Want to Make a Difference in Chicago This Month? Volunteer!

March 31, 2017


April is National Volunteer Month and Let?s Move! Outside invites you to volunteer your time this spring at our public lands throughout Chicagoland."

April is National Volunteer Month and Let’s Move! Outside invites you to volunteer your time this spring at our public lands throughout Chicagoland. Our partners in the initiative are dedicated to improving restoration, research and recreation opportunities on our public lands. If you’re interested in joining that mission, check out a few ways to volunteer below:

  1. Chicago is home to dozens of protected natural areas. If you’re looking to help a park near you, attend a Stewardship Day hosted by the Chicago Park District - Natural Areas.
  2. The Morton Arboretum is Chicago’s “living museum,” home to 1,700 acres of trees from all over the world. If your interests expand beyond restoration, you can volunteer to support research, special events and horticulture, and bring your little ones to youth-specific volunteer days at the arboretum. Check out the list of opportunities here.
  3. Chicago is also home to the largest forest preserve district in the United States, the Forest Preserve of Cook County. The FPCC is on a mission to preserve and protect all 69,000 acres of their open lands to provide recreational and educational spaces for everyone. If you’re interested in carrying out that mission, review their list of volunteer opportunities here.

Aside from encouraging volunteerism, this month is also dedicated to thanking all of the volunteers in our communities. The YMCA of Metro Chicago encourages community members to observe National Volunteer Month all April by thanking the volunteers in their lives. As one of the leading nonprofits and volunteer organizations in the country, nearly 600,000 people volunteer at the Y each year and give back through activities such as coaching youth sports, serving on our boards and spearheading fundraising drives.