Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved: volunteer in the 40th Ward

From the 40th Ward Boards to seasonal needs like our successful Shovel Squad, your volunteer efforts make the community stronger and safer for everyone.

If you think of an initiative that you’d like to lead across the ward, let us know!

40th Ward Boards

Our boards are a a way to get involved in your community. 40th Ward neighbors come together based on affinity groups and work on projects: conduct research, complete surveys, create events and even support the creation and passage of legislation.

Environmental Board

The Environmental Board is for folks interested in working on sustainability and climate change mitigation efforts. We work on policies and initiatives both in the ward and city wide.


  • Sustainability Guide: In July of 2023, the 40th Ward Environmental Board released its Sustainability Guide, a living document meant to spread awareness and encourage individual actions to curb climate chaos on a local level. If you want to contribute any content, sign up and we’ll plug you in!
  • Electrification Working Group: Headed by Viktor Köves, the Electrification Working Group is dedicated to demystifying electrification and decarbonization for 40th Ward neighbors and the rest of the city. Learn about the benefits of all-electric homes, and electrification incentives, and programs.

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Safe Streets Board

The Transportation Board is for anyone who is passionate about improving biking, pedestrian safety, public transit and making streets safer and more accessible for everyone. We will work on projects like identifying areas in need of more pedestrian and traffic calming infrastructure, as well as improving existing and adding new bike routes in the ward. 

Youth Board

The Youth Board consists of young people (aged 12-18) who want to get involved in serving their community, learn more about local government, and discuss issues important to them. Participants will take part in community clean ups and other volunteer opportunities, learn about the ward’s participatory budgeting process, propose projects to be funded, and connect with people in the ward office and other students to share ideas about how to improve our community and city.

Sign up to get involved or for more information about volunteer opportunities!

Volunteer at the 40th Ward Office

Office volunteers wanted! Support our staff, assist community members, take calls, and help out in the field.

Front Desk

Front Desk volunteers provide valuable intake and triage assistance for 40th Ward neighbors who call the office during office hours. Help 40th Ward staff by answering calls and generating service requests for staff to then follow up on. These volunteers undergo a brief training at the office, and then will commit to at least one shifts of 2-3 hours per week. This is an ideal opportunity for someone seeking a regular commitment!

Call Crew

Help make wellness calls to 40th Ward seniors on Sundays. Volunteers check in with seniors, initiate service requests, and direct folks to additional resources as needed.

Field Team

Field team volunteers cover a lot of ground because they are “in the field” for the Neighbor Network. There are three primary types of field team opportunities:

  • Regularly scheduled, ongoing initiatives such as Shovel Squad or ward surveying
  • Event-specific tasks (flyering, clean up events)

Neighborhood Network Slack Channel

We encourage you to join the 40th Ward Neighbor Network Slack group. The 40th Ward office uses slack to post messages about ward happenings and volunteer opportunities. This channel is also a great way to stay in touch and communicate with your neighbors and community. New to Slack? Learn how to use the platform.

Contact the 40th Ward Office

Our office works to ensure you feel supported, connected, and valued. Please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have—we are here to help!