[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s second inaugural address, he asked residents to heed his call to volunteer their time and mentor youth in need across Chicago. In an effort to make it easier for people interested in providing a positive influence on our youth, the city announced Monday a new and improved online portal, onegooddeedchicago.org, that will better connect residents to volunteer opportunities to participate and play an active role in a young person’s life.
The One Good Deed Chicago website will serve as a one-stop shop online portal where interested volunteers can sign up for service opportunities with Chicago nonprofit organizations located citywide.
“Small acts of service can make an enormous difference in the life of a child and in the future of our city, so today we are offering a simple way to connect volunteers with young people who need them all across the City of Chicago,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Working together, we can provide adolescents all throughout Chicago with the values, expectations, and opportunities that we share as a common foundation and help them reach their full potential.”
The Mayor’s Office is currently convening a working group of Chicago nonprofit service organizations, led by Chicago Cares, Donors Forum, and Serve Illinois, to develop a set of recommendations for improvements to the volunteer process in Chicago, including the One Good Deed Chicago website and future service enhancements, such as the streamlining of volunteer background checks.
In addition to youth mentoring, the One Good Deed Chicago website provides access to a variety of volunteer opportunity areas, including domestic violence, environment and sustainability, homelessness, immigrant needs, arts and culture, parks and gardens, adult education and seniors, veterans’ and women’s issues, and other areas. Volunteer opportunities range from one-time to ongoing commitments and can include skillsets and activities from mentoring, grant writing, or computer and social media assistance to arts and crafts, sports, or gardening and construction.
Chicago nonprofit organizations can register and post their volunteer opportunities for interested volunteers to search by interests, skillset required, and other areas. Volunteers can create their own profile, keep track of volunteer hours logged, and apply directly for individual service opportunities through the website. Organizations are encouraged to register HERE and start posting volunteer opportunities today.
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