It’s time to investigate the many ways to get out of the house as cooler and darker days of fall and winter descend on the northern hemisphere. Check out various organizations and decide where it might be that you would feel most comfortable and useful donating your time and energy.
Groups are increasingly using not only specially set up meetings and orientations, but also local cable television and radio stations to give an inside look at the organization, and perhaps add some insight as to what it would be like to volunteer to be a part of the work that they do.
A Safe Haven Foundation has already broadcast one segment on the award-winning Chicago Access Network (CAN-TV) on its Channel 21, on the topic of volunteering. Today, Oct. 20, at 4:30 p.m. Anna Lloyd of A Safe Haven will host a discussion with A Safe Haven resident. And the group will broadcast its Third Annual Champions for Recovery Awards, held earlier this fall, on Sunday, Oct 24, at 10:30 a.m.
According to its website, CAN-TV provides services to non-profit groups and creates live broadcasts with call-in opportunities, with audio on one of its Channels (21) provided by Chicagoland Radio Information Service (CRIS Radio). Check out the extensive schedule of shows including productions by Chicago Public School students, and the station’s many member organizations which could be worth looking at also for volunteer opportunities you may be interested in at www.cantv.org
Volunteers who’ve always had a desire to perform:
- “Become a volunteer reader with CRIS Radio, broadcast from the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired.
Volunteers are needed at the Lighthouse Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Shifts are half an hour or one hour once a week.” Check out www.chicagolighthouse.org for more information.
- Take it a step further and sign up with the organization, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic to read to people with disabilities. The group particularly seeks people with expertise in accounting, math, medicine and Spanish. Details are on their website.
- Teachers are actors, and you can be one too, as a one-on-one tutor of someone who speaks a different language. Literacy groups such as Sisters of St. Joseph School on Wheels, operating out of a mobile bus; and ProLiteracy, operating out of neighborhood libraries and resource centers, are gearing up for a new season of tutor-student opportunities with training sessions in tutoring English as a Second Language available on their websites and those of the particular library or resource center.