Civic Engagement Opportunities
The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning maintains a list of current volunteer and service opportunities for students.
Last updated on April 25, 2019.
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We're only days away from Bring It Back to Normal, our community wide day of service that lets Redbirds give back to the Bloomington-Normal community. The event takes place April 27. Advance registration is now closed, but you can register onsite! Simply join us at 8:45 a.m. on at the Prairie Room in Bone Student Center.
The Center is currently looking for students to serve as Student Leaders in Community Engagement (SLiCE) for the 2019-2020 school year. SLiCE students assist with the planning and execution of various projects and programs, and they serve as leaders in volunteering/service learning and civic education. Check out the application for more information. Applications are due April 26.
Local Community Service Opportunities
Colene Hoose Elementary is looking for volunteers from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. on April 27 to run the games for the children at their annual spring carnival. Visit Sign-Up Genius to select a game and register to volunteer. This is a great volunteer opportunity for elementary and early childhood education majors. The school address is 600 Grandview Dr., Normal, on the corner of Vernon Ave. and Grandview Dr. There is parking in the front and the back of the building. Report to Regina Ford or Cyndi Keller upon arrival.
Normal Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers for their MLB Pitch, Hit, & Run event on May 4, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tasks would include tallying scores for the pitching, base running, and hitting stations. For more information or to volunteer, contact Serena Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are needed for the annual pre-commencement recognition ceremony, Umoja: Celebration of Black Graduates , at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center. Click here to register to volunteer.
Heritage Health in Normal is looking for volunteers to help with events and large group activities.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is recruiting volunteers to support the MDA Summer Camp of Illinois program taking place at the Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in Hudson, Illinois, from July 6 to July 12. Volunteers are by campers’ sides day and night so that the campers can do all the fun activities that camp offers such as zip-lining, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, and more. Volunteers will participate in activities with the campers, push wheelchairs, lift and transfer kids, assist with daily living tasks, and have fun! For more information or to apply, visit the MDA website.
The Red Cross is looking for volunteers in Bloomington-Normal and Peoria to participate in their Sound the Alarm event by fundraising for the event or assisting with smoke alarm installations, battery checks, etc. The Bloomington-Normal event takes place April 27 and the Peoria event takes place May 4. Visit the website for more information.
The Illinois Marathon in Champaign, Illinois, is looking for a wide variety of volunteers for their annual event on April 27. Visit the volunteer website for more information.
McLean County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) trains and supports volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children residing in foster care. McLean County research indicates that children who have a CASA volunteer achieve a safe and permanent home sooner than those who do not. The next CASA training is scheduled for June 11 to July 2. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with one Saturday class on June 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Mary Pat Frugo-Anderson at 309-888-5852 or email@example.com for an application or more information regarding the role and responsibilities of a CASA volunteer. Applications for the next training session should be received by April 30, 2019.
The STAR Adult Literacy Program is in need of volunteers to tutor adults who are learning to read, to improve their math skills or who are learning English as a second language. Daytime, evening, and weekend tutors are needed. You do not need to speak a foreign language or have a teaching degree to become a volunteer. Tutors are expected to volunteer for one or two tutoring sessions a week. Sessions generally run for 1 to 2 hours. Tutors work with individuals or with small groups of students. All tutoring takes place in public locations. STAR Literacy provides instructional support and materials for all tutors.
STAR Adult Literacy will begin its next tutor training sessions on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the McLean County Health Department Building. For additional information on becoming a volunteer visit the STAR Adult Literacy website. To register for the volunteer training session, call (309) 834-9222 and leave your name and telephone number, or e-mail rlandryroe17@gmail.
