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Civic and Community Service Organizations

  • Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations
    The Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations is a professional, collaborative membership organized to: strengthen and promote organized philanthropy in the State of Illinois, particularly through the promotion and development of publicly-supported community foundations in the State of Illinois; educate the public on the benefits, purpose and role of publicly-supported community foundations; assist and educate its members and other interested parties in order to facilitate and promote effective philanthropic grant making; and provide a forum for the exchange of information on philanthropic programs and issues affecting the charitable nonprofit sector in the State of Illinois.
  • Altrusa International, Inc.
    Altrusa International provides community service, develops leadership, fosters international understanding and encourages fellowship by an international network of executives and professionals in diversified career classifications.
  • American Legion Auxiliary
    The American Legion Auxiliary shines as an example of unselfish giving. With almost a million members from all walks of life, the Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to most Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.
  • The Association of Junior Leagues International
    An organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
  • Boys & Girls Club of America
    Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence… Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. They are truly The Positive Place For Kids.
  • City Year
    City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them skills and opportunities to change the world.
  • Civitan International
    The mission of Civitan worldwide is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.
  • Cosmopolitan International
    Cosmopolitan International is a chartered not-for-profit civic service organization that was founded in 1918. It consists of some 70 clubs located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with a total membership of over 2,000 persons. While Cosmopolitan's principle effort is directed at the fight against diabetes, its member clubs also support community service projects and charitable causes in the communities where they are located.
  • Friends of Kickapoo Creek – Mclean County
    Friends of Kickapoo Creek is a conservation organization devoted to promoting stewardship of the Kickapoo Creek in Central Illinois through advocacy, education, and monitoring.
  • General Federation of Women’s Clubs
    The General Federation of Women's Clubs is an international women's organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
  • Jaycees: The United States Junior Chamber
    The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) gives young people between the ages of 18 and 40 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service and international connections.
  • J.W. Powell Audubon Society – McLean County
    The mission of the John Wesley Powell Audubon Chapter is to engage and promote activities that foster an understanding and appreciation of our natural world and that encourages others to join in this cause.
  • Kiwanis International
    Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.
  • LionNet International
    LionNet is a network of national and state level service sites called LionNet Nodes. They aim to promote the use of the Internet to members of Lions Clubs International, the world's largest service association. Many Lions clubs, districts, multidistricts and programs operate their own Internet websites, this site provides a directory of those resources.
  • Lions Club International
    Lions Club International’s mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
  • National AMBUCS, Inc.
    National AMBUCS™, Inc. is a non-profit service organization consisting of a diverse group of men and women who are dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.
  • National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government
    NAVPLG is an international association of administrators for volunteer programs in local, city, and county government.
  • The National Exchange Club
    Exchange is an all-volunteer, national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills and enjoy new friendships. Exchange is made up of nearly 800 clubs and more than 25,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
  • National Mentoring Partnership
    Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. A mentor is an adult who, along with parents, provides a young person with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example.
  • Optimist International
    Optimist Clubs are dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" and do their part through community service programs. Since each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community, Optimists have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit. Optimist Clubs see a need in their community and react to it.
  • ParkLands Foundation – McLean and Woodford Counties
    ParkLands Foundation owns and maintains more than 1600 acres of natural land in McLean and Woodford counties. ParkLands properties are first and foremost, areas designed to protect our native plant and animal communities.
  • Pilot International
    Pilot International was founded and chartered in 1921 as an international service organization. The river boat pilots of the early 1900's are the inspiration for the name. These pilots were admired for their ability to steer a "true course" through challenging conditions and obstacles. Today, Pilot International has approximately 500 clubs and more than 25,000 adult and youth members.
  • Quota International, Inc.
    Quota International links people of all ages, occupations, and nationalities in a worldwide network of service and friendship.
  • Rotary International
    Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
  • Ruritan National, Inc.
    Ruritan National has nearly 32,000 members throughout the United States who work to improve more than 1,200 local communities. Since the organization’s beginning in 1928, Ruritan Clubs have served America with Fellowship, Goodwill, and Community Service. Ruritan is a civic service organization made up of local clubs in urban areas, small towns and rural communities.
  • Sertoma
    Sertoma’s (Service To Mankind) primary service project is assisting the more than 50 million people with hearing health issues. Sertoma also sponsors community projects to promote freedom and democracy, to assist youth and to benefit a variety of other local community needs, as identified by the individual clubs.
  • Soroptimist International of the Americas
    Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.
  • Toastmasters International
    The nonprofit organization now has nearly 250,000 members in more than 12,000 clubs in 106 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.
  • Tutor / Mentor Connection
    The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of comprehensive, long-term, volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in high-poverty areas of the Chicago region and other large US cities through an ongoing, dynamic exchange of ideas.
  • Y’s men International
    As Y's Men International is a world-wide fellowship of persons of all faiths working constructively together, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, in partnership with and supporting the YMCA, its mission is to strive through active service to develop, encourage and provide leadership to build a better world for all humankind.

