On May 7, 2016, Hanover Township residents will kick off the third annual Sprint 2 Spring 5K. But instead of kookie gimmicks, goofy costumes, and actors dressed up as zombies, folks will be running to raise money for their neighbors. Every dollar earned by the 5K goes directly toward helping families having trouble with medical or dental expenses. It's just one of the ways Hannover Township helps residents, including hosting open gyms for kids, setting up immunization clinics, and offering emergency flooding services.
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Every year, the Northern Illinois Food bank provides meals for more than 600,000 people, including children, the elderly, and the disabled. It started in 1982 as the mission of Sister Rosemarie Burian, who wanted to help feed her hungry neighbors. Over the years, the idea and the mission expanded to serving 71,500 hungry neighbors each week
across a 13-county operation with innovative programs like mobile pantries that distribute perishable goods, weekend backpacks that make certain kids have nutritious food even when they aren't at school, and delivery services for home-bound seniors.
This commitment provided 57 million meals to those in need in the 2015 fiscal year. Through partnerships with food manufacturers and retailers, corporate foundations, and other nonprofits, the food bank hopes to expand its reach even further to ensure no one in Northern Illinois has to skip a meal. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, and has been recognized by Charity Navigator as a Four-Star charity since 2003. For more information about how to get involved, visit www.SolveHungerToday.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
Metro Dash pits athletes against their own limitations as they sprint through a 600-meter course dotted with 20 obstacles that test endurance and strength. High hurdles, balance beams, rope swings, and cargo nets impede the path as contestants—guts wrenching and muscles pounding—sprint to awaken their inner warriors. The Metro Dash staff stands by to control the flow of runners and penalize those who refuse to do an obstacle for fear of soiling their powdered wig.
Metro Dash staff members divide the race into waves, sending runners through the course to climb and crawl in their race T-shirts as spectators cheer on in support. They require runners in the Elite division to run the course a second time, totaling the scores for competition. After the race, awards for the top three cumulative male and female finish times will be announced. A portion of proceeds goes to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation
As part of its efforts to address misconceptions and boost physical fitness and self-esteem, Special Olympics Illinois offers year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Continued opportunities to participate in Olympic-type sports, such as gymnastics and soccer, help these athletes experience personal growth and friendship as they share their skills with families, other Special Olympics athletes, and their community. Throughout Illinois today, more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities train and compete through Special Olympics.
Fed up with hearing about rude encounters between taxi drivers and the elderly, taxi dispatcher Dan Quiery decided to volunteer time in his retirement to righting these wrongs through Escorted Transportation Service Northwest (ETS/NW). Now the organization's 2011 Volunteer of the Year, according to the Daily Herald, Dan and a team of 70 volunteer drivers at ETS/NW offer both companionship and a vital service as they transport senior citizens to and from medical and dental appointments in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The seniors often have limited transportation options and would not be able to get to their appointments without aid. Though $12 donations are requested for each ride, the drivers chip in their own money to cover the cost of the trip's gas. Still, this does not deter founder Kathy Kasprowicz and her dedicated volunteers—honored with the 2012 STAR Merit Award from The Beverly Foundation—who were proud to have provided 2,453 roundtrip rides throughout the region in 2011 alone.