UCAN works to create volunteer opportunities that align with your personal or corporate values while also supporting our sustainable and collaborative community outreach efforts. Below you will find a current list of our most meaningful volunteer opportunities, but we are always happy to work with you or your organization to create new options that maximize societal impact and ultimately improve the lives of our youth and families. Volunteer options fall into two categories including:

Group or corporate volunteerism:

  • Hosting exposure outings at a volunteer’s place of business
  • Organizing a workshop for one of our programs
  • Assisting with rebuilding projects in partnership with Rebuild Together Metro Chicago
  • Organizing a coat or luggage drive
  • Painting a mural or organizing an art project with our youth
  • Cleaning up and providing landscaping assistance throughout the community

Individual volunteerism:

  • One-on-one mentorship (more details below)
  • Sorting toys and gift cards for UCAN’s holiday gift drive
  • Planning and execution of UCAN’s annual Safe Trick-Or-Treat event
  • UCAN’s Polar Peace March or Youth Peace Summit
  • Administrative or clerical support

To register as a volunteer, fill out an application (PDF download)

E-mail this form to Andrea Lee at Andrea.Lee@ucanchicago.org.

Are you interested in becoming a one-on-one mentor?

Nothing changes a child’s life like having a good friend. This is especially true for children and youth who have suffered abuse and neglect. UCAN’s Mentor Program pairs the talents and interests of successful men and women with the needs of our clients. The program helps young people build positive relationships with adults and broadens a child’s social and cultural experiences.

We have multiple opportunities for mentors available at UCAN, whether they are individual relationships or group sessions.

We recommend require that a mentor:

  • Be 21 years or older
  • Have strong assessment and communication skills
  • Demonstrate good problem-solving skills
  • Be able to commit to at least five hours per month

The application process includes:

  • Submission of an application
  • Background check and fingerprint screening
  • Consultation with program lead and case workers (if applicable)
  • Completion of mentor/volunteer training

For more information on mentoring at UCAN please email Andrea Lee at Andrea.Lee@ucanchicago.org.