Where to Donate: A Handy Guide

Ready to get organized and rid your home of the clutter? Whether you’re cleaning out your closet or bookshelf or updating your furniture, don’t just toss those items — donate them and make a difference to one of the many local organizations in need. Here’s our guide to where to donate throughout the North Shore […]

The Best Chicago Charity Galas to Attend in 2024

Although outstanding nonprofit galas occur throughout the calendar year, May is a particular strong month in Chicago for important parties with a purpose. Enjoy the following events, which offer action-packed days and evenings filled with socializing, dinners, cocktails, performances, dancing and more knowing that your participation creates extraordinary impact for others, too. And please read further for […]

Celebrate Chicagoland Heroes: Support the Red Cross Now and Double Your Impact With This Donation-Matching Opportunity

July 2023 saw record-breaking floods on Chicago’s Westside, causing severe home and property damage in the city’s Austin neighborhood. As a longtime Austin resident and community advocate, Jacqueline Reed spearheaded relief efforts, mobilizing resources and volunteers to help 75 homes become habitable.  That same month, Firefighter and Paramedic Nicholas DeLeon encountered an active shooter at […]

How Volunteering Can Benefit Your Body, Mind and Community

Research has shown that social connectedness can improve physical health and emotional well-being, and even increased life span. The Volunteer Center provides a path to making such connections and fostering positive emotion through volunteering. Here’s how. Volunteering enhances well being It is a scientifically accepted premise that contributing time and effort to a cause greater than oneself […]