Top Five Places to Volunteer in Springfield, Illinois


One of the biggest problems that many of us face in the months of January and February -- and sometimes even until spring -- is the boredom and melancholy that can come with the post-holiday blues. With the skies gray and the air frosty, it's easy to just spend all of our free time curled up on the couch with hours of Netflix and too many snacks.

However, there's a better way to deal with our annual post holiday-blues syndrome, and it's a way that helps others: volunteer work! (Not to mention this will look great on any upcoming college or job apps.) And if you reside in the capital city of Springfield, Illinois, there are no shortages of places to volunteer. Here are five great places to help others in the land of Lincoln.

Central Illinois Community Blood Center
When it comes to donating blood, this organization needs a lot more than just the blood itself. Located near the west side of town, the Central Illinois Community Blood Center is always in need of more help. While they do need blood donors, they also are in need of volunteers to do things such as driving to transport blood, help run blood drive events, and to do general office-type work, such as data entry. If you would like to get involved, you can contact Maggie Wooldridge at 217-753-1530.
1999 W. Wabash St. Springfield, IL 62704 http://www.bloodcenter.org/

Family Service Center
If you love working with children, then the Family Service Center would be a great place for you to volunteer. They are a non-profit that works with children going through the foster care and adoption services. You can get involved in things such as helping out with after-school programs and trivia nights, to answering phones and performing light office work. You can contact Molly Berendt for more information at 217-528-1446.
730 E. Vine St. Springfield, IL 62703 http://www.service2families.org/

Animal Protective League
If working with animals is more your thing, the Animal Protective League is a great organization to volunteer for. They are a non-profit that is constantly in need of volunteers. You can help with working with the cats and dogs directly by taking the dogs out for walks, or feeding and cleaning the animals. There are plenty of opportunities outside of caring for the animals, such as helping to organize fundraisers and helping with office duties. You can call them for more information at 217-544-7387, or send them an e-mail at volunteer@apl-shelter.org.
1001 Taintor Road Springfield, IL 62702 www.apl-shelter.org

Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County
If you're looking to volunteer for an organization that has an excellent national reputation, Habitat for Humanity is a great place to check out. You can volunteer as a construction member building a house, help out at fundraising events, or help with various office duties. Habitat for Humanity is also nationally recognized, and can look really good on college applications, so that is always a great thing to keep in mind as well. If you would like to get involved, you can call them at 217-523-2710, or send them an email at development@habitatsangamon.com.
2744 S. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62703 http://www.habitatsangamon.com

Jubilee Farm
Located just west of Springfield in the rural New Berlin area, Jubilee Farm sits on 111 acres and describes itself as being a "center for ecology and spirituality." The farm's staff and volunteers work to upkeep the greenhouse, gardens, and walking trails, and teach various art and gardening classes to adults and children alike. The grounds are breathtakingly beautiful, and there are even plenty of things to do in the winter. If you'd like to volunteer, you can call them at 217-787-6927.
6760 Old Jacksonville Road New Berlin, IL 62670 http://jubileefarm.info/

Andrea Adams is a new graduate and a freelance writer, residing in the capital city of Illinois. She's a news junkie who loves cats, politics, and coffee.