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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. A walkthrough of how to enter your service hours can be viewed in the video below.  Hours are due the Friday before Finals week each semester. 

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. Please note, you are not limited to these opportunities.

  • Contact person: Andrea Fiebig afiebig@harpercollege.edu, 847-925-6371
  • Date of service: Multiple times throughout the term
  • Description of opportunity: Assistance to help students upload their COVID test results and photo for Harper student ID at LCC in Prospect Heights.

    Mondays-Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays 9:00-11:00am

    Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm  
  • Sign up information: Please email Andrea directly at afiebig@harpercollege.edu 
  • Contact person: Kathleen Reynolds kreynold@harpercollege.edu   
  • 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: Jeff Moy - jmoy@harpercollege.edu   
  • 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 jmoy@harpercollege.edu 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: 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 www.masksnowil.org.
  • Sign up information:  Sign up here.
  • Contact person: Rodger Reaume - rodger.reaume@cati.com 
  • 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 rodger.reaume@cati.com or 630-220-0914
  • Contact person: Katie Evans - khevans@mchenrycountyil.gov  
  • 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: deb@purrfectcatrescue.com
  • 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: Matthewinfo@midphil.org
  • Date of service: Multiple dates starting October 31st. 
  • Description of opportunity: We are looking for students who can volunteer at our 2021/22 season concerts in the following ways:

    Usher - Greet guests at the entrance of the concert hall by scanning tickets and handing concert programs.

    Box Office - Sell tickets to guests on an iPad via cash, card, and check.

    Volunteers must be 16 or older.
    Masks are required
  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here
  • Contact person: Barb Weber - barbsrescue@aol.com 
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the semester
  • Description of opportunity:  Animal rescue organization - volunteer duties include
    Cleaning the Rooms
    Laundry
    Washing litter boxes  
  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here
  • Contact person: Halie Reyes halier@frisbieseniorcenter.org  
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the semester
  • Description of opportunity: The Once & Again Resale Shop is looking for volunteers to assist with sorting, pricing, and organizing donations. Profits go to supporting the Frisbie Senior Center's mission of providing support to older adults. Hours are Tues-Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, however shifts can be adjusted to the volunteer's schedule
  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, email Halie at halier@frisbieseniorcentor.org 

 

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. An additional source of volunteer opportunities throughout the northwest suburbs can be found here. Finally, this site provides online options for students looking to get community service hours. 

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.

 

Questions?

hpromise@harpercollege.edu

 

Last Updated: 12/8/21