Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Crystal Lake Fire Department's Chief Moore and his officers made a generous donation to Community Harvest again this year. Instead of exchanging gifts for the holiday season, several years ago Chief Moore and his officers decided to donate funds to Community Harvest which in turn supports the community the department serves. Cate Williams of the Crystal Lake Food Pantry explained with over 700 clients a month visiting the pantry, the need is greater than ever to help feed those families.

The Community Harvest Committee members were delighted to have the support of the Fire Department once again this year!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Community Harvest 2011 Remarkable Success!

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers including businesses, organizations, families and individuals that showed up to Crystal Lake Community Harvest 2011! A total of over 97,000 pounds of food were donated and sorted to assist in feeding the Crystal Lake community. Monetary donations have topped an incredible $45,000.00!

Special thanks go out to our 2011 Community Harvest Sponsors:
Event sponsor - Mercy Health System
Additional sponsors:
Allied Waste
Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center
Country Donuts
Crystal Lake Bank & Trust
Crystal Lake Jaycees
Crystal Lake Park District
Harris Bank- Crystal Lake
Home State Bank-Crystal Lake
Joseph's Marketplace/Harvest Bible Chapel
Minuteman Press
Northwest Herald
Service Printing Corporation
STAR 105.5
Walmart-Crystal Lake

Thank you to the 2011 Community Harvest Committee members for all their time and dedication!

2011 Community Harvest Chamber Committee Chair
Judy Pelinski, Fresh Look Interiors
2011 Food Pantry President
Cate Williams
2011 Jaycees Committee Chair
Sarah Schrempf
2011 Community Harvest Committee Members
Thomas Cieslewicz, T/S Commercial Lending Group; Trish Golden, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Michael Hollembaek, PNC Bank; Kasia Biela, Swatch 21; Melissa Luhrs, DC, Back to Action Chiropractic; Kyle McCoy, Allied Waste; Jeffrey Moore, D.C.; Maria Ortega, Two Amigos Landscaping, Inc.; Darlene Petersen, McHenry County Living Magazine; Steve Podgorski, Aspire Financial Group; Kathy Powers, BMO Harris Crystal Lake; James L. Richter, II, City of Crystal Lake; John Scott, Crosspoint Lutheran Church

Crystal Lake Library Donates $6500.00!!!

Pictured above from left to right: Sarah Schrempf of the CL Jaycees, Judy Pelinski Community Harvest Chair and Catherine M. Williams President of the Crystal Lake Food Pantry receive a "big" check for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry from Kathryn I. Martens Crystal Lake Public Library Director, Marilyn Crowley Library Assistant Kirsten Barry Library Technical Assistant and John Engebretson CLPL Board President.

The Crystal Lake Library ran their fine forgiveness program from November 1st through November 15th with a grand total donation to Community Harvest in the amount of $6500.00! The program allow residents the opportunity to pay cash or write a check to the food pantry for at least half of their fines, with the library waiving the remaining fines.

The donation far exceeded anyone's imagination and the Community Harvest Committee was astonished when presented with the check. The Library's generous donation is a shining example of the warmth and generosity that organizations in the Crystal Lake community share with others.

Community Harvest is delighted to have the on-going support of the Crystal Lake Library.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Volunteer for Community Harvest!!!!

Community Harvest 2011

To our Friends of Community Harvest the Crystal Lake Food Pantry & Jaycee's Share a Christmas!

Thank you for your support of the Food Pantry throughout the year. As many of you know, we are now gearing up for the 21st Annual Community Harvest Food Drive which greatly benefits the Pantry. This year's goal is to collect 80,000 pounds of food! We need your help to receive, sort, box and store the food that is being collected by the Community Harvest Team.
Some volunteers are needed in the week prior to Thanksgiving for specific jobs. Click on the link below to see if a time & task suits your schedule.

We’re using a volunteer web-site this year to schedule Community Harvest.
Please sign up to help, it's easy!

1) Click this link to go to our invitation page:

2) Enter your email address. (No registration required! Info will not be shared.)
3) Sign Up! You will even receive a reminder e-mail.
Note: If you have trouble accessing the site please email clfoodpantry@yahoo.com
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Crystal Lake Library Supports Community Harvest with Fine Forgiveness Days

For Immediate Release

Crystal Lake Public Library

Contact: Linda Price
815.459.1687 x 101

The Crystal Lake Public Library (CLPL) is offering Pay It Forward: 2011 – Library Fine Forgiveness Days from November 1 – 15. The Pay It Forward program is designed to help patrons clear their accounts while supporting the Crystal Lake Food Pantry in conjunction with Community Harvest.

Patrons who have CLPL overdue fines can visit the Library between November 1-15 and pay in cash, or write a check to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry for at least half the amount of their CLPL fines. The Library will waive the remaining CLPL fines.

To participate in the Pay It Forward: 2011 – Library Fine Forgiveness Days, or to simply make a donation to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, please visit the Crystal Lake Public Library at 126 Paddock St., Crystal Lake between November 1-15.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Community Harvest 2011

Welcome to Community Harvest 2011!!!! The Crystal Lake Chamber, Food Pantry and Jaycees are very excited to once again be kicking into gear all the Community Harvest Events that lead up to our big day on November 24th - Thanksgiving Day. Throughout the Fall Season, and especially shifting into high gear as of November 1st, we will be contacting local schools, churches, businesses and individuals to help us feed our fellow neighbors in the coming months.

We invite you to please be a part of our goal this year to raise 80,000 lbs of food and $25,000.00. Please consider a neighborhood, business or church food drive between November 1st and November 24th.

Monetary donations go a long way to help the Food Pantry to be a continued resource to their clients, many of whom may only need the help for a month or so while getting back on their feet. In 2010 the Crystal Lake Food Pantry helped 9,237 families, for a total of 31,278 people!

Food and monetary donations for the Pantry are gratefully accepted throughout the year, but are especially appreciated during Community Harvest season!

(Oct. 1st through Nov. 24th)

  • Checks can be made payable to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry and mailed to P.O. Box 1071, Crystal Lake IL, 60039-1071
  • Food donations can be made during Pantry hours; see clpantry.org

Thank you for your support!

The 2011 Community Harvest Committee is looking forward to another wonderful year with the help of wonderful people like you!!!!!