Office of Student Engagement

Volunteer Agencies

America Reads

Address:

School of Education Eric C Sheffield - Director Horrabin Hall 115 / 1 University Circle Macomb, IL 61455 USA

Mission:

The goal of the America Reads program is for each child in America to be able to read independently by the third grade. The university has a team of coordinators and tutors who assist Macomb students from Pre-K through 6th grade in improving their reading skills.

Contact Information:

education@wiu.edu | 309-298-1183

Website:

http://www.wiu.edu/coehs/curriculum_and_instruction/rdgcenter.php

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Address:

425 N. Prairie Ave, Suite B, Macomb IL 61455

Mission:

The Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and others to build the critical network of support that funds and enables our work of carefully matching children with compassionate adult mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor, and child’s family.

Opportunities:

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the largest and most comprehensive mentoring organization in the world. Volunteering involves mentoring a child aged anywhere from six to eighteen. We offer 2 programs, Community-based and School-based.

  • The Community-based program is the more traditional mentoring relationship, where the match decides its own activities and can meet wherever, whenever. Community-based matches meet a minimum of 8 hours per month.
  • School-based matches meet primarily in-school, during the lunch/recess period. School-based meetings last about 40 minutes, and the match can play games, do activities, do homework, play at recess, eat lunch, and/or just talk and be friends.
  • There are monthly match activities outside the school which both the Community-based and School-based (with parent approval) matches can come to, though those activities are not mandatory. School-based matches meet a minimum of once per week, with no meetings during the school breaks. Bigs and Littles are matched with their own gender only, based on compatibility of personalities and similar interests.
Time Commitment:

Volunteers must make a minimum 1-year commitment so that a strong and trusting bond can be created with the child. Matching Process: Potential volunteers go through a vetting process before they are allowed to be matched with a Little. This involves a 90-minute interview with BBBS Staff, background checks, reference calls, internet searches, and a 90-minute training class. During the interview, questions are asked about the volunteer’s work experience, background, family life, and interactions with children to get an idea of what kind of person the volunteer is and to see if they are qualified and appropriate for BBBS. Likewise, the potential children and their parents sit for a 90-minute interview, during which the Staff collects info about background, needs, preferences, and interests so we can make the best possible matches.

Requirements:
  • You must be available for an entire year. Community-based meets year-round; School-based does not meet during the breaks, but if you are matched in [for example] November 2016 you must continue until at least November 2017.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have a driver’s license.
  • You must not have any criminal background. We will also run your Motor Vehicle Record, and anything serious may mean disqualification.
  • You MUST fulfill the commitment you make to the child. Many kids in the BBBS program have faced adversity throughout their lives; seeing one more person give up or walk out on them only compounds whatever issues they may be facing.
  • You must have semi-regular contact with BBBS Staff. For the volunteers, this will amount to a monthly phone call, which can last as little as 5 minutes. It is these monthly calls that allow the Staff to support the match and child, ensure the safety of all involved, and facilitate the child getting whatever he/she needs.
  • BBBS reserves the right to accept or deny any potential volunteer or child it chooses.
Contact Information:

Ahall@bbbs-mv.org sbaca@bbbs-mv.org

Website:

https://www.bbbsmv.org/

Birthright of Macomb

Address:

303 N. Clay Street, Macomb IL 61455

Mission:

The essence of Birthright is love. Birthright is unique and committed to offering free, non-judgmental help to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Birthright offers love, hope and support to each woman, to help her make a realistic plan for her future and the future of her unborn child. Opportunities: Volunteers will be helping with office work and assisting clients (new and expectant mothers). There may be some opportunities to help with special projects.

Time Commitment:

Since volunteers must undergo training, a weekly commitment is expected.

Requirements:

Must be a female student with either junior or senior status. An application must be picked up from the office and filled out. All volunteers need to go through training as well.

Contact Information:

Since the office is open for limited hours, it may be easier to email macomb@birthright.org

Website:

https://birthright.org/macomb

Countryview Care Center of Macomb

Address:

400 W. Grant St., Macomb IL 61455

Mission:

We are dedicated to assisting the elderly population in maintaining the highest possible quality of life for the longest possible time. We are committed to providing an environment where the dignity of each individual is assured.

Contact Information:

309-837-2386

Website:

https://www.petersenhealthcare.net/contact-us/

Downtown Development - City of Macomb

Address:

120 E. Calhoun St. Macomb, IL 61455

Mission:

Downtown Development will take a leading role to encourage a collaborative spirit among our community partners in order to enhance the physical environment and interactive experience of our Historic Downtown. We aim to develop Historic Downtown Macomb as a community in and of itself where people want to live, shop, and enjoy life.

Opportunities:

Special Events and Service Projects downtown. Subscribe to the calendar or search “volunteer opportunities” on the main page

Time Commitment:

Special Occasions

Contact Information:

Kristin Terry, Downtown Development Director at kterry@cityofmacomb.com or (309) 833-1315, info@visitforgottonia.com

Website:

Elms Nursing Home

Address:

1212 Madelyn Ave, Macomb, IL 61455

Mission:

To create a partnership through life's journey between community, staff, residents, and families. Together we strive to maintain dignity, comfort, and trust.

