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.

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.

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!

+MLK, Little girl and dog toys

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

Board GCG

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

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 so you don’t miss anything! 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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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 on Thursday, September 11, 2014. It was a wonderful celebration on such an important occasion. Thanks to everyone who participated.

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

- Albert Einstein