The Stepping Stones Network has been formed to encourage individuals and organizations to GET INVOLVED in fighting this form of modern day slavery.

If you are interested, the best first step is to attend one of our monthly Stepping Stones Network meetings.  These meetings will be held on the third Monday and Thursday of every month at 7 pm in Lake County (northern suburbs of Illinois). If you have a heart for this issue, we want to meet you and help you find the best place for you to plug in and make a difference. Each month we offer three different types of meetings: Education Meeting, Volunteer Interest Meeting & All Volunteer Meeting. 

Education Meeting - Learn about the issue of sex trafficking, what’s happening in Lake County and Chicagoland, and how Stepping Stones and our community is responding.

Volunteer Interest Session - Interested in getting involved?  Stay for the second hour of the Education meeting and learn about the Volunteer Network, our 2017 goals, and how we are organized to meet them.  You’ll hear about current needs and be provided with an opportunity to share your interest, skills, gifts, available time, etc.  

All Volunteer Meeting, designed for people who:

  •  Have decided they would like to volunteer with Stepping Stones
  •  Have attended the Education Meeting & Volunteer Interest Session (same gathering) 
  •  Have completed a Volunteer Interest and Application Form.


Session #1: Education Meetings: 7-7:45 PM 

Session #2: Volunteer Interest Meeting (immediately after): 7:45 -8:30 PM

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Connect to one of our FIVE networks!

  • Volunteer - Individuals who want to get involved.

  • Champion - Organizations who want to get involved.

  • Provider - People and organizations that may provide direct services to victims/survivors.

  • Party - People who are great at hospitality and event planning that will hold awareness and fundraising parties.

  • Shopping - You like to shop?  The profits from every dollar you spend at our Shopping Network will go to help us restore lives.

Immediate Needs

  1. Donate - Mail a tax-deductible donation to Stepping Stones PO Box 284 Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096.

  2. Share the Story - Tell your church, school, business, or organization about us and request a presentation.

  3. Volunteer - Below are the current volunteer needs. 


    •  Grant Research/ Writing
    •  Education Speakers/ Support for Speakers
    •  Church Liaisons
    •  Communications/ Marketing/ PR/ Graphics- Various Roles
    •  Residential Program Design/ Policies & Procedures
    •  Fundraising-Various Roles
    •  Administrative Assistants
    •  Event Coordinators - For Church Summit, Women's Event, Fundraising Dinner
    •  Data Entry & Internet Research