Become an SOS Volunteer

Volunteers* play a vital role in the development of our children. By sharing your time and talent, you can help change a child’s life. We offer flexible volunteer schedules and work closely with you to provide assistance and education. Are you ready to make an impact?

To learn more about becoming a volunteer at SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, please contact the Administrative Office at 312-372-8200 or

*Our volunteers undergo extensive background checks, screenings, and comprehensive training to ensure the well being of our SOS Children.

Volunteer Opportunities

Emerging Leaders Board

The SOS Children’s Villages Illinois Emerging Leaders Board is a group of motivated and philanthropic, young professionals that seek to promote the mission of SOS Illinois through networking and volunteering. Activities include garden work days, holiday parties, and providing educational support, in addition to social gatherings.


Positive role models play an instrumental role in the overall growth and development of a child who has come to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Mentors spend time with children both individually and in groups, providing insights and acting as trusted guides.

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 receive comprehensive preparation and training.


Foster children are typically at a distinct academic disadvantage resulting from frequent disruptions and placement changes. Tutors play a critical role in providing targeted one-on-one tutoring, giving children the instruction, support, and attention they need to improve academically.