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

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All agencies listed below welcome Kishwaukee College volunteers



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, newborns 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 Third 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 County Animal Shelter
Description We help dogs and cats that have no one else. It takes a lot to run and maintain an animal shelter. Please consider helping out in any way; volunteering your time, monetarily or donating goods we need to keep our four-legged friends happy and healthy!
Our staff works 365 days a year. That includes Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It takes dedication to care for more than 120 animals every single day of the year.
We were lucky to start our shelter back in 1975 and we've been able to successfully keep our doors open for well over 35 years now. It's taken a lot of love, hard work and dedication, but the animals make every day a joy for us! 
Volunteer Activities Assisting with the daily tasks at the shelter.
Contact Information


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 team 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  Family Services Agency 
Description  At the Family Service Agency, we heavily rely on volunteers to accomplish our mission of providing the best care possible to all community members.  Whether mentoring a young child or teenager, playing cards with a homebound senior, sorting donated items at the Country Store, or organizing a presentation on child-abuse prevention, you can join us in changing people’s lives.  There is no “typical” FSA volunteer.  Past volunteers have included high-school students to senior citizens, and teachers to professionals to retired military personnel.  Whatever your age or experience, you can contribute here.  Chances are, you are precisely the person whose talents and time would greatly benefit one or more of our clients. And there is no minimum number of hours that you are required to give—whatever you are able to contribute will be enough to make an impact.                            
Volunteer Activities Please refer to description above 
Contact Information  Phone: 815-758-8616
Address: 14 Services Health Drive, DeKalb IL 


Agency Feed 'Em Soup 
Description  Feed’em Soup (FES) Community Project, is a meal provider service, in DeKalb, Illinois, in which any person in the community can take advantage of its services regardless of situation, background, or ability to pay. The idea behind FES is a simple but uniquely different one. FES operates like a restaurant, with servers, bussers, and a trained chef, and all meals are cooked with the freshest ingredients possible on the day of the meal. FES prides itself on not only creating delicious cuisine but, also, providing well-balanced, nutritious meals. FES serves dinner every Wednesday, which is open to the public and is always free of charge. However, guests may donate if they are willing and able. In addition to a free community meal, FES also offers an emergency food pantry, a clothing closet, offering disadvantaged residents free attire and basic necessities, and a children’s program designed to promote the importance of nutrition and healthy eating habits. FES is an independent organization that relies on local donors and business sponsors to help achieve its mission. The Past, the Present, and the Future.

Volunteer Activities  Assist with the daily tasks or with whatever else is needed. 
Contact Josh Akers
Phone: 815-310-0903
Address: 122 S. 1st Street; DeKalb IL 


Agency Hand in Hand 
Description  Faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to provide food, assistance and service with love, dignity, and respect.
Volunteer Activities Assist with the daily tasks. 
Contact Information  Heidi 
Phone: 815-508-4040
Address: 414 Cherry Drive; Rochelle IL 


Agency  Hope Chest
Description  Upscale thrift store where all proceeds 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: Wanda
Phone: 815-562-8825
Address 411 Lincoln Highway, Rochelle 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 College Career Center 
Description  Our goal is to assist students, alumni, and community members in developing job search strategies and tools to successfully manage their careers.
Volunteer Activities  Students with help with daily tasks in the office for larger events. 
Contact Information Michelle Allen
Phone: 815-825-2086 ex. 3590
Email: Michelle.allen@kishwaukeecollege.edu
Address: Kishwaukee College 21193 Malta Road Malta IL, 60150


Agency Kishwaukee College 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. 
Volunteer Activities  Free training in reading or English as a Second Language
Instructional materials provided 
Flexible scheduling for training and tutoring
Tutoring one-on-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 Contact: Carla Raynor
Phone: 815-825-2086 ex. 3200
Email: Carla.Raynor@kishwaukeecollege.edu 
Address: Kishwaukee College 21193 Malta Road Malta IL, 60150


Agency  Kishwaukee College New Student Connections
Description  The New Student Connections Office serves new students--from helping prospective students learn about campus resources and courses of study to supporting student success throughout the first year.
Volunteer Activities  Students with help with daily tasks in the office for larger events. 
Contact Information Sylinda Menafee or Bryce Law
Phone: Sylinda, 815-825-2086 ex. 2352 or Bryce Law 815-825-2086 ex. 2351
Email: sylinda.menafee@kishwaukeecollege.edu or Bryce.law@kishwaukeecollege.edu
Address: Kishwaukee College 21193 Malta Road Malta IL, 60150



Agency Kishwaukee Family YMCA
Description Volunteer at large one-time events or other activities
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 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: 815-758-1521, ext. 153372
  Website: www.kishwaukeehospital.org


Agcency  Oak Crest
Description Area retirement community 
Volunteer Activities 
Contact Information Contact: Joan Launer
Phone: 815-756-8461
2944 Coreenwood Acres DeKalb IL 


Agency Pay It Forward House
Description Pay-It-Forward House, NFP is a healthcare hospitality house organized to provide a supportive and caring home-away-from-home for family and friends of patients receiving medical treatment in DeKalb County, Illinois, especially at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore.
Contact Dixie Zaner
Phone: 815-762-4882
Website: http://www.payitforwardhouse.org/volunteering.html


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: Lorna Bedenk
Phone: 815-895-2484
Email: Lorna@sycamrorechildcare.camcastbiz.net
Website: sycamorechildcare.com


Agency Sycamore Football League 
Volunteer Activities Will assist with whatever tasks needed such as helping out at concession stands or booster meeting
Contact:  Molly Scianna
Phone: 815-464-5229



Agency We Care Pregancy 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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