Intern & Volunteer With Us

Interns and Volunteers play an integral role in meeting the needs of the 50,000 individuals we serve each year. If you’d like to be part of our community of care, consider becoming a Chicago Lighthouse volunteer.

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers and interns who donate their time and skills to help us meet the needs of the people we serve.

To intern or volunteer at The Chicago Lighthouse, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be 18 or older
  • No criminal background; background checks are conducted prior to start date


Internship Opportunities

Employment Services Intern

Has or in the process of getting degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. Expected to maintain all information confidential. (M-F, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., onsite)

Please note that internships are available with us upon request.


Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities
Volunteers who wish to be involved on a regular basis provide essential support for the day-to-day needs of our programs. Ongoing opportunities include working directly with clients, providing administrative support to staff and reading news articles for our radio station.

Please note, by completing our Volunteer Application, we expect a minimum commitment of six months of service, participating at least two times per month for all ongoing volunteers. This excludes any temporary opportunities, indicated as such.


**IMMEDIATE NEED** The Foglia Residences, Application Assistance
Foglia Residence Preliminary applications will be going live soon, and we are looking for volunteers to be on standby should any of our potential new neighbors need assistance completing their applications. THIS IS A PHONE-BASED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY. Need access to computer/internet and phone. (1-4 hours/week, flexible schedule, remote)

CRIS Radio, Reader
Read newspaper and other articles verbatim on air for CRIS Radio. Excellent reading skills and clear voice. (1-2 hours/week, flexible schedule, remote)

Seniors Program, Liaison*
Assist Seniors Program clients as they arrive and depart, as well as navigate around the building during program hours. (Tuesdays, between 10:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., onsite)

Adult Living Skills, Assistant*
Work with adults who have multiple disabilities, assist staff with general daily schedule and help clients navigate around the building. If available, assist on field trips. (M-F, between 8:30 a.m. and 3p.m., onsite)

Adult Living Skills, VisionQuest Liaison*
Serve as liaison for band members traveling to and from rehearsal and performances. Assist with distribution of lunches. No musical experience required. (Tuesdays & Thursdays, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., onsite)

Front Desk, Greeter
Greet guests and clients in the front lobby and track client arrivals and departures. Friendly and personable individual. (M-F, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., flexible hours, onsite)

*Everyone in this program must be vaccinated for the safety of the seniors


Special Events

Special events volunteers provide support for events such as fundraisers, seniors activities and other events. Special events are a great way to get involved if you have a restrictive schedule or are not available during our general hours of operation.

To volunteer for a special event, please contact our volunteer coordinator (contact information below). Please include your first and last name, phone number, email and general availability.

Corporate Groups

We welcome corporate volunteer groups of up to 10 people for 2-3 hours at a time. All corporate volunteers are offered a tour of our facility to learn more about the variety of programs and services we offer.

We kindly request a $500 minimum donation to The Chicago Lighthouse on behalf of your organization to help offset staff time spent with your group.

To schedule a corporate volunteer group, please contact our volunteer coordinator (contact information below). Please include potential dates, times and number of volunteers.


For more information about volunteer opportunities at The Chicago Lighthouse, please contact:

Megan Frankenbach
Individual Volunteer Coordinator
(312) 447-3257
Email Megan

For more information on Corporate Group and Special Event volunteer opportunities at The Chicago Lighthouse, please contact:

Karoline Kijowski
Group & Special Event Volunteer Coordinator
(312) 447-3447
Email Karoline


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