Volunteers play an important role at Hesed House, helping us care for our neighbors.

With the help of professional staff, alliances with outside agencies and 6,000 volunteers from 90 area churches, businesses and organizations, over 1,000 individuals (including 188 children) are served each year through Hesed House’s shelter and three housing programs.

Hesed House is heavily dependent upon its valued volunteers which generally are categorized as follows:

  • Groups that are willing to make long-term commitments. The primary foundation for feeding and serving individuals and families at Hesed House is composed of many faith-based groups in the Fox Valley area, followed by civic organizations and businesses who sign on to prepare and serve food in the PADS shelter on an ongoing basis.
  • Individuals or families who would like to volunteer in our programs on an as-needed or as-available basis. Opportunities are matched with an individual’s areas of interest, experience and availability.
  • Groups that would like to help with specific building-related projects (painting, landscaping and minor repair and construction projects).



Over 6,000 volunteers help Hesed House every year – both inside and out!

Volunteer Application Process

Please note: Hesed House is not able to accept requests for court-ordered service.

How do I begin the process for volunteering?

To begin, please fill out a volunteer profile on our new system by clicking on the “New Volunteers: Apply Now” button on this page. If you already have an individual volunteer profile on our system and want more information about what volunteer opportunities are available, click on the “Returning Volunteers: Get Started” button. There are button links for group volunteering requests and children’s volunteering ideas also on this page.

Our volunteer director, Bruce, sends out volunteer opportunities weekly to individuals with new profiles. He also sends out specific volunteer requests on an as-needed basis to fill changes in the schedule, new events, etc. Bruce maintains the schedule for individual volunteers, volunteer groups, open dates where extra help is needed and all volunteer–related projects.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Bruce at volunteer@hesedhouse.org, or call him at 630-897-2156 ext. 538. Before volunteering at Hesed House, please check out our general volunteer guidelines and volunteer orientation video, both found on this page.

Please remember that Hesed House is not able to accept requests for court ordered service. And in cases where volunteer projects involve interaction with children, background checks of applicants will be conducted prior to approving volunteer service. Hesed House and the Kane County Health Department require all volunteers to register in advance of, or upon arrival at Hesed House, for their volunteer service. The contact information you provide will be used for emergency notification purposes and not shared with outside sources.

Thank you for your interest in wanting to help change lives at Hesed House. We look forward to having you with us!

Please view our Hesed House Volunteer Training video below:

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Volunteer Nurse Millie provides vitamins to our PADS guests weekly.

A volunteer provides a PADS guest with a haircut.

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