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Senior Corps-RSVP Members Celebrated at Boomers Stadium

2016 September 20
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by HandsOn Suburban Chicago

August 10, 2016

The skies were blue and sunny – a perfect summer day for baseball. The heat did cause a few members to reconsider joining us, but for those who attended Senior Corp-RSVP Day at Boomers Stadium some new friendships were made and a good time was had by all.

A big “Thank You!” to our corporate volunteer team from United Healthcare (UHC). The 11-person team from UHC engaged with our Senior Corps volunteers and their friends and family. The team handed out tickets and name badges to the attendees, greeted them as they exited the elevators or stairways and escorted them to our reserved seating areas.

Congratulations to our three raffle winners: Ron Carlow, Pat Fadz, and Ted Peloquin. Thank you to Craig Powers, Senior Corps-RSVP member, chosen to throw out the first pitch of the game.

Please enjoy the collage of pictures from the event:

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Click here if you would like to sign up or learn more about the Senior Corps-RSVP program.

 

Senior Corps—Champions of Service for a New Era

2016 September 12
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Senior Corps members, partners and leaders recently met in Reston, Virginia to celebrate 45 years of service to communities across America. Over 250 Senior Corps leaders, supporters and members gathered to learn and exchange ideas on how to continue to be responsive and relevant to the people and to the communities in which we serve. As leaders proudly shared the stories of the impact of the service Senior Corp members gave to their communities, we listened in amazement. We celebrated the extraordinary achievements and passion of Senior Corps members who serve in food pantries or thrift shops, deliver critical transportation services or meals at home, make welcomed reassurance calls or serve in disaster recovery functions or work with children. There was an inexhaustible list of ways those over 55 were positively contributing to the welfare of communities across this nation.
The meeting in Virginia heralded Senior Corps members as “Champions of Service for a New Era” and no better example of that than 106 year old Virginia McLaurin, the grandmother, who in February, danced with President Barack and First Lady, Michelle Obama. Virginia spoke to her fellow “Champions” at the meeting regaling the value of volunteerism and passion for service. Virginia’s commitment to service has been passed on to her granddaughter, who was also in attendance. So, with thunderous applause and ovation, fellow Champions acknowledged their achievement of becoming the first grandmother and granddaughter to jointly serve in a Senior Corps program!

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Carolyn Roberts (middle), Project Director-Senior Corps-RSVP Program for HandsOn Suburban Chicago with Virginia McLaurin and her granddaughter.

President Obama wrote a letter to each of the Senior Corps members of the nation. He stated:

America is what it is because we built it together. With collective effort and in common purpose, generations have endeavored to enrich their communities and our country, adding their voices to a tradition of civic engagement that has guided us since our Nation’s founding. The America we know today was shaped by the contributions of people of all ages from a multitude of origins, and we are joined together by a belief in the enduring power of our country’s promise.

As Senior Corps volunteers, you have helped carry forward this legacy and set a powerful example of service- one that can have a tremendous impact on the lives of those around you and inspire others to step forward to serve. In your dedication, we see the spirit of shared purpose- the understanding that we are all bound to one another – that is at the core of our national character.

As you gather from across our country to reflect on the difference you are making, know you have the deep appreciation of a proud and grateful President.

What an exciting time to be a part of Senior Corps. Join today to see how you can be a part of this national movement.

Become a Lunch Buddy or CHiL Tutor this fall!

2016 August 24
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by HandsOn Suburban Chicago

We need you to help better our schools. Become a Lunch Buddy or CHiL Tutor this fall.

To kick off the new school year right, HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) has teamed up with area schools to manage Lunch Buddies and CHiL—community-based tutoring programs that provide students with the academic support they need to succeed.

Lunch Buddies launched last year at Jane Addams Elementary School in Palatine. The lunchtime program will focus on strengthening the foundational math and reading skills of students in grades 4, 5, and 6. The program will also expand to serve 3rd graders at Plainfield Elementary School in Des Plaines. The tutors at Plainfield will enjoy lunch and read with small groups of students to foster their literacy development. What could be a more pleasant way to support a child’s academic growth?

