Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteerism is the hallmark of Jewish life in Chicago. Almost every Jewish agency and organization welcomes the participation of volunteers in its operation.

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Amirim Israel Summer Programs

Young Judaea
575 8th Ave.
11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (917) 595-2100
Fax: (646) 649-2422
Email: summer@youngjudaea.org
Web: http://www.youngjudaea.org/amirim

Offers volunteer and internship opportunities in Israel with social action oriented organizations. Four- or eight-week programs for ages 18-27. Includes weekly trips, insightful speakers, social events and learning opportunities.

The ARK Seymour H. Persky Building *

Main Listing
6450 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (773) 973-4362
Email: ark@arkchicago.org
Web: http://www.arkchicago.org
Contact: Marc J. Swatez, Ph.D., Executive Director

Services include medical, dental and eye care, pharmaceutical assistance, rent and utility assistance, food, transitional housing, legal aid, job search assistance, benefits advocacy, case management, psychological therapy and testing, a day program for the chronically mentally ill, and more.

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps

4707 N. Broadway Street, Suite 304
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 867-1704, (773) 867-1703
Email: avodahchicago@avodah.net
Web: http://www.avodah.net

National organization dedicated to developing and engaging a network of Jewish leaders fighting domestic poverty. Places young Jewish adults, 21-26 years of age, in a year of full-time service at local antipoverty organizations. During the year, corps members live together as a community and participate in intensive learning to deepen their understanding of domestic poverty, advance their leadership and professional skills, and explore their work through the lens of Jewish tradition. In January 2016, AVODAH will also launch a Fellowship for early-career professionals dedicated to integrating their Jewish and justice identities.

Camp TOV *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5034
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2867
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: tovteen@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/teens/camp_tov.aspx
Contact: Jen Lande

Week-long, interactive service-oriented summer program on wheels focusing on poverty, hunger, homelessness, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly, and leadership skills. Camp, which can serve as a bar/bat mitzvah service project, is for seventh- through 10th-graders from throughout Chicago and its suburbs.

Dina & Eli Field EZRA Multi-Service Center *

909 Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 275-0866
Email: anitadenes-meador@juf.org
Web: https://www.juf.org/ezra

EZRA, the Hebrew word for Help, is committed to "Tikkun Olam" and works to repair the world by building professional and compassionate interventions in response to human suffering. EZRA's services are provided to alleviate poverty, hunger, unemployment, and other self-sufficiency barriers to living with dignity. EZRA also offers Jewish holiday celebrations so people can connect to and be supported by their heritage.

Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs

Midwest Region
1633 Brighton Court
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 714-6631
Email: gumboy1@gmail.com
Web: http://www.midwestregionfjmc.org
Contact: Dr. Michael Greenberg, Region President

Jewish volunteers committed to serving their congregations, building a strong and united Conservative movement, study of traditions, and understanding through brotherhood.

HIAS Chicago Volunteers *

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS Chicago)
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4666
Fax: (312) 855-3291
Email: hiaschicago@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.hiaschicago.org

Promotion of immigrant and refugee rights for Jewish refugees and immigrants from the former Soviet Union and others, location services, and assistance in the citizenship application process: teaching citizenship preparation classes in English, providing bilingual in-home citizenship tutoring and conducting practice citizenship interviews with applicants.

JCC Chicago Women’s Auxiliary *

Administrative Office
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 4000
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 775-1800
Fax: (312) 775-1818
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org

This volunteer service organization provides scholarship assistance to campers attending JCC Camp Chi and JCC Apachi Day Camps. These important volunteer tasks enhance community life.

JUF TOV Volunteer Network *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4762
Fax: (312) 553-5491
Email: tov@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/tov
Contact: Yael Brunwasser

Engages members of our community in the mitzvah of tikkun olam, repairing our world. TOV connects individuals of all ages to one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities throughout the Jewish and greater Chicago community. Join TOV in repairing the world, one good deed at a time.

JUF Uptown Café *

Jewish United Fund
EZRA Multi-Service Center
909 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 467-3845
Email: abbycitrin@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/tov/uptown-cafe.aspx
Contact: Abby Citrin, Uptown Café Milieu and Group Services Coordinator

Located in the Dina and Eli Field EZRA Multi-service Center, the Café provides hot kosher meals to nourish the body and spirits of those in need in Chicago's Uptown community.

Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago *

7366 N. Lincoln Ave.
Suite 301
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: (847) 674-3224
Email: info@maotchitim.org
Web: http://www.maotchitim.org
Contact: Joellyn Oliff, Executive Director

Delivers kosher holiday foods to families and individuals in need through out the Chicago Metropolitan Community. Food is delivered for Rosh Hashanah and Passover. Volunteer opportunities exist for all aspects of the delivery—building boxes, packing boxes, and delivering the meals door to door. Everyone is welcome.

