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Faith in Action

Do you like to work with seniors and support their emotional and physical needs? If so, check out what Faith in Action has for you!

1. Drivers
2. Grocery shoppers
3. Friendly visitors/phone callers
4. Assist with seasonal yard clean-up
5. Help in the office
6. Assist with fundraising events

Anyone 18 or older can serve alone. For those under 18, adult supervision is requested
Complete a two-hour volunteer orientation session
Complete a volunteer application, including 2 names and phone numbers of references
Background check
Provide copies of driver’s license, auto insurance card and have a safe driving record (if you wish to be a driver)
Appreciate the diversity of faith communities involved in Faith in Action No minimal time commitment
Volunteer when, where, and how often you choose

Interested in this position? Volunteer right now by completing this online application. Contact Doretta Herr: at 705 E. Lincoln Suite 110 Normal, IL 61761.

Recycling Furniture for Families

Would you like to help families to relieve their financial stress? RF4F has all the great ways you can contribute!

1. INTAKE VOLUNTEERS: Our intake volunteers work directly with clients on a “by appointment” basis.
Duties include:
· Determining client needs through interview process
· Filling out required forms
· Collecting delivery fee (if applicable)
· Assisting clients in choosing household items
· Recording items
· Scheduling delivery
* Clients are scheduled Monday through Thursday, 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm, and Friday, 9am-12p


2. WAREHOUSE: Light Work duties include: Sorting and stocking linens and kitchen items
*At the volunteers convenience
Heavy Work duties Include: Stocking furniture and loading the truck.
*M-F: 8am – 12pm (or later depending on work load) and Saturday 8am-12pm

3. OFFICE WORK: Our office volunteers help us manage the paperwork that accompanies services like ours.
Duties include:
· Filling Paperwork
· Data Entry
· Assisting with Various Mailings
*During office hours, at volunteers’ convenience


4. WEEKLY OFFICE CLEANING: This act of service creates a clean and welcoming environment for our clients and volunteers.
Duties include:
Watering plants
Removing trash
Cleaning Bathrooms
*At volunteers’ convenience


5. TRUCK DRIVERS: Furniture delivery is one of our biggest areas of need. We are seeking strong, healthy individuals willing to load and unload furniture. This also includes picking up donations from members of the community.
· Valid driver’s license
· Good driving record
· Physical ability to lift and move furniture
*Truck Schedule: Deliveries and pickup of donated furniture: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

6. DELIVERY ASSISTANT: Volunteers are also needed to ride along and assist with delivery and pickups.
· The physical ability to lift and move furniture

7. TRUCK MAINTENANCE: The frequent trips around the community take their toll on our delivery truck. This means it often needs a little TLC. The cost of labor can be expensive! If you have mechanical skills that you are willing to lend on an “as-needed” basis, please let us know!

Interested in this position? Email to receive a copy of the volunteer application and for more information!



Miller Park Zoo

Do you love to work with both animals and people? Then Miller Park Zoo’s got your back!

Adult volunteers assist in may areas of the Zoo, including guest services, animal care, and special events.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, must commit to a volunteer term of at least 6 months, and must provide written proof of a negative TB skin test every 12 month (if working in contact with animals or their food). Applicants will be contacted to set up an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Upon being accepted, new volunteers will attend an orientation class and receive training in specific areas of service.
Once training has been completed, new volunteers will be given assignments. After being accepted into the program, each volunteer will pay a one-time fee of $25; the fee includes a uniform t-shirt & a name tag.

Interested in this position? Download a printable application right now and submit it back to the Zoo (1020 S. Morris Ave. Bloomington, IL 61701) IN PERSON. Contact Sarah Waggoner at (309)434-2250 or with any questions.

OSF St. Joseph Hospital

Do you want to get some real feel of working in the health industry? Do you want to know in what ways you can contribute to others’ health and wellness? Check out these awesome ongoing volunteering opportunities OSF Joseph Medical Center provides:

1. Karing Partners: These dogs and their owners bring such comfort and smiles to our patients and are some of the most popular visitors here! If your dog is a Certified Therapy Dog or if you would like to become one, please contact Volunteer Services to learn more.

2. Transport Services: These folks are the smiling faces behind the patient wheelchairs and happy escorts for our visitors all over the medical center campus. You will meet new people every day, plus it’s great for your health!

3. Patient Education Assistant:  These volunteers will interact with patients, assisting them with accessing health care videos prescribed for their care plan.

4. Emergency Department Patient Liaisons: This volunteer position is especially suited for anyone wanting to learn more about emergency or trauma services. This position requires one four-hour shift per week with some shift flexibility.

5. Outpatient Services Assistants: Volunteers will assist the staff with welcoming all outpatient guests and escorting patients throughout the Outpatient Services area. Volunteers will make coffee, take specimens to the inpatient lab, and assist the staff with a variety of duties.

6. Guest Services Receptionists: These volunteers are the friendly ambassadors of the medical center who welcome all our guests, answer the phones and dispatch the transporters, help people find their way, and do a myriad of multitasking during their shift.

