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.

Got Stuff to Donate? Drop It Off at Make-A-Difference Day on October 25

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Donate new or gently-used items at the Volunteer Center’s 12th annual Make A Difference Day on October 25th. It’s a wonderful opportunity for your family, class or service group to collect and/or shop in support of community nonprofits. Just fill up your car(s) and drive it up, drop it off — and make it count! Click here for a list of items that we’ll be collecting, directions, and more information about this terrific community event.

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Give the gift of warmth by donating to the 6th annual Warming Hearts and Hands program


Please join Make It Better Foundation and the Volunteer Center to help give new coats, hats, gloves and scarves to over 1,000 men, women and children during the holidays. Drop off by December 21st at the VC or 2 other locations.

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September 11 Was a Day of Service and Remembrance in Honor of Local Firefighters and Police

Winnetka FD

Local police and firefighters were grateful to receive visits, gifts, goodies and other expressions of appreciation from the community in commemoration of the heroes of 9/11. It was a wonderful celebration to mark such an important occasion. Thanks to everyone who participated.

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

Young Sorters

The Volunteer Center hosts Days of Service throughout the school year for volunteers of all ages. These events provide a fun and worthwhile opportunity to spend some family time together — or for a service, civic or youth group to come together — in service to people in need. In addition to the 5 Days of Service, the Volunteer Center will also host our annual Volunteer Recognition Event, on March 14, 2015. Mark your calendars now — and contact us if you’d like to receive e-mail notifications of upcoming Days of Service throughout the year.

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

- Albert Einstein