Looking To Do Some Spring Cleaning in the Fall? Mark Your Calendar for Our 17th Annual Make A Difference Day

Recycle Your Gently-Used Items for 15 Nonprofits

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9am – noon

Indian Hill Train Station Parking Lot
Green Bay Road and Winnetka Avenue

Just drive through and drop off!

Bernie’s Book Bank

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

Children's clothing, bedding and toys -- infant through preteen
Connections for the Homeless

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

Women's clothing, fine shoes
Gear 4 Goals

Sports equipment -- No golf
Woman's Cub of Evanston
Prom dresses

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 toiletries, men's and women's coats
New Trier Township Food Pantry

Nonperishable foods, paper goods, unopened detergent and cleaning supplies
Orphans of the Storm

Pet supplies, food, old towels, newspapers
Refugee One

Boots -- all ages
Working Bikes

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

School supplies, backpacks, educational games and puzzles

Take a Look at Make a Difference Day 2018

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October 8, 2019

The Volunteer Center is Looking to Grow Our Board — With an Immediate Opening for Treasurer

Join Us!

The Volunteer Center is looking for board members who enjoy working with like-minded people who want to make a difference in our community by giving back to those in need.  We are a working board that also has a lot of fun!

At the heart of our work are the Days of Service we sponsor throughout the year, which encourage volunteers of all ages to get involved.  We also host training and networking events for our 160+ Nonprofit partners.

We’re currently seeking Board members in a variety of different roles, including marketing, communications, fundraising, project management, event planning, and finance and accounting.

Find out more about Board membership here.


Desperately Seeking Board Treasurer!

If you have financial or accounting expertise, we have an immediate opening for a Board Treasurer.The treasurer manages the board’s financial responsibilities under the approval and guidance of the VC executive committee and executive director.

RESPONSIBILITIES (average 8 hours per month Sept thru June)


For more information, please contact Barb Tubekis at



September 19, 2019

Historic Wagner Farm Bonfire and Barndance

The annual Bonfire and Barndance is a fun event for all and includes country music, games, s’mores making and general fun around the farm. Volunteers help with tending the bonfires, handing out s’mores fixings, admissions, set up and clean up. If you’d like to come and enjoy a great evening at the farm and help out at the same time, this event is for you!

July 26, 2019

2019-2020 Networking and Training Events for VC Nonprofit Partners


Planning is underway for this year’s Nonprofit training and networking events  — and there are more to come!  We’ll be tackling some important topics with this year’s programs, so you won’t want to miss these informative sessions that also offer a great opportunity to connect — and exchange ideas — with other Nonprofit professionals.  Watch this website for more details to come.



Early September, 2019
Join us for a networking event and discussion about service learning and how the Volunteer Center can help your programming efforts.



Week of November 18, 2019  
Marketing/Communications: New Strategies to Reach Your Nonprofit’s Audience
Co-hosted by The Volunteer Center, Better, Executive Service Corps

February 12th, 2020:
How to Fully Fund Your Nonprofit Every Year
Co-sponsored by The Volunteer Center and Winnetka Chamber of Commerce

Sherry Quam Taylor, President of Quam Taylor LLC, will teach you how to confidently prepare and ask for the donations that fully fund your programs and mission every year. Together, we’ll each create a practical step-by-step path to grow your organization’s funding. And she’ll also share the things you might be doing that’s keeping larger donors from giving to you. You’ll walk away with strategies you can start to use immediately to help you get larger donations.  Website:



July 19, 2019

Four Exceptional Volunteers. One Exceptional Performer. One Amazing Celebration!

In celebration of the spirit of volunteerism, we paid tribute to 4 amazing volunteers and celebrated the human experience at our 2019 Recognition Event.  First we heard from volunteers who inspire us every day with their selflessness and compassion, giving generously of themselves to those in need.  Then guests were treated to an intimate acoustic concert by Manny Torres, who inspired with his soulful music and stories of his experience pursuing his dreams.  All was made magical by the unique setting of the Winnetka Chapel Stage, which provided a spiritual and cozy space for such a meaningful celebration.  Truly a special evening!



Click here to learn more about Manny’s journey and his music.

The Volunteer Center was proud to partner with Valslist and The Winnetka Chapel for this event.  




Want to know more about how you can become a volunteer — or want to know more about the Volunteer Center?  E-mail us at

June 12, 2019

Award-Winning Nonprofit Resale Shop Seeking Volunteers to Help Launch New Store at Old Orchard

North Shore Exchange, the award-winning, nonprofit luxury resale shop, is opening a third location in the Old Orchard Shopping Center on June 1!  Our first two locations in Glencoe and at 900 North Shops in Chicago, and our online store, have raised $1.5 million for dozens of inspiring Chicagoland organizations doing important work to change the lives of families, individuals, and children with the greatest need.

If you’re energetic, friendly, and have a passion for our mission, please consider joining our amazing volunteer team as a retail assistant in our new store.  Sell a wide variety of high-end merchandise, including women’s fashion, jewelry, accessories, art, decor, furniture and much more.

To learn more about North Shore Exchange visit the website here.

To apply for this position, click here.

April 29, 2019

Welcome Our New Nonprofit Partner: Madonna Mission

Madonna Mission opens the doors of welcome through education. We are a nonprofit organization providing education and resettlement support programs for refugee individuals and their families.

To find out how you can volunteer as a tutor or homework helper click here.

April 4, 2019

Can’t Make it to Kids Against Hunger This Year? You Can Still Support Them — and Enjoy a Fun Night Out — at the KAH Benefit Concert Thursday, February 21st

February 13, 2019

Kids Against Hunger 2019 Exceeds Goal, Producing 100,440 Meals for the Hungry

2019 Kids Against Hunger Another Successful Event

On Saturday, March 16, hundreds of people came together to package an additional 440 meals over the planned 100,000 nutritious meals at this year’s Kids Against Hunger event in Winnetka. Volunteers filled bags with nutritious ingredients, then helped prepare to ship them to hungry families in Nicaragua, many of whom count on this as their only meal of the day.

This is always a fun and meaningful service project for families, individuals, and faith-based or school groups of all ages and abilities.

The Volunteer Center has proudly partnered with The Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield and The Winnetka Community House to put this event on for 8 years. Volunteers from all over the North Shore and Metro Chicago participate annually.

February 4, 2019

Hundreds of Enthusiastic Volunteers Helped Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy with a Community Day of Service

Volunteers of all ages and abilities joined hands to make a difference

Individuals, families, friends, school and community groups seeking to spend MLK Day in support of those in need in our community.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, an annual community service event that benefits local nonprofits, sponsored by The Volunteer Center, The Kindness Connection and the Winnetka Community House.

Monday, January 21, 2019 from 1-4pm

Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka

In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., volunteers of all ages and abilities participated in service projects to benefit local nonprofits and the people in need that they serve. The afternoon also provided a forum for polite, open-mic discussion of civil liberties and service to mankind, and Dr. King’s enduring message of tolerance, diversity and service.

This year volunteers were invited to make:

Plus, we gratefully accepted the following donations

Take a Look at MLK Day 2018

Questions?  Email  Or call The Volunteer Center at 847-441-7665


January 7, 2019
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