A Difference, Volunteer!
Volunteering can be a rewarding and satisfying experience. Many
volunteers in our program interact one-on-one with youths, developing
long-term friendships. Others share their talents with a number
of children in various program areas.
is assigned according to his or her talents and interests. We provide
proper training and continuing education, treating volunteers with
the same respect as professional staff.
We carefully select our volunteers who want to work directly with
our children and youth. The application and training process for
direct service with children takes approximately 4-6 weeks, and
- All Volunteers
must be at least 21 years of age.
must complete an application and background check, have a physical
exam, provide three references, and have an interview.
Allendale has opportunities for individuals and groups to work directly
with our children and youth, in our Thrift Store, or in project-related
activities on our various campuses.
Big Pals offer Allendale children the chance to develop positive
one-on-one relationships with adults. A Big Pal spends time with
his or her child weekly; they may go to a movie, on a picnic, or
for a walk in the park. If you want to make a significant impact
on the life of a child in need, this program may be for you. Home
visits can take place following the completion of a home study.
For more information click
Do you have a heart to see kids get the most out of their education?
We need adults who will evaluate a child's Individual Education
Plan (IEP) to see if it is meeting the child's educational needs.
These educational surrogates will attend at least two staffings*
per year to discuss the IEP and advocate for the child in terms
of his or her educational growth. Training is provided.
* A staffing
is a meeting at which a child's therapeutic team meets to discuss
the child's progress.
If you have a green thumb and want to spread your love of horticulture
and gardening to our children, volunteer at our Bernard B. Rinella,
Jr. Horticultural Center. Help out with class projects and assist
with the care and maintenance of our plants.
Store Sales Associate
The Allendale Association runs Hidden Treasures, a thrift store
located in Lindenhurst, IL. All proceeds from the store benefit
the children of Allendale. Sales associates provide courteous service
and assistance to our customers. They also accept and process donations,
tag and stock merchandise and maintain customer areas of the store.
Various hours are available during the week and on Saturdays. At
this time, this opportunity does not involve working directly with
Allendale children, but we are open to hours being filled by a Big
Pal working with his or her Allendale resident.
If you have a group that would like to volunteer, we invite you
to come and help us out! A variety of opportunities exist, from
beautification projects to game days with the children. We are open
to suggestions as well, so if you an idea, please let us know!
information on being a Volunteer and/or Foster Care, please click
here: Nurturing Youth
Contact: Volunteer Services Coordinator, Tamara Conley