but won’t collect fees until we know the camp can meet this summer. Information and registration at https://www.evanstonsafetytown.org/.
Collects and distributes school clothing to children in need enrolled in District 65 schools. Parents may apply for services through their school's health clerk, social worker or principal. Clothing donations accepted. Volunteers needed for variety of positions.
Evanston Civic Center
2100 Ridge Ave., G205
Evanston/Skokie Valley Senior Services provides a broad range of social services to older adults and their families at no charge or very low cost. Clients may be seen in their homes by a professional staff of case managers and counselors. Staff are also based at Evanston Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Rush North Shore Hospital, Evanston's Levy Activity Center, Evanston's Fleetwood-Jourdain Nutrition Site, and Evanston's Ebenezer-Primm Towers. The agency serves Evanston, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, and Niles east of Harlem Avenue.
Group is committed to caring for Evanston's trees by raising awareness of the value of Evanston's urban forest and promoting best practices in tree care among residents, local businesses and organizations. Organizes work days, family events and activities; offers classes in tree care at the Levy Center.
Meet regularly on the third Wednesday of the month at the Evanston Ecology Center; welcomes anyone who's interested in getting involved.
EWSP will gift to the City of Evanston a sculpture depicting a young suffragist with her bicycle,
honoring early Evanston women leaders and inspiring the City’s next generation.
An interfaith volunteer program of trained volunteers providing free supportive services to frail, chronically ill, disabled, and lonely individuals of any age or economic status.
Services provided by Faith in Action include: Friendly visiting; shopping assistance; light housework/chores; transportation; telephone assistance; reading and listening.
A family-centered organization in the North of Howard neighborhood that seeks to build and strengthen the community through programs that support personal growth and leadership.
Family Connections- after-school program, ages 5-12
Teen Boys and Teen Girls- Brothers of New Directions (BOND) (high school) and Brothers on the Move (BOM) (middle school), Sisters of Strength (14-19) and Sisters of Unity (11-13)
Evening Tutoring is available.
Family Promise Chicago North Shore provides services for homeless families in transition, helping them get back into permanent and sustainable housing and employment. The program serves 3-4 families for approximately 90 days or less. Families are provided with meals, hygiene supplies, and other necessities to help them get back on their feet. Volunteers provide and share a family style meal, play with children, help with homework and stay overnight with families. The Family Promise Day Center is based in Evanston with partner congregations throughout the north shore suburbs.
Ranked one of the nation's 5 best by Country Home Magazine, Evanston's 4th of July has it all: a parade, playground games, music, and of course the sensational lakefront fireworks. FREE TO ALL. Since its beginning the Evanston 4th of July Celebration has been totally done by volunteers, who raise money and donate time and energy to make our Celebration so special. Each year we find ways to raise the funds to bring in the bands for the parade, and cover the costs of our great fireworks display. Contact us if you want to help.
Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets (a 501c3 organization) educates the public
about the benefits of eating fresh, locally grown foods, and advocates greater access
to healthy food for all community members, regardless of means.
Founded by students in 2006, the GlobeMed network engages over 2,000 undergraduates at 60 university-based chapters throughout the United States.
Each chapter is partnered one-to-one with a grassroots health organization in Africa, Asia, or the Americas. Through their involvement, our students and partners commit to a life of leadership in global health and social justice.
Opening in Fall 2017. Currently looking for volunteers, age 21 and older, who enjoy working with the public.
Recruits volunteers in Northern Cook and Northern DuPage counties on behalf of 140 social service agencies and schools, and provides training and consulting to member agencies.
Howard Area Community Center is a social service agency that provides affordable and free education, employment, and health assistance programs for the greater Rogers Park area. HACC has four sites: the Main Center, the Youth Center, the Employment Resource Center, and the Sheila Reynolds Berner Family Center. All of our services and location addresses are on the website at www.howardarea.org/
Search for volunteer opportunities by interest and location.
Impact Online is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing volunteerism through online matching of volunteers with nonprofits according to interests, skills, geographic location, and time commitment desired.
