THE HARKNESS OUTREACH CENTER
The Harkness Outreach Center, NFP, was established in 2001 to purchase, manage and operate the Children's Chapel and Harkness Hall to ensure that three important not-for-profit tenants would not lose their beautiful and affordable space. The Board of Directors have spent much time, money and energy on repairs and maintenance of the Children's Chapel in order to preserve its use as a non-denominational chapel.
The Women's Exchange provides programs in a supportive environment for all women to share ideas and information - to learn, grow, build relationships, and have fun. Its board members represent a variety of religious and community affiliations and serve all North Shore women as a community outreach of Winnetka Congregational Church.
Since its founding in 1983, the Women’s Exchange has grown to meet the needs of women in the community, helping them ‘recharge their batteries’ in order to fulfill their multiple roles. WEX provides small groups for study and fellowship, planning programs on current topics of interest to women, and nurturing and highlighting the talents of local women.
HARKNESS HOUSE FOR CHILDREN
HHC offers safe, dependable, nurturing child care in a developmentally appropriate setting for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. It is fully licensed by the State of Illinois and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, as well as being a member of the Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood.
HHC provides a loving, nurturing, multi-cultural environment, with an anti-bias curriculum, in which children learn to respect themselves and others. Harkness House values the individuality of each child and is enriched by the presence of children from many faiths and traditions. Harkness House does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, nationality, sex, ethnic origin, or religious belief in its admission, financial aid or other educational policies.
WOMAN'S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE
After meager beginnings, the "Second Thursday in May" sale has been held consecutively by the Woman's Society of the Winnetka Congregational Church every year since 1932 with a smaller annual sale having been added in recent years during mid-October. In an effort to recycle the unneeded items of some into the treasures of others, the sales are held at affordable prices with proceeds donated to those in need through Chicago area social service agencies. Each year, hundreds of volunteers work at the sales and thousands of shoppers attend. It is truly a community, ecumenical effort.