UIC aspires to be an inclusive, respectful and healthy environment for all members of our community. Treating each other with dignity, compassion, and respect remains one of our core values. Although the Student Leadership and Civic Engagement team is working remotely, there are still ways for all of us to get involved, volunteer, and make an impact during COVID-19. Below are some resources and opportunities to serve during this time.
Volunteer in Person
COVID19 Messengers - Sign up to join a network of healthy young people who can help run errands. A small gesture for a larger pandemic.
Greater Chicago Food Depository - Volunteers aged 18-60 are needed to support our COVID-19 response. Volunteering is an essential service during Illinois' "Stay-at-Home" order.
La Casa Norte - La Casa Norte is accepting catered meals, grocery donations, non-perishable goods, and monetary donations. Volunteers can also reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to volunteer in our Fresh Market Pantry in partnership with Lakeview Pantry.
Lawrence Hall - The Lawrence Hall youth and families of the DCFS, Foster Care, Transitional Living, and residential youth are in need of some supplies and items. Lawrence Hall would love if some volunteers can assemble care packages for them. Please reach out directly to schedule a drop off time.
By The Hand - Write encouraging notes, assemble care packages and more.
Lincoln Park Community Services - LPCS is accepting prepared meals, catered meals, grocery donations, non-perishable goods, and monetary donations. Volunteers are to refrain from cooking inside our facilities.
American Red Cross - Give Blood during a time where the healthcare system is in need.
Lakeview Pantry - Lakeview Pantry is in need of food and monetary donations as well as volunteers to deliver food boxes.
Top Box Foods - Help deliver food to residents who are food insecure.
My Block, My Hood, My City - Donate goods, give a monetary donation, and volunteer to call a senior.
Sittercity - If you are a childcare provider, volunteer to watch the children of Chicago's first responders and essential workers.
UIC School of Public Health - students and alumni are needed for volunteer opportunities involving COVID-19 testing, phone screenings, and data entry, in support of health care, local health department efforts, and the community.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese - Volunteers are needed to pack food at pantries. If you are not in a high-risk category and are willing to help, please email Andrew McKernin at email@example.com. Protective gear provided. Health protocols enforced.
Illinoishelps.net - If you are a medical student or in the medical field, find volunteer opportunities in the city that can utilize your skill set!
PADS Emergency Shelter - In order to meet the increased demand for services and provide more space for social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, PADS is opening up a 24/7 emergency shelter at Warren Township Park (17801 W. Washington St. Gurnee, IL 60030).
Volunteer From Home
Make a Mask - Support UI Health by donating home-sewn masks to support the safety needs of our community and patients. Instructions and a survey to be completed before dropping off any finished masks can be found here: https://uihealth.uic.edu/hand-sewn-face-masks-for-covid-19-response/.
Illinois State Museum - ISM is requesting personal stories, written works, artwork, photos, or photos of objects from the people of Illinois to document life during the pandemic. The Museum is collecting residents' submissions for preservation in its digital archive via its new online tool at https://bit.ly/347wTle. Additionally, ISM will share some of the stories and photos on its social media platforms and in its online exhibition.
Lifting Hearts with the Art - We are looking for thoughtful and compassionate students to help create meaningful relationships with residents of assisted/independent living homes and homes for the blind/visually impaired who have been isolated by COVID-19. We are a virtual organization and we conduct all our meetings with residents via platforms such as FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype. Volunteers conduct meetings with residents where we play music to them, do art with them, or simply chat. Hours are extremely flexible and any time dedicated to uplifting the spirits of isolated residents is greatly appreciated. If you would like to volunteer with us please fill out this form or visit https://www.liftingheartswiththearts.org/.
As advised from serve.illinois.gov
Donate. The long-term impact of COVID-19 on the nonprofit sector has the potential to be severe. Your support of front-line organizations caring for vulnerable populations is urgently needed now, while donations are also needed in the long-term to all social impact organizations to weather the long-term consequences of this crisis and our collective recovery.
Complete the Census. The census is now available online. Census data directs billions of dollars of funding into communities each year, and Illinois is at risk of losing significant funding and other impacts. Do your part while you’re at home and be counted!
Check-in on your neighbors through call or text. As more and more people experience isolation, we encourage you to call and check in on your neighbors, especially those who may not have support networks or adequate resources. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed right now but building connections and empathy can go a long way in reducing stress. Calling and texting is a good example of responsible social distancing. “CAP” is a great way to remember your neighbors:
C – Check on your neighbors (through call or text)
A – Assess needs and assist when possible
P – Protect self and neighbors by adhering to social distancing guidelines
Multiple organizations are utilizing virtual volunteers. Take a look at this article to see nonprofits and public organizations that you can help from your home!
serve.illinois.gov - Find up to date information on how to stay involved in Illinois.
NBC Chicago - A list of local nonprofits that need help amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Chicago Cares - Up to date volunteer opportunities in Chicago.
HandsOn Suburban Chicago - Up to date and ongoing opportunities for students in suburban Chicago.
chi.gov/coronavirus - Stay up to date with COVID-19 in Chicago and see other ways to serve in the city.
UIC School of Public Health - a library of resources with fact sheets in a diverse array of languages, CDC resources, health and wellness strategies, guidance for businesses and employers resources for workers, and more.
UI Health - Ongoing opportunities to give back directly to our medical campus community.
For more information, contact SCLE: https://slce.uic.edu/.