2015 Grant Nominees

Below are the 24  Organizations nominated to receive grants.  During Rummage setup and Sale day, all those that work a shift may vote for an organization.  You must sign in to vote and the sheets will be available during the Rummage Sale. Fifteen organizations with the top number of vote will be selected.  Winners will be identified post sale when the votes are tallie
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Voting in Progress Bernies Book Bank Facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children's books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk children throughout Chicagoland. Details www.berniesbookbank.org 
Voting in Progress Boys & Girls Club of Lake County Through afterschool and summer activities, inspires young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens Details www.BGCLC.com 
Voting in Progress Coalition to Reduce Recidivism Maintains connections between family members and the incarcerated to strengthen relationships and aid re-entry to society. Provides job skills training, substance abuse counseling, and mental health support the recently released. Details Coalition 
Voting in Progress Conserve Lake County To preserve 20% of Lake County as Natural Areas details Conserve Lake County 
Voting in Progress Eddie Washington Center for Men Provides transitional housing for single adult homeless men in Lake County. Services include job and budgetary counseling, work assignments, and addressing daily activities and living skills. Details www.waukegantownship.com 
Voting in Progress ElderCARE Assists seniors to continue to live independently in their own homes. Services include home visits, grocery shopping, escorted transportation to medical appointments, and other service referrals. Details www.eldercarelakecounty.org 
Voting in Progress F.I.S.T. (Former Inmates Striving Together) An organization of formerly incarcerated adults drawing on their experiences and focusing their energy to assist ex-offenders in reintegrating into society. Details www.fistinc.org 
Voting in Progress Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Provides support and counseling to lower income grandparents trying to raise a second family Details www.waukegantownship.com 
Voting in Progress HACES Provides ESL, civics classes, and legal services to documented immigrants seeking to gain citizenship details www.haces.org 
Voting in Progress Heartland Animal Shelter Heartland is a no-kill animal shelter. Heartland provides food, shelter, medical treatment and loving care until animals without homes can find their forever home. details Heartland 
Voting in Progress I-Plus Provides case and fund management services to approximately 135 homeless Lake County residents – over half of which are veterans Details www.IPLUS.org 
Voting in Progress Lake County Sponsors Parent organization to Lake Country United - a group of civic and religious organizations working for a just society through active citizenship. details http://lakecountyunited.org/ 
Voting in Progress LINKS Links provides health education in the schools and community, support services for sexual minority youth, reproductive health care, and counseling. Confidential services are offered in a safe and caring environment. Details www.linksyouth.org 
Voting in Progress MaineStay Provides a summer camp for financially deprived children (200% below the poverty level)  Details www.MaineTownship.com 
Voting in Progress NSUC Food Bank Providing food to 4 Lake County Pantries; Mt. Moriah, Mt. Sinai, The Center and Santa Maria del Popolo. Details www.nsuc.org/social-action-committee/food-bank 
Voting in Progress Open Communities Open Communities’ Homesharing program has facilitated more than 700 matches throughout the northern suburbs, turning strangers into friends. Homesharing benefits homeowners, renters, older adults with disabilities, employers and communities. Like all Open Communities' programs, the Homesharing service is free of charge and confidential.  details Open Communities 
Voting in Progress Openlands Providing a healthy vibrant space to live and work in Northeastern Illinois  openlands.org 
Voting in Progress PADS Operates the only 24/7 emergency shelter system in Lake County serving the homeless.. PADS provides supportive services assisting individuals, families with children, the mentally ill, and veterans Details padslakecounty.org 
Voting in Progress Porchlight Counceling Center Provides convenient and free counseling for victims of sexual assault while in college. Helps survivors, regardless of gender, to achieve healing and wholeness through counseling, advocacy, and other services. Details www.porchlightcounseling.org 
Voting in Progress Prairie Farm Corps Today’s youth will build the sustainable food systems of tomorrow. The Prairie Farm Corps helps lay the groundwork for a more resilient local food system by immersing youth in sustainable agriculture, providing mentoring, and reflecting on the collaboration between land and living systems. PFC brings this into the daily work of a diverse group of youth, some from underserved communities, by providing an experiential paid work experience on the Prairie Crossing Farm. Participants gain job skills applicable to any career, capacity to grow and cook fresh vegetables, and a hands-on introduction to sustainable agriculture. Details Prairie Farm Corps 
Voting in Progress Safe Place Provides safe housing and supportive counseling options to survivors of domestic violence at no charge. Also offers abuser intervention groups, and professional and community education programs. Details www.asafeplaceforhelp.org 
Voting in Progress Staben House for Women Provides transitional housing for homeless mothers with children. Offers case management, budget management, and education to develop the necessary skills to break the cycle of homelessness and live independently Details www.waukegantownship.com 
Voting in Progress Tails of Hope Adoption Center To help elderly, chronically and terminally ill pet families to find new homes for their beloved pets. details Tails of Hope 
Voting in Progress The Harbor Provides residential housing, counseling, health care, and a supportive community for Lake County residents impacted by poverty and chronic diseases, including HIV and AIDS.  Details http://www.alexianbrothershousing.org/ 
Voting in Progress Youth Conservation Corps Employment & environmental education Lake County high school students   YCC 
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