– Inspirations –

"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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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

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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.

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

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Our highly successful MLK Day of Service is held 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 800 volunteers make blankets, shelter animal toys and other donations at our Annual MLK Day of Service.

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

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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.

Help Commemorate the Heroes of 9/11 by Participating in Our Annual DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE

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Join with your friends, family or service group on Friday, September 11th and thank your local police and firefighters for dedicating their lives to the safety and security of our community. There was a great turnout in 2014 — let’s see if we can do even better this year. Find out how you can participate in this community-wide celebration here.

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Nonprofits Are Invited to “Powerful Partnerships With Today’s Volunteers” Featuring Renowned Speaker Betty Stallings

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The Volunteer Center is a proud partner of Giving DuPage’s workshop on Nonprofit Leadership and Volunteer Management Strategies scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, and led by internationally-recognized consultant and author Betty Stallings. It’s a “can’t miss” for nonprofits looking to more effectively recruit, manage and retain volunteers.

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Got Stuff to Donate?

Highcrest Middle School dropped off carload after carload of childrens' clothes

Are you doing a little back-to-school cleaning and organizing? If you’ve got goods to donate, there are many local nonprofits who would love to receive your new or gently used clothes, toys, books, sporting goods, furniture, and other household items. Click here to find the best place to take your donations.

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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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