Volunteer Opportunities

FILTERS:
Sites
Altgeld-Murray
Austin
Austin Harvest
Cabrini-Green
Englewood
Moving Everest/Austin
Organization-Wide
Type
Ongoing
Temporary
Grades
College
Early Elementary
High School
Junior High
Late Elementary
Parents
Availablity
Available
SELECTED:

In-Person Programming

Academic Support

Summary:

Volunteer academic tutors work with students to complete their homework assignments, school projects, or focus on specific academic skills. Academic assistance may take place in the classroom with the Team Leader, or volunteers may work with students, one-on-one, in designated homework labs, under the supervision of site staff. Academic needs vary on the grade, needs, and capabilities of each individual student. Volunteers will be aware of their own competencies before providing assistance to a student.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteer academic tutors provide assistance for students with their weekly homework assignments, school projects, or additional educational skills.
  • Volunteers provide assistance based on their competency and capability. We ask volunteers to be realistic with their skill level, and volunteer only in subjects, and grade levels, where they have mastery.
  • Volunteers will work under the direction of the Team Leader. They will maintain the stability and hard-working atmosphere of the classroom.
  • Volunteers will pay attention to the requirements of the assignment, including time management, to allow students to complete their work efficiently and accurately.

Requirements:

  • Volunteers are approved to serve through By the Hand Club, and have completed the necessary steps to be a regular volunteer.
  • Volunteers have gone through regular training on tutoring basics and best practices through By the Hand Volunteer Development.
  • Volunteers have competency in the subjects, or general grade level, where they assist, especially if the volunteer is under 18 years old.
  • Volunteers will communicate with their Team Leaders about areas they most enjoy serving, and provide feedback about their engagement with students.

Schedule:

  • Volunteers commit to participate for an academic semester, or longer on their discretion.
  • Volunteers commit to weekly or bi-monthly participation.

Sign Up:

Search opportunities to sign up on VolunteerHub.

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood
Type
Ongoing
Grades
Early Elementary High School Junior High Late Elementary
Austin Harvest: Operations Team

Summary:

Assist student entrepreneurs with the daily operations of Austin Harvest, an enrichment of By The Hand. Operations Team volunteers come alongside staff and students to provide an adult presence, retrieve materials or supplies and assist with the general operations of the market. Students themselves staff most customer interactions; volunteers are a huge assistance to back of the house and general operations needs.

Requirements: 

  • In order to volunteer regularly with minors, volunteers must be approved through the official application process, including a background check.
  • Volunteers must either be adults or accompanied by an adult while onsite.
  • Volunteers do not need grocery or market experience, but a background in food operations, logistics or management may be useful.
  • Volunteers may choose how long they assist the market. Hours of operation are from 2:00-6:00 PM, with primary times for assistance between 1:00-2:30 PM and 5:00-6:30 PM.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers take on responsibilities as assigned by the program manager, which can include various types of operational support: setting up materials, moving items, food layout, customer service, etc.
  • Volunteers are present to support and grow the student entrepreneurs. Volunteers are responsible to help students learn and grow through their experience working at Austin Harvest; volunteers are not to do the work for them.
  • Volunteers may take on additional responsibilities if requested by the program manager, or in cases of emergency.
  • Adult volunteers are also a helpful presence for the market in case the program manager needs to step out, or if there is any emergency.

Schedule: Austin Harvest is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 2:00 – 6:00 PM. Volunteers are able to participate for some or all of that time.  Operational support volunteers could arrive as soon as 1:30 or stay as late as 6:30 PM. Austin Harvest will be a year-round market and volunteers commit to one year on a rolling basis.

 

Sites
Austin Harvest
Type
Ongoing
Grades
High School
Austin Harvest: Sponsor Day

Summary:

Small businesses, corporate groups, nonprofits, families or other organizations are encouraged to work with us to sponsor specific days and events at the Austin Harvest pop-up market. Throughout the year, Austin Harvest holds holiday-themed days, as well as days for special giveaways. Interested volunteer groups may work with us to consider how to best partner with Austin Harvest to sponsor the event for that day. Groups may provide activities or free items for customers to take away. They may also coordinate with Austin Harvest to promote pre-approved goods or services, particularly food-related, for their business or community (free promotions are preferred, but participants may also sell if they bring their own system).

Requirements:

  • Volunteer sponsors must be approved by Austin Harvest for the day and event. Sponsors may work with the Volunteer Department to determine the appropriate run of the day.
  • Sponsors will bring their own equipment and information. By The Hand may provide a table and chairs, if possible.
  • Use of the indoor shipping container must be requested and approved in advance.
  • Sponsors will clear all activity with the Volunteer Department or Austin Harvest.
  • Sponsors may sell approved products, but will need to bring their own charging system. No cash is used on site.
  • Storage of items must be requested and approved in advance. Sponsors will oversee their own items for giveaway or sale.
  • All signage will be approved in association with Austin Harvest.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteer sponsors will oversee the giveaway or sales of their products, or items purchased on behalf of Austin Harvest.
  • Sponsors are responsible for their own set-up, clean-up and tear down.
  • Sponsors are encouraged to get involved with the local neighborhood to share about their presence in the community.
  • If promoting a product or service, sponsors are encouraged to make it a free promotional.
  • If sponsoring a theme day or special event, volunteers are encouraged to share about their organization or company, as well as their commitment to Austin Harvest and the Austin community.

Schedule:

Austin Harvest operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 2:00 – 6:00 PM. Sponsor days have been designated for Wednesday, but can be placed on a Monday or Friday with advance notice for scheduling. Austin Harvest will operate throughout the year. Volunteer sponsors can coordinate for one or more events or theme days.

