Community Mitzvah Opportunities

Community Mitzvah Opportunities

Whether it’s serving at a food kitchen, Meals on Wheels, helping out with our four-legged friends, or visiting with others who need a smiling face, congregants learned how they, along with their families, could make a difference by volunteering their time.

Beth Emet Soup Kitchen
1224 Dempster
Evanston, IL 60202
Volunteer Coordinator: Jessie MacDonald

  • Mission: To feed hungry individuals in an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and graciousness.
  • Volunteer activities: cooking, serving, clean-up, and musical entertainment.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teen, groups, and families.

Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive, Northbrook
Volunteer Coordinator: Judy Bederman

  • Mission: JCC’s Ambassador Corps is for those who are dedicated to supporting Jewish communal life through the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago.
  • Volunteer activities: assisting in the baby-sitting room, fitness center, front office, school vacation programs for children, and the children’s library.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults

Campus Kitchens Project at Northwestern University
1820 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208
Volunteer Coordinator: Jonathan Kaufman

  • Mission: Recover excess food from Northwestern University to feed the needy
  • Volunteer activities include: food delivery, cooking and preparation, tutoring, mentoring, donation pick-ups.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teens (13+ for cooking shifts), children (all ages for delivery), groups, and families.

Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues
1020 W. Bryn Mawr
Chicago, IL 60660
Volunteer Coordinator: Jennifer Barger

  • Mission: Educating and mobilizing people of faith to support low-wage workers’ struggles for justice in the workplace.
  • Volunteer activities: promoting, publicizing and attending prayer vigils, delegations and rallies. Help with office tasks. Lead discussions on economic and worker justice.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and groups

Council for Jewish Elderly
3003 W. Touhy
Chicago, IL 60645
Volunteer Coordinator: Anne Schuman

Mission: Social service agency serving the elderly
Volunteer activities:
Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teens, children, groups, and families.

3504 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
Volunteer Coordinator: Amanda Sebolt

  • Mission: Provide quality lifetime supports and services, which empower people with disabilities to participate fully in all areas of community life.
  • Volunteer activities: Direct service with participants, fundraising, teaching skills, clerical, and more.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teens (limited), groups, and families (limited).

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association
400 E. Illinois
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Volunteer Coordinator: Lisa Dembo

  • Mission: Run sports and recreation programs for physically and visually impaired people.
  • Volunteer activities: Sports assistant, office work, fundraising
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and teens

Habitat for Humanity
315 N. Utica Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Volunteer Coordinator: Abigail Marie Rodgers

  • Mission: Simple, affordable housing organization
  • Volunteer activities: Construction/office volunteers
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teens (16+), groups, and families.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60606
Volunteer Coordinator: Suzie Budak/Susan Wexler

  • Mission: Assist refugees and immigrants through the immigration process, culminating in citizenship
  • Volunteer activities: citizenship teachers (Skokie), practice interviewers, bilingual (Russian-English) tutors, volunteer at citizenship workshops.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults

Highland Park Senior Center
54 Laurel Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
Volunteer Coordinator: Carolyn Lis

  • Mission: Provide health, recreational, cultural, educational, and counseling services to the City’s senior population. Serve as a resource and advocate in areas of importance to the well being of the senior community, with primary attention given to transportation, housing and personal safety.
  • Volunteer activities: Friendly Visitor program, Telephone Reassurance program, Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP), Kid Courier.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and teens (12+).

Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois
4255 W. Main Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Volunteer Coordinator: Kelley Hayes

  • Mission: Remembrance of the Holocaust and the furtherance of education about that tragic period and its aftermath. Primary goal is to enhance awareness of the universal lessons of the Holocaust by teaching the consequences of hatred and prejudice.
  • Volunteer activities: library, archival, museum docent, and general office.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teens, groups, and families.

Hooved Animal Humane Society
P.O. Box 400
Woodstock, IL 60098
Volunteer Coordinator: Linda Seidler

  • Mission: To promote the humane treatment of hooved animals through education, legislation, investigation and intervention.
  • Volunteer activities: Becoming a member and taking care of cleaning up after the animals.
  • Volunteer activities: appropriate for: adults and teens.

Jewish Children’s Bureau
3145 Pratt Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Volunteer Coordinator: Amber Egelston

  • Mission: To provide child centered and family focused services for abused, neglected, developmentally disabled, and emotionally disturbed children.
  • Volunteer activities: Mentoring, tutoring and childcare.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and teens.

Jewish Family and Community Service
5150 W. Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Volunteer Coordinator: Audrey Cantor

  • Mission: To provide emotional and practical support to families.
  • Volunteer activities: Drive clients to appointments, help with mailings and childcare.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and families.

Jewish Prisoner Assistance Foundation
760 Smoke Tree Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Volunteer Coordinator: Marvin Juron

  • Mission: Bring warmth, Jewish activities and Yiddishkeit to Jewish prisoners. Volunteer activities: Visit Jewish prisoners and celebrate holidays with them.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults

425 Huehl Road
Unit 13B
Northbrook, IL 60062
Volunteer Coordinator: Amy Greenebaum

  • Mission: Provides educational and vocational services to individuals with developmental disabilities between the ages of 5-21.
  • Volunteer activities: Help at special events and Sunday school.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: Adults, families and groups.

Lacasa Zacharias Center
4275 Old Grand
Gurnee, IL 60031
Volunteer Coordinator: Wendy Ivy

  • Mission: Provide social services for victims of sexual abuse and assault.
  • Volunteer activities: Medical advocacy, court advocacy, prevention work with schools and kids, working the Hotline, administration.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and teens (18+).

