Welcome back students! We look forward to working with you this year and hope you'll visit the Student Volunteer and Resource Center's new home on the first floor of the Center for Liberal Arts (CLA) soon! Check back here and visit our Facebook page for new opportunities for service for Fall semester. In the meantime, plan on learning more about opportunities this year at the following events:
August 21st: Turning Titan My Way info session about Volunteer and Alternative Break Opportunities from 4:00-5:00pm in CLA 205
Come and learn about the many ways you can become involved in service and social justice on campus, in our community, and across the United States!
August 29th: RSO Fair on the Quad from 4:00-6:00pm
Come and learn about the many Registered Student Organizations that engage in service on our campus and across the world, as well as about the Student Volunteer and Resource Center.
September 3rd: Alternative Break info session at Hansen Center Court from 7:00-8:00pm
All students, faculty and staff interested in learning more about four trips that will engage participants in service work and equip them for social justice and advocacy work. The four trips are: Alternative Fall Break (Local Edition) on the West Side of Bloomington, Alternative Fall Break (Chicago Interfaith Edition), Alternative Spring Break (Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge) and Alternative Spring Break (Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota).
Miller Park Zoo, on the west side of Bloomington, provides long-term opportunities for volunteers. Please visit their website at http://18.104.22.168/parks/Miller-Park-Zoo/volunteer-opportunities.htm for more information.
The Humane Society of Central Illinois provides many different opportunities to work with animals and support the work of the shelter. Please visit their website for more information at http://www.hscipets.org/volunteer1.htm
The McLean County Arts Center, within walking distance of campus, provides various volunteer opportunities ranging from office support to leading art workshops. Please visit their website at http://www.mcaart.org/mcac/html/volunteering.html for more information.
In our own lives, each of us was influenced by someone who broadened our horizons and brought a little magic to our lives. By becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister you can do the same for a child. Whether you visit a child at their school or explore the community together, the focus is always on building a long-lasting, positive relationship.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, have a valid driver's license, vehicle, and insurance on their vehicle. They are engineers, students, managers, teachers, accountants, mechanics, military, and retirees. They are everyday people-busy people with active lives-except one part of their lives include a special relationship with a child they call their "Little".
Contact information: (309)-828-1870. More info at: http://www.bbbscil.org/McLean-County/volunteer.htm
The Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal (within biking distance of IWU) has many different volunteer opportunities for IWU individuals and groups. These include:
Note: To be able to volunteer here, everyone needs to complete a background check through DCFS. Once approved, volunteers may come whenever their schedule allows them to come.
Short-term opportunities include painting or sprucing up our rooms, family fun nights, prepare meals for groups, office help, organize drives for materials, graduation events, mentoring, tutoring, and specialty talents that could be taught to young children (shooting a basket, painting, making bracelets)
1. Early Learning Center: read books to kids, help with child care, help with lending library upkeep. Also looking for a music or art specialist to lead classes for at least 2 hours per month.
2. Healthy Start/Parents Care & Share/Kids Turn: be a Children's Program Specialist –offer age appropriate activities to children while their parents are in group meetings (evening hours). The Parent's Care + Share asks for someone that is able to be there regularly. The Children's Program Specialist also is paid a stipend.
3. Crisis Nursery: Volunteers needed Monday through Friday anytime between 8am and 8pm. The main duty of our volunteers is to take care of the children (ages 0-6 years old). That can mean playtime, reading books, snacks etc.
Contact Katie Clothier at email@example.com for more information.
If you are a big kid at heart and still love to play – we need you! We are looking for energetic volunteers to interact with and play with museum visitors, lead free floor programming and keep the museum exhibits tidy and inviting.
Daily Volunteer Shifts: 10:00-12:00 or 12:00-2:00 or 2:00-4:00
Contact information: (309) 433-3453 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More info at http://www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.net/
JA has programs for kids K – 12 grade to help them learn how to manage money. JA does this by teaching financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills using interactive materials. We use community volunteers to teach the programs to the kids and equip the volunteers with everything they need to do so – it all comes in a kit. In just 5-7 sessions of 30 – 45 minutes each, a volunteer can teach an entire JA program to a class of students! Get more experience in the classroom with flexible hours.
To learn more, visit http://www.juniorachievement.biz/consultant.html. Students can attend a no obligation Info Session facilitated by a JA staff member.
