This month’s picks for people, places and things with which you can make a difference:
2010 Chicago Green Festival
GIVE TIME: Join the volunteer team that helps support the largest sustainability event in the country on May 22 and 23. Volunteers receive free admission to the event both days, an exclusive staff organic cotton T-shirt, free memberships to Global Exchange and Green America, and a 10 percent discount at the Green Festival and Global Exchange Stores.
Registration on the website.
Boys and Girls Club of Lake County
847-473-5990 / bgclc.com
GIVE TIME: Make a difference in a child’s life. Donate time to help club members with homework during “Power Hour,” provide one-on-one reading help, assist with physical activity time in the gym, and create arts and crafts projects. The time you give is entirely up to you!
Contact Colleen Westby at 847-473-5990.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter
312-423-1139 / [email protected]
GIVE TIME: On May 2, The Greater Illinois Chapter is hosting its annual Walk MS campaign at The Glen. With your help, they can continue to lead the movement toward a world free of MS. They need dedicated volunteers to help before, during and after the event. Serve on a planning committee, provide office assistance, recruit participants, promote the event, or provide overall support—there’s a variety of ways to get involved.
Contact Jocelyn Cheng at 312-423-1139 or e-mail: [email protected] for more information.
New Foundation Center
GIVE THINGS: New Foundation Center in Northfield is looking for small appliances, dishes, linens, small tables and lamps. They also need program materials such as art supplies, digital cameras and video cameras. The New Foundation Center serves more than 250 men and women with serious mental illness who live in north and northwest Chicago. They help clients chart a direction to recovery, develop new skills and achieve goals, solving problems in a real-world environment and contributing to their communities.
Call 847-501-4718 to arrange a donation.
Village Treasure House
GIVE THINGS: Village Treasure House serves as a convenient resource for those looking to sell or donate their fine home furnishings, especially artwork. It is also a wonderful find for those wanting to purchase home furnishings at greatly reduced prices. Proceeds are given as grants to local agencies that support women and families in crisis.
Store is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., 1460 Paddock Dr., Northbrook.
Family Focus Teen Parent Program
GIVE THINGS: This Evanston-based program needs formula, diapers, wipes and strollers. Family Focus provides young parents with group services, home visits, one-on-one mentoring, drop-in support, homework help, library use, volunteer activities and summer employment. Family Focus promotes the well-being of children by supporting and strengthening families and communities.
To arrange a donation, contact Leslie Daniels or Roselyn Tillmon at 847-475-7570.
The Volunteer Center of New Trier Township
GIVE SUPPORT: Join baseball legend Ernie Banks to celebrate 50 years of service by the oldest volunteer center in Illinois at their Golden Gala on May 8, which includes dinner, live music, an open bar and a raffle at the Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette. Raffle prizes include four box seats to a cross-town rivalry game at U.S. Cellular Field, plus additional tickets to a future White Sox game and a future Cubs game.
To purchase tickets to the gala, contact the Volunteer Center at 847-441-7665.
Hoof It for Haiti
GIVE SUPPORT: Sacred Heart’s Teen Group will be sponsoring Hoof It for Haiti, a 5K Fun Run on Sunday, May 16, in Glencoe. All proceeds from this race will go to St. Jean Baptiste, their twin parish in Sassier, Haiti, to provide food, shelter, clothing, medicine, education and other necessities for 2,000 migrants from the earthquake zone whom they have welcomed into their parish.
847-968-3321 / ryersonwoods.org
GIVE SUPPORT: This oasis of 552 acres of magnificent woodlands rests in the heart of densely populated Lake County. Friends of Ryerson Woods uses the unique setting to catalyze people’s understanding, life-long appreciation and behavior in support of nature. The Deerfield-based Friends accomplishes its mission in partnership with the Lake County Forest Preserve District.
To make a donation and learn more about Ryerson (including what volunteer opportunities are available), visit the website.