What We Do

The Volunteer Center (VC) works with over 160 nonprofit partner organizations to help individuals, families, and service groups find ways to volunteer their time and help others in the community. We also help groups develop and implement effective service learning programs in schools, faith-based organizations and civic groups, and sponsor community Days of Service.

The Volunteer Center Mission Statement

The Mission of The Volunteer Center is to promote volunteerism, support nonprofit organizations, and engage people in meaningful volunteer service in the communities we serve.

Board of Directors

Join the Volunteer Center Board of Directors and Make A Difference All Year Long!

The operations of the Volunteer Center are supported by an energetic board of directors. This is a working board that is committed to service and making a difference. The board members assist our various committees and help us with our annual appeal and other fundraising efforts, as well as our annual Days of Service. They enjoy a spirited camaraderie and act as liaisons in the community to encourage more volunteerism. The Board seeks to have representatives in the New Trier Township and the surrounding N.E. Metro Chicago area. The VC board is always looking for those who enjoy a variety of tasks, including but not limited to treasurer duties, programming, marketing, public relations, design and development, and of course a passion for helping others. Join us!

Interested? Contact: info@volunteercenterhelps.org

2018-19 Volunteer Center Board of Directors

President:
Margot Flanagin

Vice-President/President Elect:
Sandra Ortiz

Secretary:
Colleen Harlow

Treasurer:
Beth Anaclerio

Executive Director:
Barbara M. Tubekis

Communications Associate:
Julie Flood

Board of Directors:
Patee Blackman
Deb Cogan
Pam Elliott
Julie Hartvigsen
Darlene Kolton
Sherry Molitor
Susan Moller
Sandra Ortiz
Lisa Revord
Laura Cullen Roche
Laura Volpe Roche
Jamie Ziegler

Honorary Board:
Marnie Atkinson
Linda Ball
Pat Close
Sue Dickes
Katheryn D. Elmer
Kathy Heitmann
Susan W. Jackson
Mari Morgan
Margot Peters
Onnie Scheyer
Jeni Spinney
Cindy Stuhley
Nancy G. Whiteman
Jane Williamson

Join the Volunteer Center Board of Directors and Make A Difference All Year Long!

The operations of the Volunteer Center are supported by an energetic board of directors. This is a working board that is committed to service and making a difference. The board members assist our various committees and help us with our annual appeal and other fundraising efforts, as well as our annual Days of Service. They enjoy a spirited camaraderie and act as liaisons in the community to encourage more volunteerism. The Board seeks to have representatives in the New Trier Township and the surrounding N.E. Metro Chicago area. The VC board is always looking for those who enjoy a variety of tasks, including but not limited to treasurer duties, programming, marketing, public relations, design and development, and of course a passion for helping others. Join us!

Interested? Contact: info@volunteercenterhelps.org

Our History

The Volunteer Center was established in 1960 as the first volunteer action center in the state of Illinois. It was chartered as The Volunteer Talent Pool – VTP).

The VC connects residents from the northeastern suburbs of Cook County (Chicago) to nonprofit organizations that need their help both locally and abroad. It was conceived in 1960 as an intergenerational collaborative project between the North Shore Senior Center, New Trier High School and the Winnetka Public Schools. Retirees were paired with students who needed tutoring. As the program grew, other schools in the township sought volunteers for tutoring, curriculum enhancement and career discussions. The program was chartered with the Secretary of State of Illinois as The Volunteer Talent Pool in May, 1964. The volunteer base spread to people of all ages and abilities who wanted to share their time and skills with others who needed their support.

As nonprofit organizations and schools began to express a need for volunteers, the Volunteer Talent Pool began referring students and adults to do social service work. In 1995, the name was changed to The Volunteer Center to encourage people to help, whether they had specific skills or not. It was a collaborative decision to align with the Points of Light Foundation and the over 400 Volunteer Centers in towns and cities throughout the United States. The change has been successful. The VC now registers over 15,000 people annually who serve tens of thousands of individuals in need.

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