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American Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign
Help Astellas USA Foundation Make Fire Safety a Priority

Volunteer opportunities with American Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign are coming to Waukegan!

Five times a day people die from a residential home fire. With the support of Astellas USA Foundation, the American Red Cross® is canvasing neighborhoods - particularly communities most at risk for a fire - installing smoke detectors and educating about fire prevention. This effort is part of a nationwide American Red Cross® campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2020.

Continuing its eight-year support of the American Red Cross®, in 2016 and 2017 combined, Astellas USA Foundation donated funds to purchase 46,000 smoke alarms helping 18,400 families be more prepared for fires.

Please consider joining this effort, even if you cannot attend the whole day.

April 1st from 8am to 4pm: The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign will be installing smoke alarms in the Waukegan area. Volunteers and the Waukegan Fire Department will be working alongside the Red Cross to install smoke alarms and provide Fire Safety education in homes.

Email Kathleen.Oshea@redcross.org to sign up.

Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute
Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute

The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI) aims to empower youth leaders to educate their peers about reducing substance use. Middle and high school students throughout Illinois are invited to attend an award-winning, five-day-long training workshop that offers opportunities for teens to learn about leadership, healthy choices and working with others to create better communities.

Volunteer Information

CGTI volunteers arrive on a centrally located campus two days prior to the start of the Institute, where they attend staff trainings prior to the arrival of participants. Volunteer staff remain on campus for five more days where they facilitate discussion groups, community action teams, assist with the overall coordination of the conference and supervise participants. For more volunteer information, please contact Ashley Webb (ashley@ilabh.org) or visit http://www.os-cgti.org for events & conferences which you can sign-up for. CGTI is a 7-day commitment.

Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. In 2015, more than one million people visited the Garden's 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline.

Learn about the Garden’s volunteer program by visiting their website: www.chicagobotanic.org/volunteer. Volunteers assist with education programs, horticulture, living plant documentation and collections, research, visitor services, offsite urban agriculture programs and at their many special events. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/volunteer/interest_form to complete a volunteer orientation session.

Chicago Zoological Society
Chicago Zoological Society

For group volunteer opportunities, contact: Ave Costa (AveMarie.Costa@CZS.org) or 708-688-8316.

For individual volunteer opportunities, contact: Hina Sowinski (Hina.Sowinski@czs.org) or 708-688-8852.

Children’s Place Association
Children’s Place Association

The Children’s Place Association provides critical assistance to children and their families in four key areas of impact: health, education, family stability and financial stability.

Event Volunteers

Set up, break down and help run the event (3 major opportunities a year).

Committee Volunteers

CPA has several committees that help fundraise and procure auction items for its various initiatives and events and are always looking for people who can help out.

Volunteer Day of Service

Spots available for volunteers to participate in CPA’s Annual Volunteer Day of Service to take place in the summer of 2017.
To inquire about these opportunities email volunteer@childrens-place.org

The Cove School
The Cove School

The Cove School is a private school that provides a nurturing environment for more than 150 K-12 students with learning disabilities in classes with no more than 10 students. Cove serves students from over 50 school districts throughout the Chicago metropolitan area as well as Milwaukee.

Volunteer Information

There are many ways to get involved at Cove. You can volunteer as a group for a reading project with their elementary students or join Cove for some outdoor clean up projects in the summer. You can volunteer as an individual for their annual 5K, Annual Benefit or for Hour of Code. Volunteers can also participate in career day and other job training activities. Contact Stephanie Sanderman at ssanderman@coveschool.org for details.

Danny Did Foundation
Danny Did Foundation

The Danny Did Foundation aims to increase awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

Upcoming Volunteer Event

Sunday, July 16: Danny Did hosts a grade school Kickball Tournament every July for 300 children. This summer the event will be held on 7/16/17 at Edgebrook Park (6525 N Hiawatha Ave, Chicago, IL 60646) from 10am - 3 pm. Danny's favorite game was kickball on the front lawn with family and neighbors, and they are keeping that summer tradition going in his honor. Proceeds benefit the Danny Did Foundation and its mission to prevent deaths caused by seizures.

Opportunities include: registration table/player check-in, face painting, snow cone machine, popcorn machine, coaches, umpires. Reach out to Mary Duffy at mduffy@dannydid.org for information about how to volunteer.

Have Dreams
Have Dreams

Have Dreams helps individuals with autism improve their abilities to learn, function independently and socialize so they may realize their full potential and develop into contributing members of their communities. Founded in 1996, Have Dreams serves more than 140 children, teens and adults impacted by autism from Chicago and 23 surrounding communities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities available include assistance with their fundraising special events, such as the annual spring fundraiser, and opportunities to assist with any special events arranged for their participants, such as dances or a Halloween-related event. Volunteer opportunities with Team Have Dreams events may also be available, which could include races or fitness events such as benefit walks. More information can be found on the website at http://havedreams.org/volunteer/.

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
Illinois Safe Schools Alliance

The mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research.

Volunteer Opportunities

Some of the volunteer opportunities include:
- Planning and executing the annual brunch
- Event support at fundraisers
- Help in the execution of their youth Summits and Night of Noise
- Data-entry & General office support
- Internships
Visit http://illinoissafeschools.org/get-involved to volunteer.

