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A Just Harvest

3 Current Opportunities

The mission of A Just Harvest is to fight poverty and hunger in the Rogers Park and greater Chicago community by providing nutritious meals daily while cultivating community and economic development and organizing across racial, cultural and socio-economic lines in order to create a more just society.

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A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife

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We are a not-for-profit parrot rescue, rehabilitation, education, & adoption, no-kill shelter facility.  First and foremost, we work together with other parrot groups to eliminate the need for rescues.

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Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry

1 Current Opportunity

Through our Transitional Living Program we offer our residents a wide array of on-site supportive services – case management, recovery, occupational therapy, and spiritual care. Individual sessions and group services are provided in all areas, including psychosocial support groups such as HIV-support, sobriety support, life skills, and spiritual discussion.

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Alliance for Early Childhood

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The Alliance for Early Childhood promotes healthy growth and development of children by providing support and services to the parents and teachers who care for and teach them.

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Alzheimer's Association

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Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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American Red Cross

1 Current Opportunity

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

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Argentium Care

1 Current Opportunity

The mission of Argentium Care is to support the efforts of older adults to remain in their homes: we make living easier by delivering the highest level of service and support, and by educating and engaging older adults and their families.

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Art Impact Project

1 Current Opportunity

Art Impact Project is a Chicago nonprofit dedicated to enhancing emotional wellness through creative expression.

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Arts of Life North Shore

1 Current Opportunity

We are people with and without disabilities creating an artistic culture to realize our full potential. We provide artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and be a member of an artistic community.

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BackYard Nature Center

1 Current Opportunity

Our mission is to promote, facilitate, and strengthen the bond between the nature environments in New Trier Township and the children and adults who wish to enrich their lives with direct experiences in nature.

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Beacon Place

4 Current Opportunities

The mission at Beacon Place is to inspire and guide our neighborhood’s children and families toward a brighter tomorrow.  We do this through a community center and 6 core programs that focus on academic support, nutrition and overall health and other life skills development.

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Bernie's Book Bank

1 Current Opportunity

Bernie’s Book Bank collects new and gently-used books and delivers them directly into the hands of low-income children who have none of their own.

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Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Illinois Council

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The mission of the Northeast Illinois Council Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

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Cancer Wellness Center

1 Current Opportunity

The Cancer Wellness Center is a non-profit organization that provides education, support and wellness programs FREE of charge to people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones.

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Career Resource Center

2 Current Opportunities

Career Resource Center, Inc.® is nonprofit organization that provides professional assistance to individuals in employment transition, featuring individualized attention, education, training, and coaching by industry professionals.

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CASA Lake County

5 Current Opportunities

Our mission is to serve as an advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in juvenile court, by acting as the eyes and ears of the judge – and the voice of the child.

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Revive Center for Housing and Healing

1 Current Opportunity

ReVive Center for Housing and Healing is a vital resource to the city’s west side, providing community assistance, life skills development and mental health resources for thousands of families and almost a hundred permanent supportive housing clients.

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Community Council for International Students at Northwestern University

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CCIS is dedicated to making Northwestern University’s international community feel welcome in this country, community and at the University by providing a cross-cultural exchange of ideas information and friendship through a variety of social and supportive programs.

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Center for Cultural Interchange

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CCI is a nonprofit international exchange organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness, and world peace.

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Center for Enriched Living

2 Current Opportunities

The Center for Enriched Living exists so that people with developmental disabilities can be fully included in the community, achieve personal success, and enjoy a good quality of life. The Center for Enriched Living is a social enrichment and skill development community center dedicated to serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Charmm'd Foundation

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Charmm’d works with nonprofits to increase the effectiveness of their leadership, and achieve their missions, through the practice of emotional intelligence and ethical reflection.

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Chicago Botanic Garden

1 Current Opportunity

The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is to promote the enjoyment, understanding and conservation of plants and the natural world.

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Chicago Chess Center

3 Current Opportunities

Our mission is primarily educational: to be not merely a chess CLUB but a chess SCHOOL, providing instruction and training to players of all ages and skill levels, including providing instruction to Chicago Title I schools. We also seek to offer a welcoming and safe place for a diverse group of people to play chess and connect with groups whom distance and differences have kept apart.

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Childcare Network of Evanston

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CNE builds strong foundations for young children and pregnant mothers through access to high quality early education and family support.

