Category Archives: Social Action

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.

McHenry County Div. of Transportation “Adopt-A-Highway” Program & McHenry County Conservation District “Adopt-A-Trail” Program

MCJC Connections
January/February 2018 ~ Tevet/Shevat/Adar ~ Vol. 5778

The MCJC Social Action committee participates in both of these
community service programs by picking up litter on a regularly scheduled basis from Ridgefield Road between U.S. Route 14 and
Country Club Road, and from the bike trail along U.S. Route 14 between Ridgefield Road and McHenry County College.

The team leader for the Adopt-A-Highway Program is Bruce Weiss, and the team leader for the Adopt-A-Trail Program is Lizz Dewey.

Signs have been installed by the McHenry County Division of
Transportation and the McHenry County Conservation District at the corner of Ridgefield Road and U.S Route 14, at the corner of Ridgefield Road and Country Club Road, and at the corner of U.S. Route 14 and Lucas Road, notifying the general public of MCJC’s participation in the Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Trail Programs.

MCJC-sponsored PADS Dinners

MCJC Connections
January/February 2018 ~ Tevet/Shevat/Adar ~ Vol. 5778

The MCJC Social Action committee prepares and serves dinners for the homeless community of McHenry County at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Woodstock the fourth Wednesday of every month between October and April.

The MCJC-sponsored PADS dinner team consists of Ben & Amy Llaneta (team leaders), BJ Llaneta, Bruce & Marian Weiss, Gene Lindow, Bob & Esther Kaplan, Eileen Franks, Elli Emmons, Linda & Jerry Trachsler, Iza Celewicz, and Leslie Cook.

Forty-five homeless guests were served dinner on October 25 and fifty-one were served dinner on November 22. One of the PADS Program administrators commented at the October 25 dinner, “your synagogue always prepares wonderful dinners for the PADS guests.”

Habitat for Humanity, McHenry County

MCJC Connections
January/February 2018 ~ Tevet/Shevat/Adar ~ Vol. 5778

The MCJC Social Action committee involvement has been with Habitat For Humanity, McHenry County, which came about through the efforts of Rabbi Maralee Gordon and MCJC Social Action committee member George Sachs.

MCJC Social Action committee member Howard Frank serves as a volunteer worker for Habitat for Humanity, McHenry County, and has helped build eight homes this past year.

Continued MCJC participation in this wonderful community service program is achieved through the efforts of MCJC Social Action committee member Howard Frank. Every Wednesday between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm for the past eight months, Howard has represented MCJC as a volunteer worker for Habitat For Humanity, McHenry County. In that time, Howard has helped build eight homes, has met a lot of nice people, and has learned a great deal about construction and repair work.

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.

PADS Dinner Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

Please see also the MCJC Calendar on this site.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at 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 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 dinner is served between 7:00 pm and 8:00 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. For more information, please check our calendar on this site.