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

4700 N Ravenswood
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: Ariel Rosen

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
Web: https://www.juf.org/ezra

The Dina and Eli Field EZRA Multi-Service Center is dedicated to Tikkun Olam, or "repairing the world," and helping our community members live with dignity through advocacy and compassionate, collaborative care for those experiencing a crisis or isolation.

Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs

Midwest Region
1633 Brighton Court
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 714-6631
Email: webmaster613@midwestregionfjmc.org
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

Volunteers provide assistance to individuals who are applying for citizenship. This includes facilitating group citizenship classes, offering one-on-one tutoring sessions, and performing mock interviews.

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 Cafe *

Jewish United Fund
EZRA Multi-Service Center
909 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-467-3845
Email: JoelleSwatez@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/tov/uptown-cafe.aspx
Contact: Joelle Swatez, JUF Uptown Cafe Coordinator

Located in the Dina and Eli Field EZRA Multi-Service Center, Chicago's first kosher anti-hunger program feeds the hungry while nourishing their spirits. The Cafe serves dinner three nights a week and Sunday brunch. Staffed by volunteer servers, the Cafe provides a dignified setting for nutritious food and connections to the community.

Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago *

3710 Commercial Ave
Suite 7
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-674-3224
Email: info@maotchitim.org
Web: www.maotchitim.org
Contact: Joellyn Stoliar, Executive Director

Delivers kosher holiday foods to families and individuals in need throughout 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: https://www.juf.org/teens/TOV_MiniCamp.aspx
Contact: Ariel Rosen

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
5 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-853-8889
Email: info@ncjwcns.org
Web: www.ncjwcns.org
Contact: Melissa Prober

The National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families, and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. For over a century, NCJW has been at the forefront of social change. NCJW members are outspoken champions for progressive policies at the federal, state and local levels. Over the years, NCJW's collective voice has changed the world for the better -- improving the lives of women, children and families in the US and Israel.

National Council of Jewish Women South Cook (NCJW)

P.O. Box 982
Homewood, IL 60430
Phone: (815) 806-9248
Email: sejohnsonncjw@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.ncjwsouthcook.org

For 96 years, NCJW South Cook Section has addressed the needs of our South Suburban Chicago communities through dedication to improving the lives of women, children, and families, community service, and advocacy programs to preserve our individual rights and freedoms. We are advocates, tutors, readers, art appreciation volunteers, local agency board members, actors and singers who entertain special needs populations, supporters of local emergency shelters, lunch servers, donors, event planners, and so much more. We are proud to partner with other local agencies to provide the most comprehensive programs to assist those in need in our communities.

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 *

Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 855-275-5237
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Sheryl Green

Jewish Child & Family Services strives to enhance emotional well being for adults, children, teens and families as well as to maximize potential for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our services include counseling; developmental, cognitive and behavioral testing, assessment and therapy; special education, pediatric speech and occupational therapies; special needs camps, services for people with disabilities and their families; therapeutic foster care, and Jewish community programs and education. Office locations in downtown Chicago, West Rogers Park, Skokie, Northbrook and Buffalo Grove. 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 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
Abe and Ida Cooper Center
6639 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: www.jcfs.org

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

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Milt’s Extra Innings

Sun-Thur 11am till 7pm

Friday 11am till 2pm

Closed on Saturday

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Moishe House Hyde Park

Moishe House is a network of peer-based Jewish communities for young adults aged 22-30. Each house is comprised of three to five residents who host five to seven programs per month, covering a wide variety of topics and activities, including Shabbat dinners, camping trips and volunteering.  

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