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Posted on: December 20, 2018

2019 MLK Day of Service: Volunteering

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Volunteer for an Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day of Service project!   Below are the local service projects registered so far. More projects are continuously being added, so check back for updates.  To get signed up for your service project of choice, contact the volunteer coordinator directly.  

                                                                                                                             Flossmoor Cares

2019 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE PROJECTS

1. Organization: Respond Now, http://www.respondnow.org/ 
With the critical support of many volunteers and contributions from the community, Respond Now provides a host of essential services to over 12,000 people in need in south suburban Cook County. Vital services such as food, rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, prescription medications, clothing, and transportation are provided to families in 22 communities in the Chicago Southland.
Project Host: Jack and Jill of America, South Suburban Chicago Chapter, https://www.jackandjillsscc.com/
Volunteer Coordinator: Tracie Hayes, programdir@jackandjillsscc.com, 773-573-6533
Project Description: Final collection site for the MLK Day of Service Food Drive. Join neighbors to prepare non-perishable food donations to deliver to Respond Now, and participate in family friendly activities to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Donations needed: Bring Non-perishable food items. Monetary donations can be made directly to http://www.respondnow.org/ 
Location: Flossmoor Village Hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road
Time: 2 PM to 4 PM
Volunteers needed: 50+
Volunteer Requirements: All ages welcome.
To Sign-up or for more information:  No RSVP necessary, all are welcome. Questions can be directed to Tracie Hayes of the Jack and Jill SSCC, programdir@jackandjillsscc.com or 773-573-6533.
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2. Organization: Irons Oaks Foundation, www.ironsoaks.com [Due to severe weather, the project has been postponed until February 2nd]
The Irons Oaks Foundation financially and voluntarily supports the Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center.
Project Host: Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, www.ironsoaks.com
Volunteer Coordinator: Cheryl Vargo, cvargo@hfparks.com, 708-481-2330
Project Description: Help is needed removing invasive species from the woods at Irons Oaks. We are removing the invasive species in preparation for replanting oak trees in the spring. Volunteer work involves cutting and removing honeysuckle and buckthorn, and dragging brush to a location to be wood chipped. Tools and training provided. Please bring work gloves if you have them. We are thankful for volunteers who can give an hour, two hours or the entire time.
Location: 20000 Western Ave, Olympia Fields
Time: February 2nd, 9 AM to 12 PM
Volunteers needed: 40
Volunteer Requirements: Please dress for the weather. Warm clothes and boots are recommended. Volunteers must be at least 8 years of age. All volunteers must sign a volunteer waiver. Parents or guardians must sign waivers for volunteers under the age of 18.
To Sign-up, or for more information:  Cheryl Vargo, ironsoaksfoundation@hfparks.com
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3. Organization: JourneyCare Kids Who Care, https://journeycare.org/  [PROJECT FULL - PLEASE LOOK FOR OTHER SERVICE PROJECT]
Providing Care for patients with a serious illness.
Project Host: JourneyCare Kids Who Care, in cooperation with the HF Racquet and Fitness Club
Volunteer Coordinator: Christine Rechsteiner, crechsteiner@journeycare.org, 224-645-5820
Project Description: Participants will be creating “Warming Hearts and Toes bags”. These bags will be delivered to patients with a serious illness living in nursing facilities. Participants will decorate bags, create a card, and stuff the bag with candy, socks, and card.
Donations needed: Participants are welcomed to help multiply deliveries by donating sock-slippers and/or soft-wrapped candy. Socks can be adult and child (for pediatrics) size.
Location: The HF Racquet and Fitness Club - Conference Room, 2920 183rd Street, Homewood
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Volunteers needed: 75+
Volunteer Requirements: Participants can be any age. Great family project. Small children will need an adult helper
To Sign-up, or for more information:  Christine Rechsteiner , Kidswhocare@journeycare.org [PROJECT FULL - send email to be added to waiting list]


