You can change a life and help your community simply by being a friend to a child in need.

Volunteering at Mercy Home offers you the chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of a kid in need. Learn about ways you can donate your time and talents to help Mercy Home and the kids we serve.

Our Main Volunteer Programs


Mercy Home’s Friends First mentoring initiative matches children in need with positive adult role models. Since 1987, the program has introduced more than 1,500 children to carefully-screened and prepared mentors and is currently supporting approximately 90 active matches in our community-based and site-based programs.


Tutoring is an integral part of our volunteering program. Volunteers spend an hour each week with our kids during the school year, helping them with homework and encouraging positive academic habits.

For our young people, simply having someone who listens and cares whether they do their homework can make all the difference in the world.


MercyWorks is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to work with about 15 other university graduates who want to dedicate their lives to improving the lives of others. Spend a year with us and gain professional experience while growing spiritually, personally and professionally.


We need hundreds of volunteers to help our Mercy Home Heroes Marathon team have a fun and successful race! Volunteers are needed in 3 to 4-hour shifts starting as early as 5 a.m. and ending as late as 5 p.m.  Our Marathon Cheer Station is located at Mercy Home’s West Loop campus, (1140 W. Jackson Blvd), where the Chicago Marathon passes us at mile 16.  The Hero Headquarters is located at DePaul’s Loop Campus, (1 E Jackson Blvd).

Learn About Additional Volunteer Programs

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to support the young people at Mercy Home! You can change a life and help your community simply by being a friend to a child in need. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, including:

    • Friends First Mentoring program: Learn more about our one-on-one mentoring program that matches you with a child in need.
    • Tutoring: As a tutor, you will help one of our youth complete their homework each week, and encourage positive academic habits.  Ages 18+.
    • Job Lab Tutoring: Our Job Lab welcomes professionals from all backgrounds into Mercy Home to coach our youth through key job skill development activities. Learn more.
    • MercyWorks: MercyWorks is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to work with other recent college graduates who want to dedicate their lives to improving the lives of others.
    • Events: Mercy Home has several fundraising and youth events throughout the year.  We need volunteers to help with registration, auctions, raffles, charitable gaming, food service, children’s games, and many more roles!  Learn more about our upcoming fundraising events here, or fill out the form below to learn about the next event!
    • Group Opportunities: Mercy Home only has a few group volunteer opportunities – Mercy Home’s March for Kids during the month of March and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the first Sunday in October. To be added to the email list for these volunteer opportunities, please check “Event Volunteering” in the form below.
    • Collection Drives: Our youth are always in need of personal hygiene items, school supplies, new winter attire, camping equipment, etc.  We are happy to provide you with collections lists with our latest needs – please fill out the form below for more information.  All ages welcome to participate!
    • Greater Chicago Food Depository: You can volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository on behalf of Mercy Home, and we’ll earn credits toward providing our youth with nutritious meals on a daily basis.  The hours you volunteer contribute to our overall account balance.  Ages 5-99 welcome!  You can sign up online – just make sure to tell them you are volunteering on behalf of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.
    • Corporate Opportunities: Mercy Home has many opportunities for you and your colleagues to volunteer together as a group.  From painting fences to volunteering at an event, we have options for corporate outings. Please contact us for more information.
    • March for Kids: During the month of March, more than a thousand volunteers hit the streets of Chicago area St. Patrick’s Day parades and events to help us collect donations.  All ages welcome to volunteer for March for Kids!

Receive Information about Volunteering

Please fill out the form below to receive more information about the volunteer opportunity of your choice!