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Volunteering

The United City of Yorkville appreciates the many volunteers and community groups who do so much to make Yorkville a great place to live and work. A special day every year is set aside by the Mayor to honor and recognize all volunteers in the City during Community Volunteer Appreciation Day. During this yearly event the Mayor also announces the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year awards in four different age groups. All volunteers and nominees are invited to bring their families and friends for light refreshments, presentations, and awards.

The information listed below contains those organizations within the United City of Yorkville that provide a wide range of volunteer opportunities. If you are affiliated with an organization and would like your information listed below or in the Volunteer Opportunities brochure, please call 630.553.4350.

Clubs

  • Boy Scout Troop #40 Boy Scouting is available to boys ages 10 through 18. Scouting works to develop character, citizenship, and personal fitness. For more information on Yorkville’s Boy Scout troop #40 contact smtroop40@aol.com.
  • Bristol Boy Scout Troop #34. This troop encompasses young men from Yorkville, Bristol, Oswego and the surrounding area. The troop is small but the quest for adventure is large. The troop and its mission focuses on character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness. Parents are encouraged to become adult volunteers to provide leadership to this troop that is scout-ran. For more information visit their website at www.bristoltroop34.org.
  • Cub Scout Troop #350 focuses on family involvement and a variety of outdoor activities. Yorkville area children who are interested in joining troop #350 can contact Christopher Larsen at 630.551.3050 or through e-mail at Cessna_cfi@yahoo.com.
  • Fox Country Players This local theater group performs in and around the Kendall County area. There is a need for volunteers from actors, to production staff to set designers. For information call 630.553.5459 or visit the web site at www.foxcountryplayers.org.
  • Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club Caring individuals and their dogs provide therapy, comfort, and companionship by visiting hospitals, retirement homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and more. For information call 630.466.7953 or visit www.fvtherapydogs.org
  • Kendall Arts Guild This non-profit organization promotes the visual arts in and around Kendall County through exhibits, events, and student scholarships. For more information visit their Web site at www.kendallarts.org.
  • Kendall County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) is dedicated to providing temporary, safe shelter, and nourishing food to men, women, and children within Kendall County who are homeless or in need. Seven shelter sites, one for each night of the week, are available from October to April, every night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. For more information about volunteering for PADS, contact Anne Engelhardt, executive director, at 630.553.5073.
  • Greater Yorkville Kiwanis Club Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
  • Yorkville Optimist Club volunteers raise funds to “Bring Out the Best in Kids” through community service programs. Local organizations benefit from the many fund-raisers. Call 630.330.1375 for more information or go to www.optimist.org.
  • Yorkville Garden Club members participate in activities that beautify and enrich the community such as planting and maintaining planters in the city's downtown area, and organizing the ever popular garden and holiday house walks. For information call 630.553.0851 or visit their Web site at www.yorkvillegardenclub.org.
  • Yorkville Jr. Women’s Club members are local women who have united to support the city of Yorkville and surrounding communities by fund-raising for organizations such as Mutual Ground and the Kendall County Food Pantry. Every year the group holds Operation Santa Claus and the annual "Home for the Holidays" Christmas house walk. To learn more call 630.553.1673 or go to www.YorkvilleJWC.com.
  • Yorkville Lions Club This long standing group is a help line for the visual and hearing impaired. Members serve those impaired in the community by providing funds to assist with vision and health screenings, supporting eye hospitals, and by awarding scholarships. To join or to learn more e-mail the club at yorkvillelions@hotmail.com.

Groups

  • American Cancer Society volunteers help in the fight against cancer by organizing and planning events and talking to legislators. Fund-raising efforts go to programs that help reduce the risk of cancer, early detection programs, and empowering people facing cancer to cope. For information call 630.879.9009.
  • American Legion Post #489 The Yorkville American Legion Post's mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace, and blessings for our country, friends and families. Call 630.553.7117 or visit the web site at www.yorkvilleamericanpost489.org for more information.
  • MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) This group has volunteer opportunities to help kids grow at every age group from babies to toddlers to kindergarten age. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. For more information contact 630.553.0589.

Schools

Public

  • Community Unit School District #115 A variety of volunteer opportunities are available at the grade, intermediate, and high school levels. For more information contact 630.553.4382 or go to the district's Web site at www.yorkville.k12.il.us.
Private
  • Cross Lutheran School offers a variety of volunteer opportunities including Outreach & Missions Ministries, Childrens’ Ministries, Youth Ministry,and volunteering through the Caring Hands thrift store. For information call 630.385.8100 or visit their Web site at www.crosslutheranyorkville.org.
  • Parkview Christian Academy is a private school and has a host of volunteering opportunities available by contacting their main office at 630.553.5158 or by visiting their Web site at www.parkviewchristian.net.
Secondary Education
  • Waubonsee Community College Adult Literacy Project trains volunteer tutors to teach the English language to adults. Tutors can choose classroom or individual assignments. For more information about this award winning program call 630.801.7900,ext. 4107 or 630.801.7900, ext. 4119 or visit Waubonsee Community College's Web site at www.waubonsee.edu.

