A woman in red glasses and a light green shirt reads from a book to an elderly woman sitting next to her. Some ways down, an elderly man looks off in a different direction.

The best part of caring is being there.

By simply sharing a story, singing a song, or lending an ear, you can change a life. When you bring joy and comfort into someone’s heart, you experience the power of volunteering. Chicago Methodist Senior Services recruits and trains volunteers who are committed to supporting, improving, and enhancing the lives of older adults. When you volunteer with us, you help make residents’ days better.

Even if you don’t have much time to share, we’ll work to find volunteer opportunities that fit your interests and schedule. From computer class instruction, planning movie nights, and leading history discussions to supporting our art therapy, pet therapy and music programming, we offer many flexible options for getting involved.

If you’re interested in being out in the community, consider our Senior Connections program.  In this volunteer role, you are matched with one senior whom you visit in their home on a weekly basis. Read more here.

Please note that a background check is required for all ongoing individual volunteers.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete the volunteer application.


We partner with local universities to offer internship opportunities. For questions about coordinating an internship or establishing a partnership with your school, please contact Volunteer Services at 773-596-2234 or ann.brennan@cmsschicago.org.

Opportunities for groups

Volunteering with your company or organization is a meaningful way to foster teamwork and camaraderie. If your group is interested in spending a day or a few hours volunteering, please contact Ann Brennan at 773-596-2234 or ann.brennan@cmsschicago.org.

Volunteer Forms

After your volunteer application has been approved we please ask that you download and complete the following PDF forms. Use the links below to access the forms.

Please email the completed forms to Ann Brennan at ann.brennan@cmsschicago.org.

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