Amidst the frantic pace of holiday shopping and overbooked social schedules, many folks may easily lose sight of the true spirit of the season at hand: giving to others.For those of our readers who would like to contribute in some way to the community this holiday season, the RoundTable is providing a list of “giving” ideas and “wish lists” from local organizations.

Kiwanis Holiday Wishes  

Anyone interested in contributing monetarily or as a one-day volunteer contact the Kiwanis Club of Evanston, 847-475-4544.

Kiwanis raises funds for many Evanston organizations through a series of exciting event throughout the year (Pizzamania, Texas Hold’em, Golf outing) and its members volunteer at Special Olympics, Family Focus and Shore Community Services.

Match your skills with a project that benefits our community. To see more about activities, go to

PEER Services

PEER Services, 906 Davis St., is a 501(c) 3 organization that has been providing substance abuse prevention and treatment services to the Evanston community since 1975. 

We are in need of a web designer/ webmaster; graphic designer; marketing consultant; volunteers for board events; editor and writers for electronic newsletter; office and project volunteers; magazine subscriptions; coffee, sugar, creamer, hot and cold cups, travel mugs and individual snack items; yard-waste bags; gift cards; CTA tickets with transfer; postage stamps.

Grandmother Park Initiative

The Grandmother Park Initiative wishes every Evanston family was within a quarter mile of a park with a playground available all day for families to enjoy.  

Our group was founded to create a playground in the largest under-served area of the City, the blocks near Robert Crown Park. We would like to create such a park in our community, and to do so we need volunteers and donations. Learn more about our project at

Evanston Day Nursery 

Evanston Day Nursery is a small, nonprofit childcare center with preschool and after-school programming.

We would love some help writing and researching grants or assisting with fundraising. We wish for any of the following: dehumidifier, digital camera, copy machine, kid-friendly snow shovels, washable markers, copy paper, office chair, photo albums, plastic storage shelving, video camera and monetary donations, which are always welcome.

Anyone interested should contact Serena Romero at Evanston Day Nursery, 1835 Grant St., 847-864-9700.

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston

The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, 220 Main St., provides high-quality early education and family support services to Evanston families with children under the age of 5 who are living at risk and in poverty. 

Contributions to IWSE (tax-deductible) and donations of new or gently used books and toys for young children, diapers, formula or clothing are welcome.

Please contact Sarah Valle, 847-491-9650 or

 Youth Organizations Umbrella

Y.O.U., a youth development agency serving Evanston youth in grades 3-12, offers programs in the areas of academic enrichment, social development and emotional support at six community sites. 

At the holidays, we seek age-appropriate gifts for clients, and gift cards to Jewel, Target and Dominicks. 

Year-round we seek athletic socks, school supplies, tickets to cultural and sporting events and art supplies. 

Contact Marianne Moberly, Director of Development, Y.O.U., 1027 Sherman Ave., 847-866-1200, ext. 231, or

Interfaith Action of Evanston

Interfaith Action of Evanston provides to people who are hungry or homeless a daily morning shelter with breakfast as well as other services, afternoon warming centers and four soup kitchens. Interfaith could use gloves, hats and umbrellas, chapstick, toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as volunteers. 

Contact Susan Murphy, 847-869-0370 or ia@ Donations can be sent to Interfaith Action of Evanston, PO Box 1414, Evanston, IL 60204.

Green-Up With KEB

Keep Evanston Beautiful, Inc., seeks the following:

Edible School Garden Initiative

Volunteers needed for District-wide Task Force to help with planning, planting, harvesting, grant writing, taste education, nature study, seed-starts and garden chores; funding/in-kind donations for raised beds, tools, seeds, soil, compost bins; funding for School District 65 garden coordinator.

July Garden Walk

Volunteers needed for ticket sales/garden sitting (free ticket for volunteers).

Trashbusters and Adopt-a-Spot Sponsors and Volunteers.

Contact Sheila Hilliard, KEB, 2024 McCormick Blvd. Evanston, IL 60201-3055. 847-448-8256, ext. 105.