Our goal last year for volunteer hours was 500 hours, we managed to collect around 565! Help us get to our new goal for 2020, 500 hours! You can contribute by logging your hours HERE! Below you can find information on upcoming ways you can help give back and contribute! (New opportunities are at the bottom of the page).

If you are a not-for-profit company, looking to share information about volunteering, please use this form to submit your information. If there are any questions, please email Carmen at [email protected]


We are looking for volunteers to help deliver meals, prep meals, and do other work in our kitchen. Interested volunteers can fill our a registration form on our website at: https://lifescapeservices.org/contact-us/volunteer-opportunities/.


After filling out this form Kristin Krieger, Lifescape’s Volunteer Programs Manager, will reach out with the paperwork and to discuss scheduling.

Urgent Need: 

Make-A-Wish Seeks Rockford Area Volunteers

¡Necesitamos voluntarios bilingües!

PEORIA — Every day Bonaparte faces the possibility of a medical crisis due to his life-threatening blood disorder. There are times when the pain is unbearable, and he has even suffered a silent stroke. He must take several medications and have regular blood infusions. Last year, through Make-A-Wish Illinois, Bonaparte found strength in his wish experience to star in a superhero movie.

“The wish helped build his confidence,” his mother Stella shared. The community support and energy at his movie premiere has proven invaluable as he continues to cope with his condition. Make-A-Wish Illinois is seeking area volunteers to help other children like Bonaparte who need wishes. Bilingual volunteers fluent in English and Spanish are especially needed.

Hope is medicine for children with critical illnesses. A wish helps kids look past their limitations, helps families overcome anxiety and helps entire communities experience joy. Most importantly, wishes can improve a child’s quality of life.

To welcome potential volunteers, brief online information sessions are scheduled for the next several weeks. The next info session is planned for February 24 at 5 PM. Additional call in sessions are scheduled each week. Sign up for one today at illinois.wish.org/volunteer. 

Wish-granting volunteers work in teams of two to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses and have support from the Make-A-Wish staff. All volunteers must be over 21 and submit an application, reference and background check; complete an online and brief in-person training to begin granting wishes. For more information, contact Janet Glavin at [email protected] or call 309.637.1659. 

About Make-A-Wish

More than 150 medical conditions qualify a child for Make-A-Wish. This year, nearly 1,200 children in Illinois will be newly diagnosed with a critical illness that would make them eligible for a wish experience through Make-A-Wish.

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness.  Since being founded locally in 1985, Make-A-Wish Illinois has granted more than 16,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with children in all areas of the state. 

 Discovery Center Museum Volunteer Opportunities

Discovery Center Museum is always looking for volunteers! Volunteers can help out at a one-time, special event or provide ongoing assistance in the museum whenever it fits into their schedule!

Become a part of the Adult Volunteer Program!

o   Adult volunteers provide ongoing assistance in the museum, but you set your own schedule—you can volunteer as much or as little as you would like! Some of the things adult volunteers might help with include: assist with classes and special events, exhibit maintenance including cleaning/organizing exhibits, prepare materials for upcoming classes and events, assist with mailings or other office work and more! To find more information about the Adult Volunteer Program, and to fill out an application, go to www.discoverycentermuseum.org

 Girls on the Run 

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.​


Our volunteer coaches are parents, teachers and community members that are committed to preparing and empowering girls for a healthy, confident and a happy life.  Our coaches work with girls after school, leading them through the Girls on the Run-developed curriculum, stretching and running activities, and training for the end-of-season 5K celebration run. Each team has at least two coaches. The program meets twice a week for 90 minutes and runs for 10 weeks from March-May. Running is only one aspect of the program and the coaches do not need to be runners … they just need to believe in girls!  


We would love to have you become a part of our team.. please check out our website www.gotrnwil.org and feel free to reach out to Karen Lamb with any questions [email protected].

 Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois 

Come help us make our future leaders as we have been doing since 1912! We ARE the premiere organization for Girls Everywhere! The Girl Scout Program is girl-driven, reflecting the ever-changing needs and interests of today’s girls. Girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Girls learn the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal-setting, the spirit of teamwork, and the thrill of accomplishment.
Girl Scouting is for every girl, everywhere—where today’s girls can become tomorrow’s leaders. Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls in grades K-12; women and men over 18 can join as adult members with a completed adult registration and background check.

