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Volunteer Center of McHenry County 4508 Prime Parkway, McHenry, IL 60050 P: 815-344-4483

Special Thanks to:

Thank You:


Committee Members


Beth Van Damme


Bev Zurchauer


Bob Walsh




Carrie Holtz Cindy Watts

Volunteer Center Board Members Cindy Watts Laurie Retzlaff , President

Molly Walsh Robert Murray Sara Bligh Stew Cohen

Katie Watts Katie McBride

Volunteer Center Staff

Lisa Jenson

Rebecca Stiemke, Executive Director

Michelle Prickett Michael Levitan Molly Walsh (Co-Chair) Rebecca Stiemke Robert Murray Sue Tagatz Terry Lagerhausen (Co-

Sarajenie Smith, Content Marketing Manager


4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care - 4-C works to promote children's well being by advocating for quality, affordable, and accessible childcare. Services for families include child care financial assistance for income eligible families, childcare referrals and consumer information for those seeking childcare, and child care technical assistance. Services for childcare providers include specialized consultations, training and professional development opportunities, and grants to enhance the quality of care for children.

Adult & Child Therapy Services – Adult & Child Therapy Services has been providing physical, occupational and speech therapy to the residents of McHenry County since 1949. This year, ACTS will serve more than 150 children under the age of three, and more than 100 seniors. Our therapists work with each patient one-on-one to help them meet their developmental milestones and personal goals whether it’s dealing with the impacts of aging, or reaching a child’s developmental goals.

Alexander Leigh Center for Autism Helping children with autism and those that love them to THRIVE! Alexander Leigh Center for Autism (ALCA) is a nonprofit, full day, year-round Therapeutic Day School approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The day school is for children 3-16 years old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), OHI, multiple disabilities, developmental delay and/or intellectual disability. ALCA is based in Crystal Lake, Illinois and we currently serve Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties.

Animal House Shelter, Inc. - http:// The mission of Animal House Shelter is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home all breeds of dogs and cats in need of sanctuary, regardless of age, health, or special needs. We strive to take in animals set to be euthanized at other animal control facilities and those that are passed over for rescue by other shelters.

A to Z Literacy Movement – http:// A to Z Literacy Movement is a not-for-profit organization focused on improving the lives of impoverished children through literacy development. Currently, the organization’s activities are primarily focused in Zambia, Africa and the Chicagoland area.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County We provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more information, please visit us at the above website.

Blackhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America - The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with 2.7 million youth members and over 1 million adult volunteers. The BSA program has several levels that cover age groups from 6-21 years of age. The BSA goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoors activities, educational programs, and, at older ages, a career orientation program.

Care Center – We provide confidential/quality counseling and advocacy (medical and legal) to survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. We have a hotline 24/7 for anyone needing emergency service. Our staff and volunteers have all received 40 hours training specifically for responding to sexual assault. We also provide education for prevention in the community through schools and various organizations. All our services are free.

CASA of McHenry County http:// CASA of McHenry County advocates for abused and neglected children in McHenry County. CASA provides trained adults to speak in court for the child's best interests. They are the eyes and ears of the court and the voice of the child.

Challenger Learning Center for Science & Technology http:// The Challenger Learning Center for Science & Technology offers dynamic, hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities to students around in northwest Illinois. These programs equip students with the knowledge, confidence, and skills that will help prepare them for STEM-related careers. Our simulated space mission gives students the chance to become astronauts and engineers and solve real-world problems. We help students and educators experience the challenges and rewards of discovery.

Child Advocacy Center of McHenry County, Inc. - The Child Advocacy Center of McHenry County, Inc. (CAC) is a non-profit organization which brings various disciplines together in the investigation of child abuse cases and in so doing reduce or eliminate any further trauma that may be experienced by child victims. The CAC provides services to McHenry County residents under the age of 18 who are victims of sexual or severe physical abuse.

Crystal Lake Food Pantry - The Crystal Lake Food Pantry offers food assistance to Crystal Lake residents who live within the School District 47/155 boundary. Comprised of a group of volunteers from 20 local churches, the Crystal Lake Food Pantry focuses on meeting the needs of the local hungry. These volunteers have been serving the needs of our community since 1982. It is the mission of the Crystal Lake Food Pantry that No One Should Go Hungry. We are thankful for a community, which stands by this mission.