Kohl Children's Museum
Kohl Children's Museum

Astellas USA Foundation supports Science Sleuths program at Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview, Illinois. The Museum is seeking volunteers to assist with the exhibits. Current opportunities include:

Adventures in Art Exhibit

Commitment: 3+ hours per week; timeframe for hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed for the new Adventures in Art studio, which features four permanent stations – painting, clay sculpture, weaving, and recycled art. Volunteers will assist the education staff with encouraging young guests to enjoy hands-on activities in the art studio, and help reset and clean-up stations. Knowledge of visual arts is helpful but not critical to enjoying this opportunity.

Exhibit Experience Opportunities

Commitment: two- or three-hour shifts; timeframe for hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers will rotate among various exhibits and enjoy the flexibility of interacting with Museum guests as the exhibit dictates. Activities including helping with the art exhibit, reading books to children or playing games in the outdoor adventure exhibit.

To be considered, you must be willing to work with children and be able to stand for two or more hours at a time, respond appropriately during emergencies and commit to 20 weeks within a six-month period. Good communication skills and positive attitude a must. To sign up for a volunteer shift at Kohl Children's Museum please contact www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/support/volunteer.

Museum of Science & Industry
Museum of Science & Industry

As the largest science museum in the country, the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago is always in need of enthusiastic STEM professionals to volunteer in a number of ways. The Museum offers many volunteer opportunities, including the chance to deliver science content on the floor with visitors, to working behind the scenes. In addition to its year round volunteer program, the Museum also offers occasional opportunities throughout the year to interact with students, guests, and families through programs such as Junior Science Cafes and the annual Science WoRx Career Fair in October.

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit http://www.msichicago.org/support/volunteer/ to learn more.

Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank

Astellas USA Foundation provides funding to Northern Illinois Food Bank, the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs and hope for more than 71,000 people each week across 13 counties.

Volunteer Opportunities

Individuals or groups are welcome, including families, youth groups or corporate groups looking for a team-building activity. The Food Bank especially needs help during weekdays, but there are also volunteer opportunities available during evenings and on Saturdays. Please remember our hungry neighbors throughout the year and sign up to help by volunteering in a variety of ways that include food sorting and packing, event volunteers at foodie 5K races and golf outings, corn and squash picking in the summer and fall, serving as a skills-based volunteer, and more!

Volunteers interested in shifts at the three Centers in Geneva, Park City, or Rockford, can go online to view all available days, times, and volunteer openings at: http://solvehungertoday.org/ways-to-give/give-time/volunteer-opportunities/ .

Science Buddies
Science Buddies®

Science Buddies, supported by the Astellas USA Foundation, is dedicated to helping increase K-12 science literacy and fostering enthusiasm for science and science fair projects. Volunteer as a Science Buddies online mentor and be a role model for K-12 science students and/or a helpful advisor during the science project process through the “Ask an Expert Program.”

Science Buddies volunteers can choose from a list of short-term tasks that match their expertise and areas of interest, with which students need assistance. Most tasks can be completed in a few hours (or less), allowing busy volunteers to contribute in convenient and meaningful ways. Some current needs include project testing, graphic design, image procurement, blog writing in cutting-edge areas of research, and more!

The Ask an Expert Program is a free online forum where students and parents can ask questions about K-12 science projects. Volunteers provide personalized assistance with students who have questions about any phase of their project, from coming up with an idea to analyzing data to displaying results at a science fair. Volunteers in the Ask an Expert forums check in on a scheduled day once a week in a forum that matches their area of expertise and provide guidance to students working on science projects. Experts typically spend thirty minutes to one hour, once a week, answering questions.

Signing up is quick and easy.>>

Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competitions in a variety of Olympics-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Volunteer Opportunities

SO Illinois has volunteer opportunities throughout the year in a variety of positions. They can use day-of assistance at numerous competitions or their healthy athletes screening events. This includes everything from set-up and tear down, to check-in, to competition/event support, to awarding medals. SO Illinois staff could also use support and expertise in skilled volunteer work at one of their local area offices. Finally, the organization would welcome volunteers for various statewide fundraisers such as the Polar Plunge and Windy City Duck Derby.

Registering online is a great and easy way for individuals and groups to coordinate efforts and track hours. Online registration is available through the events calendar. Just click on the event, scroll through the description, and click the "Volunteer for #" button. Areas within Astellas' reach would include 3 (Chicago proper), 13, 18, and 5. There are numerous local and State competitions held in the great Chicagoland throughout 2017. Visit this link to learn more: https://www.soill.org/events/

iBIO Institute - Stellar Girls
Stellar Girls

iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center's Stellar Girls program, supported by the Astellas USA Foundation, inspires young women to enter into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Stellar Girls introduces girls in Grades 3-8 to current, interesting, "Big Ideas" in STEM fields. Through weekly after-school program activities, students explore how STEM is used to Feed, Fuel, Heal and Save the World. They engage in hands-on activities and have the opportunity to interact with STEM professionals and other volunteers to learn about STEM careers and apply STEM skills to real-world problems.

Comet Speakers

Speakers provide a 10-minute presentation to girls about education and career paths; job options; exciting and emerging opportunities. Comet Speakers engage in Q & A with students and may assist teachers in facilitating hands-on learning activities. The learning activities are distributed to Comet Speakers in advance, and they may choose whether or not to participate in the activity.

Nova Mentors

Mentors serve as a role model in STEM careers for students. Each mentor will serve as an ongoing role model and source of inspiration and encouragement for one Stellar Girls® program. Mentors may be asked to participate in a variety of programs including kick-off events, parent nights and share-out events.

If you are interested in volunteering for Stellar Girls®, please contact Ann Vogel of the iBIO Institute:
Ann.Vogel@iBIOInstitute.org | 312-422-1143

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