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Children's Heart Foundation

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The Children’s Heart Foundation funds the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects.

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ChildServ

3 Current Opportunities

Founded in 1894, ChildServ continues to give hope to underserved children and their families by offering a wide range of community-based programs as well as services that place children and youth in safe, nurturing home environments.

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Christ Church Rummage Sale

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The annual Christ Church Rummage Sale is one of the largest and oldest Rummage Sales in the country, attracting over 4,000 shoppers annually from Chicagoland, surrounding states — and as far away as Canada. The sale is run each year by 400+ volunteers of all ages, some of whom have been working the sale for over 40 years. All proceeds from the sale are donated to area charities; last year over $300K in grants were awarded to over 50 nonprofits.

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City of Evanston

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The City of Evanston has created, along with important community partners, Volunteer Evanston, a program with the aim of connecting volunteers to organizations and opportunities within Evanston.

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CJE SeniorLife

8 Current Opportunities

The mission of CJE SeniorLife is to enhance quality of life and facilitate independence of older adults. 

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Clearbrook

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Clearbrook is committed to being a leader in creating innovative opportunities, services and support for people with disabilities.

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Connections for the Homeless

1 Current Opportunity

Connections provides housing, employment and supportive services to move individuals and families out of the shadow of homelessness.

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Counseling Center of the North Shore

1 Current Opportunity

Formerly known as Family Service of Winnetka-Northfield, Counseling Center of the North Shore is a private, not-for-profit community service organization that promotes the emotional well-being of individuals and families through quality, affordable counseling and psychotherapy.

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Culinary Care

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Seeking to ensure cancer patients and their families never have to struggle to get the nourishment they need to survive, we provide both the patients and their families with complementary meals while they undergo treatment.

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Culture Shock Chicago

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Culture Shock® utilizes Hip Hop & urban dance culture to cultivate education, enrichment and entertainment to inspire positive change in the communities we serve.

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eAngel Community

1 Current Opportunity

It is the primary objective of eAngel to match in-kind donations with the needs of specific nonprofit organizations. eAngel enables individuals and institutions to contribute noncash resources to deserving nonprofit organizations throughout the Chicago metro area.

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Elyssa's Mission

1 Current Opportunity

Elyssa’s Mission® funds and implements the evidence-based SOS Signs of Suicide® program in approximately 50 middle and high schools in Illinois. The SOS program teaches students to recognize potentially suicidal behavior and how to ACT®.

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Equestrian Connection

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Equestrian Connection has grown to become one of the largest, most unique equine therapy programs in the nation dedicated to servicing children and adults with disabilities.

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Erika's Lighthouse

1 Current Opportunity

Erika’s Lighthouse is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating communities about childhood and adolescent depression. Through our educational programs we promote awareness and early identification of depression and strive to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness that acts as a barrier to help. We believe that everyone deserves good mental health and the right to live a healthy, happy and productive life.

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Evanston School Childrens Clothing Association (ESSCA)

2 Current Opportunities

No child should miss a day of school for need of warm, sturdy clothing. Each year ESCCA provides a full wardrobe of clothing and shoes and coats to 700+ school children in need.

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Executive Service Corps of Chicago

1 Current Opportunity

ESC is a volunteer consulting partner and resource for other nonprofits and public agencies, building leadership, strategy, and solutions critical for their health, growth and sustainability.

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Faith, Hope & Recovery

5 Current Opportunities

Faith, Hope and Recovery is a non-profit organization that develops faith-based support groups for people affected by mood disorders, and helps create mental health ministries in communities and religious organizations.

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Families Helping Families Chicagoland

2 Current Opportunities

We provide meaningful opportunities for families to support local families in need through collection drives, fundraisers and events.

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Family Focus Center

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Family Focus offers innovative, community-based programs that help parents, grandparents, and foster and adoptive parents, gain confidence and competence as the primary educators of their children.

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Family Service of Glencoe

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We seek to promote a stronger community by meeting individual and family needs through services that identify, prevent and resolve social and emotional problems.

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Fred Outa Foundation

2 Current Opportunities

The Fred Outa Foundation is devoted to improving the lives of orphans in wartorn and poverty stricken countries. Specifically, the foundation works with orphan children who live in Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The foundation raises money to help provide basic food, medicine and school supplies for the students of Spurgeons Academy and St. Esther’s Girls High School, located in Kibera Slum, Nairobi.

