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Volunteer opportunity description

Here's a great way to work with kids and make new friends while having a fantastic experience!

Mercy Home's Friends First mentoring program matches adults one-on-one with at-risk kids all over Chicago. You will go on fun outings to parks, zoos,museums, etc.

Join us for group events too! Mentors in our program are all ages and from all walks of life but are united by their concern for Chicago youth. As a mentor you will receive training, ongoing support and encouragement through direct monthly contact with our staff so that you can build a meaningful mentoring friendship.

We will take care to set up a compatible match between you and the child you will mentor, we'll notify you about fun, free things to do and provide opportunities to connect with other mentors in the program through group activities.

Get started today! To become a Friends First Mentor please contact us through the "Apply" button here, e-mail us at, call (312) 738-7552 or visit for more information.


Commitment for community-based mentoring is 1 year.

Commitment for site-based mentoring is 9 months.

Age requirement for all mentors is at least 21 years old.

Training is provided for all  mentors.


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Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Dee Atkins
Director of Volunteer Resources
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