– Inspirations –

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

- Dr. Seuss

Hundreds of people cleaned out their closets to benefit 15 outstanding nonprofits at this year’s Make A Difference Day, sponsored by the Volunteer Center.

Make a Difference Day is always a fun and meaningful event that mobilizes our local community to do something good for the organizations who work year-round to do good for so many.  It’s also a great opportunity for your family, neighborhood, school or community group to work together to make a difference.  And this year we broke all records!

Cars lined up for hours, waiting to deliver almost 24,000 donations, ranging from children’s clothes to sporting goods to household items — even prom dresses and eyeglasses.  An army of volunteers sorted and packed donations into the waiting vehicles of the grateful nonprofits.  Everyone went home feeling the Spirit of Giving alive and well in our community.

Many thanks to the donors, the volunteers, the participating nonprofits — and the hard-working Volunteer Center Board who made it all happen!

Make A Difference Day 2017

2017 Make A Difference Day Participating Nonprofits

Bernie’s Book Bank

Children's books through 6th grade -- fiction and nonfiction
(comic, activity, text, reference
Childcare Network of Evanston

Children's clothing and toys
Connections for the Homeless

Men's clothes, shoes, outerwear, linens, blankets, towels, duffel bags, small wheeled luggage
Counseling Center of the North Shore

Women's clothing, fine shoes
Gear 4 Goals

Sports equipment
Glass Slipper Project

Prom dresses and women's formal wear
Goodwill

Any extra and unassigned items
Hadley Institute for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Eyeglasses and cases
Infant, Inc.

Size 1 diapers, powdered baby formula
Junior League of Evanston/NS

Purses, decorative household items, unopened travel-size toiletries
New Trier Township Food Pantry

Nonperishable foods, paper goods, detergent
Orphans of the Storm

Pet supplies, food, old towels, newspapers
Refugee One

Coats and boots
Working Bikes

Bikes and bicycle parts -- ANY condition
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

School supplies, backpacks, educational games and puzzles
Want to find out more about Make A Difference Day 2017 — or The Volunteer Center?  Email info@volunteercenterhelps.org

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