Making Democracy Work


Volunteers are essential to the League of of Women Voters. Without volunteers, we would not be able to fulfill our mission. Here are some of our current volunteer opportunities.

If you don't see an exact fit for what you are looking for, reach out to We'll try to match your interests with one of our committees or upcoming events.

Candidate Forums for March 20 Primary

LWV Chicago is coordinating or participating in several candidate forums and provides volunteers for events in neighboring districts.

Opportunities can exist in both the planning of the event and tasks during the event itself.

Requests are frequent from now to the primary. Contact to learn of current opportunities, including the items listed below.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Illinois 5th Congressional District

Volunteer(s) needed to assist with planning a candidate forum.

Please see our Calendar and the LWV Illinois calendar for scheduled events.

Voter Registration Opportunities


LWV Chicago is coordinating registration events leading up to the March 2018 primary. If you would like to get involved with planning or working a drive, contact Helene Gabelnick, Voter Service Chair, at

Several LWV members are taking the lead in four types of locations around the city. Contact the individuals noted to get involved in these specific projects (you can also email to get more information).

  • high schools - Pat Wilder
  • city colleges - Laura Ring
  • retirement communities - Melanie Norstrom
  • public libraries - Nancy Martin


LWV Chicago is partnering with Chicago Votes to register eligible voters at Cook County Jail. Voting drives will be held on Sundays from 3-6 pm, unless time is otherwise noted

  • February 11
  • February 18
  • March Early Voting - March 10 and 17
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8

What you can do: If you are a deputy voter registrar, you can sign-up for one or more Sunday shifts. There are multiple buildings at the facility; the more volunteers available the more individuals registered!

Time Commitment: 3 hours per shift

Next Steps: Here are the details with volunteering at Cook County jail, from Chicago Votes. You may also contact Julie Shelton at for more details on jail visit training and how to sign-up.

If you are not a deputy voter registrar yet, check the LWV Chicago calendar. The League regularly sponsors training!

There are three steps to working in the jail:

1. Fill out google form Cook County Jail Project

2. Become a Deputy Registrar (If you already are, great! If not, check the LWV calendar for voter registration opportunities)

3. Cook County Jail Training 101

After filling out the google form Cook County Jail Project please ensure you calendar the dates you choose. You will receive a confirmation email a few days before each training.

Observer Corps

LWV Chicago is always looking for volunteers to attend government meetings as part of our Observer Corps program. Find out more details and contact information on our Observer Corps page.

Committee Involvement

LWV Chicago has several committees that meet on a regular basis. Committees can be for League advocacy and administration tasks.

What you can do:

  • Attend regular meetings - give input and guidance
  • Lead or assist project tasks during the month.

Activities can range from periodic event planning, coordinate advocacy efforts on League positions, or assisting with League administration activities.

Time Commitment: 1-2 hrs a month for meetings. Task timeframes will vary.

Next Steps: Attend an upcoming LWV Chicago committee meeting to learn more about committee tasks and volunteer opportunities. Check our calendar for the next discussion. RSVP or send additional questions to


There are several opportunities to assist our Communications team reach current and prospective members. To express interest or find out more information, contact Cathy Potkay at


LWVChicago is updating its website; it's a perfect time to get involved!

  • Site Maintenance - calendar & events pages
  • Post current news content
  • Implement new features


Are you social media savvy? Become part of the League's social media team + help with content and strategy for social media outreach on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Help LWVChicago get important announcements out to members and prospective members. Expertise or willingness to learn MailChimp is a plus.

  • Chicago Voter (monthly newsletter)
  • Time for Action alerts to members
  • Event and news updates


Help LWVChicago record video of key meetings and activities for website and social media use.

  • Record briefings and special events