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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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VC Board member and MDD co-chair Patee Blackman helped sort donations.

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

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

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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

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

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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.

Young volunteers helped sort vanloads of sports equitment.

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

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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.


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

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

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Volunteer Center

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Register now for our annual Volunteer Center Recognition Event on May 5th at the Winnetka Community House. Join us for cocktails and dinner — and to recognize an outstanding group of dedicated volunteers who are making a huge difference in the lives of people in need in our community. This year we are honoring (clockwise from upper left) The Board of Infant, Inc.; Dr. Warren Bruhl of Dreamweaver International and Gear for Goals; Courtney White of Culinary Care; and Mark Stephan of Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Read More for details about this fun Cinco de Mayo celebration, including bios of our honorees — and to register. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Over 100,000 Nutritious Meals Were Packed for Hungry Children in Nicaragua at This Year’s Kids Against Hunger

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The Volunteer Center, The Winnetka-Northfield Rotary, and the Winnetka Community House joined with hundreds of hardworking volunteers to pack 100,000 nutritious meals for hungry children in Nicaragua on Saturday, March 12th. It was a great day and an outstanding team effort. Thanks to everyone who helped us exceed our goal!

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Are you a high school, college or grad student — or a young adult — looking to volunteer this summer or next year?


Check out our list of nonprofits looking for after school or summer interns, long-term or gap year interns, and intensive special project volunteers. More information will be added every day, so keep checking. If you’re a nonprofit and would like to include a young adult internship or volunteer opportunity in our listing, you can also register here.

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Volunteer Center Hosts Screen Break Week Activity in support of Orphans of the Storm

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The Volunteer Center sponsored a Screen Break Week event in support of our nonprofit partners Alliance for Early Childhood and Orphans of the Storm on Thursday, March 10th at Skokie School in Winnetka. It was a great way for the kids to take a break from their screens and experience the fun of volunteering!

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