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Volunteers are the backbone of the United Way organization.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact one of the agencies listed below for their current volunteer needs.

For those needing to fill court-ordered volunteer hours, Click Here.

If you are looking for teen volunteer opportunities, be sure to check out Youth United Way or download our VolunTEEN Guide.

To see volunteer opportunities throughout the Fox Valley region, check out Volunteer Fox Valley.

To list your agencies volunteer needs on this page, please contact Elissa Kojzarek. Urgent/time sensitive needs for events or one-time opportunities will be posted at the top of the page for a set amount of time.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunties

Association for Individual Development
The mission of the Association for Individual Development is to empower people with physical, developmental, intellectual and mental health challenges to enjoy lives of dignity and purpose.
Our vision is to be a recognized leader providing best quality of outcomes for individuals served in areas of housing, employment, community integration, health promotion, recovery, and crisis prevention.
Volunteer Needs: We have ongoing and one-time volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups at our Elgin Adult Day Program. Volunteers will work with clients in their daily activities, which may include arts & crafts, playing games, assisting with special events, and assisting with lunch time. We also have clerical volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
Contact: Maureen Spradlin or call 630-966-4020. You can also fill out a volunteer application online at


Boys & Girls Club of Elgin
Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We currently serve at-risk youth ages 6-8 years in the Elgin community. Our programs are designed to empower our youth to excel in all areas including but not limited to: academics, health & fitness, and character development. 
Volunteer Needs: Our Elementary Program is in need of academic mentors. While mentors will not be assigned to a single member, mentors will work with on an individual basis or in a small group setting each week. Shifts are available Monday-Friday between 2-6pm.  Our teen program is in need of volunteers who would like to share a special skill/hobby, assist in homework, or host a career chat. Shifts are available Monday-Friday between 3-8pm. 
Contact: Deborah Ficken or call 847-608-5017. You can also fill out an individual volunteer form online.


City of Elgin Parks and Recreation
The mission of Parks and Recreation is to create community though people, parks, and programs.
Volunteer Needs: Summer Camp Activity Assistants, Safety Town Assistants, fitness cleaning, coaching, special events, nature center greeters, and trail monitors. There is an Outdoor Work Day at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center the third Saturday of every month, which is a great opportunity for groups, clubs, teams, and scouts.
Contact: Maura Neuffer or call 847-531-7055. You can also find more opportunities at


Food for Greater Elgin
We're working together to provide food security for the community of greater Elgin. Food for Greater Elgin serves as a volunteer destination for individuals and children age 12 and old. We also welcome corporate, religious, civic, school, and other groups to volunteer.
Volunteer Needs: Assisting clients through the choice process and maintaining the warehouse as clients shop for food. Shifts are available Monday 5:30-8:30pm, Tuesday 8:30am-11:30am, Wednesday 10:30am-1:30pm, Thursday 5:30-8:30pm.
Contact: or call 847-608-9744


Fox Valley Hands of Hope
The mission of Fox Valley Hands of Hope is to enhance the quality of life and to provide hope for those experiencing grief or life-threatening illness. Out professional staff and trained volunteers are community-funded, allowing us to provide the best in compassionate care. Our programs are designed to provide support for adults, children, and families.
Volunteer Needs: Seeking adults and youth for both direct and indirect volunteer opportunities.
Contact: Adriana Torres or call 630-232-0023. You can also fill out a volunteer application at


Gail Borden Public Library
Volunteer Needs: Volunteers assist with many important roles at the Main Library and Rakow Branch and the South Elgin Branch. These include shelving books, DVDs, and other materials, giving warm greetings as a program host,helping others learn about technology, telling stories, and so many more. Come help extent library services!. If you have any questions about our volunteer program please contact Nancy Haggard, Manager of Volunteer Services, at 847-289-5840 or by email visit us online.
Middle School students can contact Volunteen Librarian Judy Hayner.
Teens entering grades 9-12 are invited to volunteer at the library in the Studio Volunteer Corps. We provide a variety of services for the library including pulling carts of books, making buttons for library events, preparing crafts for the Youth Department, and making the library a great place to be.


Habitat for Humanity
Our mission is Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community, and hope.
Volunteer Needs: Habitat volunteers help us build homes in the community. We have flexible opportunities on our construction sites on Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays. ReStore, our discount home outlet, has regular volunteer opportunities Tuesdays-Sundays.
Contact: For regular volunteer opportunities, contact Dave Butler or call 847-836-1432.


Literacy Connection
The Literacy Connection is dedicated to helping adults in the northweat suburbs reach their literacy goals through one-on-one volunteer tutoring and small group instruction.
Volunteer Needs: The Literacy Connection is seeking volunteer tutors to help adult learners reach their literacy goals. No teaching background or second language is required. Volunteers will complete a total of 12 hours of training which will prepare them to tutor adults one-on-one. Once volunteer tutors and students are paired, they work together to set a schedule that works for them both.
Contact: Download this flyer for upcoming training dates or call 847-742-6565.


PADS of Elgin
Our mission is to provide safe shelter, support services, and advocacy to homeless individuals in Dundee, Elgin, and Hanover Townships. Our vision is to break the cycle of homelessness by comprehensively addressing the needs of the local homeless population.
Volunteer Needs: Individuals are needed to help with guest check-in, laundry, clean up, and assist with other shelter needs. Groups can bring in meals and serve to shelter guests. Meals should serve 35-40 people. There are also opportunities for groups to do larger projects on an as-needed basis. Contact PADS to see what current projects might be available.
Contact: Sarah Ponitz or call 847-608-9744. You can also download their Volunteer Application and submit via email.


Renz Center
Our mission is to empower individuals to live healthier lives, through alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention programs for youth, substance abuse and gambling treatment programs for adolescents and adults, and HIV prevention, education, outreach, and support.
Volunteer Needs: Volunteer able to comit 2-4 hours a day for 2-3 days a well in the administrative office, answering phones, opening mail, filing, and other general office duties. Knowledge of Excel and Word is needed..
Contact: Deb Howe or call 847-742-3545 x 236.

Senior Services Associates, Inc

Volunteer Drivers for Seniors! You can make a big difference in a senior’s life. Seniors who are no longer able to drive depend on volunteers to help. Senior Services Associates, Inc. is in need of volunteers to take seniors to medical appointments in Kane County. RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers who are 55 and older will receive benefits such as meal and mileage reimbursements, liability insurance, the satisfaction of helping others and you can decide on your own volunteer schedule. Contact: Jim Fox or call 847-741-0404

To list your agencies volunteer needs on this page, please contact Elissa Kojzarek. Urgent/time sensitive needs for events or one-time opportunities will be posted at the top of the page for a set amount of time.