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Lend a helping hand during National Volunteer Week

Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

National Volunteer Week is April 21 to 27. Everyday individuals are reaching out to help others in need. They are doing extraordinary things through service.

Kudos to all volunteers. If you are not volunteering, it is time to begin.

There are numerous ways to help your community. Huntley library is looking for volunteers to adopt an area in the library; Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking mentors for children; Senior Services needs individuals to drive and visit with seniors; Golden Diners is looking for people to deliver meals; and HAHS needs volunteers that can help put up new fencing and paint fences and barns.

Visit to find information about these and other needs. If you need help finding volunteer placement, give us a call at 815-344-4483.

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The third annual McHenry County Human Race will be at 9 a.m. April 21 on Corporate Drive in McHenry.

This 5K walk/run is supporting 55 nonprofit organizations serving McHenry County. At registration, individuals choose which organization will receive the proceeds of their registration fee.

More than 1,000 people are expected to participate. Visit to register and view a complete list of organizations looking for support.

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On April 27 at Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock, nonprofit board members and leadership teams are invited to attend a workshop with Chuck Loring from BoardSource. The session will look at board recruitment, structure, operations and culture. Other topics include the stages of board evolution that affect board performance and why some nonprofits confuse volunteering with governance; legal obligations of nonprofit boards and best practices surrounding board roles and responsibilities; and how the lack of effective board structure can kill fundraising.

To register, visit and click on training.

Not-For-Profit Resources manages the volunteer center.

The office is at 4508 Prime Parkway, McHenry.

Help your community by getting involved today.

• Rebecca Stiemke is the director of United Way McHenry County Volunteer Center. She can be reached at 815-344-4483 or

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