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Volunteer in the Midwest!

Rockford, Illinois area

Whether you have time, talent or money [or just a sincere desire to help], your community needs you. Check the list below for a cause that interests you.

Alzheimer Association, Northern Illinois
America Reads - Rockford / Belvidere area
American Cancer Society
American Mixed Breed Obedience Registration
American Society for Training and Development - Rock Valley Chapter
American Youth Soccer Association
ARC of Winnebago and Boone Counties
Arthritis Foundation, Illinois Chapter, Northwest Branch
Burpee Museum of Natural History
Catholic Charities Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Contact Crisis Intervention
Department of Children and Family Services [DCFS]
Easter Seals Children's Development Center
Ethnic Heritage Museum
Family Advocate Volunteer
Friends of the Rockford Public Library
Habitat for Humanity [Boone, Ogle & Winnebago Counties]
Heartland Hospice
Janet Wattles Center
Lifescape Meals on Wheels
Make-a-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois
MotherHouse Crisis Nursery
Northern Illinois Radio Information Service
Patriots Gateway Center
Provena St. Anne center
Rock River Valley Council of Girl Scouts
Rock River Pantry
Rock Valley College - Adult Volunteer Literacy program
Rockford Area Literacy Council
Rockford Art Museum
Rockford Clean and Beautiful
Rockford Park District - Geese Peace
Rockford Rescue Mission
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
Saturday Kids' Club
The Salvation Army's Men's Rehabilitation Center
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum
Unlimited Achievement
Visting Nurses Association
Winnebago-Rockford Clean & Beautiful



Alzheimer Association, Northern Illinois
The 2000 Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk is forming a steering committee. The third annual walk is scheduled for September 23 on the Sinnissippi recreation path along the Rock river, beginning and ending at the YMCA Log Lodge. Volunteers are needed to recruit teams and individual walkers, undertake publicity, enlist sponsors and solicit prize donations. Steering committee meetings will be monthly until the walk. Individuals interested in serving or helping should contact the branch at 815-954-0058.


America Reads - Rockford / Belvidere area
Assist students with reading. Volunteers are needed for one hour a week to help young minds acquire the skills they need to be successful in school. For information: call Linda Barr at 544-3710 or Sharon Tatum at Lifescape Community Services 963-1609


American Cancer Society
ACS's Road to Recovery program is seeking volunteers willing to drive for the fight against cancer. Volunteer drivers are matched with cancer patients in need of a ride to and from their doctor's appointments and/or cancer treatments. Drivers are needed each day of the week and time commitments vary according to each patient's tratment schedule. For more information, call the organization at 962-0604 or 800-892-9296.


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American Mixed Breed Obedience Registration
Call 874-2909 Website: www.ambor.org Email: amborlcr@aol.com


American Society for Training and Development - Rock Valley Chap.
Idea sharing by training directors of Northern Illinois. Promotes professional growth in the fields of Training and Human Resource Development. Taste of Training Time - October. Local members, 80+. Volunteers needed. Call 399-4826


American Youth Soccer Association
Soccer for children Kindergarden age through High-School age, year round. Registration, January. Indoor play begins November, Outdoor play begins May. Tournament - June. Volunteers needed. Call 636-1572


Arc of Winnebago and Boone Counties
Seeking volunteers to assist in various activities and fundraising events. The ARC assists persons with mental retardation, developmental delays or disabilities, their families and the community through individual and family support, education, training and systems advocacy. For more information, call 815-965-3455, ext 107.


Arthritis Foundation, Illinois Chapter, Northwest Branch
Non-profit health agency; research, patient service, education programs. Newsletter and national magazine are benefits of membership. Literature, tapes, self-help classes, support groups, lectures. Volunteers needed. Call 971-6380

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Burpee Museum of Natural History
Seeking volunteers for numerous positions, including; general office duties, reception desk, filing, museum docents, assistance w/ birthday parties and more. Administrative offices need greeters to the Barnes Mansion for 3 hours per week. No experience is required. Training will be provided. [813 N Main, Rockford] For information call Kay Kush at 815-965-3433


Catholic Charities Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Seeking volunteers to protect and promote the rights of older adults who live in nursing homes. Volunteers are needed to visit the nursing home residents, provide information and assist them in the resolution of concerns of problems. Call Kate Donovan 815-966-5300 or 800-369-0895


Contact Crisis Intervention
Seeking volunteers to answer the community's 24 hour help line. Listening skills and compassion a must. Training provided. For more information, call 815-636-5001.


