Due to the lack of affordable housing and support, and economic hardship in certain areas of Chicago, the numbers of vulnerable low in-come and homeless populations have seen a drastic increase in the past few decades. The Community Development project endeavors to provide support structures in the heart of disadvantaged communities that aim to directly benefit the lives of those who rely on support services for food, shelter, clothing and other necessities.
Volunteers can assist in a range of ways and on a range of different initiatives, all with the aim of helping those who need it. You can expect to collaborate with various community centers, homeless shelters, food banks, and missions to address the needs of health, wellness and hunger within the homeless and low-income population. Your tasks may include meal preparation, sorting and distributing food, clothing, and household goods donations, community outreach initiatives, and assisting with other community projects to raise awareness about this vulnerable population.
This is a perfect project for caring volunteers with a passion for helping disadvantaged people and communities. You know you will be making a tangible contribution to a worthy cause and having a direct impact to better the lives of people who can often feel marginalized by society, but are exceedingly grateful for the support they receive.
Why volunteer in Chicago?
Chicago’s magnificent architecture, theaters, museums, independent art galleries and world-famous food make it a fascinating city to visit for culture, cuisine and history. Sadly, there are an estimated 90,000 homeless people on the streets, with over 50% of all city renters are classed as extremely low-income renter households. Volunteering on our Community Development program empowers you to improve the quality of life for these vulnerable populations, whilst experiencing the city through the eyes of a local.