Volunteering at the Library for Teens (grades 6-12)

The Library offers regular volunteering sessions for teens to work on community service projects at South Branch on the 2nd Monday of each month and the Main Library on the 3rd Friday of each month. Please check our calendar for upcoming sessions. 

Volunteering at Home for Teens (grades 6-12)

Teens can earn up to 5 hours of online volunteer credit through the Mount Prospect Public Library during each session (January – May, June – August, September – December).

To receive service hour credit for these activities, email us at teenmail@mppl.org.

  • Teens can submit art, videos, and journal entries to Pandemic Moments 2020 project at the Mount Prospect Historical society. This project is creating an snapshot of what life was like in Mount Prospect during the pandemic. For detailed instructions on the types of projects that can be submitted and the contact release form click here. Send us a photo or link to your project and we will provide service credit based on the time it took to create your entry.
  • Write book reviews of teen books that might be featured on our Instagram or in the Library. Each review you write will count as 30 minutes of service. Email your reviews to the teen services librarians at teenmail@mppl.org for credit! See examples here: https://www.instagram.com/mpplteen/
    • Book Review Writing Guidelines:
    • Tell us the name and author of the book. 
    • Tell us a bit about what the book is about. 
    • Tell us what you liked about the book.
    • Give it a rating out of 6 (where 6 means it was amazing, and 1 means you hated it). 

Volunteering at Community Organizations

Contact these local organizations for their current opportunities.

Clearbrook
Committed to being a leader in creating innovative opportunities, services, and supports to people with intellectual disabilities.
16+ (9-15 with guardian)
www.clearbrook.org
847/385-5016

FIRST Illinois Robotics
Youth-based program to create and inspire future innovators and leaders, offering robotics for all ages.
Grades K-12 and adults
www.firstillinoisrobotics.org
Todd Northrup: todd.northrup@spray.com

The Grove
History, nature, and science are intertwined at The Grove, for education, enjoyment, and preservation.
15+ (14 and under with adult)
www.TheGroveGlenview.org
224/521-2098

Hands On Suburban Chicago
This website features virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities for a variety of organizations in the Chicago suburbs. Search by location, schedule, and more for your perfect opportunity.
Age requirements vary.
volunteer@handsonsuburbanchicago.org
www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org
847/228-1320

Hanul Family Alliance
Provides a broad range of community services to meet the diverse needs of seniors, families, and individuals of all ages and ethnicities in our community.
12+ for office volunteers, 18+ and a high school graduate for English tutors
hanulusa.org/index.php/en/support/volunteer
847/439-5195

JourneyCare
Largest nonprofit of palliative, supportive, and end-of-life care in Illinois, helping people facing serious illness live life to the fullest.
Grades 4-12 and adults
www.journeycare.org
224/770-2599

JOURNEYS | The Road Home
Serves the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in the north and northwest suburbs of Cook County by providing shelter, social services, and more.
7th grade+ when clients are present, or younger when clients are not present.
journeystheroadhome.org
847/963-9163 x120

League of Women Voters
Nonpartisan, political organization whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government.
All ages
Info.lwvah@gmail.com
www.lwvah.org
847/687-2496

Lemons of Love
Provides support and community to those affected by cancer through comforting care packages and Cancer Resource Center pro-grams.
All ages
www.lemonsoflove.org
cathy@lemonsoflove.org

Lutheran Home Services
A senior living community with residential healthcare, short-term rehabilitation, and memory care continuum.
Ages 12+
877/545-5524

Mount Prospect Historical Society
Committed to discovering, preserving, and sharing the history and current information related to Mount Prospect, Illinois and the surrounding area.
All ages
www.mtphist.org/about-us/interns
847/577-9660

Mount Prospect Jr. Women’s Club
Women of all ages, talents, and interests come together to focus on philanthropic and community service projects to help those in need in Mount Prospect.
All ages
www.mpjuniors.com
contactmpjwc@gmail.com

Northwest Community Healthcare
An award winning hospital offering a complete system of care that has volunteer opportunities ranging from helping at the information desk to assisting on the nursing floors.
16+
https://www.nch.org/volunteer/
847/963-9163 x120

NorthWest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)
NWSRA is an extension of 17 park districts that provides recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
14+ (12+ with a parent)
www.nwsra.org
847/392-2848

WINGS
Provides a continuum of integrated services in an effort to end domestic violence and homelessness one family at a time.
Resale stores and Logistic Center: 14+, Shelter: 18+
wingsprogram.com
847/519-7820 ext. 216.