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Best Outdoor Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Give back to your community while having fun when you volunteer with these outdoor volunteer opportunities.

06/09/2014

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

South Side Pastor Seeking 5,000 Volunteers For Anti-Violence Initiative

A South Side pastor has been assembling an army of volunteers to take to the streets and build relationships with those intent on violence, in a new initiative to cut down on violent crime.

06/05/2014

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Volunteers Help Refurbish Home Of Injured Marine

A U.S. Marine whose career was cut short by a traumatic brain injury was getting his Stickney home refurbished by volunteers to make it more comfortable and accessible.

04/11/2014

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Fingerprinting Now Required For Chicago School Volunteers

A new rule from Chicago Public School district administrators could mean headaches for volunteers.

12/09/2013

Volunteers and staff at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, Ill., have served more than 20,000 meals to victims of a tornado that ripped through the town on Nov. 17, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Volunteers Busy Preparing Thanksgiving Meals For Tornado Victims

In the last nine days, residents of downstate Washington have faced challenges they never imagined, in the wake of a devastating tornado.

11/26/2013

Volunteers from the Home Depot in Homer Glen gave Phyllis Powell's home a landscaping makeover to thank her for maintaining Crest Hill's veterans' memorial. (Credit: CBS)

Volunteers Give Landscaping Makeover To Woman Who Maintains Veterans’ Memorial

A Crest Hill woman who 25 years ago knocked on doors and gathered names for what would become the town’s veterans’ memorial is receiving a thank you today.

10/10/2013

A cancer patients holds the tubes that funnel chemotherapy drugs into his body at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center June 17, 2003 in Fayetteville, N.C. (Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

American Cancer Society Seeking Volunteers For New Study

The American Cancer Society wants you! It’s looking for 300,000 volunteers between the ages of 30 and 65, and who are cancer-free, to enroll in a 20-year study that seeks to answer the question, “what causes cancer?”

07/17/2013

Retired Air Force veteran Mack Jones talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel outside his home in Englewood, after an army of volunteers completed a major rehab of his house. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Volunteers Rehab Englewood Veteran’s Home

An Englewood man who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam and Korean wars said he’s overwhelmed by the generosity of volunteers who recently fixed up his house.

WBBM Newsradio–07/12/2013

Chicago police officers, along with volunteers from the community, provide security at Cook Elementary School and other Chicago Public Schools under the Safe Passage Program, to make sure kids can get to and from school safely. (Credit: CBS)

City To Hire 600 Workers For Safe Passage Routes After School Closings

City and Chicago Public Schools officials said Friday they’re working with police and parents to designate hot spots where safety is an issue and there could be trouble as kids go to new schools next fall.

06/14/2013

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Search Resumes Along Des Plaines River, But Still No Sign Of Maywood Boy’s Body

Volunteers and police officers returned to the Des Plaines River on Saturday to resume searching for the body of a missing toddler from Maywood.

CBS Chicago–04/27/2013

Flood Relief Workers: ‘Hopefully Our Presence Really Helps People’

Disasters like this week’s flooding bring out armies of volunteers to help those in need in the affected areas, doing what they can to bring a measure of comfort to the victims in a time of crisis.

WBBM Newsradio–04/19/2013

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Volunteers Spread Easter Joy To Chicago Seniors

Volunteers spread out across the city this Easter Sunday looking to provide a little holiday cheer to lonely seniors, reports WBBM’s Michele Fiore.

03/31/2013

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Red Cross Volunteers To Discuss Fire Safety In Roseland

The American Red Cross is making home visits in the Roseland neighborhood Friday and Saturday, talking to homeowners about fire prevention and providing them with smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers.

03/29/2013

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Com Ed, Local Red Cross Sending Crews East Ahead Of Hurricane Sandy

Some ComEd crews and others from the Chicago area have started heading east, ahead of Hurricane Sandy, to be in place to help with recovery once the storm makes landing next week.

WBBM Newsradio–10/27/2012

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church's JLM Abundant Life Community Center on the West Side is serving as a cooling center for local residents without air conditioning. (Credit: CBS)

West Side Volunteers Helping Neighbors Beat The Heat

As the temperatures head into the dangerous heat zone, at least one West Side community group was heading outside. Volunteers at the community center for Mt. Vernon Baptist church were going door-to-door on Tuesday to help their neighbors.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2012

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Hammond Group Seeking Volunteers To ‘Adopt’ Seniors, Disabled

An organization in Hammond, Ind., called “We Care From The Heart,” is looking for volunteers to “adopt” seniors and disabled people, to help improve their quality of life.

WBBM Newsradio–04/11/2012

A volunteer makes a blanket for needy children. (CBS)

Some People You Should Know: The ‘Blanketeers’

Every other month at the Northbrook United Methodist Church, the volunteers get to work at providing comfort and security to hundreds of children and their families at a time when they need it most.

09/23/2011

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Chicago Police Sergeant Remembers Volunteering At Ground Zero

A Chicago Police Sergeant who led a group of 19 officers from Chicago to New York City 10 years ago is looking back on the days they spent volunteering at Ground Zero.

WBBM Newsradio–09/09/2011

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With Owner Ill, Volunteers Staff Elgin Shop

Businesses in downtown Elgin have collection jars on their counters, and volunteers have gathered to keep a local institution up and running while its owner is in the hospital.

WBBM Newsradio–11/09/2010