Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are a vital part of Good News Partners. Each year, over 1000 volunteers help us individually or in groups. Volunteers can choose from a one-time project or longer-term activities. Please email volunteer@goodnewspartners.org to get involved.

Immediate Volunteer Needs:

-Spanish-speaking interpreter for our Esperanza Latina Co-op


Good News Partners Christmas Market  On December 12, 2015, GNP will be hosting a Christmas Market where residents will be able to shop for gifts for their families. We will need volunteers to set-up the week before and to help with the shopping experience the day of the Christmas Store.
Time Commitment: 3 hours or as much as you can!






Description: Drive neighborhood residents to medical or other appointments.
Time commitment:  1x/month (or more)

Building Rehab Workers:  
Description:  Scrape, sand, paint; clean, organize, move, do light carpentry, light gardening.
Time commitment:  Anytime, or once a month on scheduled Saturdays to work on a crew
Location: Meet at GNP offices, 7630 N. Paulina. 

Reading Coaches:  
Description:  Not volunteer opportunities available at this time.
1x/week (or more), 9:15-11:15 am (M-F)
Location:  Gale Elementary School, 1631 W. Jonquil Terrace, Rm. 302

Church Collaborative Family Partner Committee:
Description:  Our Family Partner Committee explores various ways to help families transition from interim to more permanent housing.  Specifically, provide welcome packages, donate furniture and/or household items, “adopt a family” (work with family to address specific needs).  Most importantly you will be building relationships with your neighbors in the North of Howard community.
Time commitment:  once or on-going
Location:  Jonquil Hotel, 1600 W. Jonquil Terrace, and neighboring rental units

Boys’ & Girls’ Club Leaders:
Description:  Take neighborhood kids on outings.  If you can drive, that’s great.  In warm weather, visit parks, forest preserves or the lakefront.  In cold weather, visit the gym at First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, Evanston Library, Lincoln Park Zoo, sledding hills, or downtown Chicago.  Open to kids 3 years and up.  Mothers with younger children may come along.
Time commitment:  Saturday mornings, 9 am – 12 noon
Location:  Meet at New Life Interim Housing, 7630 N. Paulina

Music Club Helpers:
Description:  Assist  neighborhood kids in songs, playing instruments, and teaching some basic music theory.  Geared toward younger children (average age of kids in shelter is 5).  Kids also move and dance as part of club.  
Time commitment:  Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm
Location:  New Life Interim Housing, 7630 N. Paulin

Summer Enrichment Program:
Description: Work with students in the GNP neighborhood during summer break through one-on-one reading time, spelling practice and games.
Time Commitment: 1.5 hours a week or as much as you would like
Location: New Life Interim Housing

Family Trip Volunteers:
Description:  Take families on special outings, such as trips to Brookfield and Lincoln Park Zoos, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Sears Tower, Chicago Botanic Garden, Indiana Dunes, or Wagner Farm.  The First Presbyterian Church of Evanston's bus (capacity: 24) is enlisted for transportation, but we usually need extra drivers as well.  

Time commitment:  Saturdays, once every 6 weeks (on average), 9 am – @4 pm.
Location:  Meet at New Life Interim Housing

Description:  Share your expertise.  We need accountants, business professionals, photographers, carpenters, computer experts, dentists, electricians, family counselors, lawyers, photographers, physicians, plumbers, and telephone technicians.
Time commitment:  When your schedule allows
Board Members:
Description:  Become a member of our Board of Directors.  
Time commitment: bi-monthly Saturday meetings, 10am – noon.
Location: Warnecke Learning Center, Jonquil Hotel

Join the Good News Partners e-mail prayer network and pray with Good News Partners residents, sharing their concerns, joys, and hopes. This is a great way to stay informed about Good News Partners’ ministry. If you would like to be part or the GNP Prayer Chain, please contact Chaplain Nora Wilburne at nora@goodnewspartners.org or call her at 773 764-4998.

For more information on the volunteer opportunities listed above, or if you have ideas or questions, please contact:

Jan Hubbard, volunteer@goodnewspartners.org

1600 W. Jonquil Terrace
Chicago, IL 60626