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Volunteer Center Honors 4 Special Volunteers at Our Annual Recognition Event
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Volunteer Center Honors 4 Special Volunteers at Our Annual Recognition Event

On Friday, March 8th at the Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette, Volunteer Center supporters and friends came together to celebrate the work of these extraordinary volunteers…share in a special interactive service event… and have a lot of fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy Serrino of Glencoe, received recognition for her humanitarian efforts both locally and throughout the globe. A world traveler, international volunteer and a passionate supporter of children’s issues, Wendy is the Vice Chair of the Midwest Regional UNICEF Board, Co-Chair UNICEF Profile Series at UNICEF, President, Board of Directors at North Shore Exchange, a brand new resale shop that supports charity, the co-founder and Co-Chair of the Glencoe Family Partnership that funded a Charter School in the Englewood area, and a board member of Glencoe Family Services.

James Martin Associates, Heidi Sibert, co-owner and partner received this year’s business award for their tremendous civic engagement and impact on the North Shore and charitable causes. Over the last seven years, their support has raised more than $250,000 for charities and community organizations and student scholarships.  They have supported the Arthritis Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Misericordia, Family Promise, the Cradle, Girls Hope Boys Hope, American Red Cross of greater Chicago, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Special Olympics and The Winnetka Historical Society.  They also award Scholarships to students in pursuit of a career in the landscape service industry.

Mary McLaughlin of Winnetka received the Global Initiative Award for her groundbreaking work in sustainable food sources for impoverished countries. Familiar with trees that grow well in Jamaica, like the breadfruit tree, Mary and her husband Michael founded Trees That Feed, an organization that helps reforest tropical areas with trees that produce edible fruit – the breadfruit, in order to …

Looking for a Holiday Volunteer Opportunity?
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Looking for a Holiday Volunteer Opportunity?

HELP THOSE IN NEED BY DONATING WARM COATS 

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Haven Christmas Drive

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HISTORIC WAGNER FARM: HELP NEEDED FOR HOLIDAY GREENERY SALES

Get ready for the holidays! Volunteers are needed to help unload and sell trees through December 21st! Holiday Greenery sales are one of the ways that Historic Wagner Farm helps fund programs and care for animals. Volunteers who can comfortably lift about 40+ pounds are needed to help unload, sort, display and sell trees.

Unloading: Unloading is the biggest job. There are two tree deliveries of about 150 trees each. We get about a week’s notice on the delivery and it is typically during the day, on a weekday. RSVP to be on the list of people we notify when we get the date and time. If you can come…great! Many hands make light work!

Selling: Volunteers are needed to help sell and load trees on weekends now through December 23rd. Volunteer hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-2pm and 1-5pm. Volunteers who commit to three shifts of unloading/selling will earn the employee discount on a tree from the farm!

Want to volunteer?  Contact Christine.Shiel@glenviewparks.org


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LAWRENCE HALL YOUTH SERVICES HOLIDAY WISH LIST DRIVE

Be a part of the magic this holiday season!

Help make the holidays memorable for the abused and neglected youth of Lawrence Hall by making sure every child has a gift to open.  It’s easy to donate.  Click here for more information.


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LAMBS FARM NEEDS HOLIDAY HELP

34th Annual Holiday Lights Gift & Craft Show

LOCATION: Arlington Park Race Track
December 5, 6 & 7
Available Shifts:
Friday (10:30 am-4:30 pm & 4:00 pm -9:00 pm)- BOOKED
Saturday (8:30 am-1:30 pm & 1:00 pm-7:00 pm)- BOOKED
Sunday, 12/7 (9:30 am-1:30 pm)- OPENINGS AVAILABLE

Shopping for the holidays was never so easy! Customers choose from the fine art and craftwork of talented …

Our 10th Annual Make A Difference Day — A Great Day!
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Our 10th Annual Make A Difference Day — A Great Day!


In spite of the cold, thousands with warm hearts poured into the Winnetka train station parking lot to donate much-needed items to local nonprofits.  

Special thanks to Highcrest School in Wilmette, Crow Island in Winnetka and the New Trier High School Baseball team for vans filled with everything from baby blankets to baseball gloves!  

And of course, we couldn’t have done it without the help and support of our dedicated Volunteer Center Board members!