CHiL (Cooper, Holmes, and London) supports the afterschool tutoring programs that take place at Cooper Middle School in Buffalo Grove, Holmes Middle School in Wheeling, and Jack London Middle School in Wheeling. This program prepares students in grades 6, 7, and 8 for high school by offering them homework assistance and various enrichment activities. Teachers with students enrolled in CHiL consistently report increases in grades, classroom engagement, and homework completion rates. During the 2015-2016 academic year, 67% of CHiL participants improved their reading grades and 48% of them upped their math grades. Outcomes like these would not be possible without the help of dedicated community members.

HOSC is looking for individuals who value education and want to get involved in a meaningful way. We need folks like you. We need you to contribute your talents and just an hour of your week to help students realize their own potential.

Lunch Buddies are needed on:

* Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Jane Addams Elementary School in Palatine

* Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10 pm to 1:00 pm at Plainfield Elementary School

CHiL Tutors are needed on:

* Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at Cooper Middle School, Buffalo Grove

* Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Holmes Middle School, Wheeling

* Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:15 pm at Jack London Middle School, Wheeling

At most schools, fall session will begin in September and go through mid-December 2016. Session 2 restarts in January. Further program details and a link to our application can be found here.

HandsOn Suburban Chicago Featured in Daily Herald Posts

2016 August 4
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HandsOn Suburban Chicago was recently featured in two posts on the Daily Herald website. Follow the links below to learn more about the organization and the amazing volunteers working to improve our community:

7/25/2016 – HandsOn Suburban Chicago links volunteers with those in need

It all started in a box.

In the 1960’s, local activist Lois Moore began filling a recipe box with the names of friends and neighbors who were interested in volunteering, but unsure of where to go.

As that box began to overflow, Moore worked with the Arlington Heights Clergy Fellowship to found the Volunteer Service Bureau of Northwest Cook County, a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities.

 

7/25/2016 – A closer look at people who volunteer

Seven Senior Corps-RSVP members were given special recognition in April at the HandsOn Suburban Chicago Celebration of Service breakfast at the Metropolis in Arlington Heights.

 

A volunteer works on a bench during a Make a Difference Day event at Jane Addams Elementary School.Photo Credit: Joe Lewnard | Daily Herald Staff Photographer October 2015

 

HandsOn Suburban Chicago Appoints New Executive Director and New Project Director of Senior-Corp RSVP Programs

2016 June 28
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Arlington Heights, IL – HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) is pleased to announce today that Jordan Friedman, MSW has joined the organization as Executive Director. Jordan fills the vacancy created in December by Chris Smith’s retirement. Jordan comes to HOSC with 28 years of experience within the nonprofit sector, including executive expertise in leadership, operations management, and expanding organizational capacity.

Jordan’s resume includes over 10 years of strategic planning, fund development, advocacy and communications in the nonprofit sector. Prior to his executive leadership roles, he served as a Senior Social Worker for Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Jordan was appointed as adjunct clinical faculty at the University Of Washington Graduate School Of Social Work, and has served as a board member of several local nonprofit organizations. Before to coming to HOSC Jordan was Director for the Family Focus/Family Network Center in Highland Park, IL. Jordan is excited to be a part of HOSC and looks forward to working with its staff, volunteers and community partners.

Additionally, HOSC is happy to announce that Carolyn Roberts as its new Senior-Corp RSVP Project Director. Carolyn brings with her 20+ years of experience in the corporate arena leading high performance teams and projects in the Chemical, Telecommunications, Retail and Food Service industries. Originally, from the East Coast, Carolyn has been a Chicagoland resident for a little over 20 years and has a deep passion to use her skills to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

 

About HandsOn Suburban Chicago

HandsOn Suburban Chicago has been a vital part of the community for 47 years, building the capacity of over 200 nonprofit agencies and engaging 5000+ volunteers every year. By collaborating with these organizations, HOSC provides them with the tools they need to effectively utilize their volunteers to sustain their mission.

