The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning maintains a list of current volunteer and service opportunities for students.
Last updated on July 18th , 2018.
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Local Community Service Opportunities
Unity’s Herb & Harvest Festival is just around the corner but we need your help to beautify our garden before the big event! Please consider coming out to our prep event on July 24 between 5:00pm-7:00pm. We need help with the following areas: spreading mulch, harvesting potatoes, weed eating (please bring a weed eater if you have one), sanding/painting the raised beds, pulling weeds, and general beautification. You can sign up for specific jobs on our event page or just come out and help in any area. Please feel free to share this link/email with others in your network who would like to volunteer for this project.Everyone is invited to attend the Herb & Harvest Festival on July 26 from 4:00pm-5:30pm. We will have food demos, STEAM/agriculture activities, fresh produce, and much more! Please see the attached flyer for more information. You can sign up here.
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.
Assist with this fundraiser for Easter Seals and Children's Home + Aid August 18. Opportunities include pre-race set up on Thursday and Friday, parking attendants, check in, water stations, obstacle attendees, and tear down on Sunday. To volunteer sign up online. All volunteers receive a free tshirt.
Food Pantry Sorter (Family Services)
Multiple Shifts Available:
Tuesdays: 9am to noon
Wednesdays: 9am to noon
Thursdays: 9am to noon and 1pm to 3pm (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: 8am to noon and noon to 4pm
Tuesdays: 8am to Noon
Thursdays: Noon to 4pm
Fridays: 8am to Noon and Noon to 4pm
Volunteers will greet and check in clients, act as a liaison between clients and case managers, answer the telephone and basic administrative duties,log medications and distribute hygiene supplies to clients , and receive and document gifts in kind and sort donations.
To volunteer please contact Joyce Glasscock at (309) 829-9476 ext 203 and complete an online application.
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.
American Family Day
We are looking for 18 volunteers, 9 of which need to be over 18, to help us out at an event on Sunday, Aug 19th in Morton, IL for Caterpillar Logistics. Volunteers will grill food, run concession stands for cotton candy and snow-cones, and more.
We are looking for volunteers to help at the annual Morton Pumpkin Festival on Saturday September 15th, which brings in 70,000 people to the Pumpkin Captial of the World- Morton! We need help specifically in our food tents -
Shifts are between 2 - 3.5 hours and would include serving, cleaning, and general upkeep of the tent area. The food tents are open from 12:00 – 9:00 pm. To volunteer register online. Please contact Crystal Sewell at firstname.lastname@example.org with any volunteer questions.
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.
Online Registration —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, 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.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois is offering hands on experience for the future Zoo professionals to learn Zoo management from experienced Keepers. Several Full-Time internship, and a few part-time opportunities are available to those interested in developing their careers and contributing to the success of the Miller Park Zoo. Prefer candidates that are pursuing a degree in a Biology related field. If interested, we are now accepting application for Fall (August 27th-December 17th) with the ability to stay through Christmas Break. Send resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcripts to: Peter Burvenich, Miller Park Zoo, 1020 S. Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701. For additional details on this internship, please read this internship information sheet.
Organizations are needed to conduct a clothing drive on behalf of Sheridan Correctional Center. Clothing is used to stock the Clothing Closet so that offenders can pick out outfits to be released in and for job interviews. This resource helps individuals so they are not easily identified as inmates as they transition home. If your organization is interested in conducting a clothing drive, please contact Chad Jackson at (815) 496-2181z2500.
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 .Please directions application questions to Genesis Buendia at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 our website. Our online application requires: Personal Statement, 1 Page Resume, Academic Transcript and a Letter of Recommendation.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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!