– Inspirations –

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

- Dr. Seuss

A Just Harvest

The mission of A Just Harvest is to fight poverty and hunger in the Rogers Park and greater Chicago community by providing nutritious meals daily while cultivating community and economic development and organizing across racial, cultural and socio-economic lines in order to create a more just society.

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Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry

Through our Transitional Living Program we offer our residents a wide array of on-site supportive services – case management, recovery, occupational therapy, and spiritual care. Individual sessions and group services are provided in all areas, including psychosocial support groups such as HIV-support, sobriety support, life skills, and spiritual discussion.

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Alliance for Early Childhood

The Alliance for Early Childhood promotes healthy growth and development of children by providing support and services to the parents and teachers who care for and teach them.

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Allowance for Good

Allowance for Good seeks to educate and engage youth in philanthropy to cultivate global citizenship and improve education internationally.

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Alzheimer’s Association

Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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American Red Cross

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

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Angles

Angles provides reproductive care for teens and young adults up to age 25, health education for students in grades 5-12, and support groups and social activities for middle school and high school students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — or who are questioning.

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BackYard Nature Center

The mission of BYNC is to promote, facilitate, and strengthen the bond between the nature environments in New Trier Township and the children and adults who wish to enrich their…

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Bernie’s Book Bank

Bernie’s Book Bank is the logistical bridge between where currently unused books are today, to where they are desperately needed. We do three things exceptionally well: we collect hundreds of…

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Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Illinois Council

The mission of the Northeast Illinois Council Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

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Cancer Wellness Center

The Cancer Wellness Center is a non-profit organization that provides education, support and wellness programs FREE of charge to people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones.

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Career Resource Center

Career Resource Center, Inc.® is the proven confidence-building, employment resource featuring individualized attention, education, training, and coaching by industry professionals. Results-focused, CRC has assisted more than 12,700 job candidates during its…

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Center for Cultural Interchange

CCI is a nonprofit international exchange organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness, and world peace.

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Center for Economic Progress

We offer a full-range of services to help families acquire the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to make sound financial choices. Tax Help CEP provides low-wage workers with free, high…

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Center for Enriched Living

The Center for Enriched Living exists so that people with developmental disabilities can be fully included in the community, achieve personal success, and enjoy a good quality of life. The…

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Charmm’d Foundation

Charmm’d works with nonprofits to increase the effectiveness of their leadership, and achieve their missions, through the practice of emotional intelligence and ethical reflection.

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Chicago Botanic Garden

The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is to promote the enjoyment, understanding and conservation of plants and the natural world The Chicago Botanic Garden consists of 385 acres of…

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Child Care Center of Evanston

Our mission is to strengthen families and their children by providing high quality, affordable care and education. Our priority is to help children from all socio economic backgrounds gain the skill they need to succeed in school while fostering the shared community values of cooperation and respect.

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Childcare Network of Evanston

CNE invests in the potential of all children and families through early childhood learning enhanced by parent empowerment, family support and a coordinated system of care.

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Children’s Heart Foundation

The Children’s Heart Foundation funds the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects.

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ChildServ

Founded in 1894, ChildServ continues to give hope to underserved children and their families by offering a wide range of community-based programs as well as services that place children and youth in safe, nurturing home environments.

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Christ Church Rummage Sale

The annual Christ Church Rummage Sale is one of the largest and oldest Rummage Sales in the country, attracting over 4,000 shoppers annually from Chicagoland, surrounding states — and as far away as Canada. The sale is run each year by 400+ volunteers of all ages, some of whom have been working the sale for over 40 years. All proceeds from the sale are donated to area charities; last year over $300K in grants were awarded to over 50 nonprofits.

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City of Evanston

The City of Evanston has created, along with important community partners, Volunteer Evanston, a program with the aim of connecting volunteers to organizations and opportunities within Evanston.

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CJE SeniorLife

The mission of CJE SeniorLife is to facilitate independence of older adults and to enhance quality of life by advocating on their behalf and by offering programs and services throughout the continuum of care for individuals, families and the community.

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Clearbrook

Clearbrook is committed to being a leader in creating innovative opportunities, services and support for people with disabilities.

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Community Council for International Students at Northwestern University

CCIS is dedicated to making Northwestern University’s international community feel welcome in this country, community and at the University by providing a cross-cultural exchange of ideas information and friendship through a variety of social and supportive programs.

