All in-library volunteer programs are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. See below for at-home opportunities to earn volunteer service hours.

Volunteering at Home

To receive service hour credit for these activities, take a photo of your work and contact us for details on how to submit it.

  • Teens who can sew can participate in the MPPL Face Mask Project. Follow the directions at the link to donate masks. 1 mask = 1 hour of service credit. Send us a photo of your completed masks for credit!
  • Teens can submit art, videos, and journal entries to Pandemic Moments 2020 project at the Mount Prospect Historical society. This project is creating an snapshot of what life was like in Mount Prospect during the pandemic. For detailed instructions on the types of projects that can be submitted and the contact release form click here. Send us a photo or link to your project and we will provide service credit based on the time it took to create your entry.
  • Write book reviews of teen books that might be featured on our instagram or in the Library. See examples here: https://www.instagram.com/mpplteen/
    • Each review you write will count as 30 minutes of service. 
    • Some ideas on how to write a review: 
      • Tell us the name and author of the book. 
      • Tell us a bit about what the book is about. 
      • Tell us what you liked about the book.
      • Give it a rating out of 6 (where 6 means it was amazing, and 1 means you hated it). 
  • Send letters to senior at the Moorings in Arlington Heights. This is a great way to make the seniors who live there feel less isolated while they can’t have visitors. 
    • Each letter you write will count as 15 minutes of service. Please put your best effort into these letters! 
    • The letters should be addressed to: The Moorings Attn: Monica Lockie, Director of Activities 811 E. Central Rd.Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    • Please label the front of the envelope MPPL Letter Writing Activity. 
    • Letter-writing guidelines:
      • Letters should be handwritten in large, neat handwriting. 
      • Creative letters show a personal touch. We encourage you to make your letters detailed, thoughtful, and heartfelt. 
      • Be kind and thoughtful; talk about things besides yourself. You won’t receive a letter back, which is part of the kindness of this gesture. 
      • Don’t talk about the coronavirus. You can perhaps talk about the general struggle of staying inside, but we don’t want to cause anxiety.  
  • Be a Coloring Buddy for residents at Alden Gardens in Des Plaines. This is a project for the residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia at the facility, and help to entertain them and make them feel connected. You and a resident will be coloring the same picture. Each coloring page you complete will count as 15 minutes of service. 
    • Pick a coloring page and print two copies of the page. See some ideas below or you can use any of your own favorite sites.  
    • Color one page and leave one blank. 
    • Send both pages to: 
      Alden Gardens Attn: Candice Mitchell, Activity Director 1221 E. Golf Road Des Plaines, IL 60016 
    • On the front of the envelope, please be sure to write: MPPL COLORING PAGES ACTIVITY 
    • Feel free to include a note or message to the residents of Alden Gardens that staff can share with residents as well. 
    • Staff will distribute the pages to the residents for them to enjoy your coloring, and color their own. Check social media to see the pictures you have created together. 
  • The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago accepts donations of DIY toys for the cats and dogs in their care. Here is the website with instructions: https://anticruelty.org/diy-donations
    • Items that you make will be collected after the Library reopens.
    • We will give you service credit equal to the “time to create” on their website. So, for example, if you make ten dog puzzles, that will count for an hour of service. 
    • Please send us a photo of your work so we can ensure that you receive credit.

Volunteering at the Library

All in-library volunteer programs are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Volunteen Program

especially for students in grades 7 – 12.

  • You must have completed sixth grade to be a Project Volunteen, Summer Reading Program Volunteen, or a Let’s Be Friends Volunteen.
  • Nonresidents may apply, but priority will be given to Mount Prospect residents.
  • You must be responsible.
  • You must complete and return a signed application. Applications will be held for six months. After that time, you must reapply.
  • Please note: Volunteen time slots are highly competitive and often very limited. Filing an application does NOT guarantee selection for a Volunteen time slot.

Project Volunteen

  • Plan on two hours per week for a minimum total time of 20 hours.
  • Teens will be responsible for projects as assigned by Library staff.
  • Orientation is offered in May and on an individual basis throughout the year for open spots.

