Work with the Community Crisis Center as a Group or Organization

Download our group organization volunteer form here! Group Organization Volunteer Form

Service organizations, Scout Troops, co-workers, schools and churches are often interested in volunteering with us, either as a one-time experience or on an ongoing basis. An example of one-time projects would be a group of employees from an area corporation that spent a day working with CCC’s Facility Manager re-organizing the shelter kitchen and sorting a huge winter coat donation. An example of an on-going service project would be a local church group that provides a fully prepared dinner for the shelter residents every 3 months.

Teachers and students from area school districts and colleges are often interested in service learning opportunities. CCC’s Volunteer Coordinator can work with individuals and small groups to link their service experiences here at the Community Crisis Center with the learning objectives of a particular class. College and graduate school faculty members and students who are exploring formal internship opportunities should contact the Director of Client Services at 847-742-4088 x 111.

We welcome requests from faith-based organizations for service projects because our relationship with area faith communities has sustained us for many years. With regard to our clients, we recognize the role of faith and spirituality has for many of them as they are recovering from crisis in their lives. However, we respect the rights of an individual to have his or her own belief system, and we welcome the diversity of beliefs represented by our clients, staff and volunteers. Therefore, we ask that those volunteers coming to us from faith-based organizations understand that proselytizing is not allowed when working with our clients.

In order to accommodate requests for group service projects we ask that you contact our Volunteer Coordinator at least one month in advance of the date that the group wishes to volunteer. The Volunteer Coordinator will work with your group to define a service project that works with the current needs of our agency as well as arrange for orientation and logistics. Our priorities are the safety, comfort and confidentiality of our shelter and walk-in clients, so volunteer experiences must be planned from this perspective. It is our belief that a well-planned group volunteer effort can be beneficial and meaningful to the volunteers, our clients and our agency.

Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Melissa Owens at 847-742-4088 x152 or email her at mowens@crisiscenter.org