Ravenswood Community Services runs on volunteer power, and we would love to have you join us.

Information for Volunteers

New volunteers are required to complete a volunteer waiver form here:

In order to volunteer with us, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out the appropriate volunteer waiver (found to the left).
  2. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and add your email to our mailing list in order to receive mail from us. Volunteer sign-up links will be available in our monthly newsletter, and open volunteer slots for any given Tuesday will be sent out on Monday of that week. Shifts tend to fill up fast! In order to volunteer, you must be signed up for a shift.

The minimum age to volunteer at our Tuesday operations is 18. Volunteers 17 and under accompanied by an adult are welcome to join us at our Weekend Pantry.

Groups looking to volunteer are encouraged to join us at our Weekend Pantry. Contact us to schedule your group.

All Tuesday programs take place at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (4550 N. Hermitage Ave.) unless otherwise noted.

Contact us or call 773-769-0282 for more information on any of these opportunities.

Please read through our volunteer options and see what might work for you:

Weekly Opportunities

Fresh produce available through our weekly food pantry.

Each Tuesday RCS hosts a Food Pantry & Community Meal Program, serving between 250-300 neighbors.

Where: All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 4550 N. Hermitage Ave.

When: Tuesdays, shifts available between 4:00pm – 7:45pm

Tuesday Night Volunteering

On Tuesdays, RCS offers two main shifts for volunteers: 4-6pm and 6-7:45pm. Volunteers will help set up, assist with the distribution of groceries in our client choice style pantry, package to-go dinners, and clean up at the end of the evening. If you are interested in volunteering on a Tuesday night, please sign up to receive our email communications (you can do so by scrolling to the bottom of this page). Volunteer sign ups will be available in our monthly newsletter. If there are unfilled volunteer slots on any given week, you will receive an email on Monday with a link to the sign- up featuring that week’s available opportunities. If there are no available volunteer spots for a given week, we will not send out a Monday email. Please also be sure to fill out a volunteer waiver. Volunteers should be comfortable lifting 20lbs and going up and down stairs.

Volunteer Waiver

All volunteers are required to complete a volunteer waiver form here. Please click on the appropriate form link to complete:

Adult Volunteer Waiver

Youth Volunteer Waiver

Group Volunteer Waiver

Monthly Opportunities

On the second Saturday of each month we host an outdoor, market-style pantry at Ravenswood Elementary School, 4332 N. Paulina St.

Where: Ravenswood Elementary School, 4332 N. Paulina St.

When: Second Saturday of the month from 8:15am – 11:30am.

Weekend Pantry Volunteering

The volunteer time is from 8:15-11:30am, and in that time volunteers unload pallets of groceries from the Greater Chicago Food Depository, set up the pantry, and distribute groceries. This pantry is outdoors year round, rain or shine, so volunteers are encouraged to come prepared for the weather. Volunteers of all ages are welcome (volunteers who are 17 y/o and under must be accompanied by an adult.) In order to volunteer, reach out using our contact form.

Volunteer Waiver

All volunteers are required to complete a volunteer waiver form here. Please click on the appropriate form link to complete:

Adult Volunteer Waiver

Youth Volunteer Waiver

Group Volunteer Waiver

Occasional Opportunities

The All Saints’ Cafe is on currently on hiatus. The Ravenswood Run is an annual event held in late April and volunteer shifts become available in the weeks leading up to it.

All Saints’ Café

The All Saints’ Café, a restaurant-style meal for our neighbors, complete with waitstaff, menus, flowers, and live music. There are many different volunteer jobs: food prep, washing dishes, serving and bussing tables, putting plates together on the food line, and more. The volunteer time is 4-8pm. For safety, all volunteers must be 10 or older and volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

When a Cafe is scheduled, the volunteer link can be found here:

Ravenswood Run

Each April, RCS hosts the Ravenswood Run in partnership with All Saints’ Episcopal Church and EnMotive. This neighborhood 5k attracts 3,000 runners and there are opportunities for volunteers both in the weeks leading up to the run and on race day. Volunteers post signs, visit businesses along the route, help with race day set-up, tear-down, and much more. Register to volunteer here.

Additional Opportunities

Volunteer Groups

All inquiries for group volunteer opportunities should be sent via our contact form. Some customizable group volunteering options are available. Along with your inquiry please share your group size and your timeframe. Tuesday Pantry groups of up to 5 people. The Saturday Pantry can accommodate groups of up to 10 people.

All volunteers are required to complete a volunteer waiver form here. Please click on the appropriate form link to complete:

Group Volunteer Waiver

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Groups and individuals may also volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD is a major food bank which supplies local food pantries like RCS.) For more info, visit the Greater Chicago Food Depository website here.

Contact us or call 773-769-0282 for more information on any of these opportunities.