An organization that links members of over 50 Evanston religious organizations and facilitates cooperative work for the hungry and homeless, interfaith dialogue and community building. Outreach projects include soup kitchens, warming centers and the Hospitality Center for the Homeless. Annual Vision-Keeper Dinner for members. Sponsors annual Evanston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at various houses of worship.
Warming Centers are located in the facilities of member houses of worship and are staffed by volunteers. The Centers open in November and continue through March.
Hospitality Center for the Homeless located at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, offers social services and referrals weekdays from 7-11 am.
Producemobile provides distribution of free produce on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9:30-11:30 am. at Robert Crown Center.
Soup Kitchens are run by teams of volunteers in several locations.
Overnight Emergency Shelter: The Emergency Overnight Shelter is open every
night from mid November through March, at 6 different faith communities,
from 9pm to 7am.
5150 W. Golf Rd., Skokie, IL
JCFS Chicago, a non-profit social service agency, offers expert, individualized help to support people of all ages and abilities as they strive to live successfully in their community. Our services enhance social-emotional well-being for adults, children, teen and families.
The mission of Joining Forces for Affordable Housing is to advocate for affordable housing solutions by partnering with organizations that support people in need in North Suburban Cook County.
- We engage human services agencies and other organizations that serve people in need to mobilize their constituents to take action.
- We build on research and advocacy efforts that already exist—helping to expand their reach and their impact through our membership.
- We provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to learn about affordable housing and participate in advocacy at multiple levels.
- We seek to build awareness and support for affordable housing to pave the way for change.
Provides shelter and services to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless in suburban Cook County. The Hope Day Center is a day resource center which offers a wide range of free services.
PADS Shelter Program provides hospitality, food, and overnight emergency shelter to the homeless between October 1 and April 30, seven days a week (including holidays).
Pathways Housing Readiness Program prepares people to become housing ready, while providing referrals and placement and follow-up services.
An organization that reaches out to women of all ages and backgrounds who want to volunteer their services, meet other like minded women, and learn more about the non-profit sector. Operates Thrift House, a resale shop located at 920 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, which support a variety of community projects. A signature project is Fitting Futures. This project works to outfit women with the skills and apparel needed in today’s job market.
A Just Harvest's Community Kitchen serves dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends and national holidays. The Producemobile stops on the third Monday of every month(except January)from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Northside P.O.W.E.R. works on issues that address the causes of hunger and poverty and recruits and trains community leaders.
Genesis Project seeks to create meaningful employment and economic opportunities for the community.
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
The Midwest Regional Office accepts Help Desk calls at any time during business hours (M-F 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.).Lambda Legal's Help Desk staff respond directly to those who are seeking legal information and assistance with discrimination related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV status.
70 E. Lake Street Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60601
701 Lee Street #700
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors include counseling, assistance with employment, immigration, referrals, and free legal services. Legal services are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Russian and Polish.
Sports, fitness, and wellness programs for preschoolers through senior citizens. Offers daycare and after school enrichment programs, summer camps, tutoring, dance classes and music lessons, American Red Cross courses, swimming and a variety of sports programs. Active volunteer program.
Birthday party rentals.
Preschool/Daycare Child Care center, preschool music, swimming, kindergarten readiness
Youth/Teens trips, tutoring and mentoring, special programming
Summer Day Camps
Delivers nutritious meals Monday through Saturday between 11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m. to the elderly, disabled and those unable to take care of their nutritional needs. Meals are delivered on holidays if requested. No age or income restrictions; fees are based on a sliding scale to accommodate clients on a limited income.
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of the few museums in the United States focused exclusively on the history, culture and arts of the Native people of the United States and Canada. It uses its collection of over 10,000 objects as well as temporary exhibits to tell the story and promote a deeper understanding of America's native people. Membership and volunteer opportunities available.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10a.m. – 5p.m., Thursday 10a.m. to 8p.m., Sunday 12noon to 4p.m.
Closed: Mondays, and the following holidays - New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.
Weekend Crafts: Saturdays 11:00am – 12:00pm, Sundays 12:30pm – 1:30pm.
