Become an SOS Volunteer: Give the Gift of Time
Volunteers play a vital role in the development of SOS children. By sharing your time and talent, you can help change a child's life. We understand that your time is valuable, and SOS truly appreciates this dedication. We accommodate our volunteers by creating a flexible schedule and assistance when needed. Join us as we change the life of a child.
"One of the highlights of tutoring was receiving a graduation picture from a student I had been working with for many years. Written on the back was, 'This is what all your hard work was for. Thank you.' " Bonnie, SOS volunteer tutor for eight years
To learn more about becoming a volunteer at SOS Children's Villages Illinois, please contact Vickie Brown, Volunteer Coordinator, at (312)388-5181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Parent Assistant
Volunteer Parent Assistants provide direct support to children and families at SOS Children's Villages Illinois for 2-3 hours a day, twice a week. Volunteer Parent Assistants provide direct education support and help children develop positive life, social, and recreational skills. Together, the Volunteer Parent Assistants and foster parents will coordinate family activities and responsibilities and help foster a loving and supportive home environment. Volunteer Parent Assistants will benefit from comprehensive preparation and training.
Foster children are often at a distinct academic disadvantage resulting from frequent disruptions and placement changes. Tutors play a critical role in providing targeted one-on-one tutoring to children, giving them the instruction, support, and attention they need to improve academically.
Because children have been forgotten and neglected prior to arriving at SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, positive role models play an instrumental role in their overall growth and development. Mentors spend time with children both individually and in groups, providing insights and acting as a trusted guide.
The Wellness Garden provides children at the Chicago Village with fresh produce and provides opportunities to learn about healthy eating habits, sustainability, locally grown products, and food deserts. Help us by working in the garden or hosting an educational workshop about these topics.
Birthday Party Volunteers
Birthday party volunteers help children celebrate important milestones in their lives. Volunteers organize bi-monthly birthday parties and help fundraise for birthday gifts.
Social Media Advocates
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois is working to build its social media presence and support base. Share, tweet, like, and post the latest news and updates about SOS Children’s Villages Illinois to your friends and followers, raising more awareness and support for the children.
Community Service Projects
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois has several projects that help maintain, improve, and clean the Villages and Village facilities. Consider a Village clean-up, spring planting, or maintenance support for your next group project.
College Prep Mentors
100% of the children living at SOS Children’s Villages Illinois graduate from high school. Nationally, only 3-11% of foster children obtain a college degree. Help children at SOS Children’s Villages Illinois complete higher education through application support and review, standardized test preparation, resume review, networking, and advice regarding choosing a major, school, or career.
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois hosts several events throughout the year. Volunteer at specific, one-day events either individually or as a group. Responsibilities vary by the event.