600 W. Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Lincoln Park Community Shelter

Volunteer Opportunities

Front Desk

The Front Desk Volunteer answers general phone inquiries and directs calls, oversees Guest and visitor sign in/out, and other light administrative projects as needed. Volunteers are needed every day the week, with the shifts being in two hour periods Monday through Friday and three hour periods on the weekends and holidays. Volunteers must be 18 years of age for this opportunity.



Overnight volunteers provide supervision for LPCS and our Guests from 9p-6:30a on weekdays, and 9p-8a on weekends and holidays. Volunteers are not expected to stay awake all night, they have their own private room where they can sleep or if they want, they can stay up to work on projects, read a book or watch TV. Volunteers must be 18 years of age for this opportunity.


Track Activity Teacher

Track Activity Volunteers teach one-hour classes that are focused on enhancing personal and professional life skills and making a habit of engaging in positive leisure activities. Our Daily Living Skills classes have a syllabus that is provided but Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own experiences into the class. For our Leisure Classes, we just ask that you give us a brief rundown of what activity you want to introduce to the Guests. Some current Leisure Classes include knitting, yoga, creative writing and art.


One on One Opportunities

Job Coach

Job Coaches work one on one with a Guest to help them with either mock interviews, resumes, cover letters, job searching or networking. This role is more of a guiding hand and being a resource for the Guest to use for any questions they might have about joining the work force or switching fields. LPCS will provide resources and training for any volunteers interested in this volunteering opportunity.


Peer Coach

Working one on one with a Guest in a mentor/mentee capacity. You will support the Guest as they deal with mental or physical health issues, substance abuse recovery or job searching. This is a great opportunity to work directly with a Guest and help empower them.



Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy Teacher

Financial Literacy is made up of three classes and the Financial Literacy Teacher volunteer can teach one class or all three, it is up to them. Throughout the Financial Literacy course, Guests will increase their knowledge about budgets, bills, credit reports and other financial things that will be important for them to know about once they transition from LPCS into permanent housing.


Financial Literacy Mentor

In between classes for Financial Literacy, our Guests work with mentors to help them with their homework. The first homework assignment is working on a budget, the second is going over their credit report. This is a great opportunity to work one on one with a Guest and help them become financial savvy before they leave LPCS.









Meal Opportunities

With all of these opportunities, we encourage our Volunteers to bring enough food for the Guests and themselves so they can join the Guests for the meal and socialize with them. All of our meal opportunities are great for families and groups, we recommend groups are no larger than 10 due to space constraints in our kitchen. If you are interested in cooking but can’t put together a group, please let our Volunteer Program Manager know to see what arrangements we can make with other Volunteers who are experiencing the same issue.


Volunteers will purchase and serve breakfast for 20-25 guests, which is served buffet style. Volunteers can come in and cook a hot breakfast or simply bring in bagels and fruit. Volunteers come in at 6:30am Monday through Friday, 7:30am on Sundays and with breakfast being served around an hour later.


Hot Lunch

Available on Saturdays, volunteers purchase food, cook it at the shelter and serve lunch for 20-25 Guests. Volunteers typically arrive around 12/12:30p to have a meal that is served around 1:30p.



Dinner is served every night of the week, 365 days a year. Volunteer arrive around 6p every night with dinner being served at 7:30p sharp. Volunteers are responsible for purchasing food and cooking it at the shelter. 


Sack Lunch

Sack lunches are also needed on a daily basis. Purchase and prepare (at home) 25-30 lunches, and drop them off at LPCS. Lunches generally include a sandwich, wrap, or soup, with a snack (granola, nuts, string cheese, hard boiled eggs, etc.), with a drink such as bottled water, and a piece of fruit. Please feel free to make the lunches as healthy as possible.



Community Engagement Program (CEP) Opportunities

Our Community Engagement Program takes places on Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30p at St. Paul’s Church, located at 2335 North Orchard. This is an opportunity to work with clients who are directly experiencing homelessness.

CEP Hospitality

Assist in facilitating a hot meal, showers, laundry, and other services for our Community Clients.


CEP Dinner


Purchasing, preparing and serving a meal for 30 to 35 Community Clients. 

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