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Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

The summer Transitional Shelter program provides short-term shelter for up to 12 clients that are on an employment or educational track or have an imminent housing plan in order to rapidly re-house individuals and families.  There are also three beds dedicated to those who are newly homeless.

Housing Forward is looking for individuals and/or groups to help with our Transitional Shelter program, May 30th – September 4th. Sign up while slots are still available! Volunteers can sign up for the following options: Breakfast Provider, Lunch Provider, Dinner Provider, and Overnight Helper. Dates for the following shelter sites are listed below. If you are interested in getting involved, please click on the links to sign up!


Please contact Hannah Williams,, 708.338.1724 ext. 242 for additional  information.

In Need of Prevail Emergency Assistance Volunteers!


Our Emergency Assistance and Referrals Program provides referrals and modest emergency financial assistance for food, housing, utilities and transportation to individuals and families at urgent risk. Our goal is to address the immediate crisis so the individual or family can work on additional steps on the path toward stability. The program's compassionate volunteers listen to each person’s individual situation and, working together with the client, use solutions-based counseling to develop a plan of action. Please visit our Get Involved section for additional information regarding skills based volunteer opportunities in this program. * Bilingual skills are a plus. We currently meet with clients on Wednesdays and Thursdays during daytime business hours, and Tuesdays with extended evening hours from 3:00pm-7:00pm.  Please contact Hannah Williams,, 708.338.1724 ext. 242 to sign up.

Non Perishable Food Donations

Housing Forward is in need of meal groups or individuals to donate nonperishable food bags. Non – perishable food bags usually include some of the following: some type of protein: tuna/crackers snacks/cheese-spread/crackers, granola bars, applesauce, cookies, pretzels/chips and drink-juice box or water.

Items are typically put in a large zip lock bag sometimes along with a hand-drawn encouraging message or picture. Perfect for youth or any other service group interested in doing a quick service project. For additional information and sign-up, please contact Tonisha Daniel at or 708.338.1724 ext. 220.

Summer Shelter Cleanup

Housing Forward is looking for individuals to assist with cleanup and transportation of supplies for summer shelter. Volunteers should expect to work morning/daytime hours and preferably have a vehicle. Please contact Dale Nowicki at or 708.338.1724 ext. 228 for additional information and sign-up. 

For Media Inquiries Contact

Libby Foster
708.338.1724 ext 211