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.
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:
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 – 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
Are you passionate about putting an end to Alzheimer’s disease? Do you want to get more involved with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s? Then we need you! Join your local Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee and help grow the movement to end Alzheimer’s from the ground up.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research programs. Since 1989, we’ve mobilized millions of Americans in rallying against Alzheimer’s disease the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a movement to reclaim the future for millions.
Committee members plan each Walk to End Alzheimer’s event from the kick-off to the wrap-up. Activities of your local committee include the following:
Responsible for recruiting and managing relationships with new and past sponsors
Responsible for recruiting new teams and helping them get set up for success
Responsible for managing relationships with past Walk teams
Marketing & Outreach
Responsible for creating awareness of the disease and the Alzheimer’s Association through the promotion of Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Responsible for recruiting new Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) members and advocates from all sectors of the community
Responsible for organizing activities that focus on the Association’s mission at committee meetings, wrap-around events and on Walk day
Responsible for overseeing day-of-event logistics and volunteers
At the Illinois Chapter, we strive to make your volunteer experience the most rewarding. If you have a specific skill or if you are bilingual, we will work with you to determine the best volunteer position within our organization.
For more information, contact Walk Manager Danica Keeton at [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]
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]
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
Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity
Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity is looking for individuals and groups to come build with us! No construction experience necessary. All we need are community partners willing to put in some sweat and handwork. We build Monday-Saturday anytime during typical office hours.
Location and times vary – we build Monday-Saturday typically from 8:30a-4:00p
For more information, please contact Greta Sanders – [email protected]
United Way of Rock River Valley
General Volunteer opportunities
We operate an entire website with local volunteer opportunities as submitted by organizations, companies, and individuals. That website is WeVolunteer.org.
Rockford Promise is in-need of professionals to volunteer as mentors for our Promise Scholars. Training is provided. Time commitment is approximately 2 hours/month for one academic year. Currently, our greatest need is for registered nurses. We also need an art teacher, female physical therapist, 2 male mechanical engineers, and fashion merchandising. Mentors need to have graduated from college.
If interested, please contact Elaine Breck, [email protected]
Severson Dells Nature Center
Conservation Crew Habitat Restoration
These events are the second Saturday and fourth Monday of each month from 9am-12pm. Each session is a little different depending on the season. During the summer and fall there is significant amount of seed collection and during the winter and spring there is more of a focus on invasive plant removal. All of these activities help support improved habitat and biodiversity, while also providing a place to learn about healthy northern Illinois ecosystems.
If interested, please contact Andrea Wallace Noble, [email protected]
Rock House Kids
We are looking for volunteers for daytime behind-the-scenes as well as evening program and van drivers.
Daytime volunteers: typically Tues/Thurs 10-1. Helping in store room, on pick ups from various stores. We are in need of a weeding maintenance person – approx 1 hour/week to help maintain weeds, etc., around playground and building.
Evening volunteers: Mentors/teachers and floaters needed. We also need van drivers to assist in picking up children in RHK owned 15 passenger vans.
For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected]
Golden Apple Foundation