The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning maintains a list of current volunteer and service opportunities for students.
Last updated on April 18th, 2018.
Local Community Service Opportunities
Come join us for a volunteer day! Come out to Miller Park Zoo, and give back to your community! We will be working on assembling rain barrels, building benches, mulching, painting, and general cleanup on Saturday April 21st, 2018 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All volunteers will receive lunch and a Comcast Cares Day t-shirt. If you have any questions, please contact Silvia Schuh at email@example.com for more information. To sign up, visit http://www.comcastinthecommunity.com and search or project name "Miller Park Zoo".
Habitat Home Run 5K is a fundraiser put on by the Illinois State University Habitat for Humanity Chapter. This event will help raise money for the 24th sponsored house build in the local community. Sunday April 29th: Check-In begins at 5:15 a.m. and the race starts at 9:00 a.m. During the race, event workers will throw colored powder on the participants at various locations along the course. Participants are encouraged to wear white or other clothing items that will show off the awesome colors! Although, it is wise to wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty. We also recommend bringing a towel to the race to help get off any excess powder you may have on you.
Parking can be found in various locations around campus such as the Bone Parking Lot, Alamo II Parking lot, street parking along Watterson, CVS, and Uptown Normal, visitor parking in the parking garage across from the Center of Business, etc. Small fees may apply to these parking areas. Other parking lots are available if you have a parking permit for them.
More information can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/habitat-home-run-5k-tickets-44333193776
Looking for 15 volunteers to help with our annual kids carnival on April 21st from 3:30-7:00 p.m.! Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Illinois History Day is a state-wide program that encourages students in grades 6-12 to delve into the history and culture of Illinois. I am seeking volunteers to serve as judges for our state contest on Thursday, May 3rd at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield. Judges do not have to be experts in history but they should be interested in what young people think about history and want to see them excel in their studies. Judging is also a fantastic way to connect with students and fellow professionals, support your community, and learn about history. Judges work in teams to review entries in a specific category and provide written feedback. The state event will be held at the Bank of Springfield Center on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Volunteers should arrive at 9 a.m. for orientation and project assignment. Judging will occur from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Kathryn.Suits@illinois.gov with any questions. Additional information can be found here!
On the April 21st, the Committee, the Town of Normal, and the Ecology Action Center are sponsoring a CleanUp Day event along Constitution Trail from Tipton Park to the Chateau. A great volunteer opportunity for interested ISU students! More info on the event and a volunteer sign-up form are available here: https://ecologyactioncenter.org/event/earth-day-constitution-trail-sugar-creek-clean-up/
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.
INtegRIty Counseling is looking for volunteers that can help answer the phone 2-4 hours a week and we could also use experienced counselors and social workers who could commit to seeing one or more clients per week or every other week. At this time, we are completely volunteered based and we sew clients who have trouble accessing other mental health counseling for a number of reasons. For more information, contact Luella at 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 opportunites 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.
Volunteers are need every Friday and Saturday mornings 9-11am through late October to assist with planting, weeding, pruning, and harvesting. Volunteers are also needed at the Free Market at the Garden beginning mid-May every Wednesday from 6-7pm. Contact Colleen Connelly at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Due to recent flooding at the park(s) we are need of volunteer groups to help with litter clean up along our trails in the park. This is an ongoing project at the park(s) due to our increasing visitor usage over the years (3 million visitors a year). It would be greatly appreciated if you could share this information with your student organizations looking for community service work and a chance to help the environment while enjoying the outdoors and beautiful scenery at Starved Rock. Student organizations can contact me directly and I will provide them with a group permit to complete (more than 25 people) as well as garbage grabbers and bags. They will need to provide their own gloves. Mondays and Fridays are the best days for pick up since I am in the office and the weekend traffic hasn't begun but we will take help any day that a group is available. Please contact Lisa Sons at Lisa.Sons@illinois.gov with questions.
The Lupus Society of Illinois seeks fundraisers and volunteers for 18thannual event in Chicago. Hundreds of lupus survivors, friends, families and local supporters will be gathering at Lincoln Park as the Lupus Society of Illinois (LSI) hosts its 18th annual Chicago Illinois Lupus Walk on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Pre-registration for walkers is currently open, and LSI is still seeking volunteers to help coordinate the event. About the Walk:
Registration: www.lupuswalkil.org Online Registration: Can be completed HERE—Adults: $25, Kids (12 and under): $10 Day-Of Registration: Begins at 8:30am—Adults: $30, Kids (12 and under): $10. Note there are also walks on Saturday, May 12th, Saturday, August 11th, and Sunday, September 23rd. The Lupus Society of Illinois (LSI) needs volunteers to make phone calls to past Illinois Lupus Walk participants and inform them on the upcoming walks. Other duties may include taking inventory on walk supplies, folding and counting t-shirts and performing general office services. Lupus is a deadly disease that affects an estimated 1 in 200 people. Events like the lupus walks have helped increase awareness about what lupus is and how it affects certain individuals. The LSI depends on the dedication of our volunteers to succeed. Make a difference in someone’s life and volunteer for the Lupus Society of Illinois today. If you wish to volunteer for this and/or other positions, please contact Taurean Jackson at email@example.com or call him at 312-542-0004.
