Volunteers in Action

Category: Volunteers in Action

187. “Rock the Ride” Music Fest for Bob Lee’s “3 Reasons”

 This September, Barrington dad, grandfather, cancer survivor and avid cyclist, Bob Lee, will hop on his bike in Vancouver, Canada and ride 2,000 miles down the west coast, ending in Mexico.  Bob’s journey will be the third in a series of long distance rides, crossing a total of more than 12,000 miles and completing a philanthropic tour around the perimeter of the country.
At the end of Bob’s 2012 ride, he hopes to have raised $1 million for 3 causes before “The Bike Stops” on his family’s front lawn in Barrington’s Fox Point neighborhood.  That’s where he recently celebrated his 70th birthday along with dozens of neighbors and kids who rode there on, what else?  Their bikes!
As if completing a 2,000 mile bike ride just after turning 70 isn’t remarkable enough, Bob will finish Part III of his “Ride for 3 Reasons” almost a decade after he was diagnosed with colon cancer.  This summer also marks Bob’s wife, Anne Lee’s second year as a breast-cancer survivor.  Facing cancer sparked a fire that Bob says is a major source of his pedal power.  “If someone hadn’t done a walk or run or some fundraiser, would the research dollars have been there to give us this opportunity?  This is our way of paying back a little bit.  I’m hoping to raise the funds to give researchers the resources to help other people.”
Supporting people with cancer is just one of Bob Lee’s 3 reasons.  He is also riding to help those diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and for people needing hospice care at the end of life.  “My toughest day going up over a mountain is nothing compared to someone getting up this morning with ALS and wondering what motor neurons aren’t going to work today and whether they’ll be able to pick things up, hug their kids, walk or talk.”  These are causes that have touched us all, in big ways and in small.  And that’s why we’re invited to celebrate Bob’s upcoming journey with Rock the Ride, a 9-hour music festival and party happening at the Brat Tent in Barrington’s North Metra Lot between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 1st.

The six local bands performing at the fest are The Road Not Taken (1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.), White Shadow (3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.), Moonlander (4:30 to 5:15 p.m.), Vinyl Richie (6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.), The Guys (7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) and Between the Lines (9 p.m. to 10 p.m.).  There will also be Bataille Academie dance performances and activities for kids during the day.  Admission is $5 for adults after 6 p.m. and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Bob’s ride and put even more power in his pedals as he crosses the finish line before returning home by Thanksgiving.
Bob’s 3 rides for 3 reasons span 3 countries and involve volunteers from 3 generations working for the cause.  The easiest way to visualize the ground he will have covered is to see it on the map……

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114. Share the Secret Password During “March for Meals”

 Pssst! Did you hear about the secret password that you can use at several Barrington restaurants this month? If you use the password when placing your order, participating restaurants will make a donation to help fund two programs that feed senior citizens in the Barrington area. The password is “BACOA”.  It stands for the Barrington Area Council on Aging and this is one case where you’ll pay it forward when you pass it on.

Each year in March, the Barrington Area Council on Aging partners with local restaurants to promote the March for Meals campaign. The initiative is sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America and is a nationwide effort to raise awareness about senior hunger and nutrition programs for older adults. Did you know that, in 2011, volunteers from local churches and organizations delivered almost 3,600 meals to the homes of close to 50 senior citizens in Barrington? These are seniors who are unable to go grocery shopping or prepare meals on their own. These daily visits also serve as a well-being check, in the form of a friendly face and a hot noon meal five days a week.

“Sometimes it’s the only person they’ll see that day.” BACOA’s communication director, Sarah Hoban, says Meals with Wheels makes a big difference in many daily lives. “If seniors are home bound, if they have moved here to be with family, if their friends have moved away or are on assisted living or are no longer living, it’s very easy to become isolated and that’s not good for anybody.”
Bringing seniors together socially is the purpose of another popular BACOA meals program that happens each Monday at the Barrington Park District.  Dozens of seniors meet weekly with friends for lunch, games and special presentations.  1,438 lunches were served to 85 people with BACOA’s Senior Lunch and Activity Program at the Park District in 2011.

Helping support these programs is as easy as choosing the right restaurant this month. Mention BACOA when you place your order on the following dates at these Barrington restaurants and they’ll make a donation to Barrington Area Council on Aging thanks to your purchase:…

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Grove Carnival in Barrington

64. iCarnival25 – Grove School’s 25th Annual Carnival

 It’s a good thing Barrington District 220 students are out of school for an Institute Day today because Grove Elementary’s 25th Annual Carnival starts at noon. They’re calling it “iCarnival25” this year and I’m told it’s bigger and better than ever with more food, more rides, more games and great entertainment.
Students had a chance to test some of the rides during the setup yesterday and they’re getting rave reviews this year!…

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Hands of Hope Garden in Zambia

37. Offer ‘Hands of Hope’ at Garden & Antique Faire

 The private gardens of three luxury Barrington estates will be open to the public over the next two days and this modest woman in the midst of her own community garden in Africa is part of the inspiration.
She is growing vegetables in Mongu Zambia that she will use to feed her family and to sell at market. Her blushing smile is bright because her garden is green and her children will have food.  It’s all thanks to funds raised over the years by the group behind the annual Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire being held this Friday and Saturday.…

