Throughout the year, H.O.M.E. welcomes volunteers for seasonal and ongoing projects as well as one-time volunteer opportunities. H.O.M.E. strongly believes in bridging the generations. We believe that we all have a great deal to offer each other. Our Volunteer Program is looking for people of all ages willing to share their various skills and talents. Many of the older adults we assist have a wealth of wisdom and experience to share with the larger community.
Volunteering doesn't just help out those in need -- at H.O.M.E. we're confident that you will gain insight, experience and a fresh world view after interacting with our clients and residents. To read about some of our most recent volunteer experiences, please read our current Volunteer Newsletter.
We have many volunteer opportunities for individuals, as well as, groups of all sizes. Grab a friend, family members, your co-workers, a scout troop, or anyone else interested in making a difference in the lives of older adults living in Chicago.
Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities in the community include:
Weatherization in the Fall and Winter
You can help low-income senior homeowners living in the City of Chicago, south of North Ave. prepare their homes for the harsh winter months by sealing their windows. It is easy and no experience is necessary. This is a great activity for friends, corporate groups, teen youth groups, athletic teams, or other small groups.
Painting in the Spring and Summer
During the spring and summer, we need volunteer groups to assist senior homeowners living in the City of Chicago, south of North Avenue by painting rooms inside their homes. Most groups provide the paint and materials for the project. Groups of 5 to 10 volunteers are ideal for these projects. We can also work with larger groups who are willing to divide into smaller groups and paint several houses at the same time. Recently, Catholic HEART Workcamp provided us with 100 volunteers who divided into
groups and painted 19 seniors' homes in addition to completing several projects at two of our intergenerational homes. One group who painted in a senior's home wrote this, "Things went great today, Janet was great to talk to and really appreciated the help. We spent the last hour or so cleaning up and helping her put her kitchen back together."
Volunteer Opportunities at our Good Life Senior Residences
located at our Nathalie Salmon House (7320 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago) and our
Pat Crowley House (1537 W. Rosemont Ave., Chicago) include:
This is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities and is a great way for families or small groups to get involved. Our volunteers prepare a meal for approximately 12 to 15 residents on a Saturday or Sunday. Volunteers should plan to cook and serve a meal (with dessert, if possible) and to eat with our residents. You can either bring food that you have already prepared, cook it from scratch at our house, or bring purchased meals. The most important thing is that the seniors have something nice to eat for dinner or brunch.
Do you play a musical instrument? Do you have a group that likes to sing? If so, we have a terrific audience for your performance.
Some of our residents could use a friend to help with small chores or running errands. Most of the volunteer's time will be spent developing a relationship with the resident.
Do you have a green thumb? Do you enjoy working outdoors? Please come to our intergenerational homes and help us with anything from weeding and raking to planting flowers.
We often need help with seasonal cleaning and organizing at our houses to get things ready for the upcoming season. Depending on the time of year, we may need assistance with installing or removing window air conditioners, setting up outdoor furniture, or getting ready for snow.
Please bring us your ideas. We would be happy to discuss your interests and to work with you to develop a meaningful volunteer experience.
Explore the ways you can volunteer with H.O.M.E!
For a number of years H.O.M.E. has worked in partnership with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC). They are a national non-profit service organization that provides men and women, most aged 50 or better, with opportunities to serve others—to address social injustice—and to transform lives. IVC was founded in 1995 when two Jesuit priests, Jim Conroy, SJ, and Charlie Costello, SJ, gathered a small group of retired men and women in DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia to explore ways to minister to those who were materially poor while also gaining spiritual growth through service. Now more than 500 volunteers serve in 17 regions across the US.
Ken Campagna has been a IVC volunteer with us for several years. Read Shedding Light in the Dark, an article about Ken and his work with H.O.M.E.