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  • Shop With a Sheriff returns to Lake County Nov 13, 2014 4:58 PM
    The Lake County Sheriff’s Association will host its third annual special shopping event for children on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Called “Shop With a Sheriff,” the program benefits needy children by providing them an opportunity to shop for items such as winter coats and Christmas presents with a uniformed deputy, corrections officer, court security officer or reserve deputy.

  • Naperville students shaving heads for new brain cancer nonprofit Nov 13, 2014 10:13 AM
    Two teenage girls with long locks and freshly double-pierced ears will be going bald Sunday as one of them marks her 17th birthday. The dual head-shaving fundraiser in Woodridge will benefit the Swifty Foundation, a nonprofit formed in honor of Bridget Gustafson's twin brother, Michael, who died nearly 2 years ago at age 15. “I'm definitely nervous, but I'm also very excited,” Bridget said about shaving all her hair. “I'm more nervous of actually just having my hair gone because hair is such a defining feature on people; it will be very different.”

  • 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.”

  • Wheeling ‘Taste of the Town’ revenue doubles Nov 12, 2014 3:19 PM
    Wheeling’s Taste of the Town “Healthy Harvest” celebration last month at the Westin Chicago North Shore drew nearly 900 attendees who enjoyed tastings, select wine and craft beers from over 20 local restaurants and sponsors along with live entertainment, silent auction and raffle prizes.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer Hudson to present $250,000 grant to Palatine-based WINGS Saturday Nov 12, 2014 5:33 PM
    Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson will present a $250,000 donation to Palatine-based WINGS as part of a grand opening Saturday of the showcase Verizon Destination Store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The money will go to the WINGS Safe House in Chicago. The grant is from the company’s HopeLine program, which provides funds and support to domestic violence prevention and service programs throughout the country.

  • Legion Post 690 seeks donations for Adopt a Sailor holiday dinner Nov 10, 2014 1:24 PM
    The American Legion Post 690 family is seeking donations for its Adopt a Sailor dinner which is to be held on Thanksgiving, Thursday Nov. 27, when sailors from Great Lakes Naval Station will come to the newly renovated American Legion hall for a Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Nurses' care sparks legacy gift to Northwest Community Hospital Nov 11, 2014 8:48 AM
    The compassionate care of orthopedic nurses for a patient more than 10 years ago has resulted in a nearly million dollar bequest to Northwest Community Hospital by the Laseke family. “I wanted to make sure she wasn't in pain and was comfortable,” said Mary Justo,then fresh out of nursing school.

  • Honor Flight inspires Kildeer man to make movie Nov 9, 2014 7:00 AM
    Joining the Honor Flight volunteers in 2008, Dale Chellis of Killdeer was so inspired that hs has had made a documentary film to honor the sacrifices of World War II veterans for those who are unable to make the trip. It includes footage of people visiting the monuments. “You see some grown men with tears falling down their cheeks,” says Chellis.

  • Arlington Hts. collecting for holiday gift program Nov 9, 2014 4:29 PM
    The village of Arlington Heights is collecting donations for its annual Holiday Assistance Program, which helps families in need during the holiday season. There are four options for giving: cash donations; food certificates/gas cards; general donations of unopened gifts; or sponsor a family.

  • 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.

  • Kaitlin’s Hideout holding fundraiser to keep doors open Nov 8, 2014 8:20 PM
    Kaitlin’s Hideout in Glen Ellyn gives kids with special needs and their parents a place to play and get support. Founder Lisa Kelly says it’s a safe haven for such families, free from the judgment that the children and parents might face elsewhere. But unless Kelly finds more money for the center at 526 Crescent Blvd. in downtown Glen Ellyn, the little shop with a big purpose could close for good.

  • Moving Picture: Ex-exec gives freedom of scuba diving to disabled Nov 8, 2014 8:07 PM
    Jim Elliott, president and founder of Diveheart in Downers Grove, uses scuba diving to help people with disabilities enjoy pain-free therapy. He gave up a six-figure income to do nothing but help people like Ryan O'Toole of West Dundee, who has a neurological disorder, experience something he describes as "the greatest feeling in the world."

  • Donate toys in Mundelein: Nov 6, 2014 5:04 PM
    The Mundelein Police Department is once again partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to collect gifts for the Toys for Tots Program.

  • Wheelchair Bulls take on Arlington Hts. firefighters Saturday Nov 5, 2014 4:14 PM
    The Chicago Wheelchair Bulls will take on the Arlington Heights Fire Department as part of an annual basketball tournament and fundraiser on Saturday night. The 6th annual game hosted by St. Viator’s Athletic Booster Club raises money for the Wheelchair Bulls to travel to tournaments around the country.

  • Barrington church to host South Sudan Soiree IV Nov 5, 2014 3:05 PM
    St. Michael’s Episcopal Church of Barrington will host the South Sudan Soiree IV at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at St. Michael’s, 647 Dundee Ave., Barrington. Tickets are $50 adults, $20 students. The evening will feature a strolling dinner, live and silent auctions, and an appearance by The Lost Boys of Sudan.

  • Jaycees host Palatine pizza competition Nov. 16 Nov 5, 2014 6:44 PM
    Who makes the Palatine area’s best pizza? The Palatine Jaycees are holding a fundraising contest later this month to find out.

  • 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.

  • Hanover Twp. seeking donations to holiday gift drive Nov 4, 2014 6:26 PM
    Hanover Township has launched a donation drive for new, unwrapped toys benefiting hundreds of kids for the holidays.

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