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Friends of the Green Bay Trail

2 Current Opportunities

We create and maintain healthy habitat along the Green Bay Trail by removing invasive species and planting natives.

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GCE Lab School Chicago

3 Current Opportunities

We INSPIRE students to fall in love with learning and discover their purpose, PREPARE them to think for themselves and care about others, and CONNECT them with the world through their academic subjects.

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Gift of Adoption Fund

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We put adoption within reach, inspiring good families to embrace children in need by providing the last funds necessary to complete the adoption. We provide a way for supporters to help these children even if they are not able to personally open their homes to help these children.

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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

1 Current Opportunity

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

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Girls on the Run Chicago

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Girls on the Run-Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit after-school program that uses the power of running to educate and prepare 3rd-8th grade girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The innovative program combines training for a celebratory 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive physical and social-emotional development. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment, while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

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Giving Rocks Foundation

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Giving Rocks Foundation was founded by Syd Martin, now in her 20’s. After being diagnosed at 10 with the little-known but usually fatal disease LCH, Syd decided to help raise funding for research into LCH by creating and selling rock necklaces using the stones she found on the shores of Lake Michigan. The “Syd Rocks” project has now evolved into the Giving Rocks Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and funding cutting-edge research for the treatment and cure of LCH and other pediatric cancers.

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Glencoe Community Garden

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The Glencoe Community Garden is a non-profit, sustainable, organic-practicing, food-producing 5,000 sq. ft. mini-farm and garden. 100% of our garden is built and harvested by volunteers, and we donate 100% of our harvest to local food kitchens, pantries and other charitable organizations.

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Glencoe Junior High Project

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GJHP, a non-profit social service organization based at Glencoe’s Central School, aims to build an inclusive community that fosters self-confidence and positive social behavior through the play, as well as meaningful social service projects and supervised social activities. For more information, www.gjhp.org.

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Glencoe Park District

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The Glencoe Park District strives to serve the community faithfully by developing and maintaining quality facilities, open spaces, and recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities. To that end the District shall at all times provide responsive and courteous service, exercise fiscal prudence, and manifest environmental awareness. Where possible, the Park District shall cooperated with other community organizations and agencies to enrich further the lives of Glencoe residents.

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Glencoe Public Library

1 Current Opportunity

The Glencoe Public Library seeks to enrich the lives of Glencoe residents by providing the library services and materials needed to meet their informational and recreational interests; to act as a responsive resource for independent, lifelong learning; to support the principles of intellectual freedom; and to encourage use of the library by patrons of all ages as a vital center of community life.

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Glencoe Youth Services

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GYS offers teens a place where they can confide in staff, meet new friends and participate in a wide range of activities that are geared toward aiding the youth of the community, and the community at large.

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Glenkirk

2 Current Opportunities

Glenkirk offers an array of programs and services to meet the needs, desires and dreams of individuals with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to provide quality, lifetime supports and services which empower these individuals to participate fully in all areas of community life.

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Go Green Wilmette

1 Current Opportunity

Our mission is to raise environmental awareness, inspire people to take action, and create a more sustainable community.

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Go Green Winnetka

2 Current Opportunities

Go Green Winnetka works 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. They need volunteers –especially in the Spring — to help with public advocacy programs, cleanups and environmental fairs. Find out how you can help here.

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Good News Partners

1 Current Opportunity

Good News Partners is a faith-based community organization that strives to bring about conditions in which hope, justice, community responsibility, and reconciliation can flourish. We believe that when we create safe, predictable housing and nourishment, in an environment of faith, we build our families’ confidence and our community simultaneously.

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Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association

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The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, GLASA, provides year-round sports, clinics, camps, and special events for people with a primary physical or visual impairment. GLASA enhances quality of life by…

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Habitat for Humanity Lake County

3 Current Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity Lake County (HFHLC) is a Christian housing ministry which welcomes all people dedicated to building decent, affordable housing for families in need, while empowering families to help themselves.

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Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes independent living through lifelong distance education programs for blind people, their families, and blindness service providers.

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Hands of Hope

1 Current Opportunity

Hands of Hope is a community of women committed to helping women and children break free of destitution and hunger to build futures of security and possibility. Our mission is to give entire communities the sustainable tools they need to feed families, educate children, improve health and become economically self-sufficient.

