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

- Dr. Seuss

Looking for a Meaningful Way to Donate Some Time? Glenkirk is Looking for Volunteers!

Glenkirk provides a wide variety of programs and services designed to empower individuals with disabilities to participate fully and successfully in community life. Find out how you can help here.

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Welcome Our Newest Nonprofit: SASI (Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes) is Seeking Compassionate Volunteers to Make Living Easier for Older Adults Living in Their Homes

The mission of SASI (Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes) is to support the efforts of older adults to remain in their homes: we make living easier.

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Go Green Winnetka is Seeking Volunteers Interested in Protecting The Environment

If you care deeply about protecting the environment -- and you feel called to take action -- Go Green Winnetka is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in their community. Click here to find out more.

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Check Out Our Newest Nonprofit: Giving Rocks Foundation

Giving Rocks Foundation is unique among our nonprofit partners because it was founded by a 10-year-old girl named Syd Martin, who originally started making and selling necklaces from beautiful Lake Michigan rocks to raise money for research into a cure for LCH, a rare form of pediatric cancer that she was fighting at the time. Learn more about her inspiring story here.

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Are You Looking to Make a Meaningful Difference in Your Community? The VC is Looking for a Few New Board Members.

The Volunteer Center is run by a committed Board of Directors who helps plan and manage our Nonprofit Events and Days of Service, providing invaluable leadership and support to our small staff. If you're interested in joining this outstanding team of dedicated individuals, we are currently accepting applications. We promise there will be meaningful work to do -- but we also promise you will have fun while you're making a difference! Read More for additional details about what we do -- and how you can become a member!

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Looking to Make A Difference Globally?

If you're looking to learn more about how you can make a difference in our global community, we have many nonprofit partners that might be of interest to you. Click the globe above for a directory of organizations with global interests.

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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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VC Hosts a Successful Training and Networking Event for Nonprofit Partners and Supporters

The Volunteer Center was proud to host a stellar group of Nonprofit Executive Directors and Board Officers at a thought-provoking and informative Board Development/Recruitment Training Program, presented by Executive Service Corps Professionals Mike Christ and Michael A. Snipes, on June 10th at Avli Estiatorio in Winnetka. Attendees enjoyed a lively discussion about some of the biggest challenges facing nonprofits today and shared ideas -- while they sampled exceptionally delicious menu items from Avli's new cafe, Avli Rotisserie. Pictured above, from left to right: Mike Christ, ESC Presenter; Barb Tubekis, VC Executive Director; Rachelle Jervis, CEO/President of ESC; Mike Snipes, ESC Presenter. For complete bios of the presenters, and to see photos from the event, Read More.

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eAngel Seeking Volunteer to Manage Website

Nonprofit Partner eAngel is seeking a person to oversee the eAngel Community website. Hours will be flexible. Click here for a complete job description, or to contact eAngel.

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The VC Honors Outstanding Volunteers at our Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

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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Spotlight on Volunteer Center Community Partner: THE ROCK HOUSE

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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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 everyone who helped make our 13th annual Make A Difference Day a Huge Success!

In spite of the weather, on Saturday, October 24th cars lined up in Winnetka to donate everything from clothes to sporting goods to pet supplies. And 14 grateful nonprofits left with full trucks. Thanks to all of the generous donors who came out in the rain -- and to the army of volunteers who stood in the rain and helped unload, sort and organize the bounty of donations. It was a great day.

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Over 250 Nonprofits Attended “Powerful Partnerships With Today’s Volunteers” Featuring Renowned Speaker Betty Stallings

The Volunteer Center was a proud partner of Giving DuPage's workshop on Nonprofit Leadership and Volunteer Management Strategies on Wednesday, October 28, led by internationally-recognized consultant and author Betty Stallings. The room was filled with nonprofits looking for ways to more effectively recruit and manage volunteers -- and do some networking while they were at it!

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Got Stuff to Donate?

Are you doing a little summer cleaning and organizing? If you've got goods to donate, there are many local nonprofits who would love to receive your new or gently used clothes, toys, books, sporting goods, furniture, and other household items. Click here to find the best place to take your donations.

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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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EAT PIZZA FOR A GREAT CAUSE! Bake425º Pizza Company Partners with the Volunteer Center!

