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:
CAIR-Chicago Data Maintenance Team [VA-DM]
This team will maintain existing Databases. Insert, delete, and modify entries. Export and Import Databases. Maintain mailing lists as subsets of databases. Document the link between mailing lists and databases. Ensure that the Database Schema Control Document is correctly implemented at all times. Knowledge of SQL is a plus.
CAIR-Chicago Web Development Team [VA-WD]
CAIR-Chicago Media Watch Team [VA-MW]
Assist in monitoring major Chicago publications and media outlets (see list); flag and document cases of bias or slander for response team. Volunteers will be assigned to specific papers or TV/Radio shows as per their preference.
CAIR-Chicago Research Team [VA-R]
This team will conduct research and issue data reports to directors on any given topic. The directors then analyze this data for significance. An example of this would be gathering articles published within the last year for a given list of local reporters. Directors will analyze these articles for patterns, and hence gauge each reporter's general disposition on Muslims and log a profile for him/her; another would be visiting libraries and compiling a list of the Muslim books available in that library. Alternatively, it could be something as straight-forward as gathering a list of all the MSA's in Illinois and their contacts. Whatever the task, it will involve research and gathering information.
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. This group will help assist in two areas: – Anti-Defamation efforts. – Recruitment efforts.
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 Civil Rights Team [VA-CR]
If you are disturbed by the recent abuses of Muslim civil liberties and rights, you can join this team and help bring about justice. Law and pre-law students are especially encouraged to hop aboard this team.
CAIR-Chicago Political Organizing Team [VA-PO]
If you are a political science, social science, or math major or graduate, CAIR-Chicago offers some interesting volunteer opportunities for you. We are embarking upon ambitious demographic studies and documentation projects. Become a part of ground-breaking organizing initiatives for Chicagoland’s Muslim communities.
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”.