– Inspirations –

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

- Dr. Seuss


The Mission of The Volunteer Center is to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve by promoting volunteerism and by engaging people in meaningful volunteer service.

The Volunteer Center was conceived in 1960 as a collaborative project between the North Shore Senior Center and New Trier High School. Retirees were paired with students who needed tutoring. As the program grew, other schools in the township sought volunteers for tutoring as well as curriculum enhancement and career discussions. The program became known as The Volunteer Talent Pool. The volunteer base spread to people of all ages who wanted to share their skills with others. Soon nonprofit organizations began to express a need for volunteers, and The Volunteer Talent Pool started referring people to do social service work. In 1995, the name was changed to The Volunteer Center to encourage people to help, regardless of their abilities or talents. The change has been successful. We now refer over 12,000 people annually who serve approximately 15,000 individuals in need. The Volunteer Center has over 100 nonprofit partners and sponsors Days of Service throughout the year in which people of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate.

Opportunities Available with Volunteer Center of N.E. Metropolitan Chicago

Assist with Holiday Drive

Assist with our next Holiday Gift Drive. (From October through December of each year).


Ongoing Opportunities:

The Volunteer Center is always interested in new board members, interns and media volunteers. Help us with our nonprofit partners and our local business Community Partners. Contact us if you have some time once or twice a week to help!

Opportunities Available: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Afternoons

Special Opportunity/Event: Volunteer Center Recognition Celebration and Concert

To register, click here.

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Special Opportunity/Event: 4th Annual Share Your Spark

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Special Opportunity/Event: A Just Harvest 4th Annual 5K for Community Wellness

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Special Opportunity/Event: Lambs Farm Champion Car Show

Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm (car show) –Volunteer times vary, see below Tasks: there will be music, raffle, trophies, beer, food and cars!  Volunteers are needed for the following:   Registration 8:30 am-11:30 am …

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Special Opportunity/Event: Lambs Farm Fun & Fit Family Day 5K Run/2 Mile Walk

Tasks: guests enjoy a brisk run or walk around Old School Forest Preserve then browse sponsor booths and join in the fun & fit activities for the whole family. Volunteers will…

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Special Opportunity/Event: Bernie’s Book Bank 10th Anniversary Celebration & 10-Hour Volunteer-A-Thon

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