Basketball leagues and open gym provide opportunities for life skills teaching, and personal support to help participants stay in school and achieve personal goals. Volunteer Opportunities include: tutoring and coaching grade school through high school youth. All volunteers are required to complete an Application and Background Check.
For more information, visit this website: http://www.westernavenuecc.org
The Smart Sprouts program provides volunteers an opportunity to work with elementary students one-on-one and in small group settings during the after school hours of 3:30 – 5:00pm. Volunteers are able to participate as little as an hour a week, or as many as 5 hours per week, based upon your schedule. The Smart Sprouts program is held at 19 different schools and community centers throughout the Bloomington-Normal area (including schools within walking distance of IWU!). We have on-site coordinators to provide you any assistance you may need, and professional curriculum guides created to help you with your mentoring experience as well. For more information, contact Julie Navickas at 309-662-0461 ext. 275 or email@example.com.
All volunteers must also complete a physical, get a TB skin test and complete a fingerprinted background check to satisfy DCFS regulations.
What: Tutoring, internships, and/or teaching opportunities are available!
When: Volunteer during the school year, Monday-Friday, anytime between 3-7 pm.
Criteria: Must attend a 1 hour volunteer training and be background screened. Volunteers must register for training before attending the session.
Please visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/unity/977.htmlor call Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Zook at 309-862-4041 for more information.
Western Avenue Community Center's After School Club (within biking distance from IWU) provides a safe and sound program for approximately 30 to 35 elementary school age children. The program meets: Monday through Thursday from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. during the school year. Volunteers needed to assist with homework, reading, computer lab, gym and playground times, games and parties. Children love that special one-on-one attention. All youth volunteers are required to complete orientation and pass a background check. For more info, visit: http://www.westernavenuecc.org
Check out the Children and Youth section for additional Education-related Volunteer Opportunities.
Workers are needed to accept, sort and box donations from the public on the second Saturday of each month. We also need workers who can come to the library once a week to restock the bookshoppe and straighten the shelves.
Please call Rochelle Gridley at (309) 635-4029 to discuss this opportunity.
Volunteers needed to help with book drives; to help take the Bike to west side neighborhood events and the Saturday Farmer's Market in downtown Bloomington; and to help sort books. Spanish language books are of special interest. The Bike weighs over 200 pounds without books, so it takes a couple of people to get it out and stocked for events. For more information, visit the website linked above or check us out on Facebook. If you are interested in more information, contact University Librarian Karen Schmidt: firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-824-2257. Karen will get you familiar with the Bike, how to stock it, and ride it.
The STAR Adult Literacy Program is in need of volunteers to tutor adults who are learning to read or who are learning English as a second language. Volunteers are needed for tutoring in morning, afternoon, and evening classes. Tutors are expected to volunteer at least one 2 ½ - 3 hour class session each week in a classroom under the supervision of a certified teacher. For more information about volunteering and for upcoming volunteer orientations, call 309-888-9884.
There are weekly opportunities to help in the campus garden. Email Carolyn Ashley at IWUPeaceGarden@iwu.edu and visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/IWU-Peace-Garden/332735410090470.
Numerous opportunities to volunteer--from sharing musical talent to clerical work to welcoming and escorting patients and visitors--abound at the hospital on the north end of IWU's campus. Visit http://www.advocatehealth.com/bromenn/volunteers for more information, contact information, and an online volunteer form.
The American Red Cross has a number of opportunities to volunteer at various Blood Drives throughout the Bloomington-Normal Area. We are looking for individuals to work at each blood drive as either greeter (help donors check in) or canteen worker (offer refreshments and ensure good experience). Each shift can be split up into different hourly segments to help accommodate individual's personal schedules. Please call for times and dates if interested at 309-824-7389 and visit our website at http://www.archeartland.org/.
PATH is in need of hotline volunteers. Volunteer paraprofessional phone counselors provide empathy and support to callers and help each to increase their coping skills and resolve their current crisis. PATH's in-depth training program prepares students for the experience. Call Jared at 309-834-0541 or 2-1-1 for more information, or visit the PATH website at http://pathcrisis.org/ to submit an application.
Emergency Department volunteer duties include: rounding on patients and families, stocking supplies, escorting patients, assisting staff as needed with various tasks. Volunteers needed for one 4 hour shift per week, Sunday-Saturday from 8am-12am.
