Giving Back: American Red Cross, Scarecrow 5K, Teaching Opportunities

There are plenty of ways around the area to volunteer and contribute to society. Below, some upcoming opportunities.


WHAT: ESL Teaching Opportunity

WHERE: St. Joseph Services, Bolingbrook

WHEN: 12:45 to 3:15 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 3

WHY HELP: Volunteers are needed to help teach basic English skills to adult students. Assigned classroom workbooks will be provided, and volunteers will have orientation and observe a class before teaching.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Volunteers must be older than 18 and make a minimum six-month commitment, with at least two hours of in-class class and a half-hour of preparation per week. A 10-hour online training will be required. Volunteers also should be prepared to shadow two classes prior to teaching, and must provide a copy of their resume and two professional references. Volunteers also need to pass a background check and be accepting of other cultures and beliefs. Bilingual volunteers are preferred, but not required.

MORE INFO: Visit their website.



WHERE: , 16300 Alba St.

WHEN: Noon - 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24

WHY HELP: The event raises funds for the Lemont Township Family Assistance Fund.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Volunteers are needed to help with the beverage garden, parking, games and more.

MORE INFO: Contact Terri O'Neill at hopeandfriendship@comcast.net


WHAT: Seventh annual Scarecrow Scramble 5K run/walk

WHERE: , 1800 Short St., Lisle

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15

COST: Registration before race day is $30 per person for 5K runners and walkers; $20 for the Youth Run; and $8 for the Tot Dash. There is no charge for children younger than 10 years who walk the 5k race with their parents.

WHY HELP: Race proceeds will benefit the Characters Count and Partners for Parks programs.

REQUIRED SKILLS: The run is open to those ages 7 and older and will feature a children’s race.

MORE INFO: Visit the website, or call 1-630-964-3410


WHAT: Lunch Time Helpers

WHEN: Lunchtime on weekdays

WHERE: Ecumenical Adult Care, 305 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville

WHY HELP: Volunteers are needed to help frail senior citizens stay on task while eating a meal. Volunteers also will support socialization.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Volunteers should be able to encourage conversation while helping senior citizens eat their noon meal. Volunteers also should have good food-handling techniques.

MORE INFO: Visit their website, call 1-630-357-8166, or email hschamberger@sbcglobal.net  


WHAT: Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council Day of Service

WHEN: Sept. 24 

WHERE: 83rd Street, West of Book Road, Naperville

WHY HELP: Volunteers are needed to clear brush and collect native seeds.Children ages 8 and older are welcomed if accompanied by adult.

REQUIREMENTS: Children ages eight and up can volunteer as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

MORE DETAILS: Visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/npld-sites/springbrook-prairie-forest-preserve-district-dupage-county, e-mail dayofservice@chicagowilderness.org or call (630) 829-1142


WHAT: American Red Cross

WHERE: Romeoville

WHEN: Morning, afternoon and evenings, all days of the week

WHY HELP: Volunteers are needed to respond to disaster incidents, provide victims with basic needs like food, clothing, shelter and more.

Volunteers are needed to respond to disaster incidents, and provide disaster victims with basic human needs including food, clothing, shelter, etc.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Volunteers will have to be available on short notice.

MORE INFO: Visit their website.



WHERE: Woodridge

WHEN: Opportunities throughout the week in the morning, afternoon and evening.

WHY: The pantry serves residents throughout DuPage County. You can donate approved food or personal care items or money at any time. You can also volunteer stocking shelves, doing clerical work, translating, picking up donations and more.

MORE INFO: More information on donations and volunteering can be found on the pantry's website.


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