Our community of 1,800+ active volunteers plays a major role in carrying out our mission. You can help by signing up to cook a meal, teach a class, work a front desk shift and more!
VOLUNTEER WITH LPCS.
Make a Difference
Every day, volunteers improve the lives of our neighbors and friends facing homelessness. Whether making a meal, teaching, running the front desk or using your professional skills to further our mission, we need you.
Opportunities are available at our Lincoln Park and Old Town locations, off-site in our Street Outreach program and virtually. We work with individuals, friends, families, social, faith-based and corporate groups. We have a variety of schedules and openings.
Get started! Visit our LPCS Galaxy Digital volunteer web portal to browse our current volunteer opportunities and sign up! If you're a new volunteer, please create a profile on the Galaxy site by clicking Sign Up. If you have volunteered for us before but have not had a chance to use Galaxy, please contact us at email@example.com to activate your profile.
CHECK OUT OUR LPCS VOLUNTEER MEAL GUIDE! Prepared by Kaitie Chakos, UIC Dietitian Intern, this document provides nutrition guidance and recipes for preparing large meals for LPCS Guests.
Sign up to cook a meal for LPCS Guests!
Teach financial literacy or become a job coach!
Cook onsite, prepare and drop off , or donate a meal.
Support Guests one-on-one or in a group.
LPCS is in need of food to cover meals for 35 Guests staying at our 600 W. Fullerton shelter and 48 Guests staying at our 1521 N. Sedgwick shelter. You can help by cooking onsite, and dropping it off, or by donating a meal! To sign up for a meal shift, please visit our Galaxy Digital volunteer website. If you choose to donate a meal, we strongly encourage you to order from local restaurants to support businesses. If you cannot provide a meal but would like to make a donation to support our meal fund, please click here.
Help Guest become self-sufficient by signing up to be a Financial Literacy Instructor or Job Coach. Meet one-on-one or in a group onsite at one of our facilities. LPCS will provide a curriculum to follow, and we encourage volunteers to add in their own expertise. These classes are incredibly impactful for our Guests and aid in their ability to move toward independent housing. To hear directly from one of our Graduates about the life-changing impact his financial literacy coach made on his life, check out this episode of our Homeless Monologues Podcast. For more information and to sign up, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us at our front desks!
Greet visitors and Guests and manage the phones.
Support our housing staff by working a volunteer front desk shift at our Fullerton or Sedgwick location. This is a high need opportunity. To sign up for a front desk shift, please visit our Galaxy Digital volunteer website.
Join our Guests on the Green Team!
Participate in neighborhood clean-up initiatives.
LPCS Guests learn work skills on the LPCS Green Team. Join as a volunteer and work alongside Guests to support neighborhood beautification by cleaning up trash and litter. To volunteer with the Green Team, please visit our Galaxy Digital volunteer website.
Prepare lunches for Street Outreach
Volunteers can prepare and deliver 50 sack lunches at our Old Town location for the Street Outreach Program. Volunteers go out on Monday afternoons and Wednesday afternoons to offer services and necessities to individuals living in encampments throughout the North Side. Should have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and 25 lunches should have meat and cheese sandwiches
Go out with the Street Outreach team!
Twice a week, our Street Outreach team reaches out to individuals living in encampments around the city. We provide food, toiletries and other necessities, converse with offsite Guests and offer case management services. This is often a first step to helping unhoused individuals reach independence. Volunteers must be prepared to carry supplies and interact with people facing a variety of mental, physical and societal problems. Galaxy Digital Volunteer website