Volunteers provide the crucial academic support and personal attention that is at the heart of our mission.  They bring their experience as parents to children who may never have experienced parenting.  They bring their experience as business professionals to help our offices run more smoothly.  They share their expertise, their knowledge, and their time with children who may never have had a caring adult take a personal interest in them. 

While it is the primary responsibility of administration and residential staff to build genuine, healthy human relationships with each child, community volunteers bring a wealth of gifts to share.  In so doing, they increase the effectiveness of our program.  Listed below are some of the ways to get involved:

Community Volunteers are members of our community who assist us in a variety of ways.  They donate their services as Board or Program Committee members, tutors, meal moms and dads, fundraisers, mentors, and office professionals.

Administrative Volunteers help with routine office tasks or development activities.  Examples include fundraising, special events, administrative support and seasonal tasks.

Program Volunteers perform program-related services or help with tasks around the house such as cooking dinner and helping with and teaching scholars about the maintenance of the home (including gardening).

Youth Volunteers work directly with the children, either one-on-one or in groups.  Examples include mentors, babysitters, respite providers, field trip chaperons, etc.

Please contact our main number (847) 920-2783 for more information about the opportunities listed above.

Residential Counselor Volunteers

These individuals make a difference in the lives of an entire group of children by volunteering to live and work for a year with children in-need who benefit from their role-modeling, guidance, support, care and nurturing.

Boys Hope Girls Hope recruits, screens, trains, and places volunteers to work alongside professional staff in providing surrogate parenting for a group of 8 children, ages 10 to 18. The annual Boys Hope Girls Hope volunteer corps program runs from August to August of each year and provides a rewarding experience of helping children develop into young adults. However, we do look for and interview volunteers throughout the year.

Residential Counserlor Volunteer benefits include:

  • The opportunity to live and work in a community with caring individuals who share a common commitment toward youth.
  • $150 per pay period stipend for one year.
  • Room and board for one year.
  • Health Insurance for one year.
  • Transportation assistance.
  • Initial group orientation and training.
  • On-the-job training, support and supervision.

Applicants are encouraged to have their application materials completed by May 1 of each year. Volunteers may renew their commitment for additional years and, after one year service completion, may apply for full-time residential house-parent employment status.

For more information about volunteering as a Residential Counselor, please contact Angel Pringle at: 847-920-2785, or complete the form below: