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:Amie Granger 847-925-6741
  • Date of service: Fridays throughout the semester, 8:45a-1:00p
  • Location of Service: Harper College
  • Description of opportunity: Harper's Community Relations hosts campus tour experiences for students in 4th - 8th grade. Tour guides are needed to bring groups to different activities located across campus. All tour guides will receive training before their first tour dates. Tours are on Fridays from 8:45 am - 1 pm. Volunteers will receive a Subway box lunch. For many students this is their first experience on a college campus. We provide a great experience and have fun! 
  • Sign up information: Click here to sign up
  • Contact person:Amie Granger 847-925-6741
  • Date of service: Any time between November 29th and December 9th
  • Location of Service: Pick up cards at Harper College, complete at home
  • Description of opportunity:
    The office of Community relations is coordinating with Meals on Wheels to provide seasonal cards for residents and families. Harper students have the opportunity to earn community service hours by volunteering to fill out cards.

    Volunteers will register for card packs. Each pack contains 5 cards and equals 30 minutes of service hours. Each volunteer may register for a maximum of 6 packs (3 hours). Instructions for filling out the cards and suggested phrases will be included in your packet.

    Volunteers can pick up their cards outside room W352 starting Monday, November 28.

    Please return cards by December 9. Cards can be dropped off at the Community Relations Office (W352) between 8:30am - 6:30pm.
  • Sign up information: Click here to sign up
  • Contact person:Teagen Reid - 847-925-6122 
  • Date of service: August 1, 2022 - May 19, 2023
  • Location of Service: Harper College
  • Description of opportunity: The Access and Disability Services Office at Harper is in need of notetakers this Fall and Spring semester. We require that students interested in being a notetaker attend class regularly, take eligible and organized notes, and have a GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Sign up information: Click here to apply to serve as a notetaker
  • Contact person: Anita Rehberg at arehberg@harpercollege.edu or 847.925.6891
  • Date of service: August 1, 2022 - May 19, 2023
  • Location of Service: Harper College
  • Description of opportunity: Volunteers will have an opportunity to mentor first-year Harper College Students in the Transition Autism Program (TAP).  TAP Mentors have an opportunity to develop and maintain relationships with and provide assistance - focusing on a smooth transition, acclimation, and a sense of belonging. 
  • Sign up information: Click here to apply to serve as TAP Mentor
  • Contact person: Andrea Fiebig afiebig@harpercollege.edu, 847-925-6371
  • Date of service: Ongoing opportunities throughout the semester
  • Description of opportunity: Assistance to help adult students navigate their MyHarper Portal, Blackboard site, and email account. 
  • 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: Dez Enuenwosu   
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the semester
  • Description of opportunity:  
    Volunteers are needed in helping us to quality inspect, clean, and count toys to be donated to Toys 4 Tots.
  • Sign up information: Sign up with this link . 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: Kathy Scheuing
  • Date of service: See below for a variety of events throughout the semester
  • Location of Service: Clearbrook Respite - Arlington Heights
  • Description of opportunities:

    Holiday event -
    Thursday, December 8th, 9:30am-12:00
    Clearbrook's day programs holiday party volunteers will be in areas playing games, face painting, getting tattoos, etc. 
      
    Ongoing opportunity 1 - Clerical Work
    Volunteers assist with various clerical work such as scanning and filling, document destruction, etc.

    Ongoing opportunity 2 - Adult Day Programs
    Volunteers assist with various activities to enhance our individual productivity and socialization. Would be helping them learn the Ipad, playing board games, and doing arts and crafts. All volunteers must be vaccinated to volunteer.

  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here.
  • Contact person: Kristin Cushing
  • Date of service: November 17th-19th
  • Location of Service: Hunting Ridge Elementary School
  • Description of opportunities:

    Help with a student book fair. Thursday and Friday are student preview days, during which volunteers will assist students in shopping for books and in writing their wishlists, especially the younger students. Monday and Tuesday are Parent-Teacher Conference days. Throughout, volunteers will help with sales, organizing displays of books, noting books that are running low, and making the book fair an enjoyable atmosphere throughout the entire sale. This project is a wonderful way to interact with students and families in our school community!

