Celebrate volunteers in town and join their ranks!

April is National Volunteer Month, and there’s a lot to celebrate. In 2021, more than 60.7 million Americans volunteered through an organization, contributing $122.9 billion in economic value.

Volunteers are pulling their weight in Hinsdale, too. Just take a look at the list of ways they’re assisting these nonprofits in town. And for those interested in helping, each entry also includes one or more volunteer opportunities at that agency.

Candor Health Education

At Candor, formerly the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, volunteers are putting together menstrual supply kits for girls in under-resourced partner schools.

“In Illinois, schools are required to provide supplies to students in grades four to eight during the school day, but students are on their own in the summer,” said Barb Thayer, executive director.

Candor is seeking donations for the drive and help packing supplies. The agency also is looking for board members to serve three-year terms.

HCS Family Services

Last year HCS relied on 3,852 volunteers.

“Volunteers bring our mission to life by feeding thousands of hungry neighbors every year,” said Wendy Michalski, executive director.

The organization is in need of “heavy lifters” — volunteers who can life 25 pounds or more.

Hinsdale Historical Society

Volunteers assist in managing the archives; serve as docents at the museum and special exhibits; plan and lead events; and help with communications, from proofreading to and social media .

Volunteers are needed to help keep the museum open and to record stories for village residents in honor of Hinsdale’s150th anniversary.

“We welcome anyone who has talents they may wish to offer to the society,” said Carrie Rozich, co-president. “We also love new ideas.”

Hinsdale Humane Society

Volunteers donated 21,000 service hours in 2022, helping the humane society care for more than 2,000 animals a year and offer a variety of programs.

“We literally couldn’t do what we do without them,” Jacki Rossi, executive director, said.

The society needs people who are interested in walking dogs, socializing cats, greeting guests, cleaning kennels, serving on pet therapy teams, providing foster homes and serving as board members.

The Community House

Volunteers are at the heart of operations at The Community House, Executive Director Dan Janowick said.

“They are the coaches on the courts and fields, the smiling faces next to our staff in our after-school programs, the heavy lifters in the success of our fundraising events and the trustees creating our vision in the board room,” he said.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Walk the Walk for Mental Health on May 21. Jobs include directing walkers on the course, handing out T-shirts and give-aways, and serving on the set up and take down teams.

Wellness House

Volunteers are a vital part of Wellness House.

“From back office support to welcoming visitors to facilitating program events, we rely upon them to extend the important work that takes place here every day,” Executive Director Lisa Kolavennu said.

Volunteers are needed for the Walk for Wellness House on May 7, helping out at water stops, acting as course marshals and assisting with other set up activities. Front desk volunteers also are needed to greet participants and answer the main phone line.