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Written by on June 1, 2020

Hey, Chicago!

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary efforts.  We’ll be scouring the interwebs and tweets every day to bring you a daily digest of good things to do for yourself and your community.  Have a tip for something we should add to our daily digest?  E-mail us at morgan@vocalo.org. And check out previous #DoGood posts here!


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Do Good #344: Casa Central

Casa Central, located near Humboldt Park, is one of the Midwest’s largest Latinx social service agencies, with comprehensive, family-centric programming to best address the needs of Chicago’s Latinx community. They’re accepting applications for new volunteers to help out with kids, families and older adults, with opportunities including mentoring, arts and crafts, reading and homework help, event planning, facility improvements and more. Find more information on the organization, volunteer opportunities and how to apply to help out here.


Do Good #343: Englewood Village Farm

Grow Greater Englewood and Chicago Cares are still looking for a few more volunteers to help out with Farm Days, an initiative to support and maintain Englewood Village Farm sites. Volunteers are needed to help with weeding, landscaping, maintenance and garden beautification to help the organization get ready for the harvest season and the Weekly Village Market. Find more information and sign up to help here.


Do Good #342: Music Box Foundation

Music Box Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing and providing kids’ access to music and arts education from a young age. They’re currently looking for volunteers to support their efforts, and have open positions in their music and arts education, outreach, program and event planning, marketing and customer service departments. Learn more about how to get involved and apply now on their website.


Do Good #341: Burnham Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary

This Saturday, Chicago Cares is looking for volunteers to help maintain Bronzeville’s Burnham Nature Sanctuary — which serves as a bird and butterfly sanctuary and provides public green space for neighbors to enjoy. Volunteers may expect to help with garden maintenance, trail clearing, trash clean-ups and more. Gloves and tools will be provided, and volunteers are encouraged to wear layers. No bathrooms are on-site. For more information and to sign up, visit the Chicago Cares website.


Do Good #340: Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance is a nonprofit that strives to expand knowledge and appreciation of Puerto Rican culture and heritage to more than 30,000 students annually. They’re looking for volunteers ages 16+ to help out with programming like the National Cuatro Festival, their El Archivo Project and the Latin Music Project. Learn more on their website, and sign up to volunteer here.


Do Good #339: Pilsen Food Pantry

Lend a hand at the Pilsen Food Pantry! Located on S. Throop Street, Pilsen Food Pantry fights against food insecurity by providing access to fresh, culturally appropriate foods, community events and clothing and supply drives. They’re currently accepting new volunteers ages 6+ to help out in their pantry and Clothes Closet. Shift times vary, but are most often in the morning and afternoon. Find out how to sign up to help out here!


Do Good #338: Clean Up Lake Michigan With the Shedd!

Many of you might know the Shedd Aquarium is hosting their second House Party tonight (shoutout to the 100+ who entered our giveaway on Instagram!), but did you know the Shedd also hosts volunteer Action Days to preserve Chicagoland’s natural woodland and wetland areas? Shedd Action Days include litter cleanup, habitat restorations and river planting, and the next one, a litter cleanup at 63rd Street Beach, is this Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Find more information on how you can help out and check out upcoming Action Days here!


Do Good #337: Maintain the Kilbourn Park Greenhouse

Chicago Cares has partnered with the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse to recruit volunteers to help clean up and maintain the greenhouse, which is the city’s only teaching greenhouse, on Sept. 17. Volunteers can expect to help with planting, mulching, weeding and shoveling, and will play a role in sustaining crucial green spaces in the neighborhood. Find more information and sign up here!


Do Good #336: Tutor with FORA

Nonprofit organization FORA, Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America, is looking for new volunteers to help out with kids’ weekday tutoring programs, both on Zoom and in person at their West Ridge empowerment center. FORA uses a form of tutoring known as “high dosage tutoring,” incorporating at least 10 hours of tutoring each week with a two-to-one student to teacher ratio. New in-person volunteer tutors can apply online here and virtual tutors here. You can find more information about FORA and their tutoring programs on their website.


Do Good #335: Learn Mechanics With Working Bikes!

As we coast out the rest of the summer, there’s never a shortage of cyclists in Chicago. Working Bikes believes everyone deserves access to bicycle transportation, and they’re always in need of volunteers to help out at weekly Thursday sessions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers can expect to help repair bikes for local donation, clean and organize parts and more. Find more information on how to help out here!


Do Good #334: Brave Space Alliance Pantry Delivery

Brave Space Alliance, the South Side’s first first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center, is looking for volunteers to assist with their Pantry Delivery Program, which delivers shelf staple foods weekly and produce bi-weekly to homes in need. They’re in need of volunteers with or without cars for on-site support on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and shopping and delivery volunteers on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email volunteers@bravespacealliance.org if you’re interested, and check out their Instagram post for more info.


Do Good #333: Breakthrough

East Garfield Park nonprofit organization Breakthrough is currently accepting new volunteers to help out at their various programs, including at their Fresh Market Food Pantry, Youth Network, high school and postsecondary mentoring programs and more. All new volunteers are required to fill out an application form and attend a volunteer orientation before they can start helping out. The next orientation is on Sept. 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; you can RSVP in advance here and find more information on volunteering here.


Do Good #332: Books & Backpacks Community Drive

Somos Arte Chicago and Lolita Productions are hosting their third annual Books and Backpacks community supply drive to provide supplies to Humboldt Park families in need on Saturday, August 27, and they’re looking for volunteers to help out in shifts on the event day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fill out this form to express your interest in volunteering, and their volunteer coordinator will reach back out to you. Find more info on the event here.


Do Good #331: Growing Home

Growing Home is an Englewood nonprofit urban farm which provides farm-based training for individuals with barriers to employment. They teamed up with Chicago Cares to ask for volunteers to help support the farm by planting, weeding, harvesting and cleaning around the farm site on four occasions throughout the rest of August — the first of which takes place tomorrow morning from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up and find more information here!


Do Good #330: Chicago Black Wall Street Festival

Organizers of the Chicago Black Wall Street Festival in Woodlawn are in need of volunteers to help out before and at the event. They’re looking for people to help pass out flyers in Woodlawn this Saturday, Aug. 20, and next Saturday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m., and at the event volunteers can expect to assist with collecting email data, assisting with entertainment, maintaining green rooms, check-in tables and more. Reach out to Quandra Speights at urbanmarketexchangellc@gmail.com to find out more information and to get involved!


Do Good #329: Shedd Aquarium Action Days

Through their Community Action Days, the Shedd Aquarium strives to preserve and maintain Chicago’s beaches, green spaces and bodies of water. Help maintain our beautiful beaches and green spaces with two upcoming “Litter Cleanup and Coastal Habitat Restoration” days, one at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown on Saturday, Aug. 13 and one at 63rd Street Beach on Saturday, Aug. 20, both from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn more about Shedd Action Days on their website and email ActionDays@sheddaquarium.org to register to help out.


Do Good #328: Little Village Urban Farm Days

Help the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization build their Little Village Urban Farm this weekend! Tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., the organization needs volunteers to help with building garden beds, harvesting, weeding and plant maintenance. Check out their Instagram page for more information.


Do Good #327: LAWNDALE Project with the NLCCC

The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, or NLCCC, is looking for volunteers to help out at the Lawndale Community Art Festival! Supporting the One LAWNDALE Project, which strives to connect the north and south sides of Lawndale through art, volunteers will help out with set-up and take-down of artist and small business stations, directing parking and decorating the festival space. Learn more about the event and sign up to help out here!


Do Good #326: New Hope Church Food Kitchen

Also every Saturday, Hermosa’s New Hope Church Food Kitchen is looking for volunteers to help combat food insecurity and provide hot meals, non-perishable foods and clothing to residents in need. Volunteers may assist with prepping bags of food for distribution, sorting and organizing clothing donations for distribution and/or distributing the food and clothing. Sign up or find more information here.


