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The People’s Animal Welfare Society of Tinley Park is a no-kill animal shelter dedicated to the protection of domestic animals, and to the attempt to prevent animal cruelty in the surrounding communities. They will provide shelter to abandoned, lost and relinquished pets. They will provide humane education in animal care to the communities. They will strive to prevent the overpopulation of our pets by offering spay/neuter programs, rather than, through the use of euthanasia. To promote these goals, they are dedicated to finding safe and permanent new homes for our domestic animals; as well as helping the public choose the right companions for their families.
At P.A.W.S. of Tinley, volunteer duties include but not limited to caring for the dogs and cats, ranging from cleaning cages, feeding, medicating, socializing and grooming.
P.A.W.S. offers both “JR Volunteer Programs” for children ages 14 to 17 and adult volunteer programs.
The P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park could not exist without the dedicated efforts of their volunteer staff. They depend on them to help with the daily care of their animals. Dog or Cat person they would love to have you on their team!
All new volunteers must first attend a Volunteer Orientation session. All orientations will last approximately 2 hours and will include a tour of the shelter. Registration is required for your attendance and space is limited. Contact P.A.W.S. now for more information.
PADS partners with Faith Communities throughout the south and southwest suburbs for the use of their facilities as homeless shelters. These shelters are staffed with volunteers from local Faith Communities, members of fraternal, civic and social organizations, as well as individuals from the surrounding communities. PADS provides the operational structure, supplemental volunteer support and supportive services such as medical, mental and substance abuse referrals, financial literacy instruction, employment readiness training, resume development and job search skills, homeless prevention programs, housing assistance programs and various life-skills training programs.
Compassion, hospitality and dignity are key characteristics of the PADS programs.
Since 1990, more than 7,750 men and women have combined their efforts to carry out the PADS Mission.
- PADS Volunteers have cared for over 6,700 homeless men, women and children.
- PADS Volunteers have hosted 184,563 shelter nights at local churches and synagogues.
- PADS Volunteers have served 573,391 meals to those in need.
- In the last 11 years, PADS Daytime has helped 3,400 adults find work.
PADS is a network of participating partners (mostly churches and other faith-based institutions) who provide space on a rotating basis to shelter men, women, and children. The participating partner we’ve working with presently is the Southwest Alliance Korean Church in Palos Hills, IL. Volunteer opportunities, however, can be coordinated through Dawn Thrasher at the PADS main office.
Volunteers should be mature and responsible.
The video below is not about SSPADS, but rather the Lake County chapter. Just the same, it offers some perspective on the services they provide.
Palos Restoration Project was founded in 1990, holding its first workday at Spears Woods in September of that year. Several original members from that time continue with the group as site stewards today. They volunteer at a dozen different sites and work every weekend of the year. Depending on the season, they cut and burn brush, pull weedy invasive plants like garlic mustard, or collect and distribute seed.
This is the friendliest group of people you could ever hope to be working in the woods with. They are very welcoming and always have enough cookies to go around. It’s really easy to get involved with them. Unless your group is enormous, they are happy to have you just show up on a work day to lend a hand. If you plan to bring a very large group, just let Jan know so they can bring enough gloves, tools, and cookies for everyone.
Map of Work Sites
Time Elapse Restoration
Park Lawn is a non-profit organization offering a variety of programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their mission is to provide services that promote independence, choice and access to community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They believe that people with disabilities earnestly wish to live a normal life. They want to go to school, hold a job that truly needs to be done, a place to live comfortably, and they want a full and active social life. Within this context Park Lawn provides adult developmental training, vocational services, supported employment, residential opportunities, and recreational activities. All are backed with professional staff support.
Park Lawn offers many chances to volunteer to help people living with disabilities. Possibilities range from administrative support, special event organizing and assistance, to direct service opportunities.
1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year in the United States. Many of these people with cancer find themselves in hopeless situations in hospital rooms and homes across the country. Phil’s Friends brings hope through the distribution of our hand assembled Care Packages to cancer patients and their families, consistent weekly support through Cards of Hope and prayer.
