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.



November 6, 2019
Winnetka Park District Community Room
Click Here to Register
Join us for a networking event and discussion about service learning and how the Volunteer Center can help you build or enhance your school’s community service programming.   We will provide new ideas to engage your youth in age-appropriate service activities that benefit nonprofits who will inspire them to a lifelong commitment to giving back.  This is also a great opportunity to network with your colleagues and share ideas.


November 19, 2019  
Marketing/Communications: New Strategies to Reach Your Nonprofit’s Audience!

Join the VC for breakfast and this special nonprofit training on building effective marketing and communications strategies, featuring Susan Noyes, Founder & Publisher of Make It Better Media Group, who will discuss “Activating Your Audience” and Chris Hogan, Managing Director of i3Insights and Executive Service Corps member who will cover “Marketing Your Nonprofit”. Comprehensive media contact list also provided attendees. REGISTRATION Required on VC website –  Location: Community House, Winnetka, 620 Lincoln, Winnetka. Breakfast: 8:30 – 10:30am

February 12th, 2020
“How to Fully Fund Your Nonprofit Every Year”
Luncheon and Program co-sponsored by The Volunteer Center and Winnetka-Northfield 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.  Check out Sherry’s website:
For more details — and to register — click here.



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

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

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

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, 3/4 and 4/5
Pull Ups – Size Sm/Med and Lg/Xlg
Diapers – Size 3, 4, 5 and 6
Children’s Underwear (sizes 2T – 16)
Men’s Underwear – Small and 2X
Women’s Underwear – 13 to 16
Women’s Slippers – Size X-Large (No Slipper Socks)
Girl’s Slippers – Size Medium through X-Large (No Slipper Socks) (Not toddler sizes, only youth sizes)
Boy’s Slippers – Size Large and X-Large (No Slipper Socks) (Not toddler sizes, only youth sizes)
Baby Monitors
Crib Sheets
Training Bras – All Sizes Baby Wipes
Shower Curtains
Strollers – Check for Recalls
High Chairs – Check for Recalls
Car Seats – No Expired Ones
Bath/Hand Towels
Men’s/Women’s Pajamas – 2X and 3X
Children’s Pajamas – 10/12 and 14/16
Boy and Girl Socks – Toddler Sizes
2020 Day Planners
Phone Chargers/Blocks (Any Kind)
Men’s/Women’s Robes – All Sizes
Ear Buds
Ethnic Hair Products – Hair lotion/oil, shampoo with oils, relaxer kits etc.
Noise Cancelling Headphones Pillows for Beds
Baby Bottles

In addition, Wings needs gift cards in $100, $50 and $25 denominations.  These are used in many ways such as helping clients get to interviews and appointments as well as helping us to feed 90+ people within our safe homes.

Any Gas Card

For more information email Tabitha Nelson at

Lambs Farm Seeking Volunteers for Multiple Holiday Events Throughout December

Volunteers needed December 5, 6, 7 and 8 both day and evening 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 14, 15, 21 and 22 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, 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!

 e-mail Kayla at or visit


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:, Or e-mail:


There are 4 ways to participate in Lawrence Hall’s Holiday Wish List Drive 2019:

Request and Fulfill a Wish List for an at-risk youth
Organize a Gift Drive for your church, office or community group
Donate Cash to the Lawrence Hall Wish List Fund, that will be used to make sure every child has a gift to open
Shop our wish list items on Lawrence Hall’s Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to us.

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



For more information or to RSVP email or call 847-446-0443.






November 29, 2018

Thanks to Everyone in the Community Who Turned Out to Support Our 2018 MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY on Saturday, October 27th!

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

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


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September 12, 2018
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