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Connections for the Homeless

Connections provides housing, employment and supportive services to move individuals and families out of the shadow of homelessness. Connections’ programs include Prevention, EntryPoint (Street Outreach), Hilda’s Place Transitional Shelter, Family…

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Counseling Center of the North Shore

Formerly known as Family Service of Winnetka-Northfield, Counseling Center of the North Shore is a private, not-for-profit community service organization that promotes the emotional well-being of individuals and families through quality, affordable counseling and psychotherapy.

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Creatively Caring

Families with children of all ages are encouraged to participate in our projects which help people, animals and the environment. By taking an active part in community service, our youth develop self-confidence and cultivate a greater sense of responsibility, tolerance and empathy for others.

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Culinary Care

Seeking to ensure cancer patients and their families never have to struggle to get the nourishment they need to survive, we provide both the patients and their families with complementary meals while they undergo treatment.

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eAngel Community

It is the primary objective of eAngel to match in-kind donations with the needs of specific nonprofit organizations. eAngel enables individuals and institutions to contribute noncash resources to deserving nonprofit…

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Elyssa’s Mission

Elyssa’s Mission® funds and implements the evidence-based SOS Signs of Suicide® program in approximately 50 middle and high schools in Illinois through our partnership with Screening for Mental Health®, a Massachusetts-based organization…

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Equestrian Connection NFP

Our vision is to improve the quality of life of those with disabilities, emotional illness and paralysis by providing services that fill unmet needs with the use of highly trained…

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Erika’s Lighthouse

Erika’s Lighthouse is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating communities about childhood and adolescent depression. Through our educational programs we promote awareness and early identification of depression and strive to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness that acts as a barrier to help. We believe that everyone deserves good mental health and the right to live a healthy, happy and productive life.

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Executive Service Corps of Chicago

  ESC is a consulting partner and resource for other nonprofits and public agencies, building leadership, strategy, and solutions critical for their health, growth and sustainability. ESC’s volunteer consulting force…

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Faith, Hope and Recovery

Faith, Hope and Recovery is a non-profit organization that develops faith-based support groups for people affected by mood disorders, and helps create mental health ministries in communities and religious organizations….

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Families Helping Families Chicagoland

We have a Facebook presence of over 3000 members. We provide meaningful opportunities for families to support local families in need. We do this by holding events such as: Gift…

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Family Focus Center

Family Focus offers innovative, community-based programs that help parents, grandparents, and foster and adoptive parents, gain confidence and competence as the primary educators of their children.

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Family Service of Glencoe

To promote a stronger community by meeting individual and family needs through services that identify, prevent and resolve social and emotional problems.  

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Fred Outa Foundation

The Fred Outa Foundation is devoted to improving the lives of orphans in wartorn and poverty stricken countries. Specifically, the foundation works with orphan children who live in Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The foundation raises money to help provide basic food, medicine and school supplies for the students of Spurgeons Academy and St. Esther’s Girls High School, located in Kibera Slum, Nairobi.

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Friends of the Green Bay Trail

We create and maintain healthy habitat along the Green Bay Trail by removing invasive species and planting natives.

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GCE Lab School — Chicago

Inspire. Prepare. Connect. Inspire students to fall in love with learning and discover their purpose. Prepare them to think for themselves and care about others. Connect students with the world…

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Gift of Adoption Fund

We put adoption within reach, inspiring good families to embrace children in need by providing the last funds necessary to complete the adoption. We provide a way for supporters to help these children even if they are not able to personally open their homes to help these children.

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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts needs volunteers for a variety of roles: troop leaders, program facilitators, administrative/office…

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Girls on the Run – Chicago

Girls on the Run-Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit after-school program that uses the power of running to educate and prepare 3rd-8th grade girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The innovative program combines training for a celebratory 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive physical and social-emotional development. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment, while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

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Glencoe Community Garden

The Glencoe Community Garden is a non-profit, sustainable, organic-practicing, food-producing 5,000 sq. ft. mini-farm and garden. 100% of our harvest is donated to local food kitchens, pantries and other charitable…

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Glencoe Junior High Project

GJHP, a non-profit social service organization based at Glencoe’s Central School, aims to build an inclusive community that fosters self-confidence and positive social behavior through the play, as well as meaningful social service projects and supervised social activities. For more information, www.gjhp.org.

