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What does the Volunteer Center (VC) do?
It is a resource for individuals, families, and service groups who wish to volunteer their time and help others through nonprofit service organizations. The VC sponsors service days, educational events and a volunteer opportunity clearinghouse through this website.
How long has The Volunteer Center been around?
The VC was established in 1960 and called the Volunteer Talent Pool (VTP) as a special tutoring project in conjunction with the North Shore Senior Center and the Winnetka Public Schools. Over the years school districts in the New Trier Township utilized the volunteers for curriculum support. As it grew, nonprofits soon recognized the volunteer resource and posted their needs with the VTP. The VTP evolved into today's Volunteer Center, referring thousands of volunteers annually to hundreds of nonprofit organizations.
What area does The Volunteer Center serve?
Volunteers generally are sought from northeast suburban Cook County: However, we are happy to help anyone looking to volunteer if we can. There are over a dozen VCs in the state of Illinois: click on the " Volunteer Centers of Illinois" under the Resources tab above, or click here.
The nonprofit organizations are predominantly in the northern suburbs and nearby Chicago, but there are many international programs, as well.
The Volunteer Center refers volunteers to what agencies?
We currently serve over 230 organizations. They all are listed on this web site. You can click on one of the Categories to the left to get name and address information about them, including links to their web sites and e-mails. Many are listed in more than one category. You can also search by zip code or keyword, or see an alphabetical listing of organizations.
How do I volunteer?
You can search for an agency or opportunitiy using the categories or search capablities on our home page. You can contact the agency directly through the website once you have found an opportunity. An email message is sent automatically to the opportunity contact person.
Alternatively, you can write about your interests to us at Volunteer Center of Northeast Metro Chicago, 520 Glendale Avenue, Suite 3B, Winnetka, IL 60093 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can call us at 847-441-7665. Be sure to include your email address and a phone number where you can be reached during the day.
What are "Hot Opportunities"?
These are current volunteer openings listed with us by agencies. To see the current list, click on the "Hot Opportunities" button. Many of these listings have deadline dates, so this list should be checked frequently.
What special events does The Volunteer Center actively engage volunteers?
September 11 Day of Service, Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Global Youth Service Day, TV Tuneout, Volunteer Recognition Events, Volunteer Fairs, symposia, seminars for agency staff, and others.
I am associated with an agency not listed with The Volunteer Center. How can my agency get on your list as a nonprofit partner?
Only 501C3 organizations and accredited schools are invited to register. A 501C3 organization must first email its EIN number to email@example.com before approval. When staff at the VC confirm your nonprofit status, then click on the "New Register" button on the home page and enter your data online. The organization must use volunteers and must provide services outside its member base.
Alternatively, you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 847-441-7665, or write us at The Volunteer Center, 520 Glendale Avenue, Suite 3B, Winnetka, IL 60093. Be sure to include EIN number, agency name, contact name, phone number, fax number, email address, web site if any, a description of your agency, and how you use volunteers. Your agency will be listed on our web site and added to our database for future mailings.
Does The Volunteer Center collaborate with other organizations?
The Volunteer Center is a member of of the Points of Light Institute/Hands on Network and The Volunteer Centers of Illinois (VCI).
The Volunteer Center also collaborates on specific projects with many local organizations and businesses as well as with agencies that have included The Alliance for Early Childhood, New Trier High School, The North Shore Senior Center, The Winnetka Community House, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF, the American Red Cross, The American Cancer Society, local Rotaries, The Woman's Club of Evanston, Go Green Winnetka, Do Your P'Art and many more. For details, click on "Collaborations". We welcome new opportunities to collaborate at any time. Contact us!
How is The Volunteer Center funded?
The majority of the budget is supported by individual donations. It also receives grants and gifts from United Way, New Trier Township, parent/teacher organizations, businesses, foundations, and employer matching grants.
How can I donate to The Volunteer Center?
Thank you for thinking of us! We do not charge a fee for our services and 50% of our budget is from individual donations. Click here if you would like to donate.
I would like information on joining your Board.
We are always interested in new board members. The only requirement is that potential members must have a passion for helping others. If you are interested, email us at email@example.com.
Any other questions or comments?
For any other questions or suggestions: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.