BHS Student Volunteer Program
(see Mrs. Bauer in the GRC for more info or to sign up)
South Barrington Park District “Santa’s Workshop;” Sat. Dec. 7th, 10:30am-12:30pm at South Barrington Park District; Santa will land in a helicopter; immediately following that the children will enter Santa’s Workshop; volunteers will help with games, crafts and visits with Santa “Merry Meals Project” at Christkindl Market in downtown Barrington; pack meals to be sent to children and families living in communities surrounding the Guatemala City garbage dump; sign up with up to 11 friends for a one hour packing session where you will package 1,000 meals!; Fri., Dec. 6th, Sat., Dec. 7th or Sun., Dec. 8th; co-sponsored by the BHS Interact Club, Barrington Rotary Club, Potter’s House Assoc. and Kids Around the World; see Mrs. Bauer for a form, or sign up online at www.bhsInteract.com The Garlands “Winter Wonderland;” Sun., Dec. 8th, 4-7 pm (you may work 1, 2 or all 3 hours); holiday celebration for residents and their families; greet guests, help children with letters to Santa, help with children’s photos with Santa in Santa’s Workshop, help with food & toy collection, assist residents & families on and off the horse-drawn wagon ride and serve hot cocoa ChristKindl Fest Volunteers; Sun., Dec. 8th, help with clean up and tear down of the event from 5:00-8:00 pm; sign up at www.ChristKindlFest.com/volunteer ; located in downtown Barrington, Harris Bank Parking Lot and Cook St.; Chris Kindl Fest is an open-air event during the holiday season featuring authentic German food, drinks, fun activities for families, kids crafts, live reindeer, carousel & train rides, Santa’s house South Barrington Park District “Polar Express;” Thurs. Dec. 12th, 5:00-9:00pm at South Barrington Park District; volunteers will either help children with crafts or dress as elves to help make this a memorable ride! Barrington Giving Day; help set up at BMS Station on Fri., Dec. 13th after school until 6 pm (or later if you can stay); help distribute to families on Sat., Dec. 14th; volunteers must be there at 7:00 am and be able to stay until noon, no shifts, no late arrivals; Spanish speakers to serve as translators and muscle power to help with heavy boxes are especially needed! The Community Meal; Thurs. Dec. 19th at Greencastle Manor in Barrington; The Community Meal is a free meal hosted once a month at various churches and community centers in and around the Barrington area; volunteers are needed to help set up & prepare (3:30-5:00), serve food (5-7:00pm) and clean up (7-8:30); to volunteer, please email Sandy Hasse email@example.com Barrington Park District “Holiday Tea With My Doll and Me;” Fri. Dec. 27th, 12:15-3:00pm, Fitness & Recreation Center; help with arts & crafts, fashion show and tea party Barrington Park District “Noon Year’s Eve Ball;” Mon. Dec. 31st, 9:30am-1:30pm; Fitness & Recreation Center; ring in the New Year at Noon, help with decorating and serving food Grove Avenue School Homework Club; help children with homework after school once or more a week; flexible time frame – you don’t have to commit to the entire semester; 3:30-4:45 commitment (Wed. 3:00-4:15); sophomores-seniors only; see Mrs. Bauer for an application (school year only) Roslyn Road School Mini Courses; create and teach a course, or assist a teacher; courses will run for four weeks from 3:45-4:45pm, one day a week, from Feb. 10th through March 6th; deadline to volunteer to create/teach a class is Dec. 4th; deadline to assist a teacher is Jan. 13th Tutor at Lines School; volunteer tutor needed once a week after school for a 5th grade boy; help complete classroom assignments; sophomores through seniors only; this is a semester-long commitment Tutor at Barbara Rose School; volunteer tutor needed once a week after school for a 4th grade boy; help with math and reading; sophomores through seniors only; this is a semester-long commitment Tutor at BMS Station; volunteer tutor needed twice a week for a 6th grade boy, from right after school until 4:15; sophomores through seniors only; this is a semester-long commitment; see Mrs. Bauer for more information Barrington Area Conservation Trust Office Assistant; volunteers needed once a week after school to help with small office jobs for this local environmental organization; located on Main St. near Jewel Home of the Sparrow; immediate need for volunteers ages 16 and older to work with children staying at one of their shelters for mothers and children in one of two capacities. “Book Buddy:” volunteer will be matched one-on-one with a child aged K-5th grade, meeting weekly on Tues. evenings from 7-8pm. Child Care: interact with children on Tues. or THurs. evening from 7-8pm and work with them in role modeling appropriate behaviors and responses in a non-threatening environment of play. See Mrs. Bauer for more information.
