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Volunteers are a vital part of Housing Forward and we are always on the lookout to add to our volunteer team. Whatever skills, talents and expertise you may have, consider how they might be used to further our mission and improve the lives of the people we assist.

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We work to match each individual or group to a volunteer job that matches their interests and talents. If you don’t see the perfect fit, don’t fret - we will work with you to create it!

Current Opportunities

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Featured Volunteer Opportunity

Interim Housing Program

We have a number of opportunities at our new 50-bed Interim Housing Program site. They include:

  • Breakfast,  Lunch or Dinner Host
  • Laundry Attendant
  • Welcome Desk Monitor
  • Client Needs Assistant
  • Meal Provider

A description of our current Interim Housing Program volunteer roles can be found on this interactive calendar

Other Opportunities

Employment Readiness

Emergency Assistance

Other Opportunities


Volunteer News

The UPS driver stops regularly at the Weiss’ house in Oak Park. Inside, boxes of donated household items are piled up—filling their living room and spilling out into hallways.
When the COVID-19 crisis forced the suspension of our regular PADS emergency shelter schedule, Oak Parker Michelle Afenya, who is affiliated with Calvary Memorial Church, missed her site captain duties and wanted to continue helping Housing Forward in some way.
What do some of our regular PADS emergency shelter volunteers do when our clients have been relocated due to COVID-19, and are sheltered in place in several locations?

What About the PADS Shelter?

Since 1992, our emergency shelter program provided overnight shelter and three daily  meals, seven days a week. The program was a gateway for supportive services aimed at  reducing the length of homelessness. It had grown to 11 rotating sites in Berwyn, Forest  Park, and Oak Park and four secondary sites designated for families. 

The COVID-19 pandemic compelled us to suspend emergency shelter services and transition  clients to individual accommodations at three area motels, hotels and apartments. There,  they received stable, socially-distanced housing and case management services. Medical  needs were met onsite and meals were provided as volunteers. In September, 2020, we  leases an Oak Park hotel to create a new interim housing model where every client has a  clear exit plan from the program to permanent housing.  


Housing Forward Shelter