On September 3rd, Our American Voice Somonauk Chapter made a food donation to First Responders, at Valley West Hospital. This is Somonauk Club OAV's second food donation in the past few months. The first food donation was sent to Somonauk Firefighters, in July.
Our American Voice is a civics organization that gives students an opportunity to learn about the Constitution through activities and create Action Plans within their community. This was the inaugural year for Club OAV Somonauk Chapter. We had fifteen students from sixth-eighth grades that met in the morning, before school, once a week for Civics lessons. They also met once a week in an Action Committee.
Our first Action Plan was completed with the power of persuasion. Students identified that handicapped spaces at the middle school were painted in parking spaces. People were not able to see the painted spaces; when it snowed. Students brought it to the attention of Administration and five handicapped signs were then put in place. Our second Action Plan was a Necessities Drive that was collected during Pack the Place in January. Club OAV collected necessities such as soap, toothpaste, hair products, deodorant and feminine products. Sixty-eight two gallon bags were then given to a local Food Pantry for distribution. We were planning on having a district wide Necessities Drive in April but were unable to because of the Pandemic.
Our organization is sponsored by a group in DeKalb called Youth Engagement and Philanthropy (YEP). YEP is an organization made up of high school students throughout DeKalb county. Club OAV Somonauk Chapter partnered up with YEP on the Necessities Drive and they were going to sponsor us with the District Wide Drive. Originally YEP gave Club OAV Somonauk Chapter a $600 grant. The grant was for whichever school (out of the three) in the district gathered the most necessities would earn bounce houses for a day. Unfortunately with the pandemic this did not occur.
Mr. Roberts the facilitator for Club OAV Somonauk
contacted YEP and asked if their organization could reallocate the money to feed First Responders. YEP2.Pro members voted and the money was granted. Somonauk Fire Department was the first of two meals to First Responders. In July, Rambo's of Somonauk created a dinner for the firefighters.The grant is to thank you for the hard work you do for our community.
"My father was a Chicago Firefighter for over twenty-five years and my mother was an Emergency Room Charge Nurse at Resurrection Hospital, in Chicago for two decades (on the night shift). I'm well aware of the sacrifices that First Responders make for your community. In appreciation, Club OAV Somonauk Chapter and YEP of DeKalb County, donated dinners for the Staff at Valley West Hospital, on Thursday. Village Courtyard generously made and delivered thirty Chicken George meals, for Valley West First Responders." Eric W. Roberts