Recognition Events Archive

This Year’s Recognition Event Featured an Inspiring Group of Volunteers Who Are Making a Difference in Our community

Join us at this year’s celebration of 4 amazing local volunteers. We’re taking the stage at the historic Wilmette Theater to recognize our honorees with a lively and entertaining evening that will inspire and delight. We’re thrilled to be live again, but if you’re not comfortable attending in-person, you can also sign up to receive a professional video of the event. Continue Reading for more details about the event, our honorees and how to register.


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.


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.


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.


Thanks to All Who Helped Us Celebrate Volunteerism at Our 2018 VC Recognition Event

An enthusiastic crowd gathered at Michigan Shores Club in April to help the Volunteer Center celebrate volunteerism — and to honor a group of particularly outstanding volunteers who are making an impact on the lives of people in need locally and beyond every day. It was a wonderful celebration that left everyone feeling inspired. Click here for information about our honorees and their different missions.


Congratulations to the Outstanding 2017 Honorees Who Were Recognized at Our 2017 Recognition Event — “Growing Volunteerism Through Inspiration” This Spring.

It was a lively evening at our annual Recognition Celebration on May 4th at the Winnetka Community House, where we honored four outstanding volunteers whose extraordinary gifts of time and talent are making a huge difference in the lives of people in need. Click here to read more about the honorees: Emily Bolling, The Floured Apron; Becky Kimbell, The Cradle and Random Acts of Flowers Chicago; Syd Martin, Syd Rocks and Giving Rocks Foundation; Lulu Witcoff, Rainbow Assisted Animal Therapy and Center for Conflict Resolution. You can’t help but be inspired!


The VC Honors Outstanding Volunteers at our Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

Special guests and supporters of The Volunteer Center’s four 2016 honorees celebrated Cinco de Mayo style on May 5, 2016 at The Winnetka Community House. This year’s honorees included: (Seated, left to right) Dr. Warren Bruhl, Executive Director of Dreamweaver International and Gear for Goals; Courtney White, President and Founder of Culinary Care; Mark Stephan, Mentor, Board Member and Advocate for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; and (Standing) the Founders and Board members of INFANT, Inc. Find complete biographies of these inspiring volunteers — and photos from this festive celebration — here.


Mark Your Calendar for VC 2022-23 Days of Service — and Watch for More Details to Come!

The Volunteer Center sponsors many wonderful opportunities throughout the school year for you and your whole family to volunteer your time in service to those in need in our community. Click here for this year’s dates — and watch this website for more detailed information throughout the year about how you can make a difference at these fun community events.


The Volunteer Center Proudly Honored 4 Outstanding Volunteers at Our Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

The VC Board and many friends gathered at the Winnetka Community House to celebrate 4 volunteers who have made a significant difference in our community: Lou Dickson, Founder of the Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse; Wendy Irwin, Founder of the Yellow Tractor Project; Betsy Leibson, Founder of Friends of the Green Bay Trail; and Pam Phillips of the Pam Phillips Weston Wellness Program. Find out more about our honorees here.


Mark Your Calendar to Make A Difference at This Year’s Volunteer Center Days of Service

Coming up: Kids Against Hunger. Click here for more information.

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