Animal House Shelter; help socialize animals by playing with and walking them; you must be 16 yrs. old; open seven days a week, 11am-7pm, choose your own hours; located in Huntley, 20-30 min. drive; www.animalhouseshelter.com for driving directions; to volunteer, visit the shelter and fill out paperwork, set up start date Alden Estates Nursing Center; help with regular organized activities: “Night Spa” Wed. 4-7pm, Wii Bowling THurs. 4-7pm, Bingo Fri. 4-7pm and Sat. & Sun. 1:30-4pm, Sat. baking class every other week 9-11am; also one-on-one activities such as reading aloud, playing music, painting nails, running errands, or just visiting; special events e.g. parties/celebrations; contact Lilly Escareno, Activities Director, 847-382-6664 or firstname.lastname@example.org Barrington Area Conservation Trust; if you are interested in a career in environmental/conservation related areas or just working to improve the health of our local environment, we have a variety of volunteer opportunities: web site and tech support, office work, special event planning & assistance or outdoor conservation work; contact Lisa Woolford, 847-387-3149 or email@example.com Barrington Area Library; volunteers age 16 and older are needed in the Adult Services Dept. to help with a long-term local history project. You will be scanning, creating documents and generally using computer skills. You must fill out their online volunteer application: www.barringtonarealibrary.org ; see Mrs. Bauer for more information Barrington Area Tennis Association; help teach/coach elementary school aged children (6-10 years old); help with skill development, assist in coaching a group of 6-8 children for team competition; volunteers chosen to coach will receive training from the U.S. Tennis Association; contact Mary Beth Bowman, 847-868-BATA, firstname.lastname@example.org , www.barringtontennis.com BHS Lunch Buddies; help students get connected and feel included with the social scene at BHS & learn how to navigate social situations with peers, taught by peers; looking for students who can spend 1 day/week with a peer during your lunch hour; it can be from half the lunch hour to the whole lunch hour, depending on your buddy’s schedule; earn volunteer hours while doing it; see Mrs. Bauer for more info and an applications (school year only) BYFS Pathways Middle School Mentor Program; for sophs.-seniors only; Barrington Youth and Family Service provides training for this once a week mentor program for social emotional learning in which you’ll be paired with a middle school student for one-on-one and group activities; Mondays and/or Thursdays after school, all semester/year long; optional field trips and one in-service per month from 4-5pm on Monday; school year only Citizens For Conservation; habitat restoration, every Sat. 9-11am, meets @ CFC headquarters at 459 West Hwy. 22, the white farmhouse with a silo across from Good Shepherd Hospital; bring work gloves and drinking water, dress for the weather, tools provided; activities may include sowing seed, cutting brush and rescuing native plants; questions? call 847-382-7283 or visit www.citizensforconservation.org Cuba Marsh/Ela Prairie; 9:00am-12 noon on the second Saturday of each month; help remove invasive species, help with seed collection; call or email BEFORE you go to confirm the date; Daniel Saunders, volunteer site steward email@example.com 847-304-1021 Cuba Township Food Pantry; help sort & organize donated food; contact Cheryl Tanaka or Kate Formichella, 847-381-1924 fitMS Neurobalance Center; a non-profit resource for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and other neuromuscular conditions that affect balance and mobility; our nutritionist, chiropractor, social worker, personal trainer, nurse and group fitness instructors work together to provide a “one roof” collaborative approach; volunteers are needed year round to serve as office assistants, to provide timing and assistance for adaptive fitness evaluations, set up equipment for classes and assist in classes such as adaptive fitness and yoga; this is a great opportunity for any student and particularly for those interested in health care related fields, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and adaptive fitness training; located on Hart Rd. in Barrington Fur Keeps Animal Rescue; must be 16 or older; help with exercising & socializing dogs; cleaning barn & stall area; taking care of the cats & playing with them; assist with pet adoptions; photo students needed to photograph animals for website; fundraising activities; adoption events at Petsmart; flexible days/times; contact 847-381-8458; volunteer application at www.furkeepsanimalrescue.org The Garlands of Barrington Senior Citizens Activities; volunteer to work with senior citizens on various activities such as Brain Games, helping out in the computer lab