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If you've never taken the plunge to get involved in political action, we encourage you to get to know us by attending a meeting. We are a growing local party, but we need more people like you to step up and share your perspective. We are building teams of people to tackle projects like data entry and analytics, voter registration, special events, social media and content management, and candidate support and canvassing.


 

Monday, October 12, 2020 at 10:00 PM through November 10, 2020
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2021 Illinois Women Institute for Leadership Training Academy Applications Open

IWIL Training Academy

Applications to the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership Training Academy Class of 2021 are now open!

The IWIL is seeking women from all over Illinois who are interested in running for office to apply to join the next class. The annual classes are kept small to allow for the most impactful, in-depth training. Trainees spend over 125 hours learning from industry experts about leadership development, communications strategy, advanced fundraising techniques, and much more. 

IWIL provides participants with the expertise and support needed to put together successful campaigns and lead in their communities and beyond. The success of this program is proven. Over the last two decades, IWIL and IWIL Training Academy alumnae have run more than 350 elections with a 77% success rate. 

Studies show that women need to be asked to run for office -- so we are asking YOU to apply or ask a woman leader you know to apply to this program! 

Applications will close Tuesday, November 10th at 10:00 pm CT. For more information, visit the application online here or please contact the IWIL team at info@iwiltrainingacademy.org.

To the next generation of women leaders!


Monday, October 26, 2020 at 07:00 PM · 42 RSVPs
Virtual via Zoom

Democratic Election Judge Meet-Up

Calling all McHenry County Democratic Election Judges!

It's been a month or two since training, and with the election so close, we want to get everyone together for a virtual meet-up!

We will have breakout groups for you to meet the folks you'll be serving with, go over how to navigate some of the Election Day challenges you have asked us about, review resources available to you on Election Day, and take any remaining questions.

Be as prepared as you can be for Election Day by participating in this virtual training session conducted by our Election Judge Coordinator Lauren Brownstone.  

Please RSVP here for this essential training session, safely conducted via Zoom.  We will send a Zoom link prior to the meeting to those who RSVP.  Questions?  Email Laren at McHenryCountyDemJudges@gmail.com


Tuesday, November 03, 2020 at 06:00 AM · 1 RSVP
McHenry County Polling Places

Poll Watching

Volunteer to be a Democratic Poll Watcher 

As a Democratic poll watcher, you will be an official election process observer in voting sites before, during, and after voting on Election Day.

Poll watchers may also be needed for vote-by-mail and provisional ballot processing.

Poll watchers help us ensure that every eligible voter is allowed to vote, providing our Voter Protection team insight into what's happening on the ground.

To be eligible to be a poll watcher, you must be registered to vote in Illinois and affiliated with the Democratic Party of McHenry County.

Once you are authorized by the Democratic Party of McHenry County to be a poll watcher, you would be issued credentials and provided training. If interested, please RSVP.


Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 03:00 PM
TBD in Huntley, IL

Huntley Area Afternoon Happy Hour

Huntley Area Democrats

Afternoon Happy Hour with the
Sun City Area Democrats

(Includes McHenry County District 5 & 6 and Rutland & Hampshire Townships in Kane County) 

Join us to meet other Democrats and chat (or vent) about the important issues of the day.  Mingle with other like-minded individuals, and sometimes even our elected officials and candidates. Find out about local events and ways you can make a difference. We have information about recent legislation such as the Fair Tax Amendment, and how you can hold your elected officials accountable.

Let's keep looking for those Democrats hiding right in front of our eyes or people who may have switched over to our way of thinking!


Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 08:30 AM · 1 RSVP
Crystal Lake Food Pantry in Crystal Lake, IL

Volunteer Days at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry

Please Note: Volunteers still needed!

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Crystal Lake Food Pantry has implemented social distancing practices.  Volunteers are needed to fill boxes for our neighbors in need - and volunteers will not have direct contact with those picking up the pre-filled boxes.

Home bound neighbors who need assistance from the food pantry are receiving home deliveries.  This home delivery service will be expanded.

