AVODAH Placement Organizations

This list is intended to give you an idea of the type of position you might have while in AVODAH. This is not the full or final list of potential positions available. Position and placement descriptions vary from year to year.

  • Apna Ghar (Our Home) provides culturally-appropriate, multilingual services, including emergency shelter, to survivors of domestic abuse with a primary focus on the South Asian and other immigrant communities. AVODAH provides a Community Advocate to Apna Ghar.
  • The ARK creates a safety net for Chicagoland Jews in need by providing vital human services within a framework of Jewish values and laws, building bridges between volunteers and those in need in the community. AVODAH provides a Social Services Assistant to the ARK.
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid Provides high-impact, free legal services to low-income Chicagoans in four areas of law: family, housing, criminal records, and criminal defense. We integrate legal and social services in order to improve our legal outcomes and extend our impact beyond crisis support.
  • Chicago Run promotes the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs.
  • Chicago Women's Health Center (CWHC) is a collective of health workers, counselors, outreach health educators, and doctors who provide affordable, respectful, and accessible gynecological and mental health care to women and trans people in the Chicago area. AVODAH provides an Office Manager and Advocacy and Volunteer Coordinator to CWHC.
  • Christopher House works to create a national model for helping low-income, at-risk children and their families achieve success in school, the workplace, and life.
  • Friedman Place is a supportive living community for blind and visually impaired adults in Chicago. A full range of services and activities is provided so that residents' days are healthy, dignified, and stimulating. AVODAH provides an Assistant Activity Coordinator to Friedman Place.
  • Heartland Alliance helps people living in poverty or danger improve their lives and realize their human rights. Diverse programs serve people who are in the toughest of circumstances and are the hardest to reach, including survivors of violence, torture, and war and people living in extreme hardship or poverty. AVODAH provides two Corps Members to Heartland Alliance: a Housing Resource Specialistand an Asset Building Program Aide.
  • Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. AVODAH provides two Corps Members to Inspiration Corporation: a Housing and Supportive Services Assistant and a Community Voice Mail Coordinator.
  • Mikva Challenge develops the next generation of civic leaders, activists and policy-makers. We do this by providing young people with opportunities to actively participate in the political process, because we believe that the best way to learn leadership and to learn democracy is to experience both.
  • National Immigrant Justice Center is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Women's Treatment Center provides women with a continuum of care, recovery tools, and parenting tools to maintain a sober lifestyle as they rebuild their lives and futures and mend the bonds with their families. AVODAH provides an Alumnae Association Coordinator to Women's Treatment Center. 


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In the last year, I've learned more than I thought possible about the causes and effects of poverty in Chicago. Being part of a community as supportive as AVODAH has allowed me to stay positive when, naturally, the situations I am exposed to every day threaten to make me depressed and pessimistic.”

Abi Weber2011-2012 Corps Member