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Upcoming 3rd Party Events

• Visit our 3rd party events page to check out the lastest 3rd party event opportunities!

• Please consider hosting your own 3rd party event! Businesses, clubs, and other organizations can host events to benefit Home of the Sparrow. Funds raised will go to support the agency’s mission. Provides for an excellent community service project for groups to be involved! To hold an event, download our 3rd Party Event Request Form and email to kknighton@HOsparrow.org

HOS Ambassadors

•  Ambassadors represent Home of the Sparrow in the community by presenting to church, civic and school groups, and attending volunteer expos, and collection/sorting events. Training will be provided.

Event Committee Members

• Help plan our fundraising events, request donations for silent auctions, and assemble raffle baskets.

• Be a part of our Golf Committee for our upcoming Oktoberfest themed Charity Golf Outing on September 11th.

Event Day Volunteers

•  Help at our events with decorations, registration, raffle ticket sales, and the silent auction. Current help will be needed at our upcoming Oktoberfest themed Charity Golf Outing on September 11th.

Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store & Donation Centers

•  Help with sorting donations, pricing items, and merchandising on floor.
•  Store locations: Algonquin, Cary, McHenry, Mundelein, Palatine, Third Lake and Woodstock.

Skilled Volunteers

• Home of the Sparrow is always looking for skilled volunteers to help with special projects at our housing units, shelter, thrift stores and headquarters, on an as needed basis. Some of our needs include, but are not limited to, specialists in:

• Computers/IT/Web Maintenance


•  Carpentry

•  Electrical

•  Plumbing

•  General Contractor

For more information about Individual Volunteer Opportunities, please contact: 

Jennifer Kolarczyk, Volunteer Program Coordinator at 815-271-5444  x60 or email her at jkolarczyk@HOSparrow.org.

Event Day Volunteers

• Provide event day volunteers for major fundraising events.

On-Site Donation Drive and Sorting Event

• Host a donation drive at your business. Then, we will help you organize and lead an on site sorting event at your place of business.

Resident Internships

• Develop internship programs for our residents to provide exposure/job experience in entry level positions.

Employee Giving

• Develop an employee giving/match program for employees to donate to Home of the Sparrow.

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

• Invite us to speak to your company, church, school or group to raise awareness about our organization, and share our current volunteer opportunities.

Benefit Event

• Host your own event/fundraiser to benefit Home of the Sparrow

For more information about Group and Business Volunteer Opportunities, please contact:

Michelle Lusmann, Volunteer Program Manager at 815-271-5444  x24 or email her at MLusmann@HOSparrow.org.

Are You Interested in Volunteering for Home of the Sparrow?