 

Sites
Austin Harvest
Type
Ongoing
Grades
High School
Career Exploration & Activities
Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Temporary
Grades
College High School Junior High Late Elementary
Classroom Assistance

Summary:

Volunteers who offer classroom support provide general assistance to the Team Leader in the classroom where they serve. Classroom support may take the form of classroom management, general academic assistance, bathroom and transition supervision, participation through classroom activities, and support for special events. Volunteers fill the role of assistant, take initiative to build relationships with students, and seek to build a caring and community culture under the supervision of the Team Leader.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers will work under the direction of the Team Leader. They will maintain the stability and hard-working atmosphere of the classroom.
  • Volunteers provide assistance based on their competency and capability. We ask volunteers to be realistic with their skill level, and volunteer only in subjects, and grade levels, where they have mastery.
  • Volunteers will communicate with their Team Leaders about areas they most enjoy serving, and provide feedback about their engagement with students.
  • Volunteers fulfill specific functions on behalf of Team Leaders, which allows them to provide greater oversight and guidance to the entire classroom.

Requirements:

  • Volunteers are approved to serve through By the Hand Club, and have completed the necessary steps to be a regular volunteer.
  • Volunteers have competency in the subjects, or general grade level, where they assist, especially if the volunteer is under 18 years old.
  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and, if a minor, will not volunteer with their own grade or age cohort.

Schedule:

  • Volunteers commit to participate for an academic semester, or longer on their discretion.
  • Volunteers commit to weekly or bi-monthly participation.

Sign Up: 

Search for opportunities and sign up on VolunteerHub.

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood
Type
Ongoing
Grades
Early Elementary High School Junior High Late Elementary
College & Career Access

Summary:

Assist By The Hand students with the college and career entrance process. College & career access may include scholarship application support, career development and coaching, graduation checklists, career talks and workplace field trips. Volunteers who partner with college and career access are integral for the growth and development of By The Hand students as they establish career pathways, as well as help them visualize their opportunity in different positions.

Requirements:

  • In nearly all cases, volunteers will need to complete the entire volunteer application process, including background check.
  • Volunteers will need to be 18+ years of age, preferably with college or vocational school experience.
  • Volunteers are requested to have specific experience in the career development or college access process, or will perform specific tasks in which they have personal or professional experience.
  • Volunteers will commit to participate in one academic year, either for one-time events or ongoing activities.
  • Other requirements depend on the type of activity the volunteer supports, whether career talk or workplace visit. These requirements will be discussed in consultation with the Volunteer Department and College & Career.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsibilities include meeting with students, either virtually or in-person, dependent on the context and the area of college or career access.
  • Volunteers will coordinate with By The Hand to determine a schedule that works with their availability.
  • Volunteers are not expected to do any work for students, but are there to offer suggestions, educate, provide oversight and encouragement.
  • Volunteers will take on additional responsibilities as they feel comfortable, or if there are further items noted by the College & Career team.

Schedule:

Volunteers commit for one academic year, depending on the context, or they may also serve for specific one-off events or activities. Some of the college access activities are seasonal, and will recur annually.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood
Type
Ongoing Temporary
Grades
College High School
Enrichment: Special Events & Activities

Summary:

By The Hand offers special enrichment opportunities for students to learn and apply real-world skills. Enrichment activities are composed in partnership with BTH staff, but will rely on the expertise of volunteers. Past examples include: Jr. High mock trial, Young Entrepreneur Program and a science and technology fair. Future opportunities will include these and additional options, primarily for the upper grades of BTH. If you have experience or expertise in other enrichment programs, please reach out to the Volunteer Department.

Requirements:

  • In most cases, volunteers will complete the entire volunteer application process, including background check. In certain, one-off cases, volunteers may complete a shorter, single visit waiver.
  • Volunteers must have some prior experience with the enrichment activities (e.g. legal background for mock trial), or will perform a role behind the scenes of the enrichment activities.
  • Adult volunteers are preferred. Teen volunteers may participate in certain events, as long as their parents or guardians are present.
  • Volunteers will agree to the length and breadth of the commitment in advance with BTH staff.
  • In-person travel may be required for some enrichments, but likely not for every meeting. A conversation with BTH staff about expectations will be necessary to determine in-person versus virtual responsibilities.

Responsibilities:

  • Duties as assigned by the BTH staff member with oversight of the enrichment program.
  • Specific roles and responsibilities are dependent on the type of enrichment performed and will depend on how the volunteer can provide his or her expertise.
  • Student support, when necessary. Encouragement for all student participants and, in particular, assisting them to understand and embrace the material and learn how to apply it.
  • Acting as a subject matter expert for the enrichment program, or assisting behind the scenes, if not necessarily active in the area the enrichment covers.

Schedule:

Enrichment programs occur throughout the academic year, including the summer. They often run for 6-8 weeks, depending on the additional activities of the club. Volunteers may participate for the length of a single enrichment, which is at varied times throughout the year. Or they may also participate in other aspects of BTH, during the academic year, outside of the commitment to the enrichment program.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Ongoing Temporary
Grades
High School Junior High Late Elementary
Kitchen Support

Summary:

Volunteers provide dinner service as part of By The Hand’s regular programming rotation. Every student in attendance will be given a meal. Volunteers assist site staff in the preparation, distribution and clean-up of the dinner service. Volunteers also help manage the count and recording of all meals for data management purposes.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers with dinner service assist site staff with the preparation and distribution of meals for onsite students.
  • Volunteers serve under the supervision of site leadership, but may also manage every step of the preparation process. All food comes prepackaged.
  • Volunteers assist with the meal count for recording purposes.
  • Volunteers maintain a safe, clean and healthy kitchen environment after the dinner service.