  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here.
  • Contact person: Francesca Kenney
  • Date of service: Multiple dates starting November 19th
  • Location of Service: see below
  • Description of opportunities:

    Saturday, November 19 - Gift shopping, 8 AM to 11 AM @ Woodfield Target (Schaumburg)
    Saturday, December 3 - Decorating and gift wrapping, 7 PM @ Conant High School (Hoffman Estates)
    Sunday, December 4 - Holiday Party, 10 AM to 2 PM @ Conant High School (Hoffman Estates)


    Shopping: up to 10
    Wrapping: up to 20
    Party: up to 30

  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here.
  • Contact person: Melissa Grandt
  • Date of service: December 3rd, 6:30a-11:30a
  • Location of Service: Soldier Field
  • Description of opportunities:

    Want to help out at the Santa Hustle® Chicago 5K & Kids Dash?
    Every “elf” will receive an Elf Shirt, Elf Hat, Food/Drink, and our continual gratitude!

    Pre-race packet pick up volunteers will help check in pre-registered participants from to on , and help pass out the participant bibs, t-shirts, goody bags, and any other race information. Training will be required.

    Course volunteers will be assigned to either a Water Station, Candy Station, Cookie Station, or a Course Marshal. You will have the option to choose your preference, and we will keep all groups together.

    Basecamp volunteers will be assigned to either Race-day Packet Pick Up/Registration, Gear Check, the Start Line or the Finish Line. You will have the option to choose your preference, and we will keep all groups together.

  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here.
  • Contact person: Dori Hough
  • Date of service: MANY opportunities through early December
  • Location of Service: Barrington area
  • Description of opportunities:

    Barrington Giving Day is preparing for our Winter event where we provide necessities to families in need. There is a lot of work involved and over 600 volunteers needed to hold this event.

    We have many opportunities available. Sign up now

  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here.
  • Contact person: Emily Groezinger
  • Date of service: MANY opportunities, Starting November 10th
  • Location of Service: Elderwerks
  • Description of opportunities:
    Spread holiday joy and support a good cause! Elderwerks is seeking volunteers for our gift wrapping fundraiser.

    We will be having gift wrap days during the following times:
    Thursdays 11/10, 11/17, 12/1 & 12/8 10AM-3PM

    Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 9AM-5PM:
    12/12, 12/13, 12/14, 12/15, 12/16 &
    12/19, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23

    Flexible 2+ Hours Shifts Available

    The funds raised from gift wrap donations will go towards assisting seniors with senior living coordination, advocacy, finding local resources, and helping them plan for their futures.

    We are looking for volunteers to assist with wrapping gifts and writing holiday wishes in cards for seniors. We will provide all the needed supplies for gift wrapping and card making. Cards will be delivered to local isolated seniors for our Make a Senior Smile program.

  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here.
  • Contact person: Lauren Chilvers
  • Date of service: Mondays or Tuesdays throughout the term
  • Location of Service: 1111 Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove
  • Description of opportunities:

    Help count toys for children in crisis. OMNI Youth Services holds a toy drive every year. OMNI partners with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to provide home-based services that keep children safe while strengthening families and helping them stay together. We need to get an accurate inventory of what has been donated so far. This opportunity is scheduled based on your availability. It is only available on Monday - Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm. The address is 1111 Lake Cook Road in Buffalo Grove, IL.

  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here.
  • Contact person: Matt Sheehan 
  • Date of service: Various opportunities through the year
  • Location of Service: Palatine Park District
  • Description of opportunity:
    We provide a number of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Each opportunity will list the opportunity, expectations and additional information needed. Please register on our volunteer website and make sure to create a profile, sign the volunteer waiver, consent to and submit a background check and read and sign off on the volunteer manual. 
    Some upcoming events:

    November 22 – Packet Pick-Up for Turkey Trot Various Shifts from 8:15 a.m.-8:15 p.m.

