Glencoe, Community

Get involved in honor of MLK Jr. with service events in Winnetka, Glencoe and Highland Park

Local organizations are providing numerous opportunities for resident dogooders to get to work on Sunday, Jan. 15, and Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Volunteer Center’s annual Day of Service is returning to in-person, drop-in activities from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday at the Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., in Winnetka.

The Volunteer Center is also requesting donations of new hats, gloves and long underwear for the people of Ukraine.

For additional information, visit the VC’s website or email


Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Ave., in Glencoe is hosting a winter-apparel drive from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15.

Residents are encourage to bring new and gently used children’s coats and organize and package them.

For more information, email Pastor Katrese Kirk at


A number of Highland Park organizations are collaborating on the 14th annual Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16.

The day begins at 10 a.m. at the Recreation Center, 1207 Park Ave. W, where the Highland Park Police Department will present colors followed by local students leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Mayor Nancy Rotering making opening remarks.

Service projects will take place until noon, when a special dance performance will commence.

From 12:30-2 p.m., drive-through donations will be accepted for a number of organizations in the Staples/Muller Subaru parking lot, 1931 Skokie Valley Road. Requested donations are listed below.

A Safe Place: Paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, baby wipes, diapers (size 4 and up), pull ups, detergent pods, disinfectant spray, disinfectant wipes, liquid hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, liquid body soap, cleaning supplies, baby wipesWebsite:

National Council of Jewish Women – North Shore: New socks, small throws/blankets, flip-flops, shampoo, conditioner, tooth brushes, toothpaste, nail polish, emery boards, adult paperback activity books, journals, pens, deodorants, body lotions, hair brushes, combs, other personal grooming items

Working Bikes: Used adult bikes, gently used kids bikes, parts, and accessories

Zac’s Zoo: New stuffed animals (price tags on)

Habitat for Humanity- Lake County: Construction materials — 2 inch siding nails; 16 penny nails; 2 inch cap nails; #2 Philips head drill bits; Chalk lines; 25 foot tape measures; cats paws; utility knives and blades; n95 dust masks; Tyvek tape; Great Stuff spray foam for windows and doors; great stuff spray foam insulation with Fire block; Work gloves, Dewalt cordless power tools (drill saws, etc.)

The Balance Project: Blank journals; positivity stickers; fidgets

For more information, contact Laura Frey with the City of Highland Park at


This article was developed using publicly available information, such as press releases, municipal records and social media posts.

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