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]

URGENT NEED: LIFESCAPE

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.

 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

 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]

Crusader 

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, 2020 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]

Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary 

Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary in German Valley is looking for volunteers to help clean our free range rabbit and guinea pig areas on alternate Sunday afternoons. It generally takes about 1 1/2 hours and we start at 1 or 2:00. There is lifting involved, not too heavy tho. It is not a good fit for people with allergies since there is hay and animal dander involved. Long term volunteers can work their way up to cleaning indoor cages and handling animals. We are happy to be a reference and write letters of recommendation for our ongoing volunteers as well. Please contact us ahead of time to schedule. Thank you. 

If interested, please contact: [email protected]

KFACT

Empowering Girls Isn’t an Option It’s a Must! Connect With Us… Expose • Engage • Empower


Share Your Expertise 

We are always looking for community members with a special profession, skill, or talent to share. We would love for you to share with our girls. Does your employer have opportunities for our girls to job shadow or be exposed to career activities ? If so, we want to partner with you! We are in need of tutors to help our girls with reading, writing, math and science. Volunteer for our annual fundraisers using both your personal and professional skill set and connections.

Sponsor A Mentee

We realize you may not have the time or ability to be a “holistic” mentor but you believe in the critical need for girls to receive one-on-one consistent guidance and support. When you invest in the life of a mentee, you are personally helping to ensure the success of a Lady All Star. Sponsor a middle school, high school or college girl today!

Host A Need 

Gather your family and friends host an in-kind drive for KFACT. Host a trunk party for the KFACT college girls i.e. dorm room essentials,care packages, cleaning supplies, rolls of quarters and more! visit www.k-fact.org for a complete wish list Host a snack drive for the Girl’s Space. visit www.k-fact.org for a complete wish list Host a mini fundraiser at your job, home, church or with your social group and donate proceeds to KFACT. 

Volunteer From Anywhere

Assist with writing and coordinating marketing campaigns, press releases and more!

Social Media Contributor and/or blogger

Photography and/or videography

Clerical tasks/special projects

If interested, please contact KFACT: 

227 N Church Street Rockford, Il 61101

Office: (815) 708-8430

www.k-fact.org