Invest Your Time

Our supporters come in all shapes and sizes, from partnerships with large corporations to volunteers from local parishes and alumni organizations. Our schools and students have many needs, and your support makes a world of difference. Here are some of the many ways you can invest in a child.

Lend A Shoulder Day

Amy Drozda
Chief Advancement and Development Officer
312.751.3850  ✶  adrozda@bigshouldersfund.org

Invest in Our Students

Volunteer From Your Home

These e-volunteering opportunities will enable volunteers to stay connected with the Big Shoulders Fund mission and our network of schools. Participate in one or all of the e-volunteering opportunities that can be found here.


Work directly with students by mentoring a group of students once a month during the school day.


Have a direct impact on the success of a student by becoming a tutor. Assist a student at least once a week in a specific subject area. For more information contact Amy Drozda.

Test Prep

Help prepare students for the High School Placement Test by tutoring them on scheduled Saturday Mornings during our spring and fall Test Prep sessions. Help them with test taking strategies, and guide them through sections of the test such as reading, writing, and mathematics. Curriculum is provided. Contact Kevin Pitts for more information.


Coach students in a variety of sports or clubs from volleyball and track to robotics and the First Lego League Club. This is a weekly commitment. Sports teams meet on Saturdays for games. Contact Amy Drozda for more information.

Stock Market Program

Guide students through the world of finance and the stock market. Volunteers who know the stock market visit and eighth grade classroom monthly from October to May. Be part of team of two to four volunteer teachers and help students choose stocks for their portfolios and compete against other eighth grade classes. Contact Amy Drozda for more information

School Boards

Serve on the board of a Big Shoulders Fund school. Individuals serving on boards act on an advisory basis to support the school’s leadership. They help the school improve its long-term viability through budget planning, marketing, fundraising and more, depending on the school’s needs and the board members’ expertise. Contact Amy Drozda for more information.

Service Days

Come out to one of our schools for one of our many Give Back Days or Corporate Service Days to revamp a school.