Volunteer with the City of Elgin

The spirit of volunteerism among the residents of Elgin is one of the city’s greatest assets of our community! No matter what your talents, gifts or interests, there are many rewarding ways you can give back to your community through volunteerism.

Whether you are interested in helping at a one-time event, or looking for a regular volunteer job, there are many opportunities available. 

Parks and Recreation

Volunteer at any of our many facilities or programs serving children, teens and adults through a wide variety of educational and physical activities.


Serve your community in time of emergencies as a CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) member or by providing a variety of administrative assistance to our staff.

Boards and Commissions

Residents are encouraged to submit an application to serve on one of the city’s many boards and commissions. Applications can be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office and appointments are made by the entire City Council.

Special Events/Arts

The summer season is filled with many special events that need enthusiastic volunteers who love meeting people and having fun!

Court Ordered Community Service

Volunteer with the City of Elgin through the Community Restitution Program. Trash pick-up in parks, neighborhoods, the Central Business District, and the entryways to the city are a major focus of the program's efforts. The program also works closely with many other city departments to assist them with projects they have throughout the city. For more information contact Katie Thrun, Community Restitution Work Supervisor, at 847-289-2553 

Student Volunteer Opportunities

During the summer or holiday break is a great time for students to fulfill some of their volunteer hour requirements. Students can check the United Way website for other volunteer opportunities at area agencies.

Get Notifications

Get future notifications of upcoming volunteer opportunities by registering on the City’s VolunteerUP website and we will notify you when a volunteer opportunity comes up that you might enjoy.


Volunteer in Elgin

For a listing of current volunteer opportunities with agencies throughout the community, visit United Way of Elgin.

United Way of Elgin