BHS: 616 W. Main Street • Barrington, IL 60010

BHS Student Volunteer Program

(see Mrs. Bauer in the GRC for more info or to sign up)



  • Barrington Area Conservation Trust Earth Day & Restoration Day; Tues., April 22nd, 3:00-5:00 pm; help plant native grasses & sedges to restore wetlands on Lake Cook Rd. across from BHS; please wear old clothes and durable shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy
  • Countryside School th, 3-8pm (coincides with art fair below); tear down Fri., April 25th, 3-7pm book fair; set up Thurs. April 17th, 3-7pm; book fair Mon., April 21st-Wed. April 23rd, 3-4:30pm and Thurs. April 24
  • Countryside School Art Fair; Thurs., April 24th, set up 4-6:30pm; art fair 6:30-8:30pm (greeters, craft helpers, scavenger hunt help, balloon animals); 8:30-9:30pm clean up
  • Barrington Park District "Sock Hop;" Fri., April 25th, 5:00-8:30pm; help with decorations, concessions/food and clean up
  • Sunny Hill Elementary School Dance; Fri., April 25th, set up 4:30-6pm, dance 6-9pm; help with concessions/food, ticket sales and clean up
  • Celebrate Earth Day with Barrington Hills Roadside Cleanup; Sat., April 26th, 8:30 am at the Village Hall, cleanup until 11:30; volunteers under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent; bring gloves & wear work shoes or boots, dress in layers; light refreshments provided; call 847-551-3000 or email
  • Barrington Area United Way Youth Board; applications are now available in the GRC for this great leadership opportunity; time commitment is through high school graduation; attend meetings, plan and carry out fund raising projects, work with adult board
  • Village of Barrington Archiving Project; assist with electronic archiving project in the Development Services Department and with administrative database entry in the Village Clerk’s office; ongoing project with flexible hours and days of the week, available year-round; Village offices are open Mon.-Fri. 8:00am-4:30pm; must be able to work in a professional office environment; interest in construction, engineering and/or urban/regional planning is a plus; training provided
  • Barrington Area Library; Got a passion for making DIY projects, designing your own stuff, or learning the newest technology? The library is putting together a makerspace and maker programs for the community. We need high school volunteers to help us brainstorm and test these projects. They will range from simple, hand-on crafts to high tech applications. Specific skills are not required. We really need people who like to experiment, tinker and create. Your feedback and ideas will help us bring exciting, creative programs to our community. You won’t need to put in a lot of hours, but we hope you can make a commitment to 1-2 hours, every other week. Interested? Fill out the online volunteer application and email it to
  • Grove Avenue School Homework Club; help children with homework after school once or more a week; flexible time frame – you don’t have to commit to the entire semester; 3:30-4:45 commitment (Wed. 3:00-4:15); sophomores-seniors only; see Mrs. Bauer for an application (school year only)
  • Tutor at BMS Prairie; volunteer tutor who is outgoing and easy to talk to needed 1-2 days per week for an hour after school for a middle school girl in Math and English; sophomores through seniors only; this is a semester-long commitment; see Mrs. Bauer for more information
  • Tutor at North Barrington School; volunteer tutor needed once a week after school for a 4th grade girl; 3-3:30 on Tues. and Thurs., or mutually agreeable days of the week; this is a semester-long commitment, sophomores-seniors only
  • Tutor at Countryside School; volunteer tutors needed once a week after school, one for a 4th grade student and one for a 5th grade student; sophomores through seniors only; this is a semester-long commitment
  • Barrington Area Conservation Trust Office Assistant; volunteers needed once a week after school to help with small office jobs for this local environmental organization; located on Main St. near Jewel
  • Home of the Sparrow; immediate need for volunteers ages 16 and older to work with children staying at one of their shelters for mothers and children in one of two capacities. “Book Buddy:”  volunteer will be matched one-on-one with a child aged K-5th grade, meeting weekly on Tues. evenings from 7-8pm. Child Care:  interact with children on Tues. or Thurs. evening from 7-8pm and work with them in role modeling appropriate behaviors and responses in a non-threatening environment of play. See Mrs. Bauer for more information


·        Countryside Cares 5K Walk/Run; Fri., May 2nd at Countryside School, 2:45-5:15 pm; help with set up, registration, race course marshal, finish line, water stations, clean up

·        Rotary Club “Kid Fest;” Sat., May 3rd, 10:00am-4:00pm at Citizens Park in Barrington; various jobs available such as set up, children’s activities, concessions, clean up

·        Barbara Rose School “Ice Cream Social;” Fri., May 9th, 6:30-9:00pm; help set up, serve and clean up

  • The Community Meal; Thurs., May 22nd, Barrington Park Distrct, 235 Lions Dr.; The Community Meal is a free meal hosted once a month at various churches and community centers in and around the Barrington area; volunteers are needed to help set up (3:30-5), serve food (5-7pm) and clean up (7-8pm)
  • Animal House Shelter 4th Annual “Dash For the Dogs;” Sat., May 31st, Citizens Park in Barrington; participants and volunteers  (6:00 am – 12 noon) needed