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Conferences and Trainings

  • East Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference
    The East Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference (ECIVC) offers professional development and training to the area's volunteer leaders from a variety of public and private/nonprofit agencies. This conference provides valuable networking opportunities, as well as quality professional development opportunities focusing on the key areas of a volunteer delivery system. ECIVC began in 2009 through a collaboration of agencies participating in the region's Volunteer Management Network.
  • Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration
    The Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration (ICOVA) is a two-day event designed for those who supervise, manage, or otherwise lead volunteers. ICOVA offers professional development and continuing education through conference workshops and keynote speakers focusing on key areas of a volunteer delivery system. ICOVA also provides that much needed networking experience with peers in the field.
  • National Conference on Volunteering and Service
    The National Conference on Volunteering and Service is the world's largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, government, and corporate sectors. Co-convened by Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the annual event provides attendees with an opportunity to learn, connect, and be inspired through a wide range of exciting and informative plenary sessions, workshops, special events, service projects, exhibits, specialized corporate tracks and more.
  • Northwest Illinois Volunteerism Conference
    This is the first volunteerism conference set up for the Serve Illinois North West Region which includes Rockford, Freeport, the Illinois Quad Cities and all the areas between. Centrally located in Dixon, this conference was created to provide quality development opportunities and valuable networking experience for anyone who manages, motivates or mobilizes volunteers to make a difference. Participants will enjoy networking opportunities and a broad variety of learning opportunities with workshop topics that include motivating Baby Boomers, developing meaningful volunteer opportunities, recruiting and rewarding volunteers, understanding personality traits and building volunteer disaster preparedness projects.
  • Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference
    The Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference (SIVC) has existed for over 12 years in various forms to provide capacity-building training opportunities to enhance the skills of volunteer leaders and managers in the public, private, and particularly nonprofit, sectors and to provide professional development workshops for volunteers themselves.
  • Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference
    This biannual conference is part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality and availability of tutor/mentor programs in areas of Chicago with high concentrations of poverty. Through the Internet, this conference connects program leaders and supporters in Chicago with people and ideas across the country and the globe.
  • West Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference
    The West Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference (WCIVC) provides capacity-building training opportunities to enhance the skills of volunteer leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. This conference provides valuable networking opportunities, as well as quality professional development opportunities focusing on the key areas of a volunteer delivery system including personal readiness, organizational readiness, engagement of volunteers, education of volunteers, and sustainability of volunteer efforts.

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Days of Service

  • Cesar Chavez Day of Service & Learning
    The Chavez Foundation has been engaged in effective, high quality programming based on the belief that by applying Cesar's vital legacy and universal values, we can uplift and empower our most disadvantaged communities to address their own needs and concerns.
  • Global Youth Service Day
    Millions of youth participate in Global Youth Service Day, the largest service event in the world. They tutor young children, engage in disaster relief, register new voters, educate their communities about good nutrition, distribute HIV/AIDs prevention materials and meet many more community needs through their service. Global Youth Service Day supports youth on a life-long path of service and civic engagement, and educates the public, the media, and elected officials about the role of youth as community leaders.
  • Join Hands Day
    Join Hands Day is the only national volunteer day on the Seasons of Service calendar that specifically targets and develops relationships between young people and adults through neighborhood volunteering. Youths and adults work together on an equal basis to plan, organize and implement the day’s activities. Building relationships across generations restores confidence, trust and respect for each other and creates a sense of community.
  • Kids Care Week
    Since 1990, Kids Care Clubs has empowered children to make a better world through hands-on service projects. We give parents, teachers and youth leaders the resources they need to involve kids in the good works that will mean a brighter future for all.
  • Make a Difference Day
    Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work.
  • National Volunteer Week
    To recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers at the local, state and national levels.
  • 9/11 Day of Service
    The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is supported annually by MyGoodDeed Inc., in close partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, HandsOn Network, and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum (“9/11 Memorial”). Many other prominent organizations also participate in supporting this growing observance including AARP, BeTheChange, CityYear, CauseCast.org, DoSomething.org, Families of September 11, ServiceNation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Council, United Way of America, Voices of September 11 and many other groups. Together we annually encourage all Americans and others to voluntarily support charitable causes, perform good deeds and engage in other service activities in observance of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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Disability Outreach and Inclusion

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Arc of Illinois
    The Arc of Illinois is committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices.
  • DisabilityInfo.gov
    Provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits.
  • Disability Preparedness
    Disability Preparedness Resource Center
  • Effective Practices Guide to Creating Inclusive and Accessible Days of Service
    Comprehensive guide outlines step-by-step methods for including persons with disabilities as volunteers in Days of Service. Covers fundraising, recruitment, training, public relations, and debriefing. (Requires library account with the Corporation for National and Community Service) .
  • Illinois Department Human Services
    Listing of Disability and Rehabilitation Services.
  • Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD)
    The Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) is dedicated to promoting the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of society.
  • Kreider Services, Inc.
    Kreider Services is a non-profit charitable organization providing direct care programs to people with developmental disabilities. Celebrating 50 years of service to the Sauk Valley area, Kreider Services serves over 500 individuals and is known throughout the state of Illinois for its quality programs in the areas of Early Intervention, Skill Training, Workshop Production, Community Employment, Community Living, Individual Supports, and Respite services. Kreider Services high standard of client care is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) .
  • National Inclusion Project
    "Through innovative programs and strategic partnerships, we are leading the way for inclusive communities nationwide. "Let’s ALL Play" provides a program model for recreational programs seeking to improve the way they implement inclusion. "Together We Make a Difference" is an effective service learning curriculum tool that teachers and program providers can use to help all children make an impact. We also offer other grants for those seeking to make a difference in their communities with inclusive programs and families seeking to benefit from inclusive programs."
  • National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP)
    The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) is a Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) training and technical assistance provider. Through comprehensive training, technical assistance, and product dissemination, NSIP strives to ensure meaningful service experiences for all Americans, regardless of their abilities. Most services are free of charge-call for more information. 1-888-491-0326 (V/TTY).
  • National Council on Disability
    NCD is an independent federal agency composed of members appointed by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. NCD provides advice to the President, Congress, and executive branch agencies to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.
  • Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois
    SILC’s mission is to provide leadership, research, planning and education required to support independent living services in Illinois.

