The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning maintains a list of current volunteer and service opportunities for students.
Last updated on January 23rd, 2018.
Local Community Service Opportunities
We are local nonprofit working to help seniors remain independent, is looking for volunteers to provide transportation assistance to seniors in Bloomington-Normal. There is no minimum time commitment to volunteer with Faith in Action. We offer flexible, rewarding ways to help seniors in our community stay active, independent, and in their own homes. Visit our website at www.bnfia.org for more information about how easy it is to make a lasting difference in someone’s life. Next Volunteer Orientations: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1:30-3 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-827-7780 for information or to sign up for a volunteer orientation.
Be there for someone in crisis, either directly or indirectly, by providing support through Stepping Stones, YWCA’s sexual assault program. Forty hours of free training is required for all volunteers. Training is Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 16 – February 10 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays, January 20 and February 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Please visit www.ywcamclean.org to learn more or to submit an application to become a crisis intervention volunteer. A pre-screening interview is required prior to training. No previous experience is required. Please contact Gabe Cripe, Volunteer Outreach Educator, with questions at email@example.com or (309) 585-3620.
Adult volunteers are needed to answer phones on the 24-hour hotline. Volunteering your time on the hotline offers a rewarding experience and a great opportunity to give back to your community. A complete training program and professional backup is provided. Our training program teaches you everything you need to know, including communication techniques and information about community resources. The next 8-week training class begins February 1, 2018. If interested, the volunteer application is available online at www.pathcrisis.org. Classroom training meets on Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Questions? Call Kevin at 309-834-0541.
Interested in mentoring opportunities? The Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) is a nonprofit organization that runs a virtual mentoring platform called the Mentor Matching Engine (MME). MME is an online collaboration tool that pairs Illinois high school students with mentors to collaborate on student-driven research projects. We typically ask mentors to commit about half an hour a week once you have been requested into a project. Communication is entirely virtual with all discussion and video conferencing through the platform. Sign up here: https://istc1.typeform.com/to/dfb1Ts
Sharing the Ability to Read (STAR) is a volunteer effort to help reduce illiteracy in Dewitt, Livingston, Logan and McLean Counties STAR trains and places volunteer tutors with adults who want to improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math, or who want to learn English as a second language. Tutor one-on-one or in small group. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Please review more about the STAR program here or contact (309) 834-92222 for more information.
We are looking for interns for the next semester Spring 2018! As a non-profit that provides legal services to the immigrant community, our office offers a unique learning experience. We would be a perfect fit for those interested in law, languages, international studies, and other social sciences. If you know anyone interested in an internship, please have them email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out an internship form found in the following link: http://www.immigrationproject.org/volunteer.
Volunteers are a crucial part of our operations, offering support in the concessions area and serving as ticket takers. Volunteers work for the hour prior to the start of an event, and then are free to watch the show. Volunteers are welcome to free popcorn and soda during the event. Following the event, volunteers assist in a general cleaning of the theater, taking no more than 15 minutes. The Normal Theater uses an online scheduling system, and you get to choose the shows and positions for which you’d like to volunteer. We also ask that all volunteers be at least 16 years old, and are capable of lifting up to 20 pounds. Volunteer Application can be found here! Please contact Amy Pitzer with any questions at email@example.com.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore needs support from someone who can serve as a volunteer cashier or answer phone calls. The role requires no previous experience, just a positive attitude, a friendly smile, and honesty when handling money and transactions. The volunteer cashier will ring up customers, answer phone calls, and answer basic questions from customers or simply direct the customer to a staff member. The volunteer can read a book or study in between customers and calls. Volunteers needed anytime Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm or Saturday 9am-4pm. Any number of service is appreciated. No advance scheduling necessary. Any majors are welcome, but may especially pertain to social work and business majors seeking customer service skills, ability to connect with and relate to many different people, and seeing how different roles contribute to a greater organization. Looking for approximately 1-5 volunteers per week. Please direct questions regarding this volunteer opportunity to Ashlee Sang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Discovery Museum needs volunteers for week day, after school, and Saturday programming such as art studio, innovation station, and assisting with groups. All volunteers are required to participate in an orientation prior to volunteering. Contact Amy Pitzer at email@example.com for more information. Review the Children's Discovery Museum volunteer flyer here!
