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Celebrate Earth Day 2014 – April 22, 2014

  Get involved with Earth Day! Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more—all on behalf of the environment. Like Earth [...]

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National Park Week- April 19-27, 2014

  Looking for something fun and fantastic to do with family and friends? Head out to America’s national parks where millions of stars light up the dark night sky, deer and antelope (and a few other critters!) play on the wide open range, and history is an unbelievable experience, not a boring class lecture. The [...]

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HandsOn Suburban Chicago and Paralyzed Veterans of America

HandsOn Suburban Chicago and Paralyzed Veterans of America One of the benefits of community engagement is getting to know great organizations that do incredible work to better their environment.  In November 2013, HandsOn Suburban Chicago’s Veteran VISTAs applied for a grant through Home Depot in order to build two accessibility ramps for area veterans.  HOSC [...]

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Global Youth Service Day — April 11-13, 2014

  HandsOnSuburbanChicago is proud to support Global Youth Service Days, April 11-13, 2014 Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only [...]

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More States Offering In-State Tuition to Veterans

More States Offering In-State Tuition to Veterans February 9, 2014 by STEVE  Did  you know the difference between resident tuition and non-resident tuition costs could be thousands of dollars? Although many states have come on board with offering non-resident veterans in-state tuition costs for public colleges, some states have yet to create any legislature to help veterans. [...]

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

  Its National Volunteer Week! Not only do we want to take this week to celebrate and thank our wonderful volunteers, but we also want to take this time to highlight the need for a continuous commitment to volunteering in order to make our community a more vibrant and prosperous place. There are only FIVE days [...]

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More Than 1,750 Mayors Support Community Service Though Mayors Day of Recognition

WASHINGTON,   D.C. – More than 1,750 mayors from all 50 states and the District   of Columbia,  Guam, and Puerto Rico are standing together in support of   AmeriCorps and Senior Corps by participating in the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service   tomorrow. Together, these mayors represent more than 110 million citizens [...]

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Escorted Transportation Service Northwest ( ETS/NW) Recognizes RSVP Volunteer Patrick Barrett

  “We exist to serve seniors living within the northwest suburban Cook County area, who require escorted transportation services to attend medical appointments which allow them to age in place in their community with dignity.” Such is the mission statement of Escorted Transportation Service Northwest (ETS/NW), a small nonprofit organization founded in 2006.  Its goal [...]

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HOSC Supports Youth Service America and GYSD at Children’s Expo

On Saturday March 8, HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC)  joined Radio Disney® On the Road to the Radio Disney Music  Awards (RDMAs) during the 2014 Chicagoland Children’s Expo to represent Youth Service America (YSA) and Disney’s ® Friends for Change initiative. HOSC was on hand to encourage Chicago-area youth and their families to volunteer in their communities [...]

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HandsOn Suburban Chicago Seeks Nominations for Annual Volunteer Awards Program

(Arlington Heights, Ill.) –HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) invites nonprofit and community agencies to send award nominations for outstanding volunteers to be honored at the 2014 Impact Awards & Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on April 30th at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights. Nominations are due by Friday, March 21, 2014 to be considered for the award and are being accepted in the [...]

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Mayors Day of Recognition & Cities of Service Initiative Targeted for Local Community Engagement

HandsOn Suburban Chicago is connecting with it’s 44 community service area to get leaders engaged in two national initiatives to celebrate National Volunteer Week. Below is a brief description of each program and the reason why local mayors and communities should participate. What:  To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, [...]

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New Resource for Women “Vetrepreneurs” from WBDC

By Courtney Barden Women veterans who are considering owning their own business have a new resource to help them succeed. The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) was established in 1986 as one of the first women’s business assistance programs in the U.S. The mission of the WBDC is to provide services and programs that support and [...]

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Schaumburg Public Library Teen Job Fair A Success

  Anna Lyman and Susan Bensen of HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC)  attended Schaumburg Public Library’s Teen Job Fair on Saturday, February 15, 2014.  This was the library’s first teen job fair, and it was considered a great success with approximately 150 teens attending, some accompanied by their respective parents. Several employers were present and had [...]

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HOSC AmeriCorps VISTAs Support The Team Chrissy Foundation

By Lydia Leffelman Each year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day provides an opportunity for organizations and individuals to become engaged in service activities, and give back to their community. The MLK Day of Service is led by the Corporation of National and Community Service  www.nationalservice.gov and with HandsOn Suburban Chicago being the sponsoring agency of [...]

