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  • 1.  Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

    Posted 09-29-2020 08:25
    I know we've got a few threads in this community about volunteering during COVID/lockdown/quarantine, but as we move through the heart of the pandemic, I figured it'd be good to get a thread started that compiles any of the volunteer opportunities we know about, generally - COVID related or not. I'll get us started. 

    I got an email from the Friends of the Forest Preserves: it's seed collecting season! 
    Collecting and dispersing native seed in the forest preserves is a valuable part of the restoration equation. Each fall, volunteers work diligently to gather seeds that will then be used to repopulate areas where invasive species have been removed. The result is improved biodiversity and healthier preserves for all of us.

    Seed collection is important work, and it's also fun, gratifying, and can even be meditative. Many volunteers consider this to be their favorite restoration activity. You get to learn a ton about plants, and the slower pace complements the more rigorous brush cutting season that is just about to begin. Whether you're a seasoned volunteer or new to volunteering in the preserves, now is a great time to join a seed collecting workday.
     
    Learn more about seed collecting and other volunteer events: 
    Upcoming Events

    Learn more about volunteering with FotFP, including their skills training & leadership class:
    Volunteer Information

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    - Drew
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  • 2.  RE: Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

    Posted 11-06-2020 12:48
    Edited by Julie Aubry 11-06-2020 12:53
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    Evanston Nouveau Rotary is hosting a Micro-Social & Clothing/Food Donation Drive:

    Mask up and join us for backyard bonfire hang & donation drive! We'll be collecting items for a local Evanston organization: Connections for the Homeless.

    When: 2:00-6:00pm on Saturday, 7 November 2020

    Where: 1806 West Pratt Blvd Chicago, IL 60626 (backyard & garage for collections drop-off)

    See the items we're collecting in the attached flyer.
    Also, if you don't feel comfortable joining us in person, you can still donate virtually through Connections' "Feels Like Home" wish list (you can even note in the gift receipt that it's from the Evanston Nouveau Rotary Club).

    We hope to see you there!
     


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    Julie Aubry
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  • 3.  RE: Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

    Posted 11-09-2020 08:19
    Wow! @Julie Aubry - this seems awesome! How was it? Fun? Successful? Both?
    (So many questions to start a Monday!!) ​

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    - Drew
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  • 4.  RE: Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

    Posted 11-09-2020 21:14
    @Julie Aubry, sorry to miss it! 

    Will you be having another collection drive in the future?

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    Brianne Haxton
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  • 5.  RE: Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

    Posted 11-09-2020 21:24
    Edited by Julie Aubry 11-09-2020 21:26
    Drew, it was very fun! The weather was perfect and we hosted it at a member's house with a big back yard to spread out in. Members brought their donations and some of their kids were playing games. And we had live music! There's a band that lives next door and they were playing outside. It was good day. I think the election results coming in earlier in the day did distract a few people from coming and gathering restrictions due to covid were tricky, but overall I would say it was a success. :) And it gave us more ideas for events in the future. 

    Brianne, we will definitely host another donation drive!

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    Julie Aubry
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  • 6.  RE: Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

    Posted 01-15-2021 14:34

    This Monday, January 18th is MLK Day. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

    In 1979, a public campaign in support of officially recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a national holiday was launched. In 1984, Congress passed legislation officially declaring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Every year, on the third Monday in January, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off." The intention of the day is to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions for social ills, and lead us closer to achieving Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

    So fellow Connectors, how are YOU planning to spend your "day on" this Monday? 



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    Brian King
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  • 7.  RE: Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

    Posted 02-20-2021 14:01

    Mass Vaccination efforts are underway in communities around the world.  And many are in need of volunteers.  If you know of such opportunities in your community, please share! 

    Across the state of Illinois, Advocate Health Care needs volunteers at Vaccine Clinics.  If you're willing to be a greeter or to help with registration, sanitizing vaccine areas, or stocking supplies, you can learn more here.  All volunteers serving onsite for these clinics will be offered the COVID vaccine. 

    So who's ready to roll up their sleeves – for the vaccine and to help others?!



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    Brian King
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  • 8.  RE: Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

    Posted 02-22-2021 16:23
    Thanks, @Brian King! That sounds like a great opportunity!​

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    - Drew
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