Do Good #326: Urban Growers Collective

Nonprofit Urban Growers Collective is looking for drop-in and recurring volunteers to help out at their largest farm site, South Chicago Farm, every Saturday! Volunteers can expect to help out with tasks like greeting customers, prepping beds, watering plants, seeding, harvesting and more. More information on how to sign up for a volunteer shift is on UGC’s website.


Do Good #325: Chance's SocialWorks

Like I mentioned earlier, Chance the Rapper’s nonprofit is SocialWorks, which he founded in 2016 with the intention of empowering and uplifting young people through arts, education and civic engagement. Their five initiatives (OpenMike being one) focus on education, homelessness, mental health, performance art and literary art. SocialWorks is always looking for passionate individuals to help out as volunteers; sign up to receive more information using their online form.


Do Good #324: South Shore Nature Sanctuary

Help clean up and maintain the South Shore Nature Sanctuary at their July stewardship volunteer day! On July 16, volunteers will meet at the entrance to the Nature Sanctuary at 10 a.m. and are advised to bring water bottles and weather-appropriate clothing. Tools and gloves will be provided, and the volunteer session lasts until noon. The Nature Sanctuary’s 20th Anniversary celebration will follow, with live music, a scavenger hunt and treats from 1-4 p.m. More information on the volunteer days and other events online!


Do Good #323: Back 2 School IL

Help prepare for kids to return to school in the fall with Back 2 School Illinois! On July 29 they’re hosting an in-house “Build-A-Kit” event at their office in the North Center neighborhood, where volunteers can help assemble “Back 2 School” kits and holiday kits for kids in need. More information on how to help out here.


Do Good #322: 826CHI

826CHI is a nonprofit organization promoting creative expression in teachers and students ages 6 to 18 through building expository writing skills. They’re always looking for volunteers to help with writing workshops, tutoring, events, translation and more! Interested volunteers are required to apply, complete a background check and attend an orientation session to get involved. Find out more about volunteer duties and how to apply on their website.


Do Good #321: The WasteShed

The WasteShed is a nonprofit rooted in sustainability that strives to provide Chicago and Evanston residents with access to affordable repurposed arts, crafts and school supplies. Both their Chicago and Evanston locations are always looking for volunteers to welcome customers and help clean and sort donations. Online sign-up is available for regular volunteer shifts at both the Chicago and Evanston locations.


Do Good #320: Healing In The Park

Healing In The Park is a summer event series in Humboldt Park promoting sharing, community healing and togetherness with an open mic, healing circle, wellness spaces and more resources. Their first event of the summer is on July 9 from noon to 5 p.m., and they’re looking for volunteers to help out. Volunteers can expect to help with setting up, manning the welcome table, art-making, food and wellness stations and more. Volunteer sign-up and more duties are available here.


Do Good #319: The Community Builders

The Community Builders at Oakley Square Apartments in East Garfield Park have partnered with Chicago Cares to support young people in the community. They’re looking for volunteers to help out at their hourlong reading and craft session on June 28, helping kids and young people with their reading and comprehension skills and assisting with a craft related to the reading materials. No art experience is required. Find more info or sign up to help out here!


Do Good #318: Break Down Chicago Water Debt With WBEZ

On June 11 at 11 a.m., WBEZ, Elevate and Universidad Popular are partnering to host a free community workshop to help Chicago residents affected by the city’s water debt crisis. They plan to break down Chicago’s water debt billing crisis, provide resources and explain ways to get relief. More information on how to attend here.


Do Good #317: Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

Join Chicago Cares in maintaining our city’s green spaces at Avondale’s Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse! Volunteers are needed this Sunday to help out the greenhouse with weeding, planting, mulching, shoveling and overall maintenance, mostly indoors. All tools will be provided, and closed-toe shoes are recommended. Sign up to help out here!


Do Good #316: Food Not Bombs

Chicago’s chapter of global organization Food Not Bombs, located in Humbolt Park, works with local grocery stores to offer free weekly grocery delivery to those in need on the city’s northwest side. They’re currently in need of volunteer grocery packers to help out this month on June 11, 15, 18, 22 and 29. Click here to sign up!


Do Good #316: PCCC in Pilsen Summer Programming

The People’s Center For Cultural and Contemporary Arts (PCCC) in Pilsen is about to kick off their summer programs! An organization dedicated to expanding access to arts education for kids and adults, their arts summer camp for kids ages 8 to 18 begins June 20. The PCCC currently has a donation wish list of materials ranging from digital cameras to musical instruments to glue sticks. They’re also accepting monetary donations toward sponsoring students to attend their programs. More info and a full range of programs can be found on their website.


Do Good #315: Breakthrough Mana

East Garfield Park’s Breakthrough Mana Women’s Center, in partnership with Chicago Cares, is looking for volunteers to help serve healthy meals to residents of its women’s housing program the first Saturday of every month through the end of the year. Volunteers are still needed for June 4 and can expect to prep, cook and serve meals to community members in need. Sign up to help out now via Chicago Cares!


Do Good #314: Build the Little Village Urban Farm

The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization is in need of volunteers to help build their Little Village Urban Farm this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Volunteers can expect to help build trellis for vegetables and plant tomatoes, zucchini and tomatillos. Sign up to help out here. Check out the organization’s Instagram page for more info on how to get involved, plus other opportunities to help out the community.


Do Good #313: Bike Out Negativity

Boxing Out Negativity’s second annual “Bike Out Negativity” ride is May 21! Join Boxing Out Negativity for their six-mile “fun ride” through North Lawndale and Little Village, or register as a volunteer to help out with the ride! Ride registration is free, and volunteers can sign up to help out here. Donations are also welcome!


Do Good #312: Working Bikes

Working Bikes is a grassroots nonprofit bike shop in Pilsen dedicated to expanding access to bicycles citywide. They’re looking for volunteers to help repair and refurbish donated bikes on May 19! No experience is required, and donations are welcome. More details on how to get involved here.


Do Good #311: It's Your Park Day!

The Chicago Parks Foundation’s annual volunteer day, “It’s Your Park Day,” is May 21! Volunteers can sign up to help organizers with cleanup efforts at any of more than 50 parks across the city, including trash pick-up, mulching and other enhancement projects. Start times may vary; for more information and to see a full list of participating parks, go here.


Do Good #310: Giving Factory

For anyone who wants to help out the community but feels safer with remote opportunities, check out Cradles To Crayons’ “Giving Factory @ Home” program! Volunteers can pick up boxes of gently used items donated to The Giving Factory to sort through and check item quality, returning the sorted boxes to the warehouse one week later. To learn more or register to help out, go here.

Do Good #309: Clean Up The Conservatories

Now that we’ve gotten a preview of warm weather, it’s the perfect time to help out at some of our city’s prominent green spaces! Both Garfield Park Conservatory and Lincoln Park Conservancy have lots of ways to volunteer, from weeding and gardening to composting and family programs. Explore options and get involved at their respective websites.

Do Good #308: Volunteer DJs Wanted

Are you a DJ looking to earn experience for a good cause? Nonprofits The Network and The Resurrection Project are looking for DJs to help out at their Youth Hood Fair event series on May 14 (at 31st Street and Hamlin Avenue) and May 21 (at 1805 S. Paulina St.). Each event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact organizer Esmeralda Gonzalez for more information or to get involved.

Do Good #307: Performances & Treats For A Good Cause!

City News Cafe in Portage Park is hosting two concerts this weekend as a part of their Blue and Yellow Lifeline fundraiser series. Enjoy live music and support Ukrainian relief efforts by attending Henia Flynn and Nancy Connely’s performance Saturday at 11 a.m. and Hugo’s Elvis tribute at 2 p.m. in the cafe or virtually on Sunday. During the performances, 100% of proceeds from sales of Ukrainian-themed postcards designed by Jenia Chernysh and boxes of dark chocolate truffles (plus tips) will go toward the fundraising efforts. More information can be found here.

