Volunteers play a vital role in the mission of The Night Ministry, from providing hospitality at our Health Outreach Bus and building supportive relationships with the young people in our Housing Programs to collecting hygiene kits and sorting in-kind gifts. By volunteering, you can make a difference in the lives of the young people and adults who turn to us when they have nowhere else to go.

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We welcome both individual and group volunteers to join us in bringing compassionate care and support to the thousands of individuals whom we serve every year.

Individual Direct Service Opportunities

Provide hospitality and build caring relationships with guests of our Health Outreach Bus.

Share your time with teens and young adults at our Open Door Shelter — West Town.

Connect with young people at The Crib, our LGBTQ-friendly overnight shelter.

Group Direct Service Opportunities

Prepare and serve meals for guests of our Health Outreach Bus in one of seven Chicago neighborhoods.

Provide meals and hospitality for the young people who visit our Youth Outreach Van.

Bring and serve breakfast or dinner to young adults at The Crib, our overnight emergency shelter.

The Night Ministry has other support opportunities and service projects that sustain our programs by providing assistance in a variety of ways.

Other Ways to Support

  • Sort donations and pack safe-sex or hygiene kits on Service Saturdays.
  • Lend your support and skills with mailings, research, and other projects at our administrative office.

To get started, contact Miranda Dean, Resource Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-506-6022.

Our Wish List

You can support the youth and adults we serve through donations of sack suppers, gift cards, transit passes, and more.

Packing meals or organizing a drive to collect gift cards and Ventra cards are great ways to bring a group together.

Mailing address: 4711 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 |
Phone: 773-784-9000 |
Temporary Administrative Office: 1020 West Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60660 (please do not send U.S. Postal Service mail to the temporary address)