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]

 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 –  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

 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]

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

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 

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]

Alignment Rockford 

High School Senior Mentoring Program

Support 1-2 senior high school students at your school preference

Check in with assigned students on regular basis to ensure they are on track to graduate at the end of the year 

Report progress to assigned Counselor

 

For more information, please contact Jessica Hayes at [email protected] 

 

Winnebago County Medical Reserve Corps

The Winnebago County Medical Reserve Corps utilizes volunteers to support routine public health activities and augment preparedness and response efforts. As part of the active response effort for the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently recruiting volunteers for a wide variety of roles including contact tracing, assisting with drive thru clinics, and community outreach.

If interested, please contact Rebecca Lyons, [email protected] 

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

Scholarship Advisor
Role & Responsibilities


The Role of an Advisor:
To recommend the recipient for a selection of scholarship funds each spring by reviewing and scoring
applications based on a set of criteria established by the donor. Generally, advisors commit 10 – 15 volunteer
hours to the scholarship process in the spring.


The Process:
• Interested advisors complete a short online interest form and attend an introductory meeting to learn
more about the process and CFNIL’s programs.
• Advisors review and score the scholarships assigned through CFNIL’s Web Portal
(cfnil.spectrumportal.net) over a period of two weeks. Training on how to use the portal is provided
shortly after the scholarship submission deadline.
• The committees meet in person to discuss the applications and recommend recipients for CFNIL’s
Board of Trustees.
• The Board of Trustees votes on the committees’ recommendations. Recipients are notified by the last
week of April.
• Advisors also have the opportunity to support CFNIL’s programs by attending and/or volunteering at
events such as the Community Scholarship Fair in early December. CFNIL hosts a Scholarship Night
in mid-June where advisors may have the opportunity to meet the donors and recipients of the
scholarships.


Responsibilities:
• Advisors must sign a conflict of interest form and refrain from participating in any discussion or vote
regarding any conflict of interest.
• Attendance at the scholarship meetings is strongly recommended.
• All scholarship applications and meetings are strictly confidential. The only place to discuss the
applications are within the scholarship meetings themselves.
• Advisors must be familiar with the criteria of each scholarship as established by the donor and
evaluate the applications based on that information.
• Advisors must score all assigned applications based on the scholarship criteria and submit those
scores by the deadline.


Questions? Contact Sarah Lambert, Community Investment Director, at (779) 210-8207 or
[email protected]

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois 

Grants Advisor
Role & Responsibilities


The Role of an Advisor:
To review and assess grant requests and to recommend grant awards for proposals submitted to the
Community Foundation. Generally, advisors commit 10 – 15 volunteer hours to the grants process in the fall.
An equal commitment of time is required when a second grant cycle in the spring is required.


The Process:
• Interested advisors complete a short online interest form and attend an introductory meeting to learn
more about the process and CFNIL’s programs.
• Advisors are assigned to a committee based on their interest and expertise and CFNIL’s recruitment
needs. Each committee reviews applications within a focus area. Current focus areas include: Arts &
Humanities, Career Pathways, Complementary Education, Health, Human Services, Sustainable
Communities, and Youth & Families.
• Advisors review and score applications assigned through CFNIL’s Web Portal
(cfnil.spectrumportal.net) over a period of two weeks. Training on how to use the portal is provided
shortly after the grant application submission deadline.
• The committees meet in person in November to discuss the applications and recommend recipients
for CFNIL’s Board of Trustees.
• The Board of Trustees votes on the committees’ recommendations. Recipients are notified by the end
of December.
• Advisors also have the opportunity to participate in CFNIL’s programs by attending events such as
the Grantseekers Meeting in mid-August and other CFNIL events.


Responsibilities:
• Advisors must sign a conflict of interest form and refrain from participating in any discussion or vote
regarding any organization with which you have a conflict of interest.
• Advisors may not prepare or be listed as the primary contact on any applications to the Community
Grants Program.
• Advisors are expected to attend the grant review meeting for their focus committee.
• All grant applications and meetings are strictly confidential. The only place to discuss the
applications are within the committee meetings themselves.
• Advisors must be familiar with the purpose of their committee’s focus area and evaluate the
applications based on that information.
• Advisors must score all assigned applications based on the Proposal Review Guidelines and submit
those scores by the deadline.


Questions? Contact James Patterson, Program Director, at (779) 210-8206 or [email protected]