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4. Organization: SCARCE, https://www.scarce.org/super-crayons/[PROJECT FULL - PLEASE LOOK FOR OTHER SERVICE PROJECT]
SCARCE is an organization in Glen Ellyn dedicated to education of recycling and environmental issues. They run many free programs for schools in need including a Book Rescue and Teacher Resource Room.
Project Host: Girl Scout Troop 65149 - 3rd graders at Western Avenue
Volunteer Coordinator: Karen Cheung, Russellke@gmail.com, 814-386-5166
Project Description: We will collect old crayons and markers - any brand - for recycling. Crayons will be recycled through SCARCE. Markers will be recycled through Crayola ColorCycle.
Donations needed: collect and bring old crayons and markers to recycle
Location: Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Volunteers needed: 40
Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers will help collect, sort, and peel crayons. Ages 4 - 99! A perfect family project.
To Sign-up, or for more information:  Karen Cheung, Russellke@gmail.com [PROJECT FULL - PLEASE LOOK FOR OTHER SERVICE PROJECT]
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5. Organization: Sunrise Senior Living - Villa Olympia Fields [PROJECT FULL - PLEASE LOOK FOR OTHER SERVICE PROJECT]
A privately owned senior independent and assisted living facility
Project Host: Sunrise Villa Olympia Fields
Volunteer Coordinator: Jen Ermshler, jermshler@gmail.com , 708-502-8153
Project Description: Cookies and Cards! Volunteers will be distributing cookies to senior residents and engaging them in conversation and card games.
Location: Sunrise Villa Olympia Fields, 3633 Breakers Drive, Olympia Fields
Time: 10 AM to 11 AM
Volunteers needed: 10
Volunteer Requirements: Student volunteers of junior high/high school age are requested to bridge the gap between the elderly and youth.
To Sign-up, or for more information:  Jen Ermshler, jermshler@gmail.com  PROJECT FULL - PLEASE LOOK FOR OTHER SERVICE PROJECT
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6. Organization: Forest Preserves of Cook County, http://fpdcc.com/volunteer/
The Forest Preserves of Cook County, with nearly 70,000 acres, is the largest forest preserve district in the United States. It receives an estimated 62 million visits each year, providing an escape into a world teeming with wildlife and rich with outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities. Within its boundaries are rare habitats that offer plant and animal diversity on par with the rainforests of the world. This natural heritage offers something for everyone.
Project Host: Forest Preserves of Cook County
Volunteer Coordinator: Kevin Kuhn, kevin.kuhn@cookcountyil.gov, 312-882-0842
Project Description: MLK Jr Day of Service-Jan. 21-Dan Ryan Woods Stewardship Workday
Join us for a fun day of stewardship! Try your hand at restoration by helping remove invasive plants while learning about efforts being made to maintain healthy habitats. Warm up with a hot drink and a bonfire! Also enjoy some winter family-fun activities.
Location: Forest Preserves of Cook County, Dan Ryan Woods; 8700 S Western Ave, Chicago
Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Volunteers needed: 50
Volunteer Requirements: Dress to work outdoors! Wear boots! All under age 18 must be accompanied by guardian/parent/chaperone.
To Sign-up, or for more information:  Register online! Select "schedule" to sign up as individual or group. https://ec.samaritan.com/recruiter/1405/OppDetails/226221/MLK-Jr-Day-of-Service-Jan.-21-Dan-Ryan-Woods-Stewardship-Workday/
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7. Flossmoor Green Commission, http://www.flossmoor.org/270/Green-Commission [PROJECT FULL FOR STUDENTS - 2 ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED]
Educating and implementing green initiatives and best practices for the community of Flossmoor.
Project Host: Flossmoor Green Commission
Volunteer Coordinator: Carrie Malfeo, cmalfeo@gmail.com, 708-768-6313
Project Description: Seed sorting and packaging for the Flossmoor Seed Library
Location: Park Place in Flossmoor Park, 2523 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor
Time: 10 AM to 12 PM
Volunteers needed: 10
Volunteer Requirements: High school age and older, attention to detail
To Sign-up, or for more information:  Carrie Malfeo, cmalfeo@gmail.com [PROJECT FULL FOR STUDENTS - 2 ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED]

