Wright Plus Tour Guide
No doubt about it, this city’s renowned architecture is inspiring. If it’s also inspiring you to learn or share what lies beneath the great facades, expand your knowledge by becoming a tour leader for the Wright Plus organization. Learn about the history and restorations of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park and his Hyde Park Robie House. Training sessions are held five consecutive Saturdays beginning February 2. Volunteers will then be able to lead public and private tour groups and work in the museum shop. Call 708-848-1976, ext 223, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity
You don’t have to think global and act local anymore. You can think local and act global, think global and act global or, er, any of the endless combinations with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that aims to eliminate homelessness by building affordable shelters around the world. Construct a house in your own community by volunteering for the Windy City Habitat for Humanity, or build an abode in a faraway land with the Global Village program. Upcoming destinations include Malawi, Cambodia, New Zealand and Chile. Call Habitat for Humanity at 800-422-4828 or the Windy City location at 312-563-0296.
Ronald McDonald House
This international nonprofit offers innovative ways to improve the health and wellness of children. No surprise then that the org offers some creative ways to get involved. Green thumbs can help in the yard by mowing grass, planting flowers—even shoveling snow in the winter. Party people can plan and help run one of the special events and fund-raisers throughout the year, like the upcoming three-on-three basketball tournament. Volunteers also are needed for weekly events, including art night and bake night, where families and volunteers cook up pretty or yummy projects. Call 773-348-5322 or visit rmhccni.org.
National Runaway Switchboard
More than 1.6 million kids run away from home every year. Help these youths in crisis by volunteering for the National Runaway Switchboard, a local 24-hour hotline dedicated to keeping runaways and those at risk safe and off the streets. Volunteers answer calls from kids and their families, helping them find solutions and resources. A 40-hour training session and a one-year commitment to work two hours per week is required. Commitment-phobes can still help by joining the Street Team, which distributes brochures and other info around Chicago. E-mail email@example.com or call 773-289-1726.
To list volunteer opportunities, e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org.