"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart."

Elizabeth Andrew

Volunteers, from children to youth to retirees, provide the extra talent, hands, and hearts to help our programs succeed.  At Family Service, more than 200 volunteers serve as turors, teachers, mentors, camp counselors, and chaperones in our programs.  Volunteer opportunities also are available to help at our annual agency fundraiser, "A show of Support," and at special events such as the Posada in December.  Every day, volunteers help us reach many more people in need than would otherwise be possible.  We invite you to meet some of our many volunteers, who talk about why they volunteer, and invite you to join them.  To find out more about volunteering at Family Service, please tell us of your interest on the form below or call us at 847-432-4981.

Liz Bautista, Highwood

As a former Nuestro Verano camper, I was grateful for the opportunity to return to the camp I loved when I was child, now as a counselor. The experiences I had and the friends I made throughout the duration of my time as a camper led me to want to ‘pay it forward’ as a volunteer. This helped me decide to pursue a career in teaching.



Kathy Rhodes,
Highland Park
I liked the fact that the Escuela en Casa program involved one-on-one or small group settings. I have always enjoyed small group discussions where people feel comfortable being around each other. I have always loved volunteering and thought this opportunity was a chance for me to work with a small group.  Every time I meet with my students, I am delighted by how much they want to learn each day.  It is a good feeling to know that my students appreciate the work that I do to help them learn a new language.  If I can do it, so can anyone else! It is very rewarding and satisfying when you get to help others out.  I would also mention that volunteers are not alone. Family Service provides all the help necessary to guide you through the program and the process.  It has been such a nice experience!




Beth Mynhier,
Lake Forest

The Family Service program that I'm involved with, Escuela en Casa, provides volunteer tutors for adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students. As a former teacher, teaching adult ESL has always appealed to me. There is no more highly motivated student than an adult who wants to improve his/her English. For me, it's rewarding to spend time helping students who want this so much.  I was surprised at how much I learned from my students. They share news of their lives, struggles, successes, and continue to improve their English skills.

Please contact us regarding your interest in volunteer service using the form below.