Calling all families! We need you!

Make a difference in the lives of Chicagoland Jews in need by volunteering at The ARK! Our family volunteer programs blend hands-on work with fun, educational activities, This is a great way to involve children in helping those in need.

Programs Designed for Young Families

Programs are held about once a month at The ARK or The ARK Northwest. Each program lasts about 90 minutes. Open to Jewish families with children ages 0-13. To view upcoming program dates, times and location, and/or to sign your family up, click here or email Rebecca Fletcher at

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Additional Opportunities

Backpack Project

Our clients’ children need backpacks and school supplies. You can sponsor a backpack, collect school supplies, pack backpacks, and/or assist during backpack collections. (Collections take place at The ARK and The ARK Northwest.) This program runs during the summer. Sign up at

Cafe ARK

We serve dinner to our clients every Wednesday night at our Chicago location. Volunteers set up, serve, and clean up the meal. This is one of our most popular volunteer programs and fills up quickly. Be sure to sign up in advance. This opportunity is designed for volunteers age 10 and up. Click here to sign up.

Purim Deliveries

You and your family can deliver food packages to clients so they can celebrate Purim. Sign up today by clicking here.

Chanukah Gift Wishes

Our clients cannot afford life’s most basic necessities, let alone purchase gifts during the holidays. You can help fulfill the holiday gift wishes of our clients and their children by sponsoring a gift and/or assisting during gift collections. Collections take place at The ARK and The ARK Northwest. This program generally runs between October and December. Sign up today at

Start a Collection Drive

You can help The ARK provide food and more for our clients. We collect the following items:

  • Kosher food
  • Diapers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other toiletries for adults and children
  • School supplies

Our clients’ needs change throughout the year. Before starting a drive, please contact Carol to find out what items are most needed.

Bring in Your Tzedakah Box

Every dollar you help raise for The ARK will make a difference in our clients’ lives. We are happy to hand you an ARK tzedakah box in exchange for the money you have collected.


If you have questions about any of these projects, contact Carol Harris, Director of Volunteers.