Volunteers are also encouraged to volunteer on other days throughout the month.  If you are unable to volunteer in person, please consider donating food or money.

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As part of the Democratic Party's continuing commitment to community service, we have established Democratic Party Volunteer Days at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.  

Pantry hours on Saturdays are 9 am to Noon.  Please consider signing up for a shift from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on the second Saturday of the month (or, if you can't stay until noon, then for as long as you can be there).  

To volunteer:

  • Click on the RSVP button to let us know you're going to volunteer
  • Then
  • Go to www.clfoodpantry.org
  • Scroll down and click on the Volunteer box
  • Locate the Volunteer Handbook and familiarize yourself with the operation of the Pantry
  • Click on SignUp.com to confirm your volunteer date
  • When you arrive at the Pantry, check in with the Team Leader

If you have any questions, contact John Labaj at 815-356-8952.  Remember, the needs are great, but the rewards are greater.


Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 08:30 AM
TBD in Fox River Grove, IL

District 1 Covfefe Klatch

The Democratic Precinct Committeepeople of District 1 invite you to join them for Covfefe Klatch. Come hear what's going on in national and local politics, find out what you can do to help, and speak your mind in a relaxing environment with your new like-minded friends.  We really do hope you join us! 


Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM
TBD in Harvard, IL

Saturday Coffee in Harvard

Meet with like-minded friends and neighbors to talk about political issues. We will discuss what we can do to make a difference in the county, state and nation. With 2020 elections looming, the McHenry Democrats have lots to plan. Find out what's in the works.

We need conversation to work through it all. Come have coffee and let's talk.

Bring a friend and we'll see you there!


Tuesday, December 08, 2020 at 03:00 PM
TBD in Huntley, IL

Huntley Area Afternoon Happy Hour

Huntley Area Democrats

Afternoon Happy Hour with the
Sun City Area Democrats

(Includes McHenry County District 5 & 6 and Rutland & Hampshire Townships in Kane County) 

Joni us to meet other Democrats and chat (or vent) about the important issues of the day.  Mingle with other like-minded individuals, and sometimes even our elected officials and candidates. Find out about local events and ways you can make a difference. We have information about recent legislation such as the Fair Tax Amendment, and how you can hold your elected officials accountable.

Let's keep looking for those Democrats hiding right in front of our eyes or people who may have switched over to our way of thinking!


Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 08:30 AM
Crystal Lake Food Pantry in Crystal Lake, IL

Volunteer Days at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry

Please Note: Volunteers still needed!

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Crystal Lake Food Pantry has implemented social distancing practices.  Volunteers are needed to fill boxes for our neighbors in need - and volunteers will not have direct contact with those picking up the pre-filled boxes.

Home bound neighbors who need assistance from the food pantry are receiving home deliveries.  This home delivery service will be expanded.

Volunteers are also encouraged to volunteer on other days throughout the month.  If you are unable to volunteer in person, please consider donating food or money.

-------------------------------------

As part of the Democratic Party's continuing commitment to community service, we have established Democratic Party Volunteer Days at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.  

Pantry hours on Saturdays are 9 am to Noon.  Please consider signing up for a shift from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on the second Saturday of the month (or, if you can't stay until noon, then for as long as you can be there).  

To volunteer:

  • Click on the RSVP button to let us know you're going to volunteer
  • Then
  • Go to www.clfoodpantry.org
  • Scroll down and click on the Volunteer box
  • Locate the Volunteer Handbook and familiarize yourself with the operation of the Pantry
  • Click on SignUp.com to confirm your volunteer date
  • When you arrive at the Pantry, check in with the Team Leader

If you have any questions, contact John Labaj at 815-356-8952.  Remember, the needs are great, but the rewards are greater.


Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 08:30 AM
TBD in Fox River Grove, IL

District 1 Covfefe Klatch

The Democratic Precinct Committeepeople of District 1 invite you to join them for Covfefe Klatch. Come hear what's going on in national and local politics, find out what you can do to help, and speak your mind in a relaxing environment with your new like-minded friends.  We really do hope you join us! 


The Democratic Party of McHenry County