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Glencoe Park District

The Glencoe Park District strives to serve the community faithfully by developing and maintaining quality facilities, open spaces, and recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities. To that end the District shall at all times provide responsive and courteous service, exercise fiscal prudence, and manifest environmental awareness. Where possible, the Park District shall cooperated with other community organizations and agencies to enrich further the lives of Glencoe residents.

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Glencoe Public Library

The Glencoe Public Library seeks to enrich the lives of Glencoe residents by providing the library services and materials needed to meet their informational and recreational interests; to act as a responsive resource for independent, lifelong learning; to support the principles of intellectual freedom; and to encourage use of the library by patrons of all ages as a vital center of community life.

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Glencoe Youth Services

GYS offers teens a place where they can confide in staff, meet new friends and participate in a wide range of activities that are geared toward aiding the youth of the community, and the community at large.

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Glenkirk Foundation

You can get involved with Glenkirk in a number of ways. We have many different volunteer opportunities available if you wish to share your time and talents to help people with developmental disabilities.

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Good News Partners

Good News Partners is a faith-based community organization that strives to bring about conditions in which hope, justice, community responsibility, and reconciliation can flourish. We believe that when we create safe, predictable housing and nourishment, in an environment of faith, we build our families’ confidence and our community simultaneously.

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Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association

GLASA provides year-round sports, clinics, camps, and special events for youths and adults with a primary physical or visual impairment.

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Habitat for Humanity Lake County

Habitat for Humanity Lake County (HFHLC) is a Christian housing ministry which welcomes all people dedicated to building decent, affordable housing for families in need, while empowering families to help…

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Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes independent living through lifelong distance education programs for blind people, their families, and blindness service providers.

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Hands of Hope

Hands of Hope is a community of women committed to helping women and children break free of destitution and hunger to build futures of security and possibility. Our mission is to give entire communities the sustainable tools they need to feed families, educate children, improve health and become economically self-sufficient.

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Haven Youth and Family Services

Haven Youth and Family Services was founded in 1976 and began with an outreach program for youth. Soon thereafter, we began a 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency housing program for adolescents and their families. Since then, the agency has continued to grow and develop by offering programs focused on prevention. Some of these programs include psycho-educational workshops, youth boards, service-learning opportunities, around the clock crisis intervention, outreach and ongoing counseling.

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Highland Park Public Library

  We are looking to utilize volunteers in a variety of ways to assist with our daily operations as well as event and seasonal opportunities that provide, promote and engage…

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Historic Wagner Farm

Our mission is agriculture education, teaching people to connect with their food and the people who provide it. We have over 100,000 visitors annually, including school children, families, special events…

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Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding NFP

Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding is an equine program dedicated to using horses and ponies to improve the quality of life for children and adults with special needs. We serve a diverse range of riders with varying degrees of physical ability, and offer one-on-one instruction and therapy in a calm and supportive environment. Additionally, Horsefeathers offers coaching and support to our Special Olympics Equestrian Team.

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Housing Opportunity Development Corporation

HODC’s mission is to develop, manage and preserve the stock of housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income people throughout the northern suburbs.

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Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

ICHV programs include: OnTarget Coalition; Student Voices Contest; Abraham Lincoln Awards; and Speaker’s Bureau on Gun Violence. The ICHV Direct email newsletter, available at no cost to current members, is a quick and effective way to keep our members posted on current gun violence news and events in Illinois and nationwide. Sign up at www.ichv.org.

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Infant Welfare Society of Evanston

The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston is a social service agency that provides struggling and at-risk families parenting children under the age of three with comprehensive services aimed at promoting self-sufficient parenting, healthy child development and a bright future for all of our children.

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INFANT, Inc.

NFANT, Inc. has been feeding needy babies in the Chicago area for over 25 years via deliveries to approximately 60 social service agencies. As an all-volunteer organization, our administrative costs are less than 2% of our expenses.

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Junior Achievement (JA) of Chicago

Junior Achievement of Chicago is an educational nonprofit bringing financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs into classrooms from kindergarten through high school. JA of Chicago is the largest JA…

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Junior League of Evanston – North Shore

Junior League of Evanston-North Shore is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League of Evanston-North Shore reaches out to women regardless of race, religion and ethnic or national origin who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to volunteerism.

