Service Opportunity: Kenneth Young Center

Kenneth Young Center – Details for Service Opportunities

Website: https://www.kennethyoung.org/volunteer

Informational Flyer: https://www.kennethyoung.org/assets/files/volunteer-flyer-2016-summer.pdf

Contact Coordinator of Volunteer Services: Colette Young (847) 524-8800 x182; or email her at colettey@kennethyoung.org for up-to-date information as these opportunities may change at any time.

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Service Role: Administrative/Clerical Volunteers provide incredibly important services to the Center. Tasks may range from simple filing to more extensive duties. Every effort will be made to match your skills to the task at hand. Activities may include: Assistance with filing, collating and duplicating, and/or typing for data entry using MS Office products (Word, Excel, etc.) There are a number of ways that a volunteer may become involved. These include:

   Program-specific services:

  • Community Support Team (CST) chart auditors (Mt. Prospect is project location)
  • Rehabilitative Services Aides to supervise clients during All Staff meetings

   Time-limited special projects:

  • Bulk mail processing
  • Special event setup or take-down

The location of these projects will be in the Elk Grove office (unless otherwise indicated). The time commitment can range from 2 to 3 hours per week, or more if one is willing to serve more hours. Background checks may be required, based on the particular project.

Frequency/Time Commitment: Ongoing
Special Skills Needed: General office skills, good communication skills, willingness to learn, experience with computers, the internet and Microsoft Office products
Training Needed: Training will be provided based upon specific tasks assigned
Location of Work: Elk Grove Village

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Service Role: Home Delivered Meals Drivers. Volunteers deliver hot meals to homebound, older adults. These meals often enable them to live more independently and prevent premature nursing home placement. Drivers pick up meals at provider once a week, or on schedule as agreed, and deliver to recipients on their routes. Not only do drivers provide nutritious meals, they also provide communication with the Meals coordinator and express their concerns or observations of the clients that may need attention. This opportunity requires a background check, proof of valid driver’s license and proof of current insurance. Volunteers are required to provide their own transportation. Routes are generally kept at or below one-hour for pick-up and delivery of meals.

Frequency/Time Commitment: Minimum one day per week; one hour per day. Day(s) to be arranged by volunteer and Meals supervisor agreement
Special Skills Needed: Clean driving record; proof of valid driver’s license; proof of valid automobile insurance.
Training Needed: Training for route will be provided
Location of Work: Pickup at Schaumburg or Arlington Heights locations; deliver within 5-mile radius

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Service Role: Special Event Volunteer. Plan on having some fun with these opportunities! This opportunity allows a volunteer to work with a group or committee to plan and carry out fund-raising event(s). We ask that volunteers be able to attend committee meetings as expected for the particular event:

  • Fashion Show: Approximately ten 2-hour meetings for the event held in November. Meetings generally start in February.
  • Golf Outing: Approximately nine one-hour meetings beginning in January. The event is generally held in August.
  • Run/Walk for Mental Health: Approximately nine 2-hour meetings for the event held in May. Meetings begin to form around September.
  • Plan a special event of your own! Talk to the Volunteer Coordinator about your great ideas!

Each committee member will be asked to participate in “follow-through” assignments, which may include: raffle sales, decorations, publicity, entertainment, seating, gathering of in-kind donations, etc. Another important facet of this opportunity is the volunteer’s commitment to assist in selling tickets and to use their personal networks to encourage attendance. The location of these meetings is in the Elk Grove office, and meetings are generally held after business hours during the normal business week. NO BACKGROUND CHECK is required for this opportunity.

Frequency/Time Commitment: Attend 9, monthly planning meetings
Special Skills Needed: Networking, recruiting, ability to develop in-kind and/or cash donations
Training Needed: To be determined by one’s area(s) of expertise
Location of Work: Elk Grove office

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