During these uncertain times, how can we help?

As the world leader in volunteerism we feel a responsibility to unite our broader community, and to use this moment to become stronger.

See below to access our COVID-19 Resource Hub, and to explore our growing directory of COVID-19-specific and virtual volunteering opportunities.
Read More
  • Image_202101221418
  • Universidad Popular Universidad Popular


  • Interest area icon
  • Interest area icon
  • Interest area icon
  • Interest area icon
  • Interest area icon

Volunteer with us!
We have

Subscribe Get an RSS feed of these Opportunities
Please wait . . .

Mission Statement

Universidad Popular's mission is to reach community empowerment through participatory learning. Universidad popular works in partnership with neighborhood residents and organizations to transform their lives and ultimately, the community.


Universidad Popular (UP) Universidad Popular opens its door and provides the resources for community residents to become actively engaged in community empowerment. UP’s mission is to reach community empowerment through participatory learning. UP is dedicated to teaching within context that facilitates growth as human beings and contributes to the movement for social justice in Chicago’s Little Village, Chicago Lawn and throughout the world. Volunteering at UP provides a unique learning and hands-on educational experience. Our volunteers enjoy the exposure to the local cuisine, opportunity to practice Spanish, and participation in many cultural events.


Average Review 1 reviews

Would you recommend Universidad Popular?

by Miguel A. from Chicago, IL (February 18, 2015)
Universidad Popular was the first organization I volunteered with in Chicago and I couldn't have had a better experience! The volunteer coordinator at the time connected me with a small group of English Language Learners and being to sit down with them to discuss the issues that are most important to their lives while helping them learn English was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had. Volunteering with Universidad Popular has been one of the best decisions I've made in my life. I continue to be involved with the organization and have had the chance to not only teach English, but also tutor youth, facilitate group discussions about education and lead community peace campaigns and youth social justice projects.