Volunteer Opportunities with Home of the Sparrow

Check out Home of the Sparrow’s individual, business/group, and high school volunteer opportunities in the sections below. Every day, Home of the Sparrow volunteers make a difference in the community. In fiscal year 2021 (ending June 30, 2021), Home of the Sparrow had over 784+ individual volunteers who dedicated over 58,867+ service hours! Volunteers are the heart of the agency and dedicate their time and talents volunteering at Home of the Sparrow’s fundraiser events, Headquarters Office, housing unit and shelter maintenance, yard work at the housing units, and at the Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores and Community Threads across Northern Illinois. Thank you all for supporting our mission!

Questions about volunteering? Contact Volunteer Manager, Rebecca Stiemke at Volunteer@hosparrow.org or call 815-271-5444 x260.

Business Partnerships & Group Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re interested in hosting a community fundraising event or hosting a donation drive to benefit Home of the Sparrow,
please contact Allyson Gluth at AGluth@hosparrow.org for details. Thank you!

Skilled Group Volunteers – Spring & Summer 2022

Based on availability, group volunteers can help volunteer at Home of the Sparrow’s housing and apartment units which may include clean ups, yard work, painting, power washing, and more!


Event Day Volunteers

Your business or company can provide event day volunteers for Home of the Sparrow’s three annual fundraising events.


Employee Giving

Develop an employee giving/match program for employees to donate to Home of the Sparrow. For more information about Employee Giving, please contact Debbie DeGraw at DDegraw@hosparrow.org.


Corporate Service Days/Group Projects:

• Power washing exterior of our shelter and housing units.
• Yard work – brush cleanup, gardening, weeding, spreading mulch, and raking leaves.
• Staining play equipment and fences.
• Patching and painting interior rooms.
• Writing thank you notes to donors.
• Addressing and stuffing envelopes.


Community Awareness and Speaking Engagements

Invite Home of the Sparrow to speak to your company, church, school or group to raise awareness about our organization, and share our current volunteer opportunities.


Donation Drives

Hold a donation drive for items listed in Home of the Sparrow’s Shelter Needs Wish List. Or learn more by viewing the guidelines and submitting an inquiry form by clicking here.

Interested in Group Volunteer Opportunities? Contact Rebecca Stiemke at Volunteer@hosparrow.org or 815-271-5444 x260