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Illinois Volunteer Connectors

  • Central Illinois Volunteer Information Center (CIVIC)
    CIVIC has been established to guide an individual through the volunteer process in order to alleviate any stress or uncertainty for the volunteer. Working as an on-site location in the heart of the Peoria area, CIVIC offers a wide range of volunteer information services.
  • Chicago Cares
    Chicago Cares is the city's premier volunteer organization. We provide opportunities for individuals and businesses to improve the Chicago community through participation in creative, structured group volunteer programs that address Chicago's most pressing needs. Chicago Cares creates, manages and leads 215 original group volunteer projects each month serving children, adults, seniors, the environment, the hungry and homeless and more. Our innovative format gives people the opportunity to work on our projects on a flexible basis and has attracted thousands of active volunteers. Chicago Cares is an affiliate of HandsOn Network.
  • The Community House
    The Community House is a nonprofit organization (501(c)3) that delivers both quality recreation programs and affordable social services that are deeply rooted in the community. It makes a difference in the lives of thousands of families and individuals that need local opportunities for athletics, arts and culture, counseling, learning, building friendships, and community connections. Based in Hinsdale and serving the surrounding suburbs, The Community House staff is dedicated and committed to offering a warm and welcoming environment and programs to improve the social, physical and emotional well-being for its users.
  • Community Resource Network Volunteer Center (Chicago)
    CRN brings together individuals, social service agencies and companies who might otherwise not find each other.
  • Community Volunteer Center (Springfield)
    The Community Volunteer Center (CVC) develops promotes and supports volunteering and connects volunteers with opportunities for service. Sponsored by Lincoln Land Community College and assisted by an Advisory Board of community leaders, the CVC serves the public in a fifteen county area in central Illinois.
  • Giving DuPage
    At Giving DuPage, you can learn about volunteer opportunities at local agencies and organizations and discover helpful tips on volunteering and giving.
  • Lake County Cares
    Just as an executive search firm helps individuals find the right career path, Lake County Cares helps people find the right volunteer fit. Opportunities may seem limited, or limitless, depending on how you plan to spend your time. Our goal is to help you find a service experience that matches your current interests and desired time commitment and leaves you feeling inspired. We respect your need to give back and look forward to helping you unravel and discover exactly what that means, for you, today.
  • RSVP of Peoria and Tazewell Counties
    The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Peoria and Tazewell Counties recruits, supports, and provides volunteer opportunities and experiences for persons over 55 years of age. RSVP offers these services to nonprofit agencies and organizations throughout the community allowing our volunteers to utilize their own talents and interests in fulfilling the needs of others.
  • SouthWestern Illinois Volunteer Center (SWIVC)
    SWIVC.org seeks to provide you, the volunteer, with a variety of non-profit, governmental, and faith-based agencies with which to volunteer your time.
  • Tutor / Mentor Connection
    The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of comprehensive, long-term, volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in high-poverty areas of the Chicago region and other large US cities through an ongoing, dynamic exchange of ideas.
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis Volunteer Center
    The United Way of Greater St. Louis unites people of different backgrounds and interests who work together to strengthen health and human services in Missouri and Illinois.
  • United Way of McHenry County Volunteer Center
    United Way McHenry County Volunteer Center engages individuals and groups of all ages in volunteerism to help solve critical social problems.
  • United Way of Rock River Valley Volunteer Center (Rockford)
  • Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center
    University of Illinois – Springfield - Our mission is to connect students, faculty, and staff to community partners by providing quality civic engagement and volunteer opportunities that further the social good of central Illinois.
  • The Volunteer Center of N.E. Metropolitan Chicago
    The Volunteer Center helps residents and service groups in the N.E. Metro Chicago (Northeast Cook Sounty and northeast suburbs from Ravenswood to Highland Park and West through Glenview and Northbrook) find volunteer opportunities with over 125 nonprofits, and engage in days of service learning programs for people of all ages and abilities. Service days includeSeptember 11 Day of Service and Remembrance, Make A Difference Day, Thanksgiving projects, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Global Youth Service - Kids Against Hunger. Young Adult Internship Fairs and other trainings are available through the VC.
  • The Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago
    The Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago (TVC) is a valuable resource in Illinois for people looking to volunteer in Northern Cook and Northern DuPage counties. We recruit volunteers on behalf of 140+ social service agencies and schools, and we provide training and consulting to our member agencies. We also administer several direct service programs of our own. Therefore, we serve two populations: the volunteers and agencies we bring together, and the members of the community who benefit from our combined efforts.
  • Volunteer Center of United Way of Lake County
    United Way of Lake County is preparing our children to succeed in a changing world by focusing on education and building safe and stable families.
  • Volunteer Center of United Way of Will County (Joliet)
    United Way of Will County works with local volunteers to identify and solve critical issues faced by many Will County residents. Each dollar United Way of Will County raises is accounted for. You know that your dollars are going to provide services and programs for individuals in need throughout Will County.
  • Volunteer Centers of Illinois
    Volunteer Centers of Illinois (VCI) is an association that provides support and professional development to the Illinois Volunteer Centers.
  • Volunteer Pool of Highland Park
    The Volunteer Pool of Highland Park promotes and encourages volunteerism in the schools and the community. Established in 1964, the Volunteer Pool is a not-for-profit organization that matches volunteers to needs and requests from local schools and other agencies.
  • VolunteerNOW (Macomb)
    Volunteer Now: Macomb Area Volunteer Center (MAVC) seeks to enhance the spirit and quality of community life by connecting people with opportunities to serve, building capacity for local volunteering, promoting volunteerism and participating in strategic initiatives.

