Summer volunteering opportunities

During the school year, present-day teenagers have increasingly busy lives, including schedules filled with sports, schoolwork, part-time jobs, and relaxation.  But when summer begins, most sports are out of season and schoolwork is a no (unless you like summer school). So instead of spending your summer on the couch, or out causing mayhem, why not volunteer? There are a lot of volunteering opportunities going on in Bloomington-Normal, it’s only a matter of finding the one that’s perfect for you.

Humane Society

The Humane Society is a friendly organization that is dedicated to the care of all types of pets and stray animals. They constantly need volunteers and this could be the choice for you!


  • Registration fee of $10 for adults (16+) and $5 for children (15 and under)
  • Volunteers under 16 need to have an adult accompanying them for training and volunteering
  • Volunteers aged 16-17 can attend the training on their own, but need a parent/guardian’s signature to volunteer
  • All volunteers are welcome between 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM every day
  • Activities include: walking dogs, working in the cat rooms, laundry, dishes, grooming, office work, and maintenance

For more information, visit


Children’s Discovery Museum

This museum is a fun and creative place dedicated to children learning and playing at the same time.  Volunteers are recruited to help with demonstrations, various outside programs, and many other wonderful jobs.

General Volunteers

  • Ages 13-17
  • Can work two 3-hour shifts per week
  • 90 minute orientation/training is required

Innovation Station Lab Leaders

  • Must be 15+
  • Would lead in fun experiments and demonstrations
  • Volunteers can work up to two shifts per week
  • Training to be a leader is required

To get the dates for orientation and training, check out

Advocate Bromenn Medical Center

Bromenn has a wide range of opportunities for volunteers that are all interesting and helpful. The program helps teach responsibility and courtesy in the workplace and offers a great way to spend your summer.

Volunteers must be aged 14+

Sample volunteer opportunities include:

  • Atrium Cafe & Boutique
  • Assemble mailings
  • Flower delivery
  • Information desk assistance
  •  Patient/visitor escorts
  • Thrift Shop worker
  • Mini-tour guides

And many more opportunities are available. If you’re interested in volunteering, visit


There are an abundance of places in Bloomington-Normal that are in need of volunteers this summer, so take the initiative to sign up and make your summer a litte more interesting