Volunteers & Interns

As a non-profit organization, we truly appreciate our volunteers and students!  YOUR TIME MAKES A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE to our program consumers.  From dancers and princesses to teachers and dietitians, the individuals at our programs benefit from your knowledge, skill and compassion.  We would like to THANK all of the wonderful community members who donate their time!


NEW in 2020 is the opportunity to Adopt-A-Home!

CCAR Industries owns ten Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) in Charleston, IL.  Don’t let the big acronym mislead you – these are truly HOMES to the individuals who reside there.  They aren’t nursing facilities or large institutional settings.  On the contrary, we attempt to provide a warm and comforting environment while making sure that each home is equipped with the accessibility features required to promote optimal independence.  Typically, two to eight residents live in each home with supervision provided on a 24-hour basis.  Residents have their own bedroom, unless they request otherwise.

Many residents have expressed that they really enjoy when guests visit, throw parties or invite them to fun activities.  Activities that involve food, games or animals are always big hits!  Thus, we are looking for a few community members or groups who would like to “Adopt-A-Home”.  There is no cost associated with this, nor does it need to be a huge time commitment. We are simply looking for community members who would like to be involved with one home on a monthly, quarterly or semi-annual basis.  This involvement could be as simple as baking a cake and sending a card to the residents on their birthdays or hosting a game night.  Since several of our program consumers don’t have family involvement, those simple gestures mean A LOT!


In an effort to provide the Safest and Best Possible Care for our program consumers, we ask that our volunteers and interns complete the corresponding application below.

Please note that volunteers and/or students will need to complete/pass a criminal and healthcare worker background check that includes being fingerprinted. CCAR Industries will facilitate and cover the cost associated with this check.  Again, the care and safety of our program consumers is our utmost concern!

CLICK HERE for our Intern/Practicum Student Application

CLICK HERE for our Volunteer Application

CLICK HERE to view our Volunteer/Intern Handbook


If you or your organization would like to “Adopt-A-Home” or have questions about donating your time to our agency, please feel free to contact our Director of Development at cparker@ccarindustries.org or at (217) 348-0127 ext. 607.  We would be happy to speak with you!