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  • The DuPage Community Foundation Awards Community Needs Grant to “Dare to Dream: Get Educated!” Jan 13, 2015 5:16 PM
    The motivational conference was targeted to 8th grade Latina girls and their mothers or mentors. The goal of the conference is to help them discover that higher education is the key to lifting them up to a higher economic level and brighter future. 2014 was the sixth annual conference that the organization has sponsored, with the seventh one set to take place January 24, 2015 at the College of DuPage. The structure of the event is purposefully outlined, as explained by Cynthia Brito, president of Dare to Dream: Get Educated! “The conference is specifically unique in that we target different aspects that focus on young Latinas,” Brito said. “We address the young women with their mothers or mentors at the beginning and bring them back together at the end. But in the middle, each group—young women and mothers and mentors—are exposed to panels of their peers and information that is relevant to them.” Featured speakers at the 2014 conference included three successful Latinas who shared their life stories. One of the speakers, Dr. Lourdes Ferrer, grew up in a disadvantaged family in Puerto Rico and soon learned that education was the way out of the poverty cycle. This understanding led her to complete her undergraduate degree and begin teaching. “We choose our speakers carefully,” said Brito. “We seek out panelists and speakers with stories that are impactful so that the girls can connect with them. We want to reinforce their determination and confidence so that they can see themselves as a college graduate someday.” “The conference was really inspiring,” said then 8th grade student Alexa Orozco who attended the conference. “I enjoyed listening to successful Latina women’s stories on how they achieved their dreams.” “I also really enjoyed listening to the inspiring stories,” said Aimee Hurtado, also a then 8th grade student who attended the conference. “It has definitely opened my eyes to endless possibilities.” The conference was planned and executed by founding members Connie Baker and Dorothy Valintis, who were inspired by a group of American Association of University Women (AAUW) who had done a successful program in California. The program in California worked with middle school and high school Latinas to encourage and support their efforts to graduate from high school, to encourage college enrollment and to introduce them to college and career role models. For nearly two years, Baker and Valintis researched, developed and brought the idea to life with the first “Dare to Dream: Get Educated!” conference held in 2009 at Elmhurst College. “One of the best outcomes of last year’s conference was our ability to expand and grow the conference to reach more Latinas,” said Jo Booty, treasurer of Dare to Dream: Get Educated! “We couldn’t have done it without the grant from The DuPage Community Foundation. We are humbled by its generosity and are most grateful for the support of our mission to help the Latina community in DuPage County and the surrounding area.” More than 500 participants are expected to attend the 2015 conference. “The goal, simply stated, is academic success,” said Susan Boyd, vice president of Dare to Dream. “We do this by showing the girls Latina women who are successful in their careers and we hope that the attendees are inspired to be successful in high school and college. We’ve even had some participants come back and serve on the high school panels to teach middle school girls that success is possible.” “It’s critical that we address the importance of family in the educational process,” said Brito. “We rarely see this at conferences and it’s motivating to both girls and their mothers or mentors because we can share with the moms and mentors the kind of support needed to nurture success.” The U.S. Census projects that by the year 2050, the Latina share of the female population will be 25.7 percent, or approximately one in four. Brito sees this statistic as even more reason for the Dare to Dream: Get Educated! conferences to continue. “Our community as a whole benefits from more college educated women,” she said. “It’s really important for everyone.” About Dare to Dream: Get Educated! The goals of Dare to Dream: Get Educated! are to increase high school graduation rates, increase college enrollment and to explore career opportunities. The organization currently has 275 DuPage middle school Latinas and 200 mothers or mentors who are active participants. For more information, visit www.latinaconference.org. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $60 million and awarded more than $20 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • The DuPage Community Foundation Announces Guidelines and Applications Available for 2015 Community Needs Grants Jan 13, 2015 5:29 PM
    The Community Needs Grant Program is focused on addressing the broad needs of DuPage County residents through grants in support of the following program categories: • Arts and Culture • Education • Environment • Health and Human Services Applicants may apply for a Community Needs Grant by submitting an online grant application. The application and grant guidelines may be found at www.dcfdn.org. The deadline for the Spring Cycle is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, and includes grants in the areas of Health and Human Services. The deadline for the Fall Cycle is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015, and includes grants in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education and Environment. Applications to the Community Needs Grant Program will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations that are classified as 501(c)(3) and primarily serve DuPage County residents. “We learn about the many needs in DuPage County through the Community Needs Grant applications we receive and are proud of the impact we’ve had as a result of our investment in the community,” said Barb Szczepaniak, director of programs for the Foundation. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $60 million and awarded more than $20 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • Student Trustee Named Certified Student Leader at National Leadership Conference Jan 7, 2015 5:43 PM
    College of DuPage Student Trustee Omar Escamilla (right, Hanover Park) is congratulated by Board of Trustees Chair Erin Birt for being named a Certified Student Leader at the National Center for Student Leadership Conference. Only 5,000 student leaders world-wide have received the NCSL certification since 1994. Escamilla attended the conference this past November, where he completed a leadership portfolio. Click here to learn more about Escamilla’s experience at College of DuPage.

