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Celebrate Earth Day 2021 with The Volunteer Center and our Partner James Martin Associates Saturday April 24th

On Saturday, April 24th, from 9:30-11:30 am, individuals and families are invited to participate in this year’s National Earth day theme, “Restore Our Earth” by removing invasive plants and other projects that will help restore native habitat for birds and pollinators in Harbert-Payne Woods in Evanston, on the North Shore Channel. This is a great Covid-safe opportunity for individuals and families to come together to make a difference in our local community! Registration is limited and required. Reserve your space(s) now. Ages 5-adult welcome. Click here now for more details or to register.

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It May Have Been Virtual, But This Year’s Annual Celebration of Our Super Hero Volunteers Was As Inspiring As Always!

On March 11, 2021 we were inspired by the stories of 5 incredible volunteers who are putting their super powers to work to help save the world! Our first-ever virtual event included video entertainment, awards, and raffle prizes, all emcee’d by local talents Onnie & Steven Scheyer. Continue Reading to watch a video recap of our event, and learn more about our amazing honorees.

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More Ways for All Ages to Learn and Serve on MLK DAY

Additional Opportunities to Learn and Serve on MLK Day Although we will not be hosting our MLK Day of Service in person this year, we would like to provide volunteers…

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THE LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING LIVES ON, IN SPITE OF THE PANDEMIC

Our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration looked a little different this year, but the Volunteer Center still found ways to honor his enduring legacy of social justice and service by sponsoring 2 Covid-safe community initiatives. First, we were proud to partner with HEROS (Healing Everyday Racism in the Schools) to engage the community in a thought-provoking MLK LEGACY Workshop that focused on Dr. King’s 1965 speech in Winnetka and the concrete steps we can take locally to create Dr. King’s “Beloved Community”. Then, in keeping with our tradition of engaging in service on MLK Day, the VC also invited volunteers from the community to participate in our signature DIY no-sew fleece blanket donation program for homeless shelters and refugees. Instead of working side by side, families made 50+ blankets remotely during MLK “Week” that were distributed to local nonprofits. Continue Reading for more details about these 2 meaningful community events.

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Happy Holidays — and Happy Volunteering — from The Volunteer Center

The coronavirus has made this an unusual holiday season, and is challenging local nonprofits in new ways. But their mission is more important than ever, especially during the holidays, and many of our nonprofit partners are in need of volunteers. We will post holiday opportunities as they come to us, so check this page regularly. We also encourage you to search through our list of nonprofits, and if you find an organization that you would like to support you can also contact them directly through our website to let them know you’re interested in volunteering. Wishing all volunteers a safe, healthy and happy holiday season!

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Suggestions to Safely Help Others During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus Pandemic is challenging all of us in ways we never imagined. But there are those in our community who are particularly challenged to maintain their health and well-being — and Nonprofits still on the front lines continue to serve those in need. Lonely and homebound senior citizens, low income individuals and families, people with disabilities — all are struggling. Even in this time of isolation and fear, there are plenty of ways we can all be good neighbors. Continue reading to see how you can make a difference. As always, we are grateful for our committed volunteers, and we will continue to update this list as we identify new, safe ways to serve. Stay safe and be smart everyone!

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Kids Against Hunger is POSTPONED!

Due to the public health threat of the coronavirus, the Kids Against Hunger food packing event scheduled for Saturday March 14 at the Community House is postponed to a future date to be determined. We will not be packing food this Saturday.

Public health officials are encouraging citizens, particularly those 60 years and older, to avoid public gatherings. We want to be a part of the efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, so postponing Saturday’s event is the right thing to do.

We hope to reschedule the event to a date after the coronavirus threat is gone. Watch this website for updates.

As we have already funded the bulk food and packing materials for this event, if you have already signed up, we hope you can wait until we identify a new date before requesting a refund of your participation fees. Of course, if you do request a refund now, we will honor it as soon as we can. Refund requests and other questions should be directed to info@wnrotary.org.

Thank you for your support of this project and for partnering with the Volunteer Center to feed starving children.

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In March the VC Celebrated Some Outstanding Volunteers — And Our 60th Anniversary — At Our Annual Recognition Event.

Join us at our 2020 Recognition Event, where we will celebrate 60 remarkable years of the Volunteer Center helping others. This year we are also recognizing a wide range of outstanding student and adult volunteers dedicated to helping youth and all people in need — a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the future of volunteerism. So come — and bring your teen or young adult future volunteers with you — to Michigan Shores Club on March 4th. Appetizers and drinks will be served, and you will be inspired! For more information about our amazing honorees and to register for the celebration, Continue Reading.

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Don’t Miss Our Next Training Event: “How to Fully Fund Your Nonprofit Every Year!”

Any nonprofit looking to grow its large donor base cannot afford to miss this game-changing training program.  Register Today! The Volunteer Center and the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce invite you…

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