Looking for Ways to Make A Difference This Year During the Holidays?

Support Beacon Place’s Christmas Events for Families Seeking a Path to a Brighter Future.    Chose to Provide a Gift for their Christmas Store.  Or Volunteer at their Youth Christmas Party.


Donate a Gift for the Christmas Store

Please consider donating items from the following list, which parents will be able to purchase at nominal cost for their children at our 5th annual Christmas Boutique on December 8th.  All funds received will be redirected back into Beacon Place’s academic, health and lifeskill family programs.

Volunteer at our Christmas Party for students Kindergarten through 5th Grade on December 15th.

2 Shifts Available

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Katie Lawler at 847-708-8537 or email at volunteer@beacon-place.org

Families fighting cancer have so much on their plate, but it’s not always food. This holiday season, through Culinary Care, you can sponsor a family and give them access to free meals on every treatment day for an entire year.

This is the perfect way to spread holiday cheer throughout the year to families in need of a little love, nourishment and hope while they fight cancer.

To sponsor a family or for more information, click here.

There are 3 ways to make a difference by supporting the New Trier Township “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Christmas program.



Caring Neighbors
Sponsor a neighbor in need in the Township by purchasing gifts off of their wish list.

Food Gift Cards
Purchase Food Gift Cards for senior citizens living on low and fixed income in the Township.

Organize a Food Drive for the NTT Food Pantry
This is a fun project for your friends, family, school or community group.  Help the Food Pantry stock up at a time of year when the need is greater than usual, because children are home from school, and their regular donor base is on vacation.

For more information, and to find out how you can participate, click here

Support the Community Council of International Students of Northwestern — while getting your holiday gifts wrapped


Come to the Barnes and Noble at Church & Sherman Streets in Evanston, do a little Holiday shopping, then get your gifts wrapped while you learn a out the community outreach mission of the Community Council of International Students of Northwestern University, and support it’s largest fundraising event of the year.

For more information, email Mary Helen Albright at maryandlucas@comcast.net.

WINGS provides critical services to those affected by domestic violence; especially children.  You can help by donating items from their Holiday Wish List.   For more information about the transformative work of Wings, click here.


WINGS Holiday Wish List

Twin Sized Comforters/Blankets
Pull Ups – Size 2/3 and 4/5
Children’s Underwear (sizes 2T – 8)
Men’s Underwear – All sizes
Women’s Underwear – 12 and Up
Women’s Slippers – Size X-Large (No Slipper Socks)
Men’s Slippers – Size X-Large(No Slipper Socks)
Children’s SlippersSize Large (No Slipper Socks)(Not toddler sizes, only youth sizes)
Women’s Anklet Socks
Baby Monitors
Crib Sheets
Shower Curtains
Training Bras
Reusable Laundry Bags
Double Strollers
High Chairs
Booster Car Seats
Bath Towels
Bathroom Hand Towels
Women’s Pajamas – Small, 2X, and 3X
Men’s Pajamas – Size 2X
Children’s Pajamas – 4, 5T, and 14/16
Baby Lotion, wash, shampoo, oil
Girls Socks – All Sizes
Boy and Girl Socks – Toddler Sizes
5X8 Daily Planners
Phone Chargers (Any Kind)
Women’s Robes – Size Small-XL
African American Hair Oil & Relaxer Kits

For more information email Tabitha Nelson at tnilson@wingsprogram.com

Lambs Farm Seeking Volunteers for Multiple Holiday Events Throughout December

Volunteers needed November 29th and 30th, and December 1st and 2nd to assist at booths selling cookies, candy and holiday treats.  And if shopping’s more up your alley, they need customers and shoppers too!  Click here for more information about the event.

Volunteers needed December 8, 9, 15 and 16 to help customers during pictures with Santa, including greeting, pouring coffee, assisting staff, selling raffle tickets, and holiday crafts for the kids.  Bring your kids and enjoy Brunch and a photo with Santa while you’re there!  Click here for more information about the event.


To sign up, email asr@lambsfarm.org, or for more information Click Here.

Looking to for an amazing volunteer experience? Equestrian Connection is the place for you!

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9AM-6PM with after school programs until 7PM, we have opportunities for all schedules!   Equestrian Connection is a Therapeutic riding center for kids and adults with special needs, and we are always looking for help! We are located right off 60 right where 60 crosses over 294!  Volunteers have the opportunity to work with therapists, clients, and horses!

If you are interested or have questions, e-mail Kayla at ecvolunteering@gmail.com or visit equestrianconnection.org


Event:  Holiday Drivers (November through January) – Once a Week or Once a Month
Location:  Evanston, New Trier Township, North Shore, Skokie, Glenview, Waukegan
Date:  Once a week or once a month, Monday through Saturday (including Holidays)
Hours:  between 11am and 1pm
Description:The holiday season finds us in need of additional drivers. Please consider helping to assist with meal delivery in the Evanston and North Shore areas. Volunteer solo or partner up with a friend, family member or colleague. Multiple dates available from November 2018 through January 2019. Delivery days are Monday through Saturday (including Holidays.) Volunteer time window is between 11 am to 1 pm (1.5 to 2 hours on date assigned.) Must clear both background and driving check.
For more information:http://www.mealsathome.org/deliver-meals.html,
Or e-mail: volcoord@mealsathome.org

There are 4 ways to participate in Lawrence Hall’s Holiday Wish List Drive 2018:
  1. Request and Fulfill a Wish List for an at-risk youth
  2. Organize a Gift Drive for your church, office or community group
  3. Donate Cash to the Lawrence Hall Wish List Fund, that will be used to make sure every child has a gift to open
  4. Stop by Lawrence Hall Tuesday, December 11th between 5 and 9PM to wrap gifts for the youth.
  5. New this year — shop our wish list items on Lawrence Hall’s Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to us.

Gifts can be dropped off unwrapped Monday – Friday between 9:00 – 5:00 P.M. at Lawrence Hall’s Main Campus at 4833 N Francisco Ave, Chicago IL 60625 by Friday, December, 7th.

For more information, to sign up, or to donate, contact Larissa Sykes at lsykes@lawrencehall.org — or Click Here.

GLASA will be having our Annual Holiday Gift Wrap Fundraising happening December 21-24 at the Gurnee Mills Shopping Mall.
Volunteers can sign up for 2.5 or 3 hour shifts throughout the day to wrap gifts for happy shoppers while raising funds for GLASA.  All money raised will go directly back to our programs and making sure all children, adults and injured military with a physical or visual disability can participate in programs.
For more information, email Micaela at mfedyniak@glasa.org.








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