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

- Albert Einstein

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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VC Board member and MDD co-chair Patee Blackman helped sort donations.

Nonprofits received a Record Number of Donations at This Year's Make A Difference Day.

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Over 100,000 meals are sent to children in Nicaragua at the Annual Kids Against Hunger event each Spring. Hosted by the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary, Winnetka Community House and The Volunteer Center.

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Our highly successful MLK Day of Service is held at the Winnetka Community House.

Young volunteers helped sort vanloads of sports equitment.

Youth Group volunteers helped sort donations of sports equipment at 2015 Make A Difference Day.

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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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The VC Board had a great day harvesting produce for nonprofit partner Glencoe Community Garden.

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2016 VC Recognition Event Honorees INFANT, Inc. Board, Dr. Warren Bruhl, Courtney White and Mark Stephan.

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Students taking time off to make toys & blankets for homeless animals during this year's Screen Break Week.


New VC Partner Fred Outa Foundation collected bags of food & school supplies at MLK Day of Service 2016.

Class Food Drive

Skokie School 6th Grade donated 100+ bags of food to Good News Partners at Thanksgiving "Share Your Bounty".

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Brownies packing meals for hungry families in Nicaragua at 2016 Kids Against Hunger.


Younger volunteers made valentines for veterans and hospital patients at MLK Day 2016.

Need New Board Members or Dedicated Volunteer Leadership for your Nonprofit?

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Please join the Volunteer Center and other Nonprofit Executive Directors and Board Officers at our upcoming Board Development/Recruitment Training Program, presented by Executive Service Corps Professionals Mike Christ and Michael A. Snipes. Please join us on June 10th at Avli Estiatorio in Winnetka for a lively discussion about one of the biggest challenges facing nonprofits today — and also enjoy samples of their cuisine from their new Avli Rotisserie. Nonprofits who are planning for their future won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from the experts, and share ideas with other nonprofits facing the same challenges! Find out more — and register to attend — here.

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The VC Honors Outstanding Volunteers on Cinco de Mayo

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Special guests and supporters of The Volunteer Center’s four 2016 honorees celebrated Cinco de Mayo style on May 5, 2016 at The Winnetka Community House. This year’s honorees included: (Seated, left to right) Dr. Warren Bruhl, Executive Director of Dreamweaver International and Gear for Goals; Courtney White, President and Founder of Culinary Care; Mark Stephan, Mentor, Board Member and Advocate for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; and (Standing) the Founders and Board members of INFANT, Inc. Find complete biographies of these inspiring volunteers — and photos from this festive celebration — here.

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Over 100,000 Nutritious Meals Were Packed for Hungry Children in Nicaragua at This Year’s Kids Against Hunger

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The Volunteer Center, The Winnetka-Northfield Rotary, and the Winnetka Community House joined with hundreds of hardworking volunteers to pack 100,000 nutritious meals for hungry children in Nicaragua on Saturday, March 12th. It was a great day and an outstanding team effort. Thanks to everyone who helped us exceed our goal!

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Are you a high school, college or grad student — or a young adult — looking to volunteer this summer or next year?


Check out our list of nonprofits looking for after school or summer interns, long-term or gap year interns, and intensive special project volunteers. More information will be added every day, so keep checking. If you’re a nonprofit and would like to include a young adult internship or volunteer opportunity in our listing, you can also register here.

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