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"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

- Dr. Seuss

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The Volunteer Center (VC) helps residents and service groups of all ages in the New Trier Township, North Shore and greater NE Metro Chicago area volunteer or engage in days of service and service learning with 501C3 nonprofit organizations.

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Nonprofits received a Record Number of Donations at This Year's Make A Difference Day.

2017 VC Recognition Event Honorees with Executive Director Barb Tubekis and Board President Margot Flanagin

Members of the local press gave tips to nonprofits on how to increase media visibility at Meet Your Press 2017

Involve your whole family in making a difference to starving children in Nicaragua at Kids Against Hunger.

Members of the local Rotary donated carloads of healthy food at last year's Thanksgiving Share Your Bounty event.

Board Member Colleen Harlow delivering Make A Difference Day donations to Counseling Center of the North Shore

No-sew blankets for the homeless is a favorite activity for volunteers our annual MLK Day of Service in January.

Our highly successful MLK Day of Service is held at the Winnetka Community House.

Orphans of the Storm collected a truck full of animal toys, food and supplies at last year's Make A Difference Day.

VC hosts valuable networking and training events for nonprofits throughout the year.

Students taking time off to make toys & blankets for homeless animals during Screen Break Week.

Calling All Nonprofits Seeking Media Exposure: Register Today for Our 2018 “Meet Your Press” Event on March 21st

If you’re a nonprofit looking for new ways to get noticed by the press, you won’t want to miss our “Meet Your Press” continental breakfast and panel discussion. This interactive discussion will be lead by local news professionals from N.E. Metro Chicago print and digital, daily and weekly papers, magazines and social media outlets. You’ll get tips for writing effective press releases, pitching a story, getting your story noticed and what kind of content each media is most interested in. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to the press — and to network with other local Nonprofits. Open to both VC member and non-member nonprofits — but you must register in advance. Click here for more information, or to sign up today.

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Please Join Us at Our 2018 Volunteer Center Recognition Event on Thursday, April 19th

Plan to join us on Thursday, April 19th at our annual celebration of volunteerism, where we’ll also honor 4 particularly outstanding volunteers who are making an impact in our community every day. Come to Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette from 7:30-9:30 for an elegant champagne reception and dessert buffet — and A CHANCE TO WIN A WEEK FOR 4 IN TUSCANY! Bring your friends and fellow volunteers, and share a special evening learning about the life-changing work these volunteers are doing. You’ll leave inspired. Click here for information about our honorees, or to register for the event. You can also purchase raffle tickets for the Tuscan holiday here — and you need not be present to win!

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Almost 450 Volunteers Helped Pack 100,000 Nutritious Meals at Kids Against Hunger on March 17, 2018

Families, individuals, community groups, and service groups came together at the Winnetka Community House on Saturday, March 17, 2018 to pack nutritious meals for over 100,000 starving people in Nicaragua and local food pantries. Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield, The Winnetka Community House — and the Volunteer Center — this was a great opportunity for volunteers of all ages to work together to make a tangible difference in the lives of children and families who do not have access to healthy food. Thanks to the many volunteers who chose this meaningful way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! This is an annual event, so watch for us again next year.

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

An infectious spirit of giving filled the Winnetka Community House on Monday, January 15 as almost 600 volunteers — families, friends, scout troops, community groups and individuals of all ages — gathered to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring message of tolerance, diversity and service. A variety of fun service projects benefiting ten local nonprofits and the people they serve were offered, and volunteers created and donated over 1,200 blankets, scarves, dog toys, cards, bracelets, placemats and other gifts for people in need throughout Chicago. An Open Mic forum also offered community members an opportunity to share their thoughtful reflections on the relevance of the message and legacy of Dr. King today. This is always a terrific community activity, and we are grateful for the support and generosity of everyone who came. Read more info about the nonbprofits we supported and see photos from the event here. See you next year!

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