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


- Elizabeth Andrew 

Volunteering at HOW

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

One Time Volunteer 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 Volunteer 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

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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