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Volunteer Coordinator (FULL TIME AmeriCorps member)

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Chicago HOPES for Kids

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Chicago HOPES for Kids provides shelter-based academic support for children in Chicago's homeless and domestic violence shelters. We run after school programming for both Kindergarten - 5th grade students 2 hours a day Monday - Thursday, and a Middle School program for 6th-8th graders two hours a day two days a week. Both programs are volunteer based and consist of three major components; homework help, individual reading support, and enrichment activities. Every volunteer works one-on-one or in a small group with children, allowing for a focus not just on individual academic needs but also Social Emotional Learning skills . Our Fall Program begins in October and runs through mid-December; the winter/spring program begins in February and runs through mid-May; the summer program begins late June and runs through the first week of August.

All programs are coordinated out of our central office housed in the Chicago Literacy Alliance’s Literacenter, and at each shelter, a part-time staff member manages the program and works with volunteers to help them provide quality academic support to the children. Chicago HOPES after-school programs are held at 10 shelter sites throughout Chicago.

What will your Americorps member do?

The Volunteer Coordinator will

  • Collaborate with Volunteer Manager and site coordinators to build community and retain volunteers.
  • Support site coordinators in volunteer management.
  • Support distribution of materials to volunteers
  • Support volunteer recognition with the volunteer spotlight
  • Serve as a member of a designated shelter site’s leadership team by helping students with homework, and individualized literacy time, guiding and orienting community volunteers, conducting reading assessments, and supporting Site Coordinators to lead enrichment activity each day.
  • Attend community meetings in respective shelter neighborhood.
  • Assist in planning of individual site field trips and HOPES annual zoo trip.
  • Attend tabling events throughout the community. This may require occasional weekends.

What Benefits does your program offer? Childcare, Education Award, Living Allowance, Training, Travel Stipend, Domestic Violence Training Certification

Terms and Conditions of Member Service: Permits working at another job during off hours,

What skills would you like potential members to possess? Youth Development, Teaching/Tutoring, Fine Arts/Crafts, Team Work, Education, Leadership, Fundraising/Grant Writing, Social Services

Do you have a language requirement? English

1 Shift

  • 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
    This is a full time Americorps Role with 9-5 or 10-6 type hours M-Th and half days on Fridays

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About Chicago HOPES for Kids


641 W. Lake St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60661, US

Mission Statement

Unstable housing situations can affect a student's ability to succeed academically. Chicago HOPES for Kids intervenes with academic support and caring, committed volunteers to help overcome the effects of homelessness. For more information about Chicago HOPES for Kids, please visit our website at


Chicago HOPES for Kids operates on a semester system with opportunities for students to attend sessions four days per week for 60-90 minutes per session throughout the Fall and Spring. The general focus of the program is literacy and homework assistance, with volunteer tutors providing academic support to homeless K-6 students living in the shelters. Each session is facilitated by a site coordinator who serves as the tutor supervisor and a liaison between Chicago HOPES for Kids and the shelter & students' parents. In addition, Chicago HOPES for Kids hosts enrichment partners that provide art, music, personal development, science and other fun, educational activities for the students several times throughout the semester.

Check out the details in the upper right hand corner for open volunteer positions!

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Homeless & Housing


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This opportunity has 1 shift


641 W. Lake St., Suite 200Chicago, IL 60661



  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1200 hours (9 months of Full time Americorps Service) September 13th 2021- May 17th 2022

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