Requirements:

  • Volunteers are approved to serve through By the Hand Club, and have completed the necessary steps to be a regular volunteer.
  • Volunteers have gone through the necessary training to assist with prepackaged meal preparation and distribution.
  • Volunteers communicate regularly with site staff about their schedule and responsibilities.
  • Volunteers are over 18 years old, or under the supervision of an adult volunteer.

Schedule:

  • Volunteers commit to participate for an academic semester, or longer on their discretion.
  • Volunteers commit to weekly or bi-monthly participation.

Sign Up:

Search opportunities to sign up on VolunteerHub.

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Ongoing
Summer Field Trips (positions not open)

Summary:

Approved volunteers with flexible summer schedules are encouraged to join By The Hand staff as a second adult, or additional support, for summer field trips during BTH summer programming. Each site participates in field trips throughout the program, particularly on Wednesdays or Thursdays, depending on the grade level. Most field trips are free or low-cost. Volunteers will need to have some availability during the afternoon.

Requirements:

  • All field trip volunteers will need to complete the entire volunteer application process, including background check. Additional requirements may be necessary.
  • Volunteers will need to be available in-person and during the afternoon hours, likely 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM.
  • Volunteers will need to find their own transportation to the club, but will need to transit with students and staff to and from the field trip.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage students in support of BTH staff on the field trip.
  • Provide additional adult supervision, particularly if the staff member has a larger group of students.
  • Provide logistical support and management at a field trip location, as well as the trip to and from.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned and agreed upon by the BTH staff member.

Schedule:

Summer field trips occur during summer programming, which typically runs from the end of June to the beginning of August. Field trips take place mainly on Wednesday or Thursday. Programming times are 1:00-4:00 PM, with some deviation depending on the trip. Approved volunteers may participate in field trips when they are available.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Temporary
Grades
Early Elementary High School Junior High Late Elementary

In-Person Special Events

College & Career Access

Summary:

Assist By The Hand students with the college and career entrance process. College & career access may include scholarship application support, career development and coaching, graduation checklists, career talks and workplace field trips. Volunteers who partner with college and career access are integral for the growth and development of By The Hand students as they establish career pathways, as well as help them visualize their opportunity in different positions.

Requirements:

  • In nearly all cases, volunteers will need to complete the entire volunteer application process, including background check.
  • Volunteers will need to be 18+ years of age, preferably with college or vocational school experience.
  • Volunteers are requested to have specific experience in the career development or college access process, or will perform specific tasks in which they have personal or professional experience.
  • Volunteers will commit to participate in one academic year, either for one-time events or ongoing activities.
  • Other requirements depend on the type of activity the volunteer supports, whether career talk or workplace visit. These requirements will be discussed in consultation with the Volunteer Department and College & Career.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsibilities include meeting with students, either virtually or in-person, dependent on the context and the area of college or career access.
  • Volunteers will coordinate with By The Hand to determine a schedule that works with their availability.
  • Volunteers are not expected to do any work for students, but are there to offer suggestions, educate, provide oversight and encouragement.
  • Volunteers will take on additional responsibilities as they feel comfortable, or if there are further items noted by the College & Career team.

Schedule:

Volunteers commit for one academic year, depending on the context, or they may also serve for specific one-off events or activities. Some of the college access activities are seasonal, and will recur annually.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood
Type
Ongoing Temporary
Grades
College High School
College & Career Networking

Summary:

A volunteer College & Career Readiness Networking Mentor provides industry-specific expertise and introductions on behalf of By The Hand students. Networking Mentors volunteer their time, relational capital, and career experience to help qualified By The Hand students build their own personal relationships within a particular field. Networking Mentors may participate in the provision of industry tips or resume suggestions; formal introductions to colleagues or trade groups; or through invitations to unique networking events or professional development.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers commit to sharing about their industry, their professional journey, or best practices to enter the career path, at least once annually with students.
  • Volunteers agree to participate via a call list, as industry experts for students to contact with questions or networking advice.
  • Volunteers may provide professional development advice via phone calls or meetings, in person or virtual, with students.
  • Volunteers may offer additional opportunities or connections with students, as they find they have time or the ability to introduce students to other professionals.

Requirements:

  • Volunteers are approved to serve through By The Hand Club, and have completed the necessary steps to be a regular volunteer.
  • Volunteers are at least 18 years old, and have had some experience mentoring high school or college students, or young professionals.
  • Volunteers will communicate with the Director of College & Career Readiness, as well as the Volunteer Department, for directions to engage students.
  • Volunteers will have experience, expertise and relationships in the industry where they help By The Hand students network.

Schedule:

  • Volunteers commit to participate for an academic semester, or longer on their discretion.
  • Volunteers commit to bi-monthly or monthly participation, or are willing to stand by in case of specific networking or professional development needs in their industry.

Sign Up:

Search opportunities to sign up on VolunteerHub.

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood
Type
Ongoing
Grades
College High School
Enrichment: Special Events & Activities

Summary:

By The Hand offers special enrichment opportunities for students to learn and apply real-world skills. Enrichment activities are composed in partnership with BTH staff, but will rely on the expertise of volunteers. Past examples include: Jr. High mock trial, Young Entrepreneur Program and a science and technology fair. Future opportunities will include these and additional options, primarily for the upper grades of BTH. If you have experience or expertise in other enrichment programs, please reach out to the Volunteer Department.

Requirements:

  • In most cases, volunteers will complete the entire volunteer application process, including background check. In certain, one-off cases, volunteers may complete a shorter, single visit waiver.
  • Volunteers must have some prior experience with the enrichment activities (e.g. legal background for mock trial), or will perform a role behind the scenes of the enrichment activities.
  • Adult volunteers are preferred. Teen volunteers may participate in certain events, as long as their parents or guardians are present.
  • Volunteers will agree to the length and breadth of the commitment in advance with BTH staff.
  • In-person travel may be required for some enrichments, but likely not for every meeting. A conversation with BTH staff about expectations will be necessary to determine in-person versus virtual responsibilities.

