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Sarah’s InnSarah’s InnVolunteer Coordinator Contact: Christina Coghill
Sarah’s Inn is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations. Their services and initiatives focus on ending relationship violence through domestic violence crisis intervention, community education, and violence prevention programs for youth.
Founded in 1981 by Oak Park residents, Sarah’s Inn works throughout the socioeconomically diverse region of Chicago’s West Side neighborhoods and Western suburbs. We believe in hopeful futures for survivors of domestic violence through the strength that comes from a networked and supportive community. The vision of Sarah’s Inn is to be a nationally recognized leader for community-based solutions that will end relationship violence.
Sarah’s Inn connects people to each other to form a network of support to stop violence and build hopeful futures in our communities. Learn how you can join their efforts by volunteering, making a donation, attending an event, completing an internship, or becoming a partner organization. Contact Christina Coghill for information about specific volunteer opportunities.
311 Harrison Street Oak Park IL 60304
Sertoma CentreSertoma CentreVolunteer Services Contact: Laura Gardner
The mission at Sertoma Centre is “to provide opportunities that empower individuals with disabilities to achieve personal success.”
Every day at Sertoma this mission is accomplished by those with developmental, physical, emotional disabilities and /or mental illness. Some of this success is major – like starting a job in the community or moving into their own apartment.
Other successes may seem minor to others, but to an individual with disabilities, getting dressed by oneself, learning how to make change at a vending machine, or mastering a new task in the workshop is a meaningful personal success!
For an individual with disabilities, each one of these victories represents another step in his/her own personal path toward greater independence and participation in their community. Sertoma Centre, Inc. has built its reputation on the many personal victories of the people it serves.
A non-profit agency, Sertoma Centre, Inc. is headquartered in Alsip, a south suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Based upon its reputation and achievements, individuals residing in parts of Chicago and its south and southwest suburban region receive the services provided by the Centre.
We’ve worked with Laura Gardner, the volunteer services coordinator at Sertoma Centre. She is an incredibly friendly, helpful person and has gone out of her way to create meaningful service opportunities for our students. She is best reached by e-mail, as she is a part-time employee at the Sertoma Centre, but she responds very quickly. As a direct service opportunity, we highly recommend the Sertoma Centre.
4343 W. 123rd Street Alsip IL 60803 USA
Syrian Community NetworkSyrian Community Network Contact: Rama Atieh
The Syrian Community Network (SCN) was established by a diverse team of community members with intentions to aid and to assist in easing the resettlement of Syrian refugees. SCN is prepared and organized to support the anticipated influx of Syrian refugees scheduled for resettlement in the Chicagoland area.
SCN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that will supplement efforts on helping the refugees adjust to their new home. What distinguishes SCN from other organizations is that it wants to facilitate building the bridge for mutual support between the newly arrived Syrian refugees with local Chicago communities.
The following are SCN goals:
- To partner with refugee resettlement agencies in providing support to the newly-arrived Syrian refugees
- To connect refugees with appropriate services and community resources available
- To foster a relationship between the Syrian refugees and the larger Chicago community
To establish cultural competency for staff working with Syrian refugees as well as for Syrians who need to learn about their new culture in the US.
The Syrian Community Network offers opportunities for volunteers to help families directly through direct mentoring of children (helping with homework, etc.) or of adults (helping to read bills, compose a resume, etc.). Also, there is often a need to host a material drive for toys or for items that expectant mothers need. It is possible to deliver such items directly to the families.