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It’s Our Little Secret is dedicated to healing, inspiring and empowering children and teens who have been physically and sexually abused by providing innovative life enriching programs, education and opportunities. Our services are FREE to children who qualify. There is no charge to a child, family, partner sites, or service provider. IOLS relies on the generosity from the community to make our programs successful and to enhance the lives of children and youth facing adversities. IOLS patrons include individuals and families, foundations, small businesses to large corporations, and a wide range of community leaders. Every gift, large or small, makes a difference in the life of a child. There are many ways you can help.

To find out more information about volunteering for IOLS, please contact the our Volunteer Coordinator, Erika Martinez at emartinez@itsourlittlesecret.org  

  • Donate

    Donate

    Your monetary gift allows IOLS to continue to provide healing experiences in the visual, performing, and humanitarian enriched programs to children and families facing life challenges.

      1. Mail a check, money order, or credit card information to: It’s Our Little Secret, 12201 Sinnett Street, Huntley, Illinois 60142
      2. By web: Go to the Just Give web site at www.justgive.org (type in Its Our Secret or 27-1091802)  or use PayPal:

    1. In-Kind Gift: You can help IOLS reduce its operating expenses by contributing items that would normally have to be purchased, such as IOLS supplies, musical instruments and supplies, agricultural supplies, office supplies, and equipment for the It’s Our Little Secret Wellness Center. A wish list can be found by clicking here.
    2. Planned Giving: Leave a legacy of hope and healing for future generations of children while enjoying the many benefits of tax-wise charitable strategies.
    3. Give to the Endowment: As we look to the future of IOLS, it’s important to know that our ability to offer healing experiences in the visual, performing, and literary IOLS to children will not be financially compromised, therefore we established the IOLS Endowment at Its Our Little Secret Foundation. Gifts to the endowment will ensure our success for many years to come.
    4. Become a Corporate Sponsor: IOLS relies on the support of the corporate community to help provide high quality experiences to children. Your business can support IOLS by investing in a cause marketing opportunity or becoming a sponsor of one of IOLS special events. To find out more about partnerships, corporate donations and event sponsorship click here.
    5. Matching Gifts: Many corporations support non-profit organizations by matching employee contributions, either in full or at a specified percentage. These matching gifts can provide financial support to IOLS at no additional cost to the employee. Ask your company if they have a matching gift program.
  • Volunteer- Board Membership

    Board Membership

    Board of Trustees, Advisory Board & Foundation Board: IOLS is seeking professional individuals (w/ non-profit board experience) that will support and lead the progress of IOLS! To participate or find out more about this opportunity, contact us today. Contact Maebelle Obispo, Board of Trustee at 312.445.8742 ext 502 or email her mobispo@itsourlittlesecret.org

  • Volunteer- Office Administration

    Office Administration

    • Administrative Support Volunteer needed to assist with data entry, returning calls, bulk mailings, etc. (est. of number of hours per month 10-15 hours)
    • Accountant w/ Non-Profit Experience Volunteer needed that is experienced with working with non-profits and financial documents that are needed for charities, taxes and grant writing. This person must be willing to set assists with all financial business of the organization. Also meet with the CEO at least every three months.
    • Special Event Coordinator:- Volunteers will help the Events Committee with planning fun events; promote awareness, training seminars, bazaars etc. Serve on a committee for IOLS events, sponsor a fundraising project through your local business, school or faith community, work on special projects or at IOLS events, or adopt It’s Our Little Secret as your charity of choice for your own organization’s special event/fundraiser.
    • Fundraising Coordinator – Volunteers needed to assist the fundraising committee with strategizing and implementing fundraising plans for events and campaigns. Serve on a committee for IOLS events, sponsor a fundraising project through your local business, school or faith community, work on special projects or at IOLS events, or adopt It’s Our Little Secret as your charity of choice for your own organization’s special event/fundraiser.
    • Communication Coordinator – Volunteers needed to create partnerships with other organizations for programs.
    • Volunteer Coordinator – The volunteer coordinator needed to perform functions that enable volunteers to strengthen academic achievement. These functions are 1) building volunteering awareness, 2) engaging volunteers, 3) building volunteer capacity.
    • Community Outreach – Invite IOLS representatives to speak to your social, civic, or religious organization. Be a representative of IOLS at chamber meetings and events. This can be a very simple but critical way anyone can help us, to get us invited to a group you are part of or know about, so that we can spread the word about our mission!
  • Volunteer- Public Relations

    Public Relations

    • Virtual Assistants: The Public Relations Committee is looking for volunteers who can assist in managing our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Volunteers who are great at social networking this is the job for you!
    • Writer – We are seeking volunteers who can assist in writing IOLS’ “Sharing the Secrets” newsletter. Volunteer will assist Public Relations head by providing updates to include in newsletter, give recognition to sponsors or donors, spotlight hard working volunteers & new members and any other relating information to make IOLS newsletter remarkable!
  • Volunteer- Programs

    Program Volunteer

    • Expressive Arts Therapy Volunteer-We are looking one female and one male volunteer to assist Art Therapist for 2-3 hours a week for a 6-8 week program.
    • God Can You Hear Me Volunteer – Congregational Liaison needed to liaison between congregations: distributing literature, sponsoring prayer for youth in the program and leading activities once the program is up and running.
    • Teen Support Group Volunteer – We are looking for a volunteer to assist the Clinician for 2-3 hours a week for a 18 week program. *We have several programs that require volunteers that are in direct contact with children. For the protection of the children, it is required to conduct a a DCFS background check. Please find the necessary forms below.
    • Volunteer Application
    • Consent to Background Check
    • DCFS CANTS Form
    • Volunteer Hour Tracking
  • Volunteer Forms

    Volunteer Forms