What are Pollution Solution Outings?
How can I help?
Pollution Solution Outings are short opportunities to volunteer in various communities that are seeing a lot of litter/trash, in other words pollution. Virgil Kemp spearheads a group called Helpers of Mother Earth that holds these clean up events in areas of greatest need. It can be a park, outside a school, near the interstate or in your neighborhood. Volunteers meet at specific locations bringing their own gloves and bottled water (wearing comfortable closed toed shoes) and volunteer for 2 hours, cleaning up anything they can find that shouldn't belong. At the end the pollution is gathered and volunteers pose for a picture. More pollution solution outings coming this fall! Contact Virgil at
What is Recyclepalooza? How can I help?
Recyclepalooza is a 1-day event (generally 6-7 hours) that allows residents of from multiple counties to come to one location to drop off electronics, wood, metal, and house hold chemicals/paint for proper disposal. People can also drop off books, clothing, and food for donation. This event needs dozens of volunteers that can help take recyclables from each participants' cars and place them in the proper locations to be carted away and disposed of properly by partnering organizations.
People can register to volunteer at Recyclepalooza by clicking HERE.
Collections for the Troops
How can I help collect for the troops?
Each year, Linda Paschall from Catholic Charities and VFW 9545 in New Lenox collects monetary donations and items for care packages to the troops. Each week Linda diligently sends out 4 care packages. However, the price of postage has gone up to $16.90 per box and so it is very important that volunteers not only help collect item donations but also monetary donations to send the packages.
To help Linda with this honorable project for the troops overseas, click HERE.
Love Thy Neighbor Mobile Events-NEW!
How can I help at a Mobile Event?
In years past, ShareFest has conducted a large main event that includes: clothing drive, book drive, home goods drive, food drive, blood drive, free legal services, and free health screenings (dental/eye exams), etc. In 2017 we are hoping to host 5 mobile events that include a variety and items provided at our main events in the past. These will take place in different communities on 5 different Saturday's throughout the year. These dates are: 4/8, 6/3, 7/8, 8/9, & 9/16.
We believe at least 20-25 volunteers will be needed at EACH event to set up, run, and clean up.
If you want to volunteer to help us click HERE.
Food Drive at each
How can I help with the Food Drive
at the Mobile Event?
Each year, the Northern Illinois Food Bank delivers a truck load of donated food and other needed items to the ShareFest Main Event. This year, food will be distributed to those in need at our 6 different mobile events.
To help out with the food drive at a "Love Thy Neighbor" event click HERE to register.
Book Drive at each Mobile Event
How can I help with the Book Drive at a Mobile Event?
Each year, ShareFest has more and more books donated. In 2017, ShareFest gave away 20,000 books. In order to make this run smoothly, volunteers are needed to sort and organize books at each mobile event. Volunteers also may be asked to help cart books to peoples' cars.
To help with the Book Drive, click HERE.
Forest Preserve Work Days
How can I help at a
Forest Preserve Work Day?
Each year, ShareFest partners with the Forest Preserve District of Will County to put on one or more work day events where volunteers can get their hands dirty clearing brush, collecting seeds, and cleaning up preserves. Volunteers are expected to wear closed toed shoes, wear gloves, and be prepared to work in hot or damp weather.
To help with a Forest Preserve Work Day click HERE.