Get Involved

Becoming a part of the Engineers Without Borders community is rewarding and invigorating. Being involved doesn’t necessarily mean paying dues; anyone can attend a meeting to learn more about the organization, and you can help out projects and events as much as your time permits. You’ll need to become a member to travel on trips, as well as participate in leadership roles.  Here’s how to get involved:

Attend a Meeting

Attending a chapter meeting is the best way to start getting involved with Engineers Without Borders.

Membership meetings are generally the last Tuesday of each month, located in downtown at a convenient time for most members. (Specifically, meetings are held at 190 S. LaSalle, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60603). A chapter meeting typically starts off with a 20-30 minute presentation addressing a project, sustainable technology, or other topic of interest pertinent to international development. After the presentation, committee leaders and project managers report on their activities, ask for volunteers for specific tasks, and if necessary, bring up an item to vote. After the meeting, members have a tradition of socializing nearby and coordinating the next steps for the chapter.

If you know of a technology or issue related to international development that you think is relevant to EWB-CPC’s project work, we would love to hear from you!  We are always looking for new topics for our monthly chapter meetings.  To make a proposal please contact our research and training committee at .

While chapter meetings occur once a month, committee and project teams all have meetings outside of this venue and date. Smaller meetings are scheduled around the needs of those attending.

Social events are another terrific way to meet people and learn about the happenings of the chapter. These events are likewise publicized on our Events page, and you can also subscribe to the Google EWB-Chicagoland Professionals calendar.

Join a Project Team

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Los Alas, El Salvador





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Armenta, Honduras

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Candelaria, Honduras









West Pullman Map

West Pullman, Chicago

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Ak’Tenamit, Guatemala

Become a Member

To join the EWB Chicagoland Professional Chapter as a member, please visit the join the movement section of the Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) website. When selecting a chapter, pick “Chicagoland Professionals” to be assigned to our chapter.

Membership dues for professionals are $100 per year. A portion of these dues go directly to the Chicagoland Professional chapter, and the rest remains within the national EWB-USA organization located in Colorado. EWB-USA is a self-sustaining organization and cannot exist without the support of its members.

Non-members can still attend meetings and volunteer locally with the organization, however only members can travel and vote at meetings. Student memberships are available through student chapters.

Membership renewals will require visiting the EWB-USA membership page and selecting “Chicagoland Professionals” when selecting a chapter. Members need to manually renew through the EWB-USA website every year.

If you need assistance in renewing or joining EWB-Chicagoland Professionals, please send an email to membership [at] ewb-usa-chicago [dot] org.

Mentor a University Chapter

The Chicagoland Professional Chapter supports multiple student chapters, including Valparaiso University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Notre Dame, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

CPC  is dedicated to strengthening the student chapters in the Chicago area and enhancing the experience of the students.  CPC’s policy statement is here.

EWB-CPC supports student chapters by assigning an EWB-CPC member as a liaison to the student chapter. This liaison attends student meetings when possible, and provides guidance in chapter organization, project management, fundraising, and other areas. The liaison also helps the student chapter connect with resources (knowledge and funding) in the professional chapter.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor to a EWB-CPC chapter, contact:

Make a Contribution

Donations can be made to the Chicagoland Professionals Chapter, or to a specific project being conducted through the chapter. All donations can be made through a secure form on the official EWB-USA website. On the donation page of, the donor can specify a chapter/program to receive their donation.