Contact Information:

Contact Jane Hasley at jhasley@theelmsmacomb.com

Website:

http://www.theelmsmacomb.com/

Everly House

Address:

811 S. Lafayette Street, Macomb IL 61455

Mission:

Everly House in Macomb, IL has been serving as an independent living center with the security and comforts of home since 1953! The facility was constructed in the early 1950s with funds from the Everly Trust for senior living purposes.

Contact Information:

(309) 833-2704 , everlyhouse1@macomb.com

Website:

http://www.everlyhouse.com

Genesis Garden

Address:

Genesis Garden 307 E Carroll St Macomb, IL 61455

Mission:

Genesis Garden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Macomb, Illinois, USA. Genesis Garden was founded out of a grassroots organization dedicated to addressing and eliminating the effects of poverty through a proactive, preventative, and compassionate approach.

Contact Information:

karen@genesis-garden.org or info@genesisgarden.org (309) 326-3075 message on Facebook Genesis Garden - Home | Facebook

Website:

https://www.genesisgarden.org/contact-us/

Grand Prairie Living

Address:

1307 Meadowlark Lane, Macomb, IL 61455

Mission:

We are assisted living for seniors 65 years and older. Our community is for people who only need a little assistance with their daily lives. Our residents have their own apartments, of which we have 81. We offer around-the-clock nursing care, meals, physical, social, and emotional programs that keep our residents active and thriving.

Contact Information:

(309) 833-5000 administrator@grandprairieassistedliving.com

Website:

Grand Prairie of Macomb | Senior Living Community | Macomb, IL (gardant.com)

Habitat for Humanity of McDonough County

Address:

1212 W Calhoun St Macomb, IL 61455-1226

Mission:

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Contact Information:

h4h@frontier.

Contact Information:

(309) 837-1716 or h4hmc@outlook.com

Website:

https://www.habitat.org/us-il/macomb/hfh-mcdonough-county

Horn Field Campus

Address:

985 China Rd, Macomb, IL 61455

Mission:

Our mission is to provide an outdoor educational environment to support the university's mission of instruction, research, and service.

Opportunities:

There is always something to volunteer for at Horn Field Campus utilizing many different skills that the volunteer has to offer. We have physical projects like invasive species removal, chopping wood, trail maintenance, and grounds maintenance, as well as social projects like volunteering for our many events.

Time Commitment:

You can volunteer once or come back multiple times, and you can come as an individual or bring a group with you!

Contact Information:

309-298-4676 or MJ-Pheiffer@wiu.edu

Humane Society of McDonough County

Address:

101 E. Tower Road, Macomb, IL 41655 (309) 837-2989

Mission:

The purpose of the Humane Society of McDonough County is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, and the extension of humane education.

Contact Information:

humanesociety.mcil@gmail.com

Website:

http://www.hsmcil.org/

Macomb Arts Center

Address:

25 East Side Square, Macomb, IL 61455

Mission:

Supporting the Arts has always been our mission. We host exhibitions, performances, classes, art and gift markets, and many other cultural activities. Supporting the arts in the West Central Illinois region enriches us all. We aim to continue to provide opportunities for performance and visual artists to have a place to network with their peers, hone their craft, and provide a venue to inspire others.

Contact Information:

Nancy Crossman nancyjcrossman@gmail.com (309) 836-2782

Website:

https://www.macombartscenter.org/membership-volunteering

Macomb Park District

Address:

1406 N Randolph St, Macomb, IL 61455

Mission:

Enriching Citizens' Lives Through Education, Recreation, and Open Space Opportunities

Contact Information:

https://macombparkdistrict.com/contact-us/ j.flynn@macombparks.com Rachael Lenz R.Lenz@macombparks.com

Website:

https://macombparkdistrict.com/

McDonough County United Way

Address:

440 N. Lafayette, Suite 106, Macomb IL 61455

Mission:

We fund local programs for 20 Partner Agencies, focusing on health, income and education.

Contact Information:

309-837-9180 or email mcdcunitedway@gmail.com

Website:

http://www.mcdonoughunitedway.com/home.html or facebook.com/mcdonoughcountyunitedway

McDonough District Hospital

Address:

525 E. Grant, Macomb IL 61455

Mission:

The Volunteer program at McDonough District Hospital (MDH) was established to serve MDH, its patients, and the community; to participate in fundraising activities to help support the hospital, and to assist the hospital in promoting health and welfare of the community. Gifts, memorials, and proceeds raised (Gift Gallery and fundraising events) by volunteers go toward funding for the Auxiliary Scholarship and Loan Program. The Auxiliary offers healthcare career loans and scholarships annually to students pursuing careers in the healthcare field.

Requirements:

submit immunization records, consent to a background check and obtain a flu shot (during the flu season).

Contact Information:

(309) 833-4101

Website:

https://www.mdh.org/get-involved/volunteers/

Peace Corps / Peace Corps Prep Program

Address:

501 Currens Hall Macomb, Il 61455

Mission:

To teach technical skills to people abroad, favorably represent America, Americans, and American culture to people abroad, favorably represent host country, host country citizens, and host country culture to Americans.