Do Good #306: Bridge To Success

The Bridge to Success provides workforce development and strives to enhance employment opportunities for at-risk, low-income and no-income adults and young adults by providing high quality, workplace-appropriate clothing and coaching to build self-confidence and job interview preparation skills. They’re recruiting volunteers to help out with client fitting and styling, interview coaching, retail merchandising and event planning. To become a volunteer, you can fill out their online application.

Do Good #305: Green City Market

Green City Market is an organization of farmers’ markets dedicated to supporting local farmers, expanding food access and educating the community about sustainability and food waste. They’re currently seeking volunteers to help at the markets by assisting the info booth, managing market entrances, helping with kids programming and more. For more information or to sign up to join their volunteer team, go here.

Do Good #304: Help Out At IMAN During Ramadan

Ramadan starts this weekend! Support the local Muslim community by volunteering at the Inner City Muslim Action Network, or IMAN, a community organization which focuses on aid through the arts, housing programs, health centers and other strategic initiatives. To get involved, you can sign up to become a volunteer online.

Do Good #303: Ukrainian Relief Efforts...

The Ukrainian National Museum, located in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, has compiled a list with QR codes of organizations accepting donations to aid relief efforts in Ukraine. Organizations include the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), Save the Children’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, the Red Cross and more.

Do Good #302: Clean Up Community Green Spaces!

You’ve got a couple of opportunities to help clean up community green spaces this weekend! On April 2, join Chicago Cares in enhancing North Lawndale’s Unity Park and/or Bronzeville’s Burnham Nature Sanctuary. At Unity Park, volunteers can expect to plant, mulch, weed, shovel and paint, and at Burnham volunteers may help with maintaining the sanctuary’s ecological health, trail maintenance, cleaning up trash and fixing fences. Sign up now or find more information here and here!

Do Good #301: Aid Ukraine From Chicago

Wondering how you can support Ukraine without leaving the country? Locally located organizations like Ukrainian shipping company Meest-Karpaty are accepting donations to help Ukrainian refugees. WBEZ, CBS and the Chicago Tribune also have lists of organizations and groups in Chicago you can donate to, volunteer with or get involved in other ways.

Do Good #300: Southside Blooms

Invest in community green spaces with Southside Blooms, a project started by Chicago Eco House to transform vacant lots into flower farms which employ young adults on the city’s south and west sides. Volunteers are needed on March 26 to help maintain the green spaces, and will learn about the importance of regenerative farming practices. All supplies will be provided and work will be mostly inside. More information here.

Do Good #299: Textbanking With NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, is the country’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to providing resources for those struggling with mental illness. In partnership with Chicago Cares, NAMI is hosting textbanking sessions on March 24 and 31 for volunteers to reach out to Chicagoans via text with mental health resources and information. Personal phone numbers will not be used, and volunteers will also learn about the organization and other ways they can help out. More information can be found here.

Do Good #298: Do The Shamrock Shuffle

Help prepare for this year’s Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K run, taking place on March 20! Prior to the race, volunteers are needed to help with participant packet prep and pick-up. The day of, volunteers can help out on the information team, at the start corrals, as a court marshal or by serving beer at the post-race party. More information on how to get involved is online, and the deadline to register as a volunteer is March 13.

Do Good #297: Help Victims of Domestic Violence

Connections for Abused Women and Their Children (CAWC) is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing domestic violence and providing services to victims of abuse and their children. They are currently accepting volunteers to help staff at their Humboldt Park Outreach Program and Greenhouse Shelter, where they will provide assistance to residents, respond to calls and more. To donate or learn more about volunteer opportunities, check out the organization’s website.

Do Good #296: Clean Up Lincoln Park Conservatory

As we begin to approach the spring season, help beautify Chicago’s community spaces by cleaning up Lincoln Park Conservatory! Volunteers are needed to assist greenhouse staff with weeding and prepping for garden shows and general maintenance of the historic facility on March 5 and March 19, 2022 from 9 a.m. to noon. All tools, supplies and training will be provided. Check out Chicago Cares to learn more or sign up.

Do Good #295: Lend A Hand At Fresh Market

Lend a hand at nonprofit organization Breakthrough’s Fresh Market, a client-choice food pantry serving East Garfield Park! The market has different volunteer positions available throughout the week as setup assistants, shopper assistants and delivery drivers. Every Wednesday and Friday, setup assistants help unload food trucks, organize food and stage the market for distribution by sorting, cleaning and shelving items. On Thursdays and Saturdays, shopper assistants greet guests, bag groceries and assist guests with their shopping. On Saturdays, delivery drivers load their personal vehicles with groceries for delivery to community members. All volunteers are required to wear cloth face coverings or masks. For age restrictions and more information, check out the volunteer page.

Do Good #294: Promote Children's Literacy

Nonprofit Bernie’s Book Bank is dedicated to promoting literacy among Chicago children with minimal access to books and other literacy resources. With multiple volunteer sessions regularly offered every weekday and some Saturdays, there are plenty of opportunities to help out with sorting, stickering and packing books for children. Sign up to help out using their volunteer calendar. Bernie’s Book Bank also accepts monetary donations through their website.

Do Good #293: Howard Brown Clinics

Howard Brown Health is an organization of health clinics around Chicago rooted in LGBTQ+ empowerment, serving more than 40,000 individuals citywide. They’re always looking for new volunteers to help with fundraising events, their Broadway Youth Center Drop-In, organizing personal hygiene items and more. New volunteers can submit an application online, and existing volunteers can contact volunteer@howardbrown.org for upcoming opportunity information.

Do Good #292: Deliver Groceries to Seniors

Do you have a car and want to help out seniors in your community? My Block, My Hood, My City is looking for volunteers to deliver groceries to Chicago seniors in need every Tuesday, from morning through the early afternoon. Volunteers need a car, phone and PPE to lend a helping hand and are required to attend a short training session the day of. To sign up or learn more, check My Block, My Hood, My City’s events calendar.

Do Good #291: Support Immigrant Families of Chicago

Centro Romero has been serving the immigrant and refugee community on Chicago’s northeast side for the past 37 years, providing youth leadership programs, family services, domestic violence prevention, adult education, leader services and more. They’re always looking for volunteers to lend a hand, and anyone interested in getting involved can apply through their online form. Donations can also be made on their website.

Do Good #290: Help Chicago's Homeless Families at La Casa Norte

La Casa Norte confronts homelessness in Chicago by providing access to housing and other services, with an emphasis on helping families and children. Individual volunteer opportunities include sorting clothes at the organization’s Clothing Closet or helping out at their Fresh Market, in partnership with Lakeview Pantry. Check out how you can get involved on their website.

Do Good #289: Fight Food Insecurity With New Hope Church

Fight food insecurity on Chicago’s Northwest Side and distribute food with New Hope Church Food Kitchen! Volunteers can expect to prep bags for hot meals and non-perishable food distribution, sorting clothes for distribution and more. Details and sign-up can be found here for opportunities every Saturday through Feb. 26.


Do Good #288: Sort Food For COVID Relief

The Lakeview Food Pantry is always looking for volunteers to help sort food, distribute groceries and more in response to the COVID-19 crisis. More information on opportunities and COVID protocol can be found on their website, and all new volunteers are required to fill out this form in advance. 

Do Good #287: Care For Real

Edgewater and Rogers Park nonprofit volunteer group Care for Real relies on 450 volunteers every year to help distribute fresh groceries to neighbors at no cost Monday through Saturday. They also run a clothing closet, pet pantry and job readiness program. Volunteers can expect to assist with tasks like packing groceries, sorting clothing and greeting clients. Check out their website for more information and email volunteer@careforreal.org to get involved.

Do Good #286: The Love Fridge!

Fight food insecurity and get involved with Chicago mutual aid initiative the Love Fridge! They’re hosting a virtual town hall tonight, Dec. 9, from 7-8 p.m. to discuss winter strategies and how to get involved in the new year. Stay up-to-date with volunteer opportunities on their Instagram, or fill out their volunteer profile to stay in the loop. Interested in donating? A list of accepted items and protocol is under their guidelines, and locate a fridge near you using their online map.

