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Hyde Park & Kenwood Issue: Volunteering

Building bikes, visiting patients, leading Robie House tours, and more

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Blackstone Bicycle Works See also Shopping & Services. Apply in person to supervise and assist kids 9-16 with bike repair, help them with homework, or tend to administrative duties in the shop. 6100 S. Blackstone, 773-241-5458, experimentalstation.org/blackstone. —Robyn Chang

Comer Children's Hospital Visit patients, comfort people in the surgery waiting room, help in the children's playroom, assist with the book cart, or donate blood. Or join groups such as the Forefront Stitchers, who meet once a week to knit shawls, caps, and blankets for patients. You must be 16+ and commit to at least four hours a week. Requires an interview and health screening. 5721 S. Maryland, 773-702-1000, uchicagokidshospital.org. —RC

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Lead tours and assist with special events and educational programs, or work in the office, gift shop, and info booths (summer only). At least four hours a month is required. Some opportunities may require training sessions, which are held two to three times a year.   5757 S. Woodlawn, 708-848-1976, gowright.org. —RC

Hyde Park Art Center See Art & Museums. Help install exhibits, assist with family-friendly art workshops on Second Sundays, staff the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, or help with "Cocktails and Clay," where ceramics classes include a bar and exhibits stay open until midnight. Apply in person or ask for volunteer coordinator Crystal Pernell at ext. 1003 or cpernell@hydeparkart.org. Those 18+ with a year to commit may apply online for the Art Corps program, where in-depth training is provided for specialized volunteer tasks.   5020 S. Cornell, 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. —RC

Hyde Park Historical Society See Art & Museums. You must be a member; members work as docents, assist with the archives and event and exhibition planning, and help maintain the building. Two hours a week required. Memberships are $15-$75. 5529 S. Lake Park, 773-493-1893, hydeparkhistory.org. —RC

Hyde Park School of Dance See Performing Arts. Sew costumes, help with stage production, and sell merch; must be 18+. E-mail executive director Ann Billingsley at ann@hydeparkdance.org. 5650 S. Woodlawn, 773-493-8498, hydeparkschoolofballet.org. —RC

Hyde Park Suzuki Institute See Music and Education. Assist with a range of tasks, from grant writing to tech support to tuning instruments and chaperoning field trips. Apply online or e-mail corps@hydeparksuzuki.com. 5500 S. Woodlawn, 773-643-1388, hydeparksuzuki.com. —RC

Little Black Pearl See Art & Museums and Education. Assist students with homework and artists with projects and exhibits. Some opportunities require a background check. 1060 E. 47th, 773-285-1211, blackpearl.org. —RC

Metro Squash This nonprofit empowers Chicago Public Schools students through the sport of squash. About 60 students get academic instruction and squash lessons three days a week after school. Volunteers (who must be high school sophomores or older) mostly help with academic tutoring, although chaperones are also needed for field trips and community service projects. E-mail david@metrosquash.org or call 773-251-1711 for more. 5655 S. University, 773-241-5150, metrosquash.org. —RC

Museum of Science & Industry See Art & Museums. Act as an exhibit guide and lead interactive activities. Adults and teens (14-17) must commit to 40 hours a year (with no less than one shift every three months) and, once accepted, must attend an orientation. Apply online, call volunteer coordinator Rachel Carter at 773-753-1382, or e-mail rachel.carter@msichicago.org. 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., 773-684-1414, msichicago.org. —RC

Oriental Institute Museum See Art & Museums. Lead tours, work in the gift shop, assist with the archives, and participate in outreach programs. No less than three hours a week for one year is required. Apply online; an interview and training will follow. E-mail c-duenas@uchicago.edu or et-friedman@uchicago.edu. 1155 E. 58th, 773-702-9514, oi.uchicago.edu/museum. —RC

University of Chicago Medical Center Volunteers perform the same duties as those at the Comer Children's Hospital. 5841 S. Maryland, 773-702-1000, uchospitals.edu. —RC

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