Get Involved

Get Involved by Volunteering

Dedicated volunteers provide valuable contributions to our organization throughout the year.

SHALVA is seeking help in the areas of data entry, marketing, writing, photography and more.

Please e-mail the Outreach and Community Education Coordinator or call 773-583-4673 to learn more.

Speakers’ Bureau
Become a volunteer speaker for SHALVA. We will train you to present one or more of our community outreach programs. This position requires participation in a 40-hour certification course on domestic abuse, as required by the State of Illinois.

Tzedakah Fair Helper
Represent SHALVA by staffing the SHALVA table at synagogue Tzedakah Fairs. Fairs are usually held on Sunday mornings.

Informational Bathroom Posters
Help deliver and monitor the supply of SHALVA informational posters that are in synagogues and select local businesses.

Cell Phone Collection
Pick up phone collections from synagogues quarterly. SHALVA partners with a recycler and receives funds for old cell phones, smartphones, tablets and iPods.

Cell Phone Drive
Organize a cell phone drive through your synagogue, sisterhood, men’s group, social action committee, school PTA, etc.

Parlor Meetings
Host an educational event for your friends, an intimate way to learn about what domestic violence looks like in the Jewish community, how to prevent it, and how to help someone experiencing domestic abuse. We simply ask that you open up your home, invite your friends, serve light refreshments and we will provide the program. Daytime and evening options are available. For a list of topics available, please click here.

Serve on Board of Directors
Contact the SHALVA office at 773-583-4673 if you are interested in applying.

Committee Help
Serve on a volunteer committee such as Legal, Development, Outreach, Events, “Under 40” Task Force and Marketing.

Office Help
Looking for a regular, weekly volunteer opportunity? Answer the phones and help community members in need. SHALVA will train you to answer our phones and conduct phone intakes. This position requires participation in a 40-hour certification course on domestic abuse, as required by the State of Illinois. Other duties may include: data entry, mailings, filing and general office work. Computer skills required.

To learn more about these opportunities, or to learn about additional volunteer opportunities, Please e-mail the Outreach and Community Education Coordinator or call 773-583-4673.

Get Involved by Participating

  • Like SHALVA on Facebook and share our stories.
  • Stay informed by signing up to receive SHALVA’s newsletter and email updates.
  • Join us at our fundraising events such as the Annual Luncheon in June.
  • Attend a community education program at your school, synagogue, professional or social group.
  • Organize a Community Education Program at your place of business, school, synagogue or social club. For a list of programs and trainings, please click here.
  • Run in the Chicago Marathon on the “Run Domestic Violence Out of Town” team and raise funds for SHALVA and ten other domestic violence agencies in metro Chicago. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 8, 2018, which is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You can also support the team by running or walking at the half marathon or 5-K on Sunday, September 23, 2018. To learn more, click here.

Get Involved by Donating

General Donations
SHALVA depends on the generosity of our community to help provide clinical services at no cost to our clients, for as long as needed, and to support our free outreach and education programs.

Contributions can be made online or mailed to:

P.O. Box 46375
Chicago, IL 60646-0375

Tribute Cards
Make a contribution to SHALVA and acknowledge special people in your life throughout the year. SHALVA will send a personalized card in honor of milestones such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Bar Mitzvahs and also in memory of loved ones. Make a contribution or call 773-583-4673.

In-Kind Donations
SHALVA does not accept clothing, cosmetics, toys, books or household items.

Planned Giving, Bequests & Stock Donations
Please call 773-583-4673 to learn about planned giving, bequests and stock donation opportunities.

Employee Matching Gift
Many companies offer matching gift programs for their employees’ charitable donations. If your company participates you can multiply your donation to SHALVA just by completing required forms that your employer requires.

Sponsorship and Underwriting Opportunities
Please call Alison Bloom, Director of Development, at 773-583-4673 to learn how you can support a SHALVA program or event.