Category Archives: Caring Community

Thank you all PADS dinner volunteers for an amazing 2018 season

The April 25 MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner fed 35 homeless guests and seven PADS volunteers.

The FOOD PROVIDERS for this dinner were:  Gene Lindow (barbecue chicken),  Leslie Cook (barley bean vegetable soup),  Amy and Ben Llaneta (potato salad),  Ellen Morton (green beans),  Esther Kaplan (salad),  Iza Celewicz (rolls), Kim Solomon Dooley (brownies), and Marian Weiss (chocolate cake,  apple sauce raisin cake, and chocolate chip cookie squares).

The FOOD SERVERS for the April 25 dinner were:  Amy and BJ Llaneta,  Kim Solomon Dooley,  Iza Celewicz,  Briana and Elsa Salgado, Brian Silver, and Bruce Weiss.

The PADS dish washing volunteers failed to show up the night of April 25, so the following MCJC PADS dinner team members pitched in to help wash the dinner dishes:  Kim Solomon Dooley,  Iza Celewicz,  Briana and Elsa Salgado, Brian Silver, and Bruce Weiss.

The April 25 MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is the last PADS dinner for the 2017-2018 winter season.  The MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners for the 2017-2018 winter season were an amazing success —   and they were an amazing success because of the hard work all of you put into them.

I am MCJC’s representative to the Woodstock Area Community Ministries (WACM) which oversees the PADS dinner program. I know first hand how grateful WACM is for MCJC’s participation in this important community service program.  MCJC has an outstanding reputation as a caring congregation among the members of WACM for its active involvement in community service projects.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017-2018 season!

Habitat: My First Home Dedication

By Howard Frank

On Feb. 24 I went to my first Home Dedication for Habitat for Humanity. The new owners of the home in McHenry are a single father, Matt, and his five year old son. It was a wonderful occasion,
seeing the son running around and proudly showing off the house
off to anyone that he could.

On another note, I spoke to one of the managers of the new Restore Center for Habitat (2205 S. Eastwood) regarding volunteer opportunities. He indicated that they are always looking for helping
hands to do a myriad of jobs at the center.

Jobs range from cashier, shelf stocker, product tester, material sorter, and any other task that might be required at any retail operation.

Anyone interested should contact Mark or Dan (managers) at 815-334-0500.  Any questions, please email me at habitat@mcjconline.org.

MCJC ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY LITTER PICK-UP COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

MCJC is a participant in the McHenry County Adopt-A-Highway litter pick-up community service program. MCJC’s adopted highway is Ridgefield Road, between U.S Route 14 and Country Club Road.

Over 11 five-gallon cans of litter were picked up on Friday, March 23. This was more than normal because it was the first litter pick-up after the winter season. Normally, three to five-five gallon cans of litter are picked up on “litter clean-up day.”

The first and third Fridays of the month are “litter pick-up” days. It generally requires thirty to forty-five minutes of work time. Bruce Weiss is responsible for picking up the litter on behalf of MCJC’s participation in this community service project.

If you would like to help Bruce and participate in this community service project, please contact him at 815-338-2721 or socialaction@mcjconline.org.

PADS DINNER IN APRIL

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is April 25, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock.
This is the last MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner for the October 2017-April 2018 PADS winter season.

Five to six individuals will be needed to help serve the meal (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm). Please contact me or Amy Llanetta if you are able to help serve the meal. You can get in touch with us about preparing or serving via socialaction@mcjconline.org.

For more information about PADS Click Here. To find out about volunteering, please contact Bruce Weiss, MCJC Social Action Chairperson, at socialaction@mcjconline.org.

Thanks so much for your help with this important community service project,

Bruce Weiss, MCJC Social Action Committee Chairperson

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations.

To aid in this, the MCJC Social Action Committee is coordinating volunteer efforts with the local McHenry County Habitat for Humanity group. We volunteer on Wednesdays at the work site (locations change depending on build schedules). No construction experience is required, only the desire to help.

We are supervised by experienced personnel. All tools and safety equipment are supplied by Habitat. For a look at some of the projects we are currently involved in, please Click Here.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Howard Frank at habitat@mcjconline.org.

