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Community Service Opportunities

In addition to the opportunities below, please also check our Upcoming Service Opportunities page for public work days and more.

Service Learning Hours
Need service learning hours? We offer volunteer opportunities for any number of hours. For further information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Shamim, at (708) 361-1873 or check with your school's Service Learning Department for upcoming opportunities. Activities may include:

  • Assisting with education programs
  • Restoration activities (cutting/pulling invasive plants, clearing brush, etc.)
  • Outdoor maintenance (clearing trails, raking algae, refuse clean-up, etc.)
  • Special events (set-up/clean-up, assisting at activity stations, etc.)
  • Light cleaning (sweeping, mopping, etc.)
  • Other tasks as needed

Please note, while we don't mind answering questions for parents, students do need to arrange service learning hours themselves.

School or Employer Community Service
Do you need community service hours to fulfill a school or employer requirement? Individual and group opportunities are available. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Shamim, at (708) 361-1873 for further information.

Court-Ordered Community Service
We accept court-ordered community service on an individual basis. Persons seeking hours for court-ordered community service must disclose the nature of the offense and provide a copy of their court order documents prior to being approved for volunteering. LKNCBG reserves the right to determine if an individual may complete service hours with our organization. All arrangements for court-ordered community service must be made by the individual; we will not make arrangements with someone else on their behalf.

Individuals may be asked to perform a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Cleaning (sweeping, mopping, cleaning bathrooms, trash removal, etc.)
  • Set-up/take-down tables and chairs
  • Restoration activities (cutting/pulling invasive plants, clearing brush, etc.)
  • Outdoor maintenance (clearing trails, raking algae, etc.)
  • Weeding

To inquire about court-ordered community service, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Shamim at (708) 361-1873. Please note our community service calendar is filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so we are not always able to accomodate last-minute requests for hours.

General Guidelines

  • All community service volunteers must complete a day waiver before volunteering.
  • Hours are available from 9a - 5p Monday through Friday. Hours may be available on Saturdays on specific dates.
  • Outdoor work is performed year-round, in both hot and cold weather. Volunteers are expected to dress accordingly for the day’s weather and should anticipate getting dirty. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated while working.
  • There will be no location for volunteers to secure their personal belongings (i.e. purses or backpacks), so please plan accordingly.
  • Volunteers must be signed in and signed out by a staff member.
  • All breaks must be approved by a staff member. Volunteers need to be signed out before leaving.
  • Individuals must schedule volunteering ahead of time. If an individual is not able to come in as scheduled, they are to contact the Volunteer Coordinator or designated staff member prior to the scheduled shift. Failure to do so may result in dismissal.
  • Volunteers must follow the Community Service Volunteer Dress Code (below).
  • A letter of verification, detailing the number of hours worked and the tasks completed, will be provided upon completion of service hours.
  • LKNCBG reserves the right to dismiss any volunteer who is not following the provided guidelines or whose work performance and/or behavior is unacceptable.

Community Service Volunteer Dress Code
In general, clothing should be modest, neat, well-fitting and inoffensive. Due to the nature of outdoor work, community service volunteers may wear moderately worn clothing. The Operations Manager shall be the final judge as to the appropriateness, neatness, and cleanliness of the apparel, or whether or not the apparel is disruptive, distracting, unsafe, or in violation of the dress code. Exceptions may be granted based on the work being performed.

  • Only long pants are permitted. Shorts or capris may not be worn.
  • Shirts must have sleeves. No tank tops or spaghetti straps may be worn.
  • Only closed-toe shoes may be worn. Footwear such as sandals, flip-flops or Crocs are not permitted.
  • Clothing or ornamentation displaying suggestive or political phrases, designs, markings or profanities are prohibited.


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