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  • Volunteers sought to share skills: Aug 21, 2014 4:30 PM
    The Community Action Partnership of Lake County is seeking volunteers for its Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, a “placement service” for people 55 and older to share their experience, skills and talent.

     
  • Volunteer for Lake Zurich football Aug 17, 2014 5:27 PM
    Lake Zurich Quarterback Club members are seeking volunteer assistance on game days for high school football games.

     
  • Catholic Charities Lake County seeks volunteers to be youth mentors Aug 15, 2014 1:08 PM
    Catholic Charities Lake County Youth Mentorship Program has made a positive impact on a dozen children already, but more mentors are needed before the 2014-2015 school year begins.

     
  • 69 years, 151 pints: ‘Mr. Blood Drop’ keeps on giving Aug 13, 2014 11:45 AM
    If there was one thing that made the blood donation Palatine resident George Serena gave Tuesday morning different from the 150 he’s given in the past, it would probably be the puffy red costume paired with a pointy hat that make him look like a drop of blood. Serena, 86, said the costume has earned him many nicknames, including Mr. Blood Drop.

     
  • Some camp out all night for school supplies at ECC Aug 10, 2014 6:39 AM
    Some people camped outside overnight to get backpacks filled with school supplies that were handed out Saturday at Elgin Community College. “These families wait as long as it takes because they are in need,” ECC Student Life Coordinator Katie Storey said.

     
  • Fox River fans promote vision for ‘underutilized’ asset Aug 9, 2014 8:12 PM
    While hundreds of runners, some as young as 13, raced for the finish line of the eighth Bob Leonard River Run/Walk, an enthusiastic group of Fox River fans used the event to promote their vision of how the river can be home to white water rafting, decorative pedestrian bridgesr, floating gardens, splash pads for kids and rowing clubs for teens and adults

     
  • Tutors, mentors, drivers sought: Aug 6, 2014 4:49 PM
    The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program sponsored by Community Action Partnership is looking for volunteers to provide one-on-one assistance to children 3-5 years old in literacy, math, reading and social/emotional development for at least two hours one or two days a week during the 2014-15 school year.

     
  • About 1,000 kids expected at final Kids 1st Health Fair Aug 6, 2014 4:46 PM
    About 1,000 kids were expected to participate in Lake County's final Kids 1st Health Fair on Wednesday in Waukegan. Some parents and volunteers said they were disappointed the annual program is ending after 21 years.

     
  • Prospect Heights police assist in youth outreach programs Aug 1, 2014 11:58 AM
    City of Prospect Heights police officers, city employees, aldermen and volunteers offered their time July 24 to accompany 30 youths on a field trip to the Wheeling Park District Aquatics Center. While at the aquatics center, the children learned to swim and actively engage in relationship building with their peers and the officers.

     
  • Arlington Hts. glass studio helps woman finish Sandy Hook tribute Jul 31, 2014 6:11 AM
    When 26 children and adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, Patti Muller, who lives in New Orleans, was inspired to teach herself a new form of artwork to create a stained glass “quilt” remembering the victims. Now, she is in Arlington Heights finishing her artwork at a local stained glass studio and hoping it will motivate others to make a change. “This was a horrific tragedy, but I tried to create something beautiful out of it,” Mueller said.

     
  • Wauconda equine therapy program helps special needs kids Jul 28, 2014 2:30 PM
    Evan Zaloudek, 29, is autistic. Though he is very friendly, he has had problems with speech development and verbalization, said his mother Lorna Zaloudek of Lindenhurst. But in the nine years since he started riding horses at the Partners for Progress barn in Wauconda, she said, Evan’s personality has developed, and his speech has improved. “Since he’s been at the barn, he has just blossomed into this man who talks to anybody and everybody,” Lorna Zaloudek said.

     
  • Free fishing trip a way of thanking veterans Jul 27, 2014 7:32 AM
    Jerry Van Bladel, a Navy veteran and a resident of Cary, has never had an experience quite like the fishing trip he shared with nearly 130 other veterans. Funded and organized by Bartlett-based nonprofit Take a Vet Fishing, the trip honored the veterans for their service. "I realized that people appreciated us," Van Bladel said. "They appreciated what we did."

     
  • Event honors Streamwood volunteers Jul 24, 2014 6:14 PM
    Streamwood residents are invited to a gathering honoring five longtime volunteers Aug. 3. Park District Commissioner Rich Janiec will act as emcee for the ceremony outside the village's 110-year-old schoolhouse at Hoosier Grove park. Several state lawmakers also are expected to attend.

     
  • Friends mourn loss of advocate for suburban homeless Jul 24, 2014 3:08 PM
    The suburbs have lost a major advocate for homeless residents with the death of Mary Cadigan, one of the original board members of Journeys The Road Home, in Palatine. “Many of our core values today are in large part due to Mary Cadigan and the team that was part of the original board.,” Beth Nabors, executive director of Journeys, said.

     
  • HandsOn Suburban Chicago seeks volunteer tutors Jul 22, 2014 12:09 PM
    HandsOn Suburban Chicago, a nonprofit 501(c)3 agency based in Arlington Heights, will continue after-school tutoring programs in Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 and Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 for the 2014-2015 school year.

     
  • St. Viator, Loyola Academy join hands to feed the hungry Jul 18, 2014 2:32 PM
    Students, staffers and alumni from St. Viator High School and Loyola Academy packed more than 57,000 meals for hungry families in Peru in a friendly competition. “My faith is renewed when I see young people like that working for a better world,” said St. Viator President, the Rev. Corey Brost.

     
  • Leaders sought for Vernon library Friends group before it fades away Jul 15, 2014 10:06 AM
    The Friends of the Vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire has cited an urgent need for leaders to continue its work or risk disbanding. "We're at a transition point," said Angela Goodrich, president of the Friends board.

     
  • Elk Grove church is a lifesaver to local caregivers Jul 10, 2014 5:43 AM
    When he took a good look at the demographics in and around Elk Grove Village, the Rev. Stefan Potuznik of Christus Victor Lutheran Church noticed how quickly the community was aging. His church's response was to create A Caring Place, a drop off center where caregivers could leave their loved ones in a safe and social setting for a few hours a week.

     
  • First phase of Wheaton sensory playground, gardens opening soon Jul 6, 2014 8:01 AM
    If the weather starts to cooperate, planners say the first phase of a nearly $2.5 million sensory playground and garden project in Wheaton will be complete and ready for visitors in just a few months. “It's a place for everyone,” said Sarah O'Donnell, director of development for the Wheaton Park District.

     
  • WWII vet, school counselor from Mt. Prospect wins free roof Jul 3, 2014 7:53 PM
    Mount Prospect resident Henry Blim, a 90-year-old veteran of World War II, will receive a free roof for his house as part of the "No Roof Left Behind" porgram run by local business Peterson Roofing. After serving his country, Blim settled in Mount Prospect and worked for nearly 30 years in Northwest Suburban District 214.

     
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