APA-IL Pro Bono Program: Call for Volunteers! Project Teams now forming!

Updated: Jul 1

The APA-IL Pro Bono Services Program is quickly staffing project teams with volunteers for our 2020 projects for Stites Township Park District and Calumet City, IL. Regardless of how many years of experience you have or your current job's focus, your help is needed. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the Talent Bank form, identifying yourself and your professional talents. When the APA-IL Pro Bono Program organizes a planning session, they will search through the Talent Bank for the professionals with talent most relevant to the project.


We anticipate the majority of our 2020 pro bono activities will be occurring virtually from July till September.


If you have previously submitted your information to our Talent Bank, we humbly ask you to resubmit your information so we can have the most up-to-date list of volunteers and contact information.



Talent Bank Registration



Please read the project descriptions below and learn how you can participate as part of a project team.


Questions about the Talent Bank and projects below can be sent to probono@ilapa.org

Stites Township Park District

Brooklyn, IL

The APA-IL Pro Bono Services Program will provide assistance to the Stites Township Park District to kick-start planning efforts to redevelop/renovate an existing building, formerly a skating rink, to  be used as a Community Center.


The Program will partner with Stites Township Park District to implement a public engagement plan, which will provide the basis for conceptual development plans around the community's consensus for desired site improvements, resources/uses, and programming. The Program will develop the conceptual plans, provide a preliminary cost estimation, and provide a roadmap of tasks for continued planning efforts. These efforts will assist Stites Township Park District with budgeting and fundraising, and provide planning support for a future Illinois Department of Natural Resource (IDNR) PARC grant application.


Are you interested in becoming part of the project team? Areas of expertise that may benefit this project include:

  •   Architecture/Site Planning/Cost Estimation

  •   Public Outreach & Engagement Solutions

  •   Urban Design/Landscape Architecture

  •   Parks & Open Space Design/Planning

Click here to update your information or sign up for the Talent Bank.

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Calumet City, IL

The APA-IL Pro Bono Services Program will work with the City of Calumet City to kick-start planning efforts for the First Ward. The goal of the Program will be to provide a community visioning event for the First Ward to serve as the foundation for future planning efforts. Outcomes of the visioning event will provide the basis for community consensus going forward, functioning as a roadmap for future projects and initiatives. 


Are you interested in becoming part of the project team? Areas of expertise that may benefit this project:

  • Public Outreach & Engagement Solutions

  • Bilingual (Spanish) Planners

  • Land Use Planners

Click here to update your information or sign up for the Talent Bank.


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