·        Barrington Junior Women’s Club “Safety Town” Counselors;  high school volunteers needed for this summer safety education program for young children, daily from 8:30am-3:30pm from July 14-25. You MUST be available each day of the session

  • “Getting Ready For High School” Summer Program Application; looking for energetic, friendly and outgoing juniors/seniors to help incoming freshmen with the transition to Barrington High School; seeking upperclassmen to take a leadership role in creating activities, giving building tours and sharing personal experiences of their own start to high school; this 3-day interactive class will be held Mon. July 21-Wed. July 23 from 12:30-2:30pm; this requires a commitment in the summer as well as a few hours before the end of this school to help with planning; see Mrs. Bauer in the GRC or Mrs. Clarke in Special Services for an application; applications due to Mrs. Clarke in Special Services by May 13th
  • Barrington Run For the Arts; Fri., July 4th, 6:00am-9am; help with set up, registration, course, water, clean up


  • Animal House Shelter; help socialize animals by playing with and walking them; you must be 16 yrs. old; open seven days a week, 11am-7pm, choose your own hours; located in Huntley, 20-30 min. drive; for driving directions; to volunteer, visit the shelter and fill out paperwork, set up start date
  • Alden Estates Nursing Center; help with regular organized activities:  “Night Spa” Wed. 4-7pm, Wii Bowling THurs. 4-7pm, Bingo Fri. 4-7pm and Sat. & Sun. 1:30-4pm, Sat. baking class every other week 9-11am; also one-on-one activities such as reading aloud, playing music, painting nails, running errands, or just visiting; special events e.g. parties/celebrations; contact Lilly Escareno, Activities Director, 847-382-6664 or 
  • Barrington Area Conservation Trust; if you are interested in a career in environmental/conservation related areas or just working to improve the health of our local environment, we have a variety of volunteer opportunities:  web site and tech support, office work, special event planning & assistance or outdoor conservation work; contact Lisa Woolford, 847-387-3149 or
  • Barrington Area Library; volunteers age 16 and older are needed in the Adult Services Dept. to help with a long-term local history project. You will be scanning, creating documents and generally using computer skills. You must fill out their online volunteer application: ; see Mrs. Bauer for more information
  • Barrington Area Tennis Association; help teach/coach elementary school aged children (6-10 years old); help with skill development, assist in coaching a group of 6-8 children for team competition; volunteers chosen to coach will receive training from the U.S. Tennis Association; contact Mary Beth Bowman, 847-868-BATA, ,
  • BHS Lunch Buddies; help students get connected and feel included with the social scene at BHS & learn how to navigate social situations with peers, taught by peers; looking for students who can spend 1 day/week with a peer during your lunch hour; it can be from half the lunch hour to the whole lunch hour, depending on your buddy’s schedule; earn volunteer hours while doing it; see Mrs. Bauer for more info and an applications (school year only)
  • BYFS Pathways Middle School Mentor Program; for sophs.-seniors only; Barrington Youth and Family Service provides training for this once a week mentor program for social emotional learning in which you’ll be paired with a middle school student for one-on-one and group activities; Mondays and/or Thursdays after school, all semester/year long; optional field trips and one in-service per month from 4-5pm on Monday; school year only
  • Citizens For Conservation; habitat restoration, every Sat. 9-11am, meets @ CFC headquarters at 459 West Hwy. 22, the white farmhouse with a silo across from Good Shepherd Hospital; bring work gloves and drinking water, dress for the weather, tools provided; activities may include sowing seed, cutting brush and rescuing native plants; questions?  call 847-382-7283 or visit
  • Cuba Marsh/Ela Prairie; 9:00am-12 noon on the second Saturday of each month; help remove invasive species, help with seed collection; call or email BEFORE you go to confirm the date; Daniel Saunders, volunteer site steward 847-304-1021
  • Cuba Township Food Pantry; help sort & organize donated food; contact Cheryl Tanaka or Kate Formichella, 847-381-1924
  • fitMS Neurobalance Center; a non-profit resource for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and other neuromuscular conditions that affect balance and mobility; our nutritionist, chiropractor, social worker, personal trainer, nurse and group fitness instructors work together to provide a “one roof” collaborative approach; volunteers are needed year round to serve as office assistants, to provide timing and assistance for adaptive fitness evaluations, set up equipment for classes and assist in classes such as adaptive fitness and yoga; this is a great opportunity for any student and particularly for those interested in health care related fields, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and adaptive fitness training; located on Hart Rd. in Barrington; contact Joy Wagner, , 847-800-6162
  • Fur Keeps Animal Rescue; must be 16 or older; help with exercising & socializing dogs; cleaning barn & stall area; taking care of the cats & playing with them; assist with pet adoptions; photo students needed to photograph animals for website; fundraising activities; adoption events at Petsmart; flexible days/times; contact 847-381-8458; volunteer application at