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Haven Youth and Family Services

1 Current Opportunity

Haven Youth and Family Services was founded in 1976 and began with an outreach program for youth. Soon thereafter, we began a 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency housing program for adolescents and their families. Since then, the agency has continued to grow and develop by offering programs focused on prevention. Some of these programs include psycho-educational workshops, youth boards, service-learning opportunities, around the clock crisis intervention, outreach and ongoing counseling.

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Highland Park Public Library

2 Current Opportunities

We are looking to utilize volunteers in a variety of ways to assist with our daily operations as well as event and seasonal opportunities that provide, promote and engage the community with the resources available at the library.

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Historic Wagner Farm

4 Current Opportunities

Our goal is to teach people how food gets from the farm to the table. We tend our crops, raise livestock, provide educational experiences and sell our wares at our Farmer’s Market.

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Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding NFP

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Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding is an equine program dedicated to using horses and ponies to improve the quality of life for children and adults with special needs. We serve a diverse range of riders with varying degrees of physical ability, and offer one-on-one instruction and therapy in a calm and supportive environment. Additionally, Horsefeathers offers coaching and support to our Special Olympics Equestrian Team.

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Housing Opportunity Development Corporation

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Housing Opportunity Development Corporation is a community-based nonprofit developer of affordable housing serving north suburban Cook County and suburban Lake County. HODC serves low income families, seniors, persons with disabilities, individuals and local workers.

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Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

1 Current Opportunity

ICHV programs include: OnTarget Coalition; Student Voices Contest; Abraham Lincoln Awards; and Speaker’s Bureau on Gun Violence. The ICHV Direct email newsletter, available at no cost to current members, is a quick and effective way to keep our members posted on current gun violence news and events in Illinois and nationwide. Sign up at www.ichv.org.

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INFANT, Inc.

1 Current Opportunity

INFANT, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization that provides baby formula and layettes of newborn clothing, free of charge, to food pantries and shelters in the Chicago area. INFANT, Inc. has been feeding needy babies in the Chicago area for over 25 years via deliveries to approximately 60 social service agencies.

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Infant Welfare Society of Evanston

1 Current Opportunity

The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston is a social service agency that provides struggling and at-risk families parenting children under the age of three with comprehensive services aimed at promoting self-sufficient parenting, healthy child development and a bright future for all of our children.

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JourneyCare

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JourneyCare seeks to enrich lives of people facing serious illness through expert and compassionate care.

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Junior Achievement (JA) of Chicago

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Junior Achievement of Chicago is an educational nonprofit bringing financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs into classrooms from kindergarten through high school. We give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.

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Junior League of Evanston-North Shore

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Junior League of Evanston-North Shore is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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Kenilworth Union Church Rummage

1 Current Opportunity

Every July over 450 women, men and youth organize and work at the Rummage Sale, which generates proceeds for Kenilworth Union Church’s Christian Outreach agencies.

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Kohl Children's Museum

5 Current Opportunities

Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago provides engaging informal learning environments featuring 17 interactive exhibits and programs that encourage young children ages birth to age 8 to become effective learners through self-directed, complex play. 

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Ladder Up

1 Current Opportunity

Ladder Up provides free financial programs to help clients secure the tax refunds they deserve, gain the knowledge to navigate today’s complex financial systems, and obtain financial aid to make college dreams a reality.

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Lambs Farm

1 Current Opportunity

Founded in 1961, Lambs Farm is a premier non-profit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities. Lambs Farm has grown from a small pet shop in Chicago to a 72-acre campus located in Libertyville, Illinois where opportunity flourishes for the nearly 250 men and women served. For 47 years, we have continued the mission of helping people with develomental disabilties to lead personally fulfilling lives throug a full range of vocational, residential, social and recreational services.

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Lawrence Hall Youth Services

2 Current Opportunities

Lawrence Hall Youth Services provides highly specialized and individualized care for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral challenges due to trauma, abuse and neglect. Each year, Lawrence Hall’s continuum of care offers a full array of services to nearly 1,000 children, adolescents, and their families.

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League of Women Voters of Winnetka-Northfield-Kenilworth

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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Learning Bridge Early Education Center

3 Current Opportunities

Learning Bridge Early Education Center is a community based organization whose mission is to strengthen families by providing high quality, affordable care and education for their children. Our highest priority is to help children from all socioeconomic backgrounds gain the skills they need to succeed in school while fostering the shared community values of cooperation and respect.