Contact Information:

KMC at k-mauldin-curtis@wiu.edu or pcprep@wiu.edu or (309) 298-2706

Website:

http://www.wiu.edu/peace_corps/pc_prep/

Salvation Army

Address:

505 N Randolph St, Macomb, IL 61455

Mission:

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Contact Information:

309-837-4824 or https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/macomb/contact-us/

Website:

https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/macomb/volunteer/

Soup N' More

Address:

400 E.Carroll St., Macomb IL 61455

Mission:

Soup & More provides a hot meal on the last Sunday of the month for anyone who is hungry.

Contact Information:

309-326-3075 volunteer@soupandmore.org

Website:

http://www.soupandmore.org/

Spoon River College Literacy Project

Address:

208 S. Johnson St., Macomb IL 61455

Mission:

The Literacy Program offers services to adults in the College district. With the help of trained volunteers, our programs are centered on improving the reading, writing, and math level of each individual while understanding their unique needs and goals. We provide volunteer-based, flexible, student-centered, confidential, and free adult literacy services.

Opportunities:

Tutor students enrolled in the GED, ESL (English as a Second Language), and adult literacy programs at SRC sites

Requirements:

No special education or degree is required, training will be provided to volunteers.

Contact Information:

Contact Adult Literacy Program at (309) 833-6038.

Website:

http://www.src.edu/academics/Pages/ged.aspx

The Center for Youth and Family Solutions

Address:

123 S. McArthur Street, Macomb IL 61455

Mission:

The Center for Youth and Family Solutions engages and serves children and families in need with dignity, compassion, and respect by building upon individual and community strengths to resolve life challenges together.

Contact Information:

(309) 833-1791 Sue Hirschman, Volunteer Coordinator at shirschman@cyfsolutions.org

Website:

https://www.cyfsolutions.org/services/volunteer/

The Crossing Thrift Store

Address:

1606 West Jackson Street, Macomb IL 61455

Mission:

Our purpose for the thrift store ministry is to offer a source for inexpensive merchandise to the community, provide employment opportunities and generate funding for benevolence, all for the purpose of showing the love of Jesus Christ.

Contact Information:

(309) 837-1807 https://www.thecrossing.net/location/macomb/

Website:

https://www.facebook.com/thriftstoremacomb/

Tri-States Audio Information Services

Address:

1 University Circle, 504 University Services Building, Macomb IL 61455

Mission:

Tri-States Audio Information Services will foster equal access to printed materials for individuals in the tri-states who are blind, visually impaired, learning disabled, or physically disabled.

Contact Information:

Call the office at (309) 298-2403 to request an application or more information or email ais@wiu.edu

Website:

http://www.tristatesaudio.org/volunteer.asp

Wesley Village Retirement Community

Address:

1200 East Grant Street Macomb, IL

Mission:

It is Wesley Village’s mission to honor and serve God by providing a secure Christian community, ministering to the spiritual, social, physical, and emotional needs of older persons. Wesley Village’s vision is to be the provider of choice for all persons desiring to live in a comprehensive Christian retirement community.

Contact Information:

Volunteers are encouraged to contact Kari Woodrum, Volunteer Coordinator, (309) 833-2123 https://www.wesleyvillagemacomb.com/volunteering-wesley-village

Website:

www.wesleyvillagemacomb.com

Western Illinois Museum

Address:

201 South Lafayette Street Macomb,IL 61455

Mission:

The mission of the Western Illinois Museum is to celebrate the unique culture and history of West Central Illinois. It receives over 2,500 visitors annually, presents three exhibits and 30 programs a year, and has a collection of over 6,000 artifacts.

Contact Information:

Sue Scott at 309.837.2750 or info@wimuseum.org

Website:

http://www.wimuseum.org/

Western Illinois Regional Council - Community Action Agency

Address:

223 South Randolph, Macomb IL 61455

Mission:

The WIRC-Community Action Agency utilizes a Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) to provide for unmet needs in the region. Income eligible persons receive aid from various program based-services sponsored by this funding source. From emergency services to housing needs to educational opportunities, the WIRC-CAA provides diverse and abundant opportunities to help individuals and families help themselves.

Contact Information:

(309) 837-2997

Website:

https://wirpc.org/

WIU Women’s Center

Address:

Multicultural Center Suite 209, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455

Mission:

The Women's Center's Mission is to promote gender equity through education, support, and advocacy and to respond to issues affecting the status of female students, faculty, and staff on campus, as well as women in the community and in society.

Contact Information:

(309) 298-2242 Haley Rednour hm-rednour@wiu.edu

Website:

http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/womens_center/index.php

YMCA of McDonough County

Address:

400 E. Calhoun St., Macomb, IL 61455

Mission:

The YMCA of McDonough County has been serving the residents of this region since 1889 and offers programs and opportunities for infants through senior citizens. We strive to demonstrate caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in everything we do.

Contact information:

(309) 833-2129 https://www.macombymca.org/forms/contact-us/

Website:

https://www.macombymca.org/main/employment-and-volunteer-application/