Our grateful nonprofit recipients this year were:
  • ChildServ
  • Connections for the Homeless
  • Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association (ESCCA)
  • Glencoe Community Garden
  • Hadley School for the Blind
  • Infant, Inc.
  • Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
  • New Trier Township Food Pantry
  • Orphans of the Storm
  • Refugee One
  • Salvation Army
  • Women’s Club of Evanston
  • Working Bikes
  • World Relief of Chicago
  • Winnetka Youth Organization
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Nonprofit Fundraising and Networking Luncheon

Nonprofit Fundraising and Networking Luncheon

 

  • There is no fee to participate in the Nonprofit Networking and Fundraising Luncheon for VC Nonprofit Partners. Special thanks to Grand Foods for donating to the luncheon!
  • If you are a past VC Nonprofit Partner and would like to renew your partnership, your $25 renewal fee covers this event for all of your representatives.
  • If your nonprofit would like to join as a Partner for $50, and receive year-long benefits in addition to free attendance at the Nonprofit Networking and Fundraising Luncheon, click here.
  • For organizations that are nor partners, it is a $25 fee per person.
3 WAYS TO SERVE THOSE IN NEED DURING THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS!
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3 WAYS TO SERVE THOSE IN NEED DURING THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS!

Donate a Basket of Fresh Produce to the

NEW TRIER TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY

Tuesday, Nov 12th – Monday, Nov 19th

739 Elm St., Winnetka

Suggested items:  Non-perishable fruits: oranges/clementines, apples, pineapples Veggies:  squashes, beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, potatoes  Pantry Items: coffee, tea, salad dressings, salsa, cookies, crackers, chocolates, nutsPersonal Items: shampoo/conditioner, body wash, and other special treats.


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CREATIVELY CARING

Saturday, Nov 17 – 10:30am – 12:30pm

Barbara’s Bookmarket 

2651 Navy Blvd., Glen Town Center, Glenview

Beautify Food Donation Baskets ~ Make flower baskets, hanging door scrolls and greeting cards.   Admission is free!

 

Feed and Greet Low Income Families at

GOOD NEWS PARTNERS

Thanksgiving Morning, stop by any time between 10am and noon and you will be directed to a recipient family either in the building or around the corner.  Or you can just drop the basket and go!  Thank you for your generosity.  These groceries will sustain the families after the Thanksgiving Feast.

1600 W. Jonquil Terrace, Chicago, IL (Rogers Park – near Evanston)

Bring a Laundry Basket filled with groceries (not Thanksgiving meal)

Suggested items: Canned ham and other canned goods – fruits and veggies, soups, tuna peanut butter, microwaveable rice and pasta, pasta sauces, cereals or treats, coffee, and add a special treat if you’d like – think chocolate?

 

GOT STUFF? Get Ready to Make A Difference!
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GOT STUFF? Get Ready to Make A Difference!

 

 

 

 

The Volunteer Center (VC) will sponsor its 10th annual Make A Difference Day on Saturday, October 27nd from 9 am-12 pm at the Indian Hill Train Station in Winnetka.  This year, representatives from 17 nonprofits will be on hand to collect much-needed items.

Items being collected for this community-wide event include: outerwear; shoes and boots; school supplies; sheets and blankets (full/twin) and pillows; games, toys and books; cleaning supplies and paper goods; laundry detergent; toiletries; baby formula and diapers; non-perishable food; garden tools; dog and cat food and supplies; sports equipment; men’s clothing and shoes; eyeglasses and cases; bicycles; Halloween costumes; and small furniture and lamps.

In these difficult economic times, the need is greater than ever.  So please take this opportunity to clean out your closets or add a few extra items to your shopping cart. You can collect items as an individual, family, group or neighborhood.  And it couldn’t be easier!  Volunteers will be waiting to unload your car and get your donations to the appropriate agency.

Recipient nonprofits include:  ChildServ, Connections for the Homeless, Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association, Glencoe Community Garden, Hadley School for the Blind, INFANT, Inc., Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, New Trier Township Food Pantry, Orphans of the Storm, Refugee One, Salvation Army, Winnetka Youth Organization, Working Bikes, World Relief of Chicago, and YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

 

SEPTEMBER 11 DAY OF SERVICE
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SEPTEMBER 11 DAY OF SERVICE

 

HELP US COMMEMORATE OUR COUNTRY’S HEROES:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 is the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country. The Volunteer Center would like you to please honor our heroes wherever you live, by stopping by your local police and fire stations and thanking them for their services. Gather your family and friends and make a card, make a sign, bake some cookies, or just say thanks.

Send us the pictures from your visit: info@VolunteerCenterHelps.org