Responsibilities:

  • Duties as assigned by the BTH staff member with oversight of the enrichment program.
  • Specific roles and responsibilities are dependent on the type of enrichment performed and will depend on how the volunteer can provide his or her expertise.
  • Student support, when necessary. Encouragement for all student participants and, in particular, assisting them to understand and embrace the material and learn how to apply it.
  • Acting as a subject matter expert for the enrichment program, or assisting behind the scenes, if not necessarily active in the area the enrichment covers.

Schedule:

Enrichment programs occur throughout the academic year, including the summer. They often run for 6-8 weeks, depending on the additional activities of the club. Volunteers may participate for the length of a single enrichment, which is at varied times throughout the year. Or they may also participate in other aspects of BTH, during the academic year, outside of the commitment to the enrichment program.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Ongoing Temporary
Grades
High School Junior High Late Elementary
Major Event Volunteers (positions not open)

Summary:

Join By The Hand to participate in an organization-wide event or celebration. Examples include: Spring Benefit, fundraising activities, groundbreaking projects, etc. This is a great opportunity for both individuals and groups to participate! By The Hand has 1-2 major events throughout the year. There are both one-time volunteer opportunities, as well as consistent roles with organization-wide events.

Requirements:

  • A one-time commitment, or a recurring commitment throughout the year.
  • Ability to participate with By The Hand in-person.
  • Willingness to step into different volunteer roles, as assigned.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve under the direction of By The Hand staff, with specific volunteer roles determined by the event point person.
  • Participate with students, oversee activities or help behind the scenes.

Schedule:

Major event volunteers commit to a one-time event, or possible recurring activities, through one year.

 

Sites
Organization-Wide
Type
Temporary
Neighborhood Events & Partnerships

Summary:

By The Hand has many current, and growing, opportunities to serve the neighborhoods around our sites. Neighborhood events, such as clean-up days, food distribution, sports, etc., are a wonderful way for groups to partner with BTH to serve our neighbors. Volunteers for neighborhood events and partnerships can participate as individuals or groups. This is a great opportunity for those interested in serving outside the four walls of the club!

Requirements:

  • Ability to travel to neighborhoods around By The Hand clubs. Comfortable partnering with other local organizations.
  • An initial conversation with By The Hand staff about the specific ways you or your group will volunteer.
  • Able to commit to one event, or multiple events, on a case-by-case basis.
  • Additional requirements as determined by the type of event and partner organization needs.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsibilities outlined by the lead organization for each event; these may change based on the type of event or role needed.
  • If a group, will require one person to be the communication lead for the rest of the group and their logistics.
  • Represent By The Hand volunteers appropriately in the community.

Schedule:

These community events may change throughout the year. Volunteers may participate in one, or many, different types of events.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Austin Harvest Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Ongoing Temporary
Grades
Early Elementary High School Junior High Late Elementary
Parent Engagement

Summary:

In partnership with the department of Crisis & Compassion, there are numerous ways to serve By The Hand parents and families. There are both one-off and recurring opportunities, including leadership roles in design of different parent engagement events and procedures. Opportunities include: parent outreach events, which are twice annually, employment and job training (e.g. mock interviews), parent networking, educational support and training. Current opportunities are not exhaustive. Please contact the Volunteer Department to discuss certain ideas further. We welcome a wide range of skills and experiences.

Requirements:

  • Certain volunteer opportunities require participants to be approved volunteers with By The Hand, including background checks. Please communicate with the Volunteer Department in regard to volunteer requirements.
  • Participants must be 18+ years of age, unless the specific opportunity allows for minor volunteers to accompany a parent or guardian.
  • Depending on the context and opportunity, volunteers are required to have a background and professional experience in the area in which they are volunteering.
  • Volunteers interested in designing some of our parent engagement activities will have additional requirements.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers will perform tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Crisis & Compassion or the Volunteer Department.
  • Volunteers will discuss with By The Hand staff in regard to their availability and time commitment in advance.
  • If leading some form of educational or training event, volunteers will be expected to create a form of curriculum or use training resources they already have in their possession.
  • Other responsibilities are dependent on the opportunity and will be discussed with volunteers in advance.

Schedule: 

Volunteers commit to at least one calendar year, but may participate in one-off events or in recurring roles, depending on their expectations and the needs of By The Hand. Volunteers are not expected to volunteer more than once monthly.

 

Sites
Organization-Wide
Type
Ongoing
Grades
Parents
Professional Services Design Team

Summary:

By The Hand students and families often have specific needs for professional services, but may not have a trusted source to consult. A volunteer member of the professional services design team will assist BTH to build out resources for families in particular fields: legal, medical, employment, financial management and housing. Volunteers with expertise in a specific field provide vision alongside BTH to design effective avenues to serve BTH families. A member of the design team may provide support in any of the following areas: pro bono consultations, educational opportunities or training, mentoring or event participation. Design team members go a step further to help recruit additional professionals who may be interested in serving, but not on a consistent basis. 

Requirements:

  • Completion of the full volunteer application is a plus, but not an absolute requirement.
  • A commitment of at least one academic year, on a rolling basis, to reevaluate after one year.
  • Expertise in the particular area of professional services needed from BTH families and students.
  • Ability to work as part of a team. Also willing to commit time and take independent responsibility when necessary.
  • Willingness to recruit other professionals in your field who may be interested in specific events or support opportunities for BTH.
  • Able to commit to at least one meeting per month and 1-2 events or activities per semester.