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8. South Suburban Humane Society, www.southsuburbanhumane.org
dedicated to promoting the well-being of pets and the people who love them in the Metro Chicago region. Through the care and sheltering of animals needing protection, providing pet care resources to our communities, promoting the human-pet bond through adoption services, and targeted, high-impact spay/neuter policies, the South Suburban Humane Society will make every effort towards ending pet homelessness, reducing pet overpopulation, and creating a better world for pets and their people.
Volunteer Coordinator: Kathleen Pazanin, volunteer@southsuburbanhumane.org, 708-755-7387
Project Description: General Cleaning, Enrichment Programs
Location: South Suburban Humane Society, 1103 W. End Avenue, Chicago Heights
Time: 10 AM to 2 PM
Volunteers needed: 10
Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers age 12 and older (12 to 16 year olds must be accompanied by a parent).
To Sign-up, or for more information:  Kathleen Pazanin, volunteer@southsuburbanhumane.org 

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9. Flossmoor SD 161 and HF High School Students – Literacy Awareness Project
Students from the Flossmoor community will partner together to raise awareness around the importance of literacy and access to books. We are here to spread our love for reading into the community and to collect/share books with others on this day of service.
Project Host: Western Avenue Elementary School, http://westernavenue.sd161.org/
Volunteer Coordinator: Lisa Dallacqua, ldallacqua@sd161.org, 7739836360
Project Description: Western Avenue's Library will be open on MLK Day for all families in the area to come and participate in this event. This is not your typical book drive! We want to message the importance of building a LOVE for reading. We also wish to raise awareness about access to books. Therefore, in addition to being a drop-off site for new and gently used books, we are also asking that families stay and perhaps write a personalized note in one of their books that they are giving away to the next reader who will receive the book. There will also be high school and middle school volunteers who are available to read any book to a little one on this day of service. Finally, the committee has also organized to share important information about a non-profit organization, Pangea Education Development, stationed in Uganda. This organization was co-founded by former Western Avenue teacher, Mr. Andrew Bauer. To learn more about Pangea and its work in raising literacy awareness through publishing projects and mobile libraries, please visit https://www.pangeaeducation.org/about-us/ for more details!
Donations needed: new and gently used books
Location: Western Avenue Elementary School Library, 940 Western Avenue, Flossmoor
Time:  12 PM to 2 PM
Volunteers needed: 20
Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers should have a love for reading and working with kids!
To Sign-up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094EADA623AAFD0-mlkday

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10. Infant Jesus of Prague Parish PROJECT FULL - PLEASE LOOK FOR OTHER SERVICE PROJECT]
Project Host: IJP Teen Group/HF students of Feel the Warmth Blanket making project
Volunteer Coordinator: Trisha Ladner, tladner@ijpparish.org, 708-224-8168
Project Description: Making fleece blankets for Respond Now
Location: IJP School, 1101 Douglas Avenue, Flossmoor
Time:  1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Volunteers needed: 25
Volunteer Requirements: All ages are welcome. Please bring good quality scissors for cutting fleece.
To Sign-up, or for more information: Trisha Ladner, tladner@ijpparish.org PROJECT FULL - PLEASE LOOK FOR OTHER SERVICE PROJECT]

