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


- Elizabeth Andrew

“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 individuals 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.

HOW's volunteer opportunities have been updated to align with public health recommendations to keep our clients, volunteers, and community safe. 

Single Day Opportunities

One Time Volunteer Opportunities

Single-day volunteer opportunities include cleanup days at HOW buildings, assisting with 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. 


Please email volunteer@how-inc.org to learn more about any of these opportunities.

Teaching a Skills Class

  • As we are in a virtual environment HOW has been holding virtual skills workshops for clients and we are always looking for new teachers. These workshops can be in centered around extracurricular activities (painting, yoga, baking, etc.) or more skills-based (such as interview tips, budgeting, tax assistance, etc.). 

  • You should volunteer if: You have a skill to share! This is a great volunteer opportunity for someone looking for a one-time or smaller volunteer commitment.

Employment Assistance

  • HOW's Employment Team is looking for volunteers to assist with mock interviews and resume assistance to help our clients ace their next job interview!  

  • You should volunteer if: You have experience working in HR, have hiring experience, or are an expert resume writer. 

Pick-up and Delivery Assistance

  • Help HOW make sure clients get everything they need for their homes. At times HOW will need assistance picking up in-kind donations. Volunteers who are flexible can be on call to assist with pick-up and occasional delivery to HOW clients or the office.  

  • You should volunteer if: You have a vehicle you can drive and transport items in, and can be flexible with your volunteer time. The ability to lift at least 20 pounds is necessary. 

Gardening and/or Clean-up

  • HOW owns 3 apartment buildings; and in the spring and fall these properties need some landscaping done to keep them looking bright and welcoming to our residents. Groups or individuals can assist with pulling weeds, picking up trash, planting new bulbs and generally making the buildings more welcoming.  

  • You should volunteer if: You have a green thumb or don’t mind getting dirty. This is a perfect opportunity for a small group to serve together outside. 

In Kind Donation Sorting (this is temporarily on hold due to the pandemic)

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.

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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities


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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.

Diaper Day Volunteer Pool

  • HOW partners with Bundled Blessings in Evanston which provides needed diapers for HOW families once a month. HOW has a pool of volunteers who help by picking up the diapers, bringing them to HOW’s office, and sorting them.    

  • You should volunteer if: You have a vehicle you can drive and transport diapers in. Once this is a pool position you could volunteer as much or as little as your schedule allows, but we ask that you at least prepare to assist 3 months out of the year. 

COMING SOON! Virtual Tutoring and Mentoring

  • Starting in the fall HOW is hoping to pilot a virtual youth mentoring program with our Youth Services team to connect adult professionals with HOW teens and build up a mentorship program. We will have mentorship materials and check-ins with participants. 

  • You should volunteer if: You want to make an impact on a teen's life, are flexible and can commit to at least a year of consistent volunteering. 

Join the Associate Board

  • HOW’s Associate Board is a group of young professionals who meet once a month and support HOW by various fundraisers, in-kind collections, and engagement campaigns.   

  • You should volunteer if: You are looking for a monthly commitment of about 1-4 hours a month and are interested in joining a group of like-minded peers interested and committed to HOWs mission and work. 

  • Next steps: Learn more and complete an application here

Donation Drives


Volunteer opportunities around in kind drives are in flux due to COVID-19. This section will be updated regularly with details. 

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.