The Cogs & Corsets festival takes place throughout six square blocks of historic Downtown Bloomington. This area is home to over 90 shops, galleries, and restaurants… The streets will be bustling with the costume contest, promenade, Splendid Teapot Races, and Makers’ Faire contestants. We are looking for volunteers to assist at our June Happening on June 1 -3, 2018. Students that are in town over the summer and interested in volunteering can find the volunteer sign up link on the following webpage: http://www.cogsandcorsetsil.com/volunteer/
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. Delivery/pickup days and times:
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.
We are looking for volunteers for our schools 5k on 4/29/18. We would need 12-15 volunteers to help monitor the course, timing, water stop, etc. The race starts at 1 pm, so we would need the volunteers there at 12:15. Any volunteers would be very helpful! Location: Mulberry School, 1101 Douglas St, Normal IL 61761. Please contact Kristina Lamb with any questions at Kristin@mulberryschool.org
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.
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 am-4 pm. We would love for you to become one of our regulars! Applications may be submitted at https://hshministries.org/participate/volunteer Contact Linda Merrill at 309-828-7356 ext. 217 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a time to serve.
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 email@example.com if you are interested in helping us.
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.
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, March 27, 1:30-3 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, 1:30-3 p.m., and Thursday, May 17, 10:30-noon. Contact email@example.com or 309-827-7780 for information or to sign up for a volunteer orientation.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call (503) 888-2462. A list of outreach programs can be reviewed here!
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 Sue Seibring with any questions email@example.com
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.
Open to anyone of any nationality pursuing a career in healthcare, medicine or nursing. The minimum level of study at pre-med and pre-nursing. Must apply through our scholarship page and provide all required information - https://www.volunteerhq.org/ivhq-scholarships/. Applications close on 23rd May 2018 at 7.00pm PST. Scholarship Prize:
Send any specific questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Institute is LeaderShape’s six-day immersion program that challenges participants to lead with integrity and explore what they want to do and who they want to be. This curriculum was created for individuals who are committed to taking their leadership to the next level and who want to make a significant impact on campus, in their communities, and in the world. For six days we will participate in large group activities, in small group exercises, in conversation with one another, and in personal reflection centered on the themes of community, inclusivity, integrity, and vision. We will reflect on how our personal styles and life experiences influence our leadership and our relationships. We sincerely hope you will join us for this year’s Institute! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly at email@example.com or the student on-site coordinator, Cassie Winters, at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Looking for a Garden and Youth Assistant Coordinator, unpaid internship for Sunnyside Community Garden and Food Forest this summer. Job responsibilities, start and end dates/times, and contact information can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14HaBJkEpy1Ey0zG8oKJfajDLaG54lQDZyR2HMdYADVA/edit
The immigration project has several internships available and is still accepting applications! Review a list of the volunteer and intern roles and descriptions here. Internship applications can be filled out on this Google form: http://www.immigrationproject.org/volunteer/ Please directions application questions to Genesis Buendia at email@example.com
The Washington D.C. Civic Engagement Study Tour is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about American politics and participating in an experiential learning opportunity that focuses on civic and political engagement. The Study Tour will take place from June 3rd -June 10th. Application can be filled out here, with a flexble deadline of March 9th to apply. Please return filled out applications to Erik Rankin at etranki@IllinoisState.edu.
This internship is designed for undergraduate juniors/seniors or graduate students studying public health, emergency management, health promotion, human resources, organizational development, communications, education or related academic disciplines.
This internship is unpaid and requires 12 to 20 hours per week from Monday, June 4th to Friday, August 17th, 2018 (eleven weeks). Some evening/weekend hours may be required. The ideal candidate must be reliable and able to multitask, work independently, meet deadlines, and enjoy working with children. Resumes should be sent to David Hopper at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 2, 2018. An in-person interview will be conducted within two weeks of receiving resumes. More information about this internship can be found here.
Join ADP June 6th-June 9th 2018 in Anaheim, CA for ADP National Conference! For students intereted in attending the conference, fill out this form to apply for funding to attend! All funding requests must be sent to email@example.com
MDA is a national nonprofit organization that is leading the fight to free individuals – and the families who love them – from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. One of the services the MDA offers is our summer camp program for kids ages 8-17 who are diagnosed with a muscle disease. Camp is offered at no cost and provides a fun and safe camping experience, along with opportunities to participate in a variety of activities such as horseback riding, swimming, adaptive sports, arts and crafts, camp dances and much more. MDA rents the Timber Pointe Outdoor Center (TPOC) in Hudson, IL for both of our summer camp programs. The dates are as follows: Saturday, June 9th – Friday, June 15th and Saturday, July 7th – Friday, July 13th. Here is how students can apply to be an MDA Summer Camp volunteer:
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
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!
Our Lutheran Volunteer Corps application is now live for fall 2018. Find out more about this volunteer oppurtunity by reviewing the LVC poster here! Our next application deadline is April 1, 2018; start your application today! And for your current LVC Volunteer spotlight, check out this story about Emily Geno, serving at Ministry of Caring in Wilmington, DE
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!