Volunteers at the Morton Pumpkin Festival will be working in one of the food venues preparing and serving fair foods, pumpkin treats, and for this year’s Luck O’ the Pumpkins Festival theme, Irish food. The Pumpkin Grill serves ribeyes, pork chops, hot dogs, nachos, pumpkin chili, and other foods perfect for lunch and dinner. The Pumpkin Sweet Shop offers pumpkin desserts like pumpkin ice cream, shakes, pies, and cookies. The Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast, only offered on Saturday, September 14, is a all-you-can-eat pumpkin pancake and sausage breakfast. The festival runs September 11 to 14. Sign up for your volunteer role online. If you have questions, visit the Pumpkin Festival website or contact Crystal at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 263-2491.
The Illinois State University Solar Car Team is looking to expand its roster to help prepare for a national race in July. The team is open to anyone interested and willing to learn. They are seeking volunteers majoring in business, communications, information technology, sustainability, and engineering technology for roles on the team.
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in Hudson, IL, is looking for spring volunteers for weekend camps. Volunteers would assist kids with special needs and their families with arts and crafts, canoeing, ziplining, serving meals, and more camp classics. Apply online to volunteer. For more information, visit their website or contact email@example.com.
Advocate Hospice, which provides a full range of compassionate care for dying patients and their families, is seeking to expand its corps of trained volunteers. Volunteering your time with Advocate Hospice offers a rewarding experience and is a great opportunity to give back to the community. A complete training program and professional backup is provided. The training sessions will be held Fridays, March 1, 8, and 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pre-registration and attendance at all three sessions is required. If interested, please contact Laura Rich, Advocate Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 309-268-2034 or Laura.Rich@advocatehealth.com. For more information, click here.
Local nonprofit For A Better Tomorrow seeks volunteers for these upcoming 2019 events:
Additionally, For A Better Tomorrow is seeking volunteers who are committed to sustainable philanthropy, social justice, and eliminating the gap between abundance and need, both locally and globally. they are looking for a volunteer with experience in marketing, book keeping, website content and forms maintenance, committee members, and potential board members. If you would like to learn more about FBT’s mission, please contact FBT/Terri Helregel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMITA Health in Hinsdale, Illinois, is looking for volunteers to serve as camp counselors or support staff for a children's bereavement camp. The camp runs June 24-28, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. For more information, contact Laura Cottrell at (630) 856-6985 or email@example.com.
Food Pantry Sorter (Family Services)
Multiple Shifts Available:
Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to noon
Thursdays: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (tech savvy; will be using a tablet)
Volunteers can assemble food bags/basket and distribute food baskets to clients, stock and organize pantry shelves and freezer as needed, take phone messages when needed, and receive, document, organize and sort donations.
Day Center Assistant (Safe Harbor Shelter)
Multiple Shifts to Available:
Mondays: 8 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m.
Tuesdays: 8 a.m. to Noon
Thursdays: Noon to 4 p.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m. to Noon and Noon to 4 p.m.
Volunteers will greet and check in clients, act as a liaison between clients and case managers, answer the telephone and complete basic administrative duties, log medications and distribute hygiene supplies to clients, receive/document gifts in kind, and sort donations.
To volunteer please contact Joyce Glasscock at (309) 829-9476, ext. 203 and complete an online application.
Home Sweet Home Ministries needs your help! We are greatly seeking volunteers to help sort donations at our Warehouse, located at 1700 West Washington Street, in Bloomington. Individuals or groups up to 25 in size can sign up to volunteer anytime Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We would love for you to become one of our regulars! Applications may be submitted HERE. Contact Linda Merrill at 309-828-7356 ext. 217 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a time to serve.
Volunteers are needed to help Illinois Ability Sports build a community playground in Havana, IL, on April 27. Work will take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting at 4:30 p.m. Click here to learn more and to register.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in Illinois is recruiting student volunteers to support the MDA Summer Camp program at the Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in Hudson, IL, from Saturday, July 6 to Friday, July 12. The camp program is overnight, and MDA needs volunteers to commit to being on site the entire week. MDA provides pre-camp training to all volunteers, and all meals and lodging are provided. They will award 144 service hours for the week. Visit the MDA website for more information and to apply.
