CIF's Volunteer Club Brightens the Holidays

In November and December, Center for Independent Future's Volunteer Club was busy making the holidays brighter for friends and neighbors near and far, fulfilling the group's aim to complete projects to benefit our local and greater communities.

At our November meeting, volunteers gathered to write holiday cards to send to soldiers serving overseas. The activity fell during the week of Veteran's Day, making it the perfect time to support our troops. Volunteers used both recycled greeting cards and cards created from scratch using colored paper, stickers, markers, and thoughtful messages. Completed cards were sent to Operation Gratitude to be distributed to troops.

At our December meeting, we completed a project to benefit Senior Connections, a local organization that supports volunteers to visit and befriend isolated older adults in the Evanston community. Last year, Senior Connections was a beneficiary of a Volunteer Club project, and they reached out to us again this year to help them with the holiday stockings they deliver to seniors. Our volunteers got to work creating holiday cards and snowmen to top off the stockings. The snowmen were created using popsicle sticks, sequins, paper, and some fabric scraps. It was a fun project, 

complete with a sweet surprise...a celebration of CIF participant Kyle's birthday with a delicious cake from Bennison's Bakery. Kyle is a dedicated volunteer and we were thrilled to be able to join him in celebrating his special day!

Many thanks to all of the volunteers who contributed time and effort to these projects! We look forward to the fun and collaboration that future volunteer projects will bring. Please contact Becca at if you are interested in learning more or if you have ideas for ways our volunteers can give back to the Evanston community!


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