Volunteer Corner

There are a myriad of opportunities to give back to the community in the South Loop.

A variety of local volunteer opportunities may be found at the AllForGood site.  Just search by zip code.

If you would like us to feature a volunteer opportunity below, send us the information at info@greatersouthloop.org.  If you are aware of a volunteer event happening in the neighborhood, feel free to add it to our Events calendar!

Clothing & Food Donations, Soup Kitchen / Food Pantry Opportunities:

Pacific Garden Mission:  volunteer or donate clothing and other goods to help the homeless in our area.

Second Presbyterian Church:  volunteer to tutor, assist with their lunch bag program or rummage sale, or shop or donate at their Second Time Around resale boutique.

The South Loop Community Church Food Pantry accepts non-perishable food donations and is always looking for volunteers to stock, package, and staff the pantry or to pick up donations from the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  They also accept clothing donations for their clothes ministry.

True Rock Ministries’ Acts of Kindness program provides a variety of opportunities for involvement, including accepting furniture donations for families in need, backpacks with school supplies for children, a Thanksgiving food drive, and Christmas clothing drive.  They also offer volunteer opportunities for youth mentoring.

Opportunities to Help Animals in Need:

The Anti-Cruelty Society (located at Grand Ave and LaSalle St) takes donations of newspapers for lining puppy and cat crates. If you have any newspaper around, please consider dropping them off. 

Chicago Animal Care and Control (2741 S. Western) appreciates donations of towels, sheets, and blankets for their shelter. They especially need fleece blankets, which the dogs love best.

Cultural Institutions:

Shedd Aquarium:  sign up to be a Guest Engagement volunteer with the Shedd!  Check here for available volunteer opportunities.

Glessner House Museum:  the Glessner House depends on volunteers to give tours, conduct research, care for the collection, and various other activities.  Find out more here.

Area Schools:

National Teachers Academy

South Loop Elementary

Volunteer with the GSLA!

Check out our Committees page for ideas on how to get involved, or just send us an email with your area(s) of interest.