There are several tiers of volunteer opportunities available through Phil’s Friends with varying levels of commitment–form a one-day outing with a group to ongoing service where one visits individuals undergoing cancer treatment and delivers care packages to them in person. Contact Phils Friends or visit their web site for more information on specific opportunities.
PLOWS Council on Aging is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons 60 years of age and older by providing the highest level of service to those who are physically, psychologically, and/or financially in need and treating those persons and families with dignity, compassion, and respect.
PLOWS Council on Aging has been in operation since 1975 developing and providing services to older adults 60 years of age and older. PLOWS is an acronym for the areas we serve, Palos, Lemont, Orland, and Worth Townships and the 19 municipalities in those Townships. PLOWS goal is to help seniors improve the quality of life and to be able to maintain that quality as long as possible. This is accomplished by providing assistance with the services highlighted on this website.
PLOWS offices are located at 7808 College Drive, and have been since 2000. Prior to that, PLOWS was located in Oak Lawn for 25 years. PLOWS does emphasize services to the most vulnerable elderly but basic services are offered to all seniors.
PLOWS is a 501(C)3 not for profit Corporation governed by a 15 person Board of Directors the vast majority of which are seniors and geographically represent the PLOWS service area. Recent estimates are that nearly 70,000 seniors reside in PLOWS communities, making it the fastest growing area of seniors in Suburban Chicago.
PLOWS has a staff of 30 full time, 12 part time, and 25 in-home workers plus many volunteers to help provide vital services.
Volunteer opportunities through PLOWS include advocacy, home delivered meals, and fundraising opportunities. See the PLOWS web site or contact PLOWS for complete information. A summary of major areas of volunteer opportunity is below.
PLOWS strives to help older adults achieve economic stability. Activities toward this goal include assistance with many Federal and State applications for benefits that pay for utilities, medications, food, etc.. Due to the numbers of older adults served in this program, volunteers are essential in this effort. PLOWS provides necessary training and supervision to volunteers interested in this activity. Candidates must be: compassionate and patient, computer literate, passionate about accuracy, detail oriented, and reliable. Advocacy volunteers need to be available 3-4 hours weekly between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Call us to discuss a flexible schedule.
Home Delivered Meals
The home delivered meals program is a service that responds to the vital need of the elderly for good nutrition. This program provides a well balanced diet for clients who are homebound or unable to prepare their own meals. Volunteers in the home delivered meals program deliver prepared food to clients living in Alsip, parts of Bridgeview, Evergreen Park, Merrionette Park, Chicago Ridge, Hickory Hills, and Worth. Drivers are asked to be available one morning a week, Monday through Friday. You must be able to walk up flights of stairs in some cases in order to reach the client’s apartment or home. New volunteers are invited to accompany an experienced driver on a delivery route to learn if this rewarding program is right for them. You must have your own car with insurance and a good driving record.
Volunteers who are willing to assist in the PLOWS Ad book, our major annual fundraising event, help make it possible to continue all of the programs and services offered by PLOWS. Volunteers may work from their home or at the PLOWS office to solicit advertisements by telephone. Some Ad Book volunteers also visit area businesses in person to request support for the agency. Flexible scheduling makes this a perfect position for persons who are very busy but would like to help PLOWS continue their commitment to the elderly community. The fundraising campaign begins in spring and ends in early fall. Once completed, volunteers are asked to help deliver the ad book to advertisers to thank them for their support.
In collaboration with Trio Services and Student Life, Project Care is a resource for our hungry, financially disadvantaged students. Through the MVCC Counseling Department, students can gain access to food and other personal essentials to get them through a time of need.
The small “unofficial” food pantry on campus called Project Care is in need of student assistance for sorting and organizing food, inventorying food and what needs to be restocked, assessing the quantitative and qualitative use of the pantry, researching area college food pantry’s to see how they operate, facilitating a food drive to replenish the stock, ensuring that food is not wasted by pulling stock that is nearing expiration so it can be moved to a local community pantry as needed.