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Kenilworth Union Church Rummage

Every July over 450 women, men and youth organize and work at the Rummage Sale, which generates proceeds for Kenilworth Union Church’s Christian Outreach agencies. Last year, the Rummage Sale…

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Kindness Connection

We believe that meaningful volunteer experiences have the power to inspire individuals to make a lifelong practice of giving their time and resources to charitable and civic causes. The Kindness…

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Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago

Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago provides engaging informal learning environments featuring 17 interactive exhibits and programs that encourage young children ages birth to age 8 to become effective learners…

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Lake County Fair

The Lake County Fair needs YOU for another successful year! Volunteer at the Information Booth, be a greeter, and assist with the fair exhibits! Apply online @ www.lcfair.com

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Lambs Farm

Founded in 1961, Lambs Farm is a premier non-profit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities. Lambs Farm has grown from a small pet shop in Chicago to a 72-acre campus located in Libertyville, Illinois where opportunity flourishes for the nearly 250 men and women served. For 47 years, we have continued the mission of helping people with develomental disabilties to lead personally fulfilling lives throug a full range of vocational, residential, social and recreational services.

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Lawrence Hall Youth Services

Lawrence Hall is a community of staff, volunteers, and board members dedicated to creating a society in which our children and their families are treated as valued and cherished members.

Our Core Beliefs
We cherish the children we care for and work with them to make positive moral decisions.
We believe all children deserve to live a life that is free from physical, sexual, and emotional harm.
We tell the truth about what children experience in our society.
We advocate in the best interest of our children.
We behave ethically and act at all times in creative rather than destructive ways.
We value diversity and treat each other with consideration and appreciation of one another’s worth.

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League of Women Voters of Winnetka-Northfield-Kenilworth

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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LifeSource Blood Services

LifeSource offers several volunteer opportunities, including but not limited to, Community Blood Drive Volunteers, Donor Center Volunteers, Project Volunteers, and Department of Defense Mobile Blood Drive Volunteers

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Light and Leadership Initiative

  Light and Leadership Initiative’s mission is to respond to the needs of the women and children in the Ate-Vitarte district of Lima, Peru in their struggle out of poverty,…

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Little City Foundation

For more than 50 years, Little City FOundation has successfully created hope, changed lives and challenged the limits placed on children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Little City assists hundreds of children, adults and their families, by providing education, training, skills and encouragement that enable individuals to become their own hero.

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Lydia

LYDIA is a national, Christ-honoring organization whose mission is to strengthen families to care for children and care for children when families cannot.

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Mallinckrodt Active Adult Center of the Wilmette Park District

The Mallinckrodt Community Center is an activity center for adults 50 plus, located in beautiful Mallinckrodt Park, that provides a gathering place for special programs, classes, events, trips and more.

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McGaw YMCA Project SOAR

SOAR’s goal is recruitment and training of adult volunteer-mentors and is focused on creating effective mentors who grow to become leaders and resource-builders in the lives of Evanston youth.

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Meals At Home

Meals at Home provides Meals on Wheels services in Chicago’s North Shore communities of Evanston, Skokie, Wilmette-Kenilworth, Winnetka-Northfield, and Glenview as well as the Lake County communities of North Chicago,…

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Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter

Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter provides palliative care, hospice and grief support services to individuals and their loved ones. Midwest CareCenter was established in 1978 by volunteers who believed that every person deserves compassionate, dignified care at the end of life. Midwest CareCenter is the largest nonprofit, community-based hospice provider in the Chicago area.

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Morrison Shearer Foundation

The Morrison-Shearer Foundation promotes new creativity in the arts by perpetuating the legacies of dancer-choreographer Sybil Shearer
and photographer Helen Balfour Morrison.

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Music Institute of Chicago

The Music Institute of Chicago is a community music school serving students of all ages and abilities with music lessons, music ensembles, and access to world-class concerts and creative arts therapy. The outcome of our work is the quality of our students as performers, listeners and lifelong learners

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NAMI Cook County North Suburban

NAMI Cook County North Suburban is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides support and information to persons with serious mental illnesses and their families. It is a local affiliate of…

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New Foundation Center

New Foundation Center partners with people with mental illness to recover and pursue lives of meaning and purpose.

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New Trier Township

New Trier Township’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy, and resources to benefit the physical, mental, and social well-being of Township residents.

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New Trier Township Food Pantry

The Pantry is an important service for residents whose incomes do not cover all their needs. Its shelves offer a variety of canned and packaged food, frozen foods, useful paper goods, and toiletry items for all ages.

