Service Clubs & Volunteering

Address
Joseph E. Hill Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Avenue
P. O. Box 5648 Evanston, Illinois
60204-5648
Parent Organization
Description

Meets on the first Friday of every month at 7:00pm at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women. The goals of its program activities center on significant issues in families, communities, government halls and world assembly chambers.
Through the Extraordinary Service program, works on improving the living standards within the Black community through economic education; creating exposure and opportunities for the women entrepreneur; adopting and/or assisting Black families, with an emphasis on the Black male; and improving the mental and physical health of local communities.

Contact Person
Gloria Amin, Glenview Area AAUW Membership
Description

The national organization provides grants, fellowships, and awards to promote education and equity for women and girls. The local branch also provides local scholarships. Open to currently enrolled students and graduates of four-year colleges and universities.

Organization Name
Address
1030 Central Street, Evanston, IL; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 42 , Evanston IL 60204
60201
Phone Number
847-475-9076
Parent Organization
Description

For 100 years American Legion Post 42 has been helping veterans and their families in need. Through fund raising activities and volunteer projects the Post has been a major player in Evanston community charities.

Post 42 has facilities available for rental for parties, meetings, and gatherings of all kinds. Check out the Post 42 Patio Facebook page for details on upcoming and past events.

Organization Name
Address
101 West Grand Ave., Suite 400, Chicago, IL
60654
Contact Person
Eileen Murphy, State Director
Phone Number
312-828-9313 or 1-800-89-BUDDY (28339)
Fax
312-828-9421
Parent Organization
Description

Best Buddies Illinois is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. Program links disabled and non-disabled friends at the middle school, high school, college and adult level.

Address
1100 North Laramie Avenue Wilmette, IL
60091-1021
Contact Person
Karen Croteau, President
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-920-2783
Fax
847-512-0984
Description

The program:

Scholarship residential program that serves academically talented and financially in-need youth from middle school through high school.
Support continues for Scholars financially, emotionally and otherwise through college and into career entry.
Provides children with long-term adult relationships and positive mentoring.
Funded exclusively through private sector donations.

Address
P.O. Box 1265, Evanston IL
60204
Contact Person
Adrian Brewington, President
Phone Number
847-504-1470
Description

Nonprofit organization of African American men, founded in 1958 by Evanston police officers, Andrew Rodez and William Logan, jr. Supports activities beneficial to youth, seniors and families in the North Shore communities. Awards over 200 youth scholarships annually, provides holiday food baskets, and supports other community youth activities, such as Fellowship of Afro-American Men youth basketball league.  Hosts annual fundraising gala.

Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Chessmen_Club_of_the_North_Shore/

Organization Name
Address
Evanston Fire Department, 909 Lake Street, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Tim Gobat
Phone Number
847-866-5940
Description

The 10-week program is designed to give Evanston community members the opportunity to experience emergency services first-hand from a firefighter’s point of view. The program consists of a series of classes and discussions held once a week on Thursday evenings, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., through November 13. Participants must be at least 21 years old. Registration is first-come, first-served, and space is limited to approximately 20 students.

Address
Northwestern University International Office, 630 Dartmouth Place, Evanston, IL
60208-4190
Contact Person
CCIS President: Sylvia Alvino
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-328-7516
Parent Organization
Description

An all-volunteer group dedicated to making Northwestern’s international students feel welcome in this country and at Northwestern University. Offers a variety of social and informational programs: temporary housing with local families, foster relative program, English conversation groups, children’s playgroups and other social and cultural activities.

Public Notes

Programs and events

We offer a variety of social and informational programs:
Foster families and home stays
Conversation partners
Programs for international students, spouses, and families

Programs are free (with the exception of Cooking Classes) to participants.

Contact Person
Nancy R. Schultz, Vice Regent
Phone Number
847-477-3231
Parent Organization
Description

A volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.

Website Address
Address
P.O. Box 618, Evanston IL
60204
Contact Person
President Soror Michelle James Ph.D
Parent Organization
Description

Purpose is to establish, maintain and encourage high cultural, intellectual moral standards among its members, to engage in public service programs, and to promote and encourage achievement in education by granting scholarships to high school graduates from the Evanston area.
Youth programs: Delta Academy, Delta Gems and EMBODI.

