Volunteer opportunities in elgin

Administer Justice

1750 Grandstand Place, #15

Elgin, Il 60123

(847) 844-1100


Offers free legal counsel and representation for low-income individuals. Fights

human trafficking in Illinois. Other services include tax counsel, conflict

resolution, and fraud prevention help. Administer Justice focuses on informing

and empowering their clients. For more info, contact Janelle Elliott of

Westminster; or Carissa Jimenez, Volunteer Coordinator: 847-844- 1100, x227;


AID: Association for Individual Development. (Elgin Branch)

1135 Bowes Road

Elgin, IL 60123


This organization helps adults with disabilities and special needs.

Contact Maureen Spradlin to volunteer: 630-966- 4020;


Boys and Girls Club of Elgin

355 Dundee Ave.

Elgin, IL 60120

(847) 608-5017


Provides community youth ages 6-18 with a safe and positive environment after

school. Club members participate in high yield activities, targeted programs and

recreational activities. Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of functions,

including: homework help; career chat; share-a- talent; intern and more. Contact:

Ria Fernandez, rfernandez@bgcelgin.org.

Community Crisis Center

P.O. Box 1390

Elgin, IL 60121-1390

(847) 742-4088


Provides a safe refuge for individuals of families experiencing domestic abuse,

sexual assault, or crisis because of economic circumstances. See website for more

information. Volunteer needs include: clerical, sorting donations, seasonal

cleaning, information maintenance, group service projects, hospital advocacy.

Hospital advocacy volunteers need to complete a training session. Traits wanted

in volunteers: flexibility, personable nature. Volunteer Coordinator: Melissa

Owens; mowens@crisiscenter.org

Crossroads Kids’ Club (Elgin branch)


Crossroads Kids Club is a free after-school club for elementary school children.

Using the Bible as a base, children learn positive life skills such as honesty,

respect for parents, making wise choices and being trustworthy. Each club session

has three main components: a large group lesson, a small group discussion and a

game time. Sometimes children also have the opportunity to make craft projects

or to participate in service learning experiences. Crossroads was founded by Bern

and Jeanne Bertsche, the parents of Pat Bertsche.

Elgin Riverworks Life Skills Outreach

(See Fox Valley Christian Action below).

Outreach in under-resourced neighborhoods in Elgin. Contact: Roger

Simmons, roger@fvchristianaction.org

Elgin Wayside Center (branch of Wayside Cross Ministries)

1732 Berkley Street

Elgin, IL 60123

(847) 695-4405


Day-time homeless shelter provides meals, clothing, laundry, Bible studies,

mentoring, counseling, life skills and job programs. For more information, contact

Mary Lou Campus of Westminster or David Fassett, Wayside Center Coordinator

at 847-695- 4405; dfassett@waysidecross.org

The Forgotten Initiative

Elgin, IL 60123


The mission of The Forgotten Initiative is to bring joy and purpose to the foster

care community. 

This is accomplished through mobilizing and equipping the Body of Christ to

serve, mentor, and support the foster care community. Agencies Workers, Foster

Parents, Vulnerable Adults and Children affected by foster care often feel alone,

misunderstood, and forgotten. The Forgotten Initiative serves to help you tangibly

show the love of Jesus to the one who feels forgotten. Email

elgin.il@theforgotteninitiative.org to become involved. TFI is a ministry of

Lifesong for Orphans www.lifesongfororphans.org

PADS of Elgin, Inc.

1730 Berkley Street

Elgin, IL 60123

(847) 608-9744


Provides overnight shelter for homeless, plus case managers for counsel and

help. Works with Renz Center for substance abuse cases, Accra Center for mental

health issues, and Community Crisis Center. Volunteers needed for both one-time

events (such as fundraisers) and evening help at the shelter. See website for

volunteer application and requirements; volunteers receive 1-hour orientation and


Safe Families for Children (Kane County branch)

4300 W. Irving Park Rd. 

Chicago, IL 60642-2825

(773) 766-5162


Faith-based organization, mobilizing volunteers to host vulnerable children and

work ultimately to keep them together with their families. For more information,

contact Jennifer Polanco, Church/Community Engagement Coordinator for Kane

County, jpolanco@safefamilies.net.

Senior Services Associates, Inc.

101 S. Grove.

Elgin, IL 60120

(847) 741-0404


Seeks to assist seniors and keep them in own homes, out of nursing homes.

Volunteer needs: transportation, home repair and maintenance, friendly visits,

shopping, meal prep and delivery, personal care, paperwork, fundraising.

TLC Pregnancy Services (formerly, The Life Center)

825 Dundee Avenue

Elgin, IL 60120

(847) 622-1235


Non-denominational Christian, pro-life, pregnancy-related center, includes

medical clinic with testing and ultrasound, supplies for new moms, library,

mentoring and Bible studies. Provides alternative to abortion. See website for

more information. Volunteers needed for both long-term service and one-time

events, such as fundraising banquet or folding newsletters.

Youth Leadership Academy

410 Renner Drive; Building K; Rm 109.

Elgin, IL 60120

(847) 214-6910


Saturday sessions focus on mentoring, college prep, and developing leadership

skills in youth from low-income families. 7 th -12 th grade. Longer term

(semester/year) commitment preferred from volunteers, since consistent presence

is essential to effective mentoring. If volunteer is not able to commit for a

semester/academic year, other opportunities exist such as supporting fundraising

events or field trips.

CASA Kane County

Kane County Courthouse

100 S. Third Street, Suite 460

Geneva, IL 60134

(630) 232-4484


CASA “advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children

within the Juvenile Court system.” Volunteers can serve in several ways. One is as

a Guardian ad Litem, who will visit the child, observe parent/child visitations,

investigate the child’s needs, review records, submit reports to the court, and

participate in court hearings.

Fox Valley Christian Action:

(Riverwoods Family Campus and Riverworks Life Skills Outreach)

35W624 Riverwoods Lane

St. Charles, IL 60174

(630) 584-2222


Aids local churches in building relationships with under-resourced families,

mentoring, discipleship, and meeting other needs.

See Elgin Riverworks listing for Elgin contact information.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat ReStore

800 N. State Street

Elgin, IL 60123


The Salvation Army Golden Diners

(630) 232-6676

Serving meals to seniors over 60 at Senior Services site. Meals on Wheels as well.

More Information

The following websites provide a more complete list of organizations.


(lists service organizations and resources available in Kane County)


(lists openings for volunteer work and jobs, focusing on non-profit organizations)


(list of local organizations and resources)

For Emergency Assistance, see the “Hard Times Guide”

https://www.uwelgin.org/sites/unitedwayelgin.oneeach.org/files/Hard-Times- Guide-2011-

Final-Clean- Copy.pdf (A handy one-page list of resources).

or www.socialwelfareservices.org

*Westminster partner organization

Last Updated October, 2017

If you have questions, or corrections for this list, contact Sharon Kim