Featured DuPage County Volunteer Agencies
Volunteers are important to non-profit organizations in serving the needs of our
community. DuPage County is fortunate to have over 700 non-profit organizations
offering a variety of programs to help make our community an even better place to
live and work. For information on volunteer opportunities at other DuPage County
organizations, please view Additional Opportunities or call 630-407-6500.
Bridge Communities is a non-profit, transitional housing and
mentoring program. It was started in 1988 by two DuPage
County residents who wished to do more for homeless families in
their community than offer emergency shelter. Bridge
Communities is the largest provider of services for homeless
Presently, 70 adults and 124 children reside in our transitional housing apartments in
the cities of Addison, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Naperville,
Westmont, and Woodridge. The program not only provides housing, but housing is
used as a foundation to build new stability and progress in key areas such as
budgeting, job skills, parenting skills, and educational tutoring for the children. The
goal of the two-year program is to lead families to self-sufficiency so that they may
live independently. Last year 1,000 parents and children graduated from
homelessness to permanent housing thanks to Bridge Communities.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity:
Bridge Communities is looking for adults interested in serving on support teams or as
mentors. Support teams provide encouragement and other services as needed to
mentors who work directly with client families. Mentors receive 15 hours of training
and meet with client families weekly to discuss issues such as budgeting, parenting,
and accessing additional community resources. Mentors work with client families
over a two-year period to help them move from financial instability to self-
For more information please visit the Bridge website at www.bridgecommunities.org
or call Jennifer Jerzyk at 630-545-0610, ext. 12.
Safe Harbor is a children’s waiting room located in the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton.
Safe Harbor’s purpose is to shield children from the harsh environment that is sometimes
found in a courtroom. While staying at Safe Harbor, children are able to play with numerous
toys, video games, puzzles, etc. We are open Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Safe Harbor needs volunteers to play games with and read to children ages 6 months – 12
years old. No special experience is needed to volunteer, simply a love for children. Our
volunteers are all required to submit to a background check and fingerprinting. If you’d like
to learn more about volunteering for Safe Harbor, call Laurie at 630-407-8791.
DuPage Children’s Museum is a unique discovery center where children and adults
can explore, discover, learn and play together. With over 20,000 square feet of
exhibits, there is something fun for everyone. View interesting works of art and
experiment with light, color and sound in Creativity Connections. Build with real
wood and tools in the Construction House. Climb the amazing, two-story AirTower
or get blown away by the force of air in our walk-in Wind Tunnel. Build a dam to
hold back the flow of water in either of the two flowing water areas in WaterWays.
Blow a gigantic bubble in Bubbles or build your own racetrack in Ramps & Rollers.
There are also three Young Explorer areas that feature numerous activities
specially designed for the infants to two-year olds.
If you are looking to put a little “fun” in your next function, then this is the place.
Reserve the whole Museum for your company picnic or plan the ultimate birthday
party for your child. The DuPage Children’s Museum provides hours of fun for the
entire family. Come and explore today!
Looking for a great place to volunteer? Volunteer opportunities are available to
greet visitors, play and interact with children, help staff in the Art Studio, in the
Family Resource Center, in the offices and in the maintenance workshop. Flexible
shifts. Open 7 days a week. Many benefits, including a free family membership and
discount in the Museum Store.
The Museum is located at 301 North Washington Street in Naperville, Illinois. For
more information about DuPage Children's Museum, please call (630) 637-8000
or check out the Museum website at www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.
Canticle Ministries works with individuals and the community to facilitate the
changes necessary so that people with HIV can live life with dignity, autonomy
and respect, while minimizing the impact of HIV on the greater community and
lighting the way to a world without AIDS!
Canticle Ministries is a non-profit organization that provides services for those living with HIV/AIDS
in DuPage and Kane counties. Since the early days of the AIDS Pandemic, when we were first
learning about the disease and its transmission, there was great impetus to take care of those living
with the virus while preventing those uninfected from becoming so. With medical advances and our
increasing knowledge of the power of perseverance, love, and hope, increasing numbers of people
are living with HIV. Within these ranks, the whole spectrum of life exists: the full range of physical,
medical and emotional health, economics, and diversity. Stigma and prejudice are powerful; but so
are hope, faith, and love.
On-going Volunteer opportunities:
Transitional Housing Mentor – Our Transitional Housing Program offers housing for up to
two years for clients living with HIV/AIDS. Through this program, we work with clients to identify
current barriers to independence. A mentor is needed to meet with the client once a month as well
as have weekly phone conversations to help ensure all expectations and goals are being met.
Training is provided.
Scholarship Mentor – The Canticle Ministries’ Scholarship, being the only one of its kind in
the country, provides educational assistance to children living with HIV/AIDS who will graduate from
high school and have a desire and plans for pursing post-high school education. Mentors are
needed to give support to these scholarship recipients through their college years.
Speaker’s Bureau - The Speaker’s Bureau role is two fold. First, the Speaker’s Bureau
role to advocate for the inclusion of people living with and at risk for HIV (including those who are
undiagnosed) so they can receive services without fear of rejection, fear or prejudice. The bureau’s
second role is to give presentations to church groups, clubs and organizations as well as higher
educational institutions. Training is provided.
Bi-Lingual Support – Canticle Ministries’ Center of Hope/Centro de Esperanza is an Aurora
based program. Bi-lingual support is needed to teach basic computer skills, to teach English, for
transportation of clients, to give presentations to clients on life skills, and to be a mentor to our
Transitional housing clients (see above).
Special Event Volunteer Opportunities:
(April) Signature Event – Night of 1000 Lights – Different volunteers host a dinner
party in their home for 6-10 guests of their choosing, on a specific evening in April. After dinner,
everyone will gather at an area Country Club for dessert and dancing. Volunteers are needed to
host dinners in their homes for their friends.
(May) Plant Sale – The plant sale is a three-day event featuring annuals, perennials and
hanging baskets. Volunteers are needed to give information on various types of plants and to act as
(May) Scholarship Luncheon – The Canticle Ministries Scholarships are awarded to
recipients at the luncheon. Volunteers are needed for the planning committee and to help set up for
the luncheon and welcome guests.
If you’re interested in helping with any of Canticle Ministries’ volunteer opportunities, please contact
Cathy Hetrick at 630-588-9165.