We’re proud to welcome you to the newly expanded Ark in West Rogers Park and The Ark Northwest in Northbrook. 

Impact Your Community

Mitzvah Projects

Interested in learning more about mitzvah projects at The Ark?

Mazel Tov!

Your b-mitzvah marks a milestone, and giving back is the best mitzvah of all.​ The Ark’s Volunteer Department will partner with mitzvah students to uncover creative ideas and activities with the most interest and with opportunity to help our Jewish community in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

When you choose The Ark for your mitzvah project, you support local Jewish individuals and families in need.

Getting Started


Contact The Ark to start the conversation and decide which project is right for you.


Use social media, texts or email to get others involved.


Ask your school and synagogue to share information in their bulletin or e-newsletter to inform and engage students and congregants.


Make your gift here and share this link with your friends and family: arkchicago.org/donate

Project Options

  • During school breaks or on days off of school, volunteer to sort donations, stock shelves and prep groceries to be distributed to Ark clients.
  • Sponsor and volunteer at Café Ark, The Ark’s community dinner program for clients.
  • Help with grocery shopping for a client who is unable to get to the store.
  • Collect kosher food and essential items for our pantry.
  • Deliver food on Thanksgiving morning to The Ark’s clients.
  • Participate in The Ark’s Chanukah Gift Wishes program.
  • Volunteer to deliver Mishloach Manot to clients on Purim.
  • Work with your congregation to sort food donations at your synagogue for The Ark’s annual High Holiday food drive.
  • Help The Ark prepare for our annual High Holiday food drive by labeling and stuffing the grocery bags that are filled by generous donors each year.
  • Rent Ark centerpieces and Bima Baskets filled with food items for your b-mitzvah and have the proceeds benefit The Ark’s pantry.
  • Speak about your volunteer experience at The Ark in your b-mitzvah speech.
  • Ask guests to donate to The Ark in honor of your b-mitzvah. An outreach kit will be provided for you.