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The Volunteer Center Invites Nonprofits to a FREE Training Program: “The Basics of Board Governance” on June 15th

Please join the VC and your fellow nonprofit officers and directors at a training program on the fundamentals of nonprofit board governance on Wednesday, June 15th, at Skokie School in Winnetka. CPA Nancy Gonsiorek will share her more than 25 years’ experience as a consultant to nonprofit clients specializing in the fiduciary and legal responsibilities of the board, and the pillars of good board governance. Continue reading to learn more — and to register for this NO-FEE training event.


Volunteers Needed for Community Shredding Event Saturday May 7th. Bring Your Documents Too!

The Volunteer Center is joining with New Trier Township and Regina Dominican High School to sponsor a free community-wide document shredding and disposal event this Saturday, May 7th from 8:30am-11:30am at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette. We need volunteers! Come to help — and bring your documents to shred with you! Find more details here.


The Volunteer Center and James Martin Associates Host Earth Day Service Event April 23rd

  Join us for Special Restoration Projects in Honor of National Earth Day When is the Earth Day event? Saturday, April 23rd, from 9:00 -11:00am (an additional shift from 11:00…


Recycle Your Goods for Good at This Year’s Make A Difference Day on Saturday, October 23rd

Don’t miss this chance to “Recycle Your Goods for Good.” Our annual Make A Difference Day is coming up on Saturday, October 23rd from 9-noon! We’re moving back to our location since 2003 — the Indian Hill Train station in Winnetka — where 15 nonprofits will be collecting everything from adult sneakers to winter coats, school supplies to sporting goods, textbooks to toiletries — and the always popular pet supplies! See complete details on the link below for this annual drop-off donation event, so start collecting and encouraging your groups to gather goods for good now!


Take action today to help victims of crisis in Afghanistan. Here are some ways you can help you can help.

The crisis in Afghanistan has humanitarian implications across the globe, including right here in Chicago.  VC partners Madonna Mission, Refugee One and World Relief are springing into immediate action to help refugees fleeing the danger in Afghanistan settle into new homes and build new lives — and they need immediate help.  Continue Reading to find out how you can volunteer or donate here.  


Looking to Volunteer this Summer? We Can Help!

Looking to volunteer some time this summer? Then let us help you help others! Have a particular cause you would like to support? Not sure what you would like to do? Visit our VC Nonprofit Partner page with a list of our 165 nonprofits and their missions. Check out their individual pages and see what interests you and offer your services. Click here to start your search!


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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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!


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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