Seeking Volunteer tutors for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, one day per week: 3:00-5:15 p.m. Opportunities available Monday-Friday for a semester or school years. Work one on one with a child- get to see their progress and growth. Assist with homework, reading, and basic math. Contact Jennifer Trimble at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 829-4807 ext. 1007 for more information and to apply. Orientation sessions schedule in September, get started here with the application now!
The Bloomington Housing Authority and Marcfirst work together to support adults with developmental disabilities through the Congregate Housing Service Program (CHSP). The Housing Authority provides apartments to 24 adults with diagnoses at the Irvin Apartments at 823 W. Oakland and 810 W. Jackson in Bloomington. Marcfirst staff provides services and training to assist the participants to become more independent. Therefore, volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly schedule. The length of time spent with participants would vary. However, volunteers should devote at least a half hour at a time. This opportunity is ideal for students to find out if they want to pursue a career working with people with developmental disabilities. If you have further questions, please contact Jen Mayer at 829-3360 ext. 208.
Looking for volunteers to be a part of using their gifts while building relationships with neighbors and community members. Northwest Neighborhood Community Center offers child, youth, adult, and intergenerational outreach programs. If you are interested in getting involved at NNCC, contact Sarah Tunall by email (email@example.com), or call (503) 888-2462. A list of outreach programs can be reviewed here!
Looking for counselors, front desk workers, and fundraising coordinators who can give one hour or more per week to our agency. INtegRIty Counseling offers donation based counseling with master's level counselors and social workers who give their time to meet client needs. We are flexible with scheduling and allow time off for students, retirees, and others. For more information, call Luella at 309-827-9100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Carle Hospice is looking for Compassionate individuals to help serve our community of hospice patients within the surrounding counties: Livingston, Iroquois, Ford, McLean, De Witt, Champaign, Vermillion, Douglas, Macon, Piatt, Moultrie, Coles, Shelby, Cumberland, Clark, Effingham, Jasper, Crawford and Edgar. Our Hospice families are looking for someone who is willing to give respite care, and companionship. Also, may need errands ran, light housekeeping, simple meal preparations, letter writing, reading, and someone to just listen. We DO NOT ask the volunteers to provide any type of health services, just friendly visits. We are looking for bilingual volunteers to give respite care, French, Spanish, etc.
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Heartland Head Start has many volunteer opportunities.
Advocate Bromenn Medical Center has a mission this year to have Get Well Soon cards on the breakfast trays of EVERY person staying at the hospital EVERY day of the year to help brighten their days. They are in need of groups to assist with this task. Make as many cards as your group can make and then drop them at the main entrance guest services desk with a note of who they are from. Contact Tori Tiberi for more information.
Volunteer for construction of the house in Normal or work in the downtown Bloomington office answering phones and greeting customers. Office shifts available 9:15 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1:15-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday. To learn more about either of these needs are sign up for a group build call Lindsey Probst at (309) 827-3931.
Please join Western Illinois University-Quad Cities for our 2nd Annual Food Insecurity Conference on Friday March 2nd. We will discuss both the causes of food insecurity on college and university campuses as well as strategies to address food insecurity on your campus. Formal invitation to follow. For more information, please contact Hal Dutmer: email@example.com
Please join guest Speaker Tye Turner, Community Engagement Fellow for UNICEF U.S.A., for a presentation on The Role of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday, Janurary 30th 2:00-3:00 SChroeder Hall 236
Please join guest Speaker Tye Turner, Community Engagement Fellow for a resentation on Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement on Tuesday, Janurary 30th3:30-4:45 Schroeder Hall 103
The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a highly selective summer institute for rising college juniors, offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of America's first president just outside our nation's capital. Application Deadline: January 31. Learn more and apply here: http://www.mountvernon.org/site/leadershipfellows/?utm_source=Leadership+Institute+-+Leadership+Fellows&utm_campaign=6e1e022418-LI_Leadership_Fellows_11_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e41fb4d30e-6e1e022418-233181717&goal=0_e41fb4d30e-6e1e022418-233181717&mc_cid=6e1e022418&mc_eid=2fe0641917
CAPAL's Public Service Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students who will be serving in unpaid public service internships in the Washington, DC area. These scholarships are intended to enable outstanding students with leadership potential to work full-time and learn how to influence the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community as well as their own local communities. Scholarships and internships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students of all areas of study. To apply or learn more about our programs visit http://bit.ly/capalsi Our online application requires: Personal Statement, 1 Page Resume, Academic Transcript and a Letter of Recommendation.
The Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program is a partnership between Campus Compact and Tyson Foods to provide an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience while making a positive impact in our community.The program provides full-time college students an eight-week paid summer job to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. In the summer of 2018, the program will provide 40 nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area, and Sioux City, Storm Lake, and Council Bluffs, Iowa with a grant of $3,000-3,500 to hire a qualified college student for the summer. More information and application detials can be found here: https://illinoiscampuscompact.org/tyson-foods-summer-community-internship/#1512680812728-48fe6806-42d2
As part of MDA’s mission to improve the lives of kids with muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases, MDA’s summer camp program for kids ages 6-17 is offered at no cost to families. MDa summer camp is looking for volunteer counselors! For volunteer counselors, camp begins in the morning of Saturday, July 7 and ends in the early afternoon on Friday, July 13, 2018. More information regarding volunteer FAQ can be found here. If interested, please contact (217) 351-1853.
We need additional teachers for this school year and would love for you to join our team. We are looking for child care professionals focused on fostering a positive learning environment for children. You can find addtional infromation regarding before and after school teacher postions here and special education positions here. Pease direct questions to Melissa Breeden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Redbirds, not sure about the next step after graduation? The Peace Corps has openings all over the world. Apply by January 1 to depart after graduation. Connect with your campus recruiter Hunter Ryan to learn more about what Peace Corps offers. You can also attend an application workshop this Friday, November 10th at noon in the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. Seniors, there is never a better time to apply for Peace Corps than now!
Through the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s partnership with the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU), students from campuses associated with the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment are eligible for dedicated scholarships for the Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP) program in Washington, DC for undergraduate students. Our organizations’ shared missions of cultivating citizen leaders who are engaged members of their communities, prompts us to award selected students from these campuses scholarships no less than $2500 and $4000 for the Summer and Fall terms, respectively. For more information about this scholarship and partnership, please email email@example.com.
The Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) is a nonprofit organization that runs a virtual mentoring platform called the Mentor Matching Engine (MME). MME is an online collaboration tool that pairs high school students across Illinois with mentors to collaborate on student-driven research projects. Click this link to join the mentor pool!
We are now accepting applications for our summer program in community leadership and engagement, the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service in Washington, DC. The program includes:
• Internship placement with a leading nonprofit an organization in the Washington, DC Metro Area
• Undergraduate academic credit from George Mason University
• Fully furnished on-campus housing in the heart of Washington, DC
The program is open to students from all fields of study who are interested in leadership and community engagement. Information can be found here: http://www.dcinternships.org/?programs=philanthropy-and-voluntary-service&details=true and questions can be directed to IPVS@tfas.org.
Bloomington Knockers is seeking an intern, open to all majors. Bloomington Knockers are a youth sports organziation who have provided young athletes opportunties to develop life skills through the sports of cheer, tackle, and flag football. They are seeking someone who can assist with communicating between parents, athletes, coaches, and partners, maintain social media accounts, plan and order equipment/apparel, track fundrasing effrorts, and provide support at practices/games. Experience with social media, Microsoft Excel, strong communication skills, and an interest in youth sports is beneficial. Would require attendance to 1-2 practices per week from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The rest of the work can be completed on own time within scheduled deliverable dates. Anticipated commitment of 10 hours per week, but could offer more if desired. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pet Central is seeking an intern who will lead volunteers through the recruiting and training process, assist with coordination, placement, and follow up of volunteers, create outreach and presentation materials, recruit volunteers by contacting groups, organizations, attending meetings and events. This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours. If you are interested, email your resume to email@example.com. Visit the Pet Central Helps website for more information about the organization.
Are you on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote justice for all? Are you a student looking for an internship opportunity this semester? If you answered "yes," join the Mission Impact intern team at YWCA! If you are interested in the position, please contact Jen Carillo at firstname.lastname@example.org. We've got a lot of challenges and opportunities in the horizon and we need YOU to be a part of the team that takes them on!