Do Good #285: Roseland Hospital's Holiday Toy Drive

Support Roseland Hospital’s Holiday Toy Drive event! On Dec. 16 at noon volunteers can help out by boxing, wrapping and decorating toy donations which will be given out to families in the Roseland community on Dec. 18. Sign up now at this link.


Do Good #284: Light Up Lawndale

Spread some holiday cheer by decorating the North Lawndale neighborhood! The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council partnered with Chicago Cares for their Light Up Lawndale project. Volunteers can expect to decorate trees, fountains and light posts along several blocks of Douglas Blvd. on Dec. 11 and 18. Click here for more information on how to get involved or to sign up.

Do Good #283: Letters To Angels

Chicago Cares is working with Chicago Youth Programs to help out with their annual “Letters to Angels” toy drive Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 7-8. Volunteers can expect to assist staff with sorting, labeling and wrapping toys from the drive. Additional toys can be purchased for the drive on the organization’s Amazon Wish List.

Do Good #282: Repack With The Food Depository

Their warehouses are closed this weekend for the holiday, but next week you can help out the Greater Chicago Food Depository by attending one of their Repack sessions. Morning and evening opportunities are available Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. Volunteers can expect to sort produce, inspect and box bread shipments and repack large shipments of non-perishable items into smaller containers. Volunteers must be at least 11 years old and everyone is required to wear a mask. For more information, check out the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s online calendar.

Do Good #281: Be A Part Of The Light

My Block, My Hood, My City is kicking off their annual “Be A Part Of The Light” initiative and toy drive on Dec. 4! Join the organization’s M3 volunteer team as they get together to decorate street poles and homes with holiday lights, bows, ribbons, garlands and ornaments along King Dive from 51st to 115th Street. Volunteers are asked to meet at Washington Park Field House at 2 p.m. and will have the choice of decorating the park or traveling off-site to decorate in teams. Attendees are encouraged to bring new toy donations for the toy drive. This is an all-ages event, and more information on how to attend or get involved can be found here.

Do Good #280: Top Box Foods In Englewood

Chicago Cares and Top Box Foods teamed up to deliver groceries to Englewood residents without easy access to healthy, affordable food. They’re looking for volunteers with cars on Nov. 12 and 13 to make an estimated seven to nine deliveries over the course of three hours. Deliveries are contactless, but extra gloves and face masks will be provided. Please note — first-time volunteers with Top Box Foods are required to attend a training session the Thursday before their volunteer shift. Their next volunteer opportunity is next month, on Dec. 10, so if you miss the November opportunities you can always sign up in advance for December!

Do Good #279: Permanent Housing Transitional Kitchen Kits

Help to assemble kitchenware kits with Chicago Furniture Bank as they support those transitioning from shelters to permanent housing! Volunteers are needed on Nov. 18 to sort donated items and pack boxes with kitchenware like plates, glasses, silverware, mugs, pots and pans, which will be provided to individuals when they move into their new homes. Learn more about how to get involved here!

Do Good #278: 9th Annual Give N Peace

Nonprofit Think Outside Da Block is dedicated to supporting Chicago youth by promoting positive activities, education and communication. Their ninth annual Give N Peace event takes place on Monday, Nov. 22, where they will provide coats, food, manicures, haircuts and hairstyles. Volunteers are needed to help distribute coats, prepare kids for hair appointments, serve food and help staff at activity tables. Sign up here.

Do Good #277: Volunteer At This Year's Turkey Trot

It’s almost November, and with Thanksgiving right around the corner it’s not too early to start thinking about volunteering over the holiday season. The annual Life Time Chicago Turkey Trot 5K & 8K, which supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository, is looking for 450 volunteers to help ensure the Nov. 25 race is safe and smooth. Volunteers can sign up to help with registration, gear check, the start and finish lines, the kids race, medical assistance and more. To register as a volunteer, read up on the available positions and learn more about the race, check out the official Turkey Trot website.

Do Good #276: Fight Northwest Side Food Insecurity

New Hope Church Food Kitchen is looking for people to help fight food insecurity on Chicago’s Northwest Side, with opportunities coming up on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. Volunteers can expect to prep bags for hot meals and non-perishable food distribution, sort through and organize clothing donations and distribute food and clothes to the community. Interested volunteers can sign up now.

Do Good #275: LaTanya & The Youth of Englewood

Starting at 4 p.m. on Oct. 31 volunteers can join nonprofit LaTanya & The Youth of Englewood in partnership with Chicago Cares for their Halloween Candy Parade. Volunteers are encouraged to dress in costume and will line the sidewalks to pass out candy, chips, juices and other treats to children from 55th & Ashland to 63rd & Ashland. More info on how to get involved can be located on the Chicago Cares website.

Do Good #274: Take Action With The Shedd

Take action for Chicago wildlife and waterways! The Shedd Aquarium is hosting community action days this month, including woodland habitat restoration, litter cleanup and coastal habitat restoration across the Chicagoland area. The next community action opportunity is on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at 63rd Street Beach. More information and how to register for a Shedd Action Day can be found on the aquarium’s website.

Do Good #273: Sort Food With Heartland Alliance!

Heartland Alliance’s Vital Bridges Food Program serves to benefit Chicagoans impacted by HIV and AIDS by providing free groceries, nutrition counseling and more. On Saturday, Oct. 23, Vital Bridges is looking for volunteers at their Garfield Park location to help staff by gathering grocery items from the food pantry for guests, stocking shelves and cleaning up. Closed-toe shoes and a shirt with sleeves are required due to health and safety regulations. For more information on the opportunity go here!

Do Good #272: New Hope Community Food Pantry

New Hope Community Food Pantry, an emergency pantry combating food insecurity on the city’s Northwest Side, is looking for volunteers to help distribute food to those in need on Oct. 16, 23 and 30. Volunteers should be able to lift 15 pounds and can expect to carry cases of food, prepare and clean the serving area, and help to make and distribute food. New Hope also accepts donations Mondays and Tuesdays between 8:30 a.m. and noon. More information on volunteer opportunities can be found here and check out all the ways you can donate here.


Do Good #271: Belmont Cragin Community Mosaic

Help beautify public spaces and pitch in to assemble the Belmont Cragin community mosaic, designed by community members and stakeholders. Three more volunteer sessions are available Oct. 1, Oct. 4 and Oct. 6, taking place outdoors on the Grand/Cicero Metra station underpass. More information can be found at Chicago Cares.

Do Good #270: Deliver Groceries To Seniors

Community-rooted nonprofit organization My Block, My Hood, My City needs your help with their food delivery for seniors initiative. Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., they’re looking for volunteers to help deliver groceries to Chicago seniors in need. Volunteers need a car, phone and personal protective equipment, and a training session is included. More information can be found on the organization’s website.

Do Good #269: AIDS Run/Walk Chicago

AIDS Run/Walk Chicago returns this year to Soldier Field on Oct. 2! The AIDS Run/Walk raises awareness and funds for AIDS Foundation Chicago and more than 30 community partners. The proceeds directly fund services and programs benefiting Chicagoans with or vulnerable to HIV. Registration is still available the morning of Oct. 2. To find more information on the event, register, apply to volunteer or to donate, check out the AIDS Run/Walk event page.

Do Good #268: Register To Volunteer In Lakeview

Help out Lakeview Food Pantry by registering to volunteer! The pantry is accepting new volunteers to help with driving, loading and unloading, delivering food and more. For more information about the pantry and to register as a volunteer, head over to the Lakeview Pantry website.

Do Good #267: Help Out Brave Space Alliance

Brave Space Alliance is Chicago’s first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center on the South Side. Striving to create and provide affirming, culturally competent resources and services to LGBTQ+ individuals on the city’s South and West sides, they’re always looking for volunteers. Help is primarily needed in their Crisis Pantry Program and gender-affirming resource centers The Makeup Room & The Den. For more information and to get involved, check Brave Space Alliance’s website.

