Do you live in the Chicago area and are interested in involving yourself with a nonprofit? There are so many quality nonprofits to choose from in the Chicago area, the following are some options:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago
If you have heard of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you understand the concept behind it. If you haven’t, most of it lies in the name. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago Metropolitan Area provides older sibling like mentors for children at risk. Once you are paired with a little sister or brother, you will participate in group and solo activities as well as community outings with the group as a whole. There is a very special bond that is created through these relationships.
Open Books’ mission includes increasing reading and the love for it, providing books to those who don’t have access and creating published authors. At Open Books, you can do anything from packing up donations to stocking shelves with books in either the West Loop of Pilsen bookstores. Not only that, Open Books offers many programs designed to encourage reading and creative writing. These programs are always excited to open up to volunteers. In addition, there are programs focused on the actual publishing process of writing, and they are always looking for volunteers to lead the groups.
Bridge to Success
Many people in the Chicago area turn to Bridge to Success when they are looking to either enter for the first time or re-enter the workforce. They want to present their best appearance and that is where Bridge to Success comes in. As a volunteer with this program, you can be a stylist for someone, their personal shopper or simple help them locate appropriate career clothing. They are also always looking for volunteers to accept the donations, manage inventory and keep the store running.
No matter which non profit you choose to commit your time to, you can rest assured that it will be time well spent. From helping young children read to helping adults get back on their feet, you can have a positive impact on the Chicago community!