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October 15th 2014
Community Learning Day
On October 7, 2014, Moraine Valley Community College held it’s first ever day of service—“Community Learning Day.” Mobilizing over 800 people for a day of service wasn’t a simple matter, but in the end the day was a great success. Check out the highlights video.[...]
October 6th 2014
Vote Smart!
This is an election year, and each one of us needs to be well informed on the issues that matter most to our country and to our communities. It’s difficult to wade through all the messaging and manipulation that comes with election season, but don’t let this difficulty send you into the [...]
October 6th 2014
We Have New Resources
It’s been a while coming, but our resource page is growing with many valuable resources and links to help you take your service learning projects to the next level. We’re adding resources more quickly now than ever before. Currently you’ll find information across many categories in[...]
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[...]


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