Step Up for Kids

Kids Above All offers volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of all sizes.

We are happy to work with you, or your organization, to provide a meaningful experience for your volunteers that makes a difference in our kids’ lives.

Contact Zulma Colon, Vice President of Resource Development, at zcolon@kidsaboveall.org or (773) 867-7361 to learn more about volunteering.


Beautification projects: Bring a group of employees to volunteer at one of our DuPage County group homes for teens who have experienced trauma. Activities can include: removing weeds, planting flowers, mulching, painting (interior and exterior), installing new curtains, and building bookshelves and tables. Please note: these projects are usually available twice per year at each location.

Collections/Kits: Assemble kits to provide the children and families in our programs with the essentials they need to build a strong foundation for the best possible life. Kits vary based on programs. 

Mentor: Make a positive impact in the life of a teen in our group homes or formerly homeless young adult in our Emerge program by providing academic or career guidance.

Activity sponsor: Fund a monthly outing or an evening of fun for the teens in our group homes.

Share your expertise: Host a workshop or seminar for our early childhood moms, group homes youth or young adults in Emerge, educating them on a particular topic or teaching them a skill. Topics may include online job searching, resume writing, financial literacy, budgeting, etc.

Sponsor a Child: Make sure the holiday wishes of a child in our care come true by donating new toys, clothes, and books during our Holiday Gift Drive in early December.

Toy Room Volunteer: Assist with sorting, organizing and packaging presents for the children in our programs during KAA’s Holiday Gift Drive. Weekend and evening hours are available.

Blanket-Making for Babies — Make flannel or plush blankets that babies can use for tummy time during visits from an early childhood educator or with their family as they start to grow up. A lot of babies in Kids Above All’s programs live in low-income apartments so a warm, clean blanket to play on is a big help!

To learn how to make blankets, please visit: https://www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/eblanket.html

Make a Valentine, holiday stocking, Easter basket for Babies – Create a Valentine card with a positive message to show our children you care. Provide a basket or stocking filled with items needed for a baby, like a pacifier, onesie, baby board book, baby wipes, diapers, and a small stuffed animal. You can even decorate the stockings or baskets for additional fun.

Brown Bear Bags – Fill a gift bag with a brown bear book and a matching picture game. Create the game by coloring and cutting all the images: brown bear, red bird, yellow duck, blue horse, green frog, purple cat, white dog, black sheep, gold fish!

Baby Bathtime Basket — Build a basket for babies coming into our foster care or early childhood programs. Baskets can include:  baby shampoo, hooded towel wrap, lotion, key ring rattle, and a baby brush comb set.

Kids Above All Volunteer Interest Form

  • Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Kids Above All! We invite you to complete the form below to receive more information about the opportunities to help our kids build better lives. For more information or if you have questions or concerns, please contact VP of Resource Development Zulma Colon at zcolon@kidsaboveall.org.

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