SBA NonProfit Community

Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater. Volunteering and helping others can help reduce stress, combat depression, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more one volunteers, the more benefits are experienced, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time. Giving in even simple ways can help others those in need and improve your health and happiness.

Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy—a hike in happiness comparable to having an income of $75,000–$100,000 versus $20,000, say the researchers.

   - Adapted with permission from Simple Changes, Big Rewards: A Practical, Easy Guide for Healthy, Happy Living, a special health report published by Harvard Health Publications.

Here is a listing of all SBA members who have opportunities available for volunteers.  

Access to Care
Stephanie Mucha

Alzheimer's Association - Greater Illinois Chapter
Marissa Barnes

American Cancer Society
Kiyoko Czech

American Conference of Cantors
Rachel Roth

Boys and Girls Club of Elgin
Cathy  Russell

Boy Scouts of America - Pathway to Adventure Council
Wes Weems

Building Families Together Inc.
Sherry Green

Campenelli YMCA 
Judy Nealey

Center for Enriched Living
April Booze

Chicago Voyagers
Jory Fitzgerald

Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County
Mark Parr

Sheryl Letwat

Faith Community Homes
Charles Warner

Feed My Starving Children
Stacy Hartman

Fellowship Housing Corporation

Pam Orr

Friendship Village of Schaumburg
Rosemary Newman

Gigi's Play House
Jenny Zuleger

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley 
Bill Klaves

Heartland Institute of Financial Education
Le Anh Blanchard

Illinois Fire Safety Alliance
Phil Zaleski 

Illinois SBDC at Harper College
Tom Cassell

Junior Achievement 
Barbara Kahovec

Little City 
Theresa Fifarek 

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 
Randal Klaproth

Northwest Special Recreation Association
Jessica Lamb

Prairie Center for the Arts 
Theresa Olvera

Resources for Community Living 
Frederick Stupen

Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates
Cristobal Hinojosa

Schaumburg Christian School
Jim Tooth

Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54
Andrew DuRoss

Schaumburg Jaycees
Stephanie Musson

Schaumburg Township District Library
Patricia Smolin

Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation
Jennifer Waldorf

Score Chicago
Chris Banakis

Shelter, Inc.
Barbara Mazursky

The Backyard Experience
George Vroustouris

TLC Pregnancy Services
Vivian Maly

Township High School District 211
Lauren Hummel

United Parent Support for Down Syndrome
Dave Wilkinson

WINGS Program, Inc.
Bruna Srb

Woodfield Area Children's Organization (WACO)
Rich Eisenhuth

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