Midwest Food Bank is in need of volunteer help answering phones, scanning, and filing paperwork, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteer work can be one day a week or multiple days, temporary or long-term. If you enjoy talking to people and general office duties, contact them at (309) 663-5350.
The School Street Food Pantry is an organization that is dedicated to providing students in the local community with the food, supplies, and knowledge they need to become self-reliant in the future. We are a volunteer-run non-profit operating out of the 1st United Methodist Church in Normal, Illinois. Right next to Illinois State University. Please fill out this volunteer application if you are interested in helping out the food pantry! The volunteer positions vary based on time commitment and labor conditions. The volunteer application explains the duties and commitments volunteers will have to adhere to when working for the pantry. Click here to find the application. Please contact email@example.com with any questions or concerns! Thank you!
Integrity Counseling has expanded its hours and is looking for front desk reception volunteers. We need both regular volunteers (2 hours or more per week) and substitute volunteers who can be called when someone is ill or on vacation. We especially need volunteers for late afternoons, evenings, and every other Saturday morning. Our reception volunteers answer our phones, do phone screenings, and help schedule clients based on counselor availability. We are flexible with schedules and are a great volunteer placement for retirees and students. For more information contact Luella at 309-827-9100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 are needed anytime Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any number of service hours is appreciated. No advance scheduling necessary. Contact Dawn Ruest at email@example.com for more information.
Luther Oaks is looking for Art or Design students to create art for the My Tapestry Memory Care Unit. They would like some art that is tactile and that can be used to engage the residents in conversation. Please contact Debi Terfruchte 309-557-8043 to learn more.
Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday to assist with distribution of food pantry items. Volunteers are also needed every Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to assist with loading food as well as the second Tuesday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to assist with the mobile food pantry. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Holy Trinity Church at (309) 829-2197.
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 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 and campus. Volunteers are also needed for special events. All volunteers are required to participate in an orientation prior to volunteering. Contact Amy Pitzer at email@example.com for more information.
Are you looking to make a difference in a child's life? Needing a convenient time to volunteer in a place that is close to campus? Wanting to work with an awesome team of people who love what they do? If so, Oakdale Elementary is the place for you to gain the experience of a lifetime. We are a school full of caring faculty looking for a team of people to join us in changing the future of children. We are nestled in the heart of Normal, IL just a 5 minute walk from campus. Time between classes could change the life of a child for a lifetime. Please join us in mentoring our children towards greatness! For more information please contact Andrew Shelby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer in the IMC at Oakdale Elemenary School (on Adelaide, close to ISU campus). There are volunteer shifts from 7:45-2:30 Mondays - Thursdays. Shifts/classes are 50 minutes. Contact Kara Thompson, the IMC specialist at: email@example.com.
Chair Exercise Leader to conduct low impact/seated exercise with seniors in assisted living in Normal. 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteer one or more times a week. For more information contact Janie at Meadows at Mercy Creek 309-268-1408.
Snack Shop for assisted living residents in Normal. Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Serve hand dipped ice cream and popcorn and visit with residents. Volunteer one or more Tuesdays per month. For more information contact Janie at Meadows at Mercy Creek 309-268-1408.
Orientation and training are offered for ALL volunteer positions. The volunteers must be able to pass a background check and receive a flu shot in order to be considered. Contact Bobbi Hynes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-665-4728 to learn more about an opportunity or sign up.
Help older individuals stay independent. Provide rides to and from doctor’s appointments. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity where you can pick and choose the rides that fit into your schedule. Sign up to attend a volunteer orientation at this link and click on “Get Involved”. You may also call Faith in Action at 827-7780 or email email@example.com
Whatever your skill or interest, we can use you here at Prairie Aviation Museum! Greet guests, collect admission fees, collect sales from gift shop, and meet new people. There is a lot you can do! Maintain aircraft, paint, small repairs, Web design! We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to match your skill and interest set! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Barn Edwards to sign up or to collect more information!
