Community Service Opportunities

Looking to give back to your community?

Here is your chance to volunteer! The following opportunities are available to Harper College Harper Promise students looking for hours to fulfill scholarship requirements, or just looking to give back. Once you have completed your hours, be sure to log them in the MyHarper Portal Promise Tracker.  Hours are due the Friday before Finals week each semester. 

Please note, students are not limited to only these opportunities. 

If you are in high school, please contact your high school student services department in regards to opportunities available for you to complete your hours. 

Listing of Harper service opportunities for students

Please click through to find opportunities available at Harper College assisting with Harper offices and events. 

  • Contact person: Kristyn Meyer - 
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the semester starting October 1
  • Description of opportunity:  The Harper Foundation hosts twice-annual Thank-a-thons during which volunteers assist in thanking donors. Volunteers can volunteer for as many hours as they would like, and opportunities can be completed remotely between October 1 and December 1. Volunteers will assist by writing thank you notes, creating short thank you videos, and writing email messages. Scripts will be provided. Typically volunteers are asked to complete 10-15 thank you notes or videos per hour of credit.
  • Sign up information: Thank a Thon Sign Up Here
  • Contact person: Deann Surdo - 
  • Date of service: Friday, September 24th, 11:45a-12:45p
  • Description of opportunity: The Learning Assessment Committee is looking for students to participate in a panel discussion at the 13th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair on Friday, September 24, 2021. The conference is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., with the panel discussion likely to occur between 12-12:45 p.m, however this is subject to change. The idea for the panel is to engage in a discussion with faculty and students on the effects of online instruction with a focus on teaching and learning. The session will include a moderator who will ask pre-determined questions of the panel. The panelists will meet prior to the conference to discuss the format of the panel discussion. We are looking for students to engage in discussion around the following:
    • How have faculty been engaging you in the classroom when shifting to remote classes?
    • What difficulties as well as benefits to this shift have occurred?
    • How have faculty in some of your remote classes been conducting group work and lectures?
    • Have faculty been collecting your work in remote classes? Has this changed, and if so, how?
    • Are there things that seem to work better in remote classes versus on campus? 
  • Sign up information: Please contact Deann Surdo via email at or by phone at 847.925.6356. Limited spots are available. To be considered, please submit your interest by Friday, September 10th.
  • Contact person: Kathleen Reynolds   
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the semester
  • Description of opportunity:  Students will be matched with ESL students at Harper or at our partners abroad to practice speaking English. You will need to meet virtually OR in person with your partner at least 30 minutes per week throughout the semester. If you are interested in other countries and cultures, or if you like teaching or talking, this is a great opportunity!
  • Sign up information: Sign up for Conversation Circles here
  • Contact person: Amie Granger   
  • Date of service: Friday, October 22nd: 5:30-8:00pm
  • Description of opportunity:  Palatine Park District/Partners for our Communities Trunk and Treat. Harper will be participating in the Trunk and Treat event handing out candy and other goodies. Volunteers are needed to help engage with families and hand out treats. Volunteers that speak Spanish would be great but not required. Volunteers are encourage to dress in costume. 
  • Sign up information: Email Amie at
  • Contact person: Jeff Moy -   
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the semester
  • Description of opportunity:  Help the MakerSpace with the 3D Printing Toys for Tots drive.
    Volunteers are needed to lead the project, help with logistics, communications, and a variety of other items. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in whatever field you are majoring in!  
  • Sign up information: Email Jeff at To learn more about the MakerSpace on Harper's Campus, click here.



Listing of external service opportunities for students

The following organizations have requested volunteers for their organization or event. These opportunities are not affiliated with Harper College, but can count toward your Harper Promise service hours.