Responsibilities:

  • Partner with BTH staff to determine the most effective design for professional services to support BTH families.
  • Offer at least one of the following resources to BTH families: pro bono consultations, educational opportunities and training, mentoring or support for special events related to your field.
  • Recruitment of other professionals who may be interested in volunteering for a specific event or have a capacity or connection that we do not have.
  • Participation as part of the design team for your field, meaning: collaboration meetings each month, as well as a commitment to help support 1-2 specific events or activities (e.g. training, mentor opportunities, etc.) per semester.

Schedule:

A commitment of one year, with an expectation of 5+ hours of service per month.

 

Sites
Organization-Wide
Type
Ongoing
Grades
College High School Parents
Site Events & Celebrations

Summary:

Join a By The Hand club to participate in a site-wide event or celebration. Examples include: ABC parties, holiday celebrations, major field trips, etc. This is a great opportunity for both individuals and groups to participate! Sites host different events throughout the year. There are both one-time volunteer opportunities, as well as consistent roles with site events.

Requirements:

  • Completion of the full volunteer application is a plus, but not an absolute requirement. One-time volunteers are required to complete our visiting volunteer waiver.
  • A one-time commitment, or a recurring commitment throughout the academic year.
  • Ability to participate with the site in-person.
  • Willingness to step into different volunteer roles, as assigned.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve under the direction of By The Hand staff, with specific volunteer roles determined by the site.
  • Participate with students, oversee activities or help behind the scenes.

Schedule:

Site event volunteers commit to a one-time event, or possible recurring activities, through one academic year.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Ongoing Temporary
Grades
Early Elementary Junior High Late Elementary

Partnership

Austin Harvest: Sponsor Day

Summary:

Small businesses, corporate groups, nonprofits, families or other organizations are encouraged to work with us to sponsor specific days and events at the Austin Harvest pop-up market. Throughout the year, Austin Harvest holds holiday-themed days, as well as days for special giveaways. Interested volunteer groups may work with us to consider how to best partner with Austin Harvest to sponsor the event for that day. Groups may provide activities or free items for customers to take away. They may also coordinate with Austin Harvest to promote pre-approved goods or services, particularly food-related, for their business or community (free promotions are preferred, but participants may also sell if they bring their own system).

Requirements:

  • Volunteer sponsors must be approved by Austin Harvest for the day and event. Sponsors may work with the Volunteer Department to determine the appropriate run of the day.
  • Sponsors will bring their own equipment and information. By The Hand may provide a table and chairs, if possible.
  • Use of the indoor shipping container must be requested and approved in advance.
  • Sponsors will clear all activity with the Volunteer Department or Austin Harvest.
  • Sponsors may sell approved products, but will need to bring their own charging system. No cash is used on site.
  • Storage of items must be requested and approved in advance. Sponsors will oversee their own items for giveaway or sale.
  • All signage will be approved in association with Austin Harvest.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteer sponsors will oversee the giveaway or sales of their products, or items purchased on behalf of Austin Harvest.
  • Sponsors are responsible for their own set-up, clean-up and tear down.
  • Sponsors are encouraged to get involved with the local neighborhood to share about their presence in the community.
  • If promoting a product or service, sponsors are encouraged to make it a free promotional.
  • If sponsoring a theme day or special event, volunteers are encouraged to share about their organization or company, as well as their commitment to Austin Harvest and the Austin community.

Schedule:

Austin Harvest operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 2:00 – 6:00 PM. Sponsor days have been designated for Wednesday, but can be placed on a Monday or Friday with advance notice for scheduling. Austin Harvest will operate throughout the year. Volunteer sponsors can coordinate for one or more events or theme days.

 

Sites
Austin Harvest
Type
Ongoing
Grades
High School
Classroom Partnership

Summary:

Perfect for a small group, office or school, consider a partnership with a specific grade level and site from By The Hand. A classroom partner works with our Team Leaders to provide birthday celebration materials, snacks, or enrichment supplies for the students. The specific items and expectations are flexible, depending on the capability of the partner and the Team Leader. Classroom partners are also invited to participate in enrichment activities, ABC parties or special events, depending on availability and requirements. This is a great opportunity for creativity and support for the student experience!

Requirements:

  • A commitment for an entire academic year.
  • A minimal budget to contribute some gifts, snacks or supplies for a classroom each month.
  • An initial conversation with the Team Leader to determine effective communication strategies, logistics and classroom needs.
  • Consistent communication with By The Hand staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Management of supplies for the activities outlined in the conversation between the Team Leader and the partner.
  • Procurement for the supplies, or other resources.
  • Ability to visit with the classroom, either virtually or in-person, at some point during the academic year.

Schedule:

Classroom partners commit to one academic year. Activities determined every month for a total of 10 months.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Ongoing
Grades
Early Elementary Junior High Late Elementary
Classroom Starter Kit

Summary:

Perfect for a small group, office or school, consider creating a classroom starter toolkit for a specific classroom and site from By The Hand. A volunteer who creates a classroom starter toolkit comes alongside a BTH classroom to outfit a room and make it feel like a fun, exciting place for students to be every day. A classroom starter toolkit might include classroom supplies or decorations, but it may also include helping the Team Leader decorate and set up their room.

Requirements:

  • A commitment for a one-time toolkit, or a recurring toolkit through one academic year.
  • A minimal budget to contribute some decorations or supplies for a classroom at the beginning of the year, or during each month.
  • An initial conversation with the Team Leader to determine effective communication strategies, logistics and classroom needs.
  • Consistent communication with By The Hand staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Procurement for the classroom starter toolkit, or other resources.
  • Ability to visit the site, either virtually or in-person, at some point during the academic year.
  • Optional: help the Team Leader decorate the classroom for specific holidays or special events.

