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Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and FMSC ships the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.
A visit to Feed My Starving Children is not an experience to soon be forgotten. Where else can you go with friends and family, spend a couple of hours in fun team-building environment, and in the process literally save the lives of starving children. FMSC has several locations (see their web site) around Chicagoland and elsewhere across the country. It’s a child-friendly environment, as long as young children are accompanied by a responsible adult. Again, see the website for details on policies.
Volunteering with them couldn’t be easier. It’s easily managed for groups or individuals right from their well-designed web site.
FMSC is a Christian organization, and this is pretty clear throughout the experience, but all are welcome as severe malnutrition and starvation does not discriminate.
Join the legacy of forest preserve volunteers who serve the preserves in many ways – starting with the founding of the Forest Preserve District more than 90 years ago. The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is the first and largest urban natural areas system in the nation and has grown to 68,000 acres – 11 percent of the land area of Cook County.
Volunteer stewards have been helping maintain healthy ecosystems for the past 30 years. The clean streams committee has worked for four generations to enhance the quality of the District’s eight rivers. More than 7,000 volunteers serve the preserves in many ways every year.
Since 1915, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County has acquired, restored, and managed lands for the purpose of preserving open space for the education, pleasure, and recreation of the public. The Forest Preserve District is one of the oldest and largest forest preserves in the United States, protecting over 68,000 acres of land.
Currently, volunteers are working on over 70 land management sites throughout the Forest Preserve District assisting the District’s staff with the control of invasive, herbaceous and woody species, scientific monitoring, trash collection, seed collection and dispersal, and prescribed burns.
There are hundreds of worksites throughout the Cook County area that are divided into regions. Each region is then divided into stewardship groups or nature centers in which volunteers are needed. We have worked with Palos Restoration Project within Region 6, specifically with Roger Keller (708.598.2234) and Joe Neumann (773.434.1415). It is a great group to work with.
The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers various workday opportunities focusing on the outdoors and the environment. Assisting at a workday can be a great way to learn about the native species that the District works so hard to preserve.
The Forest Preserve District of Will County provides a list of their workday opportunities on their website’s event calendar. Registration is required so that they have enough equipment for all participants. They do welcome children as long as they are accompanied by a parent or a guardian. A waiver does need to be completed, which can be obtained from the contact person.
Work will occur outdoors in the preserve, so please bring work gloves, wear closed-toe shoes, and dress in long pants. Work will take place on uneven terrain that is primarily natural surface. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this workday should mention their request when registering, or submit a request on-line no later than 48 hours before the workday.
The Friends of the Forest Preserves protects, restores, and promotes the forest preserves to ensure they thrive for us and for future generations. Great civic leaders started the forest preserves 100 years ago and now, its our turn to be those great civic leaders that ensure the preserves are here and healthy for the next 100 years.
Volunteers are out every week throughout the forest preserves of Cook County. Contact FOFP and they can hook you up with a group or help you set up your own volunteer event. Volunteers remove invasive plants, collect trash, assist with prescribed burns, work on trails, and gather and spread seeds to restore the natural health of the ecosystem. You will love being outside, volunteering, and enjoying nature with some like-minded people. Help get something done and volunteer today!