Why volunteer? There are as many reasons for volunteering, as there are people who volunteer. The following are just a few of the reasons:
Volunteer any number of hours, anytime, on any project you may. Even 2 hours a week can make a difference. Be part of the team that is determined to make a difference for Chicago! Click below to learn all about our system:
General Volunteering [VA-G]
All volunteers may be contacted as needed, particularly assisting at special events such as the Annual Banquet, Taste of Ramadan Iftar and Cook-off, Open Houses, and other occasions either hosted in our office or at outside venues where CAIR-Chicago has a booth distributing informational literature, recruiting interns and volunteers, or selling items (e.g., conventions, career fairs, etc.). Volunteers may also be invited to participate in broad campaigns and initiatives that support CAIR-Chicago's civil rights and advocacy efforts.
CAIR-Chicago Media Watch Team [VA-MW]
Assist in monitoring major Chicago publications and media outlets; flag and document cases of bias or slander for response team. Volunteers will be assigned to specific papers or TV/Radio shows per their preference.
CAIR-Chicago Writer and Speaker Team [VA-WS]
This team will be comprised of volunteers with demonstrated writing and speaking abilities. Writers will be asked to write letters to editors, and to publish original material on a given list of websites covering issues suggested by CAIR-Chicago. Speakers will be asked to fulfill speaking engagements.
CAIR-Chicago Community Outreach Team [VA-CO]
Members of this team may be asked to formally attend fairs, conventions, or social events on behalf of CAIR-Chicago. If so they will be issued a 'CAIR-Chicago Volunteer Activist' badge with their name on it. Or they may be asked to give educational presentations in schools, churches, mosques, or community centers in their neighborhoods. They may be asked to work on specific community outreach projects as they arise
CAIR-Chicago Alert Response Team [VA-AR]
Each member of this team will have access to non-CAIR mailing lists (MSA, mosque, etc) to whom they will relay our action alerts and press them to act. In other words, this team will be our entry points to large numbers of Muslims that we need to rally for letter writing campaigns or media call-ins. Sign up for this team if you can be our VA-AR for your Mosque, center, school, or MSA.
CAIR-Chicago Journalism Team [VA-JO]
If you are a journalism student, we encourage you to volunteer for this team. You will be given assignments to cover and you will be able to create your own assignments as well. Your original stories will be published for a wide audience. Journalism volunteers will cover community events, plus regular sections like “proud to be a Muslim” and “the scoop”.