     
  • Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Graduates Class of 52 Recruits Jan 7, 2015 5:44 PM
    The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 52 recruits representing 39 police agencies in Northern Illinois. The ceremony honored the recruits for completing 12 weeks – 480 hours – of basic law enforcement officer training which began this past fall. Six special awards were presented to the recruits. Deputy Sheriff Justin Hill of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award and the George Graves Award for being selected as the most distinguished recruit by his fellow officers in the class. Officer Gerard Gannon of the Round Lake Beach Police Department earned the Academic Achievement Award. Officer Brett Darst of the Northlake Police Department won the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award. Officer Jamie Goschey of the Batavia Police Department received the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award. Officer Andrew Switalski of the Evergreen Park Police Department earned the Leadership Award. All award winners received plaques with their names engraved. The graduating recruits are as follows: Eric Babczak, Willowbrook Police Department Chase Bending, Glenview Police Department Timothy Breslin, Streamwood Police Department Ryan Butcher, Arlington Heights Police Department Michael Dailly, Elk Grove Village Police Department Brett Darst, Northlake Police Department Melissa Douglas, Harper College Police Department James Etchingham, Palatine Police Department James Friel, Northbrook Police Department Seth Frontone, Deerfield Police Department Gerard Gannon, Round Lake Beach Police Department Antonio Garcia, Hoffman Estates Police Department Jamie Goschey, Batavia Police Department Ryan Grahn, Oak Forest Police Department Alexander Guevara, Evergreen Park Police Department Steven Guther, Elk Grove Village Police Department Fredrick Hailer, Carpentersville Police Department Justin Hill, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Zane Holland, Wheaton Police Department Mark Johnson, Elk Grove Village Police Department Christopher Jones, Bensenville Police Department Brett Kielbasa, Woodridge Police Department Henri Krueger, College of Lake County Police Department Jason L’Amas, Tinley Park Police Department Kevin Lamb, Buffalo Grove Police Department Crystal Marshall, South Holland Police Department James Martino, Willowbrook Police Department Michal Mazur, Glenview Police Department Michael McCullough, Montgomery Police Department Matthew G. McDonald, Crystal Lake Police Department Elizabeth McGuire, Wilmette Police Department Adam D. McMahon, Round Lake Beach Police Department Shannon McMillon, Buffalo Grove Police Department Thomas B. Molloy, Elk Grove Village Police Department Russell Monk, Wilmette Police Department Michael Munoz, Wheeling Police Department Patrick O’Donnell, Oak Lawn Police Department Alexandra Ovington, Round Lake Police Department Nathan Parks, Hoffman Estates Police Department Bhavik Patel, Oakton Community College Police Department Lidia G. Patitucci, Naperville Police Department Michael Pignato, Lincolnwood Police Department Alex Prafke, Cary Police Department Eric Quinones, Cary Police Department Nelson Rodriguez, Round Lake Police Department Joseph Salinas Sr., Kane County Sheriff’s Office Eric Sarat, Darien Police Department Daniel Schahczinski, Wilmington Police Department Christopher Stearns, Mount Prospect Police Department Andrew Switalski, Evergreen Park Police Department Bradley Vos, Skokie Police Department Quintana Ward, Evergreen Park Police Department College of DuPage Senior Vice President Thomas J. Glaser and Associate Dean of Continuing Education/Director of the Homeland Security Training Institute Thomas Brady offered their congratulations to the graduating recruits. Trustee Dianne McGuire represented the College’s Board of Trustees. The keynote speaker was Chief Stephen Schmidt of the Elk Grove Police Department. The ceremony was held in the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage. For more information on the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, visit the web site at www.cod.edu/slea.

