Category Archives: Caring Community

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.

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

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.

PADS Dinner Upcoming February 28, 2018

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is February 28, 2018, from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock.

The menu is soup, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. The MCJC PADS dinner team needs to provide enough food for sixty guests. Gene Lindow and his Trio Grille team will be providing the roasted chicken entree, and Leslie Cook will be providing the soup.

We need food providers for the mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. We also need a total of five volunteers to help serve the meal.

Important: do not feel that you need to provide a food item for 60 people…provide whatever your time & energy allow you to provide. Please contact Bruce Weiss at socialaction@mcjconline.org to let him know which food item & how much of the needed food item you are able to provide.

If you are able to help serve the meal, enter Amy Llaneta’s name to the subject line. Your help with this important community service project is GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Warm regards,
Bruce Weiss MCJC Social Action Chairperson

MCJC Social Action Committee Update

MCJC-SPONSORED PADS DINNERS
MCJC members prepared and served dinner for the homeless of McHenry County and for PADS volunteers this past December 27 and January 24 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Woodstock. Fifty-four PADS guests and ten PADS volunteers were fed on December 27, and forty-three PADS guests and fourteen PADS volunteers were fed on January 24. Gene Lindow and his Trio Grille Restaurant, Leslie Cook, Ellen Morton, Amy & Ben Llaneta, Marian Weiss, Brian Silver, Lisa Chiodo, Rachel Bailenson, and Eva Hoffman provided food for the dinners, and Amy & BJ Llaneta, Brian Silver, Lisa Chiodo, and Bruce Weiss served the meals. The meals were delicious and were much appreciated by the PADS guests and volunteers. Watch your enouncements for dates of future dinners.

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY & TRAIL
MCJC has adopted Ridgefield Road between U.S. Route 14 and Country Club Road, and has agreed to pick up litter on Ridgefield Road on a regular basis for a two-year period. Until winter set in, Bruce Weiss picked up litter from Ridgefield Road roughly every ten days and usually picked up between three to five five gallon cans of litter. In addition, MCJC has adopted the Bike Trail along U.S Route 14 between Ridgefield Road and Lucas Road, and has agreed to pick up litter on the Bike Trail once a month for a one year period. Until winter set in, Lizz & John Dewey picked up litter from the Bike Trail once a month, and usually filled one large, black garbage bag.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, McHENRY COUNTY PROGRAM
Howard Frank, MCJC Social Action Committee member, works every Wednesday in support of Habitat For Humanity, McHenry County. In the past two months, Howard has worked at the following Habitat For Humanity, McHenry County building project sites: a duplex home in Wonder Lake, an energy efficient two bedroom home in Cary, and a single family home in McHenry. Hats off to Howard for his work with Habitat For Humanity, McHenry County!

If you would like to lend a hand in any of these efforts, contact Bruce Weiss at socialaction@mcjconline.org.

PADS Dinner in February

MCJC E-nouncements – February 13, 2018

The next MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner is February 28th 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock.

The menu is soup, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. The MCJC PADS dinner team needs to provide enough food for 60 guests. Gene Lindow and his Trio Grille team will provide the roasted chicken entree, and Leslie Cook will provide the soup.

We need food providers for the mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and dessert. We also need a total of five volunteers to help serve the meal.

Important: do not feel that you yourself need to provide a food item for 60 people…provide whatever your time & energy allow you to provide.

Please let me (socialaction@mcjconline.org) know which food item & how much of the needed food item you are able to provide. Also please contact Amy Yosloff-Lanetta via socialaction@mcjconline.org if you are able to help serve the meal. Write “Amy” in the subject line. Your help with this important community service project is GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Warm regards, Bruce Weiss, MCJC Social Action Chairperson

Upcoming PADS dinner Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:00 pm.

The MCJC Social Action Committee is seeking volunteers to help prepare and/or serve a meal the fourth Wednesday of each month from November through April for the homeless of McHenry County at the Woodstock Emergency PADS Site.

The Woodstock Emergency PADS Site is Redeemer Lutheran Church 1320 Dean Street in Woodstock. Food donations need to be brought to the Woodstock Emergency PADS Site at 6:00 pm and dinners are served between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Our next PADS dinner is Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

For more information, or to make arrangements to pick up your food donation, or to help out as either a food preparer or server for this important community service project, contact Bruce Weiss at socialaction@mcjconline.org.

Monetary donations for this important endeavor will also be greatly appreciated.