Volunteer With Us

Volunteers play an integral role in meeting the needs of the 67,000 individuals we serve each year. If you’d like to be part of our community of care, consider becoming a Chicago Lighthouse volunteer.


We welcome volunteers who wish to donate their time and skills to help us meet the needs of the people we serve. We offer ongoing opportunities to get involved, including direct service and operations support. We also offer one-time volunteer events and activities, as well as opportunities for corporate groups.

See our current list of volunteer opportunities.

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteers who wish to be involved on a regular basis provide essential support for the day-to-day needs of our programs. Ongoing opportunities include working directly with clients, providing administrative support to staff and reading news articles for our radio station.

Please note, by completing our Volunteer Application, we expect a minimum commitment of six months of service, participating at least two times per month for all ongoing volunteers.

To apply for an ongoing opportunity, please fill out our volunteer interest form.

Special Events

Special events volunteers provide support for events such as fundraisers, seniors activities and other events. Special events are a great way to get involved if you have a restrictive schedule or are not available during our general hours of operation.

To volunteer for a special event, please contact our volunteer coordinator (contact information below). Please include your first and last name, phone number, email and general availability.

Corporate Groups

We welcome corporate volunteer groups of up to 10 people for 2-3 hours at a time. All corporate volunteers are offered a tour of our facility to learn more about the variety of programs and services we offer.

We kindly request a $500 minimum donation to The Chicago Lighthouse on behalf of your organization to help offset staff time spent with your group.

To schedule a corporate volunteer group, please contact our volunteer coordinator (contact information below). Please include potential dates, times and number of volunteers.

For more information about volunteering at The Chicago Lighthouse, please contact:

Julie Kirby
Volunteer Coordinator
(312) 666-1331 ext. 3138
Email Julie