Public Notes

A private, non-profit organization of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women, in 900 chapters, providing assistance and support in local communities throughout the world. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, Political Awareness and Involvement.

Website Address
Address
P.O. Box 1275, Evanston, IL
60204
Contact Person
Jeffrey Boetto
Contact Email
Description

Local union chapter representing firefighters and paramedics employed by the Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services Department.

Address
Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
847-448-8621
Fax
847-866-0319
Parent Organization
Description

Students in grades 7-12 write, perform and film book reviews for cable TV, and help plan the following: the Teen Summer Reading Game, book discussion groups, recommended reading lists, collection development, an anime/manga club, reader’s theatre and service projects. Members also meet with library staff and board members to plan teen services. New members are welcome.

Public Notes

The Teen Advisory Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6pm – 7pm.

Website Address
Address
1800 Sherman Avenue, Suite 3000, Evanston IL
60201
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-786-5716
Description

Founded by students in 2006, the GlobeMed network engages over 2,000 undergraduates at 60 university-based chapters throughout the United States.

Each chapter is partnered one-to-one with a grassroots health organization in Africa, Asia, or the Americas. Through their involvement, our students and partners commit to a life of leadership in global health and social justice.

Address
P.O. Box 1414, Evanston, IL
60204
Contact Person
Sue Murphy, Executive Director
Phone Number
847-475-1150
Description

An organization that links members of over 50 Evanston religious organizations and facilitates cooperative work for the hungry and homeless, interfaith dialogue and community building. Outreach projects include soup kitchens, warming centers and the Hospitality Center for the Homeless. Annual Vision-Keeper Dinner for members. Sponsors annual Evanston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at various houses of worship.

Warming Centers are located in the facilities of member houses of worship and are staffed by volunteers. The Centers open in November and continue through March.
Hospitality Center for the Homeless located at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, offers social services and referrals weekdays from 7-11 am.
Producemobile provides distribution of free produce on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9:30-11:30 am. at Robert Crown Center.
Soup Kitchens are run by teams of volunteers in several locations.
Overnight Emergency Shelter: The Emergency Overnight Shelter is open every
night from mid November through March, at 6 different faith communities,
from 9pm to 7am.

Description

The mission of Joining Forces for Affordable Housing is to advocate for affordable housing solutions by partnering with organizations that support people in need in North Suburban Cook County.
– We engage human services agencies and other organizations that serve people in need to mobilize their constituents to take action.
– We build on research and advocacy efforts that already exist—helping to expand their reach and their impact through our membership.
– We provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to learn about affordable housing and participate in advocacy at multiple levels.
– We seek to build awareness and support for affordable housing to pave the way for change.

Website Address
Address
620 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 209, Winnetka, Illinois
60093
Phone Number
847-441-0995
Fax
847-441-6423
Parent Organization
Description

An organization that reaches out to women of all ages and backgrounds who want to volunteer their services, meet other like minded women, and learn more about the non-profit sector. Operates Thrift House, a resale shop located at 920 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, which support a variety of community projects. A signature project is Fitting Futures. This project works to outfit women with the skills and apparel needed in today’s job market.

Organization Name
Address
919 Monroe Street, Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Ann Covode, President
Phone Number
847-475-8089
Description

KIDS Global Network, Inc. uses the arts to improve the physical, educational and social circumstances of disadvantaged children at home and abroad.

Connecting Continents is a project that aims to bring students from two elementary schools together in the United States and South Africa. 5th grade students at Oakton Elementary School in the Chicago area are corresponding with children of the same age at Manyeleti Primary School in Gothenburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Through shared journals, letters, photos and video, these students are learning about the lives and culture of their pen pals.

Organization Name
Contact Person
John Mroczka, President
Description

Meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at Saint Francis Hospital Conf Rm II,
355 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202.

Organization Name
Contact Person
James Wolinski
Phone Number
847-475-4544
Description

The Kiwanis Club of Evanston exists to serve the citizens of Evanston, through fund raising and volunteer activities that support service projects which provide for education, guidance, health and a safer environment. It is committed to improving the well being of the community and being a catalyst for enhancing fellowship and collaboration within the community.
Meets at Celtic Knot,626 Church Street, Evanston,
Meeting time/day: 12:00 PM 1st & 2nd & 4th & 5th TU

Organization Name
Contact Person
James P. Kiefer, President
Parent Organization
Description

Meets every 3rd Wednesday at 8pm at the Levy Center 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL.

