No matter your schedule. No matter your age. We have a place for you to help.
Remote Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteering from home helps keep you safe while giving back!
Cook breakfast or donate breakfast food items, such as pastries, fruit, yogurt, milk, and juice boxes on behalf of our participants at the Margarita Inn. Delivery times are between 7-9pm the day before breakfast is served. Sign up for breakfast here: http://vhub.at/margbreakfast
We need 160+ bagged lunches across our 3 sites—Hilda's Place, the Main Office, and Margarita Inn on a daily basis. Prepare sandwiches, along with a snack and a drink, in amounts of 25, as an individual, or as a group. Delivery times are between 9am-11am on the day you are signed up for. Sign up to be a bagged lunch volunteer here: http://vhub.at/lunches1
Volunteers are needed to prepare 30 hot meals each night for our Emergency Shelter program. Meals include an entrée, a side, and a beverage. Prepare whatever kind of dish you desire! This is a great activity to do as a group or as an individual. You may also choose to order dinner for 30 from any local restaurant to be delivered to us. Delivery times are between 5-5:30pm. Sign up here: http://vhub.at/margdinner
ORGANIZE A DRIVE
Organize a drive in your work, school, place of worship, or residential community to help meet the most urgent, critical basic needs of our participants. Setup a food drive, a clothing drive, a hygiene drive, or even a household goods drive. Contact the Volunteer Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-475-7070 x217 for more information.
ADVOCATE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Join us in advocating to increase affordable housing in communities throughout the North Shore. In addition, we're raising awareness of issues contributing to homelessness, such as income inequality. Learn more about our advocacy efforts.
On-Site Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteering at drop-in is a great opportunity to engage with participants and offer hands on support. Drop-in participants have access to basic necessities such as food, clothing, showers, and also case management.
Assist our participants with accessing their basic needs and helping them feel comfortable as they navigate case management and health care services, clothing room, laundry, showers, food pantry, and other services. Volunteer at our front desk, or in our clothing room.
FOOD TRUCK UNLOAD
Help us unload our monthly deliveries from Greater Chicago Food Depository on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Sign up here: http://vhub.at/unloading
Connections for the Homeless welcomes and encourages groups of colleagues, students, or faith communities to organize and engage in a service project on-site. Potential projects include sorting and transporting donations, updating and upgrading spaces, cleaning spaces, or assembling care packages or food baskets. We are always open to other ideas! Sign up here: http://vhub.at/servicedays or reach out to the Volunteer Lead at email@example.com
High school students in North Suburban Cook County are encouraged to get involved with Connections through Junior Council. Students in Junior Council collaborate as representatives of their respective schools to learn about homelessness, organize donation drives, and participate in service learning opportunities on site. Junior Council meets virtually once a month and has a number of in-person volunteer opportunities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
In-kind Giving Opportunities
We encourage individuals, families, school and faith groups, and small to large businesses to conduct drives for any and all of the items that Connections needs to serve its participants.