7. Patient Advocates: This person will visit all new inpatients to ask them about their stay and help them know how to address any concerns they may have. Advocates also help patients and their families become familiar with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.

8. Volunteer Office Assistant: Afternoon volunteers answer phones, assist with computer data entry, generate reports and help with other duties as needed in the Volunteer Office.

9. Special Projects: Just as the name states, these volunteers are available to work on special mailings, and other large volume projects from marketing or other departments. Schedule varies by project need.

Interested in the above opporunities? Sign up online for volunteering here! Need more information? Ccontact Director of Volunteer Services Bobbi Hynes at (309) 665-4728

BroMenn Hospital

Is your dream job related to the medical field?

BroMenn Hospital, just 5 minutes down the road from Wesleyan, provides a list of volunteering opportunities for interested volunteers. Click here for the Advocate BroMenn Volunteer Application. For more information, call 309.268.5397 or email Sue Seibring

Wish Bone Canine Rescue

Do you like working with animals? How about saving mistreated or abandoned dogs?

Wish Bones Canine Rescue provides a list of volunteering opportunities for people like you who wish to minimize pet abuse in our community. If you are interested, click here to sign up for volunteering at Wish Bone Canine Rescue!


Does “Empower women, Empower the world” sound like your tag line? If so, you should definitely check YWCA out!

Here’s a list of the current volunteering opportunities YWCA offers:

List of volunteering opportunities

YMCA-Youth Sports

1. Youth Sports-Youth Basketball Assistant – Court Monitor: 

Greet families in lobby and direct/walk them to gym for baskeball practices
Ensure there are enough chairs in the gym for parents
Make sure teams are on the correct courts as scheduled
Keep people off courts that are reserved for practices
Supervise use of gym closet, keeping door closed, opening for coaches when necessary
Keep children on first floor of building, off the track and out of member areas
Days/Times Needed

Weeknights 5:00-8:30 p.m.

Must be a minimum of 16 years old
Available for entire program
Good communication skills

2. Youth Sports-Youth Basketball Assistant – Greeter/ Monitor:

Help kids learn and play the game of soccer
Provide a great experience for each player and family!
Days/Times Needed

Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings

Must be a minimum of 18 years old
Available for entire program
Good communication skills

3. West Side Soccer League – Coach

Interested? Click here for the YMCA Volunteer Application.


YMCA- Childcare

1. Childcare-School Break Days Volunteer: 

Work with Y-Pals staff to ensure safety and security of children in program
Assist Y-Pals staff in leading games, activities and crafts
Assist Y-Pals staff in communicating with parents regarding behavior and accomplishments of children in the program
Assist in supervising children’s behavior while swimming

Unit 5 scheduled days off, excluding major holidays, from 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Availability can be flexible within these hours
Must be a minimum of 16 years old
CPR & First Aid preferred
Experience with children preferred

2. Young Member’s Caring Area Volunteer: 

Work with staff to ensure safety and security of children in the childcare room
Assist staff in leading games, activities and crafts
Assist Y-Pals staff in communicating with parents
Work with children to develop values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility
Monday through Friday 4:00 – 8:00pm.
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Availability can be flexible within these hours

Must be a minimum of 16 years old
CPR & First Aid preferred
Experience with cildren preferred

3. Y-Pals Volunteer:

Work with Y-Pals staff to ensure safety and security of children in program
Assist Y-Pals staff in leading games, activities, crafts and other before and after school functions
Assist Y-Pals staff in communicating with parents regarding behavior and accomplishments of children in the program
Help children whith their homework questions and problems

Monday through Friday 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. & 2:00 or 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Availability can be flexible within these hours
Work would be at one of our afterschool sites:
-Brigham Elementary
-Olympia North (Danvers)
-Olympia West (Minier)
-St. Mary’s Catholic School
-Towanda Elementary

Must be a minimum of 16 years old
CPR & First Aid preferred
Experience with children preferred

Interested? Click here for the Volunteer Application.


YMCA-Aquatics Assistant

Volunteers need to:

Greet families in the lobby and walk them to pool for swim lessons
Assist instructors setting up and putting back equipment needed for each class
Ensure there will be enough seating for parents
Hand out swim lesson information to parents during the session
Make/hand-out popcorn in the lobby for the first and last week of the session

Tuesday & Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Saturdays 9:00-11:00
7-Week Session

Must be a minimum of 16 years old
Available for entire program session
Good communication skills

Interested? Click here for the YMCA Volunteer Application.


Western Avenue Community Center

Are you looking for something to drag you out of the Wesleyan Bubble? Do you want to help change the local community? If so, Western Avenue Community Center offers many internships that allow you to provide community service to help Bloomington grow.

