Every year on October 1 a contingency of nine local churches open their doors to help homeless individuals in McHenry County. These churches, called PADS Church Sites, rotate their support, providing emergency shelter and a warm meal through the cold winter months.
In the past three years McHenry County PADS homeless services, a program of Pioneer Center for Human Services, has witnessed a 48 percent increase in the number of individuals it serves. Just last year, there was a 27 percent increase in the number of veterans needing services.
To make this community-based project work, it takes hundreds of volunteers from the towns that make up McHenry County donating a couple of hours one night a week. Currently, five of the church sites have urgent volunteer needs. All volunteer needs are within the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. If you would like to help at one of the sites listed below, contact the church directly at the phone number or email provided.
Mondays, between 3 to 7 a.m.
Contact Bob Dorn at email@example.com
Mondays, 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift, 3 to 5 a.m. shift and 5 to 7 a.m. shift
Some volunteers like to combine the last two shifts to make it 3:00-7:00 am. These shifts are lacking for mostly the 3rd, 4th and 5th weeks of each month. The clean up crew starts at 7 or 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Subs for all shifts, for last minute cancellations, are needed too.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-516-2636
Wednesdays, all shifts need help.
Thursdays: need two volunteers on the 4th Thursday for clean up from 5 to 7 a.m. and one or two volunteers for the 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift.
Needs help with clean up at 7 a.m. on Saturday mornings.
Contact email@example.com or 815-459-9473