Hundreds of Enthusiastic Volunteers Helped Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy with a Community Day of Service
Nearly 500 families, friends, scout troops, community groups and individuals of all ages filled the Winnetka Community House to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring message of tolerance, diversity and service. Volunteers participated in a variety of fun service projects benefiting local nonprofits and the people they serve. People of all ages and abilities made blankets for the homeless, dog toys for shelter pets, cards for veterans, placemats for the elderly — and many other items for people in need throughout Chicago. An Open Mic forum was also offered, giving community members an opportunity to share their thoughtful reflections on the relevance of the message and legacy of Dr. King today. This is always a terrific community activity — and this year was no exception. Thanks to everyone who came!
Thanks to Everyone in the Community Who Turned Out to Support This Year’s MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY
Cars lined up all morning in Winnetka to drop off everything from diapers to dog food, bikes to blankets, and sportswear to school supplies for 15 outstanding nonprofits. Families, schools and community groups from all over Chicago’s North Shore came together to support our 16th annual Make A Difference Day — and our nonprofits left with truckloads of donations they desperately needed. Make a Difference Day always makes a difference!
The Volunteer Center Sponsored TWO Ways for the Community to “Share Your Bounty” at Thanksgiving This Year
As always, when we asked for help, a generous community responded. For Thanksgiving this year the VC joined with 2 of our VC Nonprofit Partners to provide nutritious food to families right here in our community — and we exceeded our goals! Volunteers donated fresh produce and personal items to the NEW TRIER TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY in Winnetka during the week before Thanksgiving. Families and community groups also delivered almost 150 bags of groceries to families at GOOD NEWS PARTNERS in Rogers Park on Thanksgiving morning. We’re grateful to everyone who participated, by sharing generously with neighbors in need in our community. See you next year!