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Logan Square Volunteering Opportunities

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August 10, 2007

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation

Bickerdike builds, rehabs, and manages affordable housing units, developing more than 1,000 apartments and managing 918 apartments for low- and moderate-income residents of Logan Square, Humboldt Park, West Town, and Hermosa. Its economic development initiatives—a grocery story and construction company—hire and train community residents, and its youth component, BickerBikes, trains kids in bike repair and leadership skills and educates them about health and nutrition. The nonprofit also helps residents organize around health, safety, and housing issues, such as the property-tax cap and the affordable-housing set-aside rule. Volunteers are always needed for a variety of tasks. | 2550 W. North | 773-278-5669 |

Christopher House

A family resource center with several sites throughout the city, Christopher House provides low-income families with early childhood education, tutoring, literacy classes, college and career preparation, and teen parenting support. Volunteers are needed for tutoring and child care and for GED and ESL instruction. Another Logan Square center will open in the fall at 2450 N. Sawyer. | 2610 N. Francisco | Cortney DeArmond, 773-472-1083

Alderman Rey Colon

Volunteers for the alderman’s office have produced a cable access show and managed the 35th Ward’s Web content. Says communications director Marielee Macapagal, “At the moment we’re in need of people to help coordinate community events” such as this weekend’s Palmer Square Boulevard Arts Festival. | 2710 N. Sawyer | Martha Ramos, 773-365-3535, ext. 102, or

Elastic Arts Foundation

See listings under Music and Performing Arts. Volunteers are needed to distribute flyers and posters, work the door, and help set up live sound. Other opportunities are available depending on skills and desires. | 2830 N. Milwaukee | 773-772-3616 |

Humboldt Park Social Services

As a result of redistricting, this 17-year-old agency is actually in Logan Square. Its two locations offer six programs, including a soup kitchen, a food pantry, a seasonal emergency shelter for men (October through June), and temporary free housing for women and children, which includes access to social services including job training, budgeting help, and aid with whatever particular issues brought the family to the organization. Because of the high turnover in the apartments (residents can stay for six months max), volunteers are regularly needed to help clean and paint. The organization’s supportive service center, the Center for Changing Lives, also needs help with administrative tasks. | 2120 N. Mozart (church/shelter) and 3051 W. Armitage (service center) | Martin Seliciano, 773-342-6210 |

Logan Square Boys and Girls Club

The club offers recreation and supplemental education to local children and teens including Head Start, tutoring, computer instruction, etc. During the school year hours are 2:30 to 9 PM; in the summer they’re 8 AM to 6 PM. Volunteers are needed for tutoring, mentoring, and supervising recreation. | 3228 W. Palmer | John Stephan, 773-342-8800

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

The LSNA runs community learning centers inside public schools, offering evening ESL and GED classes for adults and educational and recreational activities for kids. Volunteers are needed for help with childrens’ programming, tutoring, helping immigrants fill out citizenship applications, and organizing around affordable housing issues. | 2840 N. Milwaukee | 773-384-4370 |

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

The PRAA provides community outreach, cultural programming, and free art and music classes for people 18 and under. Volunteers can assist with administrative tasks and help plan and promote events such as the annual Cuatro Festival—billed as “the largest Puerto Rican cultural event in the Midwest region”—where kids who’ve learned to play the cuatro, a small, ten-stringed Puerto Rican guitar, pair up with renowned musicians from PR and around the world. | 1440 N. Sacramento | Sonia Solivan, 773-342-8865 |

Voice of the City

See listing under Performing Arts. Volunteers are needed to hand out programs at performances, work bake sales, and donate old windows and doors for found art projects. | 3429 W. Diversey | Dawn Marie Galtieri, 773-782-9471 |

Volunteers for Dominican Literacy Center of Chicago

Volunteers here work primarily with immigrant women, providing one-on-one tutoring in English and citizenship training. | 2436 N. Ridgeway | Sister Judith Curran | 773-384-0659 R

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