There are many volunteer opportunities at Parenthesis. Please join us!

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please look below or contact Bonnie at

Make a Meal

Every week our Parenteen and Mothering on Our Own groups meet in the evening.  This is a chance for the moms to get support from our family support specialists, and eachother, while they eat a delicious dinner.

If you would like to donate a meal to one of these great groups, click here.

Kitchen Walk

The Parenthesis Kitchen Walk is our biggest fundraiser of the year, held the last Saturday in April. Ten recently renovated kitchens in Oak Park and River Forest are selected, and 800 to 1000 participants attend each year. Over 70 volunteers work the day of the walk, as hostesses at the kitchens, setting up signs, delivering materials as needed at the homes and working at the Parenthesis office.

To volunteer for Kitchen Walk, email Bonnie at

Consignment Sale

Our Consignment Sales of Children’s Clothing and Equipment are held in March and September each year. Volunteers are needed before the sale to help with various aspects of setup. Volunteers also work the day of the sale and help with cleanup after the sale. Benefits include, meeting and socializing with other parents, free childcare during shifts (when available) and a chance to shop the sale before it opens to the public!

To volunteer for Consignment Sales, email  Bonnie at


Our newest event, the DreamMakers benefit, is usually held on the third Saturday evening in Novemnber. At the event, guests have the chance to bid on donated items, enjoy terrific food and drinks, and mingle with other bidders. Volunteers are needed on the DreamMakers committee and the day of the event.

To volunteer for DreamMakers, contact  Bonnie at

Childcare Support

We can always use volunteers to help in our childcare rooms during Morning Parent Meetup, Workshops, Parenteen meetings, and MOOO meetings.  

To volunteer for Childcare Support, email Gail at

We can also use volunteers on an occasional or long-term basis in various administrative areas:

  • Development Support and Research
  • Filing/File Cleanup

If interested, contact Bonnie at