If you’ve been volunteering for a while and think that you might be ready to take the next step, we want to encourage you to consider becoming a project leader! As a leader you have the opportunity to inspire other volunteers as you build a strong, consistent relationship with the clients you’re serving. Leadership also has practical benefits, helping you gain project management and managerial skills.

Our leaders are supported by Chicago Cares staff members, which means that we promise to be with you every step of the way, providing training and encouragement. We hope that you’ll consider exploring leadership at one of the projects listed below.

If your schedule requires a more flexible commitment to leadership, we encourage you to consider becoming a back-up leader. As a back-up leader, you’re on call in case the regularly scheduled leader is unable to attend the project due to illness or scheduling concerns. To find out about additional back-up leader opportunities, contact Adrienne Cherry.

Bingo Fun with Seniors at Sheridan Leland Apartments
Location: Uptown
Leader Need: 2nd Tuesday of every month

The hunt is on for someone who wants to interact with a lively group of seniors by playing bingo! Sheridan/Leland Apartments is a Chicago Housing Authority building that is home to a number of independent, low-income seniors. Volunteers provide companionship and help residents build English language skills by playing prize Bingo with residents. The leader facilitates interaction between the volunteers and mostly Korean residents and runs the bingo games. The leader is asked to purchase household items to be used as bingo prizes and is reimbursed by Chicago Cares. For more info, contact Rosie Drumgoole at 312-780-0800 x146.

Bingo Fun at Britton Budd Apartments
Location: Lincoln Park/Lakeview
Leader Need: 2nd or 4th Monday of every month

The Chicago Housing Authority provides both housing and access to life enrichment programs and services for low-income seniors across Chicago. Volunteers visit with senior residents and increase the building’s sense of community through a rousing game of bingo! The leader is responsible for providing the bingo prizes (sample list of prizes is available) and would be reimbursed upon return of receipts to Chicago Cares. For more info, contact Amy DeLorenzo at 312-780-0800 ext 141.

Urban Gardens with Openlands
Location: A new garden every week throughout Chicago
Leader Need: 3rd Saturday of every month April-November

Only with Openlands will volunteers be able to provide support for community gardens across the city! Through this program, volunteers will have the opportunity to visit a new garden each month and learn about some essential gardening skills such as planting, weeding, building sustainable garden beds and more. The leader for this project is required to check-in with the representative before the project. For more info, contact Aly Moser at 312-780-0800 x 168.

Totally Trivia at Imperial
Location: Lincoln Park
Leader Need: Last Saturday of every month

Calling all Trivia Buffs and aficionados! Become the volunteer leader for this fast-paced and fun event! The Imperial Nursing Home is a nursing facility for seniors and other residents who need skilled nursing care. Play a trivia game and help alleviate the isolation concerns for this community. The leader facilitates interaction between the volunteers and residents and facilitates rounds of Trivia. The leader is asked to help create trivia questions, purchase household items to be used as prizes and is reimbursed by Chicago Cares. For more info, contact Rosie Drumgoole at 312-780-0800 x146.

Backup Leader for Dinner at La Casa Norte
Location: Humboldt Park
Leader Need: Back-up to fill in when needed on Wednesday nights

La Casa Norte is a service agency in the Humboldt Park community that provides comprehensive services to youth and families that are faced with homelessness. During dinner at La Casa Norte, volunteers will cook a healthy meal for the residents of the Solid Ground Supportive Housing Program; La Casa Norte’s housing facility for homeless, male youth. The leader for this project is asked to purchase groceries for the specific project, and will then be reimbursed by Chicago Cares. For more info Contact: Aly Moser at amoser@chicagocares.org or 312-780-0800 x 168.

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