Do Good #266: Clean Up Douglass Park

Riot Fest is this weekend — and whether you’re enjoying the festivities or hanging out at home, you can give back to the community by cleaning up the frequent festival grounds of Douglass Park. Another installment of The Chicago Parks Foundation’s cleanup initiative Pitch In For The Parks takes place on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Douglass Park. As usual, volunteers are provided with bags and gloves to pick up trash and debris around the park. Participants are also required to wear masks and encouraged to bring their own sunscreen and bug repellent. More information can be found at Chicago Cares.

Do Good #265: Instituto del Progreso Latino

Distribute food to those in need on the Lower West Side with nonprofit Instituto del Progreso Latino! On Monday, Sept. 13, volunteers can help out by sorting produce, packing food bags and loading food into cars at the organization’s outdoor pantry. Visit the opportunity website for more information. 

Do Good #264: Clean Up Jackson Park

Enjoy the nice weather we’re being graced with and help clean up your city! Another Pitch In For The Parks, the cleanup initiative from The Chicago Parks Foundation to promote clean, public green spaces for everyone, is next Saturday, Sept. 11 at Jackson Park. Volunteers will be provided gloves and bags to pick up trash and debris around the park. They’re encouraged to bring their own sunscreen, water and insect repellent. Face masks are required. For more information on how to help out, visit the Chicago Cares website.

Do Good #263: Rogers Park Mutual Aid

Rogers Park Free Store is a grassroots mutual aid collective located in northeast Rogers Park, near the Morse Red Line stop, providing items to those in need at no cost. The collective supports the Rogers Park community and beyond, and is looking for donations including winter coats, shoes, socks, towels, children’s clothing, car seats, food, snacks and more. More information can be found consolidated on their Linktree.

Do Good #262: Clean Up Washington Park

The next installment of The Chicago Parks Foundation’s Pitch In For The Parks initiative is Saturday, Aug. 21, at Washington Park. This volunteer clean-up effort strives to provide clean, public green spaces for residents all over the city, and volunteers can expect to pick up trash and debris with provided gloves and bags. Face masks are required, and participants are encouraged to bring their own water, bug repellent and sunscreen. For more information and proper attire, visit the volunteer webpage.

Do Good #261: Hyde Park Kenwood Food Distribution

Help out Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry on Saturday, Aug. 21 as they distribute food to residents of Hyde Park, Kenwood and Washington Park neighborhoods. Volunteers can expect to assist in organizing, packing and distributing food. That includes carrying boxes of food up and down stairs, helping recipients pick out food items, carrying grocery bags and more. Specific details and volunteer requirements can be found on Chicago Cares.

Do Good #260: Street Love Bike Ride

Boxing Out Negativity is committed to preventing violence and bringing peace in the North Lawndale neighborhood by uplifting young people. Their second annual bike ride for peace, Street Love Ride, takes place this weekend, and they’re looking for volunteers to help set up! On Friday, Aug. 20, and Saturday, Aug. 21, volunteers can help with decorating, food distribution and more before the ride. On Sunday, Aug. 22, duties include cleaning up and distributing post-ride refreshments. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and can sign up on the Chicago Cares website.

Do Good #259: Sarah's Circle

Sarah’s Circle is a nonprofit organization located in Uptown dedicated to ending homelessness and combating poverty among women. They are always looking for help and have a variety of volunteer opportunities including providing meals, sack lunches and toiletry kits or hosting a donation drive.

Do Good #258: Resilience & Our Music My Body

Founded in 1974, Resilience is an independent nonprofit organization committed to empowering victims of sexual assault and ending sexual violence. They have opportunities for short-term or regular volunteering and you can apply to help out on their website. They also helped create Our Music My Body, an initiative to foster awareness around sexual assault and harassment in the music scene, in collaboration with domestic abuse advocate organization Between Friends. Our Music My Body is also looking for volunteers and has a separate online application.

Do Good #257: Scholar Slide By Grocery Delivery

From June to September 2020, Delacreme Scholars’ mutual aid program The Scholar Slide By paid for and delivered groceries to families in Chicago’s South and West sides. This month Delacreme Scholars is bringing back the program and needs volunteers this weekend, on Aug. 7 and 8. Volunteers can sign up via their website, and you can email contact@delacremescholars.org for more information.

Do Good #256: The Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is always looking for volunteers to help sort, repack and distribute non-perishable food items for those in need across the Chicagoland area. For more information on how you can pitch in and a calendar of volunteer opportunities, click here.

Do Good #255: Promote Literacy With Open Books

Nonprofit Open Books promotes literacy resources, books and more to those in need and is currently welcoming new volunteers. Duties include shelving books, one-on-one coaching with 2nd and 3rd graders and giving books to families at community events. To apply as a volunteer, fill out this form. More information can be found on their website.

Do Good #254: Get Down To The Roots With FarmWorks

Chicago Cares partnered with Heartland Alliance to support FarmWorks, an urban farm in the East Garfield Park community dedicated to combating poverty. On Tuesdays in July and August at 5 p.m., volunteers will help create neighborhood green spaces by weeding, shoveling soil and gravel, wheelbarrowing materials and planting seedlings. More information on how to get involved can be found here.

Do Good #253: Become a Crisis Counselor

Crisis Text Line, the free 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the U.S., is looking for volunteers to become remote Crisis Counselors for four hours a week, with their greatest need from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. CST. Training is free and takes a total of 30 hours, and applicants are expected to commit to volunteer 200 hours in the span of one year. Applicants must be 18 or older and have a social security number. For more information on how to get involved, click here.

If you are currently in a crisis, text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor at any time.

Do Good #252: Lincoln Park Community Services

Lincoln Park Community Services needs food to support the individuals staying at their two shelters. Sign up for a meal shift, email volunteer@lpcschicago.org. To make a monetary donation to support a meal, click here. You can also volunteer to be a virtual financial literary coach or help with job interview prep and resumes by emailing Jameela at volunteer@lpcschicago.org.

Do Good #251: Ravenswood Community Services

Ravenswood Community Services is asking for donations of food, grocery bags and hygiene items. Drop-off hours at their entrance at 1757 W Wilson are Tuesdays from 12-3 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m., as well as Thursdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Click here for more information on accepted items. Monetary donations are also accepted here.

Do Good #250: Christmas Tree Recycling

The Chicago Park District will be accepting Christmas trees for recycling through January 20. The trees can be dropped off at any one of 25 locations citywide where they’ll be turned into free mulch for Chicago residents. For recycling locations and more information click here.

Do Good #249: Food Trucks Unite

Owners of Giant Food truck need your help in identifying where to offer hot meals to Chicago’s homeless communities, and are taking suggestions via email at westtownfoods@gmail.com. If you would like to make a monetary donation to purchase food, please do so via Venmo @takoreacocina and Zellepay to 773-807-0057. For more information, click here.

Do Good #248: New Little Village Food Pantry

Faith-based nonprofit New Life Centers will open a new full-time food pantry at a former corner store in 2021, at 2701 S. Lawndale Ave. in Little Village. The pantry, which will be named El Mercado, comes in the wake of food shortages and unemployment crises hitting the neighborhood. New Life Centers has many ways to get involved with food distribution in Little Village and other areas of the city, and they are looking for volunteers – you can find more information here.

Do Good #247: Salvation Army Volunteers

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to package and distribute meals, donate coats and toys, and ring that famous Red Bell. Find opportunities near you all over the city here.

Do Good #246: Gifts For Seniors

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly are looking for volunteers to deliver meals and gifts to seniors on Christmas day. Sign up here.

Do Good #245: Pilsen Pantry

Pilsen Food Pantry has opportunities for volunteers to help with food repacking, distribution and clothing sorting all through the holiday season. Find out more here

Do Good #244: Winter Clothing Items Drive

Doveland Cooperative is hosting a warm clothing drive for Uptown and Buena Park throughout the month of December. More information and a list of accepted items can be found here. Monetary donations via Venmo are also being accepted.