     
  • COD Receives $14,600 Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant Jan 7, 2015 5:48 PM
    The Motorola Solutions Foundation has awarded a $14,600 grant to the College of DuPage Foundation in support of the formation and launch of the Citizens Public Safety Academy (CPSA), which will begin in January of 2015. Offered through the College’s Continuing Education program and the nationally-renowned Homeland Security Training Institute, the CPSA at College of DuPage will provide public safety training to community members in three course offerings, including an 8-week certificate program, quarterly senior citizen seminars and an Advanced Citizens Emergency Response program which is an 8-week supplement to an existing Community Emergency Response Team training program offered through local townships. Through this grant, the CPSA is prepared to train approximately 800 participants in 2015 through three components: the Citizens Emergency Response Academy (100 participants), the Senior Citizens Crime Prevention Series (600 participants) and the Citizens Public Safety Academy (100 participants). For more information, contact Leah Cameron at (630) 942-3427 or cameronl@cod.edu.

     
  • Free tax help offered at College of DuPage Jan 7, 2015 5:50 PM
    College of DuPage is offering free assistance with electronic preparation of state and federal tax returns on Saturday mornings, Feb. 21 through April 11, on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. Sessions are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 21 and 28; March 7, 14, 21 and 28; and April 11, in the Berg Instructional Center, Room 1514. Students in Accounting 2200, under instructor supervision, will help students, staff and community members prepare 1040 IL, 1040 and Schedules A-B forms. Free assistance is also provided for schedules C-EZ and small Schedule Ds (three items or less). Participants must bring tax information, the previous year’s return and account numbers if participants would like direct deposit. For more information, please call (630) 942-3400.

     
  • “Annie Musical” Live Performance at Schaumburg Prairie Center 1/23 - 2/1 Jan 8, 2015 7:08 AM
    Come follow ANNIE as she and Schaumburg On Stage travel from the Municipal Girl’s Orphanage to the Warbuck’s Mansion with all the excitement 1930’s New York City has to offer. Now in it’s 18th season, Schaumburg On Stage, the Northwest Suburb’s Premier Theater Company for Young Actors, will be presenting, ANNIE, from January 23rd through February 1st at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, in Schaumburg, Illinois. Visit Showtix4u.com / 866-967-8167 for tickets. $17* online, $18 at door. * service fee. Orgnaized Group rates - 847-345-0092. Details visit schaumburgonstage.org.

     
  • NEDSRA offers Scouting opportunities with Troop 437 Jan 6, 2015 12:40 PM
    NEDSRA’s Cub Scout Troop 437 recently ended up in jail at the Itasca Police Department. Members also sat in a police car, visited the communication and booking rooms, and toured the evidence room.

     
  • Local Christmas Program Serves 2,014 Underprivileged Children Jan 6, 2015 5:25 PM
    After the conclusion of its annual Christmas Offering last month, the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP,) of DuPage County, has announced that it served 2,014 children, from local families in need, with gifts this holiday season. Additionally, 126 needy senior citizens received gifts, and over 400 families received groceries through this program. This was the largest and most successful Christmas Offering since its foundation in 1979. The 2,014 children served represents an increase of over 400 children compared to the 1,600 served by the program in 2013. Each child received a minimum of three Christmas gifts, many of which were donated by members of the community. Hundreds of community members, from individuals to corporations, participated in the success of the program by donating toys, food, funds, or volunteering their time. In response to results of the program, HSP’s Executive Director Kristin Maxwell said, “The number of children we served this year does show that there are still many families in need of help in our community. Thanks to the generosity and kindness of so many, the families, children, and seniors we serve, received the support they need.” Contact the Humanitarian Service Project: hsp@humanitarianservice.org. HSP’s website: www.humanitarianservice.org HSP’s blog: humanitarianserviceproject.blogspot.com.

     
  • NEDSRA participants hold singalong with seniors Jan 5, 2015 12:35 PM
    Katrina Daly performed a rousing rendition of “Frosty the Snowman” during a recent visit to Sunrise Senior Living in Bloomingdale. The 24-year-old Roselle woman was part of the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association’s second annual Singalong-With-Seniors show.

