BJWC members give back directly to the community through active volunteer work. All BJWC are required to perform at least two hours of community service. Our philosophy is that through this direct engagement, our members will gain a deeper understanding of the impact we have on the community and how other groups are impacted by the work we do. Additionally, through our community outreach committee, we provide additional support to others locally such as Barrington Honor Ride & Bike Barrington, Sunny Hill School, etc.
Each year the nominations are open to the community and the nominee must reside or work in the District 220 area. Nominees can range from students, coaches & teachers, employees of local businesses, community volunteers, and neighbors, etc. Nominees must show the values of the Six Pillars and be verified by two references. A national program, Character Counts goal is to promote core ethical values through “Six Pillars of Character” – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. The recipients of these awards usually recognize someone who is not in the limelight yet whose character impacts the community around them.
The Safety Town, is a two-week educational summer program for children sponsored by BJWC. Safety Town participants learn important safety lessons through hands-on activities and demonstrations. The facility at Orchard Church in Barrington was built in 1997 through community support and is an integral part of the program. This miniature layout of a town was built to give children hands-on experience in using safety skills. Safety topics covered include pedestrian, motorist, fire, bicycle, water, poison, electrical, animal and playground safety as well as stranger danger.
Barrington Giving Day
Each December, Barrington Giving Day (a 501c(3) organization) invites families living in the Barrington School District 220 to a Giving Day. Here they receive boxes of food, warm coats, blankets, books, and toys/gifts. BJWC, as well as area churches, schools, businesses and civic organizations support this annual event.
BJWC helps to coordinate the toy and gift donations for this event. BJWC actively supports the Back to School Giving Day event held in August through grant money, member clothing donations and volunteer hours at the event.
Meals with Wheels
Is run by the Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA) and involves delivering hot meals to local senior citizens at their home for lunch. BJWC provides three workers to deliver meals on the 2nd Tuesday and the 30th of each month year-round.
Service to Seniors
Service to Seniors committee plans three (3) events for the year — one for the fall, one for the winter and one for the spring. BJWC members attend and sponsor the events for Barrington area senior organizations.
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