Volunteering

  • Angel Food Ministries This nonprofit organization works with local churches to distribute quality, nutritious and affordable units of food for $30. Participation is without income limits or prequalifications. Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church needs volunteers to help with ordering, organizing and distributing the food units. To volunteer call 630.385.8135 or www.hiscross.org.
  • Association for Individual Development This nonprofit, community-based organization, serves 3,000 individuals throughout Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties and works to enrich the lives of individuals with diverse disabilities by promoting individual achievement and community inclusion. For volunteer opportunities call 630.966.4450 or visit their Web site at www.the-association.org.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall Counties is a mentoring organization for children predominantly residing in single-parent families. Call 630.844.9090 or www.aurorabbbs.org to get involved.
  • Caring Hands Thrift Shop is a ministry of Cross Lutheran Church north campus and relies on volunteers to help sort and stock shelves of donated items. Located in Yorkville's downtown area, Caring Hands provides assistance to people in financial duress or in emergency situations. To volunteer call 630.553.1847.
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Kendall County serves as a voice for abused and neglected children in court, and helps these children transition into a safe, nurturing and permanent home. There are many opportunities to get involved. Contact 630.553.8660 or CASA@co.kendall.il.us for volunteering information.
  • Cornerstone Young Women's Learning Center is a nonprofit organization that helps single moms between the ages of 18-24, pregnant or with a child (ages 0-3) grow a vision to succeed. The program provides assistance for food, housing, and child care in order for the single mother to go back to school to earn a degree. The two-year residential program needs many volunteers in the home for three hour shifts throughout the day helping with tutoring, mentoring, helping around the house, etc. Volunteers will go through a training session and have background checks done.  See website for more details www.cornerstonewomen.org.
  • Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity You don't have to be a painter, carpenter or plumber to get involved. Behind the scenes volunteers are needed for fund-raising, building coordination, public relations, and office assistance. To get involved call 630.859.3333 or visit their Web site at www.foxvalleyhabitat.org.
  • Kendall County Department of Health and Human Services provides population-based programs and services to promote personal and mental health, protect community health, and prevent disease. For information call 630.553.9100 or www.co.kendall.il.us.
  • Kendall County Fair Association volunteers run and maintain the fairgrounds located at Rt. 71 and E. Highpoint Road, Yorkville. For information contact 630.553.2860 or KCF@KendallcountyFair.com.
  • Kendall County Food Pantry Volunteers work with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to purchase food and provide personal hygiene items for those less fortunate. In its new location at 1204A Deer Street in Yorkville, families in need can now "shop" for a variety of items. To volunteer call 630.553.0473.
  • Kendall County Forest Preserve District This organization protects open space, restores natural areas and provides educational programming to county residents. Volunteers assist with the maintenance of the Laws of Nature Center, and aid with programming and special events. For information call 630.553.4131 or www.co.kendall.il.us/forestpreserves.
  • Kendall County Historical Society offers volunteers the opportunity to explore and share interests and skills at Lions Farm, at the museum, doing research or helping at one of the many special events. For information call 630.553.6777 or go to www.kchs.us/index.htm.
  • Rover Rescue is an all-volunteer non-profit group dedicated to giving homeless dogs a happy future. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. Call 630.897.7454 or www.roverrescue.org.
  • Veterans Assistance Commission networks with veteran's organizations on the local, state and federal level to insure the rights and benefits of veterans. To volunteer call 630.553.0003 or visit their Web site at www.kendall.il.us/veteransassistance.

Senior Services

  • Community Nutrition Network is an organization that delivers meals to the homebound. Drivers, office assistants, and individuals to package meals are needed. For more information call 630.553.2316.
  • Heritage Woods of Yorkville is an affordable assisted lifestyle community for adults over 65 years of age. Volunteers are always welcome. To share your time and talent at Heritage Woods call 630.882.6502.
  • The Kendall County Triad Committee addresses issues and concerns of Kendall County area seniors, in addition to providing events and information. The committee consists of the Yorkville Police Department, Senior Services staff and Kendall County Senior representatives. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact 630.553.5777.
  • Hillside Care Center is a senior nursing facility that relies on volunteers to help give female residents manicures, assist with bingo, volunteer to play cards, and get to know residents. No experience is necessary! Call 630.553.5811 and learn how you can get involved.
  • Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging (NIAAA) develops and coordinates services such as home-delivered meals, case management, legal services and more. Delivering meals, becoming a board member or supporting NIAAA through fund-raising are ways you can get involved! Call 630.293.5990 or visit www.ageguide.org today!
  • Senior Services Associates, Inc. is a non-profit agency dedicated to sustaining and improving the quality of life for mature adults through socialization. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of social programs and events in addition to light office work. For more information call 630.553.5777 or visit their Web site at www.seniorservicesassoc.org.

United City of Yorkville

  • Green Committee Under the umbrella of the United City of Yorkville, the Green Committee advises, researches, and recommends solutions to the City Council on environmental issues facing the community. For more information call 630.553.4350 or visit the green committee page at www.yorkville.il.us/greencommittee.php.
  • Additional Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer opportunities are available on one of many city committees including the Plan Commission, Park Board, Library Board, Fire and Police Commission, Human Resources Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, the Senior Ad Hoc Committee, and the Green Committee, in addition to serving on Yorkville's City Council. Volunteers are also needed in various other city locations including the Parks and Recreation Department, the Yorkville Public Library and for the Citizens Police Academy Alumni. Call 630.553.4350 for more information.