Give Back Together
Join us for a family-friendly volunteer program

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

Family Volunteering at The ARK

  • Family Volunteering at The ARK – May 24

    Open to Jewish families with children ages 0 – 13. Each 90 – minute program blends hands – on work with age appropriate activities. Get started today! 

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. Click here to learn more.

  • Café 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 learn more.

  • Purim Deliveries

    You and your family can deliver food packages to clients so they can celebrate Purim. Click here to learn more.

  • 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. Click here to learn more.

  • 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. Click here to learn more.

  • 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. Click here to learn more.

If you have any questions about any of the projects above, click here or email Carol Harris, Director of Volunteers. Learn more about our volunteer opportunities for all ages:

Complete Volunteer Application

The ARK would not be able to run these programs without dedicated individuals and families who contribute their time and resources.



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