Over 700 volunteers of all ages and abilities joined the Volunteer Center, The Kindness Connection, the Winnetka Historical Society and the Winnetka Community House at this year’s MLK, Jr. Day of Service, benefiting 13 local nonprofits — and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s visit to the Winnetka Village Green. Watch the video presentation “Civil Rights on the North Shore: Bringing the Movement home documenting the efforts of the North Shore Summer Project in the early 60’s.
Families, individuals, community groups, and service groups came together at the Winnetka Community House in March to pack nutritious meals for over 100,000 starving people in Nicaragua and local food pantries. Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield, The Winnetka Community House — and the Volunteer Center — this was a great opportunity for volunteers of all ages to work together to make a tangible difference in the lives of children and families who do not have access to healthy food. Thanks to the many volunteers who chose this meaningful way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! This is an annual event, so watch for us again next year.
If you’re looking for volunteers or interns, our annual Volunteer and Internship Fair is a great way to connect with volunteers looking for ways to make a difference. This event usually takes place in April, and is a great opportunity to recruit high school and college students, and young adults for the summer or the year. Exhibiting is free for all of our nonprofit partners! Watch the website for an announcement of next year’s date.
The Volunteer Center hosted over 50 Nonprofit professionals seeking new ways to get noticed by the press at this year’s “Meet Your Press” continental breakfast and panel discussion. The highly interactive discussion was lead by local news professionals from N.E. Metro Chicago print and digital daily and weekly papers. magazines and social media outlets, and covered topics like writing effective press releases, pitching a story, getting your story noticed and what kind of content each media is most interested in. It was a lively and engaging morning that also provided a great networking opportunity for the Nonprofits who attended.
Over 150 guests celebrated the contributions of five honorees at the Volunteer Center’s Recognition Event in March. Their accomplishments were inspiring and humbling. Pictured here, honoree Frank Craven shows his appreciation to the Executive Director of Our Place, William Johnson.
The Volunteer Center is grateful to the families, individuals, schools and community groups who donated carloads of nutritious food to the clients of Good News Partners, and a pantry full of fresh produce to the New Trier Township Food Pantry. Thanks also to the families and individuals who helped deliver the food to Good News Partners on Thanksgiving morning. It was a fabulous community effort!