Crystal Lake Teen Center-The BREAK - The BREAK was created by a group of parents and teens in the community that recognized that the youth in today's society are facing challenges that past generations did not have. The world is more complex. This generation has more opportunity, more choice, than any before it. With all the choices out there, our community has few options for teens to hang out in a safe, supportive, and fun environment -one with enough oversight to provide safety and enough freedom to allow kids to be kids.

Environmental Defenders of McHenry County – The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a citizen organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment. We are committed to building sound ecological relationships between people and the natural world that supports all life. To achieve the aim of environmental preservation and improvement, we provide the community with educational programs and volunteer action on pollution prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource conservation.

Family Alliance Inc. – Our Mission is to provide adults, caregivers and families with programs and services promoting an enhanced quality of life. We offer a variety of services including an Adult Day Health Program, Memory Care Day Program, Behavioral Health & Counseling Services, Primary Care Services, Psychiatric Services and Community Outreach and Caregiver Support Groups. We invite you to learn more about our services via our website:

Family Health Partnership Clinic The Family Health Partnership Clinic provides high quality health care to the residents of McHenry County Illinois. Operating with a committed and compassionate group of volunteer physicians who work alongside a dedicated staff, the Clinic serves the uninsured and underinsured population of the County.

Families ETC - http:// Our organization is committed to building a stronger community by providing education, support and assistance to families of children with complex emotional and behavioral challenges. By partnering with schools, mental health professionals, community agencies, the juvenile justice system and more, we can reduce the stigma associated with mental illness while creating greater understanding and opportunities for the affected families. Families ETC: EMPOWERED TO CHANGE!

Fire Wagon Hockey, Inc. "YellowJackets Hockey" - We at Fire Wagon Hockey Inc. the “YellowJackets “ strive to be the leader in youth sports in our community by providing quality hockey and learn to skate instruction. We are family focused and community minded. We strive to instill values through the great game of hockey. Additionally we want our participating families to take a great deal of pride in our community by being active in civic-minded projects as part of the youth hockey program.

Friendship House – Friendship House provides childcare services to all children from 6 weeks to 12 years regardless of race, creed or economic circumstances. Scholarships are available to single parents. Professionals trained in developmentally appropriate early childhood practices in a safe, nurturing, educational environment provide care.

Free Guitars for Future Stars - Free Guitars for Future Stars provides guitars and guitar lessons to children ages 7 – 17 from low-income McHenry County families. The students receive weekly one-hour lessons through the course of a school year (approx. 8 months). Students that successfully complete the program are allowed to keep the guitar they have been learning on.

Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center – Providing the tools to help our community thrive.

GiGi's Playhouse McHenry County - GiGi's Playhouse McHenry County is an awareness and achievement center serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We offer developmentally appropriate therapeutic and educational programs for all age groups. Programs strive to maximize self-confidence and empower individuals to reach their greatest potential. In addition, we offer opportunities for parents and families to connect and network and share their experience as someone who has been touched by Down syndrome.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois - Over the last year, 3,150 girls from McHenry County were able to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership experience. By taking a journey, the girls were able to discover themselves and the world around them, connect what they learned and took action to make the world a better place. Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois – Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 8th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age.

Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County - We are Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County. We build / repair houses, relationships, neighborhoods & communities for qualifying low-income families and Veterans in McHenry County. Through Grants, volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner (partner) families. This is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor.

Hearts of Gold - http:// We assist families in financial needs that live in Algonquin or Lake In The Hills. We assist through 2 projects annually. The first program is a back to school project, supplying new school supplies to children grades K- 8. The second project is the during the Christmas season. For this project, we supply each child infant to 18 years old with 2 new pairs of pants and 2 shirts, 3-5 new toys and the families are given boxes of non-perishable food. We are 100% volunteer run.

Healing Hearts with Hooves and Hounds – We are a nonprofit organization on a mission to help survivors of domestic violence find healing and peace in their lives through horse and dog therapy. We are a retreat, a place for one to heal and spend time with animals.

