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Virtual Mentors Needed at Elementary School in Palatine

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HandsOn Suburban Chicago

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Connecting people with purpose.

Lunch Buddies aims to mitigate the inequities in education exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic by equipping low-income students with volunteer mentors to enable student engagement, socialization, and access to academic and emotional support.

Make a difference. Apply today: https://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/lunch-buddies

HandsOn Suburban Chicago needs caring and reliable community members like you to help high-needs students get on track to graduate! Because Lunch Buddies will take place online during fall 2020, volunteers must be 18 or older and have reliable access to broadband internet and a computer with a camera to be able to participate. Proficiency in Google products is a plus!

What: Throughout the pandemic, Lunch Buddies at Jane Addams Elementary School will help students leverage their internal strengths to cope with a new sense of normal by connecting them with mentors in a secure virtual learning environment. Through video conferencing and under the direction of program staff, volunteer mentors will foster socialization among a small group of students and facilitate structured social and emotional learning activities.

Where and When: Lunch Buddies will start in early October and go through mid-December. Volunteer mentors are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Choose and commit to one day per week. Mandatory orientation/training is TBD in September. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check.

Why: Mentoring is a fun and rewarding experience. In addition to the satisfaction that comes with positively impacting those in need, volunteering in schools is an ideal way to meet new people, enhance your resume, and learn new skills. Mentoring at Lunch Buddies is also a great way for college and graduate students to earn field hours.

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About HandsOn Suburban Chicago


2121 S. Goebbert Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005, US

Mission Statement

HandsOn Suburban Chicago is connecting people with purpose. Our mission is to positively impact communities by connecting people to enriching volunteer experiences.


HandsOn Suburban Chicago is a nonprofit organization that connects volunteers with opportunities to make positive change in our communities. HOSC provides training and services to nonprofits, schools, organizations and corporations in north and northwest Cook and northern DuPage counties to build the capacity of their volunteer programs.

Volunteer opportunities are available for all ages. Opportunities to serve are found for individuals, families, corporations, service clubs, religious groups, schools and community organizations.

HandsOn Suburban Chicago offers volunteer opportunities through its partnerships with more than 150 social service organizations and schools. Hundreds of volunteer opportunities are available.

HandsOn Suburban Chicago celebrates 49 years of engaging volunteers. Since it's inception in 1969, we have been initiating, leading, supporting and promoting local volunteer groups.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


Mon Sep 28, 2020 - Fri Dec 18, 2020
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM  


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Mathematics
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Reading / Writing
  • Youth Services
  • Tutoring


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One hour per week. Choose and commit to one day a week.
  • Volunteers must be 18 or older. Reliable access to both broadband internet and a computer with a camera required.

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