Employment Services & Volunteer Opportunities
An integral part of Alderman Cappleman’s plan for the future of the 46th Ward centers around expanding the economy through increased infrastructure improvements, redevelopment, better marketing of the ward, and job growth. To assist with helping people find employment opportunities, the 46th Ward Master Plan highlighted the need to promote the employment services that currently exist, ranging from job readiness training programs to job networking organizations. Purple Binder is also able to provide additional information.
Asian Human Services
For more than 15 years, Asian Human Services’ state and city funded employment programs have offered comprehensive job related services to residents of Chicago’s north and northwest sides, placing thousands of job seekers into full-time and part-time employment. All of employment programs are offered free of charge. Click here for more information.
Bridge to Success
Bridge to Success enhances employment opportunities for at-risk, low-income, no-income men, women, and young adults by providing high-end interview and workplace appropriate clothing, coupled with coaching, to build self-confidence through appearance, interview preparation and sense of belonging at the workplace. Their service area is the entire City. Although they are not located in the Ward, they are such a good resource that it’s worthwhile to list them as a provider of services. Click here for more information.
Center on Halsted (LGBT)
Youth Ready Chicago connects young LGBT people, ages 14 to 21, with internships, apprenticeships and jobs within Chicago’s public and private business sectors. Each opportunity offers youth hands-on experience and an opportunity to gain marketable skills, supporting a successful transition from school into the workforce. For more information, click here.
3656 N. Halsted Street
Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA)
The SNAP Employment & Training Program’s (SNAP E&T) goal is to help people improve their work skills and assist them in finding a job through short-term training and work assignments as well as GED, resume-writing and interviewing classes. For more information, click here.
Dynamic Education Services Inc. (Chicago Northside Workforce Center)
DESI provides core services, intensive services, and training services to adults, dislocated workers, and youth. As a one-stop operator and provider of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services, DESI provides targeted job search assistance, coordinated placement services, career assessment and training referrals, one-on-one career management and support services. Orientations are Monday through Thursdays from 8:30am – 5pm. For more information, click here.
5050 N. Broadway
TTY (773) 334-9804
EZRA Multi-Service Center
The Dina and Eli Field EZRA Multi-Service Center offers emergency services, community education programs, group services, job placement, and advocacy for disadvantaged families and individuals in the Uptown, Edgewater, and Lakeview communities. For more information, click here.
909 Wilson Ave.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is well known for its support of providing food for Chicago’s hungry, but the food depository also provides other opportunities to support the community. The Chicago’s Community kitchens program is one of the food depository community improvement programs that help the unemployed and underemployed partake in a 14 week hands-on training program for a successful career in the food service industry. The program also offers job placement, reference letters, life skill classes, unpaid internships and transportation assistance for students. For more information, click here.
4100 W. Ann Lurie Place
Howard Area Community Center
7637 N. Paulina Street, Chicago, IL
9am-5pm, Monday -Friday
The Howard Area Community Center Employment Resource Center offers 4 major programs:
- Fresh Start Training Program
A four week workshop that helps all community members, including the formerly incarcerated individuals write resumes, network with potential employers, practice interviewing and job match you to potential employers.
- Re-Entry Program
This is a program for the formerly incarcerated that not only helps with employment but also provides you with other necessary documents, clothing, legal services, healthcare, drug treatment, expungement services, and may offer aid with a wide range of other personal issues. Those seeking services can be placed with a case manager who will work with them to find short term and long term solutions to their problems.
- Visiting Prisons
If you know someone who is currently in prison and will be seeking employment upon release they may contact HACC before their release date in order to set up the necessary services in advance.
- CTA Second Chance Program
This is a 9 month job training program that provides on the job experience and can lead to steady employment for years to come.
IDES (Illinois Department of Employment Security)
This is a local IDES office. A veterans representative is available at this location. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, click here.
2444 West Lawrence Avenue
TTY (866) 322-8537
GreenCorps Jobs Training
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Illinois DCEO’s mission is to create jobs and economic growth in Illinois by working with all stakeholders, including anyone needing their services. Their grant programs fund economic development, innovation, skills training, infrastructure and job creation statewide to raise Illinois’ profile as a global business destination and nexus of innovation, to provide a foundation for the economic prosperity of all Illinoisans, through the coordination of business recruitment and retention, infrastructure building and job training efforts, and administration of state and federal grant programs. For more information, click here.
TTY (217) 785-6055
In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing. For more information, click here.
Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC)
Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) is a Center for Working Families that focuses on job training and workforce development. JARC’s job training programs target strategic skills gaps in the manufacturing sector, such as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinist and welder. As a Center for Working Families (CWF), JARC provides bundled financial support services, such as income supports, financial coaching and employment services. For more information, click here.
More information can be found here, Sarah’s Circle provides a full continuum of services for women, including housing, life necessities, and supportive services, to help them permanently end their homelessness.
Streetwise strives to empower the entrepreneurial spirit through the dignity of self-employment by providing Chicagoans facing homelessness with a combination of supportive social services, workforce development resources and immediate access to gainful employment. Streetwise will provide Chicagoans in need with, “a hand up, not a handout.” For more information, click here.
4554 N. Broadway Street
Truman College hosts dozens of fairs and has many services to help those seeking employment opportunity.
- Northside American Job Center at Truman College: Career coaching, Job training, Resume building, on job training, paid work experience. They offer senior back to work programs, youth (18-24) job training programs, they offer a full months calendars of programming each month.
1145 W Wilson Ave, Office 1917, Chicago IL
US Census 2020
- Veteran’s preference available
Computer Classes and Services
Connect Chicago is a loose network of more than 250 places in the city where internet and computer access, digital skills training, and online learning resources are available—for free. There are approximately 15 places in the 46th Ward where you may use a computer and connect to the internet. To find locations for free Internet access, click here.
Free Geek Chicago
FreeGeek Chicago is a not-for-profit community organization that recycles used computers and parts to provide functional computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those who want them. For more information, click here.
Howard Area Community Center Walk-in Computer Lab
The HACC has a walk in computer lab! It’s hours are 1-4pm everyday. Use this service to find jobs, write resumes, and self advocate!
VOLUNTEER WITH ARGYLE NIGHT MARKET
Back for its 8th year, the Argyle Night Market will run every Thursday now through August 25 from 5-9pm. This market features local vendors, delicious treats, and multi-cultural entertainment right in the heart of Uptown’s Asian Marketplace – Argyle Street (between Kenmore & Sheridan)! Part market, part street festival, this vibrant event is located on the city’s first shared street in Chicago.
Volunteers are needed to help out in the following ways:
1) Uptown United Booth – volunteers will pass out info about the neighborhood and assist with t-shirt sales. Must be 16+.
2) Beer Garden – volunteers will be partnered up with a staff member who is BASSET certified to serve alcohol. Must be 21+.
3) Greeters – volunteers will stand near the entrances to the market greeting guests and counting attendees. All ages including supervised youth 12 and up welcome to assist with this duty.
Two shifts per night are available for all above volunteer duties (5-7pm and 7-9pm) but you are welcome to sign up for the whole night.
To sign up – click here
VOLUNTEER WITH UPTOWN FARMER’S MARKET
Farmers Market Helpers Needed:
Wednesdays from 11:45am to 7:45pm, 2-3 hour shifts. Jobs include:
- Vendor Setup/Tear Down Assistance
- Sidewalk Chalkers and Poster Hangers