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National Service

  • America's Promise Alliance
    With more than 300 national partners, America's Promise Alliance is devoted to improving the lives of young people. Together we ensure young people receive the Five Promises they need to graduate high school prepared for success.
  • AmeriCorps
    AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.
  • AmeriCorps Alums
    AmeriCorps alums are a national network of civic leaders who are actively engaged in shaping their communities. Bound together by a commitment to service, AmeriCorps alums are a transformative power to create a better world for all. The mission of AmeriCorps Alums is to connect, support and mobilize AmeriCorps alums in order to strengthen our communities and our nation.
  • Citizen Corps
    Citizen Corps is FEMA's grassroots strategy to bring together government and community leaders to involve citizens in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience.
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
    The Corporation for National and Community Service plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. We are a catalyst for change and champion for the ideal that every American has skills and talents to give.
  • Experience Corps
    Experience Corps, an award-winning national program, engages people over 55 in meeting their communities' greatest challenges.
  • Hands on Network
    HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute, leads people from impulse to action, turning ideas for change in to real projects.
  • Helping America's Youth
    This website offers Federally-developed interactive tools and other resources to help community organizations and partnerships in your efforts to support youth. Included are tools and resources to help you form effective partnerships, assess community assets, understand risk factors and protective factors, generate maps of local and Federal resources, and search for evidence-based youth programs.
  • Learn & Serve America
    Learn and Serve America supports and encourages service-learning throughout the United States, and enables over one million students to make meaningful contributions to their community while building their academic and civic skills. By engaging our nation’s young people in service-learning, Learn and Serve America instills an ethic of lifelong community service.
  • Peace Corps
    Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and committing more than 1,000 new Volunteers as a part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.
  • Points of Light Institute
    Points of Light Institute was created by the merger of the Points of Light Foundation and Hands On Network in August 2007. The result is a powerful, integrated national organization with a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving. Our vision is that one day every person will discover their power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant democracies around the world. To realize this vision, Points of Light Institute operates three dynamic business units that share a mission to equip, mobilize and inspire people to take action that changes the world: HandsOn Network, MissionFish, and the Civic Incubator.
  • Senior Corps
    Senior Corps connects today’s over 55s with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Conceived during John F. Kennedy's presidency, Senior Corps currently links more than 500,000 Americans to service opportunities. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations throughout the United States.
  • Serve.gov
    Serve.gov is your online resource for not only finding volunteer opportunities in your community, but also creating your own. Use Serve.gov to help you do your part. America’s foundation will be built one community at a time – and it starts with you.
  • Teach For America
    Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.
  • Voices for National Service
    Voices for National Service’s mission is to support the growth and development of AmeriCorps and national service by mobilizing the field to educate our nation’s leaders and the American public about the power and impact of national service.
  • Volunteers in Police Service
    The VIPS Program provides support and resources for agencies interested in developing or enhancing a volunteer program and for citizens who wish to volunteer their time and skills with a community law enforcement agency. The program’s ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers.

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Network for Good Opportunity Partners

  • 1-800-VOLUNTEER.org
    1-800-Volunteer.org is a national database of volunteer opportunities powered by a volunteer management system for non-profits.
  • AmeriCorps
    AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.
  • boardnetUSA
    boardnetUSA™ is the unique website revolutionizing the way nonprofit boards and new leaders find each other.
  • Citizen Corps
    Citizen Corps is FEMA's grassroots strategy to bring together government and community leaders to involve citizens in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience.
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
    The Corporation for National and Community Service plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. We are a catalyst for change and champion for the ideal that every American has skills and talents to give.
  • Giving DuPage
    At Giving DuPage, you can learn about volunteer opportunities at local agencies and organizations and discover helpful tips on volunteering and giving.
  • Hands on Network
    HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute, leads people from impulse to action, turning ideas for change in to real projects.
  • Idealist
    Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.
  • National Mentoring Partnership
    A searchable mentoring opportunity database powered by mentoring.org.
  • Peace Corps
    Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and committing more than 1,000 new Volunteers as a part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.
  • Points of Light Institute
    Points of Light Institute was created by the merger of the Points of Light Foundation and Hands On Network in August 2007. The result is a powerful, integrated national organization with a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving. Our vision is that one day every person will discover their power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant democracies around the world. To realize this vision, Points of Light Institute operates three dynamic business units that share a mission to equip, mobilize and inspire people to take action that changes the world: HandsOn Network, MissionFish and the Civic Incubator.
  • Senior Corps
    Senior Corps connects today’s over 55s with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Conceived during John F. Kennedy's presidency, Senior Corps currently links more than 500,000 Americans to service opportunities. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations throughout the United States.
  • SERVEnet
    Launched in 1996, servenet.org is a website that mobilizes and empowers the volunteer service community to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing local communities.
  • United Way
    United Way is a national network of nearly 1,300 local organizations that work to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.
  • Volunteer2
    Volunteer management website.
  • VolunteerMatch
    VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Our popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 65,000 nonprofit organizations.
  • Volunteer.Gov
    America’s Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Portal.

