Serving/Volunteering

There are several ways for you to get involved in the mission and ministry of Fourth Presbyterian Church. Please see below for current volunteer needs as well as details on Helping Hands, a hands-on outreach group.

Contact Larry Nicholson, Director of Volunteer Ministry, (312.981.3382) for more information on how best to share your gifts of time and talent.

Please check back often for updates on volunteering needs.

Current Volunteer Needs

  • Handbell ringers for the Handbell Choir
    Rehearsals are held on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. in the Buchanan Chapel Choir Loft.

  • Cooks to prepare and deliver casseroles and meals to a family with a chronically ill child living in zip code 60618

  • Tutors for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program
    Tutors meet one-on-one with youth in grades one through twelve one night a week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. More information about Chicago Lights Tutoring is available here.

  • In2it Cafe instructors for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program, one evening a week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 5:25 to 5:55 p.m., January 6 to March 7, 2014
    Volunteer instructors share a passion, hobby, or skill with Tutoring students. This is a great opportunity to share talents, hone teaching skills, and offer more opportunities to youth. Past class offerings have included yoga, knitting, scrapbooking, crafting, martial arts, drumming, guitar, fitness, dance, singing, improv, creative writing, and more.

  • Teachers and health professionals for the Center for Life and Learning

  • Librarian for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program

  • Church members to serve as Nursery caregivers on Sundays at 9:30 or
    11:00 a.m.

  • Shopping aide for guests of the Consumer Choice Food Pantry at the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center on alternating Wednesdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    Through Consumer Choice, guests of the food pantry are given a shopping list, and the volunteer aide will guide them as they fill their cart with the allotted number of items they’d like from the pantry.

  • Computer lab instructor for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program, one evening a week from 5:25 to 5:55 p.m.

    The computer lab instructor will facilitate engaging projects that help students learn how to navigate more effectively online and develop basic skills through technology. Some project ideas include:web searches, online educational games, “how to” videos and tutorials.  

  • Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to provide medical information and expertise prior to Sunday Night Supper from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.
    Volunteers will discuss minor health concerns and provide resources. Dinner guests are primarily single adults experiencing homelessness. A limited amount of medical supplies is available for distribution. No prescriptions or medical procedures involved.

  • Experienced website developer to help a church-affiliated AIDS agency improve their website

  • Volunteers to cook and serve breakfast at a shelter in Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church
    Volunteers will cook and serve breakfast at a shelter in the early morning one day a month on a rotating schedule. The shelter is located in Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church at 600 W. Fullerton.

  • Sack lunch assemblers for the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center bag lunch program on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays on a rotating schedule from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
    Helpers thaw sandwiches, assemble items for each bag lunch, and load carts with lunches and drinks.

  • Benevolent Guild volunteers to prepare holiday tray favors and stuffed animals for hospitalized children on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

  • Servers for Monday Night Suppers from 3:30 to 6:15 p.m.
    On rotation

  • Grocery shoppers for Sunday and Monday Night Suppers, on rotation

    Grocery shoppers are needed to purchase supplies for Sunday Night Supper, Monday Night Supper, and sandwich teams. Shoppers are scheduled quarterly and shop about once per month. A list of the items to be purchased is emailed early/mid-week of the assigned shopping date. Volunteers shop for groceries at a time convenient for them (typically on Friday or Saturday for use on Saturday or Sunday), deliver them to the church, and secure them in refrigerators and cabinets downstairs. Shoppers are provided a copy of our sales tax-free letter and submit receipts for reimbursement.

    Email access and a car are essential. A two-person team makes the job much easier! The project takes two to three hours, depending on the length of the grocery list, traffic, etc.

  • Share Shop sorters to go through donated clothing items and assistants to guests selecting clothing
    Shifts available are Tuesday mornings, Wednesday mornings and afternoons, or Friday afternoons. Volunteers may work alone or in small groups on a rotating schedule.

  • Church members to usher during 11:00 a.m. worship
    Members who enjoy “serving” hospitality are a perfect match for ushering responsibilities. Ushering morning services is a weekly commitment so that volunteers learn the routine, get acquainted with the members who attend that service, and become part of the team, helping to establish an esprit de corps.  There is a sign-out book when ushers wish to take a Sunday off. 

To volunteer, contact Larry Nicholson (312.981.3382).

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Helping Hands

Fourth Presbyterian Church’s newest mission group, Helping Hands, works as a team on painting, construction, cleaning, and gardening projects. If you’re interested in hands-on outreach in the Chicago community, this group is for you!


For more information about Helping Hands, contact Nancy Davis (312.274.3815).