There are many opportunities to give back during the holiday season and throughout the year.
North and Northwest Suburbs
Holiday Mail for Heroes: Create non-denominational holiday cards for servicemen and women throughout the world. There is also the opportunity to sort cards for shipment. More information at redcross.org/support/get-involved/holiday-mail-for-heroes.
WINGS, women in need growing stronger, based in Palatine, helps homeless and abused women and children by offering emergency housing, education, guidance and support. For volunteer opportunities at WINGS or the resale shops, call (847) 519-7821, ext. 216.
Journeys, the Road Home, 1140 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, serves an estimated 3,000 homeless in suburban Cook County. For volunteer opportunities, call (847) 963-9163 or visit journeystheroadhome.org Volunteer orientation required.
For more details on the following HandsOn volunteer efforts, call (847) 228-1320 or visit hoc.volunteerinfo.net.
Provide entertainment for the holidays or be a friendly visitor anytime at a local nursing home in Wheeling. Carolers needed on Dec. 24 - 25 for the Assisted Living residents. All ages.
Musicians and carolers are welcome at a local nursing home. Assist residents to and from parties during December from 6-9 p.m. Play cards and board games or just talk to residents most days and times. Park Ridge. All ages.
Holiday party for adults with disabilities on Dec. 14 in Arlington Heights from 5-8 p.m. needs six volunteers to help with set-up and serving. Entertainment for party also needed. Ages 16 and older.
Ten volunteers needed to help with a holiday party at the Chicago campus of a facility for people with disabilities on Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ages 16 and older.
Help set up and serve at a Christmas party for adults with disabilities on Dec. 21, in Schaumburg, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ages 18 and older.
Receive and distribute donated gifts at Evanston shelter for area homeless on Dec. 15. Multiple shifts available throughout the day.
Join hundreds of volunteers that collect, sort, stock the shelves of Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, 1871 High Grove Lane, Naperville, (630) 355-3663; loaves-fishes.org
Assist with programming and activities for infants, children, teens and adults with serious and profound developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs at Marklund Children's Home, 1 South 450 Wyatt Drive, Geneva; (630) 593-5500 and 64 S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale; (630) 529-2871 or marklund.org Volunteer screening process required.
Help children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities at Little Friends, 140 N. Wright St., Naperville; (630) 355-6533 or littlefriendsinc.com.
Help out at special events, work in interim housing shelters, assist in the kitchen or in serving, contribute to the employment readiness program at DuPage PADS, 705 W. Liberty Drive, Wheaton; (630) 682-3846 or dupagepads.org. Background check required.
The Giving Tree at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, features "mitten wishes" from children served by Catholic Charities, A Safe Place and Women's Residential Services. Information at (847) 234-8876 or email@example.com.
The Waukegan Salvation Army needs bell ringers. Information: (847) 336-1880.