I-GO Car Sharing
Maybe you can live in Chicago without owning a car. I-GO is Chicago’s only car-share nonprofit organization, providing car rentals for as low as $5 an hour at convenient pickup locations all over the city. I-GO is growing rapidly and has both paid and volunteer opportunities for members (a member fee applies). Earn driving credits by adopting a car, staffing the 24-hour help line, or raising awareness in your community or at local festivals. For more info, call Melissa Haeffner at 773-269-4084 or visit www.igocars.org.
Bike the Drive
Gear up for Chicago’s largest bicycle ride with the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation on May 28, when Lake Shore Drive becomes a no-car free-for-all for cyclists of all ages and levels. All proceeds help the CBF make Chicago safer for bike riders. Volunteers are needed as course marshals, rest-stop workers and festival support. Perks include a T-shirt, goody bag and eligibility for the event’s raffle. Call Sarah Miller at 312-427-3325, ext 234, or visit www.bikethedrive.org for more info.
Deemed by Rolling Stone as cool enough to “pass any record-store clerk’s hipness test,” last year’s indie-music phenomenon, the Intonation Festival, returns to Union Park on June 24 and 25. By volunteering to work a four-hour shift, all those underpaid record-store clerks can now attend the fest for free. Help is needed with tickets, ground cleanup, vendor setup, security and directing guests. Of course, volunteers get the ultimate hipster prize: a free T-shirt to prove you were there. For more info, visit www.intonationmusicfest.com, call Rachel at 773-885-5641 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spertus Museum has news for those who think Jewish identity is summed up by Shakespeare’s Shylock character, Seinfeld and Schindler’s List. And, in 2007, visitors can learn all about it in style when Spertus opens the doors to its new ultramodern Michigan Avenue location, complete with a kosher café and community-theater space. To join the new facility’s cadre of docents, submit an application before May 31 and prepare to become an expert in more than Anne Frank. Call Amanda Friedeman at 312-322-1793 or e-mail email@example.com for an application.
To list volunteer opportunities, e-mail information to Erin Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org.