Community Opportunities

Lakeside offers lots of ways to be of service to those in need throughout our community. Whether you're looking for a project for your B'nai Mitzvah, a new organization with which you can get involved, or simply somewhere to volunteer in your spare time, here are a few places to get started:

  • The Ark creates a safety net for Chicagoland Jews in need by providing vital human services within a framework of Jewish values and laws.
  • Bernie’s Book Bank facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children's books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
  • The Beth Emet Soup Kitchen serves over 100 patrons a nutritious dinner and sends each guest home with a meal for the following day. Volunteers can choose to prepare and serve food, donate non-perishable foods and supplies, set the dining room, or even donate second hand books to guests. To volunteer with Lakeside at the soup kitchen, contact Rabbi Serotta.
  • Jewish Child and Family Services provides help, healing and caring services infused with Jewish values to strengthen lives in the Chicagoland community.
  • Keshet provides educational, recreational, vocational, and social programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities operating according to traditional Jewish values. Additional opportunities with Keshet include Buddy Bowling, Buddy Baseball, Keshet Special Olympics, and Keshet Sunday School.
  • The Lake County Haven is a social-service agency that is dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless women and children, using education, jobs, and other training to move them from homelessness to independence. 
  • The Northern Illinois Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that provides nutritious meals to the hungry in thirteen counties across the northern Illinois area. Through innovative programs and community partnerships, they help feed more than 71,500 people each week. 
  • PADS is dedicated to providing emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, and comprehensive resources to families with children and individuals experiencing homelessness in Lake County, Illinois.