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 (volunteer orientations occur monthly). 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 Bonnie Andorka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups: If you’re interested in a group volunteer opportunity, please complete this form, and our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you.
Child Enrichment: Monday – Friday, mornings, afternoons, and evenings 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.
Front Desk Ambassador: Shifts vary – Austin 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.
Job Search Assistant: Fridays (9:30am – 12:30pm) at Austin location
Provide participants with support as they job search, conduct mock interviews, help with résumé building, and/or completing online applications.
Bright Endeavors Fulfillment and Shipment Volunteers: Great option for small groups or individuals. Volunteer time between 9am and 3pm, in 2 or 4-hour shifts. Must be able to lift a maximum of 15 pounds. Training and supplies provided.
Bright Endeavors Candle Finishing Volunteers: Great option for small groups or individuals. Volunteer time between 9am and 3pm, in 2 or 4-hour shifts. Opportunity requires attention to detail. Specific tasks include cleaning and finishing candle vessels. Training and supplies provided.
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.
Evening Meal Donors (Oak Park location): Tuesday & Wednesday evenings
Donate “ready-to-eat” meals at 5:15pm to New Moms Oak Park Center (206 Chicago Ave., Yellow Entrance) for 15-20 adults and children on Tuesdays and 10-15 on Wednesdays. Meals should contain a protein (no pork and we have one vegetarian), vegetable and/or fruit side, and a kid-friendly carbohydrate side (i.e., pasta, mac and cheese, bread); a dessert is also greatly appreciated. The groups have simple tastes and participants are not generally adventurous in trying new things, but they truly appreciate delicious, homemade food. Recommended meals include: casseroles, pasta dishes, chicken and rice, fried chicken, kabobs, meatloaf, tacos, and chili or soup. Donors do not have to provide baby food, beverages, condiments, dressings, plates, napkins, or utensils.
Evening Meal Donors (Austin location): Every Thursday between 4:45-5:00pm.
Donate “ready-to-eat” meals for about 10-12 adults at a time most convenient to you on Thursdays at 5317 W Chicago Ave between 4:45-5pm. The theme is “global cuisine” – Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Mediterranean, Thai, Pizza, American – no pork for any meals.
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