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, email us at email@example.com.
- 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. Each review you write will count as 30 minutes of service. Email your reviews to the teen services librarians at firstname.lastname@example.org for credit! See examples here: https://www.instagram.com/mpplteen/
- Book Review Writing Guidelines:
- 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 or Alden Gardens in Des Plaines. 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 or to: Alden Gardens, Attn: Candice Mitchell, Activity Director 1221 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016. Please label the front of the envelope MPPL Letter Writing Activity. Drop off your completed letters at the Main Library at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk on the second floor. Be sure to include your contact information (name, school and grade level, and a contact email address) on a piece of paper so you receive credit for your work.
- 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 in an envelope labeled MPPL Coloring Pages Activity. You may also drop off your drawings at the Main Library at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk on the second floor. Be sure to include your contact information (name, school and grade level, and a contact email address) on a piece of paper so you receive credit for your work.
- 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. We will accept all of the projects listed except those with dog-treats/catnip. DIY toys can be dropped off at the Youth Services Desk. 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.
- Create a Card for Someone in Chemotherapy: In every chemo care package Lemons of Love creates, they include something homemade. Make a happy, upbeat, and/or punny cards–the cards have to be kid-level, not adult humor and not deal with sickness, cancer or holidays. Please contact us via email for detailed directions regarding this project!
Volunteering at Community Organizations
Contact these local organizations for their current opportunities.
Committed to being a leader in creating innovative opportunities, services, and supports to people with intellectual disabilities.
16+ (9-15 with guardian)
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
Todd Northrup: email@example.com
History, nature, and science are intertwined at The Grove, for education, enjoyment, and preservation.
15+ (14 and under with adult)
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
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
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.
League of Women Voters
Nonpartisan, political organization whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government.
Lemons of Love
Provides support and community to those affected by cancer through comforting care packages and Cancer Resource Center pro-grams.
Lutheran Home Services
A senior living community with res-idential healthcare, short-term re-habilitation, and memory care con-tinuum.
Ages 12 and up
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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+
847/519-7820 ext. 216.