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There are multiple ways to participate in Erikson Institute’s upcoming Service Week, which runs from Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 7!

Christopher House, a family of schools providing education and resources to low income children and their families, is partnering with us to create a unique service opportunity for the Erikson community. With a focus on literacy, Christopher House has identified four ways that we can serve to support their mission, both inside their schools and through the donation of books. School locations are in the Uptown, Logan Square, and Belmont Cragin communities.

Volunteer slots are available in the morning from 9-10:30 a.m., and in the afternoon from 3-4:30 p.m., at each location. Staff who volunteer for in-person activities will receive four hours of complimentary work time that can be used toward Service Week participation, coordinated with a manager’s approval. Special T-shirts will be distributed for everyone to wear while volunteering inside a school.

Please take a moment to read about each service opportunity outlined below. Once you’ve identified an activity of interest, please click on the link to sign up and learn more. 

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Read a Book: Do you have a favorite children’s book you’d like to read aloud to a classroom of students? Christopher House invites you to choose an age level – toddler through second grade – and sign up to visit a classroom to read aloud and maybe even guide a brief discussion about the book if you’d like! Consider donating the book to Christopher House!
  • Volunteer
    • In a class. Preschool teachers are looking for volunteers inside the classrooms who can support daily activities with young children.
    • At a school. Christopher House schools are looking for volunteers outside of the classrooms who can help with identified projects and needs.
  • Donate a Book: If you are unable to participate in person, Christopher House is appreciative of quality children’s books donated to their classroom and school libraries. Erikson will facilitate the collection and distribution of any book donations.

  • Mentor: Christopher House is looking for individuals who are interested in building longer-term relationships with young children to make a difference through mentoring. Consider signing up to mentor if you are able to make a commitment of at least one year.

Founded in 1906, Christopher House was the first Head Start location in Chicago and it partners with families to provide a continuum of education from birth through high school as well as education and resources for parents to support stable and self-sufficient families. Today, Christopher House serves 600 children across infant, preschool, elementary school, and after school environments.

The 50th Year Anniversary Service Week Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in our survey to gather Service Week ideas. Our hope is that this will become an event that continues beyond the 50th year, and so thank you for the feedback and volunteer ideas. 

Please send an email to if you have any questions about Service Week.