Non-profit community group's mission is to improve the quality of life for African American males in the Evanston Community by strengthening family structure, improving the social economic, spiritual and educational conditions that affect the African American male. The outcome would be an end of the killing, violence and incarceration among young African American males in the Evanston Community.
Mentoring Programs and Healing Hearts, a bereavement support group.
North Shore Senior Center (NSSC) is a nationally accredited 501(c)(3) organization that
serves older adults from the most independent to those needing more support. NSSC
engages more than 24,000 individuals each year throughout Chicago’s northern
suburbs. NSSC offers a comprehensive suite of services to enable older adults to live
safely and independently including: specialized care for people living with dementia;
caregiver resources; support groups; counseling; money management; educational and
wellness programs; volunteer opportunities; and a wide array of social services such as
benefits counseling, adult protective services, general case management, home-
delivered meals, housekeeping services, and more. NSSC has offices in Northfield,
Glenview, Niles, and Evanston.
Our social workers serve older adults in Evanston and we hold our Grandparents Raising
Grandchildren meetings at Fleetwood-Jourdain Center (1655 Foster St., Evanston) on the second Tuesday of the month
from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Assists seniors living in their homes by recommending service providers for transportation, household help, personal care, home maintenance, professional services and food. Volunteers may be available for some services. All providers are thoroughly screened by North Shore Village and some may offer discounted rates. Monthly program calendar.
Membership is currently open to adults over age 60 in Evanston, Glenview, Northfield, Northbrook, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka, and Rogers Park. Member dues support the volunteer services of the organization.
Student-run organization that promotes student civic engagement through direct service, social awareness, and advocacy. Offers service opportunities with organizations in four regions: Evanston, Uptown, Rogers Park, and Chicagoland with sites dealing with youth, elderly, homelessness, education, healthcare, women's issues, and cultural issues.
Every October NCDC puts on Project Pumpkin which provides over 1,000 local kids with a safe and fun place to trick-or-treat. In February, the Senior Gala invites seniors from local retirement homes and senior centers to dance, eat, and socialize with each other and Northwestern students.
Nurture is a non-profit organization that provides cooking, nutrition and wellness education through social service agencies serving low-income families and through schools. Gives participants slow cookers to speed the cooking process and educates families on preparing whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Provides recipes for delicious, nutritious meals costing $1.50 or less a serving. In 2012 Nurture programming reached over 7,000 children and parents. Program alumni are making healthier meals, increasing physical activity, and saving money on food. Nurture’s leadership manages over 130 volunteers, who donate over $500,000 worth of hours annually.
In Evanston, it partners with Junior League of Evanston-North Shore for hands-on cooking classes and Campus Kitchens of Northwestern University, which provides meals for for those in need and nutrition education, COPE,a community network of volunteers who are housed at individual Evanston schools and the Hillside Food Pantry.
Open Books is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote literacy by operating a bookstore, tutoring and mentoring, sponsoring educational programs and community events. Open Book Buddies, a reading mentoring program, operates in several local elementary schools. Volunteers are always needed. Open Books also offer Book grants where they give away kids and adult books. Open Books’ colorful River North bookstore and Literacy Center are available for rental and private events.
Open Books accepts donations of:
- All Children’s Books
- Books in almost all genres that are in good, resellable condition
- CDs, DVDs, and LPs in playable condition
The following items cannot be accepted as donations:
- Older Textbooks
- Books with significant damage
- VHS Tapes or Audio Books on Cassette
See https://www.open-books.org/donate-books/ for more information on book donations.
Book store is open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Open Communities' mission is to educate, advocate and organize to promote just and inclusive communities in north suburban Chicago. We seek to eradicate housing discrimination, in all of its forms and against all persons, because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, or source of income. Quality housing is a human right; fair housing is the law.
To further our goal of promoting housing justice, Open Communities engages in activities that encourage fair housing practices, including landlord-tenant dispute resolution, foreclosure prevention counseling, community education, and advocacy to make our communities more welcoming for everyone.