Mini-Camp TOV *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5034
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2867
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: tovteen@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/teens/actnow.aspx
Contact: Jen Lande

Mini-Camp TOV is the same great experience as Camp TOV, in a smaller package! Take part in a jam-packed two-day session of hands-on volunteering, taking place in early June after school ends and before overnight camp begins. To participate in Mini-Camp TOV, you must be a Jewish teen from the Chicago area entering grades seven through 12.

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)

Chicago North Shore Section
1107 Central Street
Wilmette, IL 60091
Phone: (847) 853-8889
Email: info@ncjwcns.org
Web: http://www.ncjwcns.org

Dedicated to causes affecting women, children and families. Advocacy priorities include civil rights, reproductive justice, accessible healthcare, gun restriction and regulation, and domestic violence prevention. Many hands-on community service and advocacy volunteer opportunities available.

National Council of Jewish Women South Cook (NCJW)

P.O. Box 982
Homewood, IL 60430
Phone: (815) 806-8717
Email: jbenovic@gmail.com
Web: http://www.ncjwsouthcook.org

Strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families, and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Participates in many community service projects.

TOV Teen MTV (Monthly Teen Volunteering) *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5034
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2867
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: tovteen@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/teens/mtv.aspx
Contact: Jen Lande

Gives Jewish teenagers the opportunity to take part in unique monthly community service projects, such as helping the environment, visiting the elderly, fighting hunger and poverty, or assisting people with disabilities. Participants will meet other teens from around Chicagoland and earn volunteer hours for school, all while making a difference in their community.

Volunteer Opportunities in JUF's Partnership Together Program *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4737
Email: partnership@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/p2g
Contact: Brooke Mandrea

Volunteer in JUF's Partnership Together region of Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir in Israel's northern Negev. Volunteer pays transportation and misc. expenses; lodging, at no cost. No Hebrew necessary.

Volunteers *

216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (773) 467-3746
Fax: (312) 553-5533
Email: volunteering@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org/employment-volunteering
Contact: Karen Goldman, Development Associate - Volunteers & In-Kind Giving

Jewish Child & Family Services provides trusted, innovative and individualized care and support for children, teens, adults and families of all backgrounds across Chicagoland. Services include counseling and support, developmental, cognitive and behavioral services, special education, camps and recreation, child welfare, services for people with disabilities and their families, and community programs. Volunteers are an essential part of JCFS. We will match your skills, availability and passions with current volunteer projects, which range from once a year to once a week, from the city to the suburbs.

Volunteers for Israel *

P.O. Box 4992
Skokie, IL 60076-4992
Phone: (888) 246-3037
Email: chicagovfi@msn.com
Web: http://www.vfi-usa.org

Work on a supply base in Israel for (sometimes one) two or three weeks. Ages 16 to 80. Room and board provided. You pay airfare. Certain to be the most rewarding experience of a lifetime. Programs throughout the year.

Yad B' Yad *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 467-3813
Email: meredithsices@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Meredith Sices, Clinician

Volunteer program bringing together Jewish young adults with developmental disabilities and young Jewish volunteers for social, cultural and religious activities.

What's New in the Guide

Introduction to Judaism

An 18-week program designed for individuals and couples from Jewish and various other faith backgrounds who want to explore Jewish holidays and life cycle ceremonies, Jewish values, symbols and traditions, and Jewish liturgy and texts. Introduction to Judaism is ideal for those who are part of a Jewish family, are considering conversion, or simply want to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life. Co-sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism and the Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis. Classes are offered at several locations around Chicago and the suburbs in the fall, winter and spring.

A Taste of Judaism

Curious about Judaism? A Taste of Judaism is designed for those who are curious about Judaism. These free three weekly sessions focus on the modern Jewish take on spirituality, values, and community. Sessions are dynamic and interactive; the teachers are engaging and accessible and are open to all of your questions and concerns. Whether you are simply curious about Judaism or are looking to take your next steps on your Jewish journey you have come to the right place! All are welcome. Program offered at several locations across Chicago and suburbs in the fall, winter and spring. 

EdtechMMG, LLC

Creates highly collaborative and innovative professional development experiences for Jewish educators rooted in Jewish text study and hands-on explorations of blended learning technologies. EdtechMMG provides in-classroom instructional coaching, online learning opportunities, and parallel student and family programming, and also offers customized consulting services.

Bank-Leumi-Box-Ad-3
IL Holocaust Museum Docent