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February 11th 2015
Help to Welcome a Refugee Family
November 22nd 2014
Students on Higher Education
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 [...]


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