Check out the great photos and feedback from 2013 Make A Difference Day!



2013 MDD completed - Board  Faith Hope vols 2013 MDD Bernie's Bookbin with books  Leslie, Donor 2013 MDD  Young Sorters

Young Sorters


Adaptive Sports, Bernie’s Book Bank, ChildServ, Connections for the Homeless, ESCCA –Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association, Family Focus of Evanston, Family Service of Winnetka-Northfield, Glencoe Community Garden, Hadley School for the Blind, INFANT, Inc., New Trier Township Food Pantry, Orphans of the Storm, Refugee One, Salvation Army, Woman’s Club of Evanston, Working Bikes, World Relief of Chicago, YMCA of Metro Chicago.

Over 13,000 items were collected by generous community members, schools, faith-based and service groups throughout northeast metropolitan Chicago. The nonprofits were thrilled with the support.

“…I was blown away…so much great stuff! Games and puzzles and educational toys…and all in great shape! We are so grateful to have been a part of this event once again and I just wanted to thank you and the other organizers for all of your hard work and dedication.” -Eric Werge, YMCA Chicago

“Thank you for all your efforts in organizing Make A Difference Day. It was once again a wonderful opportunity…INFANT, Inc. loves being part of the event!

“Thanks so much for allowing us to participate. What a great event!…We collected 30 bikes for Working Bikes.”


Working Bikes shipped some of the bikes collected at Make A Difference Day to Village Bicycle Works in Ghana in November.    Check out this video:
‘Keep on Rolling’ Cadbury’s Bicycle Factory talks to Village Bicycle Project


Village Bicycle Works Video






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

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.