HOSC’s mission is to inspire, equip and mobilize people to volunteer and take action that builds vibrant and prosperous communities. To learn more about how you can get involved in your community visit: www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org

Contact: Benjamin Carr

Phone: 847.228.1320

Email: ben.carr@volunteerinfo.net

HandsOn Suburban Chicago Celebrates Senior Corps Week

2016 May 17
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HandsOn Suburban Chicago and the Senior Corps-Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) recognizes the extraordinary impact Senior Corps-RSVP volunteers make across our northwest suburbs each year during Senior Corps Week. This year, Senior Corps Week is celebrated from May 16-20 and is designated by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service.

Senior Corps-RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. In our northwest Chicago suburbs, there are 27 Senior Corps-RSVP members who are 90 years old or older. There are also 26 RSVP volunteers in the northwest suburbs who have volunteered for 20 or more years at one location. These volunteers offer extraordinary service to the many agencies and townships they serve.

Together, their 115,000 hours of lifetime volunteer service represents over $1,000,000 worth of value to the northwest suburbs.

Local Volunteers Honored For Service At Celebration of Service Breakfast

2016 May 11
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by HandsOn Suburban Chicago

HandsOn Suburban Chicago along with Senator Matt Murphy and Nokia celebrate the impact made by local volunteers and nonprofit organizations.

Murhpy AwardArlington Heights, IL – May 5, 2016 – HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) held its annual Celebration of Service breakfast on Tuesday, April 26, at the Metropolis Ballroom in downtown Arlington Heights. The event celebrated the hard work and dedication of volunteers serving in the Northwest Suburbs.

Among the 120 guests in attendance was State Senator Matt Murphy who acted as the keynote speaker. Nokia, a longtime friend of HOSC and active community supporter, was proud to be the breakfast’s premier sponsor. Tom Gaynor, HOSC board member and Nokia representative, said Nokia was thrilled to support an event and organization that engages volunteers who make an impact across 44+ communities in over 200 nonprofit organizations.

Other sponsors included the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago, Roosevelt University, and Zurich.

The breakfast honored seven Senior Corps – RSVP volunteers who were among 27 nominees selected by their organizations for their outstanding service and contributions to the community. The honorees were Marlene Dalacker, Vincent Kelley, James Kennedy, Judith Liles, Marilyn Neumann, Craig Power, and Doris Walther. Sponsored by the Corporation for National & Community Service, Senior Corps-RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over.

HandsOn Suburban Chicago has been a vital part of the community for 47 years, building the capacity of over 200 nonprofit agencies and engaging 5000+ volunteers every year. By collaborating with these organizations, HOSC provides them with the tools they need to effectively utilize their volunteers to sustain their mission.

About HandsOn Suburban Chicago

HOSC’s mission is to inspire, equip and mobilize people to volunteer and take action that builds vibrant and prosperous communities. To learn more about Senior Corps-RSVP or how you can get involved in your community visit: www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org 


About Nokia

NokiaNokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things. http://nokia.com

The Children’s Advocacy Center Thanks You For a Successful Event!

2016 May 3
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by HandsOn Suburban Chicago

Children’s Advocacy Center’s Hope, Heal, Grow Gala a Success!

A very big thank you to all who attended, sponsored and supported the Hope, Heal, Grow Gala! The numbers are in and we raised over $195,000! These funds will directly support the children and families the Children’s Advocacy Center serves.

We would like to thank our Presenting Sponsors, Thermos and John and Rita Canning. We would also like to thank the table sponsors, auction donors, volunteers, and our event chair, Britten Follett. All of your efforts helped make Saturday’s gala a tremendous success. Because of your generosity, we were able to successfully reach our Fund-A-Program goal. We will now be able to replace all of our sensitive interview recording equipment!

Some photos of the event are available on our Facebook page. Official photos will be posted when they become available. Thank you again for your compassion and generosity. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Hope, Heal, Grow Gala!

 

With much gratitude,

The CAC Team

 

Upcoming Events:

We have more events happening over the next couple months. Please click on the links below to learn more about our 9th Annual Champions for Children 5K Walk or our new CAC Golf Outing presented by ANGUS.

 

9th Annual Champions for Children 5K Walk

CAC Golf Outing Presented by ANGUS

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