Local Action & Parades

“Action is the antidote to despair,” said Joan Baez. Our local party has a long tradition of voicing our opposition to injustice, corruption and intolerance. In our darkest moments, when all seems lost, we still have the First Amendment.

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM · 1 RSVP

Planning for Founders Day Parade

Come help plan our float, decorations, and costumes for the Algonquin Founders' Day Parade.  

This year's theme is Founders' Celebrates American Heroes.  

 


Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 09:00 AM · 5 RSVPs

Algonquin Founders Day Parade

Come walk with the McHenry County Democrats in the Algonquin Founders' Day Parade!

Meet at the parade assembly on Eastgate Drive in Algonquin at 9am.  The parade begins promptly at 11am. 

This year's theme is Founders’ Honors American Heroes. So bring your American Hero costumes and join us for a morning of fun and smiles! 

We will have meeting prior to the parade to plan costumes and float decorations.  Find that event here.  


Monday, July 29, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 2 RSVPs
McHenry County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, IL

County Fair Setup

Setup should only take a few hours. We will meet at the Fairgrounds at Building D, right next to the fair office. You can park in the lot immediately in front of the building during setup.

Setup involves erecting the booth backdrop and setting up our booth equipment, including the TV for recorded videos. All you need to do is be willing to help and the ability to lift no more than 30 pounds. No technical expertise is necessary.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM through August 04, 2019 · 7 RSVPs
McHenry County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, IL

County Fair Booth Staffing

Democratic Party fair boothWe need volunteers to staff our booth during the fair. It's easy work and lots of fun. We have one-day fair passes for our volunteers who need them, or the Party can reimburse you. We ask that all volunteers wear business casual attire, which means a collared shirt and khakis or neat jeans. No candidate shirts, hats, buttons or other candidate attire are permitted. When you are staffing our booth, you are representing the Democratic Party of McHenry County.

If the shifts we have listed don't fit your schedule, just let us know and we can work something out. Thanks!

The County Fair celebrates our local farmers and the foods they produce. Walk through the barns where you can learn about beef, dairy, swine and poultry. Visit the gardens where you can see, learn, and hear from Master Gardeners about growing your own vegetables. Meet some of the farmers who produce your food. Learn about the history of farming in McHenry County. And then, sample some local food.  For more information visit the County Fair website.

…and just to be clear, we do not support the Fair's choice of Ted Nugent to headline the Saturday evening show. Our goal is to educate the public that the Democratic Party of McHenry County supports family values. Misogyny, hatred and bigotry have no place in our community. Some have suggested we boycott the fair, but our absence would be noticed by no one, and our place would be filled by another group who may not share our principles. It is important for us to be there to make sure that America's heritage of liberty and justice for all is represented and defended.


Sunday, August 04, 2019 at 08:00 PM · 1 RSVP
McHenry County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, IL

County Fair Teardown

Check to see if the lot in front of Building D is open for vendors at 7:30 pm on Sunday. If it is, you can park there instead of the remote visitor lot. Our pop-up booth can be disassembled quickly and loads into a wheeled bag for transport. We'll need to return that and the video display equipment to our party office in Woodstock, just a few blocks from the Fair. Total time to tear down and transport is about an hour.


Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM · 2 RSVPs
Crystal Lake Food Pantry

Volunteer Days at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry

As part of the Democratic Party's continuing commitment to community service, we are establishing Democratic Party Volunteer Days at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.  Volunteer opportunities include: client greeter, food sorter/inspector, client exit door volunteer, general maintenance and cleaning. 

Please consider signing up for a 2 1/2 hour shift 11:30 am to 2:00 pm on the second Saturday of the month. 

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, August 17, 2019 at 09:00 AM
Adopt a Highway on Ackman in Crystal Lake, IL

August Road Cleanup

Join Democrats in Keeping America Beautiful!

Help beautify our Party's stretch of Adopt-A-Highway. In recognition of our commitment to a healthier planet, we will be picking up debris along Ackman Road. Volunteer to do something good for our environment and our community. 

Details:

  • Please park along Westport Ridge just south of Ackman (this intersection has a flashing crosswalk)
  • Bring your own gloves - we’ll have some grabbers, safety vests and bags
  • Bring drinking water
  • Don't forget the sunscreen!
  • Please watch this safety video before coming out to help (this serves as our training): https://youtu.be/rqo0iPQtXjs

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:30 AM · 2 RSVPs
Crystal Lake Food Pantry

Volunteer Days at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry

As part of the Democratic Party's continuing commitment to community service, we are establishing Democratic Party Volunteer Days at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.  Volunteer opportunities include: client greeter, food sorter/inspector, client exit door volunteer, general maintenance and cleaning. 

Please consider signing up for a 2 1/2 hour shift 11:30 am to 2:00 pm on the second Saturday of the month. 

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, October 12, 2019 at 11:30 AM
Crystal Lake Food Pantry

Volunteer Days at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry

As part of the Democratic Party's continuing commitment to community service, we are establishing Democratic Party Volunteer Days at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.  Volunteer opportunities include: client greeter, food sorter/inspector, client exit door volunteer, general maintenance and cleaning. 

Please consider signing up for a 2 1/2 hour shift 11:30 am to 2:00 pm on the second Saturday of the month. 

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, October 19, 2019 at 09:00 AM
Adopt a Highway on Ackman in Crystal Lake, IL

October Road Cleanup

Join Democrats in Keeping America Beautiful!

Let's beautify our Party's stretch of Adopt-A-Highway. In recognition of our commitment to a healthier planet, we will be picking up debris along Ackman Road. Volunteer to do something good for our environment and our community. 

Details:

  • Please park along Westport Ridge just south of Ackman (this intersection has a flashing crosswalk)
  • Bring your own gloves - we’ll have some grabbers, safety vests and bags
  • Bring drinking water
  • Please watch this safety video before coming out to help (this serves as our training): https://youtu.be/rqo0iPQtXjs

The Democratic Party of McHenry County