     
  • Elmhurst Summer Recreation Open House Jan 6, 2015 5:32 PM
    Numerous camps and organizations will display their summer program information. The goal of the open house is to provide parents a ‘one stop shop’ for summer recreational and educational programs. It makes the search quick and efficient allowing families to discover camps they might not realize are out there. This early planning event will ensure spots in camps that fill quickly and give families the opportunity to receive discounted fees for early registration. What a great way to get your summer plans under way! This open house will be held on January 28, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at York High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst, IL. This is a FREE event open to all Elmhurst families and neighboring communities. Bring your children.

     
  • 90 Acts of Kindness Challenge Jan 6, 2015 7:54 AM
    In honor of our church’s upcoming 90th Anniversary the students of our Sunday Church School are participating in a 90 Acts of Kindness Challenge. Between September 7th, 2014- October 18, 2015( the Anniversary celebration) we hope to complete 90 Acts of Kindness that will benefit others. Listed below are several examples of completed Acts of Kindness. Our church is Assumption Greek Orthodox Church located at 601. S. Central, Chicago. Our parishioners are from various suburbs as well as the city.

     
  • Police search for suspect in Addison bank robbery Jan 3, 2015 4:31 PM
    Authorities are still searching for the man wearing a white beanie hat, black jacket and jeans who Friday afternoon robbed the Bank of America, 350 W. North Ave., Addison An unspecified reward is being offered.

     
  • Paraprofessional works in Addison school to help kids with special needs Jan 2, 2015 10:54 AM
    Paula Miller helps special needs children as a paraprofessional working in Addison Elementary District 4.

     
  • Your 2015 Guide to the Suburbs: It’s our best advice, but share yours too Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM
    Want to make the most of 2015? Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen introduces a special New Year's Day guide to living, working and playing in the suburbs.

     
  • NEDSRA participants bowl with Elmhust College students Jan 22, 2015 1:04 PM
    Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association offers a bowling program to promote inclusion within the community. Known as Unified Bowling, the program matches students from Elmhurst College with NEDSRA bowlers with disabilities.

     
  • The DuPage Community Foundation Announces 2015 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Grant Guidelines and Applications Available Dec 29, 2014 4:52 PM
    Three Spirit of Volunteerism grants will be awarded to recognize organizations which have implemented successful volunteer programs and have leveraged volunteers to enhance organizational outcomes. The amount of the grants will be $10,000, $20,000 and $30,000. Most not-for-profit organizations serving DuPage County residents are eligible to apply. For grant guidelines or to determine eligibility, visit www.dcfdn.org and click “Grant Guidelines” under the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards section to the right. Established in 2011, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards were created as a means to say “thank you” to the volunteer and staff leaders of DuPage County not-for-profit organizations for their tireless efforts to help raise the quality of life for our community’s residents during these challenging economic times. Specifically, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards seek to recognize organizations that have successfully leveraged volunteers to enhance their organizational outcomes. “Not-for-profit organizations rely heavily on volunteers and have become quite creative in the ways in which they engage them to deliver their programs and services,” said Barb Szczepaniak, Foundation director of programs. “The Spirit of Volunteerism awards provide an opportunity to recognize and reward the contributions of volunteers for the critical impact they have on individual organizations and the community as a whole.” The application deadline is 5 p.m. on February 15, 2015. Recipients will be selected by a review committee which is comprised in part of donors who have financially supported the award. Questions about the application process may be directed to Szczepaniak at barbs@dcfdn.org. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $60 million and awarded more than $20 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • Master Gardener presents tools and tips for BodySmart Gardening Dec 26, 2014 7:29 PM
    This winter, join University of Illinois Extension to become a “BodySmart” Gardener, and find out how you can prevent aches and strains and make gardening more enjoyable. Presented by award-winning DuPage County Master Gardener Jan Hanson, the “BodySmart Gardening” workshop will focus on techniques to prevent injury while working in the yard.

     
  • Waddle & Reed Christmas event benefits children in need Dec 26, 2014 7:33 AM
    Waddle & Reed Christmas event benefits children in need

     
  • New music program offers guitar lessons at NEDSRA Dec 22, 2014 11:04 AM
    Fifteen year-old George Pappas just started guitar lessons at Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association this fall. He can now play five chords, knows how to use a pick, and can play “Amazing Grace,” which he recently performed during his music recital at NEDSRA in Addison. The new music program added to NEDSRA this fall offers 30-minute private music lessons for guitar and piano.

     
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