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Resources for Administrators

  • The Alliance for Nonprofit Management
    The Alliance is a member-led and member-engaged organization. The Alliance network gathers leading nonprofit professionals concerned with the many challenges nonprofits face today. Together – MSOs, consultants, grantmakers, technical assistance providers and nonprofits share and learn successful pathways to achieving impact and increasing sustainability and ultimately success.
  • American Humanics National Website
    The American Humanics program is an innovative course of study that equips college and university students to become skilled professionals and leaders in America's nonprofit organizations.
  • BoardSource (formerly National Center for Nonprofit Boards)
    BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders.
  • The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
    The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University is a leading academic center dedicated to increasing the understanding of philanthropy and improving its practice through research, teaching, public service and public affairs. Founded in 1987, the Center is a part of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
  • Central Illinois Volunteer Information Center (CIVIC)
    CIVIC has been established to guide an individual through the volunteer process in order to alleviate any stress or uncertainty for the volunteer. Working as an on-site location in the heart of the Peoria area, CIVIC offers a wide range of volunteer information services.
  • Charity Navigator
    Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,400 of America's largest charities.
  • Chicago Cares
    Chicago Cares is the city's premier volunteer organization. We provide opportunities for individuals and businesses to improve the Chicago community through participation in creative, structured group volunteer programs that address Chicago's most pressing needs. Chicago Cares creates, manages and leads 215 original group volunteer projects each month serving children, adults, seniors, the environment, the hungry and homeless and more. Our innovative format gives people the opportunity to work on our projects on a flexible basis and has attracted thousands of active volunteers. Chicago Cares is an affiliate of HandsOn Network.
  • Chicagovolunteer.net
    A program of the Community Resource Network.
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the newspaper of the nonprofit world. It is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.
  • The Community House
    The Community House is a nonprofit organization (501(c)3) that delivers both quality recreation programs and affordable social services that are deeply rooted in the community. It makes a difference in the lives of thousands of families and individuals that need local opportunities for athletics, arts and culture, counseling, learning, building friendships, and community connections. Based in Hinsdale and serving the surrounding suburbs, The Community House staff is dedicated and committed to offering a warm and welcoming environment and programs to improve the social, physical and emotional well-being for its users.
  • Community Resource Network Volunteer Center (Chicago)
    CRN brings together individuals, social service agencies and companies who might otherwise not find each other.
  • Community Volunteer Center (Springfield)
    The Community Volunteer Center (CVC) develops promotes and supports volunteering and connects volunteers with opportunities for service. Sponsored by Lincoln Land Community College and assisted by an Advisory Board of community leaders, the CVC serves the public in a fifteen county area in central Illinois.
  • CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
    CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is a consulting, research, and training organization providing nonprofits with management tools, strategies, and resources to lead change in their communities. With offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, we work with community-based nonprofits in executive transition, planning, boards of directors, finance systems and business planning, fundraising, and technology.
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
    The Corporation for National and Community Service plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. We are a catalyst for change and champion for the ideal that every American has skills and talents to give.
  • Council For Certification in Volunteer Administration
    Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) is the only international professional certification in the field of volunteer resources management. Originally developed by the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) several decades ago, the program is now sponsored by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA). The CVA credential reflects mastery of the knowledge required of practitioners in this field as measured through an exam and peer assessment process.
  • Council on Foundations
    The Council on Foundations is a national nonprofit association of some 2,000 grantmaking foundations and corporations. As a leader in philanthropy, we strive to increase the effectiveness, stewardship, and accountability of our sector while providing our members with the services and support they need for success.
  • Donors Forum
    Donors Forum is the premier resource for networking and education, information and knowledge, and leadership on behalf of philanthropy in Illinois. As a nonprofit membership association of grantmakers, individual donors, and advisors, Donors Forum advances philanthropy by serving its members and by promoting an effective and informed nonprofit sector.
  • DuPage Association of Volunteer Administration
    Founded in 1974, the DuPage Association of Volunteer Administration is dedicated to promoting excellence in volunteer programs by encouraging and enhancing professional development of volunteer administrators through: education, networking, and mutual support.
  • The Foundation Center
    The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.
  • Giving DuPage
    At Giving DuPage, you can learn about volunteer opportunities at local agencies and organizations and discover helpful tips on volunteering and giving.
  • GuideStar
    If you care about nonprofits and the work they do, then you're affected by what GuideStar does—even if this is your first visit to www.guidestar.org. You see, we gather and publicize information about nonprofit organizations. Our reach is far and wide. Our database is broad and deep.
  • The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
    The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University is a university-wide center for the study of nonprofit organizations and civil society. The Hauser Center seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about the leadership of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations through the key goals of research, education, and practice.
  • Idealist
    Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.
  • Illinois Attorney General: Building Better Charities
    Under Illinois law, fundraisers and charitable organizations are required to register each year with the Attorney General's office. Potential donors may then access important information such as income, expenditures, programs and administration before giving to the charity. Consumers will find valuable information and tips on donating wisely. Charitable organizations and professional fund-raisers will find specific information on reporting requirements, rules and statutes, and the forms necessary for registering and reporting as required by law.
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Volunteers
    The IDNR Volunteer Program has developed a Volunteer Network of caring people and organizations who have become a major asset in maintaining our natural and recreational resources. You can join our team of volunteers who share their love of nature, their time, and their dedication to conservation.
  • The Independent Sector
    Independent Sector is the leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. Our nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations leads, strengthens, and mobilizes the charitable community in order to fulfill our vision of a just and inclusive society and a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions, and vibrant communities.
  • The Independent Sector – Value of Volunteer Time ($)
    The estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. Charitable organizations can use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide.
  • Internal Revenue Service: Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits
  • Lake County Cares
    Just as an executive search firm helps individuals find the right career path, Lake County Cares helps people find the right volunteer fit. Opportunities may seem limited, or limitless, depending on how you plan to spend your time. Our goal is to help you find a service experience that matches your current interests and desired time commitment and leaves you feeling inspired. We respect your need to give back and look forward to helping you unravel and discover exactly what that means, for you, today.
  • The Management Assistance Program (MAP) for Nonprofits
    MAP for Nonprofits provides high-value management consulting and services, as well as board recruitment and training, to large, medium and small nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities and beyond, helping nonprofit clients to more effectively to achieve their missions.
  • Mississippi Valley Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) (Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois)
    The mission of MVDOVIA is to enhance the development and growth of volunteer program administrators through communication, education, and networking, and to promote volunteerism in the Quad Cities. DOVIA is recognized around the world as a professional volunteer management organization, with the Mississippi Valley DOVIA chapter covering Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