  • The Garlands of Barrington Senior Citizens Activities; volunteer to work with senior citizens on various activities such as Brain Games, helping out in the computer lab after school, or the digital camera lab; videographer needed for fitness project, musicians needed to play background music for events; AP art students wanted to show their work in the art galleries for a month at a time; contact Jill Lund, Director of Activities, 847-756-3200 or
  • Good Shepherd Hospital Volunteen Program; must be 15-18 yrs. old; volunteer a 2-3 hour shift once a week; must serve 80 hours before leaving the program; print an application from the website or pick one up from Mrs. Bauer, and return it to the hospital
  • Grove Avenue School Homework Club; sophomores-seniors only; help children with homework after school once or more a week; flexible time frame – you don’t have to commit to the entire semester, only to six weeks or more at a time; 3:30-4:45 (3:00-4:15 on Wed.) commitment; see Mrs. Bauer for an application (school year only)
  • Habitat For Humanity Elgin ReStore; a resale store of new and gently used building materials, appliances and furniture, open to the public, with all proceeds going to build Habitat For Humanity homes in the area; work in receiving, merchandise processing or on the selling floor assisting customers; visit our website , click on “Register;” 800 N. State St. in Elgin, 847-742-9905, extension 6
  • Henize Observatory Student Docent Program; located at Harper College in Palatine; learn to operate telescopes, assist with hands-on learning activities, learn about the universe and share that knowledge with students & adults, help create multimedia educational materials; every other Saturday from march through November; design a schedule that works with your other activities; must submit application and letter of recommendation; contact
  • Home of the Sparrow; a transitional shelter program that provides housing & comprehensive supportive services for women & children who are homeless. There are volunteer opportunities for childcare in our shelters in Crystal Lake & McHenry or volunteer work at our thrift stores in Palatine, Cary or McHenry. We also need volunteers to work on committees and fundraising projects/events; you must be 16 or older; contact Sophia DeVries, 815-444-1660, ext. 26, ; link to volunteer application is
  • JouneyCare/Hospice Teen Group; choose the activity you are interested in; serve on the Birthday Brigade, Petals For Patients, make & deliver pillows with children, Tree of Lights Ceremony, special events, jr. counselors at summer camp, office assistance and miscellaneous projects; after school or during the summer on a regular basis; contact Jan Farrell, 847-381-5599
  • Lake Barrington Woods Senior Community; help with daily tasks, e.g. wheeling clients to meals; help with regular organized activities, e.g. bingo or crafts, special events e.g. parties/celebrations; contact Nadine Facher, activities director, 847-842-8900
  • Little City; activities assistant for children and/or adults with disabilities; contact Katherine Nelson, 847-221-7804,
  • Math Peer Tutors; during the school year, tutor during your free hours at school; contact Kelly Springer, Math Dept. Admin. Asst.,
  • Smart Farm of Barrington; workdays every Saturday 9-11am; two locations, one at Ron Beese Park and the other on the grounds of Good Shepherd Hospital; the work location varies depending on our workload, so please check our Facebook page the Friday night before each workday for the location where we will be working: ; Smart Farm is an educational vegetable/fruit garden for the Barrington area to promote organic gardening, the slow food movement, and best practices for leading ‘green’ sustainable lives; this season 7,000 lbs. of fresh produce was donated to local food pantries; internship opportunities available; contact Katherine Gabelman at
  • St. Alexius Medical Center Volunteen Program; must be 15 yrs. old; see Mrs. Bauer for information sheet; you must apply online at
  • St. Mark’s Day School; various needs throughout the year such as summer camp counselors, after school tutors, office assistance, special events; contact Mrs. Jane Smith, Director or 847-381-9172
  • Village of Barrington Archiving Project; assist with electronic archiving project in the Development Services Department and with administrative database entry in the Village Clerk’s office; ongoing project with flexible hours and days of the week, available year-round; Village offices are open Mon.-Fri. 8:00am-4:30pm; must be able to work in a professional office environment; interest in construction, engineering and/or urban/regional planning is a plus; training provided
  • Walk On Farm; a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities; new volunteer orientation session is required, no experience necessary; located in Barrington; contact the Walk On Farm office to register at 847-381-4231 or email  
  • Wellness Place; (Wellness Place is a cancer support/education/resource center in a ‘homelike,’ non-clinical setting located in Palatine), after school receptionist, mailings, weekend outreach programs; contact  Annette Wegener, volunteer coordinator, 847-221-2400,
  • Writing Lab Peer tutors; during the school year, tutor during your free hours at school; contact Mrs. Dionosotes in the English Dept.
  • WINGS (Women In Need Growing Stronger) Program; child respite care, moms night out, thrift shop, landscaping;  contact Beth Lye, 847-577-4668, ext. 302,