BAKE 425º FARM-TO-CRUST, BAKE-AT-HOME PIZZA WILL DONATE 15% OF ALL PURCHASES TO THE VOLUNTEER CENTER ON THURSDAY, February 4, 2016 from 2-8pm. 2 locations in Winnetka and Glencoe. Help us help those in need by filling your freezer with healthy, gourmet pizza...stock up on gift cards (great teacher gifts)...take home pizza, salad AND dessert for Thursday night! Every purchase you make helps the Volunteer Center support nonprofits serving those in need in our community. What a tasty way to make a difference! Call TODAY to pre-order for pickup on Thursday! Make sure you mention "Volunteer Center" when you place your order.

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The Volunteer Center Proudly Honored 4 Outstanding Volunteers at Our Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

The VC Board and many friends gathered at the Winnetka Community House to celebrate 4 volunteers who have made a significant difference in our community: Lou Dickson, Founder of the Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse; Wendy Irwin, Founder of the Yellow Tractor Project; Betsy Leibson, Founder of Friends of the Green Bay Trail; and Pam Phillips of the Pam Phillips Weston Wellness Program. Find out more about our honorees here.

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Thanks to all who participated in the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Over 700 volunteers of all ages and abilities joined the Volunteer Center, The Kindness Connection, the Winnetka Historical Society and the Winnetka Community House at this year's MLK, Jr. Day of Service, benefiting 13 local nonprofits -- and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's visit to the Winnetka Village Green. Watch the video presentation "Civil Rights on the North Shore: Bringing the Movement home documenting the efforts of the North Shore Summer Project in the early 60's.

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Thanks to everyone who helped make Make-A-Difference Day 2014 our most successful ever!

Over 19,000 items were collected for 17 nonprofits, thanks to record-breaking donations, abundant volunteers and a beautiful Fall day. We are grateful to all of the families and groups who donated by the vanload -- especially Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette, Crow Island School in Winnetka and the New Trier High School baseball teams. A great community event in every way!

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Looking to Volunteer This Summer?

School's out -- but most of our Nonprofit Partners are still hard at work serving those in our community and around the world who rely on them for support and assistance all year. Just to get you started, read more to find some VC Nonprofit Partners who are looking for volunteers of all ages during the summer. But if you don't see something on this list don't stop there! We have more than 150 Nonprofits on our site that need volunteers -- but don't always have time to post their opportunities! -- so make sure you search the whole site! If you see an opportunity or a Nonprofit that you might be interested in, you can contact them directly through our site and find out how you can help.

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Help Keep the NT Township Food Pantry Shelves Stocked!

Summer is a time of great need for the families who rely on the NT Township Food Pantry. And it's also the time the Food Pantry is most desperate for donations. Click above to find out more, and to see a list of the donations they are desperate for this week.

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Thanks to all of the volunteers who supported our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Over 600 volunteers of all ages helped make this year's MLK Jr. Day of Service a success. Thanks to everyone who came and everyone who helped -- and to the Winnetka Community House for providing a great venue.

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Thanks for supporting the Volunteer Center!

Many thanks to everyone who bought pizzas on November 20th to help raise some dough for the Volunteer Center! Thanks also to Homemade Pizza for their generous support.

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Plan now to participate in one of our VC 2013-14 Days of Service

All of our volunteer events are great for Service Groups, Faith Based and School Groups, Families and Individuals of all ages. Mark your calendar -- and watch our website for details!

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Thanks for making our 2013 MLK Jr. Day of Service a Huge Success!

Almost 700 people of all ages helped make this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service our biggest one ever! Every table -- and much of the floorspace -- was filled with generous volunteers making fleece blankets, scarves, pet toys and gifts for those in need. Many thanks to everyone who came!

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Volunteer Center Hosts Successful Fundraising Workshop and Luncheon

Nonprofits who attended the Volunteer Center's November 30th workshop, "Fundraise Your Way to Success" -- featuring fundraising consultant Nike B. Whitcomb as guest speaker -- exchanged ideas and learned valuable new fundraising techniques.

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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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Nonprofit Fundraising and Networking Luncheon

Join us for "Fund Raise Your Way to Success" Presented by Nike B. Whitcomb Sponsored by The Volunteer Center Lunch sponsored by The Grand Food Center Friday, November 30, 2012

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