Free Back to School Health Fair in West Pullman

bookbagThe Salvation Army is sponsoring a FREE Back-to-School Health Fair in West Pullman to help kids prepare for early start in August. At least two schools in the immediate area have switched to a year-round schedule. This free health fair will not only provide free back-to-school physicals, but also a variety of free health screenings for adults. Popular Billboard gospel chart recording artist Tony Tidwell Ministries will headline a rousing and inspirational day-long line-up of gospel performers, including Focus One, Jerry King and Eclectic Worship and The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Choir. More than 700 families attended this event last year. Even more are expected this year for a fun-filled day in the park with expanded entertainment and activities.Physicals and health screenings to be provided by the Cook County Health Department and the Christian Community Health Center.

  • Back-to-school physicals
  • Blood pressure, diabetes, HIV testing
  • Carnival games and free prizes
  • Backpack and school supply giveaway to over 350 kids
  • Free Food
  • Gospel Music Concert featuring Tony Tidwell and Righteous Living, Focus One, Jerry King andEclectic Worship and The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Choir

WHEN: Saturday, July 25, 2009Screenings available Noon to 5 p.m.Carnival games and entertainment Noon to 7 p.m.WHERE: Cooper Park117th and Ada St.Chicago

Rich Township food pantry seeing shortage of supplies

As the jobless rate increases to 10.3 percent in Illinois, demand is also up at the Rich Township Food Pantry.Supplies, however, are dwindling.”We still get donations but as fast as they get in, they’re out the same day,” said Vicki Sline, pantry director and Salvation Army representative.”We’re seeing a lot of new faces, but we’re also seeing faces that have been gone. One woman who came in last week hasn’t been here in 10 years.”Located at 22013 Governors Highway, the pantry is open from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Fresh produce can be picked up from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month.Any resident with an Illinois driver’s license or current bill showing their name and address can pick up food once a month during regular hours.Rich Township officials said the pantry served 2,416 people in June, including 764 families.The numbers are up from June 2008, when the pantry served 2,381 people, including 712 families.But supplies have not increased with the demand. Read moreStory contributed by the SouthTown StarClick here to donate to The Salvation Army’s Hunger Looks Like Me campaign

Kiwanis Club wins Adovacy Award

The Kiwanis Club of Evanston recently received the Community Advocacy Award from Family Focus-Our Place in Evanston, as well as the Leadership Award from Shore Community Services Inc., also in Evanston.In the first six months of 2009, the Evanston Kiwanis Club distributed $28,000 in grants to local entities.Youth and children have been a focus of the club, which is reflected in their grants for scholarships to students at Evanston Township High School, Salvation Army summer scholarships, the Special Olympics and several other programs.For a complete listing of Kiwanis grants, visit the Web site contributed by the Evanston Review

6th Annual"Hope Fore Kids"Golf Classic

A key population The Salvation Army serves is youth and children. Through our Child Care Division, the Army offers “Hope Fore Kids” by providing: child care centers, before-school and after-school programs, art, music and educational instruction, emergency shelter, day and overnight camping programs, and other recreational activities. Hope Fore Kids

Learn from the Pros, enjoy lunch, golfing, contests, silent auction and dinner reception to benefit youth programs.”Hope Fore Kids” Golf Classic Date: August 25Location: The Glen Club2901 W. Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60026 Map/Directions For more information regarding onsite activities and registration, please visit:

Summer Staycation

Recent studies have shown that many individuals are not taking a vacation this year due to the financial expense of a vacation. One way to maximize your vacation time, and cut expenses is to take a staycation.A staycation is a vacation spent in your hometown. If done right, a staycation can be just as relaxing as a traditional vacation and in some ways, it can be even more stress-relieving because it typically involves less planning and expense.However, certain measures need to be taken to maximize the benefits of a staycation.

Staycation Strategies

Set the Time & Date.  Give your staycation a start and end date, otherwise, it runs the risk of feeling like any other day. Be sure to alert family and friends that you will be unavailable. Unplug.  Turn off your cell-phone, and step away from the computer (at least most of the time). Otherwise, your staycation is little more than an extension of your regular life.To-Do List.  Make a Staycation list of things to do. Watch movies that you have been meaning to see, read a book on your “meaning to read list”.  On your staycation, you have the luxury of time to sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in the things you often don’t have time for.Play tourist!  There are many exciting, low cost or free events going on in your hometown. Plan a day to go to the beach, go sight seeing, visit museums, or grab a blanket and head to the park for a picnic.Snap Staycation Photos. There is no reason why you can’t take staycation photos! Catalogue all the hot spots you hit and interesting people you meet.