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  • Mundelein blood drive: Jan 13, 2015 6:21 PM
    The Mundelein Fire Department is working with LifeSource to host a “special emergency blood drive” on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Mundelein Fire Station 1, 1000 N. Midlothian Road.

  • 8 named Eagle Scouts in St. Charles ceremony Jan 3, 2015 7:25 PM
    More than 300 people attended the Convocation of Eagles at the Riverwoods Family Campus in St. Charles Saturday, recognizing the achievements and service of eight new Eagle Scouts. Many of the new Eagle scouts are current or prior students of St. Charles North High School or St. Charles East High School. “All who know you rejoice in your achievements,” said Scoutmaster Andy Rollins.

  • How to help your suburban neighbors in need Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM
    Charitable organizations across the suburbs can use any skill or interest you have — things like fixing houses, making quilts, playing guitar, baking cookies, caring for animals, or teaching people to read — and they need your help. Here are some tips to help you decide how to best channel your desire to help others.

  • Elgin firefighter — ahem, Santa — surprises kids at Advocate Sherman Dec 25, 2014 6:50 PM
    Elgin firefighters make it a tradition each year to play Santa to any children who happen to be in Advocate Sherman Hospital over the holiday. But Santa makes an unusual entrance -- on the ladder of a fire truck. “The thing that we never know until Christmas morning is how many kids, or if there are even going to be any kids,” Assistant Fire Chief Tim Maroder said. “We always say if we don’t do this, it’s a good thing."

  • Suburban volunteers reunite dogs with returning soldiers Dec 24, 2014 7:30 AM
    Suburban volunteers are planning come sprig to welcome a group of dogs who made the long – and expensive – trip from Afghanistan to O'Hare. The team behind Puppy Rescue Mission also will prepare the pooches for reunions with the returning soldiers who adopted the companions in war. “There’s thousands of animals over here that deserve good homes, but you form a special bond over there that really can’t be equaled,” says Garrett Rogers, a Navy petty officer from Lindenhurst.

  • Open house for volunteers in Lake County Dec 23, 2014 4:56 PM
    The Lake County Forest Preserve District will hold an open house for interested volunteers on Jan. 7. The gathering will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the district office, 1899 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.

  • Waukegan blood drive Dec 23, 2014 4:59 PM
    The Waukegan Public Library is hosting a blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Bradbury Room at the library at 128 North County St., Waukegan.

  • New year marks 40 years of service for People’s Resource Center Dec 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    From food, clothing and rent assistance to computer training, tutoring and socials services, struggling DuPage county residents can find all the resources they need in one visit to the People's Resource Center. Since 1975, the Wheaton-based organization has been “bringing neighbors together to respond to hunger and poverty in DuPage County,” says executive director Kim Perez. The ringing in of the new year will mark some special achievements for the center — a 40th anniversary and the opening of a bigger center in Westmont.

  • Cookie care packages sweeten holidays for military Dec 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    In 2004, Diane and Roger Ahrens started “Operation Sweettooth” to sweetly let U.S. military men and women know the country has not forgotten them or their sacrifices. Ten years that have passed and the East Dundee couple, who own Piece-A-Cake Bakery, continue to bake and individually wrap cookies and Rice Krispie treats to thousands of troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and U. S. military hospitals around the world.

  • Lake County students pack gifts for Operation Christmas Child Dec 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    Every year for the past five years, Wendy Mills, a Business Ed. Teacher at Wauconda High School, has organized a trip to volunteer at an Operation Christmas Child processing center.

  • District 57 students take on multiple charitable efforts for holidays Dec 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    The four schools of Mount Prospect School District 57 have taken on at least 10 projects in recent weeks to help those in need. “Our students, families and staff have really made a difference in the community this holiday season,” says Elaine Aumiller, superintendent of schools.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!"

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