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

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

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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 2014 MLK Day of Service was held for the first time at the Winnetka Community House.

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Wilmette members of SOS helped make Thanksgiving decorations for last year's Thanksgiving Greet and Feed

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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 700 volunteers made blankets, shelter animal toys and other donations at our 2014 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.

Looking for a Holiday Volunteer Opportunity?

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Many nonprofits are looking for volunteers and support during the holidays. Click here to find ways you can help make a difference. We’ll be adding to this list as we learn of new opportunities — so watch for updates! If you’re a nonprofit partner seeking help with your holiday programs, make sure to send us your opportunities and we’ll add them to our list. Happy Holidays from the Volunteer Center!

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All Are Invited to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 19, 2015

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Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to join the Volunteer Center and its co-sponsors at our annual MLK, Jr. Day of Service, benefiting 13 local nonprofits. This year we will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s visit to the Winnetka Village Green. This is a great family-friendly community event — and a fun way to make a difference.

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Thank You for Giving Back During the 2014 Thanksgiving Holiday!

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Thank you for helping the Volunteer Center provide food to low income families this Thanksgiving. The New Trier Township Food Pantry was stocked with fresh produce for its clients and nearly 150 families at Good News Partners in Rogers Park were provided bags, baskets and boxes of food to help them get through another week and feed their families.

Special thanks to the generosity of the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Club members, Skokie School in Winnetka, Avoca School in Glenview, the Service Over Self (SOS) Club in Wilmette, the board of The Volunteer Center, and dozens of families throughout the northeast metro Chicago area.

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Give the gift of warmth by donating to the 6th annual Warming Hearts and Hands program


Please join Make It Better Foundation and the Volunteer Center to help give new coats, hats, gloves and scarves to over 1,000 men, women and children during the holidays. Drop off by December 19th at the VC (in Skokie School, Winnetka) or by December 21st at 2 other locations.

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

- Albert Einstein