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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 Court-Ordered Volunteers, Click Here.

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

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.

URGENT OPPORTUNITY: The Northern Illinois Food Bank is seeking summer mobile pantry volunteers. Volunteers will help set up mobile pantry sites, assist with food distribution, and repack the truck/clean the site at the end of the distribution. Dates and times of distributions can be found here. Please contact Morgan Abate at or 630-443-6910 ext. 146 to sign up.

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


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: Cindy Corrigan or call 847-931-6770. You can also see current opportunities at or find us on Facebook.


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 with us.
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, and Saturday 8:30-11:30am.
Contact: Claudia Van Delinder or call 847-931-9330 x314.


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, or helping others learn about technology. There are many ways that you can help make the library an incredible place to visit. 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-Saturdays.
Contact: For regular volunteer opportunities, contact Jenny Ackerman or call 847-836-1432. For ReStore volunteer opportunities, contact Lance Dailey or call 847-742-9905.


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: Seasonal opportunities for volunteers to clean up our campus. Periodic need for volunteers to assist with client pre and post survey tabulations.
Contact: Deb Howe or call 847-742-3545 x 236.

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.