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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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.

Thanks to all of the Volunteers who helped pack over 100,000 meals at Kids Against Hunger

Family and friends 2013 KAH

Volunteers of all ages helped The Volunteer Center, The Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield, the Winnetka Community House and other local community groups pack over 100,000 nutritious meals for starving people in our community and Nicaragua. Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped us achieve our goal!

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Calling all young adults looking for a summer internship, gap year or special project volunteer opportunity!


Coming soon: a comprehensive directory of summer internships, long-term or gap year internships, and intensive special project opportunities for high school, college and grad school students. Check back in early April to find an opportunity that’s perfect for you. If you’re a nonprofit and would like to include a young adult internship or volunteer opportunity in our listing, register here.

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Volunteer Center Hosts Screen Break Week Activity

Screen Break Week 2015

On March 4th the VC proudly supported nonprofit partner Alliance for Early Childhood’s Screen Break Week by hosting an activity in support of another partner, Orphans of the Storm. Click here for photos of this fun event.

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The Volunteer Center Proudly Honored 4 Outstanding Volunteers at Our Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

2015 RE Honorees

The VC Board and many friends gathered at the Winnetka Community House on Saturday, March 14th to celebrate 4 volunteers who have made a significant difference in our community: Lou Dickson, Founder of the Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse; Wendy Irwin, Founder of the Yellow Tractor Project; Betsy Leibson, Founder of Friends of the Green Bay Trail; and Pam Phillips of the Pam Phillips Weston Wellness Program. Find out more about our honorees here.

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

- Albert Einstein