Hanover Township has a proud tradition of encouraging community involvement in your government. The Township has many opportunities for you to get involved and give back to the community. use the resources below to find out where and how you can get involved. From helping our Food Pantry to working the front desk at the Senior Center, the Township can provide you an opportunity to give back.
Hanover Township Department of Emergency Services
Volunteers make a difference! Without trained and organized volunteers, local government cannot properly respond to or recover from the impacts of large disasters.
Hanover Township Emergency Services is accepting applications for volunteer emergency services personnel. Hanover Township Emergency Services Volunteers are people just like you, who offer their time and talent to make the jurisdictions within Hanover Township a better place in which to live and work. The one thing that they have in common is a desire to give something back to their community. Our Volunteers participate in the following activities:
- Emergency Services Training
- Severe Weather Monitoring
- Traffic Control
- Neighborhood Patrol
- Special Community Events
- Emergency Scene Lighting
- Emergency Operations Center Support
- Emergency Preparedness Education
All volunteers will be trained, issued uniforms and an Identification badge and will be utilized for preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts.
Join us today and make a difference!
To apply as a volunteer, please click here or for more information on the volunteer requirements contact us at 630-837-0301.
Hanover Township Welfare Services Department:
The Welfare Services Department has volunteer opportunities available in our food pantry as well as administrative help, special projects and our holiday programs. Right now we have approximately 25 volunteers in the Welfare Services Department. In the food pantry our volunteers assist with helping the clients, stocking shelves, keeping bread stocked, checking dates on labels, organizing food on shelves, bagging of bread and sweets, assisting with Mobile Food Pantries and other miscellaneous duties.
Administrative duties include greeting the clients, having clients sign in and checking their food pantry card, making food pantry cards for new clients, having new clients fill out application, entering new clients onto spreadsheet, updating spreadsheet when clients use pantry, assist with mailings, making copies of forms and flyers. Some of our volunteers are trained for LIHEAP and assist clients with their applications. Our Volunteers assist with our Backpack Giveaway and our holiday programs. These events are our busiest time of the year.
Our volunteers assist with many miscellaneous duties including filling and distributing backpacks, mailings for our candlelight bowl, wrapping and distributing of toys for our sponsor a family and toy giveaway.
To apply as a Welfare Services volunteer, please click here.
Hanover Township Youth and Family Services Department:
At Youth and Family Services, volunteers collaborate with staff and community members and share their unique skills, talents, and experiences with youth and others in the community.
Your time commitment as a volunteer depends on your availability. Volunteers must be at least 16 and must pass a background check. To apply as a Youth & Family Services volunteer, please click here.
Open Gym is a 15-year-old program for youth that provides them with recreational, educational, and social activities, homework help, and physical fitness, leadership, and skills-building trainings. We look to our volunteers to teach their unique skills and talents to the youth in the program. During the school year Open Gym is after school until 6:00PM. Open Gym also takes place during summer, winter, and spring breaks during the day or evening.
Hanover Township Senior Services Department:
Hanover Township Senior Services has over 300 volunteers who serve both the Township and community organizations. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. To learn more about volunteering with Hanover Township Senior Services, please follow the information below.
“Meals on Wheels”
Drivers Meals on Wheels drivers deliver meals to homebound seniors. The Site Manager divides the delivery area into routes which are generally covered in approximately an hour. Mileage reimbursement is provided on a monthly basis at a rate set by the Township. Drivers must be friendly and enjoy meeting with people. Volunteers must also have a valid Illinois driver’s license, current liability insurance, and valid automobile registration. Must also be willing to submit to a background check.
Volunteer Express Drivers
Become more involved in your community and promote the independence of older residents! Drive seniors who would otherwise be unable to attend their appointments. Mileage is reimbursed. Drivers must be friendly and enjoy meeting new people. Volunteers must be 21 years old, have a valid Illinois driver’s license, current liability insurance, and valid automobile registration. Volunteers must also be willing to submit to a background and driving history check.
Volunteers must be willing to fill out a volunteer application, sign a confidentiality statement and for some positions, submit to a background check. There is no time requirement for volunteering, with the exception of a few positions. To apply as a Senior Services volunteer, please click here.