Companies can improve the communities where their employees live and work by supporting Youth Services through corporate grants, essential funding and volunteerism. There are many meaningful ways to donate your time. Here are just a few examples of volunteer opportunities.

Study Buddies is our free academic support program for children in 1st-8th grade on Monday and Wednesday evenings from September through mid-May. We currently have over 100 children participating and most also participate in our After-School Groups offered to children in specific at-risk neighborhoods within Glenview. As part of this program, volunteer groups generously source, prepare and serve a dinner to the kids as many come to study on an empty stomach. If your group is interested in preparing a dinner, please contact us about available dates.

Summer Programs are available to many of the children in our After-School Groups from mid-June through July. They provide the academic support and social activities these children need during the long summer months. Lunch is provided because many of the participants are on free or reduced lunch during the school year and it ensures they have a good meal while in our programs. If your group is interested in preparing a lunch, please contact us about available dates.

Holiday Gift Program is a time of year in which companies, churches, service groups and individuals generously sponsor holiday gifts for around 200 families, over 800 family members, who are associated with Youth Services and are struggling to make ends meet. Unwrapped gifts are donated and in December hundreds of volunteers come together to wrap them. This is a wonderful program but it would not be possible without the help of many volunteers. If your group is interested in getting involved, please contact us for more information.

Other volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. Your group could come and prepare snacks for the children who meet here throughout the week or help with landscaping in the summer. We also host community events, like our end of session parties in May and our Halloween event in October. Your group could help prepare material, decorate, make treats and so many more activities to support Youth Services.

To learn more or to book a corporate volunteer event, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Fitch, at 847-724-2620.

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