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Youth Volunteer Opportunities

JourneyCare’s Kids Who Care youth volunteer programs are truly remarkable and set our volunteer program apart from so many other nonprofit organizations. Kids and teens can participate in any of our Kits, Clubs, CareShop or Collection projects.

Check out our fun opportunities!


Groups can check-out Kits that include everything you need to complete a special project that will help warm the hearts of our hospice and palliative care patients. Great for Girl Scout troops, libraries and afterschool programs. Individual families can also check-out Kits. Some of the projects available are blanket tying, Birthday/Veteran/Seasonal card creation and heart sewing. You can arrange check-outs by calling 708-441-8268.


Families participate together at these one-day workshops. CareShops happen throughout our service area. They include activities like games, interest centers, crafts, and question and answer time. By the end of each workshop, participants will create something that will be used to bring joy and comfort to our families. They will also know more about how JourneyCare helps our patients and families. An adult family member must be present with each family unit. Trained leaders will lead activities.


Participants work with trained leaders for a set amount of time for education, service and leadership training. While learning to celebrate life at all stages, kids will also discover how they can, support the communities we serve, participate in intergenerational activities with nursing home patients and work on projects to bring a little joy to our patients and their families. Participants agree to participate in each meeting. Pre-registration and permission forms required. Some Club examples are:

JourneyCare Juniors


4th through 8th grade students who meet monthly during the school year between September and May. Learn more about this program.

Youth Advisory Board

JourneyCare Foundation

High school students who meet monthly during the school year between October and May. A formal application and letter of recommendation is required. Led by staff of the JourneyCare Foundation, this group will focus on developing leadership skills through mentoring of the Juniors, developing and creating service projects and supporting the agency at Foundation and agency events.

Click below for more information:

View the current Kits, Clubs, CareShops and Collections     CareShop Permission Form      Youth Volunteer Application

Adult Leaders are needed for each program. Adults willing to lead programs and supervise participants must go through the JourneyCare’s full Volunteer Training. This assures all our leaders are background checked and understand the mission and vision of the organization. Click here to apply as an adult volunteer.

If you have questions about any of the Kids Who Care programs, contact Chris Rechsteiner at kidswhocare@journeycare.org.