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LPCS Volunteer Opportunities

Each year more than 1,400 volunteers make a difference at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter. Volunteers are truly the heart of our organization, and we are grateful for the thousands of hours of services given each year to LPCS! For more information on individual, group, and corporate volunteer opportunities, contact Jen Kouba, Volunteer and Community Relations Manager, at 773.549.6111 x216 or jkouba@lpcsonline.org. All of our volunteer opportunities do require either attending a monthly volunteer orientation or meeting one-on-one with our Volunteer Program Manager, as well as any other listed requirements.

Cooking and Serving Meals at LPCS

For every meal opportunity at LPCS, volunteers are responsible for purchasing and preparing the food, either at home or in the LPCS kitchen.

Breakfast is served Sunday through Friday morning. You can also sponsor a breakfast by purchasing breakfast items and dropping them off the night before. Click here to learn more about cooking and serving breakfast at LPCS.  

Hot Lunch Volunteers typically come in on Saturdays to provide a healthy meal for LPCS Guests that is served at 1:00pm. This opportunity is also available during the week. Email Jen to schedule a weekday date. 

Sack Lunches are provided for Guests who leave LPCS during the day for work and school. Lunches are dropped off on the assigned day anytime before 8:00pm. Click here to see learn more about prearing sack lunches for LPCS.  

Dinner is served at the LPCS 7 nights a week with volunteer groups preparing a delicious and healthy meal for 40 individuals. Volunteers typically arrive at 6:00pm, with the meal being served at 7:30pm. Cooking dinner is the most popular volunteer opportunity at LPCS so we encourage signing up 6-8 weeks in advance. Click here to see learn more about cooking and serving dinner at LPCS. 

Front Desk Volunteer

The front desk position is a great opportunity to interact with Guests and staff. When working at the front desk, a volunteer will answer general phone inquiries, direct phone calls, oversee Guests' and visitor sign in/out procedures, and perform other light administrative projects as needed. Typically a 2-3 hour shift. Must be 18 or older.


Overnight volunteers provide supervision for LPCS and our Guests throughout the night. Volunteers are provided a private room and access to a computer and television and are not expected to stay awake all night. Sun-Thurs an overnight shift starts at 9:00p.m. and ends at 6:30a.m. Fri-Sat an overnight shift starts at 9:00p.m. and ends at 8:00a.m. LPCS operates on a weekend schedule on all federal holidays. Must be 18 or older and pass a criminal background check.

Track Activity Teachers

Track Activity teachers teach a one-hour Daily Living Skills class or Leisure class. Our Daily Living Skills classes have a syllabus that is provided. There is no syllabus available for Leisure classes, as teachers create their own based on personal interests. Leisure class topics must be pre-approved. Knitting, yoga, creative writing, and art are popular at LPCS. DLS classes are taught one hour a month. Leisure classes vary, based on interest and space availability.

Financial Literacy Program

Our Financial Literacy Program is made up of three classes and two mentoring sessions where Guests learn about a variety of financed-focused topics such as budgeting and credit scores. Upon successfully completing the Financial Literacy course, a Guest will receive assistance with either a security deposit or first month’s rent once they’re placed in permanent housing. To make this program run smoothly, we have two volunteer opportunities available:

Financial Literacy Teachers are responsible for teaching one of the three classes that make up our Financial Literacy program. LPCS supplies the syllabus for these classes.

  • Each class is 90 minutes and the program runs on a quarterly basis.
  • New volunteers are required to shadow a class before they begin teaching.

Financial Literacy Mentors help our Guests with the homework assignments from the first two Financial Literacy classes. This may include creating a budget or getting a credit report. This is a one-on-one meeting, with the mentor providing advice and support.

  • Each mentoring session is one hour.
  • New volunteers are required to shadow a class before they begin teaching.

Job Coach

Job coaches work one-on-one with a Guest to help them with either mock interviews, resumes, cover letters, job searching, or networking. LPCS will provide resources and training. Each meeting is 30-90 minutes and scheduling is very flexible. New volunteers are required to attend a training hosted by LPCS staff or board members.

Peer Coach

Peer coaches work one-on-one with a Guest in a mentor/mentee capacity providing support and a listening ear. This is a great direct service opportunity. Each meeting is 30-90 minutes on a weekly or biweekly basis. New volunteers are required to meet one-on-one with the Volunteer Program Manager so we can properly match you with a Guest.

Computer Tutor

Computer tutors work one-on-one with a Guest to assist him or her with basic computer skills incuding Microsoft Word and email. Each meeting is 30-90 minutes on a weekly or biweekly basis.



If you are interested in one of these volunteer positions at Lincoln Park Community Shelter, please fill out our volunteer application and our Volunteer and Community Relations Manager will be in touch. If you have any questions about the application or position descriptions, please contact Jen Kouba at 773.549.6111 x216 or jkouba@lpcsonline.org.