Are you a teen interested in being a Library volunteer? Consider the Library’s Volunteen program, especially for students in grades 7 – 12.

  • You must have completed sixth grade to be a Project Volunteen, Summer Reading Program Volunteen, or a Let’s Be Friends Volunteen.
  • Nonresidents may apply, but priority will be given to Mount Prospect residents.
  • You must be responsible.
  • You must complete and return a signed application. Applications will be held for six months. After that time, you must reapply.
  • Please note: Volunteen time slots are highly competitive and often very limited. Filing an application does NOT guarantee selection for a Volunteen time slot.

Project Volunteen

  • Plan on two hours per week for a minimum total time of 20 hours.
  • Teens will be responsible for projects as assigned by Library staff.
  • Orientation is offered in May and on an individual basis throughout the year for open spots.

Summer Reading Volunteen (June and July only)

  • Plan on two hours per week, June 1-July 31, depending on school schedules.
  • You will talk with younger children and their parents about the Youth summer reading program and give out prizes.  You will enjoy this most if you are a “people person” – enthusiastic, interested in kids, and able to communicate well.
  • Orientation is held in May.

Let’s Be Friends Volunteen

  • Plan on 6.5 hours for each session, which includes a 2-hour orientation and three 1.5-hour programs.
  • You will be paired as a buddy with a child to help them participate in fun activities and make friends. You will enjoy this most if you are a “people person” – enthusiastic, interested in kids, and able to communicate well.
  • Orientation is held before each session and is required to become a Let’s Be Friends Volunteen.

For more information about the Library Volunteen program, please stop by the Youth Services Desk.  The Library requires at least a one-week notice if special accommodations are needed. Fill out an application today!

Speed Volunteering

The Library offers regular drop-in speed volunteering sessions to work on community service projects. Please check our calendar for upcoming sessions.

Volunteering at Community Organizations

Contact these local organizations for their current opportunities.

Committed to being a leader in creating innovative opportunities, services, and supports to people with intellectual disabilities.
16+ (9-15 with guardian)

FIRST Illinois Robotics
Youth-based program to create and inspire future innovators and lead-ers, offering robotics for all ages.
Grades K-12 and adults
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)

Hanul Family Alliance
Provides a broad range of commu-nity services to meet the diverse needs of seniors, families, and indi-viduals of all ages and ethnicities in our community.
12+ for office volunteers, 18+ and a high school graduate for English tutors

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

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 cli-ents are not present.
847/963-9163 x120

League of Women Voters
Nonpartisan, political organization whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government.
All ages

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

Lutheran Home Services
A senior living community with res-idential healthcare, short-term re-habilitation, and memory care con-tinuum.
Ages 12 and up

Mount Prospect Historical Society
Committed to discovering, preserv-ing, and sharing the history and current information related to Mount Prospect, Illinois and the surrounding area.
All ages

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

New Life for Old Bags (NLOB)
NLOB is a collaboration of folks of all ages and abilities making sleep-ing mats for the homeless out of used plastic bags.
All ages

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.
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)

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