Helping Paws Animal Shelter - http:// Helping Paws Animal Shelter is a local non -profit 501(C)(3) organization founded in 1971. We are no-kill animal shelter for dogs and cats in McHenry County and surrounding areas. The animals receive medical care including, vet checks, spaying or neutering, vaccinations, wormings, micro chipping, heartworm testing, heartworm and flea preventative as well as receive, enrichment, daily exercise and love, and the opportunity to be adopted and placed into their forever homes.

Home of the Sparrow - Home of the Sparrow, which was founded in 1986, is to lift women out of the cycle of homelessness by providing transitional and affordable housing with supportive services focused on skill building, emotional and financial stability, and linkage to community resources and educational opportunities to help increase earning potential.

Hooved Animal Humane Society – The Hooved Animal Humane Society is dedicated to the rescue and protection of hooved animals through education, legislation, investigation, and if necessary, intervention (impoundment). We rescue hooved animals from cases of criminal abuse and neglect, rehabilitate them and adopt them to loving homes.

Huntley Library Friends Foundation – The Friends Foundation raises funds to promote and support the many resources available at the Huntley Area Public Library.

Jail Brakers - Jail Brakers mission is to provide support to families who struggle with the stigma of the incarceration of a loved one and the impact it has on them. More often than not the families who have been touched by the incarceration of a loved one are overlooked. Jail Brakers provides opportunities that give these families a voice and a place to be listened to with respect and compassion through a monthly support group, individual and family care, and family visitation assistance.

JourneyCare Foundation - http:// Since 1982, JourneyCare has provided compassionate end-of-life care with pain and symptom management to thousands of patients and families, making every moment count for those touched by serious illness. JourneyCare helps patients realize their quality-of-life and end-of-life goals one day at a time through pain and symptom management, compassionate care, specialized therapies and a range of social services.

Lakeside Legacy Foundation - Lakeside Legacy Foundation mission is to protect and preserve the Historic Dole Mansion for generations to come. As a 'gem' of McHenry County the Dole Mansion, Arts Park, 'the Listening Room' performance venue, a culinary studio, and art/music studios, and our 12-acres of beautiful property are a destination and a place for art, music, family, community events, and so much more. Our vision is to become an innovative community arts center where creativity and imagination come to life.

The Literacy Connection – The Literacy Connection provides Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) adult tutoring and family literacy programs in Elgin and throughout 15 additional northwest suburban communities located in Kane, McHenry, DuPage, Lake and Cook counties. Our mission is to help adults at the lowest skill levels achieve their literacy goals. The ultimate impact of the program is to improve the quality of life of the participants and to increase their ability to earn a sustainable living wage.

Little Angels Center For Exceptional Care – Little Angels Center for Exceptional Care supports the residents of Little Angels and operates the Cathy Freeman Center for Developmental Training. Our mission is to offer children and young adults with exceptional need a lifetime of loving care and professional support. Little Angels is a loving home for children and young adults with severe disabilities and complex medical needs. The Cathy Freeman Center is a dynamic therapeutic day program for young adults with severe disabilities.

Main Stay Therapeutic Riding - For more than 25 years, Main Stay has been providing equine assisted activities for people with physical, developmental, and emotional and social disabilities and more recently incorporated other animal assisted activities into the programs offered for both children and adults. Our mission is to encourage, enrich, and empower individuals through the therapeutic benefits of horses, animals, and nature.

McCAP - McCAP is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that serves a small group of young adults with special needs in McHenry County. With A 2:1 student to staff ratio, each participant is encouraged and supported to reach their full potential and improve their quality of life.

McHenry County College - Latinos Unidos is a student organization that promotes Latino cultural awareness, provides ongoing support, and assistance to the students of McHenry County College. In addition, Latinos Unidos provides cultural, educational, social, and community awareness that encourages unity and pride among the Latino students of McHenry County College. The group is open to everyone; you do not need to be Latino to be involved!

McHenry County Community Foundation – The McHenry County Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy to address local needs. Created by and for the people of McHenry County, The Foundation works with individuals and families to help them fulfill their charitable interests today and into the future. Through The Foundation, local residents have the opportunity to provide ongoing support to improve the quality of life for their friends and neighbors right here in McHenry County.