Organization Name
Contact Person
Lydia Morrissey, President
Contact Email
Description

The North End Mothers’ Club, founded in 1911, supports educational, charitable, civic, health and welfare activities in Evanston and organizations dedicated to these purposes. Members are women from all over Evanston. The Club provides three scholarships to seniors graduating from Evanston Township High School: The NEMC Senior Girl’s Award, the Nursing Scholarship and the Joanne Murphy Trautwein Music Award.
The primary fund raiser for the Club is the Fortnightly Dance Classes open to all Evanston 6th and 7th graders.

Address
P.O. Box 626, Glenview, IL
60025-0626
Contact Person
John Diedrich, President
Phone Number
847-869-0900
Parent Organization
Description

Rebuilding Together’s mission is to rehabilitate and repair the homes of elderly, disabled or low-income people. Volunteers provide necessary repairs free of charge which may include home modifications, roofing, plumbing, and electrical repairs and/or improvements. National Rebuilding Day usually falls on the last Saturday of April.

Public Notes

1899 L Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington D.C. 20036

Organization Name
Address
One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Wally Bobkiewicz, President & Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-866-3000
Fax
847-328-8554 or 847-328-8281
Parent Organization
Description

As one of Evanston’s leading charitable and service organizations, the Rotary Club of Evanston has provided countless hours of volunteer service and significant monetary support for a variety of local causes since it was founded in 1920.

The Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund is a 501c3 organization that provides monetary grants directly to local charitable organizations. In more than two decades of service to the community, the Charitable Fund has raised and distributed many thousands of dollars in Evanston.

An international service organization founded locally in 1905.

Public Notes

Meets every Thursday at 12:15pm at the North Shore Hotel, 1611 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL 60201, (847) 864-6400

To learn more about membership, please contact Paul Larson at larsonpw@gmail.com, or call 847-475-1283.

Website Address
Address
1818 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Steve Goranson, President; Bob Vernon (former Pres.)
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-475-5690
Parent Organization
Description

Meets every Tuesday morning, 7:15 a.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, Evanston for breakfast, club meeting and talk on topic of interest. Ongoing service projects improve and strengthen the Evanston community, international projects help those in need, other projects support youth, vocational training and leadership development.

Public Notes

The club, now about 80 members, was chartered with 25 members on 13 June 1985. We were the first breakfast Rotary club in the district.
Members are welcome to attend meetings at nearly 33,000 Rotary clubs in the world. Members and their families are invited to attend social functions including parties, picnics, theater nights, and other outings. Each year Evanston Lighthouse has been represented at the district conference and the international convention.
Responsibilities of membership include attending a minimum of 50% of club meetings, serving on club committees, and supporting club fundraising activities. Annual Dues are approximately $800 per year including the weekly breakfast.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Email
Phone Number
(847) 866-3000
Description

Rotary is made up of three parts: at the heart of Rotary are our clubs, that are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.

Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives.

The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation’s funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.

Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world.

Public Notes

Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

Website Address
Address
1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
866-976-8279, 847-866-3000 (?)
Fax
847-328-4101
Description

Founded in Evanston in 1905, the Rotary Club has grown to an organization of more than 1.2 million members. A re-creation of the first Rotary Club meeting place is on display as well as other historic items. It’ss international headquarters are in the One Rotary Center at 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston.

Public Notes

We have identified specific causes to target to maximize our local and global impact. At the same time, we understand that each community has its own unique needs and concerns. Through our network of resources and partners, we help clubs focus their service efforts in promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A major focus is on polio vaccination and other development programs in Third world countries.

Address
1403 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL Mailing: PO Box 171
60201
Contact Person
Latoya Johnson (Social Worker)
Phone Number
847- 866-9770
Fax
847- 866-9784
Parent Organization
Description

Offers a variety of social services targeted toward low income families and individuals.

