Volunteering Opportunities for Students

Volunteering Mission Statement

Volunteering benefits the individual, the agency and the community. Volunteering gives students the opportunity to gain experience for a possible future job, a letter of recommendation, and build connections with the communities. Kishwaukee College strongly encourages their students to volunteer to gain valuable and gratifying life experiences. Below are list of agencies students may contact to volunteer. Any questions can be directed towards Allison von Ende, Coordinator of Student Activities at Allison.vonende@Kishwaukeecollege.edu or 815-825-2086 ext. 5390.

Volunteer Contracts

All agencies listed below welcome Kishwaukee College volunteers.

Agency Kishwaukee College Adult Literacy  Program
Description The Literacy Program offers free tutoring, provided by trained volunteers, for adults (16 years and older) who need assistance with basic reading, math or English language skills. Learning materials are provided. Meeting time and place are set to fit your needs.
Requirements Background check
Volunteer Activities • Free training in reading or English as a Second Language.
• Instructional materials provided.
• Flexible scheduling for training and tutoring.
• Tutoring (one-to-one or small group) in your own community.
• Community or class site tutoring.
• Opportunities to attend workshops and conferences.
• No second language ability needed (although Spanish is an asset).
• Tutors need to be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED.
Contact Information 815-825-2086 ex. 3200


Agency Art Attack
Description Organization celebrating the world of art.
Volunteer Activities Assistance with several art shows and craft fairs throughout the year, and also general volunteer opportunities.
Contact Information Susan 815-899-9440
215 West Elm
Suite 10
Sycamore IL
Email: SycamoreArtAttack@comcast.net


Agency Barb City Manor
Description Retirement center for senior citizens
Volunteer Activities Host card or game parties for residents, present entertainment or educational programs for residents.
Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-12, 1pm-5pm, and 6 pm-8pm. Individuals are only able to volunteer 90 minutes at a time within the time increments given.
Contact Information Maureen Gerrity 815-756-8444 M-F 9am-4:30 or contact mtgbcm@yahoo.com
680 Haish Blvd
Dekalb IL


Agency Ben Gordon Center
Description Alcohol and drug use prevention, and peer assistance programs
Volunteer Activities Clerical assistance with mailings. When students contact the agency they should inform the operator of their volunteer interests who will then direct them to who they need to speak to.
Contact Information 8157568501 ask for Michelle LaPage
12 Health Services
DeKalb IL


Agency Big Brothers Big Sisters of DeKalb County
Description One on One tutoring and mentoring of school aged kids.
Volunteer Activities Positive, stable role models for the children who want and need a friend.
Contact Information Courtney Denison 815-758-8616 ex. 204 or cdenison@fsadekalb.org
Laura Nolan 815-758-8616 ex. 206
14 Health Service Drive
DeKalb, IL


Agency Byron Museum of History
Description Local museum
Volunteer Activities Tasks include exhibit research and development, special events, guiding tours, and maintenance.
Volunteer Hours Tuesday-Saturday, morning or afternoon
Contact Information Kira Halvey, Volunteer Coordinator 815-234-5031
Office Hours 10 am-4pm Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday
110 North Union Street
Byron, IL 61010


Agency Children Home and Aid Society (Health Families Illinois Programs)
Description Support for expectant mother, newborsn and early parents
Requirements Students need to volunteer for at least one semester
Volunteer Activities General office and clerical work
Contact Information Angie Hodges 815-720-2162
1430 DeKalb Ave
Sycamore, IL 60178


Agency Children’s Learning Center
Description Low-income family and child preschool  and before/afterschool program
Requirements Students will need to get a background check
Volunteer Activities Reading books to kids and helping develop writing skills
Contact Information Shannon Alamia, Curriculum Director 815-756-3506


Agency Community Coordinated Childcare (4-C)
Description Parent skills education, and financial assistance for child-care
Requirements Be able to speak Spanish
Volunteer Activities Spanish translation needed for parent education courses. Volunteers will be asked to put into writing what they hope to gain from their experience
Contact Information Susan Petersen 815-758-8149 ex. 232
155 North Thrid Street
DeKalb, IL 60115


