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Stiemke: More than 1,100 participate in Human Race

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:01 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:09 a.m. CDT

A riddle for you: What happens when you mix 100 volunteers, 15 volunteer committee members, 1,103 individuals and their family and friends with the McHenry County Community Foundation, IL State Bank, Covidien, Northwest Herald, Centegra Health System, SAGE Products, General Kinematics, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Accelerated Rehab Centers, Running Depot and many other great business in McHenry County?

Answer: An incredible community! Individuals, groups and businesses came together April 27 for the fourth annual McHenry County Human Race to help 59 local charities.

So far, the total raised is over $70,000. Kudos to all that were involved. You made McHenry County a better place to live, work and play.

Volunteers are behind every mission and cause. Without volunteers, our local nonprofits would have to close their doors.

Do you have time to give? Here are a few ideas posted on www.volunteercentermchenrycounty.org:

• Marengo Community Radio is a group of volunteer civic activists with the passion and commitment to provide people in the Marengo and Union communities with a source of news, information and entertainment.

Current volunteer opportunities include on-air personalities, writers, producers, information acquisition specialists, a volunteer coordinator, a business services coordinator, a bookkeeper and an administrative assistant.

• The McHenry County Department of Health offers heart age screenings that educate residents of the county about risk factors for cardiovascular disease. They are in need of Spanish-speaking interpreters who would work with nurses and health educators to teach and interact with Spanish-speaking participants.

• Tree Of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation knows the PADS season ends every year on April 3. People often ask, “What happens to the homeless over the summer?” They live in deserted fields. They camp illegally in quiet places in parks. Volunteers are needed to help reach out by providing hot lunches, conversation and more.

For information about these and other ways to get involved in your community, visit www.volunteercentermchenrycounty.org or call 815-344-GIVE (4483).

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

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