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

- Albert Einstein

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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Board member Patee Blackman helping sort donations.

Nonprofits received a Record Number of Donations at This Year's Make A Difference Day.

Wilmette SOS kids

These members of WJHS Service Over Self made gifts for the 2014 Thanksgiving Greet & Feed

Family and friends 2013 KAH

Over 100,000 meals are sent to children in Nicaragua at the Annual Kids Against Hunger event each Spring. Hosted by the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary, Winnetka Community House and The Volunteer Center.

Working Bikes Piled High

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

2014 MLK Day Mom and friends Medium

Our highly successful MLK Day of Service is held at the Winnetka Community House.

Young volunteers helped sort vanloads of sports equitment.

Youth Group volunteers helped sort donations of sports equipment at 2015 Make A Difference Day.

Enthusiastic young volunteers

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

+MLK, Little girl and dog toys

Over 800 volunteers make blankets, shelter animal toys and other donations at our Annual 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.


2015 VC Recognition Event Honorees Pam Phillips Weston, Betsy Leibson, Lou Dickson, Wendy Irwin.

Board GCG

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

Two Ways Your Family Can “Share Its Bounty” This Thanksgiving Via the Volunteer Center

Thanksgiving donors 2014

Looking for a way to make a meaningful difference this Thanksgiving? The Volunteer Center is partnering with two outstanding nonprofits who need your support. Click here to find out how you can help the New Trier Township Food Pantry and Good News Partners help those in need during the month of November. Read more here.

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Looking for Ways to Make A Difference This Holiday Season?

Class Food Drive

It’s that time of year again, when we all start to think about how we can give to those in need during the holidays. If you’re looking to volunteer your time or talents — or to make a financial donation — during the holiday season, we have a list of outstanding nonprofits who could use your help. Our listing of volunteer opportunities will be growing every day, so keep coming back to the VC website to see what’s new!

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Thanks to everyone who helped make our 13th annual Make A Difference Day a Huge Success!

Gear 4 Goals was a new nonprofit participant this year -- and they'll be back!

In spite of the weather, on Saturday, October 24th cars lined up in Winnetka to donate everything from clothes to sporting goods to pet supplies. And 14 grateful nonprofits left with full trucks. Thanks to all of the generous donors who came out in the rain — and to the army of volunteers who stood in the rain and helped unload, sort and organize the bounty of donations. It was a great day.

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Don’t Miss Any of The Volunteer Center’s 2015-16 Days of Service. Mark Your Calendar Now!

Tired but happy Board members getting ready to count the piles of blankets made for the homeless at MLK Day of Service......

The Volunteer Center sponsors 5 terrific opportunities throughout the school year for you and your whole family to volunteer your time in service to those in need in our community. Click here for this year’s dates — and watch this website for more information about these wonderful events.

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