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New Trier Township Prevention Council

The goal of this coalition is to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth and teens in the New Trier Township community.

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No Boundaries & Search, Inc.

  Search, the “mother ship” provides high-quality, person-centered services including supported living arrangements, adult learning programs and career services, as well as medical, behavioral, therapeutic and home-based services. Our programs…

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North Shore Art League

Each year, the NSAL’s artist faculty, Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff work to keep true to our mission. We offer the community many varied arts experiences by: instructing more than 1,000 students annually, conducting workshops, tours and special programs, awarding high school scholarships, curating and hosting gallery exhibitions, sponsoring Art on the Village fine arts show and hosting our annual Members Art Show.

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North Shore Senior Center

The mission of North Shore Senior Center is to foster the independence and well-being of older adults, enhance their dignity and self respect, and promote their participation in and contribution…

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Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA)

NSSRA is a partnership of 13 municipal recreation agencies and park districts on the North Shore. Formed in March of 1970, it was the first “special recreation ” association in the country. NSSRA has grown from a small organization serving 26 children with mental retardation to a comprehensive recreation and leisure services agency serving 5,000 registrants a year with disabilities. The success of NSSRA was instrumental in convincing members of the Illinois General Assembly to pass laws allowing park districts and cities to join together to provide leisure services for people with disabilities, supported by local property taxes.

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Northwestern University Settlement Association

Northwestern University Settlement Association (Northwestern Settlement) nurtures, educates, and inspires children and families in need, empowering them to take personal responsibility and attain self-sufficiency.

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Open Communities

                  Open Communities (formerly Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs) is a leading voice for housing, economic and social justice in…

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Orphans of the Storm

Our mission remains constant: To take responsibility for each and every stray, abandoned, abused and neglected dog and cat which reaches our door. To take them in and shelter them….

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Our Place of New Trier Township

The mission of our Place of New Trier Township is to support adults with developmental disabilities so that they can live productive, meaningful lives in their home community with family…

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PEER Services

PEER Services, Inc. is dedicated to preventing and alleviating the problems that substance abuse causes individuals, families and our community. A private, not-for-profit agency, PEER Services has been providing prevention and treatment services to Evanston and surrounding communities since 1975. Our professional staff includes certified prevention specialists, certified substance abuse counselors, licensed clinical social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, physicians, nurses and family therapists. Treatment services are delivered in accordance with all applicable confidentiality laws. Treatment scholarships are available for individuals and families who are unable to pay the full cost of treatment.

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Porchlight Counseling Services

We provide free long term professional counseling to both female and male sexual assault survivors. Porchlight does educational outreach work in the community as well as to over 20 colleges and universities.

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Presbyterian Homes

Presbyterian Homes is an independent, not-for-profit corporation providing the highest level of quality residential communities, health care programs, and services for older adults from diverse backgrounds. Through its programs and…

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Project Linus

We coordinate blanket making events, attend meetings, build and manage the website and write and distribute the newsletter.

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RefugeeOne

RefugeeOne is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that provides a full range of services to refugees brought to the United States by the U.S. State Department for resettlement in the Chicago metropolitan area. The majority of our services are provided to refugees displaced from their homelands due to war or persecution. Every year, RefugeeOne helps these refugees secure housing, learn English, acclimate to American culture, develop computer and other employable skills, find jobs, obtain medical and other care, access the public school system for their children, apply for citizenship, and obtain care for elderly family members. The majority of RefugeeOnes’ services are provided to refugees displaced from their homelands due to war or persecution. In the past, the U.S. saw major resettlements of refugees from Eastern Europe, Vietnam, the former Yugoslavia, and various African countries. The majority of refugees currently being resettled in the U.S. and by RefugeeOne are: • Iraqis who assisted the current U.S. military, and those who have fled persecution • Burmese who have fled the violence of the junta of Myanmar • Bhutanese who have fled “ethnic cleansing”

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Respite Endowment Organization

Our mission os to provide rest & respite gifts, education and opportunities to parents of special needs children.

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ReVive Center for Housing and Healing

ReVive Center for Housing and Healing is a vital piece to the city’s west side, providing community assistance, life skills development and resources for thousands of families and almost a hundred permanent supportive housing clients. The experienced staff at ReVive have decades of experience in homeless counseling, work transitions and addiction treatment services.