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Light and Leadership Initiative

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Light and Leadership Initiative’s mission is to respond to the needs of the women and children in the Ate-Vitarte district of Lima, Peru in their struggle out of poverty, by improving the availability and quality of education offered to them.

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Little City Foundation

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For more than 50 years, Little City FOundation has successfully created hope, changed lives and challenged the limits placed on children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Little City assists hundreds of children, adults and their families, by providing education, training, skills and encouragement that enable individuals to become their own hero.

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Lydia Home

2 Current Opportunities

LYDIA Home is a Christ-honoring organization whose mission is to strengthen families to care for children and to care for children when families cannot. For over 100 years, LYDIA Home has been making a difference in the lives of children who are dealing with extreme abuse and neglect.

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Madonna Mission

1 Current Opportunity

Madonna Mission opens the doors of welcome through education. We are a not-for-profit organization providing education and resettlement support programs for refugee individuals and their families.

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Mallinckrodt Active Adult Center of the Wilmette Park District

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The Mallinckrodt Community Center is an activity center for adults 50 plus, located in beautiful Mallinckrodt Park, that provides a gathering place for special programs, classes, events, trips and more.

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Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago

1 Current Opportunity

Maot Chitim’s mission is the delivery of holiday foods to families and individuals in financial need in the Chicago Community, thus enabling them to observe the holiday in a kosher and dignified manner. Another important objective of our organization is to continue to provide an opportunity for all segments of the Jewish community to come together to volunteer in this heartwarming experience.

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McGaw YMCA Project SOAR

1 Current Opportunity

Impact Community Project SOAR seeks to provide adult role models who will foster positive and stable relationships with youth, ages 9-14. SOAR’s goal is recruitment and training of adult volunteer-mentors and is focused on creating effective mentors who grow to become leaders and resource-builders in the lives of Evanston youth.

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Meals At Home

1 Current Opportunity

Meals at Home provides Meals on Wheels services in Chicago’s North Shore communities of Evanston, Skokie, Wilmette-Kenilworth, Winnetka-Northfield, and Glenview as well as the Lake County communities of North Chicago, Waukegan, Zion, and Winthrop Harbor. We need drivers who can pick up prepared meals and deliver them to elderly and shut-in clients daily.

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Morrison Shearer Foundation

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The Morrison-Shearer Foundation promotes new creativity in the arts by perpetuating the legacies of dancer-choreographer Sybil Shearer and photographer Helen Balfour Morrison.

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Music Institute of Chicago

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The Music Institute of Chicago is a community music school serving students of all ages and abilities with music lessons, music ensembles, and access to world-class concerts and creative arts therapy. The outcome of our work is the quality of our students as performers, listeners and lifelong learners.

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NAMI Cook County North Suburban

1 Current Opportunity

NAMI Cook County North Suburban is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides support and information to persons with serious mental illnesses and their families.

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New Trier Township Prevention Council

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The goal of this coalition is to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth and teens in the New Trier Township community.

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New Trier Township Social Services

5 Current Opportunities

New Trier Township plays a vital role in balancing the social service needs of the community, while serving as responsible stewards of Township tax dollars. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available, including on our Advisory Committees, Peer Jury Program, Food Pantry and Holiday Programs.

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North Shore Art League

1 Current Opportunity

Each year, the NSAL’s artist faculty, Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff work to keep true to our mission. We offer the community many varied arts experiences by: instructing more than 1,000 students annually, conducting workshops, tours and special programs, awarding high school scholarships, curating and hosting gallery exhibitions, sponsoring Art on the Village fine arts show and hosting our annual Members Art Show.

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North Shore Exchange

5 Current Opportunities

North Shore Exchange has two boutique locations — one in Glencoe and one on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago — and a new store that opened June 1, 2019 at Westfield Old Orchard Mall in Skokie, IL . Our online store resells luxury fashion and home items obtained from consigners and donors.

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North Shore Senior Center

12 Current Opportunities

The mission of North Shore Senior Center is to foster the independence and well-being of older adults, enhance their dignity and self respect, and promote their participation in and contribution toward all aspects of community life.

