From cleaning toys to raking leaves, CLC faculty and staff worked alongside than 200 volunteers from the college who devoted a Saturday morning to service projects for the Oct. 26 Make A Difference Day. They joined millions of volunteers nationwide who participated in the event, known as “The National Day of Doing Good.”
Career and Placement Services, in conjunction with the CLC Student United Way/Volunteer Club, sponsored Make a Difference Day events at CLC.
Work sites and activities for volunteers included:
Avon Township Food Pantry: Volunteers organized and stocked shelves with food at the pantry, located west of the Grayslake campus at Washington Street.
CLC Children’s Learning Center: Led by Tammie Kelley, senior secretary, Career and Placement Services, 25 volunteers cleaned toys and the playground of the Grayslake facility. The volunteers who cleaned the toys included Floyd Halsey, judicial services coordinator, Workforce and Professional Development Institute; Annette Hines, senior clerk II, Career and Placement Services, and Dave Fink, marketing communication analyst, Public Relations and Marketing. Cleaning the toys with disinfectant helps reduce the spread of germs as the cold and flu season begins, Tammie explained. Helping out is a way to give back, noted Floyd and Annette, as both have used the children’s learning center at the Lakeshore Campus.
CLC Community Garden: Coordinated by Rory Klick, horticulture department chair, and Gianna Fazioli, local foods coordinator, a group cleaned the garden and winterized planting beds. Participants included the student Environmental Club and its advisor, biology instructor Shane Jones.
CLC Women’s Center: Tammy Burns, Women’s Center specialist, coordinated about 30 volunteers who designed and created centerpieces and ornaments for the Women’s Center fall and winter fundraisers. Among the volunteers was Cathy Colton, English instructor.
Lake County Forest Preserves (Grayslake): Led by Deanna Guidry, student employment specialist, Career and Placement Services, along with Josh Beyda, Human Resources specialist, volunteers collected seeds from native plants at the Rollins Savannah Forest Preserve.
The Book Bridge (Grayslake): Yasmeen Iqbal, employment resource assistant, Career and Placement Services, led about 15 volunteers who decorated book marks for needy children receiving donated books. Helpful CLC staff included Lisa Daniels, training coordinator, Workforce and Professional Development Institute.
Bernie’s Book Bank (Lake Forest): With Tina Anagnos, Perkins retention specialist, Career and Placement Services, leading efforts, volunteers sorted, packaged and placed stickers on children’s books. Volunteers also held a children’s book drive for The Book Bridge and Bernie’s Book Bank.
Northern Illinois Food Bank (Park City): Volunteers packaged and sorted food.
Save-A-Pet (Grayslake): Led by Fresia Woznick, student development specialist, Career and Placement Services, volunteers cleaned animal cages, raked leaves and cleaned a pet-walking yard in preparation for an outdoor fundraising event held Saturday evening.
Hervey Homes: Coordinated by Al Smith, instructor of heating and air conditioning engineering technology, about 25 students changed furnace filters for North Chicago residents.
Carolyn Serdar, student services coordinator, Career and Placement Services, and chief organizer of the event, offered her thanks to all who volunteered. “We have been flooded with thank you’s since this event happened,” she said.
Make A Difference Day has become the largest community service effort in the nation, rallying corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and everyday Americans into action on one day. Past Make A Difference Days have attracted 3 million volunteers, and an estimated 28 million people in need have benefited, according to http://www.makeadifferenceday.com.
This year marked the 16th year that CLC participated in the event, noted Karen Hlavin, associate vice president, Student Development. Karen greeted the volunteers in the Atrium as the day began. Before the group scattered to volunteer sites, the participants enjoyed a free breakfast served by hospitality and culinary arts staff.
“Thank you for being our sunshine this morning,” added Sylvia Johnson, executive director of Career and Placement Services, who also greeted the participants. “You are here because you know the power of one.”
Sylvia also thanked local businesses that donated products: Suzy’s Swirl (frozen yogurt), Starbucks (coffee), Party City (balloons and supplies) and Jersey Mike’s (submarine sandwiches).
Farm-to-Fork event raises nearly $3,000 for food bank
About 80 residents, including faculty and staff, dined in the Atrium and Japanese garden Oct. 18, as the college’s first annual Farm-to-Fork event raised nearly $3,000 for the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
The event included gourmet preparation of CLC-grown produce and other local/natural/organic foods by the college’s Hospitality and Culinary Management program. Among the delectable offerings were autumn micro salad in won ton cups, fresh fruit and antipasto vegetables and pear mousse. The event also featured live music and tours of the campus farm.
Following the dinner, presenters from the Northern Illinois Food Bank pointed out that Lake County is an affluent area, but many still lack access to enough healthy food. They cited U.S. Census Bureau statistics reporting that more than 76,000 Lake County residents (11.1 percent, up 9 percent from the previous year), and 30,000 children are living in poverty. Stressing the importance of donations, the presenters said that a $1 gift can be stretched into $7 worth of food.
Teresa considered the first-time event a success. “The culinary arts students created a superb meal with a value that far exceeded the cost of a ticket,” Teresa said. “The Horticulture department did a beautiful job coordinating the tours, food, decorations and more. And Central Scheduling, Facilities and ITS were wonderful supports and troubleshooters.”
Teresa said the hopes the event has brought some awareness about helping feed hungry neighbors in Lake County. It also has strengthened our partnership with NIFB and its Lake County chapter, Look North,” she said.
Farm-to-Fork was sponsored by CLC Student Government Association along with student clubs and the Horticulture and Hospitality and Culinary Management programs.
Teresa said she invites anyone who could not attend but would like to contribute to hunger relief and food security in Lake County to make a donation by Friday, November 1 in the Student Activities office, Room C101 on the Grayslake campus. Checks can be made out to College of Lake County. Once all the money is gathered and totaled, one check will be made out to Northern Illinois Food Bank.
- “Linkedin For Beginners” Thursday, Nov. 7th 2013. 1:30pm to 3:30pm. RM. T115 CLC Grayslake Campus (lakecountycps.wordpress.com)
- “Volunteer Fair” Nov. 6th 2013. CLC Grayslake Campus, Brandel Court at 11am-1pm (lakecountycps.wordpress.com)
- “Veterans Weekly Job Club” Thursday, NOV. 7th 2013, 10am-12pm RM. E139, CLC Grayslake Campus (lakecountycps.wordpress.com)