How You Can Help

The ARK relies on volunteers of all ages, with all skills and talents, from throughout the Chicagoland Jewish community. Volunteer once, occasionally, weekly or monthly. ARK volunteer opportunities make meaningful Bar/Bat Mitzvah projects. The ARK offers volunteer programming for families with young children.

If you would like to donate to The ARK’s Food Pantry, please see our shopping list, including high-need items.

To find out more about how The ARK can help you help others, contact Caroline Musin Berkowitz, Director of Volunteers and Outreach, at 773.681.8982 or cberkowitz@arkchicago.org.


Medical/Mental Health

Physicians, dentists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and counselors are always in high demand. There is also a need for optometrists and physical therapists. Volunteer at our facility or yours, for as little as two hours per month or more.


Food Pantry

Volunteers in our Food Pantry restock items and assist clients with their grocery requests during specified hours each day. Please see our shopping list, including high-need items, if you can help by donating food. We can also help you organize a food drive for our pantry at your workplace, school, synagogue or community group.

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Help our homebound clients by delivering food packages and medications to their door.

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The ARK’s free community programs run the gamut from Arts and Crafts to Current Events and Yoga. Volunteer your time and talents to facilitate, perform, speak, or teach a new skill. We are always open to new ideas.

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Caffe ARK

This very popular program, held four times per month, allows volunteers to set up, clean up, serve and interact with clients who come to share a communal meal.

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Several times a year, The ARK brings holiday festivities to our clients. Whether it’s a special communal meal requiring servers, food package deliveries, or fulfilling a Chanukah Gift Wish, there are many ways to get involved.

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Do you or your company have open jobs available? Our on-site job counselor pre-screens clients and works with them to find available positions within their skill and experience level. Please think of us first when seeking qualified job applicants.

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Volunteer Application

If you are interested in participating in any of the above programs, please complete the Volunteer Application. You may also print it out and mail or fax it to: Caroline Musin Berkowitz, Director of Volunteers and Outreach, The ARK, 6450 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60645; fax: 773.973.6865

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