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5 Places to Volunteer in the Joliet Area

Posted by Sam Sottosanto on Nov 20, 2017 8:03:23 AM
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Did you know that volunteering can improve your health? According to the Huffington Post, 94 percent of people surveyed said that volunteering helped put them in a good mood.

With the holiday season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start giving back to your community. If you're not sure where to start, we've compiled a list of five organizations below.

Want to see more?
Click here for additional opportunities (list organized by the JJC Office of Holistic Wellness)

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1. JJC's Fosterpalooza (Friday, Dec. 8, 4 to 7 p.m.)

Contact: Patricia Shue, or (815) 280-2519

Want to help spread holiday cheer? Take part in JJC's annual event, Fosterpalooza, happening on Friday, Dec. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. on Main Campus. Volunteers are needed to help set up, clean up, wrap gifts and more during this event that celebrates local foster children. 



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2. JJC Literacy Tutors

Contact: Mandy Dwyer, or (815) 280-1331

Is English your favorite subject? Do you enjoy teaching others? Sign up to be a JJC Literacy Tutor! As a tutor, you'll help adults who either read below the ninth grade level or those who are learning English to improve their reading, writing, math or their use of the English language. 



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3. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties

Contact: or (815) 723-2227

Think you'd make a good mentor? As a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer, you'll help shape a child's future by developing a positive relationship with them and act as a role model. 



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4. Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue

Contact: or (799) 206-2132

If you love animals, think about volunteering at Hopeful Tails! Volunteer duties include walking, grooming and cleaning up after shelter animals. Volunteers also work special events and socialize with the animals.



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5. Helpers of Mother Earth


If you're passionate about the environment, Helpers of Mother Earth is the perfect volunteer organization for you! As a member, you'll help clean up local public areas including parks, forest preserves, road sides and more.


Note: Some of these opportunities require volunteers to fill out an application form. Reach out to the head of each organization for more information.


Additional JJC Volunteer Initiatives

Joliet Junior College faculty, staff and students participate in a number of volunteer opportunities each year. Some of those are listed below. 

  • The Culinary Department's Epicurean Club collects canned food items for local food banks
  • The JJC Bookstore makes care packages for troops overseas (via the organization, Boatsie's Boxes)
  • The Veterans Alliance Club hosts an annual sock drive
  • The Department of Natural Sciences and Physical Education participates in environmental clean ups
  • The Romeoville Student Activities Committee is collecting crayons, colored pencils and markers for Lurie's Children Hospital from Nov. 15 to Dec. 1.

To learn more about how you can volunteer, click here or contact Coordinator of Student Activities and Holistic Wellness Amy Sims at  


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