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Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA)

1 Current Opportunity

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) provides and facilitates year-round recreation programs and services for children, teens and adults with disabilities who live in its 13 northern suburban partner communities. NSSRA has over 500 recreation, sport, cultural, social, and leisure offerings available throughout the year, creating new experiences, opportunities for skill development, leisure time, and perhaps most importantly, friendship.

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Northwestern Settlement

7 Current Opportunities

Northwestern Settlement’s comprehensive approach to community building provides immediate assistance for short term emergencies, education opportunities, and access to a wide network of additional programs.

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Open Communities

1 Current Opportunity

Open Communities (formerly Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs) is a leading voice for housing, economic and social justice in north suburban Chicago, working to promote inclusive and diverse communities that are welcoming to all.

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Orphans of the Storm

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Our mission remains constant:  To take responsibility for each and every stray, abandoned, abused and neglected dog and cat which reaches our door.  To take them in and shelter them.  To provide the best medical and physical care possible.  To nurture them back to health if need be.  And finally, to place them into warm and loving adoptive homes where they can enjoy the life they deserve.

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Our Place of New Trier Township

2 Current Opportunities

Our Place of New Trier Township is a community-based program which supports teens and adults with developmental disabilities so that they can live meaningful, productive and socially connected lives in their home community. Our Place provides opportunities for our participants to get involved in a variety of programming with a focus on sports and fitness, nutrition, transition, arts, community outings, life skills and community service.

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PEER Services

1 Current Opportunity

PEER Services’ mission is to improve the quality of life in local communities by working to eliminate substance abuse. This is best accomplished by educating the community, by preventing substance abuse from developing, by intervening when substance abuse problems do develop, and providing treatment for those teens and adults struggling with drug dependence or addiction.

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Porchlight Counseling Services

1 Current Opportunity

We provide free long term professional counseling to both female and male sexual assault survivors. Porchlight does educational outreach work in the community as well as to over 20 colleges and universities.

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Presbyterian Homes

1 Current Opportunity

Presbyterian Homes is an independent, not-for-profit corporation providing the highest level of quality residential communities, health care programs, and services for older adults from diverse backgrounds. Through its programs and activities, Presbyterian Homes seeks to embody the values of the Christian tradition for persons of all faiths by attending to their physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual needs.

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Project Linus

1 Current Opportunity

Our mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” We also seek to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

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Rainbows for All Children

2 Current Opportunities

Rainbows for All Children is dedicated to guiding youth through the storms of life. Rainbow fosters awareness that youth require support to heal from adverse childhood experiences.

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Reading Power Inc.

1 Current Opportunity

Our mission is to accelerate children’s literacy learning and to develop in them a love of reading and writing. Working in partnership with underserved schools, Reading Power provides one-to-one literacy tutoring during the school day for children in prekindergarten through 2nd grade in North Chicago and Zion.

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Refugee One

1 Current Opportunity

RefugeeOne creates opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.

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Rimland

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Rimland is a non for profit organization working with adults diagnosed with autism. We currently serve over sixty adults with autism through our Developmental Training program in Evanston, Illinois. We also provide the majority of our clients with community living opportunities through twelve group homes in the Chicago Metropolitan area.

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Rotary Club of Winnetka/Northfield

1 Current Opportunity

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

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Samaritan Counseling Center

1 Current Opportunity

Psychotherapy comes form the two Greek words, psyche meaning soul, and therapeuein meaning to take care of or serve. So psychotherapy means serving the soul, not only treating it. We believe in providing a foundation for personal growth, resolving problems, and getting more out of life.

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Search, Inc.

1 Current Opportunity

Search provides high-quality, person-centered services including supported living arrangements, adult learning programs and career services, as well as medical, behavioral, therapeutic and home-based services. Our programs, which include No Boundaries and JJ’s List, serve more than 600 people and their families annually at locations throughout the Chicagoland area.

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Shore Community Services

1 Current Opportunity

Shore’s mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through educational, residential, vocational and related programs provided with community integrated supports and services.

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SitStayRead

3 Current Opportunities

Founded in 2003, we bring teams of trained literacy volunteers and certified reading-assistance dogs into the classroom to tackle the serious issue of childhood literacy.

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SOS Children's Villages Illinois

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At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we build families. We provide a stable home in a supportive, community environment designed to help children in need grow into caring, productive and self-reliant adults.

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Southeast Evanston Parents' Association

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SEPA’s purpose is to render aid to poor students, including supply of books and other materials. Additionally, SEPA plans to provide training and support for parents of students in the community to help the students thrive in school.

