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June 26th 2013
Hygiene Kit Drive Underway
Happy summer! Our Act Out Now big summer project is underway. Many expressed interest in the hygiene kit collection and assembly we are doing for Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. This is a great opportunity for families with kids of all ages! If you still want to join in on this worthy project, an[...]
May 27th 2013
A Hygiene Kit Project: We Need Your Input
Act Out Now is looking to kick off a project to assist Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach addresses unmet medical needs of people in developing countries. These kits will be used as learning tools in literacy, hygiene, nutrition and health classes. They are also dis[...]
May 27th 2013
June Service Opportunities
We’ve got some exciting service-opportunities already on the calendar for June. Check them out, and more are on the way. Sertoma Centre Super Sale June 1 and 2, 2013 9:30 – 5:30 (half shifts available): The good folks at Sertoma Centre need about 40 volunteers to staff their annual fundr[...]
May 23rd 2013
551 Pairs—Sorted, Counted, Delivered
We recently brought our April Shoe Drive to close. Collecting shoes is one thing, but processing them all is quite another. That was our project for Wednesday this week. We had been stockpiling the bags of shoes as they were coming in throughout the drive. (The garage was full.) Early this morning, [...]


What We're All About

Act Out Now is dedicated to bringing service learning opportunities to young people to help build community and foster a culture of kindness. This site is a platform from which to jump into action. Here you'll find resources, events, and opportunities to connect with fellow human beings in and around Chicagoland.

We are Chris and Mike McGuire—college teachers and homeschooling parents. We started this site because we believe that learning happens best by living and engaging in the world around us. We also believe that service, civic engagement, and social responsibility are at the heart of healthy communities and a better world. Please join us in our mission toward doing our parts. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "If I can't do great things, I can do small things in a great way." Let's do small and great things together.

It is not enough to be compassionate; one must act.

—The 14th Dalai Lama