Check out our volunteer opportunities, from assisting at a cookie booth one time to becoming a troop leader! Opportunities listed on our VolunteerMatch site, here: https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org10178.jsp#opportunities_tab

 Severson Dells Nature Center – Restoration Volunteers 

Severson Dells is seeking dedicated volunteers to assist us in fulfilling our mission at our nature center. Our Restoration Volunteers participate in habitat restoration by removing invasive species, collecting seeds, and more. Our October-March workdays usually consist of removing honeysuckle from our forest with loppers, hand saws, and bow saws. Our April-September workdays usually consist of collecting seeds from our native plants. We always provide tools, training, water, and snacks. Some of our volunteers love to work hard, be active, and break a sweat while others approach their work with a slower and more relaxed pace. No prior experience necessary. We meet the second Saturday and fourth Monday of each month from 9AM-Noon.

If interested, please contact: 

Andrea Wallace Noble- [email protected]

 Severson Dells Nature Center – Citizen Science Volunteers 

Severson Dells is seeking dedicated volunteers to assist us in fulfilling our mission at our nature center. Our Citizen Science Volunteers help us collect valuable data on wildlife that we use to inform our land management practices and secure grant funding. Our volunteers can participate in many projects, including:

Bat Monitoring
Bluebird Monitoring
Bumblebee Monitoring through Beespotter
Calling Frog Monitoring
General Monitoring through iNaturalist
Grassland Bird Monitoring
Plant Monitoring through Budburst

Duties vary depending on the project. Some projects are more technical and labor intensive while others are simple and beginner-friendly. You can choose what works best for you!

You will receive state-of-the art training to ensure you are confident and comfortable in your role. Citizen Science Volunteers can serve as much or as little as they want depending on which program they choose. General awareness and appreciation of nature helpful. No previous science experience necessary!

If interested, please contact:

Andrea Wallace Noble, [email protected], 815-335-2915

 Severson Dells Nature Center – School Programs 

Volunteers will be responsible for teaching and assisting lessons for visiting school groups participating in our onsite education programs, which serve approximately 4,000 students each year. Groups of students are between 10 and 20 students, ranging in age from Pre-K to 5th grade. Lessons can include, but are not limited to, pond and stream, watersheds, habitats and ecosystems, soil and geology, and animal adaptations. Volunteers may lead hikes and/or teach lessons in the nature center. School programs take place Tuesday through Friday from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and are concentrated in the spring and fall seasons, from April to June and September to the end of November.

If interested, please contact: 

Ellen Rathbone, [email protected], 815-335-2915

Severson Dells Nature Center –  Nature Center Host Volunteers 

Severson Dells is seeking dedicated volunteers to assist us in fulfilling our mission at our nature center. Nature Center Host Volunteers will staff the front desk on Saturdays and Sundays in 4- hour shifts. Volunteers also needed occasionally during the week while all the staff is out of the office for various functions. Shifts vary depending on the need. Duties include answering the telephone, greeting visitors, conducting gift shop sales, and assisting members in checking out library materials. Ability to use multi-line telephone, do simple math, able to give directions to Severson Dells Forest Preserve from various locations in the area. General awareness and appreciation of nature helpful. Warm and welcoming personality a definite plus.

If interested, please contact: 

Nancy Bleile, [email protected], 815-335-2915

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee Members are needed, commitment levels vary!

The walk is on September 19, 2020 at Sportscore One! 

For more information, contact: 

Danica Keeton

[email protected]

 Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful 

Volunteers to GREET our customers as they arrive, develop a general knowledge of what we take so they can answer questions and direct customers to the right location for unloading. Greeters are also responsible for taking payments for certain items on our Ewaste program. We have a great machine that works wonders. We also need volunteers to help sort CLEAN recyclables and put in the proper receptacles. We are open every Saturday 9-noon and Tuesday 2-5. Upcoming new location will be open Wednesday 2-5 and Saturday 9-noon

For more information, please contact: 

Roxanne Hoperstad – [email protected]

 Volunteering for Rock House Kids at City Market 

WHAT: We are looking for volunteers to join us at City Market. Rock House Kids is sponsoring a Kid Friendly Activity Booth. We are looking for volunteers to do an activity with the children alongside us. One to two hour shifts available. It will be a fun event!

WHEN: June 19 and July 24 starting at 3PM 

WHERE: City Market 

If interested, please contact: 

Nicole Bergren – [email protected]


WHAT: We are looking for interested individuals to serve on our event committee. The event takes place in October. Planning begins this month but goes on throughout the year. Meetings are held over the lunch hour. This is our annual themed event that always emphasizes fun! The event is held on October 16, 202 this year.

WHEN: Starting February and going until October 

If interested, please contact: 

Kathy Olson [email protected]

 Crusader Committees 

WHAT: We will be adding committee positions to Crusader Foundation committees. These will be on the Planned Giving Committee, Finance Committee and Marketing Committee. If you have experience please inquire for more detail.

If interested, please contact: 

Kathy Olson [email protected]