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SPARK Chicago

1 Current Opportunity

Spark is the only youth empowerment program in the country that addresses the dropout crisis by re-engaging middle school students and providing a relevant context for their learning through hands-on, individualized apprenticeships.

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Special Education in DuPage County – SASED

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The School Association for Special Education in DuPage County is a cooperative of 18 member school districts providing services to 6,442 students with disabilities in DuPage County, Illinois. SASED, as an extension of each member district, provides programs and services for students with moderate and severe disabilities, and for students whose behavior requires an alternative setting.

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Special Gifts Theatre

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Special Gifts Theatre is a non-profit, educational and therapeutic theatre company for individuals with intellectual disabilities. We use the stage as a platform to develop social skills, speech and language skills, and self confidence.

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Taproot Foundation Chicago

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Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society. We engage the nation’s millions of business professionals in pro bono services both through our award-winning programs and by partnering with companies to develop their pro bono programs.

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Ten Thousand Villages

3 Current Opportunities

Ten Thousand Villages-Evanston, is a Fair Trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. We feature  products from more than 130 artisan groups in 38 countries. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income.

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The Douglas Center

4 Current Opportunities

The mission of The Douglas Center’s day program is to provide work programs, developmental training, vocational skills training, and a seniors program to adults living with developmental disabilities and mental health issues in order to help them improve their independent living skills, and enhance and enrich their quality of life.

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The Josselyn Center

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The Josselyn Center is a community mental health organization providing individual, family, and group counseling for the full range of mental health and substance abuse problems. We are pleased to offer these services on a sliding fee scale to people residing, working, or attending school in fifteen north suburban Chicago communities.

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The Kindness Connection

1 Current Opportunity

The Kindness Connection (TKC) is an innovative nonprofit that provides hands-on, turnkey, tangible service opportunities for children, creating lifetime volunteers.

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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

1 Current Opportunity

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is to cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease and Myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Beating cancer is in our blood.

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The Night Ministry

2 Current Opportunities

The Night Ministry serves youth and adults who face multiple complex challenges on a daily basis — including homelessness, poverty, abuse, loneliness, and neglect — by providing critical outreach and short-term housing services.

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The Salvation Army

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Salvation Army is an International, Evangelical Christian organization dedicated to providing individuals worldwide with spiritual, physical, social and emotional support.Activities range from direct service to indirect support. We have opportunities for groups and individuals on both an ongoing or one-time only basis.

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The Sports Shed

2 Current Opportunities

The Sports Shed makes it possible for kids to have positive alternatives to gangs, violence, and drugs through organized sports. We provide quality sports equipment to schools and other athletic programs in under-resourced communities.

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The Volunteer Center of NE Metropolitan Illinois

2 Current Opportunities

The Mission of The Volunteer Center is to promote volunteerism, support nonprofit organizations, and engage people in meaningful volunteer service in the communities we serve.

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TotalLink2 Community

2 Current Opportunities

TotalLink2 Community enhances the community by providing opportunities for people with disabilities to grow and contribute through employment, social connection and lifelong learning.

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Travelers Aid Chicago

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Travelers Aid Chicago provides crisis intervention, information, and social services to vulnerable and at-risk travelers and visitors at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Travelers Aid is a program of Heartland Human Care Services.

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Trees That Feed Foundation

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Our mission is to supply trees that produce edible, nutritious fruit to individuals and groups in countries where there is extreme hunger. We also seek to create jobs and benefit the environment.

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VITA at Oakton Community College

1 Current Opportunity

The VITA (Volunteers in Teaching Adults) program is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. ESL and Literacy volunteer tutors assist the Lead Instructors by working with students one-on-one or in small groups so that they become more proficient in English or improve their reading skills for their personal and professional development.

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Vitalant Blood Services

1 Current Opportunity

LifeSource offers several volunteer opportunities, including but not limited to, Community Blood Drive Volunteers, Donor Center Volunteers, Project Volunteers, and Department of Defense Mobile Blood Drive Volunteers

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Warming House Youth Center

4 Current Opportunities

WThe Warming House Youth Center provides a safe, supervised, and substance-free atmosphere where teen ownership and decision-making opportunities thrive. Our trained staff encourages growth and acceptance, promotes communication, and helps develop the skills of high school aged teens.

