Volunteer

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“I gain so much more than I could ever give.”
– Sara Nuñez, Volunteer

Christopher House volunteers make a tremendous impact on the lives of the children and families that we serve. When you volunteer at Christopher House you help your community while gaining skills and meeting new people.  We need reliable, enthusiastic, compassionate, and dedicated volunteers to serve in our programs.

Think that you have the skills and drive to be a Christopher House volunteer?  Check out the sections below to learn more and get started.

Apply to Volunteer by emailing Chloe Mitchell, at cmitchell@christopherhouse.org to be directed to the proper department. Please describe your background and field of interest in volunteering.

Special Event Volunteers

Special event volunteers help make sure Christopher House events are successful!
Email volunteer@christopherhouse.org to receive notifications whenever we have a special event and need volunteers.

Ongoing Opportunities:
Ongoing volunteers are a valuable resource at Christopher House and are essential to our programs.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP VOLUNTEER

Volunteering at Youth Leadership

Christopher House’s Youth Leadership comprises of opportunities of academic support, college and career exploration assistance, emotional support, and social experiences for middle and high school students. Currently, we are in great need of Tutors, but also so have volunteers who serve as Mentors and College Mentors to students in the program.

  • Tutors

Tutors will spend 1-2 hours per week in program to aid students academically. Many of our students would benefit from 1:1 instruction tutoring can provide, and many have asked for this type of support. We are especially looking for math and science oriented volunteers, but welcome all strengths! Tutoring is also a great way to lead to a mentorship with a student.

  • Mentors

Mentors will spend 1-2 hours weekly meeting with one student on an ongoing basis. By providing academic support, encouraging good decision-making and time management skills, and providing individual attention and assistance, mentors strengthen a student’s capacity to succeed. Mentors may assist students with homework depending on the student’s needs. We ask volunteers to attend program regularly for one month before finding a match with a student.

  • College Mentors

College mentors will be paired with high school juniors to help them in transitioning to senior year and help with the college application process. College Mentors will work with their student in researching schools, financial aid and scholarships, and degree programs, as well as supporting them in writing their application essays. College mentors must be college graduates or currently enrolled in college.

Requirements

Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Tutors and Mentors are subject to a background check and will be asked to complete additional training with our Youth Leadership staff.

Time Commitment

Volunteers are asked to commit at least 4 hours per month and, ideally, 8 hours per month during the academic year.

SCHOOL AGE ONE-ON-ONE OR SMALL GROUP TUTOR

Christopher House’s School Age program serves youth ages 5-12 after school Monday-Friday and full-day during the summer.

Tutors assist grade school students with homework and academic enrichment projects. The program relies on the commitment of dedicated volunteers who are able to build a relationship with the student, promoting an atmosphere where learning is enjoyable and students are encouraged to reach their full potential.  Volunteers are paired one-on-one or in small groups with students in grades K-5 for one-hour tutoring sessions during the school year. Volunteers are expected to meet with the same student on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Requirements
All one-on-one tutors must be at least 16-years old* and are subject to a background check.  Ideal candidates are positive and encouraging individuals who are committed to students’ learning. Candidates will have the academic ability to comprehend and teach K-5 grade material with care given to match tutors in areas that highlight their strengths.  All tutors must be responsible, reliable, demonstrate professionalism, and have the ability to connect with school age youth. 

*If under 18, a signed parental/guardian permission form is required. Tutors under 18 must be at least 5 years older than their tutee match.

Time Commitment
We require a minimum commitment of one hour, two hours strongly encouraged.

Current Opportunities

At our Logan Square (3255 W. Altgeld), Belmont Cragin (5235 W. Belden), and Uptown (4701 N. Winthrop) sites:
One to two hours a week, Monday-Thursday afternoons

If you have any questions about our volunteer program, please contact our volunteer coordinator here.

Interview Tips:

  • Come prepared with questions.  This interview is an opportunity for you to ask any questions about Christopher House and for us to learn about you. We want to make sure that both sides feel like a good match is possible before continuing forward.
  • If you are selected to move forward after the initial interview, you will be advised of the remaining requirements for your volunteer program of interest, such as additional interviews, training, orientation, background checks, etc.  All volunteers who are 18 years or older must have a background check. Some volunteer positions require a medical report.