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  • Elgin woman dedicated to helping young volunteers Nov 26, 2014 1:00 PM
    Judy Cabrera says one of the most rewarding things about running the Youth United Way program in Elgin is seeing her high school mentees carry the volunteerism torch into their adult life. “I think every person who volunteers, they learn as much as they give,” said Cabrera, who co-founded the group in 1997. “There’s such a wonderful trade off.”

  • Volunteers needed for Prospect Hts. prairie seed planting day Nov 25, 2014 9:52 AM
    Like getting your hands dirty? Prospect Hts. residents are invited to help with a Prairie Seed Restoration Project Day on Sunday, Dec. 7.

  • Blood drive, bone marrow registry drive to help Buffalo Grove 4-year-old Nov 26, 2014 12:38 PM
    As Bennett Vulykh awaits a bone-marrow transplant, the resolve of this Buffalo Grove 4-year-old has prompted his family and friends to celebrate his courage with a blood drive and bone marrow registry drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Northbrook Fire Department, 740 Dundee Road, Northbrook.

  • Other groups offering a free Thanksgiving dinner Nov 23, 2014 7:00 AM
    Some churches, restaurants and service organizations treat Thanksgiving as a chance to give the lonely, the elderly, the poor, the homeless and those in military service camaraderie and a meal to be thankful for. Here’s a look at a few of the other groups serving a free meal on this special day.

  • Thanksgiving tradition grows at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods Nov 23, 2014 7:00 AM
    After their Thanksgiving celebrations thinned as relatives died or moved on, Dean and Susan Stewart took a different approach. “We started it with people who didn't have traditional Thanksgiving dinners anymore and it started snowballing,” said Dean Stewart. This Thanksgiving, the couple will host the 8th annual feast at St. Matthew Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. Dinner is open to all and participation has more than tripled since its inception to about 100 diners.

  • Great Lakes soldiers find Thanksgiving home in Palatine Nov 23, 2014 7:00 AM
    Some 34 Great Lakes sailors will find a home away from home Thursday at American Legion Post 690 in Palatine, thanks to the organizing efforts of program chair Cindy Altenbach. “Boot camp is tough,” said Altenbach of the new recruits, who are given only limited access to phones and social media while in basic training. “For many of them, this is their first holiday away from home.”

  • Lazarus House Thanksgiving Feast celebrates community Nov 23, 2014 7:00 AM
    When Lazarus House began serving a free Thanksgiving feast in 1998, the majority of guests were clients, staffers and volunteers. Over the course of 16 years, it's evolved into a community event that serves between 350 and 400 in St. Charles.

  • Churches, organizations offer free Thanksgiving meals to people in need Nov 23, 2014 2:59 PM
    Churches, restaurants and service organizations in the suburbs give the lonely, the elderly, the poor, the homeless and those in military service camaraderie and a great meal to be thankful for on our uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving. Read about these giving people and organizations in our community and be thankful for them.

  • Boy raises nearly $1,000 for restoration of Mt. Prospect's Central School Nov 18, 2014 10:42 AM
    At the tender age of 8, Nolan Hahn of Mount Prospect is one of the leading donators to a village cause: the renovation of the 19th century one-room schoolhouse, Central School. “It's part of Mount Prospect's history,” Nolan says. “We have to save it.” His method? He and his grandmother, Janet Kirch of Arlington Heights, have developed a business selling jewelry.

  • St. Charles school packs Christmas boxes for needy kids Nov 15, 2014 7:24 PM
    Children across the world can count on having a merry Christmas this year thanks to the generosity of the children and families of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Preschool in St. Charles.Families gathered Saturday morning in the church’s Fellowship Hall with a goal of packing 250 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, the service project created by Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham.

  • Workshop on improving volunteer engagement Nov. 19 Nov 12, 2014 8:56 AM
    HandsOn Suburban Chicago is pleased host a workshop by volunteer impact expert, Tony Goodrow on Wednesday, Nov. 19, entitled “Relative Impact ROI: A More Meaningful Way to Measure Volunteer Engagement.”