Schedule:

Classroom starter volunteers commit to a one-time toolkit, or possible recurring items, through one academic year.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Ongoing
Grades
Early Elementary Junior High Late Elementary
College & Career Access

Summary:

Assist By The Hand students with the college and career entrance process. College & career access may include scholarship application support, career development and coaching, graduation checklists, career talks and workplace field trips. Volunteers who partner with college and career access are integral for the growth and development of By The Hand students as they establish career pathways, as well as help them visualize their opportunity in different positions.

Requirements:

  • In nearly all cases, volunteers will need to complete the entire volunteer application process, including background check.
  • Volunteers will need to be 18+ years of age, preferably with college or vocational school experience.
  • Volunteers are requested to have specific experience in the career development or college access process, or will perform specific tasks in which they have personal or professional experience.
  • Volunteers will commit to participate in one academic year, either for one-time events or ongoing activities.
  • Other requirements depend on the type of activity the volunteer supports, whether career talk or workplace visit. These requirements will be discussed in consultation with the Volunteer Department and College & Career.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsibilities include meeting with students, either virtually or in-person, dependent on the context and the area of college or career access.
  • Volunteers will coordinate with By The Hand to determine a schedule that works with their availability.
  • Volunteers are not expected to do any work for students, but are there to offer suggestions, educate, provide oversight and encouragement.
  • Volunteers will take on additional responsibilities as they feel comfortable, or if there are further items noted by the College & Career team.

Schedule:

Volunteers commit for one academic year, depending on the context, or they may also serve for specific one-off events or activities. Some of the college access activities are seasonal, and will recur annually.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood
Type
Ongoing Temporary
Grades
College High School
Enrichment: Special Events & Activities

Summary:

By The Hand offers special enrichment opportunities for students to learn and apply real-world skills. Enrichment activities are composed in partnership with BTH staff, but will rely on the expertise of volunteers. Past examples include: Jr. High mock trial, Young Entrepreneur Program and a science and technology fair. Future opportunities will include these and additional options, primarily for the upper grades of BTH. If you have experience or expertise in other enrichment programs, please reach out to the Volunteer Department.

Requirements:

  • In most cases, volunteers will complete the entire volunteer application process, including background check. In certain, one-off cases, volunteers may complete a shorter, single visit waiver.
  • Volunteers must have some prior experience with the enrichment activities (e.g. legal background for mock trial), or will perform a role behind the scenes of the enrichment activities.
  • Adult volunteers are preferred. Teen volunteers may participate in certain events, as long as their parents or guardians are present.
  • Volunteers will agree to the length and breadth of the commitment in advance with BTH staff.
  • In-person travel may be required for some enrichments, but likely not for every meeting. A conversation with BTH staff about expectations will be necessary to determine in-person versus virtual responsibilities.

Responsibilities:

  • Duties as assigned by the BTH staff member with oversight of the enrichment program.
  • Specific roles and responsibilities are dependent on the type of enrichment performed and will depend on how the volunteer can provide his or her expertise.
  • Student support, when necessary. Encouragement for all student participants and, in particular, assisting them to understand and embrace the material and learn how to apply it.
  • Acting as a subject matter expert for the enrichment program, or assisting behind the scenes, if not necessarily active in the area the enrichment covers.

Schedule:

Enrichment programs occur throughout the academic year, including the summer. They often run for 6-8 weeks, depending on the additional activities of the club. Volunteers may participate for the length of a single enrichment, which is at varied times throughout the year. Or they may also participate in other aspects of BTH, during the academic year, outside of the commitment to the enrichment program.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Ongoing Temporary
Grades
High School Junior High Late Elementary
Incentive Activities Kit

Summary:

Perfect for a small group, office or school, consider creating an incentive activities toolkit for a specific site from By The Hand. A volunteer who creates an incentive activities toolkit comes alongside a BTH location to provide incentives for students to complete their literacy coursework, maintain high grades and come consistently to the club. Incentives can be small items, gift cards, snacks or personalized experiences. This is an opportunity to be creative, and if there are ideas for bigger incentives, they may be coordinated with the site.

Requirements:

  • A commitment for a one-time toolkit, or a recurring toolkit through one academic year.
  • Minimal budget for purchased items, or in order to create homemade gifts. If a business owner, it is also possible to provide in-kind incentives.
  • An initial conversation with the Site Director to determine effective communication strategies, logistics and site incentive needs.
  • Consistent communication with By The Hand staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Procurement for the incentive toolkit, or other resources.
  • Ability to visit the site, either virtually or in-person, at some point during the academic year.

Schedule: Site incentive volunteers commit to a one-time toolkit, or possible recurring items, through one academic year.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Ongoing
Grades
Early Elementary High School Junior High Late Elementary
Parent Engagement

Summary:

In partnership with the department of Crisis & Compassion, there are numerous ways to serve By The Hand parents and families. There are both one-off and recurring opportunities, including leadership roles in design of different parent engagement events and procedures. Opportunities include: parent outreach events, which are twice annually, employment and job training (e.g. mock interviews), parent networking, educational support and training. Current opportunities are not exhaustive. Please contact the Volunteer Department to discuss certain ideas further. We welcome a wide range of skills and experiences.

Requirements:

  • Certain volunteer opportunities require participants to be approved volunteers with By The Hand, including background checks. Please communicate with the Volunteer Department in regard to volunteer requirements.
  • Participants must be 18+ years of age, unless the specific opportunity allows for minor volunteers to accompany a parent or guardian.
  • Depending on the context and opportunity, volunteers are required to have a background and professional experience in the area in which they are volunteering.
  • Volunteers interested in designing some of our parent engagement activities will have additional requirements.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers will perform tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Crisis & Compassion or the Volunteer Department.
  • Volunteers will discuss with By The Hand staff in regard to their availability and time commitment in advance.
  • If leading some form of educational or training event, volunteers will be expected to create a form of curriculum or use training resources they already have in their possession.
  • Other responsibilities are dependent on the opportunity and will be discussed with volunteers in advance.