Serving: Highwood, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, Glencoe, Northfield, Winnetka, Glenview, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Evanston, Skokie, Morton Grove, Park Ridge, Niles, Golf and Lincolnwood.
•Fair Housing Enforcement and Education
•Foreclosure & Predatory Lending Prevention
•Landlord/Tenant Complaint Investigation
Hours of Operations: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Open Communities fights discrimination through Fair Housing education and advocacy; counsels local homeowners in Foreclosure Prevention; and works to create better living environments through its Landlord and Tenant Advice Program.
Open Communities trains and sends volunteers into the field to pose as home-seekers - renters or buyers. Volunteers submit factual reports of their experience to help determine if a pattern of discrimination exists. Individuals from all ethnic and racial groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about becoming a Civil Right Investigator: 847-501-5760.
A non-profit arts and social service organization offering workshops, classes, exhibitions, and community outreach activities as means of bringing the creative process to individuals of all ages and backgrounds to inspire personal growth, interpersonal understanding, and social change. Community outreach programs include:
Art and Action free year-round after school and summer programs for 8-18 year-old at-risk youths, Art and Wellness a program for adults working towards maintaining mental health and personal growth and Art and Envisioning program which offers the OSP process as a tool for business, leadership, and decision-making.
Gallery 901 Exhibits of community artists and groups which celebrate the affirmative impact of the creative process, and which encourage positive social change.
Additional contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org(gallery exhibition and community outreach information)
Non-profit media arts organization that supports independent filmmakers through media production, filmmaker services, advocacy, and film screenings.
Presbyterian Homes is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization that creates and manages communities for older adults with a comprehensive continuum of care. Offers independent and assisted living, home health services, rehabilitation services, nursing care, memory care, and adult day services.
Locations in Evanston:
The Highlands of Evanston
Ten Twenty Grove
Project SOAR is a one on one Mentoring Program that matches boys and girls ages 7-16 in need of emotional support and guidance with responsible adult role models who provide positive and stable relationships. The Mentor spends 3-4 hours per week with their mentee and there is a 1 year committment. Children are referred from schools, police department, other social agencies and the Y staff while the mentors are caring adults from the community and Northwestern University.
As mentors, adults are encouraged to be a friend and provide a stable, caring relationship with a younger person. Together they’ll also participate in group activities like bowling, skiing, camping, and sporting events.
The Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate was started by Ricky's wife, Sherialyn, and his friends in memory of the former basketball coach at Northwestern University who was murdered by a racist in 1999. Proceeds benefit the work of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, especially in areas of violence prevention and racial equity.
5K and 10K runs, a 5K walk and a fun youth mile.
Random Acts of Flowers recycles and repurposes flowers by engaging dedicated volunteer teams to deliver beautiful bouquets and moments of kindness to individuals in healthcare facilities across the country.
As a recycling “green” nonprofit organization run almost entirely by volunteers, Random Acts of Flowers is committed to nourishing the health of the environment, individuals, and the community.
Rebuilding Together's mission is to rehabilitate and repair the homes of elderly, disabled or low-income people. Volunteers provide necessary repairs free of charge which may include home modifications, roofing, plumbing, and electrical repairs and/or improvements. National Rebuilding Day usually falls on the last Saturday of April.
The NU student Rotary Club
Rotaract emphasizes a strong commitment to promoting world understanding and peace through the development of leadership among those ages 18 – 30. Today, there are more than 8,000 Rotary-supported Rotaract clubs with more than 175,000 members in 164 countries around the world.
As one of Evanston’s leading charitable and service organizations, the Rotary Club of Evanston has provided countless hours of volunteer service and significant monetary support for a variety of local causes since it was founded in 1920.
The Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund is a 501c3 organization that provides monetary grants directly to local charitable organizations. In more than two decades of service to the community, the Charitable Fund has raised and distributed many thousands of dollars in Evanston.
An international service organization founded locally in 1905.
Meets every Tuesday morning, 7:15 a.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, Evanston for breakfast, club meeting and talk on topic of interest. Ongoing service projects improve and strengthen the Evanston community, international projects help those in need, other projects support youth, vocational training and leadership development.
