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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.

Wilmette SOS kids

These members of WJHS Service Over Self made gifts for the 2014 Thanksgiving Greet & Feed

Family and friends 2013 KAH

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.

Working Bikes Piled High

Working Bikes took home a truckload of donations at Make A Difference Day

2014 MLK Day Mom and friends Medium

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

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 800 volunteers make blankets, shelter animal toys and other donations at our Annual MLK Day of Service.

Young volunteers helped sort vanloads of sports equitment.

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

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.


2015 VC Recognition Event Honorees Pam Phillips Weston, Betsy Leibson, Lou Dickson, Wendy Irwin.

Board GCG

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

Calling All Volunteers: Register Now to Feed Hungry Children at 2016 Kids Against Hunger March 12, 2016

2015 KAH Berkshire Hathaway

Join The Volunteer Center, The Winnetka-Northfield Rotary, and the Winnetka Community House at our annual Kids Against Hunger event — our goal this year is to pack 100,000 nutritious meals for hungry children in Nicaragua. Come alone, or bring some friends and family. This is a terrific service opportunity that makes a real difference in the lives of people in need. Find out more or sign up here.

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Spotlight on Volunteer Center Community Partner: THE ROCK HOUSE

The Rock House in Downtown Wilmette

The Volunteer Center is proud to recognize the many ways our Community Partner The Rock House of Wilmette & Glenview makes a difference to local nonprofits and schools — including some Volunteer Center Nonprofit Partners — by sponsoring and hosting fundraising events, providing live music and entertainment, and donating auction items. Their generosity makes them an exemplary Community Partner — and their baristas make a mean cup of coffee too! Check out the list of organizations that have benefited from the generous contributions of THE ROCK HOUSE. Then stop by to see who’s playing and what’s brewing sometime soon!

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Thanks to all the Volunteers Who Helped Make A Difference at our 2016 MLK, Jr. Day of Service


Hundreds of volunteers of all ages turned out on their day off to help the Volunteer Center, Kindness Connection and the Winnetka Community House celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at our 2016 MLK Day of Service on January 18th. Thanks to the great turnout, and a lot of hard work by dedicated volunteers, we provided vanloads of blankets for the homeless, food for the hungry, thoughtful gifts for those in need — and much more. Read More here to see photos, and for a complete list of the 20 nonprofits we supported with the help of the community this year. What a great way to warm up on a cold winter day!

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Hundreds of Volunteers “Shared Their Bounty” This Thanksgiving

Skokie SchoolDelivery 100+ bags!

Thanks to hundreds of generous donors and volunteers, over 250 bags of food were distributed to low income families at Good News Partners on Thanksgiving morning. And the shelves at the New Trier Township Food Pantry were filled too. Both nonprofits — and the Volunteer Center — are grateful for such a giving community this holiday season.

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