    November 23 – Packet Pick-Up for Turkey Trot Various Shifts from 8:15 a.m.-8:15 p.m.

    November 24 – Turkey Trot at Harper College 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

  • Sign up information: Click here for more information and to sign up - Participants can create a profile and then sign up
  • Contact person: Maria Gregory
  • Date of service: Various opportunities through the year
  • Location of Service: Work from home/throughout the community.
  • Description of opportunity:
    Hello,

    This is an exciting opportunity with a worldwide nonprofit literacy organization and helping launch a new program that will serve chronically ill children so they can be empowered academically, emotionally, and physically - despite their condition.

    There could be ongoing opportunities and specific areas of immediate need.
    Different project opportunities include Kindle e-readers, Marketing materials, Videos, Graphic Design, Content Writing, and more.

    This position could be a mix of remote work and a few in-person meetings, held locally.

    A great opportunity and unique experience to add to your resume and applications!

    Please visit our website www.usareads.com for the "Read for Wellness" program overview and to learn more about our organization.


    I appreciate your interest, please contact me to learn more!
  • Sign up information: Email Maria
  • Contact person: Kelly Sisco 630-456-5078
  • Date of service: Various opportunities through the year
  • Location of Service: Salt Creek Park District
  • Description of opportunity:
    Event:

    1. Craft Fair - November 19th, from 6:30-9:00 - Volunteers will help unload craft items from the vendors cars and bring items to designated table spot. Carts provided. Event is held at the Salt Creek Sports Center, 647 Consumers Ave. Palatine
    2. North Pole Express Trip - Sunday, December 4th - 2 time slots: 10:45-1:45 and later in the evening. - Looking for volunteers to assist on our North Pole Express Trips. Volunteers will assist with handing out cookies, milk, singing songs, playing games and handing out prizes. Each volunteer will be given an elf hat and vest to wear during the trip.
     
  • Sign up information: For more information, please contact KellySiscoat ksisco@saltcreekpd.com or (847) 259-6890 x 111.
  • Contact person: Lauren Scudieri
  • Date of service: Throughout semester
  • Location of Service: Gigi's Playhouse
  • Description of opportunity: The 1:1 Literacy tutoring program provides individual instruction based on the interests and inspirations of each student. Our trained tutors provide motivating and purposeful lessons designed to keep our students engaged and learning both during sessions and when extending activities at home.

    The 1:1 Math tutoring program uses a multi-sensory, strength-based approach to build confidence and success for our students. Our research-based curriculum encompasses a variety of strategies and techniques to ensure that every student can be successful when learning math. 
  • Sign up information: Click here for more information and to sign up
  • Contact person: Andrea Rodriguez andrea.rodriguez@ghh1.com 224-209-0354
  • Date of service: Multiple available
  • Location of Service: Guardian Hospice
  • Description of opportunity:
    Volunteers will be visiting Hospice patients at Nursing Home or Assisted Living to provide patient with companionship. Most volunteers play music, play games, read a story, sit outside with patient or whatever brings patient comfort.
    Office help is also available for those uncomfortable with entering a facility.
    Helping Bereavement coordinator with phone calls or letters.
  • Sign up information: Please call 224-209-0354 if interested to discuss
  • Contact person: Donna Adam - donnaadam@cleanupgiveback.org
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the semester
  • Description of opportunity:Clean Up – Give Back facilitates trash cleanup campaigns that are helpful to the community and the environment. We establish chapters for on-going cleanup. We operate a national “Flexible Service Programs” that allows individuals to earn service hours for work, school or court.
  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, Click Here
  • Contact person: Sara Vasilev - svasilev@mylifechoice.org 847-777-8888
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the semester
  • Location of Service: LifeChoice Hospice  and Palliative Care - Wheeling
  • Description of opportunity: Hospice volunteers have the opportunity to meet and work with local hospice patients. Patients are visited at their family home or nursing home. Volunteers can work with patients to provide companionship, play music for them or assist them with writing cards to family and friends. There are many different activities a hospice volunteer can participate in. For volunteers who may not feel comfortable working directly with hospice patients yet, you can assist hospice staff with administrative tasks in our office in Wheeling.
  • Sign up information: Click here to sign up
  • Contact person: Anastasia Malhotra a.malhotra@journeystheroadhome.org 847-963-9163
  • Date of service: Ongoing
  • Location of Service: Journeys the Road Home
  • Description of opportunity: Clothing Closet is available weekly for volunteer hours. We offer clothing to our clients from our closet with donations we receive daily. Your role would be to help organize the closet. Shifts are Monday-Friday either 8:30-11:00 am or 12:30-2:30pm.

