We depend on people like you to keep our mission alive. Our staff is comprised primarily of volunteers – wonderful people who are in it for the earth, the art and the BIG Idea. Our volunteers are fabulous, fun, and essential!

Volunteering at The Idea Store is a great way to meet and work with some of the area’s most creative artists, educators, and innovators. Whatever your specialty is, we’d love to incorporate it into our work. And since all proceeds from The Idea Store go toward expanding our mission of fostering education, creativity, environmental stewardship, and community, donating your time and talent benefits everyone.

Volunteer as much or as little as you’d like. Get started by downloading our Volunteer Application or contacting us at 217-352-7878 or volunteers@the-idea-store.org. Stop by the store and see what we are all about!


“I came here because I was a retired teacher and I wanted to continue contributing to CU schools. But I stay because of the wonderful people I volunteer with…and chocolate.”
-Volunteer, Katherine Gorski



“For me, The Idea Store has been a healing place, an oasis from my troubles of the outside world. There would be days when I would come in for my volunteer shift with a headache and in a matter of 20 minutes, the headache would be gone.”
Volunteer, Ruta Rauber


“I was a merchandiser who worked with high-end china. Now I have limited hand mobility, and The Idea Store is a way I can use my merchandiser skills on a craft scale.”

Volunteer, Erin Kerr