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The Chinese Mutual Aid Association in Uptown is currently offering tutoring opportunities, with flexible schedules and curriculum, for people interested in helping adult students with their literacy and English fluency. Some students want to apply for citizenship; others want to communicate with their doctors or children's schools. There is a wide spectrum of goals and just as wide spectrum of ways to achieve them, limited only by the imagination.

 We primarily work with adult immigrants and refugees from all over the world, from Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, with a wide spread age range and education level, and think that, with the varied and knowledgeable experience of your members, that they would find the opportunities fulfilling and interesting. Once matched with a student, the tutor and student decide where they meet, how often, and for how long--we are aware that life gets busy and schedules change, and so we accommodate accordingly.

The minimum, we would hope, is meeting at least once a month for  or so months, for the sake of continuity, but again, understand that life can get complicated and can adapt. Most of our tutor-student pairs find themselves meeting once a week--sometimes more--while others meet every two weeks or so. There is a lot of opportunity for them to make the experience their own, and many have found the work fulfilling and educational.

Thank you and I hope we can talk soon!
For more information, contact:
Colin Herzog
Americorps VOCAL Program Member to CMAA
Literacy Associate, Adult Education Department
Chinese Mutual Aid Association
1016 W. Argyle Street
Chicago, IL 60640
Tel: (773) 784-2900 
Fax: (773) 784-2984

Posted 3/4/2019

Erie House invites you to make a difference supporting adult learners to read, write, speak English as a Second Language, 2 hours per week as minimum, anytime from 8am to 9pm and Saturday morning. No experience necessary. Free training is provided. RSVP for orientation. They are week-days before 12pm, Thursdays at 5:30 or Saturdays at 9am. Let us know if you need another time, we are flexible. 
Erie House is a social service agency that works primarily with low-income, immigrant families in Chicago started in 1870. It currently offers programs and services from four locations.Our mission is "to promote a just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources, advocacy and collaborative action." Its core values include: Affirming the dignity and capacity of all persons to reach their fullest potential, strengthening the voice of the disenfranchised, embodying a spirit of service and respect, promoting social change by forging creative solutions. We provide books, materials, classrooms to teach your student(s).
You may visit us  www.eriehouse.org
Susana Ortiz
Erie Neighborhood House
Community Literacy Coordinator
1347 W. Erie St.
Ph. 312 432 2257
Fax 312 666-3855

Posted 11/24/2018

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The Grove National Historic Landmark, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, IL 60025
Please join us and volunteer for The Grove Arts and Crafts Faire.  During Craft Faire The Grove is transformed into a holiday wonderland as each building is stocked with beautiful handmade crafts or baked goods and enveloped in a festive holiday atmosphere. This is our final year for Craft Faire and as we bid a fond farewell final we are anticipating an amazing event.  For information and to sign up, click below:
  Volunteer for The Grove Arts and Craft Faire

If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Cline, Volunteer Coordinator
elizabeth.cline@glenviewparks.org or 224-521-2098

Volunteering at the Craft Faire gives you the opportunity to have a great time, make an important contribution, and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Elizabeth Cline
Volunteer Coordinator
The Grove National Historic Landmark
Glenview Park District
1421 Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025

Posted 10/24/2018

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I知 looking to speak with as many teachers as possible. Please feel free to forward this email and my contact information to anyone who might be interested.

Kate McGee
Higher Education Reporter
WBEZ 91.5 FM
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Posted 10/11/2018

The Field Museum has a vast collection of 40 million specimens, less than 1% are out for the public to view, while the other 99% are used in collections-based research by scientist all over the world.
Discovery Squad volunteers help visitors of all ages understand the value of the collection and its important role in scientific research through hands-on exploration and informal conversation. Discovery Squad shifts are available every day of the week, and volunteers must commit to four half-day shifts (9:30am1pm or 123:30pm) or two full-day shifts (9:30am3:30pm) per month. To learn more, contact Kelsey Stiles at discoverysquad@fieldmuseum.org or visit the Museum's website to fill out an application.

Megan Bradley
Volunteer and Public Learning Experiences Coordinator
O: 312-665-7270
Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Posted 9/25/2018

Aquinas Literacy Center is a community-based organization located in McKinley Park on the southwest side of Chicago.  Since 1996, Aquinas has served the immigrant community by offering free, 90 minute one-on-one instruction in the English language in an environment that respects and reverences individuals.  Using trained, volunteers tutors, Aquinas serves over 200 learners annually and enables them to transform their lives by acquiring skills to become successful parents, productive workers and responsible citizens. 

Tutoring times are flexible, Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm.
Knowledge of a second language is not required.

Our Tutor Trainings Workshops for the year are:
September 7th (6-9pm) and September 8th (9am-4pm)
October 12th (6-9pm) and October 13th (9am-4pm)
November 9th (6-9pm) and November 10th (9am-4pm)
January 25th (6-9pm) and January 26th (9am-4pm)
March 22nd (6-9pm) and March 23rd (9am-4pm)
For more information or to sign up for Tutor Training Contact: 
Sabrina Poulin, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone:  773.927.0512
Email:  sabrina@AquinasLiteracyCenter.org
Address:  1751 West 35th Street, Chicago IL 60609
Website:  www.aquinasliteracycenter.org

Posted 7/18/2018

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is looking for Board members interested in supporting this gem of a museum in Evanston. We have a small organization and need active board members to be enthusiastic advocates for the museum and work hard to support our mission.

