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  • Kitchen Conversations on homelessness in Lake CountyApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Lake County Haven is hosting Kitchen Conversations, small gatherings at the main shelter in Libertyville. Attendees will learn about homelessness, what causes it and what can end it. The next session is at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11.

     
  • A pair of volunteers helps clean up along the Fox River Trail during a previous Spring Spruce-Up, which will be held Saturday, April 26, at four park sites.

    Spring Spruce-Up: Collaborating for clean parksApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Despite this polar vortex that won’t let go, the spring season is starting to flex its muscles, ready to give the cold weather a swift and final kick into oblivion. It’s time to get outdoors and celebrate, which the Fox Valley Park District plans to do on Saturday, April 26, with its sixth annual Spring Spruce-Up. The district’s biggest volunteer event of the year brings communities together in the name of common good — beautifying the local parks and trails we share and enjoy.

     
  • Elk Grove youth service awards given May 13Mar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Leaders of youth service groups in Elk Grove Village are encouraged to register their groups now for the Community Character Coalition youth awards coming in May.

     
  • Training days for Lake County Medical Reserve CorpsMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Training to volunteer for Lake County Medical Reserve Corps is March 20 and April 3.

     
  • Good Shepherd to host blood drive March 5Mar 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will hold a blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 in the Prairie Room at the hospital, 450 W. Route 22 in Barrington.

     
  • Alexis Murr, 15, of West Dundee, shares a moment with one of the cats she visits while regularly volunteering at Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin. “I just love animals and want to be a veterinarian when I grow up,” she said.

    Day off from school? W. Dundee teen volunteersFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Alexis Murr of West Dundee volunteers at Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin in her free time.

     
  • LifeSource: Weather hampering blood collection Jan 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    The continuing Arctic weather has caused blood shortages and donation cancellations in nearly every state, including in Illinois. LifeSource Blood Services reports that more than 400 appointments, including several local high school and junior college drives, have been lost in the past week.

     
  • Join Autism Speaks and help the cause Jan 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Mike Baker of Autism Speaks encourages volunteers to step forward who will help lobby congressmen and women to improve services for autistic residents.

     
  • Meals on Wheels volunteer Samuel Grimes, 88, shares a laugh with Robert McPheron, 71, of Des Plaines, after delivering his lunch during Monday's brutal cold.

    Cold won't stop 88-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteerJan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Samuel Grimes plans to be on his Meals on Wheels route Tuesday morning, just like any other day, even though temperatures are expected to remain well below zero. Completing his deliveries in the extreme cold is possible -- and it's something the 88-year-old Des Plaines man's clients, like Penny Jaworski, are grateful for. "I appreciate it, especially in this kind of weather, that they can get out.”

     
  •  CFC volunteers freshen the nesting sites on Baker’s Lake Island with discarded live Christmas trees from Barrington. Eighty to 100 trees were taken across the ice to the island.

    Caring in Action: CFC helps natural habitats to thrive Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Saving the natural habitat in the greater Barrington area has been Citizens for Conservation's mission for more than three decades. January's Caring in action feature highlights one of the foremost conservatory organizations in the suburbs - and the large vlunteer network it has to get things done.

     
  •  Stevenson High School freshman Matthew Weiner checks expiration dates on pancake mixes Monday at the Vernon Township Food Pantry. Stevenson students fanned out across Lake County to work on community projects for Marting Luther King Jr. Day.

    Stevenson High students volunteer on day off Jan 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    With classes canceled because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, dozens of Stevenson High School students tackled community service projects across Lake County on Monday.

     
  • Cuba Twp. bubbles over with gratitude Jan 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Kate Formichella and Cheryl Tanaka, Cuba Township community liaisons, are deeply grateful for the continous support they get from businesses, residents and schools - people and organizations who never stop giving to their community.

     
  •  Art and Hazel Clauter, both 95, have volunteered at the Pioneer Sholes School, an 1872 one-room schoolhouse in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, for the last 34 years. The Clauters were recognized for their efforts by the school’s board of directors.

    Longtime Pioneer Sholes volunteers honoredJan 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hazel and Art Clauter of Geneva have spent more than 30 years in a one-room schoolhouse. But not as students or teachers. The Clauters, now in their 90s, are longtime volunteers at Pioneer Sholes School, the 1872 one-room schoolhouse in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.

     
  • Nominations open for Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service are accepting nominations through Jan. 31 for the annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. “The heart of America is the heart of a volunteer,” Quinn said. “Our Volunteer Service Awards is one way of recognizing the volunteer stars whose energy and tireless compassion remind us how one person can truly make a difference.”

     
  •  Moraine Hills State Park and McHenry Dam Volunteer of the Year Steve Domski

    Illinois Department of Natural Resources laud local volunteers Jan 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources staff recently honored 121 volunteers who donated their services to Volo Bog State Natural Area, Moraine Hills State Park and McHenry Dam in 2013. Together they contributed 6,019 hours to these sites. Marilyn Huster of Libertyville was named Volunteer of the Year for Volo Bog State Natural Area and Steve Domski of McHenry was named Volunteer of the Year for Moraine Hills State Park and McHenry Dam.

     
  • MainStreet Libertyville seeks volunteers Jan 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    MainStreet Libertyville hosts a volunteer information night from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Shakou Sushi, 615 N. Milwaukee Ave., the group said in a news release.

     
  •  Katherine Schlebecker of Mundelein and her dad, Al, have their blood drawn by Malgorzata Koston of Lifesource during the Everyday Heroes winter blood drive Saturday at Mundelein Fire Station No. 1.

    Mundelein Fire Department hosts blood drive Jan 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    College student Katherine Schlebecker of Mundelein, home for winter break, was spending time with her dad, Al, by donating blood Saturday at Mundelein Fire Department Station No. 1. “I love to donate blood,” Schlebecker said, speaking of how blood donations save lives.

     
  •  Arlington Heights resident Sam Moser helped lead a campaign to save trees from emerald ash borer rather than removing them.

    Arlington Heights Heart of Gold winners announced Jan 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Arlington Heights will honor 13 of its residents with its annual Heart of Gold awards that recognize people who “work or live in our community and enrich the quality of life in Arlington Heights through their generous contributions and acts of kindness.”

     
  •  Bill Zelsdorf, of Carpentersville, recently received East Dundee’s inaugural community service award for his work at the Dundee Township Visitor’s Center, also known as The Depot, in East Dundee. Zelsdorf has been affiliated with The Depot for 17 years as a board member, manager and contest coordinator.

    Depot manager honored for volunteerism in E. Dundee Dec 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Bill Zelsdorf, 64, a retired musician from Carpentersville who has been the face of the Dundee Township Visitor's Center for nearly two decades, recently received East Dundee's inaugural community service award, which recognizes outstanding volunteers. “I really hope this award goes on for many, many, many years because there so many people who are so well deserving of this award. Obviously, they must have started at the Zs and they’re going to work their way backwards," Zelsdorf said.

     
  •  Phyllis and Will LaRiviere of Naperville are all smiles at the 30th annual Christmas senior luncheon, hosted by the Naperville Park District and Naperville YMCA, on Wednesday.

    Naperville seniors have a jolly Christmas Dec 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    “I had nobody for the Christmas holiday, so I decided to come here,” said George Smith, a 46-year resident of Naperville. Smith was one of more than 200 people who took part in the Christmas luncheon for seniors, held Wednesday by the Naperville Park District and the YMCA at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

     
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