Calling all b’nai mitzvah students and teens! We need you!

You can do some pretty amazing things to help people in need. Explore the many volunteer opportunities available at The ARK, 6450 N. California Ave., Chicago. A few programs may be available at The ARK Northwest, 3100 Dundee Rd., Suite 802, Northbrook. View program locations below.  All volunteers must first complete an application. Click here to complete our application.

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

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. Click here to sign up.

Purim Deliveries

You and your family can deliver food packages to clients so they can celebrate the Purim holiday. Contact us for information in January.

Volunteer During School Breaks

Spend your day off volunteering at The ARK; you can stock pantry shelves, stuff envelopes, and more! This is a year-round opportunity. Contact us a couple weeks before you are interested in joining us.

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 at

Rent ARK Centerpieces

Decorate the tables at your next simcha or party with The ARK’s professionally designed centerpieces. Each basket is filled with food needed by The ARK’s pantry and comes with a card that explains how your support makes a difference. For more information, contact Diane Krugel at 773.681.8979 or

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.

Fundraise for The ARK

Every dollar you help raise for The ARK will make a difference in our clients’ lives. You can pledge part of your bar/bat mitzvah gifts, kickstart a fundraiser, or come up with your own idea!