Veterans Volunteer Initiative Breakthrough

Veterans Program Overview

Breakthrough’s Veterans Volunteer Initiative provides opportunities for veterans to engage in the East Garfield Park community as local leaders and mentors to youth. By providing meaningful volunteer opportunities that utilize veterans’ skills, the initiative visibly impacts the community and more than 15,000 residents each year.

Stipends and transportation assistance are offered for qualifying veterans.

About Breakthrough

Breakthrough is a nonprofit organization that partners with individuals and families to build connections, develop skills, and open doors of opportunity. With a hyper-local, 40-block focus in East Garfield Park, Breakthrough provides a myriad of services focused on a profoundly simple formula: people first.

Veteran Volunteer Opportunities

Fresh Market Setup Assistant

Wed or Fri, 11am-3pm

Help unload food trucks, organize food, and set up the Fresh Market for distribution. This includes bagging produce, stocking shelves, sorting, and purging groceries by both expiration date and condition/health of the item, and cleaning the refrigerator.

We need a maximum of three volunteers per Wednesday and Friday.

Donation Center

Weekday & Weekend Availability

Join us in cleaning, storing, and organizing our west wing storage facility. Throughout the pandemic, we have received a generous amount of donations for our community residents.

We are looking for a group of 10 participants to join us in the effort of organizing this space.

Youth Development

Weekday & Weekend Availability

Youth basketball skills training on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings.

Summer Studies Classroom Assistant for elementary age students, Monday through Friday, 9-3 p.m. (July 6–August 20).

Coach Home Court outdoor basketball league on Friday nights (July 9–August 28).

Career Readiness Program

Tues or Thurs, 9am-12pm

Our career readiness program is 4 weeks, Tuesday- Thursday from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. We are currently conducting workshops in class and on Zoom. Our next class session will be on June 21, 2021.


For more information and to get involved in our Veterans Volunteer Initiative, contact Astoria Griggs-Burns at (773) 346-1772 or

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