COVID-19 Update

We have temporarily paused all in-person volunteer activities in order to protect the health of our participants, but there are still ways to get involved!

  • Make a donation to support our critical work during the pandemic
  • Create and drop off bagged lunches to support our Meals Program
  • Contact our development team for specialized volunteer opportunities

We hope to be able to welcome volunteers back for more opportunities in the summer of 2021!

Bagged Lunch Information Sheet

interested in volunteering with Inspiration Corporation?

Please fill out an application!

Volunteering at Inspiration Cafe in Uptown is an incredible opportunity to directly support Chicago’s most vulnerable residents in a unique, inspiring atmosphere that truly lives up to its name. More than just a place to eat, Inspiration Cafe is a refuge from the streets where participants can connect with fellow diners, volunteers, and staff, and form a supportive community. You might event learn some new cooking techniques in the kitchen!

Inspiration Corporation was started in 1989 as a volunteer-run organization. That tradition continues today, with more than 800 people volunteering on their own or with groups every year. Volunteers cook and serve meals at Inspiration Cafe, tutor job seekers, conduct mock job interviews, maintain the garden at Inspiration Kitchens, and much more.

Interested in getting involved in the future? 

To learn more or get involved, click here to fill out our volunteer application form. Every person who wants to volunteer with Inspiration Corporation MUST complete our online orientation. You will receive a link to the orientation after you complete the application.

Please note that children under the age of 14 are not allowed to volunteer for on-site opportunities with Inspiration Corporation for safety reasons. Additionally, volunteers ages 14-15 must be supervised by an adult at all times.


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