Habitat For Humanity, McHenry County accepts monetary donations of new and gently used building materials and household goods at their ReStore resale store located at 2205 S. Eastwood Drive in Woodstock.

MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner March 28

By Bruce Weiss, Social Action Committee Chair

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is this week, Wednesday March 28 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock. There are only two more MCJC-sponsored PADS dinners for the October 2017-April 2018 PADS winter season (March 28 and April 25).

The menu for our upcoming dinner is soup, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. Our wonderful MCJC volunteers are providing the meal.

Please contact me, Amy,and Ben Llanetta if you are able to help out for the next (and last) dinner via socialaction@mcjconline.org. Sixty-five portions of each item are needed, but you can contribute an amount of an item that your time and energy will allow.

Five to six individuals will be needed to help serve the meal (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm). Please contact me or Amy Llanetta if you are able to help serve the meal. You can get in touch with us about preparing or serving via socialaction@mcjconline.org.

Thanks so much for your help with this important community service project.

Bruce Weiss, MCJC Social Action Committee Chairperson

PADS DINNER IN APRIL

Bruce Weiss, MCJC Social Action Committee Chairperson

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is April 25, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock. This PADS dinner is our last of the season.

If you would like to help with food or serving the night of the April 25 MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner,  please contact Bruce Weiss via socialaction@mcjconline.org.

Your help with this MCJC community service project will be GREATLY APPRECIATED.

A Message from Howard Frank, MCJC’s Habitat Coordinator

From Howard Frank, MCJC’s Representative to Habitat for Humanity

On Feb. 24 I went to my first Home Dedication for Habitat for Humanity. The new owners of the home in McHenry are a single father Matt and his five-year-old son. It was a wonderful occasion, seeing the son running around and proudly showing the house off to anyone that he could.

I have attached photos of the key handoff from Kathy Haupt of Habitat to Matt and one of Matt and his son. I didn’t realize it until I met Matt at the dedication, but Matt has been volunteering with me for a number of weeks on another build for another family.

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On another note, I spoke to one of the managers of the new Restore Center for Habitat (2205 S. Eastwood) regarding volunteer opportunities. He indicated that they are always looking for helping hands to do a myriad of jobs at the center. They range from a cashier, shelf stocker, product tester, material sorter and any other task that might be required for any retail operation. Anyone interested should contact Mark or Dan (managers) at (815) 334-0500.

Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. To aid in this, the MCJC Social Action Committee is coordinating volunteer efforts with the local McHenry County Habitat for Humanity group.

We volunteer on Wednesdays at the work site (locations change depending on build schedules). No construction experience is required, only the desire to help. We are supervised by experienced personnel. All tools and safety equipment are supplied by Habitat.

For a look at some of the projects we are currently involved in, please Click Here. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Howard Frank at habitat@mcjconline.org.

MCJC-sponsored Feb. 28 PADS dinner a huge success

By Bruce Weiss

Last night’s MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner was a huge success. The food was delicious as usual and more abundant than ever before! And the spirit and teamwork among the 8 servers (yes 8 servers! and we needed everyone) was exceptional. We served 54 PADS guests and 6 PADS volunteers. I heard three comments during the night from guests and volunteers how GREAT! the dinner was.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOOD PROVIDERS: Leslie Cook (golden bean vegetable soup), Gene Lindow and Adam at the Trio Grille (fried chicken and macaroni & cheese), Esther Kaplan (rice pilaf), Amy Llanetta (green beans), Ellen Morton (Asian salad), Rachel Bailenson (rolls), Eva Hoffman (cupcakes), Kim Solomon Dooley (pumpkin pie and apple caramel pie), and Marian Weiss (chocolate cake, apple sauce spice cake, and oatmeal raisin cookies).

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE SERVERS: Amy & BJ Llaneta, Brian Silver, Lisa Chiodo, Kim Solomon Dooley, Briana & Elsie Salgado, and me.

MCJC has a lot of wonderful MITZVAH “PADS” DINNER ANGELS.