A newly formed consortium of the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, Evanston Community Foundation, and the two public school districts has been formed to promote volunteerism as a way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the city’s founding.

Their goal is to log 150,000 hours of volunteer time in 2013.

They call themselves Volunteer Evanston, and their mission is to connect volunteers to opportunities in Evanston and thereby assist local organizations that serve the Evanston community.

At different Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration events the weekend of Jan. 17-21, residents will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in the volunteer initiative.

Or they can sign up online.

Other groups partnering with Volunteer Evanston include Music Institute of Chicago, Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.), and YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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