Volunteer with us
We welcome each opportunity to introduce people to the life and spirit of L’Arche. You may have an interest in working with people who have disabilities, a spiritual resonance with L’Arche’s vision of mutuality and solidarity with persons who are marginalized, a desire to immerse yourself in community, or a sense that there must be something more to life. We’re eager to hear from you, please contact us to get started! There are several ways to participate in L’Arche:
Join us in our homes—we are always happy to welcome volunteers, not only because they help us out, but because they almost inevitably become part of our community—people with whom we have fun and pray and celebrate and share the charism of L'Arche. There are no specific age or education requirements. All we ask is that you have a desire to develop mutual relationships with the core members and assistants. After that, we will help you find a way to use your particular talents and skills.
Partner with us financially—our donors are vital partners in our mission to make L'Arche a dynamic home rather than a typical residential supported living site. What is particularly innovative in the L'Arche model is that our supportive living is communal, relational and reciprocal. In our model, the core members, those with disabilities, are equally responsible to the best of their abilities, for creating home, sharing and nurturing faith, welcoming guests, witnessing peace and friendship. They attend and host regional, national and even international L'Arche gatherings. These qualities are fundamental to L'Arche and require financial resources beyond the core members' means.
Help us with your hands—because we are a small community and a not for profit organization, those who work for us wear many hats. We welcome and depend on skilled volunteers to help us with or take on certain functions. From office administration to home repairs to photography, we can use your hands!
Join our board—the Board of Directors champions, invites, and invests in the mission of our community. Board members serve three year terms. We're looking for board members with experience in fundraising and grantwriting, accounting and bookkeeping, personnel management, public policy, advocacy and disability services, and strategic planning–among other things!
Join our Young Professionals Board - As an extension of the development committee of the Board of Directors, the Young Professionals Board helps L’Arche Chicago develop new relationships in the community, fundraise, and engage others in the mission of L’Arche Chicago via social media, social functions, and volunteering at L’Arche Chicago events.