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Our site volunteers provide the heart of the Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network. Staffing the site requires over 1,800 volunteer hours a year. These hours are covered by caring members of our community, who offer an ear of support to those in crisis and strive to identify effective ways to help.

Site volunteers are asked to commit to a two-hour shift two days a month. Volunteers sit with clients and listen to their needs. They determine what services we are able to offer the client and provide them with information on other area resources that might help. They complete a computer file for each client and document the visit.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a site volunteer you may arrange a time to observe. Once you determine if this work is for you, you will be formally trained. Volunteers must learn the assistance guidelines, learn to thoroughly document client visits, gain some familiarity with local resources, and above all else learn to deal with each client with compassion and respect. The work is both challenging and rewarding and we are always in search of individuals up for the challenge!

Send inquiries regarding volunteering to
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Site Volunteer



While the majority of our volunteers work with clients at the site, there are other ways to get involved with the Walk-In Assistance Network:


  • Help with mailings

  • Make care bags for our clients filled with toiletries, stamps, small gift certificates, etc. (this is a great activity for youth groups or senior groups)

  • Plan a small fundraising event or host an informational coffee

  • Provide a gift-in-kind from EWAN’s wish list

  • Volunteer for the ‘Cue for a Cause

Wish List

  • toiletries

  • stamps

  • white copy paper

  • gift cards for office supplies

  • gift cards for

    • groceries            

    • Walmart

    • Kohls 

    • local restaurants (e.g. Subway)

    • gas

Other Ways to Help
Donations Drop Off


Did you collect items from the EWAN wish list?

Please bring them to the EWAN office during our regular hours, Mon-Fri 10am-noon.
Did you clean out your closets, or organize a group food drive?

Please deliver your food donation directly to the Immaculate Conception food pantry, on the north side of our lot. Clothing should be dropped off at the First Methodist Church, just east of our location.

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