Take the challenge. Join in. emPower in Hour!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Guest House. We are happy to welcome volunteers to the Community Room! Volunteer opportunities have been reset and restarted to give you or your group safe ways to engage in service projects that encourage our guests. We’re calling it emPower in an Hour.

Join others in the challenge and press past the limitations. We are following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our hospital partners, and state directives.

Take the emPower in Hour Challenge! View our Amazon Wishlists that include emPower in an Hour Kits for challenge projects.

Contact our Manager of Volunteers and Programming at volunteer@guesthousechicago.org to get involved, share a recipe, or join the challenge.

Thank you for being a part of the Guest House family.

Your kindness provides comfort

Volunteers provide the care of community to the guests they serve, and gain valuable skills in leadership and community outreach. We know your time is generous, there are no long term commitments required for volunteer projects at Guest House. Some of our volunteers prefer single projects, while others desire to volunteer for weekly or monthly projects. Volunteer as often as your availability allows. Projects are designed to maximize meaningful impact for guests.

First Step


Read about our volunteer opportunities.
If you do not see a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule or talents, please submit a Project Inquiry form. Let’s talk about your ideas!

Second Step


Mark your area/s of volunteer Interest and availability.
For service hours, please indicate how many hours are required and the deadline to complete service hours.

Third Step


We will contact you within 3 business days.
If you have any questions before then, please let us know. We look forward to receiving your application. Thank you for sharing the joy of community.

Volunteer Opportunities

Meal Project

Volunteers can cater a meal from a restaurant or prepare a meal from scratch. The Community Room contains basic cookware supplies. (We welcome donations of plastic wear and paper goods).

Alyssa teaches guest Loretta about watercolors
Cultural & Health Project

Volunteers prepare a cultural or health program for guests, such as arts & crafts, or health information presentation. Your creative ideas are welcome.

Baking Project

Prepare treats from scratch for the families who are staying with us, or purchase baked goods. Add a Comfort Card with a caring message.

Welcome Bags Project

Create Welcome Bags. Volunteers supply items such as laundry items, toothbrush, snack items, water.  Add a Comfort Card with a caring message.

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Comfort Cards

Create Comfort Cards with inspiring and welcome messages for guests. Volunteers supply cards or bring materials to create cards.

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