McHenry County Historical Society & Museum - We advocate for historical structures. Most recently that list includes Harmony School in Coral Township. More than 3,000 school children visit our museum campus each year, visiting our 1870 main exhibit hall, 1895 one-room school and 1843 log cabin. We run a research library and serve as a resource for those looking to rediscover their roots, restore a historic home, preserve family heirlooms and learn about the past.

NAMI McHenry County - NAMI McHenry County serves those in the community through support, advocacy and education in order to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illness and their families.

NISRA Foundation – Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association provides year round recreation activities for people with disabilities. Since 1976, children and adults of all ability levels have enjoyed socializing, building skills and having fun in hundreds of weekly programs, special events, camps and trips each year. We serve residents with disabilities in 13 communities in northern Illinois, thanks to the partnership of the member districts.

On Angels' Wings, Inc. - On Angels' Wings (OAW) rescues, vets and re-homes orphaned pets utilizing foster homes and our Pet Adoption Center. The OAW thrift store resells your donated clothing, home decor and furniture to raise much-needed funds for the animal programs.

Options & Advocacy for McHenry County - The mission of O & A is to provide service coordination and support to children and adults who have developmental delays and disabilities.

Riverwood Elementary School PTO - http:// riverwoodpto The Riverwood Elementary School PTO provides students with materials, educational activities and enrichment programs, which would otherwise not be available to them. The PTO also serves as a vehicle to open channels of communication between parents and teachers for the betterment of all involved with Riverwood Elementary School. Sage YMCA - http:// The mission of the Sage YMCA is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth, teen and adult improves the nation's health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Samaritan Counseling Center Of The Northwest Suburbs - Samaritan Counseling Center provides "HOPE, HELP and HEALING" through the provision of professional counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, families and couples experiencing a wide array of mental health problems through our offices in Algonquin, Barrington, and Church-based sites in McHenry, Crystal Lake and Cary. We also offer Parenting Classes and Marital Enrichment Classes to the community as well as Employee Assistance Services to local businesses and industries. Special Olympics Illinois (MPD) – Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. SO Illinois provides opportunities for more than 21,000 athletes through local programs in all counties of IL.


By Sarajenie Smith, Marketing Communications Director, Volunteer Center of McHenry County. Merriam – Webster’s dictionary defines volunteerism as “the act or practice of doing volunteer work in community service”. But is that truly what is means to us…to those who volunteer? I would say no. As someone who has actively volunteered and participated in community service over the years, I halfheartedly disagree with the above definition. Volunteerism to me is taking time out of my day to show my appreciation to my community and those who service it. Volunteerism is not donating financially… that’s taking the easy way out. It’s actively participating in the efforts of an organization within your community to show your appreciation and support. It’s lifting boxes, writing grants or even reading stories to a child…that’s what it means to me.

So, what does volunteerism mean to you? I spoke with a few members of the community to find out what their thoughts were and here’s what they said. “Volunteerism means supporting an organization by giving whatever they are lacking to get a job done. I’ve volunteered time and money to help organizations but the most impactful experiences are those where I am actively involved”. Carl Voltaire, Lakemoor resident. “Volunteering is lending a hand to those in need, making a difference in the health and wellness of a community,” Executive Director Volunteer Center McHenry County. Whatever volunteerism means to you, it means helping and supporting your community, getting out and helping those who help you. Looking for an opportunity to get more involved? Contact the Volunteer Center of McHenry County. With a mission of building the capacity of nonprofit organizations, the Volunteer Center of McHenry County provides volunteer information and referrals that match volunteer needs with groups and individuals. Our membership of over 150 nonprofit organizations, organize and meet the needs of over 58,000 annually. We provide professional development and training to nonprofit board members, volunteer managers and other nonprofit staff. For more information, contact Rebecca Stiemke at or visit

Thank you and be sure to join the Human Race next year... April 26, 2014 McHenry Community College.


