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Social Impact Activities in Chicago for Every Type of Person

Posted by Hailey Oliff on June 14, 2015

With summer budding around us in Chicago, there’s no better way to embrace the warm spirits than getting out in your community and giving back. From the artist to the entrepreneur, there are opportunities for just about anyone to volunteer and learn aimed at generating a greater good. Whatever your interests, we have found a fun volunteer event for you >

For the Athlete:

Run a race for a cause. If you are interested in running for a cure, there is the Dash for Down Syndrome, Miles for Melanoma, and Strike Out ALS. If you are interested in improving our communities, there is the Trot Against Trafficking, the Pride 5K, the RUN! To End Homelessness, and the Run for Diversity. > More details and listings

For the Entrepreneur:

Attend Impact Hour on June 25th. Hosted by the Chicago’s Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, this interactive event allows students and individuals to meet and mingle with social entrepreneurs, tap the knowledge of people who have already successfully penetrated the field, and learn about the social business from those who know it best. Lauren Dillon, Founder/Collaborator at Triad Resource Group, is the special guest at the event. > Buy tickets

For the Conversationalist:

Join Real Talk, a current-events discussion hosted by St. Leonard’s Ministries, an agency that provides residential and supportive services to individuals leaving the Illinois prison system. Residents of the facility will be participating in the discussion allowing you to hear about their unique experience as well as giving them a space to re-acclimate to society and build important communication skills by talking to volunteers. > Check it out

For the Artist:

Get your hands dirty! For those of you who believe a canvas is just too small, check out City Mosaics. Almost every Thursday of the summer, volunteers help to install mosaics using a variety of styles and materials. Bonus - no prior experience necessary. Participation in this public arts project supports the Green Star Movement, while beautifying communities and neighborhoods across the city. > More information

For the Outdoorsman:

Bike at night with Friends of the Park. Friends of the Park is a nonprofit that works to preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of parks and open spaces throughout Chicago. On June 27th, Friends of the Park will host their wildly popular L.A.T.E. Ride, a fun recreational bike ride. This years theme is “Light Up the Night” - participants are encouraged to wear nightglow apparel and light-up trimmings. > Register here

For the Foodies:

Volunteer at the Lakeview Pantry, one of Chicago’s largest and longest-operating food pantries. The Lakeview Pantry has a slew of volunteer opportunities either for individual or groups. You can help out on site at their Broadway or Oakdale locations or with their Home Delivery Program. > More details

For the Old Souls:

Play Bingo with seniors at Imperial Nursing Home on Thursday nights. Help build community among seniors by socializing and playing this timeless game on Just for Starters Imperial Bingo nights. This service provides fun and companionship for elderly who may otherwise have limited opportunities for social interaction. > Sign up

For Just About Everyone:

On June 27th, take part in Chicago Cares’ 22nd Annual Serve-a-Thon along with over 5,000 volunteers across the Chicagoland area. This day - Chicago’s single largest day of service - is about taking action, connecting with people, meeting critical needs, learning from each other, and giving back to this amazing city! You can participate with your company, a group of old friends, or even join up with some new ones to help transform public schools into better learning environments for thousands of school children. > Sign up by June 18th!


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