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The Carole Robertson Center evolved in response to the voiced needs of our families. Since the Center’s inception, we have added many programs to meet community need. Current offerings include: center–based and home-based child development programs for children from birth through five years of age, school age and youth programming for children and teens through age 18, extensive family support, social services, and parent education activities, adult education and community training, and imbedded program enhancements including music education, family literacy, family health education, and volunteers.
The Carole Robertson Center for Learning is dedicated to nurturing, supporting, and strengthening family life through quality child, youth, and family development programs. The Center serves Metropolitan Chicago families and facilitates community advocacy on child and family issues.
The Carol Robertson Center has three locations throughout Chicago. They offer tutoring and learning specialist volunteer positions that come with a higher level of commitment, as well as one-time-basis volunteer opportunities, such as painting, landscaping, and other facility upkeep. They also welcome the opportunity to work with you to develop workshops for children, youth, or parents in the area of your interest. Previous volunteer-led workshops have included photography, creative writing, basic budgeting, computers, and music.
The Carole Robertson Center has also partnered with Books for Kids to provide literacy opportunities to the children. There are volunteer opportunities around this as well and opportunity to help in other manners, such as holding a community book drive. Contact Linda for more information.
Catholic Charities sees the face of God in those in need. By providing food, clothing, shelter and counseling, they bring hope to the hopeless in the city of Chicago and its suburbs.
Catholic Charities: All about help and just about everywhere. Catholic Charities is in your neighborhood. With more than 150 programs at more than 160 locations across Cook and Lake counties, they help people of all races and religions move toward empowerment and self-sufficiency. Last year they touched the lives of more than 1 million parents, children, seniors and individuals, helping them through hard times.
Only 8 cents of every dollar donated goes toward their administrative expenses; the rest goes directly to help clients. While Catholic Charities raises funds separately from the Archdiocese of Chicago, they serve as the social service arm of the church. When clients seek help from Catholic Charities—whether for emergency assistance or for another type of help—they enter into a network with services that range from counseling to job training to immunization linkage.
Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.
While Catholic Charities is a faith-based organization, this is what they say about their mission: “Our mission isn’t Catholic — it’s human. Our assistance programs are as diverse and nondenominational as our volunteer family and the people we all serve.” To learn more about the many possible ways you can volunteer with Catholic Charities, visit their web site and click “Get Involved.”
Chicago HOPES for Kids is a nonprofit organization that provides after school support for students living in homeless shelters throughout the city of Chicago.
After school tutoring is the primary and ongoing volunteer opportunity available at Chicago Hopes; however, there are other ways to get involved to help, as well. Contact them directly for information about possible one-time group volunteer opportunities, internships, and other volunteer positions. The organization would also welcome drives for essential items like mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks for the children.
The Community Nutrition Network and Senior Services Association “CNNSSA” provides meals and resources to older adults and persons with disabilities and assists them in leading active and healthy lives. Their vision is to live in an environment where seniors and persons with disabilities are valued and are an active part of our community. CNNSSA serves nearly 500,000 meals a year to over 6,000 seniors and persons with disabilities regardless of their race, religion or economic status in Suburban Cook, Grundy, and Kendall Counties.
They are open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please feel free to give them a call or send them an email any time and they will respond as soon as possible. Their headquarter information is as follows:
Community Nutrition Network
3239 Grove Avenue, Suite 202
Berwyn, IL 60402
Phone: 1 (312) 207-5290
There are a number of ways to volunteer with CNNSA. One can help with home delivered meals to seniors (meals on wheels) or help out serving lunch and providing companionship to seniors in one of the several community dining rooms. They are located at various locations throughout Cook, Kane, and Grundy counties. The contact information provided here is for the community dining room in Homewood, IL, but all contacts and additional information is available form their web site.
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and addresses the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence.
Over the last 35 years, the Crisis Center has provided safety, hope and strength to over 55,000 women and children impacted by domestic violence.
The Crisis Center could not operate as it does today without the dedication of our over 300 volunteers who work on the crisis hotline, at the Neat Repeats Resale Shop, or in one of numerous other volunteer opportunities. Unselfishly, volunteers give of their time, talent and compassion to help the staff and clients of the Crisis Center.
Help make a difference in someone’s life by being a volunteer for the Crisis Center. You can choose from a variety of fulfilling and flexible programs, in which you can determine your own level of commitment. Some volunteer positions, as you would expect, require extensive (40 hours) training in domestic violence. Other opportunities such as helping out in their Neat Repeats resale shop does not require this training. Contact CCSS for more information.