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In Spite of the Pandemic, the VC Is Sponsoring Its Annual “Share Your Bounty” This Thanksgiving

COVID-19 is not stopping the Volunteer Center from again helping people in need at Good News Partners (GNP) this Thanksgiving! Any individual, family or group looking for a way to safely help may fill either a cloth or double bagged paper bag or small box with healthy for items from the list provided, then drop it off between 10am and noon on Thanksgiving morning at Good News Partners in Rogers Park. Although there is no contact with residents this year, it will still remain a very meaningful experience for all participants as it sets the tone for a thankful day in a very challenging year. Reservations are not required, but masks are, of course! The staff is prepared to receive the generous donations. Continue reading for more details, and the list of items needed. Happy Thanksgiving!


Maybe Your Nonprofit IS the Bomb. But Is It Hitting the Right Target?

21st CENTURY COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIES FOR YOUR NONPROFIT Nonprofit Directors and Communications Officers, please join the VC — and 2 industry heavy-hitters — for breakfast and a highly motivational training program…


Please Join Us at Our School Service-Learning Workshop and Networking Event

THIS EVENT IS RESCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2020. ┬áPLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION LATER THIS YEAR. Calling All Faith-based and School Parent Organization Presidents and Service-Learning Outreach Chairs   STAY…


Our Biggest Make A Difference Day Ever!

The Volunteer Center would like to thank the volunteers and donors that helped make this year’s Make A Difference Day a smashing success even during this challenging time — with a special shout-out to our amazing partners Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High PTOs. Individuals, families and community groups turned out with trunks full of donations for 15 local nonprofits working on the front lines to help people (and animals!) in need. Hard-working volunteers and generous donors adjusted seamlessly to the safe, socially-distanced, no contact drop-off process — and a new location — donating everything from winter coats to prom dresses, school supplies to sporting goods, textbooks to toiletries. Continue reading for more details. See you next year!


The Volunteer Center is Looking to Grow Our Board

Do you have skills you’d like to put to work to make a difference? Then we need you! We’re currently seeking Board members in a variety of different roles, including marketing, communications, fundraising, project management, event planning, and finance and accounting. Continue Reading for more information.


Four Exceptional Volunteers. One Exceptional Performer. One Amazing Celebration!

At this year’s annual Recognition Event, The Volunteer Center and a spirited gathering of friends and supporters paid tribute to 4 amazing volunteers, who have inspired the community by giving generously of their time and talents in service to those in need. We also featured a live concert on the Winnetka Chapel Stage by up-and-coming Chicago artist and American Idol finalist Manny Torres, whose soulful music provided the perfect end note to a magical celebration. Click here to learn more about our amazing honorees — and this special evening in celebration of music and mission.


Award-Winning Nonprofit Resale Shop Seeking Volunteers to Help Launch New Store at Old Orchard

North Shore Exchange has already raised $1.5 million at luxury resale stores in Glencoe and 900 North Michigan/Chicago and online, benefitting dozens of local organizations that help children and families in need. On June 1 they’re opening a beautiful new store at Old Orchard — and they need volunteers who share a passion for their mission and enjoy retail. If you’re looking to join a team of dedicated volunteers who are making a difference while having fun, click the logo above to find out more!


Welcome Our New Nonprofit Partner: Madonna Mission

Madonna Mission opens the doors of welcome through education. We are a nonprofit organization providing education and resettlement support programs for refugee individuals and families. Find out how you can help here.


Can’t Make it to Kids Against Hunger This Year? You Can Still Support Them — and Enjoy a Fun Night Out — at the KAH Benefit Concert Thursday, February 21st

Join us at the 2nd Annual KAH Benefit Concert on February 21st at Little ricky’s in Winnetka. While you dance the night away to great music, you can support the lifesaving work of Kids Against Hunger. Find our more here.


Kids Against Hunger 2019 Exceeds Goal, Producing 100,440 Meals for the Hungry

The VC is grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who showed up on Saturday, March 16 for one of our most meaningful days of service. Tables filled with family, friends old and new, and community groups who helped assemble 100,440 nutritious meals for starving Nicaraguans, which surpassed our 100,000 goal! This is always a fast paced and fun service project that has become an annual tradition!

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