Volunteering | Serving

 


Looking to share your gifts of time and talent?


There are several ways for you to get involved in the mission and ministry of Fourth Presbyterian Church and its community outreach arm, Chicago Lights!

Check out our list of current opportunities below. If you’d like even more information or have a gift to share for which you don’t see a match, please email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org or call 312.981.3382.

Community Outreach: Chicago Lights
Meals Ministry
Miscellaneous
Sunday Mornings
Youth

Community Outreach: Chicago Lights

  • Tutors for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program, especially on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Each tutor is paired with one student for the entire semester and helps him or her with their homework one evening a week—Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays—from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. through the week of May 21. New volunteers are asked to attend an orientation session. A schedule is available online here.
         For more information, contact Fernie Tiflis.

  • Teachers for In2it Café Enrichment Courses. Come share your hobbies and activities with Chicago Lights Tutoring students! Enrichment classes meet for thirty minutes (5:25–5:55 p.m.) one evening a week prior to Tutoring. Topics range from art to chess, acting, knitting, martial arts, yoga, scrapbooking, crafting, playing guitar, fitness, singing, improv, healthy cooking, computers, science, drumming, cheerleading, dance, creative writing, and other subjects suggested by volunteer teachers.
         For more information, contact Fernie Tiflis.

  • Share shop volunteers to help sort, clean, and organize clothing donations for the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center Share Shop or assist guests during their appointments, weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon or 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. All volunteers are invited to attend an orientation session. A schedule can be found online here.
         For more information, contact Jill Keiser.

  • “Good Neighbors” to greet and offer lunches, hygiene kits, and toiletries to our homeless and at-risk-of-homelessness neighbors. Volunteers will perform daytime street outreach in small groups on Tuesdays and Fridays. All volunteers are invited to attend an orientation session. A schedule can be found online here
         For more information, contact Mackenzie Vigliotti.

  • On-call aides to help Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center guests select groceries from the Consumer Choice food pantry. Volunteers will be scheduled on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons. All volunteers are invited to attend an orientation session. A schedule can be found online here.
         For more information, contact Jill Keiser.


  • Greeting card creators to make holiday cards (e.g., for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc.) for Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center guests.
         For more information, email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org

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Meals Ministry

  • Cooks for Sunday Night Supper, to prepare a warm meal, served in Anderson Hall, for guests of Meals Ministry.
         For more information, email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org

  • Shower Ministry Greeters to assist Meals Ministry guests by checking them in, distributing towels and grooming supplies, answering questions, and staying with the guests until they are finished and walking out with them.  Attendants work in pairs. Time commitment is Tuesdays from 1:15 to 4:00 p.m., on rotating schedule. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have an email address and telephone number.
         For more information, email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org

  • Medical professionals (physicians, nurses, and pharmacists) to provide expertise and resource referrals to Sunday Night Supper guests with minor health concerns on Sundays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. A limited amount of medical supplies will be available for distribution. Volunteers will not be asked to write prescriptions or perform medical procedures.
         For more information, email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org

  • Dining room helpers for Sunday Night Supper, to assist with Sunday Night Supper setup, beverage pouring, hosting, and cleaning from 3:45 to 6:00 p.m., on a signup basis.
         For more information, email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org

  • Grocery shoppers for Sunday and Monday Night Suppers and sandwich teams, on rotation. Shoppers are scheduled quarterly and shop about once per month. A list of the items to be purchased is emailed early to midweek. Volunteers shop for groceries at a time convenient for them (typically on Friday or Saturday for use on Saturday or Sunday), deliver them to Fourth Church, and secure them in refrigerators and cabinets downstairs. Email access and a car are essential. Costco membership a plus! Shoppers are provided a copy of the Fourth Church tax-exempt letter and submit receipts for reimbursement. Shopping and delivery takes two to three hours, depending on the length of the grocery list, traffic, etc.
         For more information, email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org


  • Organizers and packers of supplies for Monday Night Supper. The tasks take approximately thirty minutes on Sunday afternoon, on a rotation schedule.
         For more information, email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org

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Sunday Morning Opportunities

The following opportunities are available for Fourth Church members.

  • Sunday School teacher to teach during 9:30 a.m. worship services two Sundays per month
         For more information, contact Matt Helms.

  • Communion-bread cutters for 8:00 a.m. worship; on rotation
         For more information, email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org

  • Drummers to perform with the Fourth Church Drumming Circle. The Drumming Circle is open to anyone who can keep a beat and enjoys playing percussion instruments; participants of all ages are welcome. The group performs occasionally with the Morning Choir during 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. Rehearsals are scheduled prior to performances and take place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
         For more information, contact John Sherer.

  • Coffee Hour hosts to serve refreshments during the 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., or 12:00 noon Coffee Hours
         For more information, contact Anne Ellis.

  • Liturgists during morning worship services. Liturgists read scripture, on an occasional schedule, during worship. They meet with the liturgist coordinator to rehearse the passage. On the day they are assigned to read, they arrive at least twenty minutes prior to the service, meet with the worship leader ten minutes before the service, read the passage at the planned time in the worship bulletin, and stay in the service until its conclusion.
         For more information, email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org
  • Nursery caregivers on Sundays at 9:30 or 11:00 a.m. in the Nursery
         For more information, contact Jill Keiser.

  • Ushers during the 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship services
         For more information, email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org

  • Greeters and ushers during the 4:00 p.m. Sunday worship service. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 3:45 p.m. to coordinate with other volunteers and determine assignments. Responsibilities include welcoming worshipers, extending hospitality, assisting in seating, collecting the offering, setting up the refreshment table, and assisting with communion. Volunteers are also asked to stay after the worship service to visit with worshipers and to clear pews of lost items to be taken to the reception desk.
         For more information, email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org

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Miscellaneous

  • Cooks to provide and serve supper to residents in a small Lincoln Park shelter, evenings, 5:30–8:00 p.m., on a sign-up basis
         For more information, email volunteerministry@fourthchurch.org

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