FALL 2017 CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Registration Fees: In order to maintain our high quality programming, the GJHP charges a NON-REFUNDABLE $10 fee* to participate in our civic engagement outings. This fee is due at the time of registration by paying with a credit or debit card. Registration is incomplete without payment. Once charged, these fees are nonrefundable, even in the event your child cancels their participation in the activity.
Here is more information on the organizations we visit on a monthly basis:
Glencoe Community Garden – 4:00pm-5:00pm
The GCG is a wonderful opportunity for us to volunteer right here in Glencoe! The Glencoe Community Garden is a non-profit, sustainable, organic-practicing, food-producing 5,000 sq. ft. mini-farm and garden. 100% of their harvest is donated to local food kitchens, pantries and other charitable organizations. 100% of their garden is built and harvested by volunteers. The Garden offers a myriad of educational, social action and community opportunities in a safe, cooperative environment accessible to all individuals. Located right off of Old Green Bay Road, Students will walk to the Garden after school with GJHP staff members. Remember to wear appropriate clothing to dig in the mud, pick weeds and plant seeds!
Tuesday, September 12th
Bernie’s Book Bank – 4:00pm-5:30pm
Located in Lake Forest, Bernie’s Book Bank collects new and gently used children’s books and redistributes them to at-risk children throughout the Chicagoland area. You child will sort, stickers and bag books for redistribution.
Students will meet in the Oasis immediately after school for a light snack and we will leave for Bernie’s Book Bank at 3:35pm. We will volunteer from 4:00pm-5:30pm. A parent chaperone or GJHP staff member will drop your child off at home around 6:00pm.
UPTOWN Café – 5:30pm-7:30pm
Volunteering at the Uptown Cafe is an incredible experience for our 6th-8th grade Central School students, offering them a unique opportunity to provide dignity, hope and sustenance to those in need. Located on the North Side of Chicago, the Uptown Cafe is a restaurant style anti-hunger program, where once a month our students serve the Cafe patrons a sit-down hot meal, and also share their company and time with the people in the food program.
Tuesday, September 19th
CJE Senior Life – 4:00pm-5:00pm
All 5th-8th grade Glencoe students have an amazing opportunity to volunteer at CJE SeniorLife and connect with residents in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Unit. Students arrive with fantastic energy and enthusiasm, bringing joy to the residents living there!
Students will meet in the Oasis immediately after school for a light snack. We will leave for CJE SeniorLife at 3:35pm. We will volunteer from 4:00pm-5:00pm. A parent chaperone or GJHP staff member will drop your child off at home around 5:30pm.
A JUST HARVEST – 4:15pm-7:15pm
About once a month 6th-8th grade Central School students have a wonderful opportunity to volunteer at A Just Harvest, a soup kitchen located in the Rogers Park community. They will be assisting with setup, cleanup, and serving nutritious meals to people and families in need.
A Just Harvest is unique because they are the largest and only self-standing community soup kitchen in the Chicago Metro area and they serve hot meals 365 days a year to anyone in need. No one is turned away. This provides Glencoe students with more than just a chance to help provide nourishment for people, but a chance to welcome everyone no matter the race, culture or socioeconomic background.
Students will meet in the Oasis immediately after school for a light snack. We leave for A Just Harvest around 3:45pm, depending on traffic. We will finish serving dinner and cleaning up around 7:00pm. A parent chaperone or GJHP staff member will drop your child off at home around 7:30pm.
Cradles to Crayons – 4:15pm-6:15pm
A new volunteer opportunity for the GJHP this year, the C2C Giving Factory provides children from birth to age 12, living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, school and play. The Factory supplies these items free of charge by collecting new and nearly new children’s items through community drives. Donations are then processed and packages by volunteers. We will be traveling to the Giving Factory in Chicago to process, sort and package items for donation. For more information on this organization please visit their website at: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/
Book Buddies (5th-8th Graders): 4:00pm-4:40pm
Book buddies is a literacy program which lasts 10 weeks on either Monday or Wednesdays from 4:00-4:40pm at the Glencoe Public Library. Book Buddies pairs students in K-2nd grade with a 5th-8th grade buddy to mentor them in the area of literacy. Book buddies insures all of the participants have fun, build reading skills, develop personal connections and complete the program with a great sense of pride and accomplishment!
Questions? Please contact Audra Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.