Senior Home Care Blog - Western Cook & Eastern DuPage Counties

Learn the Many Perks of Working for Free

By Mary L. Doepke, RN

Spring has arrived. No more icy sidewalks to fear or snowy roads to navigate. In other words, it’s time to get back out into the world!

April 23-29 in National Volunteer Week – a good time for seniors and others with a little extra time on their hands to find their place in the community.

When someone volunteers their time and talent, everybody wins. Not only do community organizations benefit from free help, those providing the help gain from spending time with people and having those people depend on us.  

Staying physically and mentally active also can help prevent depression, feelings of isolation and even dementia, according to the National Institute on Aging.

No one needs to look far to find an outlet for their time and talent. No matter your area of interest, there’s an organization not far from home who could use your help. All it takes to get started is an email or a phone call.

Health and Wellness

Community Nurse Health Center in La Grange provides crucial care for people who can’t afford to pay for care themselves. From newborn checkups to dental procedures that can change a person’s life, Community Nurse Health Center is an important part of the community that can always use an extra set of hands.

Volunteers are needed to work in the two resale shops that provide funds for Community Nurse Health Center. Other opportunities might also be available.

To learn more, send an email to Michelle Grand, volunteer manager, at mgrand@communitynurse.org,

Hospitals also can use help in their gift shops, information desks and even nurseries. Volunteers play a vital role in making patients comfortable during their stay and helping visitors to feel welcome.

To learn more about volunteering at AMITA Hinsdale or AMITA La Grange, contact Sandy Mueller at sandra.mueller@amitahealth.org.

Help Your Furry Friends

Animal lovers are needed to assist pets as well as people at area animal shelters, including the Hinsdale Humane Society.

Whether you’re most comfortable helping in the office or covered in kittens, there are many roles that need to be filled. Learn more about how you can help by sending an email to info@hinsdalehumanesociety.org or by calling (630) 323-5630.

Cultivate Culture

The Chicago suburbs are full of music, theater, art and history, all of which can benefit from the help of volunteers.

If you love music, check with your local symphony about being an usher at their next concert. If history is your passion, ask about volunteer opportunities at a local museum.

One to try is Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook, which trains volunteers in the ancient arts of spinning and weaving. Volunteers can then demonstrate their newly acquired skills to museum visitors.

Graue Mill and Museum also needs people to help with special events and with behind-the-scenes tasks.

For more information, send an email to info@grauemill.org or call (630) 920-9720.

Help Others Age Well

LaGrange-based Aging Care Connections relies on volunteers to provide programs and services to more than 8,000 aging individuals and families each year.

Help is needed with clerical tasks, as well as with planning the annual fundraising gala.

To get involved, contact Denise Gerda, Development Associate, at (708) 603-2245 or email her at dgerda@agingcareconnections.org.

Find Your Place

The opportunities to give of your time and talent are endless. To find out about more ways to get involved, check out GivingDuPage.org. It’s a clearinghouse for the needs of area organizations and those looking for ways to help.