Emergency Service Schedule: Food Pantry: Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Utilities, Rental/Mortgage Assistance- By Appointment Only

Monday: Prayer Chain – 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer Meeting – 6:00 p.m. Bible Study – 6:30 p.m. Women’s Club- 7:30 p.m. Men’s Club – 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal

Counseling: Christian counseling, substance abuse counseling.
Food Assistance: Food vouchers (redeemable at Jewel on Chicago Avenue), canned goods and clothing vouchers for the needy.
Housing: Rent and utilities assistance (when funds are available).
After School Program:
For children ages 5 – 13, Monday – Friday between 3pm to 6pm. Transportation from Evanston schools,snack and homework assistance provided for a monthly fee. Extended care may be available.
Character Building Program:
Adventure Corps (boys ages 6-12),Sunbeams (girls 6-11),Girls Guards (girls 12-18) and Teen Reflection Cell Group (a drop-in time for teens 13-18). Meets Fridays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Youth Music Program:
Activities for youth include Singing Company (ages 6-10),Junior Choir (ages 10-17),Junior Band (ages 13 and older) and Instructional Band (ages 6-15)
Summer Day Camp:
A day camp is offered for 8 weeks during the summer for children ages 5-12, between 7:30 am – 5:45pm, Monday through Friday.

Women’s Programs also available, including sewing and Zumba groups

Organization Name
Address
737 Reba Place (basement), Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-869-0660
Description

A free thrift store, offering free clothing, books and household items. Open every Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM. Accepting donations during open hours only.

The Pick is a decades-old institution in South Evanston and serves all who come through its doors. youth and other volunteers learn work skills, build community, and gain confidence from serving their neighbors.

Website Address
Address
333 S Wabash Ave., 30th Floor, Chicago, IL
60604
Contact Person
Gwen Sims
Phone Number
312-906-2350
Fax
312-876-0199
Description

United Way helps donors by channelling their gifts to organizations addressing Evanston’s most pressing human needs; supports 30 member agencies in Evanston, including daycare, substance abuse programs, senior services, shelters, and family services.

As the largest private funder of human services in the region, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago understands that quality delivery of human services is critical to both serving our most vulnerable citizens, and to improving the economic future of our state.

Website Address
Address
848 N. Dodge Ave Ste. 104, Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Email
Description

The West African Health Initiative seeks to deliver lifesaving support to West Africa by bringing comprehensive medical treatment and supporting research in all areas of medicine, specifically HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and cancer.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Venue Manager
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-475-3800
Fax
847-491-9750
Description

The Woman’s Club of Evanston, founded in 1889, is a nonprofit organization of over 400 women from the North Shore and Chicago dedicated to community service, philanthropic work and friendship. Annual events are: Holiday Bazaar (November), Annual Benefit Dinner and Revue Show (March), Dreams Delivered (April), and Spring Benefit (May). Supports many local social service agencies with donations and volunteer service. Clubhouse, 1702 Chicago Ave., at the corner of Church Street and Chicago Avenue, is available for rentals.

Public Notes

For general inquiries about The Woman’s Club of Evanston, as well as private event usage such as weddings:

Venue Manager
847-475-3800
manager@wcofe.org

For information about membership in The Woman’s Club of Evanston:

WCE Assistant Membership Chair
membership@wcofe.org

Organization Name
Parent Organization
Description

Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions, working to improve the legal, political, economic and professional status of women. Zonta Club of Evanston supports Evanston agencies and programs which serve women and children and gives one scholarship a year to a woman in a non-traditional field.

Public Notes

The prime tenets of the international organization are:

improve the legal, political, economic, health, educational and professional status of women through service and advocacy.
work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of executives in business and the professions
promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedom
unite internationally to foster high ethical standards, implement service programs and provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations and the world.
Since 1923, Zonta has provided more than US$9,800 million to projects benefiting over 2 million women representing 34 countries.

Organization Name
Address
807 Davis Street, Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
908-400-4345
Description

A local, grassroots organization dedicated to resisting the Trump agenda’s attempt to replace our democracy with authoritarian plutocracy. We work toward a fairer, more inclusive, and more diverse community and are committed to non-violence in all our actions. We meet at the Lorraine G. Morton Civic Center (2100 Ridge Ave.) roughly every 4-6 weeks.

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