  • National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
    N4a’s primary mission is to build the capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
  • National Center for Charitable Statistics
    The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States.
  • Non-Profit Risk Management Center
    The Nonprofit Risk Management Center was established in 1990 to provide assistance and resources for community-serving nonprofit organizations. As a nonprofit, the Center is uniquely positioned to both understand and respond to questions with practical, affordable suggestions for controlling risks that threaten a nonprofit’s ability to accomplish its mission.
  • Nonprofit Services Consortium
    The mission of NSC is to strengthen our region's nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector as a whole by providing programs, services, and resources that inform, promote, and connect nonprofits as they work to improve people's lives.
  • One Brick
    One Brick is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization that brings volunteers together to support other local non-profit organizations by adopting an innovative twist to the volunteer experience: we create a friendly and social atmosphere around volunteering, and after each volunteer event.
  • People First – Total Solutions
    People First’s mission is to assist not-for-profits to succeed in mobilizing their people through training consultancy, and coaching services.
  • Points of Light Institute
    Points of Light Institute was created by the merger of the Points of Light Foundation and Hands On Network in August 2007. The result is a powerful, integrated national organization with a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving. Our vision is that one day every person will discover their power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant democracies around the world. To realize this vision, Points of Light Institute operates three dynamic business units that share a mission to equip, mobilize and inspire people to take action that changes the world: HandsOn Network, MissionFish and the Civic Incubator.
  • The President's Volunteer Service Award
    Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.
  • The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
    The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.
  • SERVEnet
    Launched in 1996, servenet.org is a website that mobilizes and empowers the volunteer service community to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing local communities.
  • ServiceLeader.org
    ServiceLeader.org, a project of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin, provides information on all aspects of volunteerism.
  • SmartVolunteer
    SmartVolunteer connects talented professionals with meaningful skills-based non-profit volunteer opportunities.
  • Spirit of Service Awards (Corporation for National and Community Service)
    The Corporation for National and Community Service is committed to recognizing and celebrating outstanding service by their volunteers, members, and alumni. The Spirit of Service Awards pay tribute to the most outstanding participants in each of the Corporation’s programs - including Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America.
  • RSVP of Peoria and Tazewell Counties
    The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Peoria and Tazewell Counties recruits, supports, and provides volunteer opportunities and experiences for persons over 55 years of age. RSVP offers these services to nonprofit agencies and organizations throughout the community allowing our volunteers to utilize their own talents and interests in fulfilling the needs of others.
  • SouthWestern Illinois Volunteer Center (SWIVC)
    SWIVC.org seeks to provide you, the volunteer, with a variety of non-profit, governmental, and faith-based agencies with which to volunteer your time.
  • Tutor / Mentor Connection
    The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of comprehensive, long-term, volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in high-poverty areas of the Chicago region and other large US cities through an ongoing, dynamic exchange of ideas.
  • TechSoup.org
    TechSoup provides a range of technology services for nonprofits, including articles, a blog, discussion forums, Webinars, and discounted and donated technology products.
  • United Way
    United Way is a national network of nearly 1,300 local organizations that work to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.
  • United Way of Champaign County
    United Way is working to advance the common good by focusing on Success by 6, Youth, Basic Needs and Strengthening the Human Care network. These are the building block for a good life.
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis Volunteer Center
    The United Way of Greater St. Louis unites people of different backgrounds and interests who work together to strengthen health and human services in Missouri and Illinois.
  • United Way of Illinois
    United Way of Illinois is a statewide association of 59 local organizations that create long-lasting community change by helping children and youth achieve their potential, promoting financial stability and family independence and improving people’s health.
  • United Way of Lake County
    United Way of Lake County creates opportunities for a better life for all right here in our own community. We are a volunteer led organization that advances the common good by concentrating on three key issues that are the building blocks for a better life: education, income and health.
  • United Way of McHenry County Volunteer Center
    United Way McHenry County Volunteer Center engages individuals and groups of all ages in volunteerism to help solve critical social problems.
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  • United Way of Rock River Valley Volunteer Center (Rockford)
  • The Urban Institute
    Nonpartisan economic and social policy research.
  • Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center
    University of Illinois – Springfield - Our mission is to connect students, faculty, and staff to community partners by providing quality civic engagement and volunteer opportunities that further the social good of central Illinois.
  • Volunteer Centers of Illinois
    Volunteer Centers of Illinois (VCI) is an association that provides support and professional development to the Illinois Volunteer Centers.
  • Volunteer Center of New Trier Township (Winnetka)
    The Volunteer Center is a clearinghouse for residents and service groups in the North Shore communities of Glencoe, Kenilworth, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka to volunteer or engage in days of service ad service learning programs with non-profit organizations.
  • The Volunteer Center of Metropolitan Chicago
    The Volunteer Center helps residents and service groups in the NE Metro Chicago area volunteer or engage in days of service and service learning programs with 501C3 non-profit organizations and schools in metropolitan Chicago and beyond.
  • The Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago
    The Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago (TVC) is a valuable resource in Illinois for people looking to volunteer in Northern Cook and Northern DuPage counties. We recruit volunteers on behalf of 140+ social service agencies and schools, and we provide training and consulting to our member agencies. We also administer several direct service programs of our own. Therefore, we serve two populations: the volunteers and agencies we bring together, and the members of the community who benefit from our combined efforts.
  • Volunteer Center of United Way of Lake County
    United Way of Lake County is preparing our children to succeed in a changing world by focusing on education and building safe and stable families.
  • Volunteer Center of United Way of Will County (Joliet)
    United Way of Will County works with local volunteers to identify and solve critical issues faced by many Will County residents. Each dollar United Way of Will County raises is accounted for. You know that your dollars are going to provide services and programs for individuals in need throughout Will County.
  • Volunteer Centers of Illinois
    Volunteer Centers of Illinois (VCI) is an association that provides support and professional development to the Illinois Volunteer Centers.
  • Volunteering in America Research
    The Corporation for National and Community Service is pleased to present Volunteering in America: 2008 State and City Trends and Rankings. This comprehensive report has again been produced along with our partners, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2008 report updates and unifies information previously published in separate state and city reports, and greatly expands local information, presenting data on more than 150 of our nation's cities. And, for the first time this year, the report is available only in an online version.
  • VolunteerMatch
    VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Our popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 65,000 nonprofit organizations.
  • Volunteer Pool of Highland Park
    The Volunteer Pool of Highland Park promotes and encourages volunteerism in the schools and the community. Established in 1964, the Volunteer Pool is a not-for-profit organization that matches volunteers to needs and requests from local schools and other agencies.
  • VolunteerNOW (Macomb)
    Volunteer Now: Macomb Area Volunteer Center (MAVC) seeks to enhance the spirit and quality of community life by connecting people with opportunities to serve, building capacity for local volunteering, promoting volunteerism and participating in strategic initiatives.
  • Volunteer Spot
    A free online sign-up tool that simplifies grassroots volunteering.