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11. Flossmoor Community Church PADS
Men's Emergency Shelter every Sunday night, from October to April.
Project Host: Flossmoor Community Church, https://www.fccfaithful.org/ 
Volunteer Coordinator: Margaret Epperson, zargaretepps@gmail.com, 708-793-9069
Project Description: All day event to give our PADS guests a day of rest & honor their presence in our midst.
Location: Flossmoor Community Church, 2218 Hutchison Rd, Flossmoor - Use Travers Lane Doors
Time:  5:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Volunteers needed: 40+
Volunteer Requirements: Positive attitude and open to connecting with more members of the community. Kids under 12 must volunteer with an adult.
To Sign-up, or for more information:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094cafa622aafb6-pads

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12. Jones Community Center, https://www.jonescenter.org/ 
The mission of Jones Center is to strengthen Family Ties, to emphasize the worth of God's children (All Persons), and to answer a community need.
Project Host: Flossmoor Service League, www.flossmoorserviceleague.org 
Volunteer Coordinator: Eugenia Pauling, eugeniapauling@gmail.com, 708-250-5311
Project Description: On MLK Day we will turn our dreams to Vision Boards. It is the perfect way to creatively dream and set goals using positive words, quotes, images and color. Additionally, we will view a MLK inspired film on the Science Center's Big Screen.
Donations needed: In the spirit of supporting The Jones Center, we are collecting school and art supplies for after school and spring break programming.
Location: Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Hwy, Homewood
Time:  11 AM to 1 PM
Volunteers needed: no limit
Volunteer Requirements: This activity is open to all age groups.
To Sign-up, or for more information:  flossmoorserviceleague@gmail.com

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13. You Matter 2 Inc., www.youmatter2.org
You Matter 2 Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering youth to be world changers. Our organization consists of 7th-12th grade students in South Suburban area that are committed to learning about local and global issues, and giving back to their communities. Teens are invited to join: http://www.youmatter2.org/join.html 
Project Host: You Matter 2 & Love, Noa Boutique
Volunteer Coordinator: Opal Ray, stylesbyopal@gmail.com, 773-547-8955
Project Description: Deeper into Dreams Reading Day is an event where children in Pre-K through 5th grade can come read and listen to stories. You Matter 2 is promoting the importance of literacy. Teens will be on hand to read stories to our little ones and do craft activities to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and inspire our children to dream big!
Donations needed: We will also be hosting a children's book and clothing drive, and are accepting donations of new or gently used children's books, as well as men's, women's, and children's clothing, shoes, hats, mittens, scarves, ties & backpacks that will all be donated to families in need.
Location: Love, Noa 1044 Sterling Ave, Flossmoor
Time:  11 AM to 2 PM
Volunteers needed: No limit to Deeper in to Dreams program participation.
Volunteer Requirements: Please register children at link below, and bring new or gently used children's books, as well as men's, women's, and children's clothing, shoes, hats, mittens, scarves, ties & backpacks that will all be donated to families in need.
To Sign-up, or for more information:  To participate is Deeper in to Dreams Program, register children: http://www.youmatter2.org/deeper-into-dreams-reading-day.html. Teens interested in joining You Matter 2: http://www.youmatter2.org/join.html.

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14. Operation Gratitude, www.operationgratitude.com
MISSION: To forge strong bonds between Americans and their Military and First Responder heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements in communities nationwide.
HOW WE DO IT: Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 300,000+ individually addressed Care Packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to First Responders, New Recruits, Veterans, Wounded Heroes, and their Care Givers. Each package contains snacks, hygiene products, entertainment, and handmade items, as well as personal letters of support. Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns, Craft Projects, and Care Package Assembly Events, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to say “Thank You” through active, hands-on volunteerism. Each package contains donated products valued between $45 and $100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship.
Project Host: Coldwell Banker Flossmoor, https://www.coldwellbanker.com/coldwell-banker-residential-brokerage-_-chicago-12619c/flossmoor--office-363231d 
Volunteer Coordinator: Vicki Stevenson, vicki@hf-homes.com, 708-251-1500
Project Description: We will be collecting wish list items for care packages for the troops, as well as writing letters (or drawing pictures) for deployed soldiers
Donations needed: Sign-up to bring items from wish list: https://goo.gl/forms/WroIAuQjzIEpXQoa2 
Location: Coldwell Banker, 1056 Sterling, Flossmoor
Time:  11 AM to 1:30 PM
Volunteers needed: 20 volunteer guides needed; all families welcome to bring donations and write letters.
Volunteer Requirements: You can drop off items to our office, and/or write a few letters (smaller kids can draw pictures or decorate some pre-printed letters)
To Sign-up, or for more information:  https://goo.gl/forms/WroIAuQjzIEpXQoa2