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Capgemini, Chicago Office – Empowering Volunteering Through Technology

Capgemini, a technology services and business consultancy company, has partnered with the HandsOn Tech initiative at HandsOn Suburban Chicago. “HandsOn Tech Chicago works to transform how nonprofits in the Chicago area use and embrace technology,” said Danielle Martinak, Senior Supply Chain Planning Consultant at Capgemini. “Their mission is to increase the nonprofit sector’s use of [...]

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Where Should Nonprofits Use Volunteers? Everywhere.

This post is by Tricia Thompson, vice president of training and consulting at Points of Light. For every dollar nonprofits invest in effective volunteer engagement, they can expect up to $6 in return – a six-fold return on investment. Organizations that effectively engage volunteers are more adaptable, sustainable and capable of expanding. And they operate [...]

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Avoid Common Job-Hunting Mistakes for Veterans

Guest blog by STEVE Once separated from the military, transitioning veterans will be faced with new challenges entering the struggling civilian job market. Older veterans will be faced with age discrimination and budget cuts. Younger veterans will be f…

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National Service Agency Grants to Support More Than 73,000 Senior Volunteers

WASHINGTON, DC – The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced more than $13 million in funding to support organizations and nonprofits across the nation. The organizations will leverage the experience and skills of RSVP Senior Corps volunteers who serve in schools, conservation projects, disaster response initiatives, veterans’ services, and other areas. More [...]

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Pritzker Military Museum and HOSC Collaborate on Oral History Program

Recent collaborations between HandsOn Suburban Chicago’s (HOSC) Veteran VISTA team and Pritzker Military Museum & Library (PMML) led to a meeting held at PMML last week.  Pritzker’s building is located on Michigan Avenue  in Chicago, across from Millennium Park.  The meeting included Lydia Leffelman and Anna Lyman from HOSC, Christy Stanford, Jorge Hernandez, Thomas Webb, [...]

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Being the Best in Your Business~A Success Story

by Tim Padgett This year our company, Pepper Group, was recognized as one of the 101 Best & Brightest Places to Work in Chicago. It’s an incredible honor and we were very excited to be in the company of the other 100 organizations whom we have idolized from afar for many years. When we heard [...]

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HandsOn Suburban Chicago Awarded Celebration of Service Grant

(Arlington Heights, Ill.) – HandsOn Suburban Chicago was named the recipient of the Celebration of Service Grant awarded by the Home Depot Foundation for their “Operation Ramp It Up” Project which will provide two area veterans with an accessibility ramp for their homes. “Operation Ramp it Up” will be a collaborative effort with Vaughan Chapter [...]

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20 Interesting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Facts

This is a guest post by List25.com. 1) His name was originally Michael, not Martin.  His father was also Michael King, hence why Martin Luther King Jr. was originally named Michael King Jr.  However, after a trip to Germany in 1931, Michael King Sr. changed his own name in homage to historic German theologian Martin [...]

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Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards Now Being Accepted

Governor Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service are accepting nominations for the Fifth Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.  These awards recognize individual volunteers through a statewide award program to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. For profit businesses that support service will [...]

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MLK Day: Make it a Day On, Not a Day Off!

About Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service January 20, 2014  will mark the  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves [...]

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VetTech.US: Serving Veterans and the Community Through Electronic Waste Recycling

by Anna Lyman Recently, HandsOn Suburban Chicago’s Veteran VISTA team, along with Patty Neuswanger, Director of Marketing & Development  had the pleasure of meeting with Marvin Keeling of the Keeling Family Foundation and Chairman of VetTech.US.  Mr. Keeling was accompanied by his wife, Therese Usher Keeling, Terry Shelley, and Robert Malnik. The meeting was beneficial [...]

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Volunteering and Civic Engagement in Illinois

The Corporation for National and Community  Service ( CNCS) has released volunteer numbers for 2012. Illinois has an annual volunteer rate of 27.4%, with 2.73 million volunteers serving 286 million total hours per year .  Below are some more highlights and the link for more information.  http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/IL Trends and Highlights Overview Overall, in Illinois in [...]

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2013-2014 Northwest Suburban Leadership Team Announced by Daily Herald

The 2013-14 Northwest Suburban Daily Herald Leadership Team members, front, from left: Kshama Shah, Conant High School; Marki Kaim, Elk Grove High School; Emily Hernandez, Buffalo Grove High School; Allison Oakes, Wm. Fremd High School; Nick Vucovich, …

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Seven Ways to Ward Off Unemployment Fatigue

Separating from the military without having a job lined up is nerve-wracking enough. Being in the same position months later can be a lot worse. Unfortunately, it’s quite possible for veterans to be faced with this kind of situation in today’s still-sluggish economy. It can easily lead to “unemployment fatigue,” which not only can affect [...]

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