16th Annual Feet Meet


Crystal Lake, IL

Pick up registration forms at Woods Creek Elementary School


Bob Blazier Run for the Arts

1M, 5K

Crystal Lake, IL


Great Western Half Marathon


St. Charles, IL


5K For Kay


Woodstock, IL


Girls on the Run

5K Run/Walk

Woodstock, IL


Soldier Field 10 Mile


Chicago, IL


Elgin Valley Fox Trot

5K, 10M, 2M Walk Elgin, IL


1st Annual Woodstock Krazy Color 5K Run


Woodstock, IL


Team CF Superheroes 5K Fun Run


Barrington, IL


Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run

5K, 10K (Off-Road) Gilberts, IL


Harvard Milk Run


6th Annual 5K Tractor Trot


13.1 Chicago 2014


Woodstock Challenge

2M Run, 10K Run,


Malta, IL


Chicago, IL

Woodstock, IL


Lake in the Hills, IL

Run/Walk, 10K Run

Lake in the Hills Triathlon event-cities/chicago

Harvard, IL

2M Walk

Kid's Dash, 5K

06/15/14 index.html

1/2M Swim, 15M Bike, 4M Run 06/22/14

McHenry County Patriot Run/Walk

5K, 1M Run/Walk Crystal Lake, IL


Run for Hope


Woodstock, IL


McHenry River Run

3M, 6.8M

McHenry, IL

July 2014

Muddy Buddy

3M Run, 3M Gilberts, IL Bike


Rock n Roll Chicago 1/2 13.1M Marathon

Chicago, IL


10K Farm Trail Run 5K, 10K Through "Acres of Hope"

McHenry, IL


Summer Sunset 5K

Geneva, IL

5K, Youth Races

RoadRunners Track August 2014 Meet

100 meters, relays, upto Crystal Lake, IL the mile

August 2014 Road Kill 5000



Aurora Duathlon

Duathlon Short & Aurora, IL Long Courses


DeKalb Corn Classic Race

3K, 10K

DeKalb, IL


Sunset 5K


Lake in the Hills, IL

Johnsburg, IL

09/07/14 Crystal Lake Half Marathon 13.1M 09/14/14

Naperville Trails Half Mara13.1M thon

09/21/14 Woodstock Duathlon 10/04/14

Naperville, IL

Duathlon - Short Woodstock, IL & Long Courses

Moraine Hills Run For The 10K, 13.1M Hills

10/05/14 Pumpkin Stampede

Crystal Lake, IL

McHenry, IL

5K Run/Walk

Crystal Lake, IL

5K, Youth 1M

Fox River Grove, IL


Fox Chase 5K & Youth Mile


Prairie State Marathon and 13.1M, 26.2M 1/2 Marathon

Libertyville, IL


Mane In Heaven 5K Trot-a5K Run thon

Lake In The Hills, IL

Woodstock, IL

Spring Grove, IL

10/19/14 Care 4 Breast Cancer 10/19/14

5K Run/Walk

World's Largest Corn Maze 5K Run/Walk Run

November Chicago Lakefront 50/50 2014

50K, 50M

Chicago, IL

November Panting for Paws 2014

1M, 5K

Crystal Lake, IL

11/02/14 Hot Chocolate

5K, 15K

Chicago, IL

11/09/14 Northwest Trail Run

5M, 10M

Crystal Lake, IL

11/27/14 Thanksgiving Day Race

5K Run/Walk

Crystal Lake, IL


2014 McHenry Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk for Hospice

McHenry, IL


Kiwani's Santa Run for Kids

Crystal Lake, IL

5K, 1M Run/ Walk

Our mission, “Building Capacity of Nonprofit Organizations� has grown to include: Information and referral, matching nonprofit volunteer needs with groups and individuals that are able to help. Professional development workshops for nonprofit board members, volunteer managers and other nonprofit staff and volunteers. The McHenry County Human Race, a 5K walk/run that show cases the missions of participating organizations, offers volunteer recruitment, relationship building, and opportunities to encourage their supporters to raise money in support of their mission. Host of the McHenry County Community Calendar. Our membership includes over 150 nonprofit organizations. The annual volunteer need is well over 58,000!

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Human Race 2014  
Human Race 2014  

The 4th Annual McHenry County Human Race took place April 27, 2014. The 5K walk/run supported 59 charities. This booklet is an overview of p...