People in Illinois care about kids here in the United States and around the world. From expanding preschool for kids in the U.S. to ensuring children survive and thrive around the world, Illinois advocates are the voice for children.

Illinois activists use their voices in a number of ways! Our activists post information and actions to their social media pages, staff booths at community events, meet with elected officials and even ask presidential candidates questions about how they would work to help children.

There are countless ways you can use your voice to advocate for children. Plus, joining in our work will positively impact your life as well as the lives of children in Illinois and beyond.

Upcoming Events

To learn more about an upcoming event or to volunteer, please contact John Gaudette [email protected].

SCAN Booth at IGNITE Peoria

Peoria Civic Center (map) August 12 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) will have a booth at IGNITE Peoria on August 12th at the Peoria Civic Center, and we need you to volunteer for a shift at our booth.

We will have a team at our booth handing out information on how Illinoisans can advocate for kids and provide fun activities festival goers can enjoy. Bonus: We will have SCAN t-shirts available for our volunteers.

Never staffed a booth before? That’s ok! We’ll train you.

Volunteer- IGNITE Peoria 2017

  • Volunteer Shifts
  • T-shirt Size



Palatine Street Fest 2017 Volunteers Needed

Palatine Street Fest (map) August 26 @ 10:30 am - August 27 @ 6:00 pm

The Palatine Street Fest is a 3-day festival featuring food from Palatine restaurants, great music, lots of fun activities for the family and the Kids Zone.

Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) will have a booth on the 26th and 27th. Choose a shift and let us know if you can join us Saturday, Sunday or both. 

Volunteer- Palatine Street Fest 2017

  • Volunteer Shifts
  • Please let us know if you want to work on Saturday, Sunday, or both.
  • T-shirt Size
in the Kid Zone at the Palatine Street Fest, and we need you to volunteer for a shift at our booth!

Campaign Materials

We want to help you be an effective voice for kids. Below are resources to help you take action in your community.

Join Us

Contact your local Save the Children Action Network staff member to learn how you can be a voice for kids.

John Gaudette
Mobilization Manager, Illinois

John Gaudette has over 25 years of community organizing experience.  Prior to coming to Save the Children Action Network, John served as the state organizing director at Citizen Action/ Illinois for 7 years.  Before that, John worked as a lobbyist and advocate for Illinois Environmental Council and Illinois PIRG, GOTV director for MoveOn PAC, and 13 years as a community organizing director for PICO Network and National People’s Action affiliate organizations. 

An Illinois native, John earned an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Michigan State University.  He currently lives in his hometown of Chicago.

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