Schedule: 

Volunteers commit to at least one calendar year, but may participate in one-off events or in recurring roles, depending on their expectations and the needs of By The Hand. Volunteers are not expected to volunteer more than once monthly.

 

Sites
Organization-Wide
Type
Ongoing
Grades
Parents
Professional Services Design Team

Summary:

By The Hand students and families often have specific needs for professional services, but may not have a trusted source to consult. A volunteer member of the professional services design team will assist BTH to build out resources for families in particular fields: legal, medical, employment, financial management and housing. Volunteers with expertise in a specific field provide vision alongside BTH to design effective avenues to serve BTH families. A member of the design team may provide support in any of the following areas: pro bono consultations, educational opportunities or training, mentoring or event participation. Design team members go a step further to help recruit additional professionals who may be interested in serving, but not on a consistent basis. 

Requirements:

  • Completion of the full volunteer application is a plus, but not an absolute requirement.
  • A commitment of at least one academic year, on a rolling basis, to reevaluate after one year.
  • Expertise in the particular area of professional services needed from BTH families and students.
  • Ability to work as part of a team. Also willing to commit time and take independent responsibility when necessary.
  • Willingness to recruit other professionals in your field who may be interested in specific events or support opportunities for BTH.
  • Able to commit to at least one meeting per month and 1-2 events or activities per semester.

Responsibilities:

  • Partner with BTH staff to determine the most effective design for professional services to support BTH families.
  • Offer at least one of the following resources to BTH families: pro bono consultations, educational opportunities and training, mentoring or support for special events related to your field.
  • Recruitment of other professionals who may be interested in volunteering for a specific event or have a capacity or connection that we do not have.
  • Participation as part of the design team for your field, meaning: collaboration meetings each month, as well as a commitment to help support 1-2 specific events or activities (e.g. training, mentor opportunities, etc.) per semester.

Schedule:

A commitment of one year, with an expectation of 5+ hours of service per month.

 

Sites
Organization-Wide
Type
Ongoing
Grades
College High School Parents

Summer Programming

Summer Bible Camp (positions not open)

Summary:

On occasion, a few By The Hand sites host a summer Bible camp for students, in addition to the summer program. The summer Bible camp is focused on faith-based curriculum for the entire content of the week. Volunteers interested in this opportunity must feel comfortable and capable supporting faith-based curriculum and student activities.

Requirements:

  • Volunteers must complete the entire application process and be approved to volunteer with By The Hand.
  • Volunteers will need to be available during the afternoon hours, typically 1:00-4:00 PM.
  • Volunteers must communicate with BTH staff in advance which role they expect to perform with the summer Bible camp.
  • Volunteers must be able to agree to the BTH statement of faith.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers will perform responsibilities as defined from BTH site staff.
  • Volunteers may support behind the scenes, or assist staff with curriculum and activities.
  • Volunteers may include their church communities to help with BTH events during this week. Any additional support will be discussed with BTH staff in advance.
  • Volunteers will assist staff with student management and care.

Schedule:

Volunteers may participate for one week in the summer, typically in late July or early August. Volunteers will need to be available during the afternoon.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Temporary
Grades
Early Elementary Late Elementary
Summer Field Trips (positions not open)

Summary:

Approved volunteers with flexible summer schedules are encouraged to join By The Hand staff as a second adult, or additional support, for summer field trips during BTH summer programming. Each site participates in field trips throughout the program, particularly on Wednesdays or Thursdays, depending on the grade level. Most field trips are free or low-cost. Volunteers will need to have some availability during the afternoon.

Requirements:

  • All field trip volunteers will need to complete the entire volunteer application process, including background check. Additional requirements may be necessary.
  • Volunteers will need to be available in-person and during the afternoon hours, likely 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM.
  • Volunteers will need to find their own transportation to the club, but will need to transit with students and staff to and from the field trip.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage students in support of BTH staff on the field trip.
  • Provide additional adult supervision, particularly if the staff member has a larger group of students.
  • Provide logistical support and management at a field trip location, as well as the trip to and from.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned and agreed upon by the BTH staff member.

Schedule:

Summer field trips occur during summer programming, which typically runs from the end of June to the beginning of August. Field trips take place mainly on Wednesday or Thursday. Programming times are 1:00-4:00 PM, with some deviation depending on the trip. Approved volunteers may participate in field trips when they are available.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Temporary
Grades
Early Elementary High School Junior High Late Elementary

Virtual

Career Exploration & Activities
Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Temporary
Grades
College High School Junior High Late Elementary
College & Career Access

Summary:

Assist By The Hand students with the college and career entrance process. College & career access may include scholarship application support, career development and coaching, graduation checklists, career talks and workplace field trips. Volunteers who partner with college and career access are integral for the growth and development of By The Hand students as they establish career pathways, as well as help them visualize their opportunity in different positions.

Requirements:

  • In nearly all cases, volunteers will need to complete the entire volunteer application process, including background check.
  • Volunteers will need to be 18+ years of age, preferably with college or vocational school experience.
  • Volunteers are requested to have specific experience in the career development or college access process, or will perform specific tasks in which they have personal or professional experience.
  • Volunteers will commit to participate in one academic year, either for one-time events or ongoing activities.
  • Other requirements depend on the type of activity the volunteer supports, whether career talk or workplace visit. These requirements will be discussed in consultation with the Volunteer Department and College & Career.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsibilities include meeting with students, either virtually or in-person, dependent on the context and the area of college or career access.
  • Volunteers will coordinate with By The Hand to determine a schedule that works with their availability.
  • Volunteers are not expected to do any work for students, but are there to offer suggestions, educate, provide oversight and encouragement.
  • Volunteers will take on additional responsibilities as they feel comfortable, or if there are further items noted by the College & Career team.