We are looking for new individuals to join any of our three committees. This is a chance for your voice to be heard! Bring your fresh, new ideas to the table and assist us in growing and developing our existing fundraisers and programs! Help us network and spread the good word about our organization and the work that we do. This is a volunteer opportunity but can be used as a reference for a job well done.
For more information email Holly at: email@example.com or call the office at 309-862-0607.
Recycling Furniture for Families is in desperate need of volunteer drivers to help deliver furniture to people in need and pick-up furniture that is donated to our organization. A special license is not required to drive our trucks. Days/Times Needed: Monday-Thursday 5-7 p.m. and Saturday 9-11 a.m. One day a month would be a big help to our organization and the people in need in our community! Please contact Frank Downes at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping us.
The Athletic Department is proud to host various IHSA State Finals events throughout the year. These successful events are largely dependent upon the outpouring of generous volunteers from the Bloomington-Normal and surrounding communities. While our volunteer base is loyal and strong we are looking to bolster our volume. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in learning more about specific or upcoming volunteer opportunities; please reach out to Sarah Bonnett – Director of Events and Game Operations, Redbird Athletics – email@example.com or 438-3637.
Junior Achievement's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. Volunteers visit classrooms just a few times throughout the semester. They share their workforce experience with kindergarten-12th grade students, all while teaching sound economic principles and reinforcing class curricula. Here is how it works:
Contact Sienna Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 682-1800 with any questions. Review the JA General Informational Flyer for additional details.
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 . Classroom training meets on Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Questions? Call Kevin at 309-834-0541.
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.
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.
Are you interested in public service or non-profit work? The Steven Center for Community and Economic Development is holding an open-door info session on Monday, April 29, at 2 p.m. in Schroeder room 417. Stop by to learn more about the AmericCorps program, the Peace Corps, and the graduate Applied Community and Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program.
Join the American Democracy Project for their annual Civic Engagement Celebration on April 30, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., in the Circus Room at the Bone Student Center! They will have a showcase of the Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility Minor from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by recognition of their community engagement award recipients from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Sunnyside Garden (the West Bloomington Active Garden) is looking for a qualified intern to fill the space of Assistant Garden Coordinator throughout June and July. Read the job description to learn more about the position and find out how to apply.
The Lutheran Volunteer Corps has over 25 positions in six cities that still need full-time volunteers beginning in August. Through the LVC program, volunteers serve at social-justice organizations for one or two years. LVC places a particular emphasis on racism, oppression, and privilege and how these contribute to ongoing injustice in our society. It also explores the role that spirituality plays in inspiring and sustaining work in the quest for peace with justice. Apply online.
The Children's Home and Aid 5K Color Run/1 Mile Walk takes place April 27 at 9:30 a.m. All proceeds from the event go to their Family Visitation Center. Visit their website for more information or to register.
Impact America is currently accepting applications for Corps Members starting service in July 2019. Corps Members participate in a yearlong service and leadership program designed for talented recent college graduates who are committed to social justice. Visit the website for more information. Apply by May 5.
The YWCA needs additional teachers for this school year and would love for you to join their team. They are looking for child care professionals focused on fostering a positive learning environment for children. You can find additional information regarding before and after school teacher positions here and special education positions here. Please direct questions to Melissa Breeden at email@example.com.
The Exposures Summer Program consists of three weeks of intensive cross-cultural and photography programming for youth ages 15 to 21 years old. Participants from throughout the country will meet in South Dakota June 29 to July 20 where they will live together in dorm housing, cook and clean together, get to know one another, and work on collaborative projects. For more information, visit the Exposures website.
The ACLU Advanced Advocacy Program prepares college-aged students for lifelong engagement in grassroots organizing, policy development, and legal advocacy through a week-long program from July 28 – August 2, 2019, in Washington, DC. Students will enhance their knowledge of civil liberties and advocacy campaigns through electives and seminars led by lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and ACLU experts. To learn more and apply visit the ACLU website.
