Volunteer

Jacksonville Main Street

Type of service: Volunteer or Internship

What they do: preserve and revitalize downtown Jacksonville. They organize events, support local businesses

Who is eligible? No specific requirements.

Referral needed? No

Best way to sign up: Fill out the contact form: https://www.jacksonvillemainstreet.com/contact or call 217-245-6884

Phone: 217-245-6884
Email: info@jacksonvillemainstreet.com

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Jacksonville DREAM Center Foundation

Type of service: Drop-in Center

What they do: provide space for youth and families to drop and learn something. Homework help, activities (fine arts, performing arts, computers, life skills all happen here, depending on the day!)

Who is eligible? Open to all junior high, high school, and post secondary youth. You can even bring your friends or family with you!

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Email or call with questions

Address: 210 W. College, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Most afternoons and evenings from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Call or email ahead of time to get matched with someone.
Phone Number: 217-473-1303
Email: jacksonvilledreamcenter@gmail.com

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Western Illinois Youth Camp

Type of service: Volunteer

What they do: Welcomes youth for volunteering, meeting space available for rent for youth organizations

Who is eligible? For Volunteers: 15 – 18 years old (do not need parent present). Under 15 requires adult present

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call, email, visit website or Facebook

Address: 2244 4-H Club Lane, Jacksonville IL
Hours of operation: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Daily
Phone number: 217-673-3771 or 217-370-8593
Contact person: Tanell Anders
Email: contactourcamp@gmail.com

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YMCA

Type of service: Childcare

What they do: After school program

Who is eligible? Grades K- 6 (after school); assistance available

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Come in and fill out application

Address: 1000 Sherwood Lane, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday after school until 6 p.m.
Phone number: 217-245-2141

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Prairie Council on Aging

Type of service: Volunteer

What they do: Bread of Love and Doorbell Dinners – meal delivery for shut-in elderly

Who is eligible? No specific requirements. Must have a vehicle and license, or able to partner with someone who does.

Referral needed? No

Best way to sign up: Call to ask about volunteering

Address: 800 W. State, Jacksonville
Phone: 217-479-4619
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contact person: Nancy Thorsen or Claire Collins
Email: nancyt@pcaging.com or claire@pcaging.com

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

Type of service: Volunteer

What they do: Provide mentoring to kids ages 5-14. Teen mentors (ages 15-18) can be mentors for at a supervised program. Must commit to coming each week. They also need volunteers for events!

Who is eligible? Ages 15 – 18

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call 217-243-3821 for more information

Address: 110 Walnut Court Jacksonville, IL 62650
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (By request during COVID)
Phone number: 217-602-0023
Contact person: Brian Ganz
Email: b.ganz@bbbscil.org

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Pathway Services

Type of service: Disability Services

What they do: Day program, special education, residential program (group homes), home-based services (for people to stay in their own homes)

Who is eligible? Open to anyone with a formally diagnosed disability (learning, physical, cognitive, behavioral). Must have referral.

Referral needed? Yes – Referral needed

Best way to access services: Call Central IL Service Access to set up services at 217-732-4731

Address: 1905 W. Morton Ave., Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone number: 217-479-2300

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​​Salvation Army

Type of service: Emergency Food, Clothing, and Utilities

What they do: Provide lunch daily, food distribution weekly, referrals for emergency food, vouchers for clothing, emergency assistance with water, power, and rent, prescriptions, non-narcotics, antibiotics, and glasses.

Who is eligible? Lunch is open to everyone, Friday food distribution is open to everyone. Call to apply for other assistance.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call or walk in

Address: 331 W. Douglas Ave., Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
“Lunch in the Son” – Monday – Friday 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday food distribution – 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Friday food distribution – 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Phone number: 217-245-7124

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