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New Star


NOTE: We are offering Online Orientation during this time of social distancing. Online orientation will prepare you to jump in when life returns to it's new normal. We are currently looking for local volunteers that can jump into future face to face visits.

New Star serves over 650 children and adults each day whose lives are impacted by mild to profound disabilities. Our service area reaches those living in and around the Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana. New Star has openings for people who are passionate about helping those we serve to create meaningful days, productive years, and, ultimately, more fulfilling lives.

Your superpower can be used for good! Here are just a few of our opportunities:

  • Gardening*
  • Play Games
  • Socialize*
  • Lead an Art Class*
  • Lead a Yoga Class*
  • Office Work*
  • Parties
  • Fundraisers*
  • Lead a dance Class*
  • Flower box building*

* These opportunities can be done virtually or with social distancing. Our consumers would love new virtual connections during this time of social distancing.

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About New Star


1005 West End Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL 60411, US

Mission Statement

To provide choices and opportunities for persons with disabilities and their families through a culture of innovation and caring to enrich their lives and maximize their independence.


New Star is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit community organization dedicated to challenging the limits and changing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We serve more than 650 children and adults each year throughout the Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana.

We are a restless organization - driven by our passion to create new and innovative vocational, educational, therapeutic, and social opportunities for the amazing people we serve. From launching our new e-recycling facility, to creating a nationally-known advocacy program, to leading the way in innovative models of residential care, we continue to break down barriers and blaze new trails through our life-changing programs and services.

People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


In the Crete AreaCrete, IL 60417


  • Music Arts
  • Theater Arts
  • Administrative Support
  • Drawing
  • Community Outreach
  • Storytelling


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • 2 training hours
  • Will need an at-home computer

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