Summer Reading Volunteen (June and July only)

  • Plan on two hours per week, June 1-July 31, depending on school schedules.
  • You will talk with younger children and their parents about the Youth summer reading program and give out prizes.  You will enjoy this most if you are a “people person” – enthusiastic, interested in kids, and able to communicate well.
  • Orientation is held in May.

Let’s Be Friends Volunteen

  • Plan on 6.5 hours for each session, which includes a 2-hour orientation and three 1.5-hour programs.
  • You will be paired as a buddy with a child to help them participate in fun activities and make friends. You will enjoy this most if you are a “people person” – enthusiastic, interested in kids, and able to communicate well.
  • Orientation is held before each session and is required to become a Let’s Be Friends Volunteen.

For more information about the Library Volunteen program, please stop by the Youth Services Desk.  The Library requires at least a one-week notice if special accommodations are needed. Fill out an application today!

Speed Volunteering

The Library offers regular drop-in speed volunteering sessions to work on community service projects. Please check our calendar for upcoming sessions.

Volunteering at Community Organizations

Contact these local organizations for their current opportunities.


Clearbrook
Committed to being a leader in creating innovative opportunities, services, and supports to people with intellectual disabilities.
16+ (9-15 with guardian)
www.clearbrook.org
847/385-5016


FIRST Illinois Robotics
Youth-based program to create and inspire future innovators and lead-ers, offering robotics for all ages.
Grades K-12 and adults
www.firstillinoisrobotics.org
Todd Northrup: todd.northrup@spray.com


The Grove
History, nature, and science are intertwined at The Grove, for education, enjoyment, and preservation.
15+ (14 and under with adult)
www.TheGroveGlenview.org
224/521-2098


Hanul Family Alliance
Provides a broad range of commu-nity services to meet the diverse needs of seniors, families, and indi-viduals of all ages and ethnicities in our community.
12+ for office volunteers, 18+ and a high school graduate for English tutors
hanulusa.org/index.php/en/support/volunteer
847/439-5195


JourneyCare
Largest nonprofit of palliative, supportive, and end-of-life care in Illinois, helping people facing serious illness live life to the fullest.
Grades 4-12 and adults
Www.journeycare.org
224/770-2599


JOURNEYS | The Road Home
Serves the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in the north and northwest suburbs of Cook County by providing shelter, social services, and more.
7th grade+ when clients are present, or younger when cli-ents are not present.
journeystheroadhome.org
847/963-9163 x120


League of Women Voters
Nonpartisan, political organization whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government.
All ages
Info.lwvah@gmail.com
847/687-2496


Lemons of Love
Provides support and community to those affected by cancer through comforting care packages and Cancer Resource Center pro-grams.
All ages
www.lemonsoflove.org
cathy@lemonsoflove.org


Lutheran Home Services
A senior living community with res-idential healthcare, short-term re-habilitation, and memory care con-tinuum.
Ages 12 and up
877/545-5524


Mount Prospect Historical Society
Committed to discovering, preserv-ing, and sharing the history and current information related to Mount Prospect, Illinois and the surrounding area.
All ages
www.mtphist.org/about-us/interns
847/577-9660


Mount Prospect Jr. Women’s Club
Women of all ages, talents, and interests come together to focus on philanthropic and community service projects to help those in need in Mount Prospect.
All ages
www.mpjuniors.com
contactmpjwc@gmail.com


New Life for Old Bags (NLOB)
NLOB is a collaboration of folks of all ages and abilities making sleep-ing mats for the homeless out of used plastic bags.
All ages
unitedinfaith.org/newlifeforoldbags.html
nlob-join@hotmail.com


Northwest Community Healthcare
An award winning hospital offering a complete system of care that has volunteer opportunities ranging from helping at the information desk to assisting on the nursing floors.
16+
www.nch.org/about-nch/community-services/volunteering
847/963-9163 x120


NorthWest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)
NWSRA is an extension of 17 park districts that provides recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
14+ (12+ with a parent)
www.nwsra.org
847/392-2848


WINGS
Provides a continuum of integrated services in an effort to end domestic violence and homelessness one family at a time.
Resale stores and Logistic
Center: 14+ , Shelter: 18+
wingsprogram.com
847/519-7820 ext. 216.