6 Rewarding Ways to Volunteer This Spring

If you want to give back to your community this spring, here are six reputable, local charities that we think are uber-deserving of your time. Each one offers a wide range of opportunities to get involved, including organizing supplies drives, administrative work, or more hands-on work, such as volunteering and tutoring. 1. Support cancer survivors […]

7 Ways to Donate Your Time or Resources to Nonprofits in Chicago This Month

If you’re looking for ways to volunteer or places in need of donated items, consider supporting one of these nonprofits in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs. Have an organization you’d like to see highlighted in an upcoming article? Email info@makeitbetter.net with the subject line “Volunteer/Donate Opportunity.” Become a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago  […]

5 Ways to Give Back This Month

Give Time Give Students the Opportunity to Succeed The Posse Foundation 312-566-9790 Volunteer to help Posse identify urban high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by the traditional college selection process. The Posse Foundation places students in supportive, multicultural teams—“Posses”—of 10 students to attend college together and increase their […]

Margot Pritzker Talks WomenOnCall

British born, but an American citizen since 1994, Margot Pritzker has worked extensively with nonprofits most of her adult life—founding, serving and chairing many of the organizations while raising three sons with husband Thomas. She saw nonprofits’ need for volunteers with professional skills like law, accounting and marketing (Pritzker herself holds degrees from Northwestern University and University […]

Volunteer Opportunities for Kids of All Ages

Whether your kids are in preschool or college, there are countless ways to teach them the importance of giving back right here on the North Shore. These local volunteer opportunities, broken down by age and activity, are a great place to start. Round up the family, pick an organization that’s important to you, and get […]

Quick and Easy: WBEZ Day of Service

Paint a mural. Plant a garden. Throw a birthday party. There’s no shortage of ways you can help with WBEZ’s first ever Day of Service. What: WBEZ’s Day of Service will offer 16 volunteer openings across four days at a variety of service sites around the Chicago area, including Children’s Home + Aid, Ronald McDonald […]

Quick and Easy: Donate Time to the Food Bank

If you’re looking to give back around the holidays, Northern Illinois Food Bank has plenty of opportunities for families to lend a helping hand. Volunteers over the age of 8 can help repackage bulk items, such as cereal or pasta, to be sent out to needy families in the area. Volunteers are instructed not to […]

7 Steps to Get Kids Involved in Social Causes

This list is adapted from “The World Needs Your Kid,” by Craig Kielburger, Marc Kielburger and Shelley Page. The authors wrote this for kids to follow. Your job is to encourage and cheerlead, but don’t take over and direct. 1. Choose an issue – What is really bugging you? What do you wish you could […]

Quick and Easy: Become Part of the Alphabet

Volunteers are needed to bring the alphabet to life at the Chicago Children’s Museum.   Alphapalooza is one of Chicago Children’s Museum’s most popular activities. On Saturday April 21st participating children will search the museum for each letter of the alphabet. Once they find a letter, the children will have to solve a riddle before […]