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Volunteer for DANK at the annual German Fest
Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th

The annual German Fest held by the German Day Association is a much beloved event here in Lincoln Square. The Fest features delicious German food, fantastic German music, and family friendly games and activities. This event requires a massive amount of volunteers to happen. If you'd like to volunteer for the event on behalf of the DANK Haus, please sign up at the link below.

Sign Up to Volunteer

Are you already a DANK Haus volunteer and wanting to view/sign up for the most up-to-date volunteering opportunities?


New/never signed up and wanting to volunteer with the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center?

Contact Samantha Turner Lundeen


Every week there are many opportunities to lend an hour or more  to help support the cultural programming and education initiatives at the DANK Haus. Some spend time leading a museum tour or processing book donations in our library. Many people enjoy preparing food or serving beer at our annual Mayfest booth. Others regularly staff the bar or kitchen at our monthly Stammtisch Open Haus. Still others invest time in installing exhibits in our gallery space or taking care of our building. For many projects, such as transcribing oral history interviews, you can even volunteer from a remote location!

Be it a once-a-year commitment or once-a-week commitment, we would love to see you here. For a more ongoing involvement, consider joining one of our committees

If you have a trade, profession, or passion that you would like to share and don't see it on our iVolunteer site, contact us to see how we can help each other.


Do you want to get involved with regular events at DANK Haus?  Some of the below positions are needed frequently.

  • Food and Drink Servers
         - Elternabend & Feierabend
         - Open Haus Stammtisch
         - Other Fine Arts & Cultural Events
  • Museum & Gallery Docents
  • Museum Artifact Intake & Documentation Assistance
  • Library Cataloging Assistance
  • Greeters & Tour Guides
  • Fundraising Assistance


Do you have a trade or skills that you can share to help improve the building or its image?  The following are always welcome!

  • Painters & Carpenters
  • Plumbers & Electricians
  • Marketing & Public Relations Assistance
  • Accounting Assistance
  • IT Systems Software and Hardware
  • Graphic Designers
  • Photographers
Please note: All volunteer bartenders must be BASSET Certified. You can get certified online here!


The Hartig Volunteer of the Year Award is presented at the annual membership meeting in the fall. Recipients have dedicated countless hours to the organization to ensure its bright future. We are incredibly grateful for their time and efforts!

  • 2021: Warren Perlstein
  • 2020: Melanie Hodges
  • 2019: Jason Coleman
  • 2018: Charles Snider
  • 2017: Christine Graves
  • 2016: Rita Schubert
  • 2015: Mark Hoppe & Matt Hoppe
  • 2014: Marlen Lux
  • 2013: John Bareither
  • 2012: Barbara Ely

German American Cultural Center 

4740 North Western Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60625

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.

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Phone: +1 (773) 561-9181

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