It’s hard to believe that Labor Day has come and gone. It is officially time to start talking about football, pumpkin spice lattes, and knee-high boots. No matter which topic of conversation you choose, don’t forget that there’s always room to chat about volunteering. Or better yet… There’s always time to actually get out there and volunteer.
I haven’t done one of these in a couple of months, but here are four volunteer opportunities that you can sign up for this month!
Cheer on Half Marathon Runners
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is assembling a team of volunteers to help cheer on and hydrate runners during the 17th Annual Chicago Half Marathon. Helpers will staff the info tent and guide runners at the end of the race.
Date: Sunday, September 8th
How to sign up: Send an email to volunteer_ILC@lls.org. (Volunteers must be 16 and older)
Serve Lunch to Veterans on September 11th
As a special thank you to those in the Armed Forces and to commemorate National Day of Service and Remembrance, the Chicago White Sox have partnered with USO of Illinois to host a lunch for vets.
Date: Wednesday, September 11th
How to sign up: Head on over to the Chicago White Sox Volunteer Corps page and sign up.
Grocery Shop at Vital Bridges Groceryland
Vital Bridges runs four grocery centers across Chicago that cater to the specific dietary needs of people living with HIV. After clients fill out their grocery menu, volunteers shop the food pantry for the items. I’ve done this service project before and it’s actually is one of my favs!
Date: Saturday, September 21st
How to sign up: Register on the Chicago Cares website. Note: If you don’t have an account already, you’ll need to sign up for one.
Volunteer at the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago
From packet stuffing to race day support, there are a couple of opportunities to help out with this signature event that benefits the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and several local HIV/AIDS service organizations.
Date: Saturday, September 28th
How to sign up: Visit the race site to sign up.
P.S. I love the photo above. It perfectly represents fall in Chicago. If you like it too, you can order a print here.