Neighborhood Giving Project partners with Oak Park Public Library

Will provide an after-school children's community service club

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By Community Editor

The Neighborhood Giving Project is very excited to announce its next venture in partnership with the Oak Park Public Library: providing an after-school children's community service club!

Beginning September 2012, The Neighborhood Giving Project will host one-hour workshops in the Children's Storytime Room on the first floor. Each workshop will provide children a hands-on and developmentally appropriate introduction to various service organizations in Oak Park and surrounding area. Projects will be started and completed within the hour, and each workshop will be unique. Participants can attend any one or all of the workshops offered.

Families are encouraged to participate together, as some subjects may raise wonderful opportunities for discussion. The young and young-at-heart are all welcome, though most of our projects are best-suited for ages 3 to 12. Children over age 6 may participate alone, but parents must remain in the children's area of the library. The workshops are free, supplies will be provided. Walk-ins welcome!

Our September workshop will support West Suburban PADS, an organization that provides shelter, supportive services, and employment readiness programs to the homeless. Participants may climb in a sleeping bag, and feel what it is like to sleep on a hard surface. They may participate in a 'pack-a-bag' concept, choosing just 5 of various essential or luxury items, and then discussing their choices. And finally, they may create a 'no-sew' scarf or blanket, which will be donated to PADS. Information on West Suburban PADS will be available for families to take home.

The Neighborhood Giving Project's mission is to inspire our children to be better citizens of the world by providing hands-on, hands-together community service opportunities; to enrich their learning with civic responsibility, social justice, and charitable action. Our past projects include educational tours and fundraisers with The Animal Care League, The Oak Park Conservatory, and the Oak Park Food Pantry, as well as participating in the CROP Walk, hosting a free community Hot Chocolate Party, and encouraging small acts of kindness such as our Mystery Snow Shovel project, and our Giving Thanks letter-writing campaign.

We are thrilled to partner with the Oak Park Library to continue to provide educational community service opportunities and volunteerism for children. Giving big can start small! Every child can effect a change in any corner of the world, including their own backyard. Please join us.

P.S. Want to hear more? Please visit our booth at The Day in the Village on June 3rd in Scoville Park. We'll have kids activities and giveaways, and would be delighted to share our plans and opportunities to volunteer with our organization. We hope to see you!

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