Volunteer in Ravenswood

Volunteerism strengthens communities and brings people together. In Ravenswood, volunteers help feed and clothe the less fortunate, they keep our rivers, parks and bioswales clean, and they help bring incredible events and programming to the neighborhood. We get regular requests for volunteers from a number of amazing local non profit organizations and community groups, and we pride ourselves in connecting them to passionate Ravenswood residents. 

For the latest volunteer needs, subscribe to our e-newsletter. Each month we feature several opportunities in our “Volunteer and Donation Opportunities” section. If you’d like to add your name to our Volunteer-specific contact list or would like to reach out about group volunteer opportunities, please email gene@ravenswoodchicago.org with “Volunteer” in the subject line. We never share your information with other organizations, we just pass the information along to you. 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Ravenswood Elementary Mosaic Project – January through April

Ravenswood School needs some adult volunteers to help finish their beautiful new mosaic installation. They’ll be looking for a hand across several dates between now and April. If you have an hour or two to give on one of these volunteer days, this is a great way to give back to our community. Sign up to volunteer here!

Ravenswood On Tap – June 24th + 25th

This two day celebration of our neighborhood brewing scene helps support community programming and initiatives from the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and Bowmanville Community Organization. Volunteers are needed to pour beer, assist with clean-up and help out at the festival entrances. Interested? Email gene@ravenswoodchicago.org.

Ravenswood ArtWalk – September 16th + 17th

This two day celebration of arts and industry helps support arts programming and initiatives from the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and Ravenswood Community Council. Volunteers are needed to pour beer, assist with clean-up and help out at the festival entrances. Interested? Email gene@ravenswoodchicago.org.

Ravenswood Community Services – Ongoing

Ravenswood Community Services is committed to strategic change in the Ravenswood and Uptown neighborhoods. They are always looking for more people and community partners to volunteer with them. For a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities, click here.

Volunteers serve on Tuesday nights in the Community Kitchen, Food Pantry and Dining Hall. Volunteers mentor neighborhood youth through outreach programs at Ravenswood School. To volunteer, or for more information, contact RCS at volunteer@ravenswoodcommunityservices.org.

Chicago Books for Women In Prison – Ongoing

Chicago Books to Women in Prison is a volunteer collective working to distribute books free of charge to women in prison nationwide. Incarcerated women send them their requests for books directly. CBWP attempts to furnish the requested materials from their stock of donated books, by trading with used book stores, and from donations from their Amazon wish list. They send three books in each package.

There are several ways you can help:

  • Volunteer with them! Volunteer training is the last Sunday of every month, at 1pm.
  • Drop off your new or used books at their office inside Ravenswood Fellowship Church (4511 N. Hermitage) every Sunday between 2-5.
  • Donate brown paper bags or packing tape.
  • Buy a book directly off their “special requests” Amazon wishlist under “Chicago Books to Women in Prison.
  • Give money, to help cover the cost of postage. It costs about $3.20 to send each package media mail, but it is the organization’s only cost, so a small donation goes a long way.

Interested in volunteering? You can find information here.

 -List last updated on 1/30/17