We have opportunities for both individuals and groups to volunteer. We ask individuals to volunteer on a regular basis (commit to volunteer at least 10 times). All volunteers will be subject to background checks and training.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the contact form.

Afterhours

Helping Hand Center provides Afterhours opportunities for participants to socialize, gain independence, and learn new skills. Volunteers assist participants by modeling appropriate social behavior and encouraging participation.

  • Days/Times: Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 3:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Location: Adult Services Building, 6160 East Avenue, Hodgkins
  • Requirements: 14 years old, complete all background checks

Café

Volunteers assist in our Adult Services Café organizing lunch bags, cutting food, microwaving lunches, preparing plates, assisting diners with coffee and vending machines, and cleaning between lunch periods.

  • Days/Times: Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 1:00pm
  • Locations: Adult Services Building, 6160 East Avenue, Hodgkins & Helping Hand Center, 9649 W. 55th Street, Countryside
  • Requirements: 16 years old, complete all background checks

Art Room

Volunteers assist staff in the art room with clean up and prep materials for future classes.

  • Days/Times: vary
  • Location: Adult Services Building, 6160 East Avenue, Hodgkins
  • Requirements: 20 years old, complete all background checks, work independently

Residential Food Sort

Volunteers are needed on a consistent basis to work a regular shift to sort the bulk food orders for our residential homes.

  • Days/Times: Various Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Location: Helping Hand Center, 9649 W. 55th Street, Countryside
  • Requirements: 14 years old, complete all background checks

Community Outings

Volunteers are needed to assist Adult Services staff on weekly community outings and engage participants at locations such as movie theaters, stores, and restaurants. Transportation may or may not be provided depending on the number participating in the outing.

  • Days/Times: Vary
  • Location: Adult Services Building, 6160 East Avenue, Hodgkins
  • Requirements: 18 years old, complete all background checks

Data Entry

We are seeking individuals to support our Case Managers with data entry. This job includes entering data from paper goal sheets into agency tracking system, as well as copying and pasting updated goals from agency system to goal tracking template.

  • Days/Times: Monday through Friday, flexible 2 hour shifts
  • Location: Adult Services Building, 6160 East Avenue, Hodgkins
  • Requirements: 16 years old, complete fingerprint criminal background check

Peer Volunteer

Volunteers assist students in our School for Children with Autism throughout the school day with activities, games, and cooking, while helping to model appropriate social behavior.

  • Days/Times: Monday through Friday, flexible 1 to 2 hour shifts during the summer
  • Location: Helping Hand Center, 9649 W. 55th Street, Countryside
  • Requirements: Between 7 and 22 years old, complete background checks if 14 or older

Landscaping & Outdoor Projects

Join our team to help with landscaping, window washing and beautification projects at all Helping Hand Center buildings. Whether you are one person or have organized a group, we welcome your time and energy.

Locations and dates change depending on project and agency needs.