"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world." ~ Margaret Mead

Volunteer for Bear Necessities!  Complete a Volunteer Profile HERE!

In 1992, a small band of volunteers helped form Bear Necessities.  Now, eighteen years later, our volunteers continue to drive us forward.  Because of their generous contribution of time and talent, their hard work and dedication, we are able to provide hope and support to children battling cancer.


If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Karen Carey at 312.214.1200 x29 or karen@bearnecessities.org.



4 Signature Events

  • Bear Tie Ball - Annual black-tie gala (help with set up & tear down, raffle ticket sales, registration, live and silent auctions)
  • Team Bear - A group of dedicated athletes pounding pavement for Bear Necessities (help at aid stations and hospitality tents at local races throughout the season)
  • Run for the Bear - Bear Necessities’ annual 5/10K race in Algonquin, IL
  • Golf for the Bear - Annual golf outing (help with set up & tear down, hole challenges, auction and raffle)

Third Party Bearlanthropy Event
:  These are events that are organized by members of the community to benefit Bear Necessities.

Bear Hug Givers:
  Coordinating Bear Hugs for patients and their families.

Hospital Meals:
  Help organize and serve meals to children, families and staff at the pediatric oncology units at Chicago area hospitals. 

(area of expertise) Development Committee, Event Committees, Auxiliary Board, Scientific and Bear Empowerment Committees, Parent/Family Council

  Bear Necessities offers internships to current college students!  Experience the non-profit world with us and receive school credit!  Internships will be available throughout the year; positions are limited.

Office Volunteer:
Assists with various office projects including mailings, computer database work, pick-up and deliveries, etc. This is a scheduled position determined by volunteer and the Special Events Manager.

Speakers Bureau:
Public speakers to represent Bear Necessities at various events.  Volunteers must be well acquainted with organization information and facts and have good public speaking skills.


Attend a New Volunteer Orientation

- 5:30 pm

- 5:30 pm

RSVP is required.  Contact Alex Shalak at 312.214.1200 x21 or ashalak@bearnecessities.org.

Get Involved!

Get your school, church, or organization involved with Bear Necessities.  With your help fundraising and/or volunteering, together, we can continue to help kids fight against cancer.  Check out Bearlanthropy and for more information, please contact Karen. 

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