  • FISH Food Pantry hopes for turkey donations Nov 12, 2014 2:50 PM
    This Thanksgiving, don’t expect to receive a frozen turkey from volunteers at the Carpentersville-based FISH Food Pantry. For the second year, the holiday’s centerpiece will not be given to needy families, said Mary Graziano, FISH president.

  • Lombard families celebrate new playground Nov 8, 2014 8:34 PM
    Volunteers gathered Saturday morning to help spread mulch around new playground equipment at the William Hammerschmidt Elementary School Learn + Play Gardens in Lombard. The gathering was part of a celebration for the opening of “Phase 2” of the school’s green playspace. "Our families and community have worked tirelessly to raise funds and make this dream a reality,” said Ted Stec, the district’s assistant superintendent of finance.

  • Buffalo Grove police grow beards for health Nov 4, 2014 4:24 PM
    During the month of November, about 20 Buffalo Grove police officers will be growing facial hair in support of The Movember Foundation and their efforts to raise public awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues affecting men.

  • District 214’s centennial food drive sets ambitious goal Nov 4, 2014 2:38 PM
    District 214's centennial celebration now turns its attention to helping the community from which it sprang 100 years ago. A major food drive to collect 100,000 items, starts on Nov. 9. “We want to do something that encompasses as many students and staff as possible,” said Mark Gunther, a longtime Hersey teacher.

  • Clinic painting event in Palatine draws lots of volunteers Nov 3, 2014 2:47 PM
    Take nearly 100 volunteers, 158 paint brushes and 37 gallons of paint, and it adds up to a complete makeover for a medical clinic located at the Palatine Opportunity Center. HandsOn Suburban Chicago, a volunteer agency based in Arlington Heights, regularly promotes opportunities to help, in the Neighbor section of the Daily Herald. Its posting about painting the Vista Health Center in Palatine ran Sept. 29 and drew 97 volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life.

  • ‘Sad’ cemetery gets spruce-up from Libertyville teen ministry volunteers Nov 1, 2014 5:01 PM
    Roughly a dozen teens and a handful of adults raked long grasses, trimmed trees, cleaned out planters and planted day lilies at an overgrown cemetery on Saturday during the first volunteer activity of Project Joseph, a new teen leadership program at St. Joesph Catholic Church in Libertyville. "It’s just such a great opportunity to serve others and do the service that I’ve always wanted to do but never have been able to organize or configure,” 15-year-old Maddie Lombardo of Libertyville said during Saturday’s three-hour spruce-up.

  • Lake Zurich native fundraising for Guatemalan orphanage when she volunteers Oct 29, 2014 7:37 PM
    A summer spent volunteering at an orphanage in Guatemala had a life-changing impact on Kelly Loch of Lake Zurich. Not only has she undertaken a fundraising campaign for the children at the orphanage, but she also now is contemplating returning next year, as a teacher. Loch graduated in 2011 from Lake Zurich High School and currently is in her senior year at the University of Iowa.

  • Smart Farm in Barrington proves to be a smart idea Oct 27, 2014 2:34 PM
    Organizers with Smart Farm in Barrington are wrapping up their sixth growing season, and the numbers are staggering. This grass-roots, educational farm project produced more than 7,100 pounds of fresh vegetables — and donated 100 percent of it to food pantries. “We’re winding down now,” says founder Kathy Gabelman of Barrington, “but the garden is still producing and we could use help harvesting and preparing our beds for winter."

  • Dundee Township Rotary to throw special Halloween party Oct 22, 2014 1:54 PM
    For the last 15 years, Dundee Township Rotary Club members have been hosting a Halloween party for disabled and terminally ill people. Many who have attended were children, but some special needs adults have also enjoyed the festivities.

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