Schedule:

Volunteers commit for one academic year, depending on the context, or they may also serve for specific one-off events or activities. Some of the college access activities are seasonal, and will recur annually.

 

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood
Type
Ongoing Temporary
Grades
College High School
College & Career Networking

Summary:

A volunteer College & Career Readiness Networking Mentor provides industry-specific expertise and introductions on behalf of By The Hand students. Networking Mentors volunteer their time, relational capital, and career experience to help qualified By The Hand students build their own personal relationships within a particular field. Networking Mentors may participate in the provision of industry tips or resume suggestions; formal introductions to colleagues or trade groups; or through invitations to unique networking events or professional development.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers commit to sharing about their industry, their professional journey, or best practices to enter the career path, at least once annually with students.
  • Volunteers agree to participate via a call list, as industry experts for students to contact with questions or networking advice.
  • Volunteers may provide professional development advice via phone calls or meetings, in person or virtual, with students.
  • Volunteers may offer additional opportunities or connections with students, as they find they have time or the ability to introduce students to other professionals.

Requirements:

  • Volunteers are approved to serve through By The Hand Club, and have completed the necessary steps to be a regular volunteer.
  • Volunteers are at least 18 years old, and have had some experience mentoring high school or college students, or young professionals.
  • Volunteers will communicate with the Director of College & Career Readiness, as well as the Volunteer Department, for directions to engage students.
  • Volunteers will have experience, expertise and relationships in the industry where they help By The Hand students network.

Schedule:

  • Volunteers commit to participate for an academic semester, or longer on their discretion.
  • Volunteers commit to bi-monthly or monthly participation, or are willing to stand by in case of specific networking or professional development needs in their industry.

Sign Up:

Search opportunities to sign up on VolunteerHub.

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood
Type
Ongoing
Grades
College High School
Parent Engagement

Summary:

In partnership with the department of Crisis & Compassion, there are numerous ways to serve By The Hand parents and families. There are both one-off and recurring opportunities, including leadership roles in design of different parent engagement events and procedures. Opportunities include: parent outreach events, which are twice annually, employment and job training (e.g. mock interviews), parent networking, educational support and training. Current opportunities are not exhaustive. Please contact the Volunteer Department to discuss certain ideas further. We welcome a wide range of skills and experiences.

Requirements:

  • Certain volunteer opportunities require participants to be approved volunteers with By The Hand, including background checks. Please communicate with the Volunteer Department in regard to volunteer requirements.
  • Participants must be 18+ years of age, unless the specific opportunity allows for minor volunteers to accompany a parent or guardian.
  • Depending on the context and opportunity, volunteers are required to have a background and professional experience in the area in which they are volunteering.
  • Volunteers interested in designing some of our parent engagement activities will have additional requirements.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers will perform tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Crisis & Compassion or the Volunteer Department.
  • Volunteers will discuss with By The Hand staff in regard to their availability and time commitment in advance.
  • If leading some form of educational or training event, volunteers will be expected to create a form of curriculum or use training resources they already have in their possession.
  • Other responsibilities are dependent on the opportunity and will be discussed with volunteers in advance.

Schedule: 

Volunteers commit to at least one calendar year, but may participate in one-off events or in recurring roles, depending on their expectations and the needs of By The Hand. Volunteers are not expected to volunteer more than once monthly.

 

Sites
Organization-Wide
Type
Ongoing
Grades
Parents
Virtual Academic Support

Summary:

Volunteers who offer virtual classroom support provide virtual general assistance to the Team Leader in the classroom where they serve. Classroom support may take the form of classroom management, general academic assistance, participation through classroom activities, and support for special events. Volunteers fill the role of assistant, take initiative to build relationships with students, and seek to build a caring and community culture under the supervision of the Team Leader. Virtual volunteers allow the Team Leader to focus on individual students in the classroom, while the volunteers meet with students on the computer.

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers will work under the direction of the Team Leader. They will maintain the stability and hard-working atmosphere of the classroom.
  • Volunteers provide assistance based on their competency and capability. We ask volunteers to be realistic with their skill level, and volunteer only in subjects, and grade levels, where they have mastery.
  • Volunteers will communicate with their Team Leaders about areas they most enjoy serving, and provide feedback about their engagement with students.
  • Volunteers fulfill specific functions on behalf of Team Leaders, which allows them to provide greater oversight and guidance to the entire classroom.

Requirements:

  • Volunteers are approved to serve through By the Hand Club, and have completed the necessary steps to be a regular volunteer.
  • Volunteers have competency in the subjects, or general grade level, where they assist, especially if the volunteer is under 18 years old.
  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and, if a minor, will not volunteer with their own grade or age cohort.
  • Volunteers must have an Internet-connected device and sufficient connections speeds.
  • Volunteers will be in a quiet environment when meeting with students; they will follow the instructions of the Volunteer Department for safety and security.
  • Volunteers will communicate with their Team Leader weekly.

Schedule:

  • Volunteers commit to participate for an academic semester, or longer on their discretion.
  • Volunteers commit to weekly or bi-monthly participation.

Sign Up:

Search for opportunities and sign up on VolunteerHub.

Sites
Altgeld-Murray Austin Cabrini-Green Englewood Moving Everest/Austin
Type
Ongoing
Grades
Early Elementary High School Junior High Late Elementary
No results

Let us know what you are interested in