1. After School Program: This program seeks volunteers to assist with reading instruction, one-on-one tutoring, homework, and enrichment activities. Interested? Please fill in the following three documents: After School Program Application pdfBackground check pdf, and Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status pdf and return them to 600 N. Western Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701. For more information,  call Lisa Barton at (309)829-4807 ext. 311


2. Food Pantry: This program seeks volunteers to welcome clients, distribute food, stock shelves, unload food deliveries and assist with client record keeping. Interested? Call Jackie Dunson at (309)829-4807

3. Hispanic Outreach Program – Interpretation & Translation Services: This program seeks volunteers who are fluent in Spanish and have some knowledge of the culture to assist clients with interpretation and translation of government, medical and legal documents and communication with landlords, employers, schools and other community agencies. Interested? Call Socorro Alvarez at (309)829-4807


4. Lawrence Irvin Neighborhood Center (LINC) Youth Programs: This program seeks volunteers interested in coaching and/or refereeing basketball leagues, mentoring young ladies through Girlsonly, after school tutoring, and mentoring and “hanging out” with junior high and high school youth in Teen Club. Interested? Please fill out the following four forms: Community Volunteer Application pdfVolunteer Contract pdfBackground check pdfAcknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status pdf and return them to 600 N. Western Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701. For more information,  call Dodie Dunson at (309)750-4500 or send an email to Amy Cottone. 


5. On My Way Summer Camp: This program seeks volunteers interested in helping in any part of a 6-week program for youth entering grades 7, 8 and 9, with the focus of confidently transitioning junior high students to high school. Activities include sports, art, drama, leadership activities, academic review and field trips. Interested? Please fill out the following four forms: Community Volunteer Application pdfVolunteer Contract pdfBackground check pdfAcknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status pdf and return them to 600 N. Western Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701. For more information, send an email to Danielle Truitt. 


6. Senior Programs: This program seek volunteers to set up, decorate and/or serve for quarterly dinner-dances, assist with monthly BINGO, teach new computer skills and drive for field trips. Interested? Call Enrique Bustamante or Rose Beverly at (309)829-4807 for more information.


West Bloomington Revitalization Project

Are you tired of being stuck in the so-called “IWU bubble”? Do you have a heart full of passion for community engagement but don’t where to start? WBRP provides students tons of exciting volunteering positions, so let’s get started helping our local community grow, one step each time!

1.Economic Development: Adopt a Facebook, Sponsorship Committee, Calendar committee

2.Education: Host a Book Drive, Build a Little Library, Ride the Book Bike, Staff the Book Bike, Help Organize Book Bike

3. Greening: Community Garden, Adopt-a-Corner, Pass the Produce

4. Housing: Home Restoration, Survey Block Conditions, Tool Library

5. Wellness and Safety: Adopt the Chalkboard, Taste of West Committee, Communications Committee, West Bloomington Block-by-Block Report, Friendship Park

6. Special events: Westside 5k, Walk-in Bike-out


Are you thrilled to become more involved in our local community and help revitalize West Bloomington? If so, act now and sign up online here for volunteer application!




UNITY Community Center

Are you interested in working with youth? Or are you an educational studies major looking for some internship experience to sharpen your skills up? UNITY Community Center has just the right opportunities for you!

1. Tutoring, internships, and/or teaching opportunities: During the school year, Monday-Friday, anytime between 3-7 pm. Summer, 11am-5pm on most days.
All volunteerse must attend a 1.5 hour volunteer training and be background screened. Volunteers must register for training before attending a session.

Spring 2015 training dates are available here. Sign Up Now!

2. Organizing, paper work, cleaning, and planning lessons, large group service projects, Food boxes: Monday- Friday 12pm to 3pm during the school year

Interested? Contact Reid Young at or call (309) 862-4041 for more information.


Sugar Grove Nature Center

Do you love the nature? Do you want to help preserve it? Sugar Grove Nature Center is looking for passionate volunteers to assist at any of the following areas:

Nature Center Host
Assistant Naturalist
Animal Care
Reception & Office
Volunteer Recruitment
Wood Projects
Special Event
Garden Projects
Grounds Maintenance
Building Maintenance and Repair
Exotic Species Eradicator
Bird Feeder Maintenance
Trail Ambassador
Archive and Scrapbook

Volunteers will be provided training and support for all positions, so act now and  get a copy of the downloadable application form  here (pdf) and return it at 4532 N. 725 East Road, McLean, IL 61754

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Angela Funk, Director, at 309.874.2174 or

Prairie State Legal Services

Do you want to help fight housing discrimination? Or are you looking for opportunities that can expose you to the legal industry? Prairie State Legal Service is looking for passionate volunteers now!

Fair Housing Project Tester: Prairie State Fair Housing Project is looking for testers to help investigate housing discrimination. Following training, testers meet with housing providers and record their interactions in a report. Our staff members then review and compare reports from various testers to determine if housing discrimination took place.

Benefits for volunteers include receiving a stipend and travel reimbursement for the training/practice test and each time you help with a test and learning new skills, including report writing.

Volunteers must Have:
State-issued ID
Authorization to work in the United States
Access to transportation
Access to a computer
Cannot Have:
Prior felony convictions or convictions of crimes involving fraud or perjury
Active real estate license


Interested in joining them to help fight discrimination? Contact: Maya Ziv-El for more information and visit their website here.