Volunteer

Our work would not be possible without the help of our incredibly dedicated volunteers.

Our volunteers are a part of the New Moms family—each one has a special role in our community, bolstering our staff by completing a variety of tasks and helping when it’s needed most.

You can help make a difference. Join us in furthering our mission of expressing God’s love by surrounding young moms with all they need to transform their lives!  We have regular opportunities, recurring projects, and offsite projects that you can participate in at one of our 3 locations (Oak Park, Austin neighborhood, or Garfield Park neighborhood).

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

  • Individuals: If you are interested in volunteering as an individual, you must first attend Volunteer Orientation.  After attending Volunteer Orientation, and passing the screening process (which includes two background checks), you are welcome to request one of our volunteer opportunities listed below.   If you’d like to get more information, please email volunteer@newmoms.org or call Madison Neimer at 773.252.3253 x135.
  • Groups: If you’re interested in a group volunteer opportunity, please complete this form, and our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you.

Sign up by clicking the button below if you are interested in volunteering, and Madison will contact with you the date for the November Orientation!

Regular Opportunities (see complete description below)

  • Child Enrichment
  • Job Search
  • Lunch
  • Evening Meal Donor
  • Welcome Center Ambassador

Recurring Projects (see complete description below)

  • Cleaning & Organizing
  • Professional Speaker
  • Graduation Speaker
  • Candle Production Assistant

Offsite Projects (at your convenience)

  • Donation Drive Coordinator
  • Delivery & Pick-up
  • Job Shadow

Regular Opportunities:

  • Child Enrichment: Monday – Thursday evenings and Monday mornings at both Oak Park and Austin locations.
    Assist in the child care program during program and parent support group time.  You will assist staff with child enrichment activities. Children in the program range from newborn to 5 years.
  • Job Search Assistant: Fridays (9:30am – 12:30pm)
    Provide participants with support as they job search, conduct mock interviews, help with resume building, and/or completing online applications.
  • Lunch: 1st Wednesday or 2nd, 3rd or 4th Mondays of each month at Austin location (12-1pm)
    Volunteer would be responsible for preparing lunch and will have the opportunity to interact with the participants enrolled in our job training program (Workforce Development). Volunteer is responsible for preparing the lunch at home, bring to New Moms, and enjoy lunch with participants & then clean up afterwards.  Must be willing to provide, prepare & deliver food.
  • Evening Meal Donor: Tuesday & Wednesday evenings – Oak Park location
    Either prepare a meal or purchase a meal from a restaurant to be delivered or picked up. If you prefer, you make a monetary donation and we can order the food for you; speak to volunteer coordinator for more details.
  • Welcome Center Ambassador: Shifts vary – Chicago location
    Be the first point of contact for all visitors – both in person and on the phone. Greet guests, answer questions, & facilitate seamless operations of the front desk.

Recurring Projects:

  • Candle Production Assistance: As needed during daytime hours @ Bright Endeavors (9am-3pm)
    Occasional help processing larger candle orders. Must be able to commit to coming in several hours a day for a week at a time.
  • Cleaning & Organizing
    Help is occasionally needed to clean spaces in our facilities or to organize donations/storage. Must be able to move and lift objects. Some heavy lifting may be required.
  • Professional Speaker: Tuesday  or  Thursday at Austin location (5:00-7:30pm)
    Facilitate topics at evening Parent Support Group to enhance the quality of participants’ life through parenting, life skills, and making informed decisions.
  • Graduation Speaker: Friday at Austin location (10am-11am)
    Speak at our monthly Workforce Development graduation ceremony. Motivational speakers are especially needed.

Offsite Projects:

  • Donation Drive Coordinator
    Coordinate a special drive (i.e. diaper drive, Enfamil drive, welcome pack drive, back to school drive) with your church, school, or work.  Find out what New Moms currently needs and coordinate to get those specific items for our participants and their children.
  • Delivery & Pick-up
    Pick-up donations around the city & deliver them to New Moms. Dates & times vary.  Must have a vehicle, valid driver’s license, and willing to use own gas.
  • Job Shadow: During business hours (M-F, 9a-5p)
    Allow a participant in our workforce training program to shadow you for up to three hours at your job. Participants will provide their own transportation.

New Moms (Chicago)
5317 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651

New Moms (Oak Park)
405 South Euclid Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

773.252.3253

773.252.5320

contact@newmoms.org

New Moms is proud to be a subgrantee of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) program and a member of REDF’s national portfolio.