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15. Calvary United Protestant Church (PCUSA) [PROJECT FULL - PLEASE LOOK FOR OTHER SERVICE PROJECT]
We are a Presbyterian church (Jesus loving, progressive worldview, LBGTQ welcoming, social justice focused) in Park Forest. We are making lunches for Daybreak Homeless Shelter.
Project Host: Calvary United Protestant Church
Volunteer Coordinator: Rev. Andrea Denney, calvaryup@sbcglobal.net, (708) 748-6261
Project Description: We are assembling bag lunches for Daybreak Homeless Shelter
Location: Calvary United Protestant Church, 425 N. Orchard, Park Forest
Time: 10 AM to 11:15 AM 
Volunteers needed: 20
Volunteer Requirements: There will be tasks for all skills and abilities. We need sandwiches assembled, cookies bagged and lunches packed.
To Sign-up, or for more information: Rev. Andrea Denney, calvaryup@sbcglobal.net [PROJECT FULL - PLEASE LOOK FOR OTHER SERVICE PROJECT]

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16.Manteno Veterans' Home, https://www.illinois.gov/veterans/homes/Pages/Manteno.aspx
The home is comprised of five major nursing care units and two ancillary service and support buildings. They provide care for up to 294 Skilled Care and Special Needs Veterans.
Project Host: Girl Scout Troops 60775 and 60523
Volunteer Coordinator: Missie Symowicz, msymowicz@yahoo.com, 630-606-8989
Project Description: This is a letter writing campaign to residents at the Manteno Veterans' Home.
Donations needed: Please bring donations of paper, markers, crayons, pencils, and stickers to the project on MLK Day or drop them in advance at 2130 Hutchison Rd, Flossmoor.
Location: 
Flossmoor Village Hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road
Time: 2 PM to 4 PM
Volunteers needed: 50
Volunteer Requirements: All ages welcome
To Sign-up, or for more information:  Missie Symowicz, msymowicz@yahoo.com 

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17. Autism Speakshttps://www.autismspeaks.org/ 
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Project Host: Tricia Butcher, Group Fitness Coordinator at H-F Racquet& Fitness Club, tbutcher@hfparks.com, 708.799.1323 x1152
Project Description: Pop Up Barre and Yoga Classes (donation based) benefitting Autism Speaks
Make it a day ON at barre or yoga class! This pop up fitness class is donation based with 100% of money raised going to Autism Speaks. Students of all levels will benefit from movement, stretches and breath work designed to leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.
Donations needed: Can't make it but want to donate? click here:
http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/AutismSpeaksU/General?px=3831930&pg=personal&fr_id=4479 
Location: H-F Racquet& Fitness Club, 2920 w 183rd Street, Homewood
Time:  Barre Class - 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM; Yoga Class - 11:30 AM to 2:25 PM
Participant spots available: Barre Class - 12 spots; Yoga class – 14 spots
Participant Requirements: Students must be 16 or older and all must sign a waiver at check in. Equipment is provided.
To Sign-up, or for more information: 10:30 AM Barre Class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pop-up-barre-class-donation-based-for-mlk-day-to-benefit-autism-speaks-tickets-54833534578
11:30 AM Yoga class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pop-up-yoga-class-donation-based-for-mlk-day-to-benefit-autism-speaks-tickets-54833765268

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