Remember Student Council and Science Club, Soccer Club and Event Planning committees? Most of us think the days of clubs and organizations are long gone along with the high school prom. Not so when you live in a community as forward-thinking and citizen-involved as Elmhurst, Illinois.

We have compiled a short list of great organizations to get involved in, whether you are just moving to Elmhurst, IL, or you have lived here all your life. Some help a good cause, some are culturally stimulating, and some are just pure fun. Either way, getting involved is often the best way to get to know your neighbors and really fall in love with your Elmhurst community, all while making a difference.

Rotary Club of Elmhurst
The world's first service club organization, the Rotary International is one of the best ways to get involved in your Elmhurst community. The Elmhurst Rotary Club makes a big impact in Elmhurst and beyond. One of the organizations that they support is Oprah's Angel Network. They meet at the Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Avenue, across the street from Elmhurst College. They welcome visiting Rotarians and guests on Thursday meetings at noon. Call the Park District at 630/833-5064 for driving instructions.

Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst
The goal of any Kiwanis International organization is to change the world, one community and one child at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst is very dedicated to helping serve the children of the community, holding multiple fundraisers throughout the year. Throughout its existence, Central DuPage Kiwanis has donated to more than 110 charities in Glen Ellyn and the surrounding communities. They meet every Tuesday at noon at Francesca's Amici in Elmhurst, IL.

The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra
This may not be a club that you can join on a whim if your goal is to actually play for the Elmhurst Symphony (ESO) itself, but it is one that is eager to accept volunteers so that they can continue to provide the Elmhurst community with wonderful symphonic music at an affordable price. Originating all the way back to the 1920s, the ESO is steeped in history and has really evolved to become a premier Orchestra – right in Elmhurst’s backyard.

The People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation
If you're an outdoorsy person by nature, or just wish to see your children or the future generation step away from the video games and get outside and play, then The People for Elmhurst Parks (PEP) is the perfect organization for you. Since its inception in 1985, PEP has raised over $350,000 to help complete projects such as Safety Town, The Spring Road Gazebo, and the York Commons Skate Park.

Chicagoland Childfree Couples and Singles
This is one of the fun ones we mentioned earlier. For those of you who do not have children, do not intend to have children, and have a hard time meeting like-minded people, this one is for you. This is a social networking tool to meet other childfree people, share childfree experiences and make friends with others who have chosen a childfree lifestyle. The intent and goal of the group is a safe and fun environment to plan and attend social events for childfree people.

Networking TEAM
This group of professional business owners and entrepreneurs is ideal for small business owners trying to get their name out there and eager to meet up with other business owners, but also employees of larger corporations that wish to network for their business. Share success stories and learn from others trials and tribulations in the business world.

There are plenty more Elmhurst organizations than mentioned here, but there is just not enough space to fit them all. We would be happy to provide you with more ways to get involved in your Elmhurst community. Just ask!  We're here to help.

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
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