Do Good #243: Meals For Those In Need

Fight2Feed is looking for volunteers to help prep, cook, and deliver meals to those in need from their COVID-19 safe kitchens. Sign up to volunteer here

Do Good #242: Baby Item Donations

Help kids and families in need by donating new or gently used baby items to Share Our Spare. You can help out by donating money or items you don’t need. Accepted items include blankets, diapers, baby clothes, bottles and more. Click here for a full list of accepted items.


Do Good #241: Handmade Greeting Cards

Interested in creating handmade greeting cards this holiday season? Put your artistic abilities to use with these two greeting card drives! Heartland Alliance is organizing handmade greeting cards to send out to Chicago seniors in isolation during the pandemic. Cardz for Kidz will hand-deliver cards to kids in the hospital across the globe.

To take part in Heartland Alliance’s greeting card drive, send your uplifting, handwritten cards, letters or drawings to:

Resident Services – Cards

5700 N. Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, IL 60660 


For Cardz for Kidz, send your cards to:

Cardz for Kidz!

323 East Wacker Drive #11

Chicago, IL, 60601


Do Good #240: Mask Makers Wanted

Do you need access to free sanitary face masks, or want to spend your time making them for others? Chicago Mask Makers is always accepting volunteers to sew cloth face masks for donation to those in need.

If you want to help sew masks, click here.

If you are a health care worker in need of masks, click here.

If you can’t sew but want to donate supplies or help in other ways, click here.


Do Good #239: Celebrating 50 Years of Lakeview Pantry!

Lakeview Pantry celebrates 50 years of service with a virtual event streamed from Wrigley Field tonight. Get tickets here. You can also sign up to volunteer at the pantry any day by hitting this link.

Do Good #238: GoodKidsMadCity

GoodKidsMadCity is interested in knowing what makes a community safe, resilient and secure. They are asking residents on the South and West sides of Chicago what things their neighborhoods need in order to have a higher quality of life and more safety. Fill out the survey here.

Do Good #237: Food Distribution Network

Windy City Performing Arts will be collecting donations of toiletries, clothing and other essential items to benefit the five organizations that make up the Chicago Youth Mutual Aid Effort. Drop-offs are at Summerdale and Clark on Nov. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info here.

Do Good #236: Food Distribution Network

Uptown and Buena Park Solidarity Network operate a once weekly food distribution network centralized at Sheridan and Montrose. Sign up to become a distributor here

Do Good #235: Community Fridge

The Love Fridge is a mutual aid group that places community refrigerators around the city. Sign up to help manage a fridge here, volunteer pick up larger donations here, or help out behind the screen with design and outreach here.  

Do Good #234: Vitrual Behind-the-Scenes Uptown Tour

Virtual tour and fundraiser “Uptown Gems” will give residents a unique view of the Uptown neighborhood’s (sometimes hidden) gems. The tour will take attendees to behind-the-scenes areas of places like the Aragon Ballroom, Baton Show Lounge, Montrose Bird Sanctuary, Graceland Cemetery and more! The hour-long virtual event takes place from 8-9 p.m. Thursday Oct. 22, but ticket holders can rewatch for up to a week after. 

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Money raised will go toward helping local Uptown businesses. Find more info about the event here!

Do Good #233: Belmont Craigan Wellness Fair

Belmont Craigan residents can get their flu shot, get COVID tested, medical advice, referrals, win a $100 gift card and more at a health and wellness fair on Friday Oct. 23 from 3-6 p.m. The fair will take place in Northwest Side Housing Center’s parking lot at 5233 W. Diversey Ave. Free coronavirus testing will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and those getting tested must stay in the designated testing area. 

ID and proof of insurance are required to receive a flu shot. Click here for more info!

Do Good #232: Halloween Isn't Cancelled in Andersonville

Local businesses are teaming up to host “Halloween on Catalpa,” a socially-distanced trick-or-treat event with free candy for kids, will be hosted in Andersonville – on Catalpa Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue – from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 31. Event hosts are asking families to register ahead of time HERE for a 20-minute “grab and go” time slot to avoid crowding. Day-of walk-ups will not be permitted. 

Treats include bags of candy, taffy apples, comics from AlleyCat Comics and samples of pumpkin butter from Twidley Bits, and there are options for gluten-free and allergen-friendly candy bags!

There are still some spots for (costume-optional) volunteers to help control traffic flow during the event. To sign up to volunteer click here!

Do Good #231: Fast & Free COVID Testing

CORE Chicago is offering free COVID-19 mouth-swab testing with results within about 72 hours. Static and mobile locations for the week of October 12 are listed in the graphic below. Static locations offer both walk-up and drive-up services. For more information click here and to pre-register click here.

Do Good #230: Virtual Walk for Awareness

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is holding their Out of the Darkness virtual walk for suicide prevention on Oct. 17. TCSPP encourages participants to choose their own route and distance to promote social distancing. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will also be hosting online activities on Oct. 17 and 18. No registration is required but donations are encouraged. Click here for more information!

Do Good #289: Groceries for Those In Need

Top Box Foods, in partnership with Chicago Cares, is looking for volunteers to help with food packing on Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in order to bring healthy groceries to communities without easy access to them. For more information or to sign up, click here.

Do Good #288: Voter Outreach From Home

Want to help spread voter awareness without having to leave home? Chicago Cares has partnered with the Board of Elections and social impact organizations to create a multi-week digital Get Out the Vote (GOTV) voter outreach campaign. Dates from Oct. 22 through Nov. 3 are still open for more volunteers. Texts will be sent from a computer software and not from volunteers’ personal phone numbers, and access to a computer is required to help out. Click here to learn more and to sign up!

Do Good #287: Community Art Project

Help create a community mosaic mural in Englewood beginning Friday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Chicago Cares & Green Star Movement! Green Star Movement aims to build teamwork and self esteem skills in individuals while beautifying the neighborhood with public art. This project will take multiple weeks and participants will be given directions on mosaic assembly and installation. Masks are required and other safety precautions will be taken. To sign up or learn more information, click here!

Do Good #286: Young Artists Wanted!

TIP (Teens in the Park) Fest, a large platform for young Chicago artists and musicians to showcase their talents and connect with resources, is going virtual this year. They are looking for dancers, singers, musicians, spoken word artists and more from the ages of 14 to 24 living in Chicago. Winners can receive up to $500!

The deadline to submit audition materials has been extended to Oct. 12, and the festival will be held Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. For more information and to submit audition materials click here.


Do Good #285: Parking Lot Dance Class

Avondale dance company PARA.MAR Dance Theater is hosting parking lot performances and classes from Oct. 3-4 at 3319 N. Elston Ave in a series called “kiss.” On both days there will be classes scheduled 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m., and performances noon-12:45 p.m. and 4-4:45 p.m. Attendance is free, but PARA.MAR is accepting donations. You can RSVP online here.

Do Good #284: Wicker Park Scarecrow Fundraiser

Wicker Park neighborhood leaders are hosting a socially-distanced scarecrow making fundraiser called “Scarecrow Extravaganza” on Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a backup date of Oct. 17 in case of rain. Registration is $40 and you can sign up for a time slot here until Oct. 7. Proceeds will be evenly split between neighborhood groups Wicker Park Committee and the Wicker Park Advisory Council. Volunteers are also needed. Learn more about Scarecrow Extravaganza here and find volunteer info here.

Do Good #283: Polling Place Workers Wanted

Looking to help out with the election this year? The Chicago Board of Elections wants to recruit nearly 13,000 paid workers to help with the polls this year, for both early voting (Oct. 1 – Nov. 2) and Election Day (Nov. 3). For adults the deadline to apply to help out on Election Day is Oct. 19, and for high school students aged 16-17 the deadline is Sept. 25. Learn more about how to apply here, and read the article in the Tribe for more info here.

