Public Service Spotlight

Junior League of Chicago Jungle Jam
Saturday January 31, 2015

Gather the family for a day at the jungle while raising necessary funding for the Junior League of Chicago! It's the Junior League Jungle Jam, with jungle-themed carnival games and crafts, a live hands-on reptile and amphibian show, fun activity stations, a raffle, pizza and more. It's happening at St. Stanislaus Kostka School at 1255 N. Noble in Chicago on Saturday, January 31st from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The events activities are aimed for children ages 2-12. Jungle themed or animal print attire welcomed. For tickets and information, CLICK HERE.
Where: St. Stanislaus Kosta School
Location: Chicago North
Charity Spotlight

The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation warms hearts once again this February with the eighth annual 'Be My Valentine' Family Event on Sunday, February 8th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. The event will feature special performances by DJ Kareen and other local music talent, a family brunch buffet and Valentine's Day activities for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

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   Cabrini connection offers the tutor mentor connection program whose purpose is to gather and organize all that is known about successful non-school tutor/mentor programs and share that knowledge to expand the availability and enhance the effectiveness of these services to children in inner city Chicago and other poverty areas. For further volunteer information please contact Dan Bassill at (312)492-9614.
    CASA of Cook County 
   CASA of Cook County is the Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Cook County Juvenile Court. Advocates are appointed by a judge and assigned to one case at a time, serving as an independent voice for abused and neglected children in court. They advocate for safe, permanent homes for these children to break the cycle of abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers help ensure that children receive appropriate services and treatment. To become a CASA volunteer you must complete a comprehensive 30-hour training program, make a commitment of 12 months and dedicate approximately 10-15 hours per month to your case. If you are interested in volunteering, or for more information, please contact NeAngela Marshall at (312) 433-5312.
   Cat Guardians, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed to help with the feline overpopulation and homelessness problem in DuPage County, Illinois. Cat Guardians provides proper medical and sustenance needs and loving care to these stray and unwanted cats. We make sure that every cat is neutered and therefore unable to produce any unwanted cats. For further information concerning Cat Guardians please call Brian Myers at (312)997-2222.
   Cathedral Shelter provides programs, licensed by the Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, and include extensive counseling and supportive services as well as providing extensive food, clothing, furniture, household goods, case management, and other services including emergency housing assistance. For further volunteer information please contact Brian Myers at (312)997-2222.
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago 
   The social-service arm of the Arcdiocese of Chicago and represent the Catholic Community in its Mission of Charity. 312-655-7000
   The Center increases economic opportunities for low-income families, children, and individuals by improving access to public, private, and non-profit programs and services. Please contact Dora Cooper at (312)252-0280 for more information.
   Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation is dedicated to alleviating hunger in metropolitan Chicago through the distribution of quality food, education, training and advocacy. For further volunteer information please contact Beverly Decker at (773)252-3663.
   Join thousands of other Chicagoans and volunteer with Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares is a non-profit organization, founded in 1991, whose purpose is to help busy individuals that want to share their time and talents, find an outlet to make a difference in their communities. The service programs offer a diverse group flexible options. There are 70-90 service programs each month that range from the environment to Senior Citizens to Housing & Beautification. If you would like to join Chicago Cares, contact them at 312.780.0800 or email them at
   Chicago Catholic Charities fulfills the churches mission in charity by providing compassionate, professional and competent services to improve the quality of personal and family life while respecting the unique resources of each individual. For further volunteer information please contact Dorie Kuhn at (312)655-7000.
   Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to activate the intellectual and creative potential of children by being a catalyst for the process of learning. For further volunteer information please contact Lewanda May at (312)464-7671.
    Chicago Coalition for the Homeless 
   Organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness. 800-940-1119
   Chicago Foundation for Education is dedicated to improving and enhancing the educational experiences provided to Chicago's public elementary school children by the educators who serve, guide, and teach them. For further volunteer information please contact Pam Hay at (312)670-2323
    Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind 
   Social service agency to aid visually impaired & multi-disabled persons. 312-666-1331
   Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to Chicago children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, they empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives and build community. Chicago Lights programming affords a variety of meaningful one time and long- term volunteer experiences. For more information on individual, group, or corporate service opportunities, please contact Kate Solis at 312.981.3564 or
   With an abundance of special events, gardens and parkland, there are many opportunities to volunteer your time and talent. Whether you want to participate in a short-term event and pitch in for a day or you would prefer a commitment on a monthly basis opprtunities abound. For more information, call 312.742.4775.
    Chicago Single Volunteers 
   Chicago Single Volunteers, Inc. is a local chapter of the non profit organization Single Volunteers, Inc. The organization is made up of singles 25 and older that are committed to helping the Chicagoland community while increasing their opportunities to meet new friends and develop new relationships. Currently they are seeking organizations who may need assistance. Any non profit or charitable organization is eligible to utilize their free manpower. To contact them, to request volunteers, or to become a member of this unique organization go to All the information needed is on the website. 
   Looking for a way to volunteer in your community but don’t know where to start?

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   CHILD SERV Our mission is to help children and their families build better lives. Call Sondra Masibay at (773)693-0300 for further information.
   Christian Churches Caring (CCC) provides services to seniors in the Irving Park and surrounding communities. Our goal is to help seniors live healthy, independent lives in their own home or to support them in their choice to move to other arrangements. For further information please contact Peter Brich at (773)539-8950.
    Community Media Workshop 
   Community Media Workshop provides media relations and communications workshops, a media guide, a journalists' tipsheet and sponsors the Studs Terkel Awards all in the name of connecting the community with the media so important stories and voices can be heard.
   Conscience Connections Singles Volunteer Group offers a way for local singles to meet each other while volunteering for worthwhile and charitable organizations.
   The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. For further volunteer information please contact Christina Hallal (312)236-4491.

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