Five Places to Volunteer This Holiday Season

Spread some holiday cheer.

City of Evanston Holiday Food and Toy Drive:

In addition to donating food and toys, donate some time by helping hand out the items to people in need. Volunteers must be age 16 or older and able to lift 30-50 pounds.
If you can't do the heavy lifting, you can donate your items to the following locations, through Dec. 19:

  • Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Room 1100 (Recreation office), Mon.-Fri., 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • The main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Mon.-Thurs., 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sun., Noon to 6:00 p.m.
  • Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St., Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sat., 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sat., 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sat., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sat. and Sun., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., Mon., 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs., 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m; Fri., 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p,m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sun., Noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • New Location! North branch library, 2026 Central St., Mon., 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Tues. and Wed., 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sat., 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Boocoo is a community cultural center that offers classes, a performance space, and a cafe. Volunteers can spend a few hours a week working directly at Boocoo, or working with Boocoo at other community organizations that need help. Interested volunteers should email info@boocoo.org.



Care is a volunteer-run animal shelter that works with the city animal services.

In addition to volunteer hours, the shelter hosts a number of events every year. Call 847- 705-2653; for more information.


847-967-4800 /nancy.luck@ihmec.org

Dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center teaches universal lessons to combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. Volunteers are needed to staff the Brill Family Resource Center. No previous library experience is necessary. On site training will be provided.


Shovel Snow for Senior and Disabled Persons

“The City of Evanston’s Senior & Disabled Persons Snow Shoveling program connects residents with volunteers who are willing to provide snow shoveling services. Volunteers will be needed for the entire winter 2011-12 snow season. Evanston residents often request assistance during harsh winters for snow shoveling and by residents providing their contact information to the Senior & Disabled Persons Snow Shoveling program list, Evanston residents can be provided with a complete list of available volunteers in their area” – City of Evanston

Volunteers must be at least 13 years old and the time commitment varies.


Find more volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Evanston.


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