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  • Jewish school students make lunches for Lazarus House guests Dec 15, 2014 1:58 PM
    Fox Valley Jewish School students are learning about community service by helping Lazarus House, a shelter for people in need in St. Charles. Recently, the students made sack lunches for Lazarus House guests.

     
  • Patton School students inspired to help Arlington Hts. family Dec 15, 2014 1:12 PM
    Fifth-grader Liam McGuffin of Arlington Heights and nearly 60 other children enrolled in the Children At Play program at Patton Elementary School in Arlington Heights worked with their supervisor, Agnes Roberts, to adopt a local family this holiday season. “I wanted to help people get gifts over the holidays,” Liam said. They were one of the younger groups who participated in the program that is now 30 years old.

     
  • Constable: Grayslake pastor proud of link to Civil Air Patrol Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    In a long-overdue honor, the Civil Air Patrol, created Dec. 1, 1941,was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last week in Washington. Jill Paulson, a Presbyterian minister in Grayslake, received a replica medal in honor of her grandfather, who started the civilian force, which was instrumental in protecting the coast in WW II.

     
  • Trip to North Pole helps families leave health battles behind Dec 13, 2014 6:44 PM
    After challenging times in hospitals and at doctors' offices, children with life-threatening diseases and their families escaped to the North Pole Saturday. Operation North Pole is a volunteer effort that takes kids on a not-to-be-forgotten train ride followed by a special visit with Santa.

     
  • What’s it like to work for the forest preserve district? Dec 12, 2014 1:24 PM
    “I want your job!” said the twentysomething barista as I ordered my latte at the drive-up window. His comment was based solely on seeing the Forest Preserve District of Kane County emblem on my shirt. My colleagues have had similar reactions when wearing their uniforms. What is it about the Forest Preserve District logo that triggers this response?

     
  • Soup Kettle chef cooks up good will at Elgin church Dec 10, 2014 1:10 PM
    "I've always enjoyed cooking," said Carl Flaks of Elgin, a longtime volunteer at First Congregational Church of Elgin's Soup Kettle. Flaks, a retired teacher, said the hours he puts into organizing and cooking for the weekly meal are his way of giving back to the community he loves.

     
  • HandsOn Suburban Chicago connects volunteers to nonprofits in need Dec 10, 2014 12:44 PM
    HandsOn Suburban Chicago, a nonprofit agency based in Arlington Heights, has a list of volunteer opportunities at a time of the year when there is a dramatic increase in needs.

     
  • Toys for Tots: We’re all invited to play Dec 10, 2014 1:05 PM
    While some families enjoy overflow holiday celebrations and plentiful presents under the tree, the less fortunate raise a cup that’s half-empty. So once again, the Fox Valley Park District is working as an active partner in local collection efforts to provide gifts for children as part of the national Toys for Tots program.

     
  • Loves to dance, willing to help: Joe Greenberg Dec 4, 2014 7:01 AM
    Someone to be Thankful for in Geneva is the assignment, and "Joe Greenberg" is the name I'm given. I call Jean Gaines, director of the Chamber of Commerce, for guidance: Who is this guy? "He's a Geneva institution!" she crows. "And he's my hero!"

     
  • Batavia woman repairing the world in several ways Nov 28, 2014 12:16 PM
    Joanne Spitz of Batavia believes in carrying out tikkun olam, which means "to repair the world" in Hebrew. It has led her to many volunteer posts over the quarter-century or so she has lived in the area.

     
  • People to be thankful for: Cherie Murphy, Elgin Nov 28, 2014 5:53 PM
    Cherie Murphy says her contribution to the Elgin community is not about what she’s done, but the people she’s helped do it. “My strength is that of community connector,” said Murphy, 62, who retired in May from her job as assistant to the city manager for community engagement. “It’s not that I volunteer more than a whole lot of other people. My function has been connect people to the right people, and to help foster community volunteering.”

     
  • McHenry Moose Lodge expands Thanksgiving guest list Nov 28, 2014 7:33 PM
    For 13 years, McHenry Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 691 has expanded its Thanksgiving guest list to include U.S. Navy recruits at Great Lakes Naval Station and also Mooseheart students and family teachers. For Thanksgiving this year the McHenry Moose provided dinner for more than 50 service personnel and another 40 students and family teachers, and that meant the lodge was full of thankful people.

     
  • Gilberts woman’s warmth ‘lights up’ children’s faces Nov 27, 2014 1:01 AM
    Laura Factly loves seeing the faces of young children “light up” when she walks into the room. It’s motivated her to volunteer for the past eight years at Lakewood Elementary School in Carpentersville, where she herself studied. Factly, 31, of Gilberts, recently received Carpentersville's 2014 Community Service Award for her efforts.

     
  • Rolling Meadows preschool grateful for volunteer ‘Grandma Pat’ Nov 27, 2014 6:21 AM
    Pat Hollerbach wears silly costumes, plays with toys and easily slides into the world of preschoolers. But its her nurturing that has students -- and the principal of a Rolling Meadows school-- calling the 85-year-old volunteer, "Grandma Pat." “She’s kind of the one that if they’re having a bad day or crying, they go and sit on Grandma Pat’s lap,” Peg Lasiewicki says.“She is the one that makes them feel all better.”

     
  • St. Charles community defined by a family’s contributions Nov 27, 2014 1:01 AM
    There is, perhaps, no family that's placed a larger stamp on St. Charles as a community than the Norris-Collins-Baker brood.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • St. Charles woman provides hope in face of heroin scourge Dec 8, 2014 1:08 PM
    Lea Minalga formed the Geneva-based Hearts of Hope in 1998 to educate and prevent people from using heroin, to counsel addicts and provide support to their families. "It comes from the bowels of hell it's so addicting," said the St. Charles woman, whose son started using at 16 but is now 34 and heroin free.

     
  • 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.

     
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