Studies show that volunteering is good for your health. In fact, adults who volunteer on a regular basis are less likely to develop heart disease and high blood pressure. So, if you’ve been thinking about volunteering your time for some great causes, don’t wait. Whether you prefer working with people or pets, you’ll love these volunteer opportunities in western Illinois.
White Oak Library District
The White Oak Library District came into being in 1921 with the opening of the Lockport Township Library. Space for the library cost $25.00 a month at Pilgrim Hall; the library moved to its own location eight years later. As the surrounding communities grew, two new libraries were built to keep up with the demand. Combined, the three branches in Romeoville, Naperville, and Lockport loan millions of books to area residents every year.
The libraries also host fun events and programs such as the Memoir Writers Club, White Oak Author Fest, star-gazing sessions, and true-crime book clubs.
The Romeoville Branch is always looking for friendly volunteers. There are jobs for all interests. You can work as a library concierge, be a Conversation Group tutor, deliver books to homebound patrons, or be a Citizenship Prep Class volunteer.
Wags to Wishes
At Wags to Wishes, the motto is “Big or Small, We Save Them All.” This rescue mission finds loving homes for pets that have been abused or abandoned. Founder Teri rescued her first dog at 21 years of age and has been an animal advocate ever since. She established Wags to Wishes in 2015 and has saved over 2,000 animals to date.
The volunteers are the heart and soul of the rescue. You can perform any duties pertaining to your interests, such as walking the dogs, assisting with feeding, cleaning out kennels, and representing the rescue mission at community events.
Edward Hospital is a full-service regional healthcare provider. It was the first hospital in the state to offer private patient rooms. Today, the hospital provides space for families to spend the night and a pediatric ER designed in vibrant colors.
More than 1,400 volunteers give their time within the Edward-Elmhurst Health system. All come from diverse backgrounds and combined, these volunteers contribute thousands of hours to the hospital community. If you’d like to volunteer, be aware that a minimum commitment of six months is required. You’ll work to assist hospital staff in areas such as the Ortho/Spine Center, flower shop, Cancer Center, Emergency Department, or surgical waiting room.
All in all, these volunteer opportunities in western Illinois provide everyone a chance to give back to society.
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