2019 EXECUTIVE BOARD
1st VP Camp & Settlement
2nd VP Membership
Niki Campbell (2020)
Corporate / Development
Alice Schaff (2018)
Amy O'Donnell (2017)
Kimberly Romic (2016)
Alyson Aron (2015)
Ginny Burnstine (2014)
Julie Rocap (2013)
What We Do
The North Shore Board is an all-volunteer, working auxiliary board of the Northwestern Settlement.
Since 1936, our main mission has been to fund Northwestern Settlement's House In The Wood, established for at-risk youth in 1910. Because we are all volunteers, all proceeds from our annual House In The Wood Gala directly benefit this award-winning program, enabling more than 1,000 children from Chicago's most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods to experience outdoor education sessions with a STEM curriculum during the school year, and residential summer camp.
In addition to fundraising, we volunteer at the Northwestern Settlement in Chicago's West Town neighborhood. Each year our members serve Thanksgiving dinner to Settlement families and participate in the Holiday Adopt-a-Family program to provide families necessities like warm coats, bedding, shoes and household items, and to we grant children's wishes for toys, games and books. We also participate in the holiday gift basket program to provide holiday meals to food insecure families and homebound senior citizens.
Each spring, we organize Golden Agers bingo with Settlement House seniors, and set up a Mother's Day Market to help Head Start and Rowe Elementary School scholars select and wrap gifts for their moms.
Throughout the year we donate gently used items to support the weekly clothing drive at the Settlement House food pantry, and we can schedule pick ups of larger items and furniture, and the Settlement posts lists of items needed by families.
Social events throughout the year include New Members Girls Night Out, a spring margarita party and a fall President's party. During summer, members and our families enjoy a special House In The Wood family open house and we organize Sunday Funday activities for summer campers.
How to join
Please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org to request membership information.
Originally known as the Junior Board, we became the North Shore Board of the Northwestern Settlement in 1995.
House in the Wood benefits have evolved with the times since our first Hand Work Bazaar in the 1930's, where members sold needlepoint, knitted and fine-seamed items. Events went on to include a fundraiser aboard the SS Roosevelt on Lake Michigan, a '28 Shop" Fashion Show at Marshall Fields, a series of cocktail parties at private clubs, and a huge rummage sale.
In 1949, the North Shore Board began sponsoring the Chicago Antiques Fair at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago, followed by an annual Tag Day in partnership with the Chicago Children's Benefit League from 1955 to 1979. In 1977, we launched 'Guess Who's Cooking Dinner?' featuring dinners prepared by celebrity chefs, and the Glitter Ball Chicago charity auction debuted in 2006. Commemorating the 125th anniversary of Northwestern Settlement, the board organized a special 'Camp Night' benefitting House in the Wood in 2016, and in 2017 we introduced the House In The Wood Gala.