Interested in Volunteering?

While we are still continuing to serve meals in a to-go model out of an abundance of caution, we are once again ready to welcome in-person volunteers back to Inspiration Cafe in Uptown! If this is your first time volunteering with us, please fill out the application form through the link below

Application Form

    Returning Volunteer? 

    If you are a returning volunteer, you can sign up to take a shift in the Cafe by clicking the link below. We are so excited to be able to welcome our volunteer family back for in-person opportunities!

    Find Shifts & sign up here

      Other ways to get involved

      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 even 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.



      You can always reach out to our development team to ask any questions about volunteering with Inspiration Corporation 

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