YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
It may not have a catchy Village People song, but the YWCA strives to create opportunities for women’s growth, leadership and power. Another goal: eliminating racism. You can join the crusade by getting involved in a variety of ways, including helping with fund-raising and events, answering calls at the rape-crisis hotline, serving as a medical advocate at a local emergency room, donating professional skills or serving on one of the organization’s leadership committees. For more info, visit ywcachicago.org. To volunteer, call Sarah Frick at 312-762-2723 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
If you love the tours, now is your chance to get in on the action. Even without previous experience you can become a CAF docent. The first step: Attend weekly classes held on Thursdays and Sundays, where you’ll learn to guide two essential tours, Historic Skyscrapers and Modern Skyscrapers. A fair amount of homework includes reading, developing and practicing the tours—so busy, full-time students need not apply. In CitySpace, CAF’s visitor gallery, volunteers can also help out by answering questions on Chicago architecture. Find out more during open houses Thu 14 6–7pm and Aug 23 1–2pm in CAF’s John Buck Lecture Hall (224 S Michigan Ave). Visit architecture.org/volunteer or call 312-922-3432, ext 250.
What better place to help kids learn and play than down in the dirt? The Arboretum is looking for kid-friendly folks to help out in the children’s garden. Volunteers are needed to greet the tots on their way in, hand out maps, answer questions about the flowers and trees and help plan and oversee activities like a Build a Bug crafting workshop. You must be 21 or older, pass a background check and attend an orientation. For more information, visit mortonarb.org or call 630-725-2103.