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Volunteers can have a tremendous impact

There are many ways for volunteers to make a difference at Sarah's Circle. Please see below for available opportunities. When you are ready to volunteer, please fill out the volunteer application.

Group Volunteering

Meal Providers

Description: Volunteers can help support the women of Sarah's Circle by providing a nutritious and tasty, ready to serve or pre-cooked breakfast, lunch or dinner. Meals can be reheated onsite and served to 20-50 women (depending on the day and time). Meals should include a healthy main dish, a side of vegetables or salad, bread or rice, and a dessert. Particularly, Sarah's Circle has a greater need for meals on Thursday nights and on the weekend. Meal times are below: 

Breakfast 8:00-9:00 am

Lunch 12:00-1:00 pm

Dinner 5:00-5:45 pm


Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for further details or to discuss menu suggestions. 

Time Commitment: 1-3 hours during designated meal times.

Host a Celebration

Description: Sponsor and plan a monthly birthday party, holiday or themed celebration for the women. We provide the space and eager participants. You provide the refreshments, entertainment, fun and more!
Time Commitment: 1-3 hours

Donation Drive

Description: Organize and collect donations at your school, job, place of worship, or in your community.  Arrange for delivery and (in some cases) assist with distribution; work with the Volunteer Coordinator to identify those items that are most needed or look at our donations page. 
Time Commitment: Flexible

Center Maintenance

Description: Use your organizational and cleaning skills to help organize the donation room, kitchen, closets, pantry and milieu. Cleaning includes mopping and sweeping, taking out garbage, stocking supplies and occasional bigger projects such as painting.  
Time Commitment: 1-3 hours

Opportunities for Individuals 

Front Desk Assistant

Assist program staff in meeting the most immediate needs of clients!

Responsibilities include:

• Greeting everyone who enters the facility and answering phones
• Assisting clients by answering questions, distributing toiletries, organizing mail, taking messages and assisting with laundry
• Overseeing sign-ups for drop-in services
• Completing other tasks as needed


• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• General computer/phone/fax skills
• Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment

Time Commitment: 4 hours per day 1 day a week; 4-6 month commitment required.  

Supportive Employment Volunteer

Provide support throughout the employment process by working with clients to create resumes, cover letters, discuss interview skills, and assist with job applications. 

Responsibilities include:

• Providing one-on one support for clients to develop skills and assist with the employment process
• Utilizing online resources available so clients have tools needed to pursue employment opportunities
• Assisting with setting up email addresses and reviewing functionality
• Creating or updating resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles
• Work one-on-one with clients on available computers
• Develop client's skills of Microsift Office applications


• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• 5+ years of experience working in HR and/or professional development support
• Competence in Microsoft Office
• Ability to utilize online resources available to support for employment process
• Attention to detail
• Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
• Must provide resume with relevant experience

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week or every other week, 4-6 month time commitment preferred

Mission Continues Fellow: Supportive Veteran and Program Volunteer

Sarah's Circle is pleased to be partnering with The Mission Continues as a host organization. The Mission Continues has a mission of empowering Veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. Sarah's Circle is seeking a Supportive Veteran and Program Volunteer through the The Mission Continues fellowship program. By working directly with Veterans living in permanent supportive housing units and supporting Sarah's Circle's programming, this volunteer role provides an opportunity to make a lasting and meaningful impact on women's lives in the community. Applicants MUST apply through the Mission Continues website, link here

Time Commitment: 20 hours per week for 6 months. Please refer to The Mission Continues Fellowship Timline, link here, for more information about the time commitment and deadlines. 

Engagement Volunteer

Provide important support and company to the women at Sarah's Circle!
Engage and socialize directly with the women of Sarah’s Circle through:

• Participating in planned activities or workshops 
• Assisting clients one-on-one with a need (job searching, resume building, computer use etc.)
• Playing games and participating in one-on-one conversations


 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Open-mindedness
• Flexibility

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a day (weekly or biweekly); 4-6 month commitment preferred. 

Donation Transportation Volunteer

Be an on-call driver for Sarah's Circle by collecting in-kind donations from supporters and community partners around the city of Chicago and delivering them to Sarah's Circle! Pick-up opportunities range from donation drive goods to items donated by community members. Be a key part of strengthening Sarah's Circle's local partnerships! Responsibilities include:

• Assisting with coordinating in-kind donation collections by working with staff and community partners
• Collecting pertinent contact information from donors
• Engaging with staff and donors.


• A careful and responsible driver
• Use personal vehicle to collect items
• Able to meet the requests of Sarah's Circle staff
• Understand that volunteers are not compensated for the services they provide to Sarah's Circle
• Flexibility

Time Commitment: Bi-weekly or on need basis, 4-6 month time commitment preferred.

Workshop Leader

Plan and facilitate an interactive workshop in an area of your interest!

Examples include: arts and crafts, computer training, job skills, health education, stress management, and exercise (yoga, dance etc.). We are also open to new ideas!


• Knowledge of topic presented
• Experience in group facilitation
• Understanding of women who are homeless

Time Commitment: 1 hour sessions; number of sessions negotiable.

 Donations Coordinator

Organize our in-kind donations or collect new donations!

Help organize Sarah’s Circle in-kind donations: this would include taking stock of what we currently have, organizing the storage room, writing thank-you notes to donors, and keeping track of new donations.

Collect donations at your school, job, place of worship, or in your community: arrange to have items delivered and (in some cases) assist with distribution. Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to identify items that are most needed or check out our wish list!


• Good organizational/leadership skills
• Detail-oriented
• Access to a vehicle preferred

Time Commitment: Flexible



Please visit our volunteer or internships pages to learn more about the many ways you can directly impact the women of Sarah’s Circle.


Sarah’s Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing life necessities, housing, case management, clinical and social services, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential.

Sarah's Circle

4838 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-728-1991

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