SAGE (Schools are Gardening in Evanston) is an outgrowth of the Dawes School Edible Garden Project which began in 2004. The gardening program now exists at several District 65 schools giving students the opportunity to plant, grow, harvest and eat fresh foods. Surplus food is donated to local food pantries. SAGE is overseen by the Evanston Environmental Association and the SAGE Steering Committee.
There are now 16 gardens in the Evanston school system.
Non-profit organization in which experienced professional business men and women provide free counseling to current or would-be business owners. Counseling appointments are available at the Evanston Public Library on Wed Afternoons and Thurs Evenings.
Appointments are required. See www.scorechicago.org for
online signup, or call the appropriate number below:
Senior Corps is a network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of citizens 55 and older to meet community challenges through its three programs: Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program).
Senior Corps connects today’s 55+ with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.
Christian mission supports four primary programs - General Surgery, Gynecological Surgery, Heart Surgery, and Neurosurgery - serving the poor year-round through local surgeons. Medical mission trips support these programs and focus on bringing US doctors and nurses to Bolivia and Paraguay to train and equip the local medical community to better serve their citizens. Additionally, once a year, Multi-specialty Medical Mission Trip brings clinical and surgical US doctors and nurses to heal those living in poverty in Bolivia.
Saturday 4:30 (English)
Sunday: English: 9:00 am (with American Sign Language) and 11:00 am
Spanish (Español): 9:00 am (Chapel) and 1:00 pm (Church)
Parish Office Hours
Horas de la Oficina Parroquial
Mon-Thu|Lun-Jue — 9:00am-7:30pm
Fri|Viér — 9:00am-5:00pm
Sat|Sáb — 9:00am-3:30pm
Sun|Dom — Closed
The Talking Farm is 501(c)3 organization which operates the Howard Street Farm, an educational and production farm located at 3701 Howard Street, Skokie, IL (1/2 mile west of McCormick Blvd). The Howard Street Farm provides local, fresh food, educational and volunteering opportunities, and a place for community gatherings. Partners with the Evanston Food Council.
A free thrift store, offering free clothing, books and household items. Open every Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM. Accepting donations during open hours only.
The Pick is a decades-old institution in South Evanston and serves all who come through its doors. youth and other volunteers learn work skills, build community, and gain confidence from serving their neighbors.
An online database of tutors/mentors throughout the Chicago area; search by location; clearinghouse and searchable directory of tutoring and mentoring programs, elementary through high school, Use also to find volunteer tutoring opportunities.
Since 1993 the T/MC has been building and maintaining a master database of organizations in the Chicago region that provide various forms of volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring. This information is available on an interactive map-based directory at http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net and a links library at http://tinyurl.com/ChiTM-Program-Links
United Way helps donors by channelling their gifts to organizations addressing Evanston's most pressing human needs; supports 30 member agencies in Evanston, including daycare, substance abuse programs, senior services, shelters, and family services.
As the largest private funder of human services in the region, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago understands that quality delivery of human services is critical to both serving our most vulnerable citizens, and to improving the economic future of our state.
Volunteer Evanston connects volunteers to opportunities in Evanston and assists local organizations that serve the Evanston community.
PTA Executive Board
Washington PTA Executive Board 2014-2015
Co-President – COMMUNICATIONS
CoPresident - STUDENT ENRICHMENT & CULTURE
Co-President - PARENT INVOLVEMENT
The West African Health Initiative seeks to deliver lifesaving support to West Africa by bringing comprehensive medical treatment and supporting research in all areas of medicine, specifically HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and cancer.
The Woman's Club of Evanston, founded in 1889, is a nonprofit organization of over 400 women from the North Shore and Chicago dedicated to community service, philanthropic work and friendship. Annual events are: Holiday Bazaar (November), Annual Benefit Dinner and Revue Show (March), Dreams Delivered (April), and Spring Benefit (May). Supports many local social service agencies with donations and volunteer service. Clubhouse, 1702 Chicago Ave., at the corner of Church Street and Chicago Avenue, is available for rentals.
