Community outreach

Orphans of the Storm takes an active role in working with our community. One of the most important ways is with our education and community service programs. We work with members and groups of the community to offer speaking appearances, presentations to schools and community groups, supervised tours at our shelter, and attending charity fairs and conferences.

If you would like to schedule a visit from one of our representatives, please contact us at

Events calendar

Speaking appearances

Orphans of the Storm will speak to your community group. Our outreach program has presentations that are tailored to your audience. Whether yours is a youth group, high school assembly or a rotary meeting, we have the appropriate presentation that will introduce your group to our life-saving mission. Our presentation may consist of one-on-one petting time with a preschool park district, a 15-minute Powerpoint during Sunday school class, or may evolve into a 45-minute discussion with students at a local high school.

We have brought our message to local groups throughout the north shore of Chicago and beyond: scout troops, corporate headquarters, corporate family events, women’s clubs, schools, churches, and even birthday parties.

Our presentation includes the following vital information:

  • a bit of the history of the shelter
  • our current work with the stray and abandoned pets
  • why spay and neuter is important
  • current events in the animal world, especially when they affect the pets in our area
  • how anyone can help to make a difference

We can even bring a dog and cat along to help make our point!

Shelter tours

Upon request, a shelter representative will meet your school or community group at the front gate of the shelter and lead you through a supervised tour of the facility. This is an opportunity to see first-hand how a large animal shelter operates, and experience the real result of the pet overpopulation problem, specifically in our area.

These tours will explain the procedure from the receiving of the animals, what the pet’s life is like while living at the shelter right up to his adoption day. The tour will wrap up in the cat wing where you are welcome to spend some time in our adult cat room. Here 150-200 adult cats live peacefully together while waiting for their second chance in life.

Tours last approximately 40 minutes and we ask that each group of children be accompanied by chaperones and that they bring a donation for the animals (please call the shelter to find out what is most needed, or see our wish list on this website). This could include a collection of snacks, food, toys, newspapers or blankets.

If your group is curious about just how an animal shelter operates, then contact us and we’ll schedule a supervised tour. Please call the shelter at least one month beforehand to arrange it. Tours are available Monday through Friday during the hours of 11am-5pm.

Corporate events

The orphans animals are always ready for an outing. Consider inviting Orphans of the Storm to your next corporate event. Whether it’s blue jean Friday or family day on the corporate campus we can customize an event that will excite and engage your employees. It may be as simple as an information table manned by a few of our knowledgable volunteers – to a full blown adoption event during lunch. We can also come to visit your company or town sponsored charity fair.

If you would like to schedule a visit from one of our representatives, please contact us at