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Rimland Services, NFP

Rimland Services, NFP is a non for profit organization working with adults diagnosed with autism. We were first established in 1970, and have continued to develop throughout the years. We currently serve over sixty adults with autism through our Developmental Training program in Evanston, Illinois. We also provide the majority of our clients with community living opportunities through twelve group homes in the Chicago Metropolitan area.

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Rotary Club of Winnetka/Northfield

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. One…

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Samaritan Counseling Center

Psychotherapy comes form the two Greek words, psyche meaning soul, and therapeuein meaning to take care of or serve. So psychotherapy means serving the soul, not only treating it. We…

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Shore Community Services, Inc.

  Shore’s mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through educational, residential, vocational and related programs provided with community integrated supports…

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SitStayRead

Founded in 2003, we bring teams of trained literacy volunteers and certified reading-assistance dogs into the classroom to tackle the serious issue of childhood literacy. Each grade, first through fourth,…

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SOS Children’s Villages Illinois

The model of care employed by SOS Children’s Villages Illinois is part of a 62-year international tradition. The SOS Children’s Villages model differs from traditional foster care in emphasizing the following four components:
o Children stay together with their siblings
o Children receive care and supprt from a full-time, professionally trained foster parent
o Children grow up in private, single-family homes
o Children benefit from the support of the Village, designed as an intentional community

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Southeast Evanston Parents’ Association

SEPA’s purpose is to render aid to poor students, including supply of books and other materials. Additionally, SEPA plans to provide training and support for parents of students in the community to help the students thrive in school.

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SPARK Chicago

Spark is the only youth empowerment program in the country that addresses the dropout crisis by re-engaging middle school students and providing a relevant context for their learning through hands-on, individualized apprenticeships.

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Special Education in DuPage County – SASED

The School Association for Special Education in DuPage County is a cooperative of 18 school districts providing services to 6,442 students with disabilities in DuPage County, Illinois.

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Special Gifts Theatre

Special Gifts Theatre (SGT) is a not-for-profit organization that provides children and teens with special needs a unique, creative drama experience enabling personal growth while breaking down stereotypes related to disabilities within the community at large.

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Taproot Foundation Chicago

Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society. We engage the nation’s millions of business professionals in pro bono services both through our award-winning programs and by partnering with companies to develop their pro bono programs.

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Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages-Evanston, is a Fair Trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. We feature products from more than 130 artisan groups…

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The Arts of Life – North Shore

Our Mission Statement: We are people with and without disabilities creating an artistic culture to realize our full potential. We started as twelve individuals with a passion for artistic expression…

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The Douglas Center

Mrs. International pays a visit to The Douglas Center ABC 7 Chicago News The mission of The Douglas Center’s day program is to provide work programs, developmental training, vocational skills…

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The Josselyn Center

The Josselyn Center is a community mental health organization providing individual, family, and group counseling for the full range of mental health and substance abuse problems. We are pleased to offer these services on a sliding fee scale to people residing, working, or attending school in fifteen north suburban Chicago communities.

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The Night Ministry

The Night Ministry serves youth and adults who face multiple complex challenges on a daily basis, including homelessness, poverty, abuse, loneliness, and neglect. Many of us who are not on the…

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The Salvation Army

Activities range from direct service to indrect support. We have opportunities for groups and individuals on both an ongoing or one-time only basis.

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The Sports Shed

The Sports shed believes that kids benefit from engaging in sports and physical fitness and can have a positive impact on their health and well being. Thousands of kids in…

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The Yellow Tractor Project

We empower people everywhere, especially in underserved areas, to grow their own fresh, healthy food easily and affordably.

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Travelers Aid Chicago

Travelers Aid Chicago provides crisis intervention, information, and social services to travelers and visitors at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The Travelers Aid office is located inside security in Terminal 2 with 6 satellite locations in Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 5. Travelers Aid is a program of Heartland Human Care Services.

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Trees That Feed Foundation

Our mission is to supply trees that produce edible, nutritious fruit to individuals and groups in countries where there is extreme hunger. We also seek to create jobs and benefit the environment.

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VITA at Oakton Community College

The VITA (Volunteers in Teaching Adults) program is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. ESL and Literacy volunteer tutors assist the Lead Instructors by working with students one-on-one or in small groups so that they become more proficient in English or improve their reading skills for their personal and professional development.

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Volunteer Center of N.E. Metropolitan Chicago

The Volunteer Center has been in existence since 1960 and currently refers 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 that people of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate.

