Resources

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.  


Alzheimer's Association - Greater Illinois Chapter
Marissa Barnes
http://www.alz.org/illinois

American Cancer Society
Kiyoko Czech
http://www.cancer.org

American Conference of Cantors
Rachel Roth
http://www.accantors.org

Boy Scouts of America - Pathway to Adventure Council
Alexander Zabawa
http://www.pathwaytoadventure.org

Building Families Together Inc.
Sherry Green
http://www.buildingfamiliestogether.com

Center for Enriched Living
April Booze
http://www.centerforenrichedliving.org

Chicago Voyagers
Jory Fitzgerald
http://www.chicagovoyagers.org

Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County
Mark Parr
http://www.cachelps.org

Clearbrook
Laura Warren
http://www.clearbrook.org

DEA Nation
Sarah Olesen
http://www.deanation.com

Feed My Starving Children
Stacy Hartman
http://www.fmsc.org

Fellowship Housing Corporation

Pam Orr
http://www.fhcmoms.org

Gigi's Play House
Jenny Zuleger
http://www.gigisplayhouse.org

Golden Corridor Family YMCA
Gary Bublitz
http://www.campanelliymca.org

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley
Bill Klaves
http://www.habitatnfv.org

Little City
Theresa Fifarek
http://www.littlecity.org

Heartland Institute of Financial Education (HIFE)
Le Anh Blanchard
http://www.hife-usa.org










Illinois Fire Safety Alliance
Phil Zaleski
http://www.ifsa.org

Illinois SBDC at Harper College
Tom Cassell
https://isbdcharpercollege.acuityscheduling.com

Junior Achievement 
Barbara Kahovec
http://www.jachicago.org

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
Randal Klaproth
http://www.metropolisarts.com

Prairie Center for the Arts
Theresa Olvera
http://www.pcafoundation.org/

Resources for Community Living
Frederick Stupen
http://www.rescoliv.org

Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates
Cristobal Hinojosa
http://www.SchaumburgRotary.com

Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54
Andrew DuRoss
http://sd54.org

Schaumburg Jaycees
Scott Felgenhauer
http://schaumburgjaycees.org/

Schaumburg Township District Library
Monica  Harris
http://www.stdl.org

Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation
Jennifer Waldorf
http://www.d54foundation.com

Score Chicago
Chris Banakis
http://www.chicago.score.org

Shelter, Inc.
Barbara Mazursky
http://www.shelter-inc.org

The Backyard Experience
George Vroustouris
http://www.thebackyardexperience.org

TLC Pregnancy Services
Vivian Maly
http://www.tlcpregnancyservices.com

Township High School District 211
Lauren Hummel
http://www.d211.org

United Parent Support for Down Syndrome
Dave Wilkinson
http://www.upsfordowns.org

WINGS Program, Inc.
Bruna Srb
http://www.wingsprogram.com

Woodfield Area Children's Organization (WACO)
Mollie Cole
http://www.waco4kids.org



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