    Food Pantry is available weekly for volunteer hours. We offer food from our pantry to our clients and people in need with donations we receive. Your role would be to help organize the pantry by date of food expiring, bag food requests from clients, and to put new donations away. Shifts are Monday-Friday either 8:30-11:00am or 12:30-2:30pm.

    PADS overnight shelters are available for volunteer hours. We host through various church networks a few different sites that people experiencing homeless can come stay, get a meal, and rest overnight weekly. Each night has various shifts started around 5pm all through 7am the next morning. If you are a night person who wants to help your community this is a great option for you
  • Sign up information: Click here to find opportunities
  • Contact person: Amy Diaz - adiaz@nwsra.org 847-392-2848
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the semester
  • Location of Service: Northwest Suburban Recreation Association
  • Description of opportunity: At NWSRA, children and adults with disabilities make friends, have fun, be included, go new places, learn new things, and celebrate their lives! Formed in 1974 to provide recreation services to individuals with disabilities, NWSRA is an extension of 17 member park districts within the northwest suburbs of Chicago. NWSRA is the largest of all special recreation associations and is a leader among peers with over 14,000 program registrations in more than 2,000 programs annually.

    We are always seeking volunteers to assist in our therapeutic recreation programs. These programs range from sports, fitness, arts, crafts, music, and general leisure. During your volunteer interview, you will discuss what type of programs interest you the most! We want to make this a great experience for you as well.


    Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you as soon as possible through e-mail to confirm that you have been accepted to the volunteer team and that you have been placed in your preferred program. Volunteer applications are processed once per week, please allow at least 5 business days for your application to be processed. 
  • Sign up information: Apply here
  • Contact person: Erin@Allcommunityevents.com 
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the semester
  • Description of opportunity: All Community Events hosts races in the area all throughout the fall season. This opportunity allows you to gain some volunteer experience to add to your resume. Some examples of tasks are assisting with registration, helping at a water station, and more!

  • Sign up information: Email Erin for more information and to sign up
  • Contact person: feralfelineproject@gmail.com 
  • Date of service: Ongoing throughout the semester
  • Description of opportunity: Our Adoption Center is located in the Petco at 49 W Rand Rd, Arlington Hts. General tasks include but are not limited to:

    *Socializing kittens and cats
    *Light kennel cleaning
    *Basic care such as feeding and grooming

    Tasks will coincide with comfort level

    Our TNR Program is in the field. You will work along side a senior Trapper, they are your mentor. You will learn how to:
    * humanely trap, sterilize and return feral (wild) cats.
    You would also be speaking to people in the community on the benefits of TNR under the guidance of your Mentor.

    To Volunteer please complete the Volunteer Application under the Documents Tab on our website www.feralfelineproject.org

  • Sign up information: For more information and to sign up, click here
  • 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: Valerie Jakobi
  • Date of service: Starting September 10th
  • Description of opportunity: Schaumburg Athletic Association TOPSoccer is non-competitive, adaptive soccer program for children with disabilities Each practice includes a range of soccer and non-soccer based activities modified to each individual's unique abilities, strengths, and motivations. Players participate alongside volunteer “Buddies”in a safe and encouraging environment. Buddies work on building meaningful relationships with TOPSoccer athletes. No soccer or other experience is necessary to volunteer. Practices are held Saturday afternoons from September through November and April-June. Winter practice dates and locations TBD
  • 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: 12/1/22