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Resources for Volunteers

  • Beautify Southern Illinois Campaign
    Beautify Southern Illinois Campaign is dedicated to cleaning up the litter in southern Illinois, conducting positive environmental projects, and educating others on the importance of doing so in order to create environmental sustainability for the area.
  • Central Illinois Volunteer Information Center (CIVIC)
    CIVIC has been established to guide an individual through the volunteer process in order to alleviate any stress or uncertainty for the volunteer. Working as an on-site location in the heart of the Peoria area, CIVIC offers a wide range of volunteer information services.
  • Chicago Cares
    Chicago Cares is the city's premier volunteer organization. We provide opportunities for individuals and businesses to improve the Chicago community through participation in creative, structured group volunteer programs that address Chicago's most pressing needs. Chicago Cares creates, manages and leads 215 original group volunteer projects each month serving children, adults, seniors, the environment, the hungry and homeless and more. Our innovative format gives people the opportunity to work on our projects on a flexible basis and has attracted thousands of active volunteers. Chicago Cares is an affiliate of HandsOn Network.
  • The Community House
    The Community House is a nonprofit organization (501(c)3) that delivers both quality recreation programs and affordable social services that are deeply rooted in the community. It makes a difference in the lives of thousands of families and individuals that need local opportunities for athletics, arts and culture, counseling, learning, building friendships, and community connections. Based in Hinsdale and serving the surrounding suburbs, The Community House staff is dedicated and committed to offering a warm and welcoming environment and programs to improve the social, physical and emotional well-being for its users.
  • Community Resource Network Volunteer Center (Chicago)
    CRN brings together individuals, social service agencies and companies who might otherwise not find each other.
  • Community Volunteer Center (Springfield)
    The Community Volunteer Center (CVC) develops promotes and supports volunteering and connects volunteers with opportunities for service. Sponsored by Lincoln Land Community College and assisted by an Advisory Board of community leaders, the CVC serves the public in a fifteen county area in central Illinois.
  • Giving DuPage
    At Giving DuPage, you can learn about volunteer opportunities at local agencies and organizations and discover helpful tips on volunteering and giving.
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Volunteers
    The IDNR Volunteer Program has developed a Volunteer Network of caring people and organizations who have become a major asset in maintaining our natural and recreational resources. You can join our team of volunteers who share their love of nature, their time, and their dedication to conservation.
  • Lake County Cares
    Just as an executive search firm helps individuals find the right career path, Lake County Cares helps people find the right volunteer fit. Opportunities may seem limited, or limitless, depending on how you plan to spend your time. Our goal is to help you find a service experience that matches your current interests and desired time commitment and leaves you feeling inspired. We respect your need to give back and look forward to helping you unravel and discover exactly what that means, for you, today.
  • One Brick
    One Brick is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization that brings volunteers together to support other local non-profit organizations by adopting an innovative twist to the volunteer experience: we create a friendly and social atmosphere around volunteering, and after each volunteer event.
  • RSVP of Peoria and Tazewell Counties
    The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Peoria and Tazewell Counties recruits, supports, and provides volunteer opportunities and experiences for persons over 55 years of age. RSVP offers these services to nonprofit agencies and organizations throughout the community allowing our volunteers to utilize their own talents and interests in fulfilling the needs of others.
  • Serve.gov
    Serve.gov is your online resource for not only finding volunteer opportunities in your community, but also creating your own. Use Serve.gov to help you do your part. America’s foundation will be built one community at a time – and it starts with you.
  • SouthWestern Illinois Volunteer Center (SWIVC)
    SWIVC.org seeks to provide you, the volunteer, with a variety of non-profit, governmental, and faith-based agencies with which to volunteer your time.
  • Tutor / Mentor Connection
    The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of comprehensive, long-term, volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in high-poverty areas of the Chicago region and other large US cities through an ongoing, dynamic exchange of ideas.
  • United Way
    United Way is a national network of nearly 1,300 local organizations that work to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.
  • United Way of Champaign County
    United Way is working to advance the common good by focusing on Success by 6, Youth, Basic Needs and Strengthening the Human Care network. These are the building block for a good life.
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis Volunteer Center
    The United Way of Greater St. Louis unites people of different backgrounds and interests who work together to strengthen health and human services in Missouri and Illinois.
  • United Way of Illinois
    United Way of Illinois is a statewide association of 59 local organizations that create long-lasting community change by helping children and youth achieve their potential, promoting financial stability and family independence and improving people’s health.
  • United Way of Lake County
