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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Donation to MADD

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.

The Volunteer Center Offers Two Ways for Your Family to Give Thanks by Giving Back at Thanksgiving

The Smith family makes donating a basket a Thanksgiving tradition -- 3 years in a row!

Join with the Volunteer Center to provide food to low income families at Thanksgiving. Donate fresh produce to the New Trier Township Food Pantry November 18-24, and/or donate a basket of groceries at Good News Partners at our Thanksgiving Feed and Greet on Thanksgiving day. Two great ways for your family to make a difference this year. Read more for details, including a list of the items needed.

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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 21st at the VC or 2 other locations.

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Thanks to everyone who helped make Make-A-Difference Day 2014 our most successful ever!

Highcrest Middle School volunteer donating to Family Focus

Over 19,000 items were collected for 17 nonprofits, thanks to record-breaking donations, abundant volunteers and a beautiful Fall day. We are grateful to all of the families and groups who donated by the vanload — especially Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette, Crow Island School in Winnetka and the New Trier High School baseball teams. A great community event in every way!

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Looking for a Holiday Volunteer Opportunity?

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Many nonprofits are looking for volunteers during the holidays. Click here to find ways you can help make a difference. We’ll be updating this list as we learn of new opportunities — so watch for updates!

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

- Albert Einstein