Youth have vastly different opportunity sets based on their income, race, culture, gender identity, and sexual orientation. These gaps in opportunity prevent many youth from realizing their fullest potential.
We utilize three strategies — Advance, Build, and Catalyze — to close this opportunity gap and prepare youth for post-secondary and life success. Across these strategies, we seek to build deep, caring relationships with youth, their families, and the community institutions around them. For all youth, Y.O.U. provides both academic support and enrichment programming. Academic support includes support with independent learning assignments, tutoring, goal setting, and social-emotional check-ins. Current enrichment programming includes a focus on team building, literacy, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), and social justice. All of our clinical and outreach services, including counseling, case management, and our 24/7 youth housing hotline, have continued without interruption, primarily through virtual and telehealth models.
If you are under 22 and experiencing a housing-related crisis, please call 847.866.1200 x 1
YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a social justice organization working in the areas of racial justice and civil rights, women’s empowerment and economic advancement, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more about YWCA programs and services below:
Domestic Violence Services: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/domestic-violence-program
Relationship Violence Prevention: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/violence-prevention
Women’s Economic Empowerment: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/womens-empowerment
Racial Justice Initiatives: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/racial-justice
Flying Fish Aquatics: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/flying-fish-aquatics
24-hour hotline for domestic abuse victims: 847-864-8780 or (toll free) 877-718-1868.
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee was founded in 1969 as a group of civil rights lawyers and advocates working to secure racial equity and economic opportunity for all. Our vision is to root out and dismantle deeply entrenched systems of discrimination, racism, and economic oppression by using the power of the law to give voice to those most impacted by these civil rights issues. Areas of assistance include:
- Education Equity
- Equitable Community Development and Housing
- Legal Help for Nonprofits and Small Businesses
- Voting Rights and Civic Empowerment
The Evanston Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a volunteer group of both medical and non-medical professionals who have an interest in serving in public health emergencies and in health-related events year-round. All volunteers are trained in public health preparedness, but we also train on other important topics, such as health education initiatives, communicable disease investigations, and violence in the community.
We aim to get our volunteers out and into the community, helping to improve the health and well-being of residents. For instance, MRC participants assisted in vaccination administration during the H1N1 Influenza outbreak of 2009-2010. During this pandemic, the Health & Human Services Department administered over 12,000 vaccinations and held clinics at all the schools in Evanston including primary and middle schools, Evanston Township High School, and Northwestern University. Since then, the Evanston MRC has assisted in multiple emergency dispensing drills and exercises, an emergency hepatitis A vaccination clinic, and at health and wellness events.
We're always looking for new volunteers! If you would like to get involved or want to know more information, please contact us at EvanstonMRC@cityofevanston.org or 847-448-8180.
IL-AFLAN provides civil legal services across Illinois. It is a network of more than 10 legal aid organizations and law school clinics.
Its key features and eligibility requirements include:
- A statewide hotline that provides legal information, advice, brief services (including the preparation and review of legal documents), and referrals to veterans, service members, national guard, reservists, and their spouses and dependents. The hotline acts as the hub of the network.
- Uniform eligibility guidelines: 80% of Chicago Area Median Income (applies statewide), no dishonorable discharges, spouse or dependent can’t use services in legal action adverse to veteran/service member.
- CALL 855-IL-AFLAN (855-452-3526) TO TALK TO AN ATTORNEY if you are a veteran, service member, national guard, reservist, or spouse or dependent. Call to talk about discharge upgrades, benefits appeals, and civil legal problems like Family, Housing, and Consumer issues.
- Please call when you have time to talk with an attorney and any relevant documents in front of you. On average, you will be speaking to an attorney in about five minutes. If wait times are unusually long you will be prompted to arrange a call-back after waiting for 10 minutes. You will never wait more than 10 minutes.
A local, grassroots organization dedicated to resisting the Trump agenda’s attempt to replace our democracy with authoritarian plutocracy. We work toward a fairer, more inclusive, and more diverse community and are committed to non-violence in all our actions. We meet at the Lorraine G. Morton Civic Center (2100 Ridge Ave.) roughly every 4-6 weeks.