Agency Conexion Communidad
Description To provide a connection for service to the Lintino(a) community by offering information, education, resources, and services.
Volunteer Activities Provide assistance and support with economic/community development, education, health/human services, and legal issues.
Contact Information Kristina Garcia, Board President 815-758-2125 or kgarcia@nabatco.com
637 North 11th Street,
DeKalb IL 60115


Agency Court Appointed special Advocates (CASA)
Description Non-profit organization which advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children
Requirements Must be 24 years old; Training and background check are required
Volunteer Activities Assist and support child through their court case. For more detailed information of responsibilities visit Casa Dekalb volunteer
Contact Information Jill Olson 8145-895-2052


Agency DeKalb America Youth Soccer Organization
Description A youth soccer program that promotes the following philosophy: open registration, everyone plays, balanced teams, positive coaching, good sportsmanship, and player development.
Volunteer Activities Coaching a team-you can choose the team you would like to work with or you can have the team chosen for you. If you know the rules you can start with a younger team. Coaching manuals are also provided, training sessions are also provided and with other resources to help you get started. Coaches receive a tem shirt, coach gift, a team plaque, and complimentary professional photo.
Assistant Coach-you can partner with a friend to help coach a team. All assistant coaches need to be registered with the AYSO.
Contact Information Kristie Radtke 815-593-0680 kradtke8@hotmail.com


Agency DeKalb Area Women's Center
Description A safe, supportive environment that celebrates women, promotes women's culture, and encourages the empowerment of women
Volunteer Activities Volunteer coordinator, event helpers, gardeners, publicity-email and flyer distribution
Contact Information Anna Marie Coveny, 815-758-1351, dawc@niu.edu, 1021 State Street, DeKalb


Agency  Hope Chest
Description  Upscale thrift store where all proceedsw go to  "Hope for Ogle County" To help end domestic violence. 
Volunteer Activities  A variety of tasks or activities depending on what is needed.
Contact Information  Contact: Tammy Jennings
Phone: 815-562-8825
Address 411 Lincoln Highway, Rochell IL 


Agency Hope Haven
Description Provides meals and shelter to the homeless, to help individuals move into stable housing, and to advocate for the rights of homeless individuals and families
Volunteer Activities  
Contact Information Lesly D. Wicks, 815-758-5765, 1145 Rushmore Dr., DeKalb


Agency Kishwaukee Family YMCA
Volunteer Activities Play with little kids, Plant flowers, Make copies, Send out letters, Teach kids about sports
Contact Information Dionne Horne, Human Resources Director 815-756-9577 ext. 15 or dhorne@kishymca.org


Agency Kishwaukee Hospital
Requirements Students need to volunteer for at least the one academic year
Volunteer Activities Visitor's desk team
  Gift Shop
  Surgery and OB lounges
  Patient orientation to hospital rooms
  Registration greeter
  Unit volunteers
  Healing Paws
  Cancer Care Center
  Community Cares Clinic
  The Foundation
  Social Services
  Business Office
  Other departments as needs arise
Contact Information Phone: 815-758-, ext. 153372
  Website: www.kishwaukeehospital.org



Agency Salvation Army
Description UNKNOWN
Volunteer Activities Food pantry, Christmas Red Kettle Campaign, Annual School Supply Program, Community Wide Thanksgiving Food Basket Program, Christmas Toy Program
Contact Information Phone: 815-756-4308
  Website: salarmydekalb.org


Agency Sycamore Childcare
Description A nonprofit organization providing quality childcare services
Volunteer Activities UKNOWN
Contact Information Contact: Larna Bedenk
Phone: 815-895-2484
Email: Lorna@sycamrorechildcare.camcastbiz.net
Website: sycamorechildcare.com


Agency We Care Pregnacy Clinic
Description Description: Provides free and confidential education, support and services to women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Services include pregnancy testing, ultrasound to confirm the test results, education about all options, pregnancy & parenting education, infant clothing and equipment.
Requirements Requirements: vary
Volunteer Activities Volunteer Activities: Put up posters and help with information tables on campus; administrative tasks such as mailings, help with fundraisers; sorting donations of infant clothing & equipment.
Contact Information Contact Info: Ellen Cowles, Outreach Coordinator ellen@wecarepregnancyclinic.org  or Debbi Stevenson, Client Services Director, debbi@wecarepregnancyclinic.org



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