Our strength comes from our fantastic volunteers. Join us!

Whether you’re looking for a regular, weekly volunteer opportunity or something with a more flexible schedule, we have ways you can help. Whether your talent is making sandwiches, building relationships, or a green thumb, we welcome you!


How to Volunteer

Each year Chicago Lights volunteers make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty.

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There are many ways to share your talents with Chicago Lights Tutoring, whether it’s through one-to-one tutoring and mentoring, teaching about a special interest, or assisting with meal time or arts and enrichment classes. Last year, Chicago Lights volunteers provided more than 81,000 hours of one-to-one tutoring and mentoring. They are the heart of our organization and we are grateful for their support!

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Career Development

If you are interested in impacting the life and career path of Chicago students, consider hosting a summer intern at your business, facilitating a workshop on topics from money management to business etiquette, participating in a career panel, or offering a tour of your company or organization.

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Summer Day

Summer Day is held late June through early August from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church. This high energy, six-week program offers instruction in reading, writing, math, science, singing, dance, acting, digital music production, and visual art. Caring volunteers are needed to help make Summer Day a success!

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Social Service Center

Volunteer opportunities with the Elam Davis Social Service Center include getting involved with our street outreach team, serving as a personal shopper in the Share Shop or food pantry, and a variety of other tasks with flexible hours.

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Urban Farm

There are many ways to be involved with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm! We offer one-time, weekly, and group opportunities most Saturdays from April through mid-November. Longer-term opportunities are available for volunteers who can make a consistent commitment throughout the growing season.

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