    United Way of Lake County creates opportunities for a better life for all right here in our own community. We are a volunteer led organization that advances the common good by concentrating on three key issues that are the building blocks for a better life: education, income and health.
  • United Way of McHenry County Volunteer Center
    United Way McHenry County Volunteer Center engages individuals and groups of all ages in volunteerism to help solve critical social problems.
  • United Way of Rock River Valley Volunteer Center (Rockford)
  • Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center
    University of Illinois – Springfield - Our mission is to connect students, faculty, and staff to community partners by providing quality civic engagement and volunteer opportunities that further the social good of central Illinois.
  • The Volunteer Center of North East Metropolitan Chicago
    The Volunteer Center helps residents and service groups in the NE Metro Chicago area volunteer or engage in days of service and service learning programs with 501C3 non-profit organizations and schools in metropolitan Chicago and beyond.
  • The Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago
    The Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago (TVC) is a valuable resource in Illinois for people looking to volunteer in Northern Cook and Northern DuPage counties. We recruit volunteers on behalf of 140+ social service agencies and schools, and we provide training and consulting to our member agencies. We also administer several direct service programs of our own. Therefore, we serve two populations: the volunteers and agencies we bring together, and the members of the community who benefit from our combined efforts.
  • Volunteer Center of United Way of Lake County
    United Way of Lake County is preparing our children to succeed in a changing world by focusing on education and building safe and stable families.
  • Volunteer Center of United Way of Will County (Joliet)
    United Way of Will County works with local volunteers to identify and solve critical issues faced by many Will County residents. Each dollar United Way of Will County raises is accounted for. You know that your dollars are going to provide services and programs for individuals in need throughout Will County.
  • Volunteer Centers of Illinois
    Volunteer Centers of Illinois (VCI) is an association that provides support and professional development to the Illinois Volunteer Centers.
  • Volunteer Pool of Highland Park
    The Volunteer Pool of Highland Park promotes and encourages volunteerism in the schools and the community. Established in 1964, the Volunteer Pool is a not-for-profit organization that matches volunteers to needs and requests from local schools and other agencies.
  • VolunteerNOW (Macomb)
    Volunteer Now: Macomb Area Volunteer Center (MAVC) seeks to enhance the spirit and quality of community life by connecting people with opportunities to serve, building capacity for local volunteering, promoting volunteerism and participating in strategic initiatives.
  • Volunteering in America Research
    The Corporation for National and Community Service is pleased to present Volunteering in America: 2008 State and City Trends and Rankings. This comprehensive report has again been produced along with our partners, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2008 report updates and unifies information previously published in separate state and city reports, and greatly expands local information, presenting data on more than 150 of our nation's cities. And, for the first time this year, the report is available only in an online version.
  • VolunteerMatch
    VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Our popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 65,000 nonprofit organizations.
  • Volunteers of America
    Volunteers of America was founded by social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth as a national movement to help Americans in need.

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Service Learning

  • Campus Compact – National
    Campus Compact is a coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents - representing some 6 million students - who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. As the only national association dedicated to this mission, Campus Compact is a leader in building civic engagement into campus and academic life. Through its national office and network of 32 state offices, member institutions receive the training, resources, and advocacy they need to build strong surrounding communities and teach students the skills and values of democracy
  • Illinois Campus Compact
    Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC) is a coalition of 40 member campuses that bond together to actively engage presidents, faculty, staff and students to promote a renewed vision of higher education - one that supports not only the civic development of students, but the campus as an active and engaged member of its community
  • Learn and Serve America in Illinois
    Service learning offers a concrete opportunity for students from kindergarten to high school across the Land of Lincoln to get involved in their communities in a tangible way by integrating service projects with classroom learning. Service learning engages our young people in the educational process, combining what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems. Students not only learn about democracy and citizenship, they become actively contributing citizens through the service they perform
  • National Youth Leadership Council
    The mission of the National Youth Leadership Council is to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world with young people, their schools, and their communities through service-learning
  • Youth Service America
    Youth Service America (YSA) seeks to improve communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in important roles. Founded in 1986, YSA is an international nonprofit resource center that partners with thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries to expand the impact of the youth service movement with families, communities, schools, corporations, and governments

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