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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This family obviously had a great time!

Happy 2013 Martin Luther King Day of Service Volunteers.

Friends display their finished blanket.

Over 600 people turned out for our 2013 MLK, Jr. Day of Service.


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.

A grateful recipient with the donor family at our 2012 Thanksgiving Greet & Feed

A grateful recipient with the donor family at our 2012 Thanksgiving Greet & Feed

Donation to MADD

VC Board Member gratefully accepts donation of children's clothes at Make A Difference Day 2013

Bernie's Bookbin with books

Bernie's Book Bank received over 600 children's books at Make A Difference Day in October,

2013 MDD completed - Board

Grateful VC Board and Staff members celebrate a fabulous Make a Difference Day 2013


Helpful Cub Scouts bring food for families at Good News Partners on Thanksgiving morning


The McGees donate groceries to a grateful Good News Partners Resident

Family and friends 2013 KAH

Kids Against Hunger 2013 was a great event for the whole family.

Family and friends 2013 KAH

Over 10,000 meals were sent to children in Nicaragua at this Kids Against Hunger event in April.

This dog from Orphans of the Storm was adopted after Make a Difference Day 2012!

This dog from Orphans of the Storm was adopted after Make a Difference Day 2012!

Looking to Volunteer This Summer?

Glencoe Comm Garden, kids

School’s out — but most of our Nonprofit Partners are still hard at work serving those in our community and around the world who rely on them for support and assistance all year. If you’re looking to volunteer this summer, check out the VC Nonprofit Partners who are looking for volunteers of all ages during the summer. Read More to see a listing of some opportunities.

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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