after school, or the digital camera lab; videographer needed for fitness project, musicians needed to play background music for events; AP art students wanted to show their work in the art galleries for a month at a time; contact Jill Lund, Director of Activities, 847-756-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org Grove Avenue School Homework Club; sophomores-seniors only; help children with homework after school once or more a week; flexible time frame – you don’t have to commit to the entire semester, only to six weeks or more at a time; 3:30-4:45 (3:00-4:15 on Wed.) commitment; see Mrs. Bauer for an application (school year only) Habitat For Humanity Elgin ReStore; a resale store of new and gently used building materials, appliances and furniture, open to the public, with all proceeds going to build Habitat For Humanity homes in the area; work in receiving, merchandise processing or on the selling floor assisting customers; visit our website www.ReStoreElgin.org , click on “Register;” 800 N. State St. in Elgin, 847-742-9905, extension 6 Henize Observatory Student Docent Program; located at Harper College in Palatine; learn to operate telescopes, assist with hands-on learning activities, learn about the universe and share that knowledge with students & adults, help create multimedia educational materials; every other Saturday from march through November; design a schedule that works with your other activities; must submit application and letter of recommendation; contact joe.kabbes@HarperAstronomy.org Home of the Sparrow; a transitional shelter program that provides housing & comprehensive supportive services for women & children who are homeless. There are volunteer opportunities for childcare in our shelters in Crystal Lake & McHenry or volunteer work at our thrift stores in Palatine, Cary or McHenry. We also need volunteers to work on committees and fundraising projects/events; you must be 16 or older; contact Sophia DeVries, 815-444-1660, ext. 26, email@example.com ; link to volunteer application is http://www.hosparrow.org/forms/ JouneyCare/Hospice Teen Group; choose the activity you are interested in; serve on the Birthday Brigade, Petals For Patients, make & deliver pillows with children, Tree of Lights Ceremony, special events, jr. counselors at summer camp, office assistance and miscellaneous projects; after school or during the summer on a regular basis; contact Jan Farrell, 847-381-5599 http://www.journeycare.org/ways-to-volunteer Lake Barrington Woods Senior Community; help with daily tasks, e.g. wheeling clients to meals; help with regular organized activities, e.g. bingo or crafts, special events e.g. parties/celebrations; contact Nadine Facher, activities director, 847-842-8900 Little City; activities assistant for children and/or adults with disabilities; contact Katherine Nelson, 847-221-7804, www.littlecity.org Math Peer Tutors; during the school year, tutor during your free hours at school; contact Kelly Springer, Math Dept. 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Asst., firstname.lastname@example.org Smart Farm of Barrington; workdays every Saturday 9-11am; two locations, one at Ron Beese Park and the other on the grounds of Good Shepherd Hospital; the work location varies depending on our workload, so please check our Facebook page the Friday night before each workday for the location where we will be working: www.facebook.com/TheSmartFarm ; Smart Farm is an educational vegetable/fruit garden for the Barrington area to promote organic gardening, the slow food movement, and best practices for leading ‘green’ sustainable lives; this season 7,000 lbs. of fresh produce was donated to local food pantries; internship opportunities available; contact Katherine Gabelman at email@example.com St. Mark’s Day School; various needs throughout the year such as summer camp counselors, after school tutors, office assistance, special events; contact Mrs. Jane Smith, Director firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-381-9172 Walk On Farm; a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities; new volunteer orientation session is required, no experience necessary; located in Barrington; contact the Walk On Farm office to register at 847-381-4231 or email email@example.com Wellness Place; (Wellness Place is a cancer support/education/resource center in a ‘homelike,’ non-clinical setting located in Palatine), after school receptionist, mailings, weekend outreach programs; contact Annette Wegener, volunteer coordinator, 847-221-2400, www.wellnessplace.org Writing Lab Peer tutors; during the school year, tutor during your free hours at school; contact Mrs. Dionosotes in the English Dept. WINGS (Women In Need Growing Stronger) Program; child respite care, moms night out, thrift shop, landscaping; contact Beth Lye, 847-577-4668, ext. 302, www.wingsprogram.com