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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
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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September 12, 2018

Looking for a Meaningful Way to Donate Some Time? Glenkirk is Looking for Volunteers!

Glenkirk is looking for volunteers throughout the year to help with

To find out more, click here 
September 5, 2018

Show Your Gratitude to the Local Heroes We Count On During This Year’s 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Volunteer Center’s Annual DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE is a terrific opportunity to say “thank you” to the local heroes we count on every day — and to commemorate the heroes of 9/11.

Calling all grateful individuals, families, friends, service organizations and community groups
to express their gratitude to local police, firefighters and emergency personnel by dropping by with

Cards or letters 
Children’s artwork depicting their heroism
PURCHASED bakery goods
Other expressions of personal gratitude 

No need to RSVP, just visit your local fire/police stations and say thank you

Let us know you participated. Send an email and photos to info@VolunteerCenterHelps.org

This project is sponsored annually by the Volunteer Center: www.volunteercenterhelps.org
The Volunteer Center of N.E. Metropolitan Chicago

 

 

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September 3, 2018

Welcome Our Newest Nonprofit: SASI (Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes) is Seeking Compassionate Volunteers to Make Living Easier for Older Adults Living in Their Homes

The mission of SASI (Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes) is to support the efforts of older adults to remain in their homes: we make living easier.

SASI works to achieve its Mission with two core programs, Home Care (HC) and Senior Connections (SC). HC provides licensed affordable home care that enables an older adult to remain at home, where they want to be, sometimes avoiding unneeded institutionalization. SC trains volunteers to be friendly visitors to isolated seniors. In addition to our two core programs SASI sponsors free community events including technology classes, writing groups and other programs.

Volunteers are Integral to Our Organization.  Volunteer opportunities available include:

Senior Connections Volunteers
Volunteer Drivers
Volunteer Writing Group Facilitators
Volunteer Transcribers
Special Event Volunteers
Board of Director Members
Office Volunteers

Visit our website to fill out a volunteer application at: www.SASIathome.org
OR call SASI at (847) 864-7274 for an appointment to fill out an application.

May 30, 2018

An Engaged Group of Nonprofits Participated in a Thought-Provoking Workshop on the Challenges of Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers Over Lunch at the Winnetka Community House

Nonprofits Looking for the Secrets to Finding and Retaining Loyal Volunteers Enjoyed Lunch and a Stimulating Discussion on May 30th at the Winnetka Community House

Executive Directors and Volunteer Managers from a wide variety of Nonprofits came together for lunch and to learn best practices for recruiting and retaining volunteers for their organizations.  Attendees gained tangible insights on volunteer recruitment, training and retention — how to  provide a rewarding experience for those valuable volunteers who not only support you with extra hands but also provide valuable PR impact in the community. We also discussed the potential positive affects of utilizing individuals with disabilities in volunteer program!

Our Presenters

 

Ann Healing, Director of  Volunteer and Church Engagement at Breakthrough. Ann leads their volunteer program consisting of over 2000 volunteers a year.  Breakthrough is a nonprofit that serves youth and families who live in East Garfield Park, as well as adults who are experiencing homelessness.  She has over 15 years of experience leading, managing, and training staff and volunteers in the non-profit sector.

Barbara Tubekis, Executive Director, The Volunteer Center (VC). Barb has been director since 1994 and in coordination with board and staff members of the VC, she has managed a full service volunteer program for over 15,000 individuals and service groups looking for meaningful opportunities with its growing list of nonprofit partners (currently 155+). Through its website, five annual Service Days, trainings and recognition of exceptional volunteers, the VC is a valuable resource that inspires volunteerism. Barb has lead workshops on volunteer management and served on the Serve Illinois Commission for eight years.

Tricia Luzadder, Ventures Program Manager, Search, Inc. Tricia oversees two social enterprises of Search, Inc, a long-standing service provider to adults with disabilities.  No Boundaries, Train for Work/Train for Life, is a program designed to build essential skills for the 21st century for transitioning teens and adults with disabilities who are interested in employment. Jjslist.com is a disability awareness website under which the Hop on the Bus to Independence and  Disability Awareness Trainings fall.

 

May 11, 2018

Go Green Winnetka is Seeking Volunteers Interested in Protecting The Environment

The mission of Go Green Winnetka is to raise awareness regarding sustainability and inspire schools, governmental units, organizations, businesses, and individuals to take action targeting climate change, waste, and sustainable raw materials.

Go Green Winnetka works within Winnetka and in concert with other area Go Green groups to share best practices and problem-solve by hosting and participating in formal meetings, informal gatherings, discussions, presentations, movie screenings, book groups, yard tours, clean-ups, and public advocacy, among others.

We need volunteers on an ongoing basis to help with

For more information, visit the Go Green Winnetka website here.

April 16, 2018

60 Nonprofits Attended Our Recent “Meet Your Press” Panel Discussion on March 21st — and Left With Some Great Ideas

Last year’s Meet Your Press event was so successful that we offered another one this year.  On Wednesday, March 21, 2018  60 nonprofits gathered at the Winnetka Community House for a continental breakfast buffet and a robust panel discussion with members of local media outlets.

For nonprofits looking to increase the reach and impact of their media exposure, this was a can’t-miss opportunity to talk directly to members of the local press —  and to share ideas with fellow nonprofits who are all facing the same challenges of gaining visibility and awareness of their mission.

Up next?  “Managing Volunteers” and “Successful Fundraising Strategies”.  Watch this website for dates and more details.

Questions?   Contact barb@volunteercenterhelps.org

 

 

 

 

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March 7, 2018

Thanks to All Who Helped Us Celebrate Volunteerism at Our 2018 VC Recognition Event

The Volunteer Center Celebrated Volunteerism — and Recognized a Group of Outstanding Honorees Who Inspire Others by Giving Their Time and Talents to People in Need Both Locally and Globally

Champagne & Dessert Buffet

April 19th, 2018 7:30pm

Michigan Shores, 911 Michigan Avenue, Wilmette

Meet Our Honorees

Learn About Their Impact

Questions?  E-mail info@volunteercenterhelps.org

 

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March 6, 2018

Almost 450 Volunteers Helped Pack 100,000 Nutritious Meals at Kids Against Hunger in March

Kids Against Hunger is one of the North Shore’s favorite community events that helps feed hungry people in Nicaragua and Local Food Pantries.

The Event: Kids Against Hunger

The Date:  March 17th, from 8:30-4

The Location: Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka

Questions?  Call The Volunteer Center at 847-441-7665 or email info@volunteercenterhelps.org
January 11, 2018

Hundreds of Volunteers Turned Out to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy with a Community Day of Service

Want to Know More About Our MLK Jr. Day of Service?

Who
Volunteers of all ages and abilities looking to make a difference in our community — and have fun while doing it!

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

When
Monday, January 15, 2018 from 1pm-4pm.

Where 
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka

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

2018 MLK Jr. Day of Service Volunteer Activities and Beneficiary Nonprofits

ActivityBeneficiary Nonprofit s
Create Valentines Cards for VeteransCaptain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
Hines VA Hospital
Woven Paper PlacematsMeals At Home
Make Animal CardsPediatric Units of Local Hospitals
Make Beaded BraceletsLuggage for Freedom (women and children in domestic shelters)
Assemble No-Sew BlanketsNight Ministry
Refugee and Immigrant Organizations
Make Pet ToysOrphans of the Storm
Make Fleece ScarvesVarious Homeless Shelters
Various Refugee and Immigrant Organizations

Questions?  Email info@volunteercenterhelps.org.  Or call The Volunteer Center at 847-441-7665

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December 20, 2017
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