The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning maintains a list of current volunteer and service opportunities for students.
Last updated on November 15th, 2017.
You can now register to sponsor a child for our annual Holiday Helper program! Please stop by our office 300 W North Street to sponsor a child. More information about this great program can be found on our website!
You can now volunteer for the Serving Those Who Served program! More information about this new program related to veterans can be found on our website!
Local Community Service Opportunities
Please find a full listing of all holiday volunteer and donation opportunities in this document: Holiday Volunteer and Donation Opportunities
Looking for a young women and young man to play Mary and Joseph for an evening! No speaking parts. Monday December 11th 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. We will work on costumes for you but may ask if you have some pieces The guys are easy if they have a bathrobe and towel. Please contact Colleen Steinberg with questions at CSteinberg@lulife.org
We have several volunteer opportunities this month! Please open the following newsletter to review our update opportunities and events: November Volunteer Newsletter.
We are looking for fun, jolly, and animated individuals/groups to serve as Santa's Elves! Elves will help with line management, as excited children wait their turn to see the big man himself! They will also be helpful in taking family pictures if needed. All shifts include time at the beginning to get into costume. Costumes are provided for you. We are looking for 5-10 volunteers per shift. You may also sign up for more than one shift. To Sign Up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4ba5aa2ba0f94-volunteer Note: The opening on December 2 will kick off with a half hour parade from The Alamo to Santa's Station in Uptown Normal. The first shift reflects time to get into your costume (12:00pm), the parade (12:30-1:00pm), and then the first shift at Santa's Station(1:00-2:30pm).
Evergreen Senior Living is looking for a few volunteers to move furniture! The volunteers would need to be able to move a bed, dresser, cabinet, and a few other pieces. Then transport the items to a home that is about 10 minutes away from our community. Please call Lori Kiel with questions at (309) 846-7043.
Our Carnival is coming up on Saturday, November 11th from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Ridge Elementary and we need your help! To sign up, or for more information, please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b49a8ab2da7fd0-cedar
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.
Volunteers are needed to help at Midwest Food Bank, 2031 Warehouse Road, Normal with packing Thanksgiving Food Boxes on Tuesday, November 14th between 9-Noon or 1-3pm; or Thursday, November 16th between 9-Noon. Please make sure to wear tennis shoes or closed toed shoes. Also volunteers are needed to help with the distribution of the Thanksgiving Food Boxes at Midwest Food Bank on Saturday, November 18th from 11am-1:30pm or 1:30-4pm; or Monday, November 20th from 1-3:30pm or 3:30-6pm. You will need to dress for outside weather the day you volunteer as volunteers will be directing traffic, acquiring required information of recipient, or handing out the food boxes. Please make sure to wear tennis shoes or closed toed shoes. If you do not have a volunteer waiver on file, you will need to fill a Midwest Food Bank Volunteer Form. Please contact email@example.com with any questions!
Children’s Discovery Museum needs volunteers for week day, after school, and Saturday programming such as art studio, innovation station, and assisting with groups. Volunteers are also needed for special events on October 27 5:30pm – 8:30pm, November 25 all day, and December 1 5:30pm – 9:00pm. 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 help with our 2nd Annual Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, November 4th at 2nd Presbyterian Church. We will be celebrating 100 years with a dinner, silent auction and live auction. Volunteers needed to help with meal serving, coat check, and dishwashing assistants . The time frame would be 4:30-8:30pm (with a meal provided for volunteers). Volunteers would be required to wear white shirts/blouses and black pants (except those helping with dishes). If anyone is interested, please contact Linda Merrill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Faith in Action is a local non-profit organization that helps seniors stay independent by providing free transportation assistance, grocery shopping, friendly visits and calls, and light home maintenance. Each fall, they also match volunteers with seniors who need leaves raked. You, or your student group, can select one or two Saturdays in late October or November to participate. In addition, you’re encouraged to consider serving with Faith in Action year-round. Many seniors would greatly enjoy visits with college students.
If you are interested in leaf-raking or serving year-round, please contact Terri Thede at email@example.com or calling (309) 827-7780.
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.
The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout happens annually on the third Thursday of November. The 2017 event is next week on November 16. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is the perfect opportunity to quit, and the Quit For Life® Program, one of the best cessation programs available, can help smokers cross the finish line. To learn about the available tools, call us at 1-800-227-2345. For tools and resources to share in your network, please visit https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html
This summer, College to Congress (C2C) is sending 20 undergraduate students from across the country to intern on Capitol Hill. Transportation, meals, housing, and professional wardrobe is provided! We are accepting online applications now until November 24. The following documents provide additional information regarding this wonderful oppurtunity: FAQ,Press Kit, Student Info Sheet, and Video.
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!
Impact America provides an opportunity for recent graduates to engage with communities of need in a meaningful way, broadening their perspectives and making a real impact in their communities.Positions are available in Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Florida beginning in July 2018. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority deadline to apply for December start date: November 16. Priority deadline to apply for July start date: December 4apply here: http://impactamerica.com/corps/
City Year is accepting applications from Seniors graduating in December or May. If you enjoy working with youth, City Year could be the place for you! We have 6-month and 11-month positions that allow you to work full-time as TUTORS and MENTORS to the next generation of young leaders. Check out all of our 28 locations across the U.S. to see where you might be interested in serving. Follow any of these links to learn more about City Year SERVICE, our BENEFITS, the value of NATIONAL SERVICE, or to start up an APPLICATION. For those interested in starting full-time this upcoming summer, our EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE is Friday, October 27th. Applying to our Early Deadline guarantees you a final offer decision by Friday, November 17th.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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!