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Youth Mentoring

A great way to help out today's youth is to just spend time with them. Many young people today lack that connection to someone else (whether it be a mentor, relative, or close friend) to help through the difficult times of growing up. As a college student, being able to directly influence youth about something that you have recently experienced is impactful and another way to make a difference!

For more information about these organizations, please contact our office at 217-581-3967 or email

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Being a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Whether it's becoming a school based mentor and seeing your "Little" during their lunch hour or being a community based mentor and taking them to the park, you'll find that the time is well worth it. Becoming a Big does require a commitment to developing a friendship. Located at 825 18th St., Charleston, IL.

Volunteers are needed to become mentors or assist with other programming offered through this agency.

Contact Person: Jill Schafer
Telephone: 217-348-8741

Ashmore Mentoring Program

A place where the local kids can go to play, learn, interact with others, and learn to make great choices. Open to all kids in Ashmore and surrounding area. Adult volunteers are here to supervise and lead the future of our small communities. We have structured play and free play. Ashmore Community Center 211 Illinois St. Ashmore, IL 61912

Volunteers are needed Friday nights from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. to assist with set up the of gym for the activities of the night, supervisor and assist the participants. Volunteers will also play games/activities such as coloring books, board games, karaoke, basketball, hula hoops, and dodge ball to keep the kids active. Volunteers will also assist with clean up from the activities of the night.

Contact Person: Billie Melton
Telephone: 217-349-8606

Amigos and Friends

Amigos and Friends is a volunteer opportunity coordinated through the Student Volunteer Center at Newman Catholic Center. Come help a Latino student or community member while making a new friend at the same time! Volunteers are needed on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10-11:30 pm.
Contact Persons: Emily Davis/Doris Nordin Telephone: 217-348-0188 Website:

Mattoon YMCA

The YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) celebrated its 150-year anniversary in 2001. Our Mattoon YMCA opened its doors in February 1988 after being chartered in 1982. The YMCA has a rich heritage, a Christian mission, and a tradition of values.

Volunteers are needed as youth sport coaches, help coordinate teen programming, fold and label newsletters and assist with special events.

Contact Person: Blake
Telephone: 217-235-YMCA (9622)

Charleston Parks and Recreation

Provides skills, instruction and games that allow boys and girls to participate in a team-oriented sport in order to promote sportsmanship, cooperation, self-improvement, and self esteem. Includes many different programs including but not limited to: Charleston Baseball Association, Charleston Girls’ softball Association, Kids Wrestling, and a Dog Activity Club. 520 Jackson Ave, Charleston, IL.

Volunteers are needed as youth sport coaches, help coordinate teen programming, aid in special events, and additional office tasks.

Contact Person: Brian Jones, Director
Telephone: 217-345-6897

ERBA Head Start

ERBA is dedicated to serving the needs of at-risk, low-income individuals and families. The common goal of all programs within the agency is to foster community involvement, professional partnership, and trust between all entities. 311 Seventh St., Charleston, IL.

Volunteers are needed to file, meet individuals, sorting and other office support tasks. Volunteers are also needed for ERBA Head Start where they can teach 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds.

Contact Person: Jodie Lender
Telephone: 217-345-6625
Website: No website available

One Hope United

Provide case management services to children and families affected by methamphetamine use and/or substance abuse in Coles County. These services are aimed at maintaining children safely with their parents or family members. 701 Monroe Ave., Charleston, IL.

Volunteers are needed with office support tasks; they must go through background check.

Contact Person: Ann Pearcy
Telephone: 217-345-6554

Girls on the Run

Want to help change lives here in Coles County? Coaches are the heart and sole of our program, and are the amazing individuals who have the chance to impact the lives of girls here in our community! Being a Coach is AMAZING for you and the girls. Girls on the Run is a 10 week program. It starts the week of September 10th and goes through the week of November 12. If you are ready to change lives, then this is the volunteer opportunity for you!

Volunteers would need to donate roughly 5 hours a week on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday for 90 minutes each lesson (typically between 3p-5p). Volunteers will also need to be CPR Certified (training is provided if you are not already) as well as attend a coaches training.

Contact Person: Sarah Dowell
Telephone: 217-234-9494

Teen Reach

Teen Reach is an after school and summer program that incorporates homework help, mentoring services, life skills enrichment, career exploration, volunteerism opportunities, counseling services (if needed), recreational activities, field trips and snacks. Not only that but, Teen Reach also provides transportation from school to Teen Reach and then home after. Best of all, this program is absolutely free to youth ages 9-17 in the Charleston School District. 825 18th Street Charleston, IL 61920

Volunteers are needed to help in tutoring and mentoring students from ages 9-17 years of age.

Contact Person: Mike Crews
Telephone: 217-549-2106

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