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Waukegan to College

6 Current Opportunities

Waukegan to College creates brighter futures for students, families and the community by preparing students to enroll in and graduate from college.

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Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club

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The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.

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Wings Program, Inc .

5 Current Opportunities

The mission of WINGS Program, Inc. is to provide housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence. Our programs include an emergency domestic violence shelter, a two year transitional housing program, and other outreach services in the area for victims and their children.

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Winnetka Community House

1 Current Opportunity

The mission of the Winnetka Community House is to enrich the lives of North Shore residents, their families, and friends by providing educational, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. This privately supported unique facility does not receive tax dollars. Educational, cultural, social, recreational activities for people of all ages on the North Shore.

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Winnetka Community Nursery School

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For the past 70+ years, the Winnetka Children’s Fair has kicked off summer vacation for the children in our community. The Fair is planned, coordinated and run by the Board of Director’s of the Winnetka Community Nursery School  — but it is operated and supported by more than 750 volunteers from the community who give of their time and resources willingly to this special event.

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Winnetka Congregational Church Rummage

5 Current Opportunities

The Winnetka Congregational Church Rummage Sale sponsors a rummage sale with proceeds going to over 30 non-profit agencies throughout Chicago. This is a community nonprofit used goods sale.

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Winnetka Historical Society

4 Current Opportunities

Founded in 1932, the Winnetka Historical Society educates people on the stories of our past, in an effort to enrich our present and inspire our future. We promote awareness of Winnetka’s heritage through artifact collection and preservation, public access to our research center, and enlightening programs, exhibits and publications.

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Winnetka Northfield Chamber of Commerce

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The mission of the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce is supporting and encouraging  the development and success of local businesses for the benefit of our vibrant communities.

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Winnetka Public School Nursery

1 Current Opportunity

Winnetka Public School Nursery (WPSN) is a private, play-based preschool with classes for ages 16 months through Junior Kindergarten.

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Winnetka Youth Organization

3 Current Opportunities

The Winnetka Youth Organization’s mission is to foster individual development in adolescents by providing adult-to-youth mentoring with opportunities for leadership, citizenship and education within a positive, encouraging environment. 

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WiseUp

1 Current Opportunity

WiseUp — Aging With Attitude is a nonprofit member organization of older adults committed to helping one another live purposeful lives. We provide support and connections to each other as we age, helping us to remain active, vital, and contributing members of our communities.

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Woman's Club of Evanston

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The Woman’s Club of Evanston is a non-profit organization dedicated to community service, philanthropic work and friendship.

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Woman's Club of Wilmette

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The Woman’s Club of Wilmette continues its mission of service by hosting several annual events such as a rummage sale and an antique show as well as making annual contributions to various service organizations that provide aid to victims of domestic violence, to youth at risk, or to military personnel.

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Women's Exchange

1 Current Opportunity

The Women’s Exchange provides programs in a supportive environment for all women to share ideas and information, to learn, to grow, to build relationships, and to have fun. A non-membership organization open to all women, predominantly women at mid-life.

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Wood Family Foundation

1 Current Opportunity

The Pitch In after-school mentoring program is a cohort-based, group mentoring program based in the North Lawndale neighborhood, designed to offer unique learning experiences and opportunities for personal growth to students in 4th through 8th grades.

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Working Bikes

1 Current Opportunity

Working Bikes rescues discarded bicycles and gives them new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities.

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World Relief Chicago

3 Current Opportunities

World Relief Chicago is a Christian non-for-profit social service agency that assists refugees through cultural adjustment and employment services, English classes for adults, children’s and family literacy programs, and immigrant legal services.

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Yellow Tractor Project

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We empower people everywhere, especially in underserved areas, to grow their own fresh, healthy food easily and affordably.

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YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

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The YMCA is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.

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Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U)

1 Current Opportunity

Since 1971, Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) has proudly served youth and families in Evanston, Illinois. We provide learning enrichment, social development, and emotional support to over 300 youth and their families each year. It is our goal that all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence and opportunity to participate fully, freely and responsibly in the life our community.

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Youth Services

1 Current Opportunity

Youth Services offer individual and group therapy to youth dealing with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, bullying and bi-polar disorder in all of the north Chicago suburbs.

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Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

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Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center seeks to provide quality, comprehensive, client-centered services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse. These services are provided in partnership with the survivor in the spirit of equality, free from judgment or oppression.

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