Volunteer Opportunities

BABES Volunteers

BABES, Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies, is a program sponsored by Dove, Inc., which brings worthwhile life skill lessons to children in grades K-3rd, in Macon and DeWitt county schools.

Volunteer commitment is usually an hour a week for six consecutive weeks and that covers two classrooms. The presentations are made in pairs, so bring a friend who can be your partner or be teamed with a person during the training.

BABES is seeking additional volunteers. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of 6 to 10 year olds, please contact Barb Blakey, Director of Volunteers and Community Relations,  at 217.428.6616 for the next volunteer training opportunity, Tuesday, August 23, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

Children's Clothing Room

Sort donations and assist those seeking clothing. This free clothing room is located at Prairie Avenue Christian Church, 2201 E. Prairie and is open Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.   

Receptionist needed for Dove’s Children’s Clothing Room. Mondays and Wednesday’s from 1:00 pm to 3:30pm. Answer call button and buzz client in from desk in church office. Great for someone who loves to knit or read in-between clients. 

Contact RSVP Staff at 217. 428.6616 for additional information.

RSVP Community Involvement Opportunities


LSA Resale shop needs a volunteer to sort, clean and work with donated toys between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on a day of your choosing! If you are interested, please call Susan Doddeck at 217.423.0122.

Pieces of Love is always looking for more individuals to donate yarn, and to knit or crochet 7 X 9-inch squares to make Afghans to give to those in need in Macon County. Please reach out to Angie or Kathy for more information about this!

The Weldon Springs Foundation provides volunteers for the Union Schoolhouse and Nature Center. During the summer, we need volunteers to be stationed in the schoolhouse and/or Nature Center. You would greet visitors and ask them to sign the gift book. All exhibits at the center are labelled and there is an information sheet in the schoolhouse with a little history of the school. Shifts are 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. OR 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. We also are working to improve the landscaping around the schoolhouse and the concession/restaurant area, where we have the most visitors. That involves planting and some maintenance.

During 2021, we started some events for kids during the weekdays in the summer and on a Saturday close to Halloween, Christmas, and Easter. That involves being at the schoolhouse to help serve refreshments and, weather permitting, su7pervise games outside. On the weekdays we can always use extra hands to help the interpreter with her nature programs.

 CH Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum is hosting a special event in June called “Prairie Flyers : 100 years of aviation history in DeWitt County. We could use helpers to greet visitors in the exhibit hall during morning or afternoon shifts on Tuesday through Sunday, May 28-July 3.

The exhibit is self-guided, and information will be included with each display. This is a VERY professionally constructed exhibit that includes mannequins in period uniforms and amazing artifacts.

If you would like to have a preview of the exhibit, please let me know and I will take you to the office uptown where the magic is being assembled. This is a once in a lifetime chance to volunteer at a historic exhibit.

If interested, please contact Edith at 309.824.5273.


Click here for more information about Dove's RSVP program

Domestic Violence Program


Our next Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training is scheduled for Fall 2022.  Registration will open On Monday, July 11, 2022.  Call Barb Blakey, Director of Volunteers and Community Relations to start the process, 217.428.6616.

Training Dates and Location:

  • Monday through Thursday Evenings
  • 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • September 19 to October 5, 2022
  • 302 S. Union, Decatur
  • $200 fee for this ICADV Certified Training