Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store & Donation Centers


• We can always use more help at our seven Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores. Please encourage your friends, family and neighbors to volunteer with Home of the Sparrow! Help with sorting donations, pricing items, and merchandising on the floor.

•  Store locations: Algonquin, Cary, McHenry, Mundelein, Palatine, Third Lake and Woodstock.


High School Volunteers


• Are you a high school student between the ages of 14-18?  Do you need volunteer hours for NHS, a class or to graduate?  If so, it’s easy to volunteer at one of our Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores! Simply click on the corresponding link below to sign up for a spot at a Nest Store close to you!  You do NOT need to complete our full adult application. However, you do need to print and complete our Liability, Confidentiality, and Photo Release for Volunteers, have it signed by a parent or guardian and bring it with you the first time you volunteer.

Please Note: Our High School Volunteer Program is not for Court Ordered Community Service Hours.

Algonquin Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store – High School Student Sign-ups:

Cary Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store – High School Student Sign-ups:

McHenry Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store – High School Student Sign-ups:

Mundelein Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store – High School Student Sign-ups:

Palatine Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store – High School Student Sign-ups:

Third Lake Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store – High School Student Sign-ups:

Woodstock Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store – High School Student Sign-ups:


Event Committee Members/Event Day Volunteers


• Event Committee volunteers help plan, market and implement our special fundraising events throughout the year, including acquiring donations for raffles and silent auctions. This committee also uses their creative flair to help assemble baskets before each event!

•  Help at our events with decorations, registration, raffle ticket sales, and the silent auction.

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

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

Child Care Program Volunteers Needed


• Do you enjoy working with children?  We are looking for a few more volunteers to help out on a rotating basis in our Child Care Program, which is held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, while the moms are in their weekly Education Program.  Volunteers spend time with the kids playing games, doing crafts and being a positive role model in their lives.


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.

For more information about Individual Volunteer Opportunities, please contact: 

Jennifer Kolarczyk, Volunteer Program Coordinator at 815-271-5444 or email her at

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

Are You Interested in Volunteering for Home of the Sparrow?