Making a difference in the lives of the youth of McHenry County
Welcome to "Everyday Heroes," a Northwest Herald project celebrating local residents who selfessly go above and beyond to make a difference in our communities. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of everyday heroes living around us.
This year, we are recognizing heroes who make a difference in the lives of McHenry County youth. They are not motivated by money or success, but by a love for children and a desire to make a our communities better places to live.
In November, we asked readers to nominate heroes who make a difference in children's lives. Our readers responded, and the best of the best are profiled here.
The Lemonade Brigade
The Lemonade Brigade has been so busy these past months that they have trouble keeping track of which event was for which person.
Harvard High School teacher approaches special education with passion.
Actress, director shares lifetime of theater, stage knowledge with children
Woodstock instructor empowers children through martial arts
Bowling coach draws from experience to teach game to youth
Alden-Hebron teacher goes the extra mile for needy students
Wonder Lake woman a wonder woman for children in need
Greg and Kathy Godsell
Crystal Lake couple coaches, mentors youth interested in robotics
Alden-Hebron baseball coach dedicates time to youth sports, community
Crystal Lake woman starts girls camp in memory of daughter
Harvard woman helps distribute diapers at McHenry diaper bank
McHenry youth pastor keeps faith alive in teenagers
SEDOM Center teacher from dedicates her life to special needs kids
Huntley veterinarian opens doors to students interested in field
Pioneer Center supervisor helps teens with issues at home
Crystal Lake South teacher wears many hats to help students
Former Nunda firefighter helps brighten young lives at Christmastime
Crystal Lake woman gives teens place to go
Huntley teen rallies against bullying through speeches, outreach
Johnsburg Junior High teacher goes above, beyond to be there for students
Big Brothers Big Sisters recipient of car dealership president's passion
Johnsburg librarian brings teens back to books
Inspired personally, Woodstock taxi owner works with area youth, community
Crystal Lake woman touches lives through music
Mom of autistic child overcomes challenges, starts school from scratch