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in Hudson, IL, is looking for summer employees to serve as cabin counselors and program counselors. They are also searching for a program intern. Timber Pointe Outdoore Center offers specialized, adaptive, and inclusive camping experiences to people of all ages and all abilities. For more information, visit their website.
Previously known as Development Assistants, a cohort of nine Development Coordinators participate in DAI‘s entry-level rotation program, a year-long training and development program designed to introduce new professionals with an interest in international development to the important aspects of the business. Through the phased rotations, Development Coordinators will learn the basics of business development, project management and operations, federal compliance, internal audit, project finance, and technical excellence at DAI and gain a holistic view of the international development business.
East Aurora School District 131 is searching for AmeriCorps Members to serve in their district. College students and those passionate about health and gardening are invited to apply. AmeriCorps Members receive a stipend, or living allowance, as well as an education award for their service. More information is available through this flyer and the job description. Apply online.
Illinois Campus Compact is beginning an AmeriCorps State Program. This program is for college students at ILCC member institutions who are passionate and committed to service. Selected students have one year to service at least 300 hours building capacity for campus and community partnerships . Once these hours are completed the student will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. If you have any questions regarding ILCC Service Corps please email Marina LoCasto. Find more information online.
Summer Discovery partners with universities across the US and UK to provide pre-college enrichment programs for high school and middle school students. They are now recruiting Resident Counselors for summer 2019. The resident counselor position is very similar to that of an RA and Preview Guide combined. This job is perfect for the involved student who is looking for a unique and really fun summer opportunity. https://www.summerdiscovery.com/summer-jobs
Casa de Esperanza provides residential care to children birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV. Care is provided in our neighborhood by our Hands of Hope interns. Our interns, most of whom are recent college graduates, join us for a year of service (a twelve-month full-time post-graduation internship). We provide on-site housing (interns live with the children they are caring for) and interns join us from all over the United States to be part of our internship program. Information about our internship may be found here: https://www.casahope.org/hands-of-hope-internship
Give Hope, Fight Poverty works in schools, orphanages, and clinics in rural eSwatini, Africa - in communities ravaged by HIV to listen to challenges these young orphans face and work together with Swazi community leaders and partners to develop sustainable solutions to address their basic needs. Through our international service-learning programs, we offer an experience for US students to become engaged with global efforts to offer orphans the tools necessary for lifting themselves out of poverty. The US participants gain a culturally competent perspective that will make them more marketable in our global world and instill in them the importance of making an impact in their community and abroad!! Travel with us on our 10 day service learning experiences and participate in hands-on programming in pediatric HIV clinics, child-headed households, rural schools, and more. On past trips we've built homes/toilets, planted vegetable gardens, delivered emergency food packages to child-headed homes, built children's libraries & provided healthcare to orphans, etc. You can find info about our current programs here: https://youtu.be/WzKft6AxGWs and if you have any questions, reach out to CEO Annie - firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 765-532-2586".
The Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program provides full-time college students an approximately eight-week paid summer internship to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. All nonprofits and public organizations within the designated communities are eligible to apply, however, applications are especially encouraged from those focused directly or indirectly on hunger relief, adult education, and immigrant services. Organizations will be selected based on need and capacity to provide a quality student experience. Organizations that received this grant last year are encouraged to apply with an updated job description. Applications are also open for student interns and can be found here.
There are almost 5,000 people on the organ transplant waiting list in Illinois. You can give hope to those who are waiting by deciding what your wishes are in regards to organ/tissue donation, and officially registering your wish by joining the Illinois Secretary of State’s Organ/Tissue Donor Registry, and by sharing your wish with family and friends. To arrange for a speaker to give a ½ hour informational presentation to your organization, or to arrange to have a donor drive, please contact Karen Kohnke, Regional Coordinator for the Illinois Secretary of State’s Life Goes On Organ/Tissue Donor Program. Email Karen at email@example.com, or call/text her at 309-830-3296. One donor has the potential to save as many as eight lives and improve up to twenty-five lives. For further information on the Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Registry, go to www.LifeGoesOn.com.