  • Contact person: Tanya Syperski
  • Date of service: October 2, 2021, 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Location of service: Busse Woods Grove 27, Elk Grove Village 
  • Description of opportunity:  The Little City's Hero Walk is a 1 mile leisurely walk through scenic Busse Woods to create hope and change lives of individuals with disabilities. The event includes games, food, entertainment, raffles and more. Volunteers are needed to help with various aspects of the event.
  • Sign up information:  Contact Tanya Syperski
  • Contact person: Emma Davenport
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the semester
  • Location of service: Complete at home! 
  • Description of opportunity: MasksNowIL is a local grassroots non-profit that is making and distributing masks to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking for volunteers to sew masks, label bags, and help package masks for distribution. Volunteers can pick up supplies, and then complete from their own home - a perfect opportunity to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about MasksNowIL at
  • Sign up information:  Sign up here.
  • Contact person: Rodger Reaume - 
  • Date of service: Ongoing, October through April
  • Description of opportunity: PADS essentially supports the homeless with a safe place to stay overnight. It is very organized and great place to earn hours. Whether you volunteer once a month throughout the season or do multiple shifts, this is a great opportunity to earn hours and help people.

    Duties include set-up, First shift (7-9pm or 7-11pm) Second shift (11-3am) and Third shift (3-5:30am or 3-7am) and cleanup. The shift team manages the evening from registering the guests to locating which Pad they will sleep on. We have separate rooms for men and women. We will take about 30 guests in total this season. The shift volunteers also supports the kitchen and meal preparation groups when needed although we keep it separate. Please call Rodger if you are interested or have questions.
  • Sign up information: Email or text or call Rodger at or 630-220-0914
  • Contact person: Katie Porwit - 
  • Date of service: September 11, 18, or 25
  • Description of opportunity: Market Greeters Needed: Welcome shoppers to the market entrance, count attendance with a clicker, and answer questions or direct shoppers to areas of the market (you will have a clipboard with information).

    Greeters are needed September 11, 18 and 25. Shifts are a little over two hours each.

    The Farmers Market is run by the Arlington Heights Historical Society, a nonprofit organization. 
  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here
  • Contact person: Katie Evans -  
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the year
  • Description of opportunity: Volunteers have the opportunity to help shelters animals by walking dogs, playing with cats, or helping with special events & photography. Volunteers are needed during the day on weekdays and Saturdays.

    All volunteer opportunities will take place at the McHenry County Animal Control building, at 100 N. Virginia Street in Crystal Lake
  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here
  • Contact person:
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the year
  • Description of opportunity: This volunteer opportunity is to take care of our no-kill, cage-free kitties and the shelter. You may tidy the cat and kitten areas, feed and water them, clean litter boxes, and generally make sure all the areas are clean.

    You may sign up for a standard, weekly schedule or just grab shifts as it fits your schedule. If you are interested, please go to the website, click "Volunteer" and then click "Volunteer Application" . We will then reach out and provide you an online signup link for a quick and simple signup experience.

    Available Days / Hours:
    Weekdays - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Weekends (Sat and Sun) - 9:00 am-noon
  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here
  • Contact person: 
  • Date of service: Friday, September 24th 3:30-6pm, Saturday, September 25th, 7:30-11:30am
  • Description of opportunity: Taking place at Willow Park in Arlington Heights, the Walk for Adoption Chicago works to promote a positive view of adoption and adoption positive language. Event organizers need help with set up on Friday the 24th (put up signs/banners, table setup, tent setup) and Saturday the 25th (Bounce house attendants, goodie bag distribution, general event help)
  • Sign up information: Email or visit 
  • Contact person: email or text 615.419.8088
  • Date of service: Friday, October 1st, 5:00pm - End of show
  • Description of opportunity: Taking place at Willow Creek Community Church, Food for the hungry needs help passing out materials during this music event. 
  • Sign up information: Email or text 615.419.8088


If these opportunities do not work with your schedule, you can view a list of local volunteer organizations here. These organizations often need volunteers on an ongoing basis.

In need of volunteers?

Are you in need of volunteers for a project or event you are hosting this semester? Promise Scholars can be a great resource.




Last Updated: 9/16/21