Breakthrough has three branches of service: Homeless Intervention, Youth Development and Neighborhood Transformation. There are several opportunities in each division. Please see below to discover which opportunity works best for your group.

Homeless Intervention

  • Manna Ministry (Meal Service): Daily | All Mealtimes
    Create a menu, provide and serve a meal, while building relationships with homeless guests.
  • Weekday Kitchen Assistant: M-F | 7AM-1PM
    Work alongside kitchen staff to prepare healthy meals for homeless guests. 
  • Job Training Workshops: Weekdays | Daytime Hours
    Come alongside our Employment Team to facilitate a job-related workshop, including topics such as resume-building, mock interviews, workplace behavior, and personality assessments. 
  • Support Center Party: Daily | Daytime and Evening Hours
    Provide fun activities for guests, like spa and game days, tournaments and team-building exercises.
  • Sponsor-a-Family: Times Vary
    Help make a house a home for families transitioning into permanent housing. Learn more about this initiative and attend the next Volunteer Night.

Youth Development

  • Arts and Science Classes: Seasonal | Times Vary
    Expose youth to culinary arts, robotics and coding, ceramics, and digital art and photography in 8 week sessions.
  • Sports & Fitness Volunteer: Seasonal | Times Vary
    Coach kids in team sports, assist with running & fitness activities, or help facilitate athletic events (such as timekeeping, registration, running the scoreboard, etc).
  • Home Court Basketball Tournament: Th 2-8:15PM | July & August
    Sponsor an evening of fun and basketball for our community by providing volunteers, food, referees and other activities.

Neighborhood Transformation

  • Fresh Market Pantry Assistant: T 12:30-4:30PM | Th 9AM-2:30PM, Sa 9AM-12:30PM
    Help alleviate hunger by setting up the pantry, assisting shoppers, and making deliveries.
  • Fresh Market Setup: W 11AM-1:30PM | F 12:30-4:30PM
    Help unload the food trucks, organize food, and set up the markets; great for a group of 10
  • Fresh Market Produce Mobile: 4th T of every month | 8AM-1:30PM
    Unload produce trucks, organize and distribute food to community members and senior citizens.
  • Technology Center Class: T, Th | 10AM-12PM
    Assist guests with basic computer skills, employment-related topics, and resume-building.
  • Garden Care: Daily | Daytime and Evening Hours
    Assist a team of gardeners to grow and harvest produce for our kitchens and neighborhood
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository: Help Breakthrough earn food credit by sorting food, repacking food, labeling and gathering donations.

Event Support

  • Annual 5K Hunger Walk: Walk with Breakthrough to help raise money to fight hunger in Chicago;
  • Communities Partnering 4 Peace: Various nights and weekendsCome alongside our Violence Prevention team as we host family-fun events for the community. Sign guests in, serve food, and help with kids games! For more information, email
  • Trunk Party: Help collect gifts for East Garfield Park seniors as they head off to college! (
  • Chicago Triathlon: Join the Renew Chicago Triathlon team to raise money and awareness for Breakthrough. All proceeds go back to our program! See Renew's website for more details.

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