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5 to Follow: For Helping Thy Neighbor in Chicago

By / December 12, 2018
   
   

After the holidays are over and all the decorations get put away until next year, you may feel sort of, well, sad. We have the perfect pick-me-up: volunteering to support a good cause.

As the third-largest city in the country, Chicago has no shortage of chances to do just that — and Eventbrite organizers are on the case, posting an abundance of options for helping out thy neighbor now. Here are five folks and organizations to follow for volunteering opportunities aplenty.

You follow your favorite artists, venues, and meme accounts on Instagram. Now, you can keep up with your favorite event creators on Eventbrite. Simply tap the follow button to make sure you never miss tickets from your favorite creators. You’ll get an email from Eventbrite whenever a new event goes on sale so you’ll never have to experience FOMO again.

Suburban Young Professionals’ Board

Look out for: Fundraising events throughout the year to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois, along with chances to help out onsite at an array of competitions and tournaments. Follow Suburban Young Professionals’ Board on Eventbrite to get involved in a variety of fun events that give back, from an ugly-sweater party to a paint-and-pour gathering.

Why: This board raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics Illinois, an organization serving athletes with intellectual disabilities. Join them for monthly happenings to meet some like-minded members of your community.

Chicago Lights

Meg Sutter and Chicago Lights

Look out for: Opportunities to tutor students in the first through 12th grades and make a long-lasting difference on their educational pursuits. Follow Meg Sutter on Eventbrite for volunteer orientations that take place throughout the year.

Why: This organization provides academic support to more than 400 children living in underserved communities throughout Chicago. Join them to help their students with a variety of skills and tasks, from homework assistance and art projects to reading assignments and Internet research.

Volunteering Untapped

Look out for: Monthly volunteering events that are followed by an afternoon of socializing at a nearby bar. Follow Volunteering Untapped on Eventbrite for frequent opportunities to engage with this program while serving several rotating organizations, such as Toys for Tots, Children of Peace School, and Cradles to Crayons.

Why: Those who are constantly on the go will do well with this group, which is committed to one three-hour project per month (not including, of course, the hours you’ll want to hang out afterward at the bar). Join them on the second Saturday of each month to build community and learn of several initiatives happening across the city.

In Her Shoes Foundation

In Her Shoes Foundation

Look out for: Opportunities to join this nonprofit organization in supporting and empowering women and girls. Follow In Her Shoes Foundation on Eventbrite to get involved with events like charity happy hours, workshops, galas, and volunteer open houses.

Why: This organization is dedicated to the well-being of women and girls by providing them with learning opportunities, community relationships, and leadership development, among other resources and tools. Join them in forwarding their cause through engaging events every month, including classes and panels on entrepreneurship, personal development, and negotiation in the workplace.

America Needs You - Illinois

America Needs You

Look out for: Ways to get involved with this organization, which fights for the economic mobility and career success for first-generation college students through mentorship and job coaching. Follow America Needs You on Eventbrite for monthly gatherings like mentorship trainings, career development workshops, and volunteer open houses.

Why: This organization helps to prepare first-generation college students for career advancement and economic growth with a two-year Fellows Program. Give back to their participants by helping with any of their four core offerings: career development, mentorship, networking, and continued, holistic support.

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Nicole Schnitzler is a freelance writer who covers​ ​food, drink, ​travel, entertainment, and ​lifestyle. When she is not planning her next adventure​​, she can be found​ ​commuting between bakeries, yoga classes,​ live music shows, and libraries ​in her hometown of ​​Chicago. She is most comfortable with a pen in one hand and a fork in the other. Nicole is also the founder of Doors Open Dishes, an initiative committed to keeping the doors open to the group homes and workshops of individuals with special needs by partnering with chefs and restaurants across the city. Follow her on Twitter (@Write_To_Eat) or on Instagram (@WriteToEat).

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