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Cancer Survivor Speaks at Barrington Relay for Life

34. Hear a Survivor’s Story and Join the Relay for Life

 A Barrington mom will be sharing deeply personal details about her ongoing fight with cancer before a huge crowd gathering at Barrington High School on Friday night. She’ll be speaking on behalf of area cancer survivors before the “Survivors Lap” which kicks off Barrington’s 2011 American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Her name is Sue McGrath and her story is as moving as it is motivating. But Sue represents just one of hundreds of Barrington cancer survivors for whom this weekend’s Relay will plant new seeds of hope.
“On April Fool’s Day 2005, I got the call that we all dread…” Sue will open up to us on Friday night about what happened next after she was told her breast biopsy was malignant. When she heard the news, she immediately immersed herself in research about her disease. “…Not only is there major surgery, but there is also the fear associated with chemotherapy and radiation. And then there is the fear of dying…” Sue made quick decisions. She had her surgery. She received 33 cancer treatments in six weeks and meals from friends and neighbors for many months until her cancer was gone. But her story doesn’t end here……

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Barrington Volunteers Raise Money to Find a Cure for ALS

17. Share Spare Change for Barrington Tag Days

 Grab a handful of change from that piggy bank before you run your errands today and tomorrow. The entire Barrington High School baseball team along with an army of kids and other volunteers in yellow vests will be out on Barrington street corners collecting money for Tag Days. It’s an annual two-day fundraiser to find a cure for ALS, a disease that’s taken the lives of many loved ones right here in Barrington.
Barrington Tag Days coordinator, Bob Lee, tells me that there will be about 150 volunteers collecting money, including members of six local families who’ve recently lost loved ones to ALS.…

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Celebrate the Start of Barrington's Children's Charities

16. Barrington Children’s Charities First Derby Party

 And they’re off! There’s a brand new nonprofit organization in town, called Barrington Children’s Charities, that’s all about improving the lives of kids in and around our community. They’re starting things off with a bang this weekend by hosting their first annual Kentucky Derby Party in Barrington. I’m told there’ll be seersucker suits, fancy hats and Mint Juleps in the house and the top auction items include a trip to next year’s Kentucky Derby!

They’re also auctioning off part ownership in a 2-year-old thoroughbred race horse, which includes naming rights! So if you love the thrill of the races and would like to meet the founders and friends of this new charity, this is one party that you don’t want to miss.…

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Barrington 2011 Citizen of the Year Award

2. Nominate Barrington’s 2011 Citizen of the Year

 It’s National Volunteer week and, if there’s one thing I’ve learned since moving to Barrington, it’s that ours is a community filled with endless opportunities to help others.  There are hundreds of organizations championing countless causes, powered by thousands of volunteers who are changing lives.  It reminds me of a beautiful image from one of my great grandmother’s favorite poems, Drop a Pebble in the Water, about words and deeds that make a difference.
Drop a pebble in the water:  just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea,
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be…

There are many who pitch in, but is there ONE PERSON in Barrington who inspires you most with their outstanding contributions to our community? Do you know anyone who gives of themselves generously, tirelessly and without expectation? If you do, then here’s a great chance to reward their work with the recognition they never seek, but so deserve.  Barrington’s 2011 “Citizen of the Year” will be named next month.  And the group that selects that person is asking us all to help by nominating worthy recipients.…

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348. March for Meals to Feed Seniors in Barrington

 I occasionally volunteer to deliver meals to seniors in Barrington. And I’ve learned that the Meals on Wheels program is the quickest pick-me-up around. If you want to see how something as simple as delivering lunch can make a big difference in lives around us, you might want to check out the Barrington Area Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program. You are guaranteed smiles!  In fact, there are several ways you can help feed local seniors this month. And all you have to do is dine at specific restaurants on select Tuesdays.
The Barrington Area Council on Aging is taking part in “March for Meals”, a month-long campaign during March, sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America. If you dine at specific Barrington restaurants on Tuesdays this month, they’ll make a donation to BACOA’s meals programs.…

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24 Hour Dance Marathon at Barrington High School

247. Barrington High School 24-Hour Dance Marathon

 If you’ve mastered the Mashed Potato, the Moonwalk, the Macarena or if you’ve come up with a dance style that’s all your own, Barrington High School is THE place to be this weekend! Students are hosting the school’s first ever 24-hour dance marathon and almost 100 dancers of all ages have already signed up to participate. If you’re in the mood to do a little dancing, they’re looking for more contestants.  Or you can come just to spectate and all the money raised will go to local charities.

The BHS Dance Marathon is the brain-child of the Barrington Area Community Foundation’s brand new Youth Advisory Council.…

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Gobbler Gallop in South Barrington

228. Sign Up for the South Barrington Gobbler Gallop

 South Barrington is continuing a brand new tradition by hosting the second annual “Gobbler Gallop” one week from today on Sunday, November 21st. The 5K run and 1 mile walk is a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving season because you’ll be helping two important causes AND get a great workout at the same time.…

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