Location: OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is located off Eastland Drive, across from Eastland Mall at 2200 E Washington St., Bloomington, IL 61701. The Bloomington Public Transit Bus comes to the door every hour!
Please complete the volunteer application at: www.osfstjoseph.org. Please call the Volunteer Services Office at 309-665-4728 or 665-4745 if you have any questions.
OSF Hospice provides comfort and care to end of life patients in their home, nursing home or assisted living facility. We focus on comfort, not cure, and meeting the medical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of our patients and families. Hospice volunteers are an integral and important component of the hospice team's plan of care. Volunteers are used in many different ways, from spending time with patients and their families, running errands, buying groceries, staying with the patient so the caregiver can go to appointments and more. For more information about this meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunity contact: Kim Anderson at 309-451-5925 or Kimberly.L.Anderson3@osfhealthcare.org.
Interested in human rights? Consider volunteering with the Citizenship Team at the Immigration Project! The Immigration Project is a not-for-profit legal immigration services agency here in Bloomington. We have an urgent need for volunteers for our Citizenship Team. These individuals will be assisting legal permanent residents (those with 'green cards') take the final step to becoming a United States Citizen by helping them with the application process and forms.
We are looking for individuals who can commit to volunteer 8 hours or more per month through the year. Volunteers need to be computer literate and available during normal business hours. After that - we are very flexible! Fluency in Spanish or French is a plus but not a must! Visit http://www.immigrationproject.org/main.html and call 829-8703.
Bilingual fluent in Spanish/English volunteers are needed in our Hispanic Outreach Department at Western Avenue Community Center (within biking distance from IWU). Volunteers will assist Hispanic families with interpretation, translation, and other needs. Volunteers will need to complete an interview, orientation, and background check.
For more information, please visit the website: http://www.westernavenuecc.org
Join Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger and other IWU community members as we cook and serve up a great Sunday evening meal for the community at Home Sweet Home in downtown Bloomington. We meet in front of Evelyn Chapel at 3:00pm and return to campus by 7:00pm. Groups of up to five can volunteer, so sign up as a group of friends, RSO members, etc! Our next trip will be in September 2013. Home Sweet Home requires all volunteers to complete this application: http://www.hshministries.org/get_involved/volunteer_app.php.
RFF provides clean, gently used furniture and household items to hundreds of families per year across Bloomington-Normal. Volunteer individually or as a group on a regular or one-time basis. Opportunities include office and warehouse work, cleaning and delivery. Please visit http://www.rf4f.org/welcome/ for more information.
Individual and group volunteers are needed for all different kinds of work, on a regular and/or one-time basis. Volunteer opportunities include: Driver, Loader, Cashier, Processor, or the "role you invent"! This is a great way for RSOs, dorm groups, and Sororities and Fraternities to volunteer as groups in our community. Visit http://www.bloomingtonrestore.org/ for more information.
Food Pantry operating hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to unload food items, stock shelves, prepare grocery orders, and client sign in registration. Organizational and individual non-perishable food donations are much needed and appreciated. Must complete orientation and background check.
For more information, please visit the website: http://www.westernavenuecc.org.
OSF Hospice provides comfort and care to end of life patients in their home, nursing home or assisted living facility. We focus on comfort, not cure, and meeting the medical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of our patients and families. Hospice volunteers are an integral and important component of the hospice team's plan of care. Volunteers are used in many different ways, from spending time with patients and their families, running errands, buying groceries, staying with the patient so the caregiver can go to appointments and more. We are currently seeking volunteers for both direct patient support and indirect support such as assisting with clerical duties in our office. Training is provided at our Eastern Region office in Normal and is offered on a monthly basis. For more information about this meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunity contact: Kim Anderson at 309-451-5925 or Kimberly.L.Anderson3@osfhealthcare.org.
The Senior Program currently has over 100 active participants. Volunteers are welcome to help with special events, seasonal parties, dance lessons, monthly bingo, decorations, kitchen help, cooking, and clean up. Entertainment such as bands, and musicians are a nice attraction to evening events. All volunteers must complete orientation and background check. Website: http://www.westernavenuecc.org.
Basketball leagues and open gym provide opportunities for life skills teaching, and personal support to help participants stay in school and achieve personal goals. Volunteer Opportunities include: Tutoring and coaching grade school through high school youth. All volunteers are required to complete an Application and Background Check.
For more information, please visit this website: westernavenuecc.org