– Inspirations –

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

- Dr. Seuss

Hundreds cleaned out their closets to benefit some outstanding nonprofits at this year’s Make A Difference Day, sponsored by the Volunteer Center.

Make a Difference Day is always a fun and meaningful day of service that mobilizes our local community to do something good for the organizations who work year-round to do good for so many.  This year was no exception.  It was a great opportunity for individuals, families, neighborhoods, schools and community groups to work together to make a difference.

Cars lined up to deliver over 25,000 donations, ranging from children’s clothes to sporting goods to household items — even prom dresses and eyeglasses.  An army of volunteers sorted and packed donations into the waiting vehicles of the grateful nonprofits.  Everyone went home feeling the Spirit of Giving alive and well in our community.

Mark your calendar NOW for Make A Difference Day 2019 — Saturday October 26, 2019 — always the 4th Saturday in October.  We’ll see you there!

2018 Make A Difference Day Participating Nonprofits

Bernie’s Book Bank

Children's books through 6th grade -- fiction and nonfiction
(they do NOT accept comic, activity, text, reference books)
Northwestern University Settlement House

Children's clothing -- infant through preteen
Connections for the Homeless

Men's clothes, shoes, outerwear, linens, blankets, towels, duffel bags, small wheeled luggage
Counseling Center of the North Shore

Women's clothing, formal wear, fine shoes
Gear 4 Goals

Sports equipment
Glass Slipper Project

Prom dresses, accessories
Goodwill

Any extra and unassigned items
Hadley Institute for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Eyeglasses and cases
Infant, Inc.

Size 1 diapers, powdered baby formula
Junior League of Evanston/NS

Purses, unopened travel-size toiletries
New Trier Township Food Pantry

Nonperishable foods, paper goods, detergent
Orphans of the Storm

Pet supplies, food, old towels, newspapers
Refugee One

Coats and boots -- all ages
Working Bikes

Bikes and bicycle parts -- ANY condition
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

School supplies, backpacks, educational games and puzzles

Make A Difference Day 2017

 

Want to find out more about Make A Difference Day — or The Volunteer Center?  Email info@volunteercenterhelps.org

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