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The GIVING BACK Program engages skills-based volunteers, associate volunteers, community service volunteers, corporate groups, undergraduate interns and graduate level interns to successfully deliver the organization’s mission. As a Service Enterprise certified by the Points of Light Foundation, Northwest Compass volunteers supported the delivery of more than 35,000 units of service in fiscal year 2016.

Our Vision is that our volunteers will use their passion, skills, and knowledge to be a seamless extension of our portfolio of services and will become our best advocates and ambassadors of our Brand and Mission.

Want to get involved? Volunteers are needed for the following positions (training provided as needed):

  • Small Group and Individual Projects Available!
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Data Entry​
  • Event Photographer Associate
  • Food Pantry Support
  • Fundraising & Development Assistant
  • Greeter, First Client Contact
  • Legacy Corps​
  • Cookbook Creator​
  • Maintenance and Groundskeeping

Your interest in becoming a Northwest Compass Volunteer is appreciated! In order that your time and talent be best utilized, please complete the Volunteer Application and return it to

Looking for a group volunteer activity (perfect for clubs, employee day of service, teams and organizations or just a group of friends)? Please complete the Group Volunteer Application and return it to

Prefer to organize your own Fundraiser? We welcome Community Fundraising! Northwest Compass supporters are writing Cookbooks, making jewelry and baked goods, hosting parties and more! For more information on Joining Our Crew, visit NWC Compass Crew or contact us today to discuss your fundraising ideas!

We Offer Internships!

Northwest Compass offers a comprehensive BSW/MSW and Administrative Internship program including doctoral level Supervision (one hour per week) and professional staff in daily assignments and client staffings. Evaluations are performed and submitted by doctoral level Supervision.

We currently collaborate with Loyola University, Dominican University, Northeastern University, University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), Aurora University and Harper College.

First level interns can serve 450 hours per school year (2 semesters) and second level MSW Interns serve 600 hours. MSW/MBA Interns serve 900 hours per school year.

Please check our Careers & Internships page to see available positions. For more information about Northwest Compass Education and Intern programs, please contact:

Dr. Cheryl Novas, PhD
Managing Director, Partnership & Development
+1 847 637 0969

Have a great idea to help support your neighbors in and around the Northwest suburbs? Whether you want to cook spaghetti, sponsor a 5K or host a community food drive, Northwest Compass Supporters are passionate about using their interests to help raise funds and awareness to turn Crisis into Opportunity. Mobilize today!

Looking to join a great event in your area to show your commitment to helping raise funds and awareness to turn Crisis into Opportunity? Support an event!


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