Do Good #282: Save Neighborhood Bars

Rogers Park residents have banded together to raise money for local favorite corner bar Cunneen’s, which has been a staple in the community for nearly 50 years. Monetary donations of $10 or more include a custom Cunneen’s sticker as a thank you gift. You can donate by clicking here.

Do Good #281: Community Counter Volunteers

Community Counter is a volunteer initiative meant to suppress the spread of COVID-19 within the Chicagoland Jewish community. This site allows individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 to anonymously give information that will protect their friends and neighbors. Learn more here.


Do Good #280: Voter Registration Day

Loyola Chicago Libraries is offering both in-person and zoom resources for National Voter Registration Day, helping ensure folks are are #voteready. Register hereLM

Do Good #279: WERQ LGBTQ Job Fair

Center on Halsted and Brave Space Alliance have teamed up for the annual WERQ LGBTQ Job Fair. This year, the fair will be virtual and has been expanded to two days, Sept.17 and 18. Sign up here

Do Good #278: Participate In COVID Clinical Trial

The University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking more volunteers of color to take part in their Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial. Find out more here and here

Do Good #277: Volunteer as Immigrant Interpreter

The National Immigrant Justice Center is looking for volunteer interpreters, specifically non-Spanish speaking interpreters. Find out more here.



Do Good #276: United Way Chicago

United Way of Metro Chicago brings together businesses, government, nonprofits, and community leaders to deliver funding, resources, and expertise to nonprofit organizations across greater Chicago. By donating, you can help small non-profits grow to subsequently aid the city as a whole. You can donate and learn more about United Way Chicago hereLM

Do Good #275: Donate Your Clothes

Donating gently used clothes is one way to directly benefit a child in your community. Cradles to Crayons Chicago is running a program named KidPack Direct, accepting donated clothes and giving them back to a child in need. Find out more hereLM

Do Good #274: PPE For People With Disabilities

Chicago-based coalition PPE For People With Disabilities distributes personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, hand sanitizer) across the city to people with disabilities. You can sign up to volunteer or donate supplies by clicking hereLM

Do Good #273: The Love Fridge Chicago

If you’ve seen multicolored refrigerators popping up around Chicago, you’re not seeing things! Local collective The Love Fridge has two fridges (with a third on the way) installed to provide food security and nourishment to their communities. Neighborhood artists are encouraged to decorate the fridges and make them as unique and diverse as the areas they’re located in. Read more about The Love Fridge’s mission and activism hereSK

Do Good #272: Free West Side Grocery Deposits

On Chicago’s West Side, local artists are turning vacant buildings into free grocery deposits where neighbors can give and take as needed. It’s a project of the art nonprofit Alt _ and an effort to “rewrite the narratives of scarcity embedded into Black communities on the South and West sides.” Check out the full Block Club Chicago story, including how you can get involved, hereSK

Do Good #271: Socially-Distanced, Free WiFi

As CPS students plan for a mix of in-person and at-home learning, they can now get free high-speed internet at Douglass Park. The solar-powered WiFi panels were donated by Mesh ++, a local tech startup looking to ease the strain of neighborhoods dealing with e-learning and work from home. Check out the full story from Block Club Chicago hereSK

Do Good #270: Trans Women/Feminine Support Group

Chicago’s Brave Space Alliance has a Trans Women/Feminine Support Group that takes place on the first Monday of each month from 7-9pm. The group is a safe space for any trans women, trans feminine people, AMAB people, and questioning people. Social support doesn’t have to go away just because we can’t all gather together at the moment. Zoom links are provided the day of and can be found on their Facebook pageSK

Do Good #269: South Shore Small Business Center

A new South Shore Small Business Center has opened to help area businesses that have been hit by the pandemic. Assistance will come in the form of training, educational resources, and technical help. Especially important is the support the center will offer to businesses that need grant applications and financial planning. SK

Do Good #268: West Side Resource Hotline

A neighborhood group on Chicago’s West Side (The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council) has created a hotline to help community members get connected to resources. While there’s a plethora of avenues to receive help, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start looking…which is what the hotline was born from. It’s available for West Siders including those in North Lawndale and Little Village, and can be accessed through this online request form or through calling 800-655-1626. SK

Do Good #267: Senior Wellness Calls

My Block My Hood My City has employed and trained 80 young Chicagoans to help cut down on the amount of senior citizens in the city feeling isolated and alone due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to sign up to receive wellness calls and build cross-generational support, you can fill out the form hereSK

Do Good #266: #BlackArtMatters Coloring Book

Mya Cavner and Ethan Switall, two 17-year-old students here in Chicago, witnessed the Black Lives Matter movement happening all around them and knew they needed to join in however they could. After working with nine Black local artists, the 44-page, multigenerational coloring book #BlackArtMatters was born. There are inspirational quotes, educational statistics, and iconic Black artists featured within. SK

Do Good #265: MBMHMC Virtual Neighborhood 5K

My Block My Hood My City is holding their annual Neighborhood 5K virtually this year from August 9-16. Participants can walk or run the 5k anytime throughout that week. MBMHMC is providing suggest run times and routes for those who would like to run with others. Sign up here. SK

Do Good #264: Thankful for Chi Helps South And West Sides

Thankful for Chi is continuing their People’s Free Food Program, and you can get involved by volunteering or donating supplies. All week they’ll be accepting & distributing baby products, household essentials, groceries, feminine products, toiletries and more at 100 N. Central Avenue. SD

Do Good #263: RESTART Act For Music Venues

COVID’s hitting all of us hard, including independent music venues. Some are facing permanent closure due to the effects of COVID-19. Check out the National Independent Venue Association. They’re fighting to pass the RESTART Act which would provide federal funds to help clubs and concert halls. SD

Do Good #262: Free Wonderdog Adoptions

Chicago’s largest no-kill animal shelter, PAWS, is waiving adoption fees for some special needs dogs until July 21. These “hard-to-home” dogs might need a quiet home or a house without children or other pets. The event, known as “Underdogs to Wonderdogs,” is meant to show that all animals – even the ones who need a little TLC – are worthy and deserving of love. You can find more information here. SK

Do Good #261: Virtual Orchestra Concerts For Patients

While the orchestra members of Lyric Opera of Chicago haven’t been able to gather and perform together for months, it’s not stopping them from wanting to connect with each other and their audience. They recently partnered with the Chicago non-profit Sharing Notes to set up virtual concerts for hospital patients in the city. You can read their full story here.

Do Good #260: Bike Ride With Critical Mass

On the last Friday of every month, Chicago’s Critical Mass hosts a group bike ride to promote the use of bikes as transportation, protest against the fossil fuel industry and raise awareness of the city’s need to build better bike infrastructure. If you’re interested in joining this global movement, you can mask up and join this local chapter on July 31! They’ll take off at 6pm from Daley Plaza. SK

Do Good #259: Delacreme Scholars Food Delivery

Delacreme Scholars in Chicago is delivering groceries to Southside homes with no questions asked! If you or someone you know is in need, dm them on Instagram or email delacremescholars@gmail.com. SK

Do Good #258: MellowDrama Food Distribution

MelloeDrama has partnered with The Woodlawn and Trap House Chicago to organize a free meal pickup today, June 4th. View the Instagram post below for more information. SK


Do Good #257: Signs For Black-Owned Businesses

Roseland native Keeana Barber printed 500 signs for south and west side black-owned businesses after watching many stores be destroyed. The signs identify a business as black-owned and ask not to be damaged. Within days, she was flooded with volunteers asking if she needed help to put them up as well as donations to create more signs. You can read her full story in the Chicago Sun Times hereSK

Do Good #256: OnTheGroundChi Family Pairing Program

OnTheGroundChi has a Family Pairing Program where those cut off from grocery store access are partnered with a family on the Northside who can shop and deliver groceries for them. Best of all, it’s free for the families in need! Visit this form to either request a deliverer or become one yourself. If you’d like to donate, you can through Venmo @OnTheGroundChi or paypal.me/onthegroundchi! SK

