The Fabulous Giver

Four Chicago-Based Volunteer Projects for April

April is National Volunteer Month and there are plenty of ways that you can get out and give back. After coming across a list of NYC spring volunteer opportunities, I decided to create one for Chicago. Ideally, I thought about doing one for all of springtime, but I think that a monthly guide is easier to digest!

I present to you four opportunities that caught my eye. Check them out below!

The Glass Slipper Project

Prom season is right around the corner and The Glass Slipper Project wants to make sure that girls in the Chicagoland area have gorgeous gowns to wear on their big night. Volunteers are needed to help the girls as they “shop” for their dress, accessories, and makeup. Also, if you have alteration skills, your help is needed as well!

Dates: Saturday, April 20 and Saturday, April 27

How to sign up: Check out the various volunteer opps here and sign up for whichever one fits your schedule!

USOLE 4 Miler Race to Stop MS

Runners in Universal Sole 4 Mile Classic will take a lap around the park at Lakeshore East to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Greater Illinois Chapter (one of my favorite orgs)!

Date: Thursday, April 25

How to sign up: Register through the MS Society’s website here.

Healthy Kids Day at the Lakeview YMCA

Each spring, YMCAs across the country take part in YMCA Healthy Kids Day. It’s an opportunity for families to spend fun time together while improving their health.  One Brick Chicago is getting a team of volunteers together to set up, help with registration, run games, serve healthy snacks, and more.

Date: Saturday, April 27

How to sign up: Register on the One Brick site here.

Hanging at the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Repacking Sessions with the Greater Chicago Food Depository

The repacking sessions at the Food Depository top my list of favorite service projects. For a few hours, you’ll help GFCD staff break down thousands of pounds of donated food into smaller portions that can be distributed to food banks and partner agencies for families. This Wednesday night session is still open and can be slotted in after work!

Date: Wednesday, 4/17 (6-9pm)

How to sign up: You can RSVP for this session online.

Are there any other cool service opportunities that I should know about? Post in the comments below or tweet them to me using the hashtag #FabVolunteer.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

~kb

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