The spirit of volunteerism among the residents of Elgin is one of the city’s greatest assets of our community! No matter what your talents, gifts or interests, there are many rewarding ways you can give back to your community through volunteerism. Whether you are interested in helping at a one-time event, or looking for a regular volunteer job, there are many opportunities available.
For a listing of current volunteer opportunities with agencies throughout the city, go to the United Way of Elgin website or check out our list of various community organizations who offer volunteer opportunities.
Parks and Recreation
Volunteer at any of our many facilities or programs serving children, teens and adults through a wide variety of educational and physical activities.
Get involved with the Elgin Fire Department as a volunteer in community education or as an administrative helper.
Neighborhood Work Days
Help make Elgin neighborhoods and parks more beautiful on NeighborWorks days scheduled in 2012 on June 2 and September 8. If you are good with carpentry, or just enjoy helping plant flowers, your help is welcome.
The summer season is filled with many special events that need enthusiastic volunteers who love meeting people and having fun! Join us to prepare for the Elgin Valley Fox Trot on May 26.
Growing food for our community is not only a healthy thing to do, it’s a great source for making new friends and learning about gardening. Over 20 community gardens at various sites throughout the city need your help. Opportunities for both the experienced and novice gardener.
Administration- Data Entry/Computer
Help various city departments using your skills in data entry, office organization, or other administrative duties. Help the finance department, City Clerk’s office or other city departments.
Serve your community in time of emergencies as a CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) member or by providing a variety of administrative assistance to our staff.
Volunteer for Other Community Organizations
Help throughout the community for other Not-for-profit organizations.
Boards and Commissions
Residents are encouraged to submit an application to serve on one of the city’s many boards and commissions. Applications can be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office and appointments are made by the entire City Council.
Public Works/Land Management
Help keep our parks clean, or help with administrative duties at the public works facility.
Register on the city’s VolunteerUP website and we will notify you when a volunteer opportunity comes up that you might enjoy. You can also sign up as an organization if you want to have a group opportunity.
The city has two VolunteerUP data bases- one for our Parks and Recreation Department and one for all other city departments, such as Special Events, Public Works and Police. Sign up on one or both sites today! (If you sign up for both, you will need to create a different user name for each). If you have any questions, please call us at 847-931-5667 and we will help you get signed up today!
Sign up for city departments VolunteerUp (Special Events, Public Works, Police, Fire)
Sign up for Parks and Recreation VolunteerUP
Download Application Form to mail or submit in person