All Volunteer Opportunities

Our ability to help thousands of people in need a year is dependent on volunteers who work in our health center, administrative offices, food pantries, and more. We have many different opportunities for people of all ages and can suit a wide range of schedules. All volunteers must first complete an application.

Click here to complete our application.

If you have questions about any of the projects below, contact Caroline Musin Berkowitz, Director of Volunteers and Outreach. 

Medical and Legal Volunteers

Volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists, psychiatrists, and therapists help our clients with medical and mental health issues. Most volunteers see patients in our facility; however, you can see patients in your office.

Legal volunteers assist our clients with a variety of needs, including tenant/landlord, immigration, bankruptcy, etc.

Adult Volunteers

Food Pantry: volunteers assist clients with their grocery orders and restock foods and other items. Our pantry is open for nine two-hour shifts throughout the week.

Drivers: these volunteers deliver food packages and medications to home-bound clients.

Independent Day Program (IDP) Volunteers: This program, which assists clients with mental health needs, features a number of therapeutic programs, including arts and crafts, photography, current events, yoga, etc., which are run by volunteers.  Share your talents by teaching a special skill to our clients.

Café ARK: our weekly catered dinner program is staffed by a crew of dedicated volunteers who set up, plate and serve meals, interact with clients, and clean up afterward. Click here to sign up for upcoming open days.

Teen Volunteers

Teens are welcome during summers and school breaks (in addition to Café ARK year-round) to help with our High Holiday Food Drive, packing school supplies in backpacks, preparing orders in our food pantry, and more.

Young Family Volunteers

Have a young child? Join us for Family Volunteering for age-appropriate activities relating to helping others and stocking our food pantry. This program is designed for families with children from birth to bar/bat mitzvah. For more information email Rebecca Fletcher at rfletcher@arkchicago.org. To sign up for an upcoming family volunteer program, click here.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Volunteers

We encourage pre-teens to do their bar/bat mitzvah projects at The ARK. From Café ARK to running a food drive to assisting with various other projects, we have a multitude of ways that teens can give back as they prepare to become Jewish adults.

Group Volunteers

Religious schools, day schools, and other children’s groups sort and stock food in our pantry throughout the year. Each group volunteer opportunity includes an education program uniquely designed for the group’s needs. (Adult groups are also welcome!) Contact our educator, Rebecca Fletcher, at rfletcher@arkchicago.org to schedule your group’s visit to The ARK.

Jewish Holidays

On several holidays throughout the year, volunteers deliver food packages to clients, serve at holiday parties, and fulfill individual Chanukah Gift Wishes. The ARK would not be able to run these programs without a robust cadre of individuals and families who contribute their time and resources. Contact Caroline Musin Berkowitz at cberkowitz@arkchicago.org for more information.

To volunteer to deliver food packages for Rosh Hashanah and Passover, please contact Maot Chitim.

Corporate Volunteers

Bring up to 20 of your work colleagues for a hands-on project that will help the local community.  Contact Caroline Musin Berkowitz at cberkowitz@arkchicago.org for more information.

Other Volunteers

Throughout the year, needs arise for additional volunteers. If you are interested in being on our mailing list or learning more about sharing your time and talents with our clients, please complete a volunteer application or contact Caroline Musin Berkowitz, Director of Volunteers and Outreach at cberkowitz@arkchicago.org.