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Make A Difference in Chicagoland

October 21, 2009

Here are some great Make a Difference Day activities in the northwest suburbs from our partners in the community. If you’re looking for more ways to make a difference or if you’re interested in the impact volunteers are making every day of the year, check our volunteer opportunity listings or connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

The 19th annual MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY, the largest national day of community service in the country, is Saturday, October 24, 2009. Several individual and group projects are available on or around that date. Some are listed below with additions coming in daily.

To volunteer with these opportunities, fill out an interest form (with the opportunity number) online or call us at 847-228-132. Together we can Make a Difference!


Help an organization who works to provide safe, reliable and efficient blood services to Chicagoland hospitals, patients, and donors with their one-day blood drives on Friday, Oct. 30 greet and register donors, serve refreshments, watch for adverse reactions, etc. in the Lombard area. Ages 18 & older. A42 #1462


Used Book Sale benefiting special needs adults, preparing for their June sale in desperate need of volunteers to sort books for the sale. Times needed are 10 am – 4 pm, Mon.- Fri,  & am & pm hrs on Sat. Will open evenings & weekends, for 5 or more vols. Age 18 & over. A10 # 1780

Organize a food and toiletry drive for an agency supporting abused and neglected children (hold through a company, club, school, or even a local grocery store). Call for list of food items needed. Open to all ages. A63 #2162

Help the homeless by planning a clothing and gift certificate drive. We are looking for men’s and women’s underwear, socks & jeans all sizes. Toiletries and gift certificates to any type of fast food restaurant or discount store. Open to all ages. A54 # 1783

Donation drive is needed for a transitional shelter for homeless women and their children. Paper products, dish soap, trash bags, household cleaners, baby products, gift cards, etc. Start collecting now in your community. Open to all ages. A71 #1790

A counseling center for pregnant women are in urgent need for winter coats, infants & children sizes thru 6, new or gently used. Other baby items needed are: diapers up to size 5 & pull-ups, baby food, wipes, Enfamil formula, bottles, lotion and shampoo.  Open to all ages. A97 #2026

“Harvest for Hope” a non perishable food drive and personal care items to help low-income people impacted by HIV/AIDS.  Donations can be picked up or drop off at site. Open to all ages. A104 #1802


Assist with conservation work on the 4th Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Workers will prune, clear & thin brush from wooded areas, grounds clean up & planting projects. Ages 16 & older. A66 #1465


Halloween Family Fun event at area retirement community to be held on Saturday, Oct. 24. Help for 3 – 4 hours with games, prizes, serving food and running the haunted house. Individuals and groups welcome. Ages 14 & older. A24 #2354

Join the fun at the Halloween Masquerade Ball on Friday Oct 30. Help in setting up, decorating, serving snacks, cleaning up, and interacting and dancing with participants. Groups and individuals welcome. Ages 16 & older. A125 #2358

Calling all ghosts, goblins & ghouls… join the fun at the Haunted Harvest from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday nights Oct.  Volunteers are needed to be scary actors and help with concessions and other duties. Ages 16 & older. A41 #1806

Spend quality time with senior in area nursing home – decorate pumpkins with residents

– play games, cards, read to residents, play music/sing for residents (make sure to bring your own instrument) on Saturday, October 24. Ages 10 and over. A122 #2364


Area hospice center needs volunteers to help distribute and put together materials for an information blitz on long term care. Work in shifts up to 4 – 5 hours during October & November. Groups (up to 20) and individuals welcome. Ages 13 & older. A37 #2100

Ongoing project of assembling mailers for organization that provides support to siblings of children with cancer.  Assemble welcome kits, trophy mailings, educational material, etc. Monday – Friday, 9 – 5, evenings by scheduling. Ages 12 & older. A105 #1744


Assisting with maintenance of group homes in Northwest suburbs for an organization that supports clients with disabilities. Painting and yard work at various locations Arlington Heights, Wilmette, Palatine and Lake Forest. Groups up to 20 volunteers. Ages 18 & older. A25 #1922

Area thrift shop that supports seniors and community mental health seeks individuals and groups to tidy, organize, arrange, display and clean the Resale shop. Volunteer for up to 3 hours to help freshen up the store. Ages 16 & older. A39 #1918


Teach one level of programming for this organization that teaches students about financial literacy, work-readiness and entrepreneurship through age appropriate hands-on activities on November 19, all grade levels available from K through 5th grade.  Ages 18 & older. A99 #12

Deliver food boxes and meals to those impacted by HIV/AIDS on Saturday, October 24.  Routes are to Aurora or Elgin. Must have valid Drivers License. Ages 16 & older. A104 #1930

“Kick up your Heels” a barn dance fundraiser seeks volunteers for to help with decorations on Oct 24 for the event – or help with this fundraiser on the actual day of the event Nov 7 in Crystal Lake. Proceeds benefit hospice patients. Ages 13 & older. A37 #2356

Ask the Expert Day, on Oct 29, is a great time for all.  Volunteer to go into a classroom for a period of 45 minutes to discuss all the aspects of your career & education, give helpful tips and advice to students who are planning their career choices. Ages 18 & older. A99 #2355

Sort and pack food donations in a warehouse in Elk Grove Village for HIV/AIDS clients on Tuesday, Oct 20. Volunteers can work in shifts from 2 – 8 hours. Individuals and groups welcome, Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. A104 #1753

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  1. Lin Wisniewski permalink
    January 19, 2010 5:50 pm

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