Department of Children and Family Services
Seeking volunteers for its offices in the Zeke Giorgi State of Illinois Building in downtown Rockford and at 107 N Third Street. Job duties will include putting packets together with a group a few mornings a month, and answering phones. For more information, call 815-967-3765.


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Easter Seals Children's Development Center
Seeking volunteers to assist in various programs and fund-raising events. Opportunities exist for anyone with an interest in assisting children and their families, including clerical support, child care, light maintenance, and assisting therapists. The center's mission is to assist families in building a foundation for their young children through the provision of develpmental, therapeutic, child care and parenting support services. For more information call 815-965-6745


Ethnic Heritage Museum
Seeking volunteers to help with a variety of projects. Positions include: retired school teachers to work with school programs, assisting curator with collections and archiving, assisting with mailings and office tasks and general gardening as the season approaches. [1129 S Main St., Rockford] For information call Shirley Fedeli at 815-877-2888.


Family Advocate Volunteer Program
Seeking volunteers to be paried with a child from Family Advocate to provide fun activities, be a friend and introduce them to opportunities in the community. For information call Diana Witt, Volunteer Coordinator at 815-965-5172


Friends of the Rockford Public Library
Seeking volunteers for a variety of positions - assist the Friends' Book Shop; to help with mending and cleaning of used books; and to assist with yearly book sales. For information call Denise at 815-965-7606 ext 132.


Habitat for Humanity - Rockford area
[serving Boone, Ogle & Winnebago Counties].

A locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. HFH works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor - "sweat equity" - into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.

There are endless opportunities for volunteers in all phases of construction. They need "Saturday Volunteers" as well as those who are experienced in different skills, including fund-raising, accounting, publicity, speakers, serving food to volunteers and much more. for more information, please visit the Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity Website, call Jenny Campbell at 815-636-4573 or Email Habitat for Humanity.


Heartland Hospice
Looking for everyday heroes to volunteer for Heartland Hospice. Opportunties inlcude respite, friendly visiting and clerical. Training to fit your schedule. Call 815-227-4917.


Janet Wattles Center
Seeking volunteers for its Compeer program. The program matches adult volunteers in a one-to-one relationship with adults who have a mental illness. Training will be provided. For more information, call Vida at 815-391-6443.


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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois
In search of wish-granting volunteers in the Rockford area to help fulfill the favorite wishes of children between the ages of 2 and 18 years who are battling life-threatening illnesses. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is seeking people who have previous volunteer experience; can make a two-year commitment to the Foundation; have evening and weekends available; can give between 18 and 120 hours over the course of a year; and are willing and able to drive up to two hours to complete a wish for a child. For more information, call Make-A-Wish at 312-943-8956.


Meals On Wheels
Lifescape Service needs volunteers to deliver a new Meals On Wheels route to homebound seniors on Rockford's east side. Voulnteers are needed Mondays through Fridays with meals being delivered during the noon hour. Volunteers can choose to deliver the measls as often as once a week or as seldom as once a month, according to their availability. For more information, call 815-963-1609


MotherHouse Crisis Center
Seeking volunteersto help with fund-raising and other events; child care opportunities; maintenance & repair; house & groundskeeping; and clerical. For information call 815-962-4858.


Northern Illinois Radio Information Service
Seeking volunteers to read newspapers and magazines to the visually handicapped. Opening are available daily from 8am to 3pm. For more information, call 815-961-8000 or visit the Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N Main St., Rockford.


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Patriots Gateway Center
Looking for volunteers to work with neighborhood residents. The center provides educational and recreational programs from 18 local agencies to more than 1,200 members. Areas in which volunteers can help include homework tutoring, computer tutoring, coaching, reception/office area, arts and crafts, sewing and wood shop. For more information, call 815-967-0413.


Provena St. Anne center
Seeking volunteers to assist senior residents. The residents need assistance attending religious services, as well as with shopping in the gift shop. Various times area available. For more information, call 815-229-1999.


Rock River Valley Council of Girl Scouts
Seeking adult volunteers who want to make a difference in girls' lives. Volunteers can be male or female and must be older than 18. No previous Girl Scout experience is necessary. All prospective troop leaders are trained by the council. for more information, call Robin Henning or Glenda Turner at 815-962-5591ext 138.


