Despite the fact that we’re in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown, many places could use your volunteer help now more than ever.

If you want to see positive change in the world, you might want to consider volunteering for a cause you’re interested in. You can volunteer to clean up your community, help animals in shelters, help feed the hungry or build a home for someone in need to name just a few altruistic endeavors. There’s a vast list of environmental, animal and humanitarian causes that need help.

Maybe you’re one of many people who think they can’t impact the many wrongs and inequities occurring in the world, but by donating your time and skills you not only help a worthwhile cause, you can improve your own self-image and overall health!

Volunteering connects you to other people who believe in the same issues so it’s a brilliant way to meet new people, it’s been shown to help keep you physically fit and improve your overall health, perhaps even prolonging your life! It can be beneficial to your career and volunteering ensures a better, more fulfilling outlook on life.

You don’t even need to leave your home to volunteer. There are plenty of non-profits out there that could use help with phone calls, graphics and web content.

Here are a few great resources to help you find a local volunteer opportunity:

Chicago Cares

Chicago Wilderness

Serve Illinois


Volunteer Match

Below are some more specialized options:


Here’s a list of animal shelters

Alive Rescue

Arf House Chicago

The Anti-cruelty Society

Chicago Canine Rescue

Felines Inc

Live Like Roo Foundation

New Leash On Live

Paws Chicago

Tree House Humane Society


Here are some Environmental places to volunteer

Alliance for the Great Lakes


Audubon Great Lakes

Backyard Nature Center

Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Ornithological Society 

Chicago Park District

Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo

Citizens for Conservation

The Conservation Foundation

Fermilab Natural Areas

Field Museum

Forest Preserves of Cook County

Friends of the Forest Preserves

Habitat 2030

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Illinois Natural History Survey

Land Trust Alliance

Lincoln Park Conservancy

Lincoln Park Zoo

Morton Arboretum

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

Natural Land Institute

The Nature Conservancy

North Branch Restoration Project 

One Earth Film Festival


Out Our Front Door

Save the Dunes

USDA Forest Service


Ascend Justice

Bernie’s Book Bank


Chicago Coat Angels

Cradles to Crayons

Crisis Text Line

Feed My Starving Children

Gilda’s Club Chicago

Girl’s on the Run

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Hope for the Day

Ravenswood Community Services

Serve Illinois

Lakeview Pantry

Lincoln Park Community Services

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly

One Brick

Walter & Connie Payton Foundation

Posted on: May 14th, 2020 by Gette

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