Be the reason someone smiles today

There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of Keshet participants and their families. To volunteer, you just need a little time and a whole lot of heart. Each volunteer has the power to help someone learn a new skill, connect to the community, form friendships, have fun and lead a meaningful life.

People of all ages (6th grade and older) are encouraged to volunteer.

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Keshet volunteer opportunities

Sunday School & SOAR

Chicago, Northbrook, Skokie

Assist students and classes at Sunday School.

Chaperone community service trips and social outings.

Buddy Sports

Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Northbrook, Skokie

Volunteer buddies are partnered with kids and adults for baseball, basketball or bowling.

Special Olympics


Coach athletes in track and field events.

Inclusive Choir


Join Keshet’s Inclusive Choir as a singer partnered with kids or adults.

Adult Programs - GADOL & MY Life

Chicago, Highland Park, Northbrook, Skokie

Volunteers are partnered for activities (cooking classes, yoga, social outings and more), companions for social programs or assist with job coaching.

Special Events

Chicago, Northern Suburbs

Volunteers help with set-up, take-down, registration, photography and more.

Staff member supporting and walking with a young girl wearing leg and arm braces.

Special Opportunity

Join the Keshet Volunteer Corps

Keshet Volunteer Corps is a dedicated volunteer and engagement group that partners with Keshet to provide behind-the-scenes support for the day-to-day needs of the organization.

Members of the Keshet Volunteer Corps will have a variety of opportunities throughout the year to volunteer and serve as our “first responders” to these calls for assistance. Examples of activities include:

  • Writing personalized thank you notes
  • Calling donors to thank them for gifts
  • Wrapping “thank you” packages
  • Stuffing envelopes and mailings.

Many of these opportunities can be done from the comfort of your home. There are usually 3-4 projects for the Volunteer Corps each year. We’ll reach out to you, let you know what’s going on, and you’ll have the choice to participate.

Apply to be a Keshet volunteer

Please complete this application to let us know your interests. We will then contact you for more information so we can match you with the perfect volunteer opportunity.

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A boy and his counselor smiling at camp.

Why become a Keshet volunteer?

You’ll gain just as much as the participants you are working with. 

  • A fun and meaningful way to make a difference in your community.
  • Keshet offers volunteer credit hours for your school, job or bar/bat mitzvah community service.
  • Experience the inclusive community Keshet has built for people with disabilities.
  • Form new friendships and create everlasting memories.

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