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Volunteer Opportunities for the New Year

Why not start out the new year by giving back to local organizations. Here are a few local nonprofits seeking volunteers.

The New Year has arrived and if you are like most people you’ve made a few resolutions.

Often people resolve to give back more to their communities, and keeping that in mind, here are some local organizations who are always looking for volunteers.

Know a group that should be on this list, but isn’t? Add it in comments or e-mail Local Editor Mary Ann Lopez at maryl@patch.com.

Glen Ellyn Food Pantry: Not only does the pantry need food and monetary donations, it relies heavily on its volunteers to keep operating.

SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education): Volunteers are sought for the nonprofit to help with office tasks and organizing. Volunteers of all ages are welcome whether students or retirees. And, groups are also welcome. 

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County: The forest preserve district will be hosting an open house on Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon and again on Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Blaze New Trails and Volunteer!” informational events will explain the volunteer opportunities it offers. District volunteers teach school groups and families about nature, bring history to life, and care for animals. They restore critical habitats, maintain public facilities and help visitors explore forest preserve trails and discover new outdoor activities. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

These informational events will take place at the District’s headquarters within Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton, which is located at 3S580 Naperville Road between Butterfield and Warrenville roads. For more details on volunteering, call Volunteer Services at 630-933-7681.

Flashes of Hope: Flashes of Hope provides children with cancer and their families with the opportunity to enjoy a fun day having photos taken. Volunteers are needed to help with the events. 

Anima Young Singers: Volunteers are sought to help out in the organization’s office in Glen Ellyn. Teens 16 and older, seniors and any individual is welcome to volunteer. 

Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF-IL): The nonprofit, based in Glen Ellyn and Wheaton needs volunteers to help transport rescued pets to and from veterinary visits and other appointments, most of which take place during the day. 

Find more volunteer opportunities around DuPage County through Giving DuPage

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