Do Good #255: SocialWorks Chi Continues To Provide

SocialWorks Chicago continues to provide support and meals for students, families and individuals who are in need in this time. Make sure you follow their social media to keep up to date on pick-up addresses and times! SK

Do Good #254: Brave Space Alliance

Chicago’s Brave Space Alliance is doing all they can to assist protestors. From jail support, CPS meal distribution, and other food distributions on the city’s south and west sides, consider donating meals and snacks at the addresses below. SK

Do Good #253: Supply Drop-Off W/ The Whistler

The Whistler is collecting supplies to Brave Space Alliance and they need your help! On Friday and Saturday, from 11am-3pm, they will be accepting water, ice packs, masks, medical supplies, paper towels, snacks and fruit at 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave! SK

Do Good #252: COVID Testing Sites In IL

If you or someone you know has been exposed to large crowds over the past few days, please consider checking out one of the free, state-operated COVID testing sites around Chicago! No insurance is needed! SK

Do Good #251: Medicine For Seniors

Chicago’s seniors are especially at risk to the closure of the city’s pharmacies. To help, St. James Community Church has partnered with several organizations to organize a prescription fill program for seniors. Those in need who have diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and respiratory issues need to present insurance information, but can get a free uber ride and their prescription filled. View the flyer before for information on how to get involved, volunteers, or donate! SK

Do Good #250: CPS Toolkit

Chicago Public Schools have put together a toolkit for parents to “help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience” with their students. LM

Do Good #249: Support Black-Owned Book Shop

Semicolon Bookstore is an independent bookstore, holding the title of the only the only black woman-owned bookstore in the city of Chicago. If you are looking to help black-owned businesses, Semicolon has applied a %10 discount on all of their titles and are shipping nationally. While you’re on the site, you can also support owner Danielle Mullen with her fundraiser to give books to children in Chicago without access to any books. LM

Do Good #248: Chicago General Volunteer Survey

The New Leaders Council has created a survey site to do their best to connect individuals with clean up opportunities around the city. The survey also acts as a way to determine whether your area or somewhere near you needs help. LM

Do Good #247: Clean Up Through Common Ground Foundation

The Common Ground Foundation has organized a cleanup crew for Chicago’s South Side and they need volunteers. LM

Do Good #246: Austin Community Resources

The Austin community of Chicago has organized a clean-up for Austin today and they’ve set up a food pantry to support anyone in need of food in the next coming weeks. Sign-up for their weekly newsletter to keep updated on volunteer opportunities. LM

Do Good #245: Black Lives Matter Legal Support Information

The Chicago chapter of the National Lawyers Guild wants to let residents of Chicago know that they are there for any legal help. They are providing support and resources to all, ranging from legal representation after an arrest, to legal advice for organizing. The NLG will give their resources to any who call. LM

Do Good #244: Support Black-Owned Restaurants

Ever since the protests began, people have begun looking for ways to help out black-owned businesses. Now, with businesses and restaurants opening back up, the Chicago Tribune has compiled a list of ways for your to directly support black-owned restaurants in Chicago. LM

Do Good #243: SocialWorks Food Distribution

SocialWorks continues to provide free lunch for their community and any CPS students at several locations around town! Today, the food giveaway will begin at 3pm and you can visit their twitter for more information on specific distribution sites. SK

Do Good #242: Chicago Freedom School

Chicago Freedom School has been staying open for activists to use the bathroom, charge their phones, and grab some food. They also have been participating in mask distribution. If you’d like to support their ongoing efforts to feed and help take care of the community, you can donate hereSK

Do Good #241: Don't Hashtag Your Black Out Posts

If you’re participating in today’s social media blackout, please make sure you don’t use the Black Lives Matter hashtag. It clogs up the hashtag feed that many activists and organizers are using to get out vital information. If you’ve already posted the hashtag on your black out Instagram post, the algorithm will force you to delete the entire post and redo it, rather than simply delete the hashtag. SK

Do Good #240: Westside Clean Up

Kina Collins, a local activist and community organizer, has begun collecting locations around Chicago’s Westside that need cleanup volunteers. If you know of an area that’s in need of assistance, feel free to add it to her running list here. And if you wish to help yourself, you can fill out her Google Doc for the dates and times you’re available, and you’ll be contacted from there! SK

Do Good #239: Support Black Owned Businesses

Right now it’s more imperative than ever to help support Chicago’s Black Owned Businesses. Especially those impacted by the coronavirus and recent acts of looting. The Facebook group Rebuild, Restore, Retain OUR Black Owned Businesses is a public group for anyone looking for information of shops in need of support, as well as those that are still open. SK

Do Good #238: 1st Ward United Clean Up

Yesterday over 300 people signed up with 1st Ward United to help clean up their community. Between donating time, supplies and money, it was an outstanding effort to unite and rebuild. While there were no more new requests for clean-up assistance in this particular ward (as of this morning), you can follow along on their twitter for any future opportunities that may need to arise. SK

Do Good #237: 46 Miles For George Floyd

Keenan Love walked 46 miles – one for every year that George Floyd lived. He began his journey in Chicago and ended in the city of Kankakee. As he walked, several people came outside to show their support and others even joined his peaceful and impactful march. SK

Do Good #236: Southeast Youth Alliance

The West and Southeast Sides have also organized clean up crews for their neighborhoods. Both began the morning of Monday June 1 and have an indefinite end date as they continue to clean the streets. They only ask that if you have cleaning materials that you bring them to keep from running out. Both are also accepting donations. LM

Do Good #235: Feeding CPS students

The city has suspended emergency CPS food service programs aimed at providing students meals in the absence of school lunches. Because of this, thousands of students will be missing meals. Organization, businesses, restaurants and community members, however, have banded together to provide for these young students. Chicago Teachers Union has been compiling a list of different meal distribution sites around the city on their Twitter page. Also, Cesar’s Killer Margaritas in Lakeview will be providing meals for students from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. LM

Do Good #234: My Block, My Hood, My City

Chicago’s activist organization My Block, My Hood, My City emphasizes that the best way to help out the city is for people to begin with supporting their own block. Right now, they are placing their efforts on helping out black-owned small businesses that were looted, destroyed, or vandalized. Anyone can sign up to volunteer to clean up these communities, and they have also set up a donation page, with all funds going directly to these most-affected communities. Any help, no matter how small, can bring a positive change. LM

Do Good #233: South Side Clean Up

Organizations and community-led groups have already begun an effort to clean up damaged streets and businesses in Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods. The cleaning began this morning and will continue until Wednesday, June 3. A donation site has also been established to support the cleaning effort. LM


Do Good #232: Clean Up West Humboldt Park

Chicago Reader reported earlier today on one West Humboldt Park resident who’s organizing a neighborhood cleanup. To get involved, you can email him directly at charlespickett95@gmail.com. He’s also raising money for West Humboldt Park Family and Community Development Council, a local nonprofit, for business owners and community members in need. You can donate to “Save the West Side, Chicago” hereSK

Do Good #231: South Shore Chamber Cleanup

The South Shore Chamber and the Neighborhood Network Alliance organized a large cleanup effort this morning. Organizers came with heavy bags, brooms and shovels, and social distancing was practiced. You can follow along on their Facebook page for additional volunteer updates and efforts. And you can click here to make a donation to the Neighborhood Network Alliance. SK

Do Good #230: Food For CPS Students

With CPS suspending its free meals program for kids (for at least June 1), Block Club Chicago has put together a list of restaurants and food pantries around the city who are stepping up and providing meals for Chicago’s students. You can check out the full (and evolving) list here. SK

Do Good #229: Urban Grill Chicago Feeds CPS Students

Urban Grill Chicago, a family-owned restaurant at 1132 W. Wilson, will be giving out free lunches for CPS students today (June 1) from noon until 5:30pm. The meals include hot dogs with fries or boneless wings with fries. You can follow along on their instagram for updates, and if you would like to donate, you can visit their Zelle account through Urbangrillchicago@gmail.com! SK