 Since 1977 the Mitchell Museum痴 mission is to promote and share a deeper understanding and respect of Native American peoples through the collection, preservation and interpretation of their traditional and contemporary art and material culture. The museum is one of only a handful of museums across the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, culture and contemporary life of First Nation and American Indian people from throughout the US and Canada from Paleo-Indian times to the present day.

 Joining our Board offers a unique opportunity to learn more about American Indian cultures and meet nationally and internationally recognized artists, performers, business, and tribal leaders, as well as being immersed in the inside operations and governance of a museum.

 There are many opportunities to volunteer whether in fundraising/friend-raising, assisting with infrastructure projects, planning receptions to major events, introducing staff to community leaders, business owners, and American Indian art collectors. Board members attend monthly board business meetings and serve on at least one committee by attending monthly meetings and participating in their activities. Board members are also responsible for the financial health of the museum, by being an active donor participating in fundraising activities, and overseeing the financial reporting of the museum. Join us and share your creative ideas.

Please contact either:
 Board President Jan Berkson or
 Executive Director Kathleen McDonald
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Posted 6/29/2018

GiGi痴 Playhouse Fox Valley - Down syndrome achievement center
Volunteers Needed: literacy tutors, program leaders, program assistants
Time commitment- 1x weekly for tutors (must meet at the same time each week) 2x monthly for program leaders and assistants
Please help us change the way the world sees Down syndrome by helping us to keep our programming FREE to families
To fill out an application, go to www.gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/volunteer
Please contact:
Katie Vaughan
Site Coordinator
4024 Fox Valley Center Drive
Aurora, IL 60504

Posted 6/10/2018

Escorted Transportation Service (ETS) in Arlington Heights is a non-profit organization that provides seniors in the Northwest suburbs who no longer drive with rides to their crucial medical appointments. ETS volunteers use their own vehicles to pick up the senior at their residence, drive them to their appointment, wait with them, and then return them home again.  This volunteer opportunity is completely flexible - We work with your schedule and you may drive as often as you like.

In 2017 we added 159 new passengers. At the same time, the number of available drivers declined.  In order to meet this increasing demand, ETS needs to recruit additional drivers.

Requirements: You must be at least 21 years old, hold a valid Illinois driver痴 license, have an acceptable driving record and carry auto liability insurance (copies of which will need to be shared with ETS/NW). We will run criminal and driving background checks, as well as ask for two references. We carry additional liability insurance on all of our drivers.

Celebrating 11 years and 27,000+ rides to doctors for seniors

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions on areas to find additional drivers. 
Executive Director
Escorted Transportation Service
1801 W Central Rd.
Arlington Hts, IL 60005

Posted 5/19/2018

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is seeking a diversity of new docents who will become fully immersed in the Museum mission and ultimately ambassadors in our community.
Docents are volunteers who conduct tours for visitors of all ages from diverse backgrounds. Using the techniques of dialogue and inquiry, docents encourage exploration of the exhibitions of the Museum. Participants in the Illinois Holocaust Museum Docent Training program will be provided with an introduction to the history of the Holocaust, and through discussion, exploration of exhibitions, connections to technique, and method, will receive a solid framework in providing & constructing tours.
キ         Learn about the Holocaust, genocide, human rights issues, and character education from award winning educators.
キ         Immerse yourself in our special exhibits that address race, culture, ethics and human rights, and more.
キ         Be a part of a passionate community and enjoy volunteer appreciation events, free admission to all Museum programs, and ongoing training.
キ         The chance to make a tangible difference!
For additional docent program details or to complete the application, please visit https://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/docents/ Applications are due Monday, June 1st by midnight. If you have questions about the docent program, please email jessica.hulten@ilhmec.org or call 847.967.4853.

For more information
Jessica Hulten | Education Outreach Coordinator
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
603 Woods Dr, Skokie, IL 60077
Office: 847.967.4853

Posted 4/23/2018

Are you the curious type? Do you love learning and engaging in conversations about new ideas? You may make a great volunteer tour guide at the MCA! The MCA痴 mission is to bring artists and audiences together, presenting contemporary art and culture in ways that illuminate what it means to be a citizen of both Chicago and the world. We think of docents as ambassadors to the museum. Art history knowledge is not required.

We aspire to make the MCA community and our environment耀taff, volunteers, audiences, artists, programs, and exhibitions羊eflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago and to capture the spirit of access, inclusion, and equity in all we do.

For additional docent program details or to complete the application, please visit https://mcachicago.org/About/Volunteering . Applications are due Monday, April 23 by midnight.  We encourage you to share this email with friends who may be a good fit.

If you have questions about the docent program, please email docentprogram@mcachicago.org or call 312-397-4070.
More Information:
Meagan Burger
Manager of Interpretation
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Posted 4/12/2018

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