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Stiemke: New volunteer opportunities around county

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 11:59 p.m. CDT

Are you looking for a way to help your community?

A great place to start looking is with your local volunteer center. Recent needs and opportunities posted: McHenry County Children’s Health and Safety Fair is coming up July 30 at McHenry County College.

This educational fair, which has fun learning experiences for kids as well as discounted health screenings, is in need of your help. There is a need for bilingual volunteers at registration, individuals that can give directions and help in the waiting areas. They are looking for general event help July 29 and 30.

McHenry County Conservation District is also looking for bilingual volunteers to share environmental and nature programs. They have a summer kick-off event at Rush Creek Conservation Area in Harvard. You can help with outdoor nature-related activities, including fishing, children’s games and crafts, and hikes. There also will be food, live music and bilingual storytelling.

If you are able to give a gift, look at the wish list items that local nonprofits have posted. They are looking for finger paints, crossword puzzles, food and toiletries. You will find clothing, gift cards, laptop, books and even a van on the list. You also can post what you have available to donate.

Upcoming workshops are for staff and volunteers, and July 29 kicks off the second Nonprofit Boot Camp.

Speakers lined up for the six-week event include “Board Building” with Marcy Piekos, “Legal and Regulatory Requirements” with Shelly Casella-Dercole, “Financial Reports” with John Altman, “Fundraising” with Lisa Ruby and “Grant Writing” with Wendy Moylan.

For information about volunteer needs, wish lists and workshop visit or call 815-344-GIVE(4483). Volunteer Center McHenry County helps to build capacity of local nonprofit organizations.

• Rebecca Stiemke is the executive director of Volunteer Center McHenry County. She can be reached by emailing or calling 815-344-4483.

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