Volunteers can make a life-changing impact on the women, children and families HOW serves. We want your volunteer experience to be rewarding, so we have a variety of opportunities to fit your schedule and interests:

Single Day Opportunities

Single day volunteer opportunities include cleanup days at HOW buildings, assisting with HOW community and client events, and providing expertise in specific areas. Have a skill or interest you’d love to share? Volunteer to lead an enrichment activity such as yoga, resume writing, healthy eating, financial literacy, poetry writing, or dance. Opportunities exist for groups and individuals. volunteer@how-inc.org.

In Kind Donation Sorting

One Saturday a month a group of volunteers assemble at HOW North to sort a variety received donations. Volunteers are needed to sort, count, fold, and determine usability of donations. This activity is a good fit for groups of 4-8 people.


Ongoing Opportunities

HOW is always looking for individuals interested in making a larger commitment to supporting our work.  There are a variety of ways to make a big impact on the agency and those we serve


Reception - HOW South at 400 W 76th St. 

Volunteers are needed to manage the front desk at least one 4-hour shift per week. Volunteers duties will include greeting guests, answering the phone and door, and light clerical work. Volunteers work Monday through Friday 8am - 4pm. 

HOW Associate Board 

Monthly meetings, on-going volunteer and fundraising events


HOW Board of Directors

Quarterly meetings, fundraising commitment, agency oversight and planning


Donation Drives

Donations of much-needed items are crucial for HOW families, who move into housing with very few possessions. One important way to contribute is to organize a donation drive at your workplace, school, community center, or event. For more information about items needed by HOW clients, click here.


Housing Opportunities for Women

1607 W Howard St.

Third Floor

Chicago, IL 60626


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