Helping You Help Others

The Volunteer Center (VC) helps residents and service groups of all ages in the New Trier Township, North Shore and greater NE Metro Chicago area volunteer or engage in days of service and service learning with 501C3 nonprofit organizations.

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Donation to MADD

A young volunteer donates childrens' clothes at Make a Difference Day 2013.


Helpful Cub Scouts bring food for families at Good News Partners on Thanksgiving morning

Family and friends 2013 KAH

Over 10,000 meals were sent to children in Nicaragua at this Kids Against Hunger event in April.

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Working Bikes took home a truckload of donations at Make A Difference Day 2014

2014 MLK Day Mom and friends Medium

Our highly successful 2014 MLK Day of Service was held for the first time at the Winnetka Community House.

2013 SOS decorations for food baskets

Wilmette members of SOS helped make Thanksgiving decorations for last year's Thanksgiving Greet and Feed

Enthusiastic young volunteers

Enthusiastic young volunteers at 2014 Make A Difference Day collected so many books they could hardly carry them!

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Over 700 volunteers made blankets, shelter animal toys and other donations at our 2014 MLK Day of Service.

Orphans with dogs

Orphans of the Storm collected a truck full of animal toys, food and supplies at last year's Make A Difference Day.

Barb, smiling Frank and Jane

Jane Gallery and Frank Craven of Our Place were 2 of the 5 volunteers honored at our 2014  Recognition Event

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The VC Board had a great day harvesting produce for nonprofit partner Glencoe Community Garden.

The Volunteer Center Honors 4 Outstanding Volunteers at Our Annual Volunteer Recognition Event March 14, 2015

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Pease join us at the Winnetka Community House on Saturday, March 14th to help honor 4 volunteers who have made a significant difference in our community: Lou Dickson, Founder of the Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse; Wendy Irwin, Founder of the Yellow Tractor Project; Betsy Leibson, Founder of Friends of the Green Bay Trail; and Pam Phillips of the Pam Phillips Weston Wellness Program. Register now for the event, or make a donation, here.

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Sign Up Now for Kids Against Hunger March 21, 2015

Family and friends 2013 KAH

Register here to join The Volunteer Center, The Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield, the Winnetka Community House and other local community groups to pack 100,000 nutritious meals for starving people in our community and Nicaragua. This is a great opportunity for volunteers of all ages.

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Thanks to all who participated in the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

This whole family from Chicago makes MLK Day of service an annual tradition!

Over 700 volunteers of all ages and abilities joined the Volunteer Center, The Kindness Connection, the Winnetka Historical Society and the Winnetka Community House at this year’s MLK, Jr. Day of Service, benefiting 13 local nonprofits — and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s visit to the Winnetka Village Green. Watch the video presentation “Civil Rights on the North Shore: Bringing the Movement home documenting the efforts of the North Shore Summer Project in the early 60’s.

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Mark Your Calendar to Make A Difference at This Year’s Volunteer Center Days of Service

Extended family shares their bounty on Thanksgiving morning.

Coming up: Kids Against Hunger and our annual Volunteer Recognition Event. Click here for more information.

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"It is high time that the ideal of success should be replaced by the ideal of service."

- Albert Einstein