Lake County Haven
P.O. Box 127
Libertyville, Il 60048
Volunteer Coordinator: Laura Sabino

  • Mission: To empower homeless women and their children to achieve independent living.
  • Volunteer activities: Women’s auxiliary, board and committee membership for governance and fundraising; tutoring and teaching mentoring skills; driving, grocery shopping, office duties.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and teens

Lambs Farm
P.O. Box 520
Libertyville, IL 60048
Volunteer Coordinator: Maggie Boyer

  • Mission: Empower people with developmental disabilities to lead personally fulfilling lives.
  • Volunteer activities: Events, administration, thrift shop, restaurant, farmyard (seasonal).
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teen, families, and groups.

LINKS–North Shore Youth Services
1779 Maple
Northfield, IL 60093
Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Lenz

  • Mission: Empowers young people top take responsibility for their health, well-being and sexuality through education and prevention.
  • Volunteer activities: Community education presenter; clinic support worker; Pride Program group facilitator; mentor to a teen mom; youth Board member.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and teens.

Lubavitch Women’s Organization Hospital Visitation Program
400 E. Ohio Street, Suite 402
Chicago, IL 60611
Volunteer Coordinator: Marcy Goldberg

  • Mission: Friday morning visits at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to wish Jewish patients a good Shabbos.
  • Volunteer activities: Help pack Shabbos baskets and visit patients.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and teens.

Mano a Mano Family Resource Center
222 E. Main Street
Round Lake Park, IL 60073
Volunteer Coordinator: Irma Hernandez

  • Mission: Provide resources to improve the quality of living of the culturally diverse Round Lake area.
  • Volunteer activities: Homework help and tutoring.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and teens.

Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago
4433 W. Touhy Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Volunteer Coordinator: Audrey Schiff

  • Mission: Twice yearly (Passover and Rosh Hashanah) delivery of food to Chicagoland’s needy and elderly.
  • Volunteer activities: Pre-event assembly, packaging and day-of assembly and delivery of food.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teens, children, groups, and families.

Misericordia Home
6300 N. Ridge Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
Volunteer Coordinator: Theresa Rooney

  • Mission: Support individuals with developmental disabilities in maximizing their independence and self-determination. Promote development of family and community support, community awareness, education, and advocacy.
  • Volunteer activities: Candy Days, and Family Fest; “regular” commitments for breakfast and brunches, bakery help, flea market, thrift shop, and Thursday sports.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teens and groups

Moraine Township Food Depository
777 Central Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
Volunteer Coordinator: Tracy Coleman

Response Center
9304 N. Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60076
Volunteer Coordinator: Sarah Eisner

  • Mission: Provides outreach, counseling and medical services to teens and their families.
  • Volunteer activities: Teen leadership groups; Board members (Lay Response Council).
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and teens.

1610 W. Highland #9
Chicago, IL 60606
Volunteer Coordinator: Idalee Cohen

  • Mission: Counseling Jewish abused women and educating the community about domestic violence in Jewish homes.

Southeast Lake County Faith in Action
2789 Oak Street
Highland Park, IL 60035
Volunteer Coordinator: Dr. Audrey Gordon

  • Mission: Provide volunteers to people in the community who are vulnerable in their homes.
  • Volunteer activities: Respite care, shopping, driving people to appointments, and socialization.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and teens who drive.

6450 N. California Ave
Chicago, IL 60645
773-973-1000 ext. 283
Volunteer Coordinator: Bonnie Azose

  • Mission: Provide comprehensive services for the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of those in need.
  • Volunteer activities: Home visits; food delivery; food pantry participation; mentoring; medical, dental and legal services; serving at a soup kitchen.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teens, children, families, and groups.

The Center for Enriched Living
280 Saunders Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015
Volunteer Coordinator: Tim Delaney

  • Mission: Provide skill development and social enrichment for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Volunteer activities: Teacher’s aide.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and teens (15+).

TOV Volunteer Network
1 S. Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606
Volunteer Coordinator: Elizabeth Wilson

  • Mission: Link volunteers with volunteer opportunities in the Greater Chicagoland community.
  • Volunteer activities: Varied
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teens, children, families, and groups.

Tri-Con Child Care Center
425 Laurel Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
Volunteer Coordinator: Pam Feinberg

  • Mission: Provide childcare services for children whose parents struggle to make ends meet.
  • Volunteer activities: Reading and playing with children at the center; assisting teachers.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults and teens.

Volunteer Pool of Highland Park
929 Edgewood Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Volunteer Coordinator: Judy Abrams

  • Mission: Promote and encourage volunteerism in schools and the community.
  • Volunteer activities: Fill special one-time and on-going requests from teachers; referral to community agencies.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teens and some family activities.

Weinberg Community for Senior Living
1551 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Volunteer Coordinator: Carol Cohen

  • Mission: Provide and maintain physical, social and emotional well being of the residents/clients through structured, supervised, recreational, and assisted living.
  • Volunteer activities: Bingo; manicures; group discussions; assist with outings and art activities; perform music, friendly visits.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate for: adults, teens, children, families, and groups.

Women’s American ORT
3701 Commercial Avenue, #13
Northbrook, IL 60062
Volunteer Coordinator: Marlene Greenberg

  • Mission: Support global network of programs and resource centers that provide vocational and technological education for Jewish students, fostering skills necessary to achieving economic self-sufficiency.
  • Volunteer activities: Assist with school programs and events.
  • Volunteer activities appropriate: adults and teens