New Policy for Donated Items

Friday, September 7th, 2018

We truly appreciate the support of our community, but because our storage space is limited and we do not have the staff to sort and process large donations, we have updated our acceptance policy.

Best Practices

Friday, September 7th, 2018

This may not be a bona fide best practice but it is a good way to connect and inspire others to do good in your community. Remember, volunteering can be fun for the whole family! When your family or friends volunteer together you build deeper bonds with each other and with your community. Why not make a difference together when it’s made easy. You can volunteer in 3 easy steps.

Upcoming Volunteer Training Sessions

Friday, September 7th, 2018

After filling out a volunteer profile form, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule orientation and training. Volunteers under 18 years of age must print the consent form linked on the right column of our "Get Involved" Page, have a parent or legal guardian sign it, and bring it to orientation.

Fortunate to partner with The Oak Park Public Library

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Don't miss the latest edition of The Storyline published by our friends at The Oak Park Public Library. As always, it's full of interesting reading but we especially enjoy page 6. We appreciate their leadership in making our community truly welcoming to all. We are looking forward to all those socks in October.

New shelter season brings new volunteer openings

Thursday, September 6th, 2018


Emergency Shelter is in need of meal providers to provide breakfast, lunch or dinner on a monthly basis. Click HERE to view open meal slots.


Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Housing Forward is looking for dynamic individuals who are willing to help transform their community!

Summertime Spent Volunteering

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

This is Edward (at left), one of the young people who volunteered their time around our office this summer. He's posing with David Flint (at right), our Monitoring, Compliance & Evaluation Manager, who he often worked alongside.

Come see us as Thursday Night Out in Oak Park Becomes Folk Park Thursday Night Out

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

This is your chance to visit with actual Housing Forward staff members at this week's non-profit partner booth this Thursday, Aug. 16th on Marion Street in Oak Park from 5:00-9:00. The music is FREE and you can purchase $20 dine-around ticket booklets for food items from participating restaurants and beverages from the beer & wine tent.