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- Dr. Seuss

Looking for Ways to Make A Difference This Year During the Holidays?

If you're hoping to use your time, talents or treasure to make a difference in the community during the holidays, 'tis the season when many of our nonprofit partners are looking for a little extra help. Take a look at our Directory of Holiday Opportunities here -- and make sure you visit this page often, as we will be adding new opportunities throughout the holiday season.

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Looking for Ways to Make A Difference This Holiday Season?

If you're hoping to use your time, talents or treasure to make a difference in the community during the holidays, 'tis the season when many of our nonprofit partners are looking for a little extra help. Take a look at our Directory of Holiday Opportunities here -- and make sure you visit this page often, as we will be adding new opportunities throughout the holiday season.

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The Volunteer Center Sponsored TWO Ways for the Community to “Share Your Bounty” at Thanksgiving This Year

As always, when we asked for help, a generous community responded. For Thanksgiving this year the VC joined with 2 of our VC Nonprofit Partners to provide nutritious food to families right here in our community -- and we exceeded our goals! Volunteers donated fresh produce and personal items to the NEW TRIER TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY in Winnetka during the week before Thanksgiving. Families and community groups also delivered almost 150 bags of groceries to families at GOOD NEWS PARTNERS in Rogers Park on Thanksgiving morning. We're grateful to everyone who participated, by sharing generously with neighbors in need in our community. See you next year!

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Start the New Year Out Right — by Volunteering. If You’re Looking for a Way to Make a Difference, These Nonprofits are Looking for Help.

The holidays are behind us, but many of our nonprofit partners are still looking for volunteers to support their programs and events. Check out our listing of Nonprofit Partners who have immediate volunteer needs.

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Show Your Gratitude to Our Wounded Soldiers This Holiday Season

We at the Volunteer Center are proud to honor the men and women who have sacrificed themselves to protect our freedom. Please take a moment to share a little holiday cheer with combat veterans recovering at Walter Reed VA hospital in Washington, DC.

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Thanks to All the Generous Donors Who Helped the Volunteer Center and Make It Better Provide Warmth During the Holidays

The Make It Better Foundation provided hundreds of handmade or newly purchased blankets, coats, hats, gloves and scarves to more than 1,000 men, women and children in need of warmth during the 7th Annual Warming Hearts and Hands program during the December 2015 holidays. Thanks for a great community volunteer effort!

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Looking for Ways to Make A Difference This Holiday Season?

It's not necessarily too late to volunteer some time during the holidays. While some of the opportunities we highlight here may have passed already, if you still have time or money to give many organizations are still looking for help. In particular, check out the opportunities to serve at a local soup kitchen or nonprofit whose mission is to feed the hungry -- especially at this time of year. Our goal is to help you bring a little holiday joy to as many people as possible! Happy Holidays to all volunteers from the Volunteer Center!

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Thanks to Everyone Who “Shared Their Bounty” at Thanksgiving This Year!

The Volunteer Center is grateful to the families, individuals, schools and community groups who donated carloads of nutritious food to the clients of Good News Partners, and a pantry full of fresh produce to the New Trier Township Food Pantry. Thanks also to the families and individuals who helped deliver the food to Good News Partners on Thanksgiving morning. It was a fabulous community effort!

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Don’t Miss Any of The Volunteer Center’s 2018-19 Days of Service. Save These Dates on Your Calendar Now — and Watch for More Details to Come!

The Volunteer Center sponsors 5 wonderful opportunities throughout the school year for you and your whole family to volunteer your time in service to those in need in our community. Click here for this year's dates -- and watch this website for more detailed information throughout the year about how you can make a difference at these wonderful events.

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Thank You for Giving Back During the 2014 Thanksgiving Holiday!

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.

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Thanks to everyone who donated to the 6th annual Warming Hearts and Hands program

Thanks to our partner Make It Better Foundation -- and to our hundreds of supporters -- for helping give new coats, hats, gloves and scarves to over 1,000 men, women and children during the holidays.

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Happy New Year — and Thanks — to Everyone Who Supported Nonprofits During the Holidays

Many of our nonprofits offered volunteer opportunities during the holidays...and many volunteers generously offered their time and talents. Here's to a healthy and giving 2014 for all of our Volunteer Center supporters.

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Looking for a Holiday Volunteer Opportunity?

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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