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Warming House Youth Center

Warming House staff members provide teen supervision during all open shift hours. They aim primarily to create a welcoming, nurturing and accepting atmosphere so that teens feel at home at the Center.

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Waukegan to College

Waukegan to College creates brighter futures for students, families and the community by preparing students to enroll in and graduate from college.

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Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.

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WINGS Program, Inc.

To provide a continuum of integrated service in an effort to end domestic violence and homelessness, one family at a time. Our programs include an emergency domestic violence shelter, a…

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Winnetka Community House

The mission of the Winnetka Community House is to enrich the lives of North Shore residents, their families, and friends by providing educational, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. This privately supported unique facility does not receive tax dollars. Educational, cultural, social, recreational activities for people of all ages on the North Shore.

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Winnetka Community Nursery School

Dear Friends of the Winnetka Children’s Fair, For the past 70 years, the Winnetka Children’s Fair has kicked off summer vacation for the children in our community. The Fair is…

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Winnetka Congregational Church Rummage

The Winnetka Congregational Church Rummage Sale sponsors a rummage sale with proceeds going to over 30 non-profit agencies throughout Chicago. A nonprofit used goods sale.

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Winnetka Historical Society

Founded in 1932, the Winnetka Historical Society educates people on the stories of our past, in an effort to enrich our present and inspire our future. We promote awareness of Winnetka’s heritage through artifact collection and preservation, public access to our research center, and enlightening programs, exhibits and publications.

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Winnetka Northfield Chamber of Commerce

The Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce was formed in 2011 after the merger of two active and vibrant chambers: the Winnetka Chamber of Commerce and the Northfield Chamber of Commerce.
“The mission of the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce is to promote economic growth, development, and involvement in the local business and civic communities.”

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Winnetka Public School Nursery

Winnetka Public School Nursery (WPSN) is a private, play-based preschool with classes for ages 16 months through Junior Kindergarten.

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Winnetka Youth Organization

For over 45 years, the YO has provided a variety of recreational and service-oriented programming at our drop-in center where young people can find support as they develop their individual identities. This…

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Woman’s Club of Evanston

The Woman’s Club of Evanston is a non-profit organization dedicated to community service, philanthropic work and friendship.

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Woman’s Club of Wilmette

The Woman’s Club of Wilmette continues its mission of service by hosting several annual events such as a rummage sale and an antique show as well as making annual contributions to various service organizations that provide aid to victims of domestic violence, to youth at risk, or to military personnel.

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Women’s Exchange

The Women’s Exchange provides programs in a supportive environment for all women to share ideas and information, to learn, to grow, to build relationships, and to have fun. A non-membership organization open to all women, predominantly women at mid-life.

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Working Bikes

Working Bikes rescues discarded bicycles and gives them new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities.

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World Relief Chicago

World Relief Chicago is a Christian non-for-profit social service agency that assists refugees through cultural adjustment and employment services, English classes for adults, children’s and family literacy programs, and immigrant legal services.

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YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

The YMCA is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.

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Youth Connection

RAD (Recreational Academic Development) a supervised after school meeting place for 5th and 6th graders at Highcrest Middle School . The DEN is a supervised after school meeting place for 7th and 8th graders at Wilmette Junior High School. The Art Club at WJHS is a supervised after school activity. The Homework Clubs are available at both schools. Youth Connection sponsors the Fall Theatre Experience at HMS and The Spring Theatre Experience, the Spring Musical at WJHS. We sponsor community service projects and fun parties like a Halloween movie event (Creature Feature) at WJHS, and TGIF a Mardi Gras themed event at HMS. YC and Kiss 103.5 FM co-sponsor Battle of the Bands-an annual event for young local bands and solo musicians. For more information go to www.youthconnectionwilmette.org.

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Youth Organizations Umbrella

Since 1971, Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) has proudly served youth and families in Evanston, Illinois. We provide learning enrichment, social development, and emotional support to over 300 youth and their families each year. It is our goal that all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence and opportunity to participate fully, freely and responsibly in the life our community.

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Youth Services of Glenview and Northbrook

Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook is the place for families to turn to for mental health services for children and adolescents in all of the northern suburbs. We offer individual and…

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Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center seeks to provide quality, comprehensive, client-centered services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse. These services are provided in partnership with the survivor in the spirit…

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