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Rock River Pantry
Seeking volunteers to work at its satellite pantry at 1100 Broadway. Volunteers serve clients from 9am to noon; Mondays through Fridays, once a week or once every two weeks. Training is provided. Call 815-965-2466. Also, the Rock River Pantry is in need of paper grocery bags and/or plastic bags.


Rock Valley College - Adult Volunteer Literacy Program
Seeking reading tutors to assist adults enrolled in the college's GED and Adult Basic Education Certificate programs. Volunteer tutors are paired with adult learners and will spend two hours per week with learner. Volunteer must participate in six ours of tutor training. Tutoring is held throughout Rockford in a classroom setting with a teacher present. Call Donna Seefeldt 815-874-3000 Ext 2003


Rockford Area Literacy Council
Seeking volunteers to teach adults to read. In addition to having good reading skills, volunteers need to have a high school diploma or equivalent; be able to recognize and pronounce sounds in spoken words; complete the FREE 15-18 hour tutor training. We recommend that tutors and adult learners meet for two one-hour sessions each week. In addition to the RALC tutoring site on North Main, RALC has satellite sites in Byron, Belvidere and Loves Park. Tutoring also takes place at over 40 public sites including churches, community centers and library branches. We match a student and tutor at a site convenient to both. Not everyone has the time to be a tutor, serve on the Board, or volunteer in another capacity. You can also help us by making a donation to support RALC's work to bring reading skills to low-literate adults. For more information, call 815-963-7323 or visit the Rockford Area Literacy Council Website or Email RALC.


Rockford Art Museum
Looking for volunteer gallery guides and attendants. Guides and attendants receive all of the benefits of a full membership, including a subscription to the museum's bi-monthly newsletter, invitations to exhibitions, receptions and lectures, free lecture admission and a 10 percent discount on museum store purchases. For more information, call 815-968-2787.


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Rockford Park District - Geese Peace
Seeking volunteers to assist in controlling the geese population in the area. The geese population growth is recommended to be no more than 15% and is currently running at 50%. Call 815-987-8800 for more information


Rockford Rescue Mission
Seeking volunteers to serve as tutors in its education center. Tutors provide support for the mission's recovery program clients. Volunteers are needed Monday-Fridays -- 12-2pm to assist its female clients and 2:30-4:30 to assist the male clients. Call 815-965-5332 Ext 151


Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
Seeking volunteers for their program. Participants will provide information, comfort and support to victims of sexual assault and abuse. For more information, call 815-636-9811 or visit the Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling Website.


Saturday Kid's Club
Outreach program providing recreational, cultural, and educational activities for children living in Rockford's underserved neighborhoods. Volunteers are needed to work in the kitchen preparing lunch, to work on art/craft projects with the children, to assist children on computers, to work one-on-one with children on sewing projects or to help chaperone field trips. An average of 35-50 children attend this year-round program. The program is held Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. Centennial United Methodist Church 219 S 2nd St, Rockford. Call 815-965-8611 Verna Schubert.


The Salvation Army's Men's Rehabilitation Center
Houses and feeds up to 60 men a day, is in need of clothing, housewares, small appliances, dishes, silverware, furniture, lamps, refrigerators, freezers, televisions, gas stoves and sports equipment. All items must be in working condition. Washers, dryers, dishwashers, electric stoves and plumbing will NOT be accepted. For more information, or to arrange a time for the Salvation Army to pick up the items, call 815-397-0440.


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Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum
Looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with a variety of projects. The museum offers a wide assortment of opportunities including guiding tours of the historic house, translating museum programs into Spanish, acting as a store receptionist, assisting with office tasks, helping the curator with museum collections and archives, researching historic topics, aiding the educator with school, community or senior programs, working in the exquisite heirloom gardens, and providing support for special events. For more information, call Donna Langford 815-964-2424.


Unlimited Achievement
A not-for-profit organization is seeking volunteers to tutor youth in public housing complexes after school. The organization's goal is to fill the gap with area children by providing tutors and members to help them achieve their potential. For more information, call 965-2070.


Visiting Nurses Association
Seeking volunteers to make a difference in someone's life. A desire to help, a friendly attitude and a few hours each week are all that is required. For more information or to register, call Diana 815-971-3551.


Winnebago-Rockford Clean & Beautiful
Seeking volunteers for its recycling center open from 9am until noon on Saturdays. Volunteers will help unload vehicles and sort recyclables. Volunteers work in 1 1/2 hours shifts. Office at 6602 N 2nd St. Loves Park 637-1343. For more information call Anita Whedon 815-389-3677.


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