Volunteering is a great way for kids to spend part of their summer. Not only will they learn the pleasures of helping those in need, but giving back lets kids expand their work experience and learn about responsibility, along with self-confidence and love.
For high school kids, college students and even adults who would like to help people, here are seven North Shore non-profits that would welcome them.
Cancer Wellness Center, Northbrook. The Cancer Wellness Center is a place that offers free counseling to patients and their families, as well as support groups and bereavement groups. The center also has wellness programs including tai chi, yoga, massage and acupuncture. Volunteers will work on the 25th anniversary benefit being held in October, and can help with social media, mailings, data entry, and work the front desk. Cancerwellness.org
Rainbows, Evanston. Rainbows, which offers grief counseling programs for kids in kindergarten and up, seeks volunteers to assist with administrative tasks and event planning for two October events. Rainbows.org
Brandel Care Center, Northbrook
Interesting in assisting the elderly? Brandel welcomes volunteers to work in the memory support area, providing companionship to residents, talking to them and helping with activities like word games, puzzles and exercise classes. Call (847) 480-6350 and ask for the volunteer coordinator.
Kids Rank, Highland Park
Kids Rank is an informal educational organization which works to enhance childrens’ social and emotional growth. Through membership clubs where military families reside, Kids Rank teaches military kids to connect, lead and serve. The organization needs volunteers to do mailings, social media, outreach and other administrative tasks. They also need help planning their September benefit. Kidsrank.org
Feed My Starving Children, Libertyville
This non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding children always needs volunteers to package meals. Just go online and reserve a time slot! www.fmsc.org/volunteer
Fenix Family Health Center, Highwood
Fenix Family Health Center provides affordable health services to men and women who are not insured. The center welcomes volunteers for front desk work, answering phones and doing research. This is a great place to volunteer if you are thinking of a career in the medical field or if you are a student. The center needs volunteers to help take patient vitals and provide patient education in Spanish. Fenixclinic.org
Bernie’s Book Bank, Lake Forest
If you love children and love books, this is where you want to volunteer! Bernie’s Book Bank collects, processes and redistributes new and gently used children’s books to those who wouldn’t otherwise have them. Bernie’s welcomes volunteers of all ages and abilities to sort books for quality, organize them into categories, sticker and package them. Drop in or schedule a time online. Berniesbookbank.org.