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Annual People in Need Forum at college Jan. 26

Published: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 4:14 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The 10th annual People in Need Forum will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14.

It is open to the public and beneficial to community volunteers, staff members from human service agencies, civic and government leaders and officials, human resources personnel from area corporations and companies, and faith-based organizations.

The forum connects participants to community resources and information for those in need.

The half-day event will begin with a continental breakfast and registration. Highlights of the morning include educational sessions and presentations to resolve care-receiver issues. Key sessions will be offered in two time periods. The popular roundtable sessions will return this year.

About 40 exhibit booths of community, social service and government agencies in McHenry County will provide information about resources on issues such as utility assistance, food stamps, health care, bullying, transportation options, homelessness, affordable housing, debt management, domestic violence, legal matters and veterans’ affairs. 

“The forum is available to anyone interested in helping those in need and learning more about the necessary survival resources available in our community,” said event chairwoman Bev Thomas, who works for the 22nd Judicial Circuit, Family Violence Coordinating Council and the McHenry County College Center for Non-Profit Leadership. 

The People in Need Forum started in 2003 with 50 attendees and grew to more than 400 last year.

Admission is free. Each registered attendee will receive a 2013 People in Need Resource Directory.

Registration is available online and questions be answered at or by calling Bev Thomas at 815-479-7792.

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