Volunteer opportunities in elgin

Administer Justice (Westminster Partner Organization)

AID: Association for Individual Development. (Elgin Branch)

1135 Bowes Road

Elgin, IL 60123


AID helps adults with disabilities and special needs. 

Contact Maureen Spradlin to volunteer: 630-966-4020; mspradlin@the-association.org


Boys and Girls Club of Elgin

355 Dundee Ave.

Elgin, IL 60120

(847) 608-5017



The Boys and Girls Club of Elgin 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. See the volunteer page on the website or contact: Deborah Ficken, dficken@bgcelgin.org


Community Crisis Center

P.O. Box 1390

Elgin, IL 60121-1390

(847) 742-4088



The Community Crisis Center provides a safe refuge for individuals of families experiencing domestic abuse, sexual assault, or crisis because of economic circumstances. 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).

Riverworks Life Skills Outreach serves those in under-resourced neighborhoods in Elgin. Contact: Roger Simmons, roger@fvchristianaction.org  

*Elgin Wayside Center - a branch of Wayside Cross Ministries (Westminster Partner Organization)


The Forgotten Initiative

Elgin, IL 60124


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 

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat ReStore

800 N. State Street

Elgin, IL 60123           



PADS of Elgin, Inc.

1730 Berkley Street

Elgin, IL 60123

(847) 608-9744



PADS of Elgin 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. See website for volunteer application and requirements. Contact: manager, Penny, penny@padsofelgin.org


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 programs include: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman Program, Senior Companion Program, Senior Home Repair Assistance Program, and Transportation Program. See the website, or contact Peggy Gomez, pgomez@seniorservicesassoc.org.   


TLC Pregnancy Services (formerly, The Life Center)

825 Dundee Avenue

Elgin, IL 60120

(847) 622-1235



TLC Pregnancy Services is a 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. Email: hope4lives@sbcglobal.net


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. 7th-12thgrade. Email: YLAAdmin@elgin.edu.  

Other Opportunities in the Fox Valley

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.  



More Information

The following websites provide a more complete list of organizations.


(lists service organizations and resources available in Kane County)


(list of service organizations in Elgin)


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


(list of local organizations and resources)



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Last Updated August, 2018

If you have questions, or corrections for this list, contact Sharon Kim skim@judsonu.edu

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