Volunteer Opportunities

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Personal Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering can provide many great new challenges, relationships, and rewarding experiences.  It can also have an impact on your personal and professional development as well.  If you are thinking of becoming a volunteer, here are a few reasons that might help you pursue it! 

1.  It's good for you.

Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. 

  • Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
  • Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.

2.  Volunteers can gain professional experience.

Volunteering in different work environments will allow you to identify what your interests may be and gain experience in a professional setting.

3.  It brings people together.

As a volunteer you assist in:

  • Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal.
  • Building camaraderie and teamwork.

4.  You can learn a lot.

Volunteers learn things like these:

  • Self: Discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
  • Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
  • Community: Gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

5.  You can make a difference

Every person counts!   




United Way of Will County

Joliet Junior College is a proud supporter of the United Way of Will County.  Their fundraising, advocacy, and volunteer efforts provide support for the 46 local not-for-profit organizations that serve Will County residents.  The United Way of Will County provides a list of its affiliated organizations that are currently seeking volunteers.  Please click here to visit the United Way of Will County Volunteer link.    



Community Alliance & Action Network

What: Office Worker
When: Times & dates vary
Website: Community Alliance & Action Network

Compassionate Care Hospice

What: To provide compassionate care through assistance with the main challenges of a terminal illness.
When: Times & dates vary
Website: Compassionate Care Hospice

Grundy County Health Department

What:  Medical & non-medical volunteers to help with emergency preparedness, training courses, fairs, flu clinics, & community outreach projects.
When: As your schedule allows/monthly
Website:  Grundy County Health Department

Helpers of Mother Earth

What:  Removing then recycling pollution from public areas; parks, forest preserves, road sides, etc.
When:  Times & dates vary 
Website:  Helpers of Mother Earth 

Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue

What:  Dog walking, laundry, dishes, cleaning kennels, putting donation away, helping out at adoption events, etc.
When:  Monday - Friday: 9am to 2pm or 5:30-8:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am to 12pm or 5-8pm
Website:  Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue

Housing Authority of Joliet

What: Tutors & mentors for youth ages 6-15 and basic Computer skills instructors
When: Monday-Thursday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Website: Volunteer Match

Northern Illinois Food Bank

What: Development/Grant Writing          
When: Times & dates vary                      
Website: Northern Illinois Food Bank

Power Connection

What:  We place volunteers where they best fit.  Receptionist, retail clerk, sorting, social media updates, food pick ups, phone work, etc.
When:  Monday - Saturday, Morning, Afternoon and a couple evenings.
Website: The Power Connection

Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center

What: Various positions in patient & non-patient care
When: Once a week for 3-4 hours on a set schedule
Website: Provena Saint Joseph Volunteer Services

Rialto Square Theatre

What: Various positions in theatre available
When: Times & Dates Vary must be available 6 events per season.
Website: Rialto Square Theatre Volunteer Information


Will County Humane Society

What: Cat & dog socializing, dog walking, and cage cleaning
When: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Website: Will County Humane Society Volunteer