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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Nicole Basil, far right, accepts the Youth Volunteer Award with her family at our Recognition Event


Father and Son making cards for hospitalized veterans during Martin Luther King Day


Generous friends donate prom dresses to Woman’s Club of Evanston at Make A Difference Day

Donation to MADD

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

2013 MDD completed - Board

Grateful VC Board and Staff members celebrate a fabulous Make a Difference Day.


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.

Working Bikes Piled High

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.

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

Yards of felt were turned into hundreds of blankets for the homeless and toys for shelter animals by over 700 volunteers of all ages at our 2014 MLK Day of Service.

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 Recognition Event, where we honor outstanding community volunteers, on March 14, 2015. Read more for details on all of these outstanding community events — and and mark your calendars now so you don’t miss one! Also make sure you contact us above if you’d like to receive e-mail notifications of upcoming Days of Service throughout the year.

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The Volunteer Center Proudly Honors Five Exceptional Volunteers March 8, 2014!

Frank Craven and William Johnson

Over 150 guests celebrated the contributions of five honorees at the Volunteer Center’s Recognition Event in March. Their accomplishments were inspiring and humbling. Pictured here, honoree Frank Craven shows his appreciation to the Executive Director of Our Place, William Johnson.

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Are you a teen or young adult looking for a volunteer opportunity or internship?


If you missed our Young Adult Volunteer & Internship Fair, you can still find volunteer and internship opportunities for the summer or year round. Short and long-term opportunities, including GAP years, are available. Click here to see a list of the nonprofits who attended our Fair and may still need help.

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It was a record-setting day at Kids Against Hunger on March 22nd!

Family and friends 2013 KAH

Many thanks to the over 400 volunteers who came to the Winnetka Community House on March 22nd to pack nutritious meals for hungry children in Nicaragua. We packed 110,000 meals in one great day — and packed the 2 millionth meal for the Northern Illinois Region of Kids Against Hunger! “Learn More” to see a video of the event.

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

- Albert Einstein