Get to Know the Nonprofits in Your Area—While Shopping the Sidewalk Sales

Local sidewalk sales are a great way to get to know the nonprofit organizations in your community, and learn how you can get involved.

It might even be as simple as adopting a pet, or donating your spare change.

GSS3If you didn’t get a chance to walk the sidewalk sale in Glenview this past weekend, here’s a recap.

Orphans of the Storm

Orphans of the Storm can help you find your next furry friend. The group runs a shelter in Riverwoods—one of the oldest in the country—that’s open 7 days a week. Right now they have more than 100 dogs and more than 300 cats. Last year more than 3,000 pets were adopted. You can see pictures of all the animals on their website.

“When you’re ready, consider a shelter before a pet store or a breeder,” says Jackie Borchew, head of volunteers. Also, don’t forget to get your pet spayed or neutered!

Pictures: Volunteers Rachel Feltman-Frank of Lincolnshire, Bridget Stenn of Lake Forest, Gary Hamity of Highland Park with Bebbero, an American bulldog mix.


Save Darfur

Local high school students were out collecting money for the Darfur Peace & Development Organization, which is dedicated to building a peaceful Darfur that is justly governed and developed in a sustainable manner.

The money will provide supplies, books, teachers’ salaries and buildings for a high school in Darfur, as well as donkeys that help people travel the dangerous path to and from the water source, which is 5 miles away.

“Education is the best way to reverse violence,” says high school senior Megan Sexton.

Pictured: Pauline Michalik, Megan Sexton and Julia Durst, all of Glenview

Character Counts!

Character Counts! is an alliance dedicated to strengthening the character of American children and adults, using a consistent set of ethical values: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. The program sponsors a number of programs and events in the community.

Character Counts in Glenview welcomes additional members to its Working Committee. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. Learn more at

Other ways to help:

  • Make a donation. Send a check made out to Character Counts! Glenview to P.O. Box 452, Glenview, IL 60025.
  • To arrange a speaker for your organization, contact Mark Walther, co-chair at 847-998-5040 or Jim Bream, co-chair, at 312-540-7520.

Pictured: (photo at the top of the story) Kevin Mouayed and Trey Swenson of Glenview, Doug Wattley and Brandon and Ashley Carmen of Mt. Prospect.

GSS6Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook

Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook has numerous events coming up this fall: Canning for Change, Casino Night, the Girlfriends Breakfast and a holiday gift drive. They’re also spearheading an initiative calling “Kids Helping Kids,” which encourages kids to give back—by donating some of their school supplies or presents to kids in need in the community.

To learn more, visit their website.

Pictured: Katie Civgin and Tori Klare of Northfield, Nancy Bloom of Highland Park, Alison Guenther of Des Plaines.

Some of the other organizations represented include:

Glenview Women of Today, a community service organization.

Full Circle—a Glenview consignment shop that supports the nonprofit Sarah’s Circle.