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Suggestions to Safely Help Others During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus Pandemic is challenging all of us in ways we never imagined. But there are those in our community who are particularly challenged to maintain their health and well-being — and Nonprofits still on the front lines continue to serve those in need. Lonely and homebound senior citizens, low income individuals and families, people with disabilities — all are struggling. Even in this time of isolation and fear, there are plenty of ways we can all be good neighbors. Continue reading to see how you can make a difference. As always, we are grateful for our committed volunteers, and we will continue to update this list as we identify new, safe ways to serve. Stay safe and be smart everyone!

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Kids Against Hunger is POSTPONED!

Due to the public health threat of the coronavirus, the Kids Against Hunger food packing event scheduled for Saturday March 14 at the Community House is postponed to a future date to be determined. We will not be packing food this Saturday.

Public health officials are encouraging citizens, particularly those 60 years and older, to avoid public gatherings. We want to be a part of the efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, so postponing Saturday’s event is the right thing to do.

We hope to reschedule the event to a date after the coronavirus threat is gone. Watch this website for updates.

As we have already funded the bulk food and packing materials for this event, if you have already signed up, we hope you can wait until we identify a new date before requesting a refund of your participation fees. Of course, if you do request a refund now, we will honor it as soon as we can. Refund requests and other questions should be directed to info@wnrotary.org.

Thank you for your support of this project and for partnering with the Volunteer Center to feed starving children.

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In March the VC Celebrated Some Outstanding Volunteers — And Our 60th Anniversary — At Our Annual Recognition Event.

Join us at our 2020 Recognition Event, where we will celebrate 60 remarkable years of the Volunteer Center helping others. This year we are also recognizing a wide range of outstanding student and adult volunteers dedicated to helping youth and all people in need — a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the future of volunteerism. So come — and bring your teen or young adult future volunteers with you — to Michigan Shores Club on March 4th. Appetizers and drinks will be served, and you will be inspired! For more information about our amazing honorees and to register for the celebration, Continue Reading.

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Don’t Miss Our Next Training Event: “How to Fully Fund Your Nonprofit Every Year!”

Any nonprofit looking to grow its large donor base cannot afford to miss this game-changing training program.  Register Today! The Volunteer Center and the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce invite you…

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MLK, Jr. Day of Service 2020: “Give Back in Harmony!” A Special Community Celebration

The Community House in Winnetka was once again the location of this year’s MLK, Jr. Day of Service, hosted by the Volunteer Center and Winnetka Youth Organization (WYO) on Monday, January 20. Hundreds of generous volunteers participated in hands-on projects that benefitted multiple local nonprofits. NEW THIS YEAR — All levels of musicians and vocalists were invited to perform in honor of Dr. King’s legacy of peace, equality, patriotism — and harmony. Continue reading for more details about the day, and nonprofits who were grateful beneficiaries.

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In Spite of the Pandemic, the VC Is Sponsoring Its Annual “Share Your Bounty” This Thanksgiving

COVID-19 is not stopping the Volunteer Center from again helping people in need at Good News Partners (GNP) this Thanksgiving! Any individual, family or group looking for a way to safely help may fill either a cloth or double bagged paper bag or small box with healthy for items from the list provided, then drop it off between 10am and noon on Thanksgiving morning at Good News Partners in Rogers Park. Although there is no contact with residents this year, it will still remain a very meaningful experience for all participants as it sets the tone for a thankful day in a very challenging year. Reservations are not required, but masks are, of course! The staff is prepared to receive the generous donations. Continue reading for more details, and the list of items needed. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Maybe Your Nonprofit IS the Bomb. But Is It Hitting the Right Target?

21st CENTURY COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIES FOR YOUR NONPROFIT Nonprofit Directors and Communications Officers, please join the VC — and 2 industry heavy-hitters — for breakfast and a highly motivational training program…

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Please Join Us at Our School Service-Learning Workshop and Networking Event

THIS EVENT IS RESCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2020.  PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION LATER THIS YEAR. Calling All Faith-based and School Parent Organization Presidents and Service-Learning Outreach Chairs   STAY…

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Our Biggest Make A Difference Day Ever!

The Volunteer Center would like to thank the volunteers and donors that helped make this year’s Make A Difference Day a smashing success even during this challenging time — with a special shout-out to our amazing partners Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High PTOs. Individuals, families and community groups turned out with trunks full of donations for 15 local nonprofits working on the front lines to help people (and animals!) in need. Hard-working volunteers and generous donors adjusted seamlessly to the safe, socially-distanced, no contact drop-off process — and a new location — donating everything from winter coats to prom dresses, school supplies to sporting goods, textbooks to toiletries. Continue reading for more details. See you next year!

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The Volunteer Center is Looking to Grow Our Board

Do you have skills you’d like to put to work to make a difference? Then we need you! We’re currently seeking Board members in a variety of different roles, including marketing, communications, fundraising, project management, event planning, and finance and accounting. Continue Reading for more information.

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