My name is Mike Maguire, and it is my honor and pleasure to be named the new Service Platoon leader for the Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation (LCVFSF). Let me state up front that I am not a Veteran, but I am a life long American citizen, and I have the greatest respect and admiration for all our Veterans.
I believe that we as citizens, and the beneficiaries of the service and sacrifice that these brave men and women, and their families, have willingly given for our freedom and liberty, must never forget them. LCVFSF is run by Veterans for Veterans, but they also firmly believe that a partnership between civilians, and Veterans is vital to their primary mission of providing assistance to ALL Veterans, in areas ranging from employment, health and family issues, housing, any many others. I know by the fact that you have all signed up to participate in this service that you all feel the same way.
I wanted to give you all a heads up on some of the service projects that we currently have planned for 2019.
In March we will be hosting an open house to celebrate Women’s History Month. Five volunteers (preferably women) will be needed to get the food (we pay), serve, set up and take down. Details coming.
In April we will be working with the Lake County Forest Preserve to help clean up one of the forest preserves. The date will be Saturday, April 27, 9:00-12:00. It looks like we’ll be at the Greenbelt preserve in North Chicago. We will be looking for 25-30 volunteers. More details to come.
In May we will be honoring Memorial Day but attending different events, taking pictures and handing out LCVFSF brochures. This will require 4-5 volunteers for 1-2 hours. More details to come.
June brings the Lake Bluff Car Show. 6-7 adult volunteers will be needed for parking and traffic safety, and manning our Community Handshake table. The date will be a Saturday in late June. More details to come.
In July we will need 15 volunteers to participate in the Lake Bluff Fourth of July parade from 9:00-12:00 to march and hand out Foundation information. More details to follow.
In Early August we attend the Lake Forest Lovell Day outing. This is a two day event. The first day is from 2:30-5:30 and it is Vets Day. Vets are served dinner and enjoy the rides, all provided by the town of Lake Forest. Six volunteers are needed to help with parking and serving dinner. The second day will require 4 volunteers from 7:30-9:30am to help with parking. More details to come.
September is the big kahuna, our annual Ruck March fundraiser to raise awareness of Veteran suicide. This is an approximately 20k march through Lake County with nearly 100 participants. We will need about 40 volunteers for numerous jobs! This is where we all need to step up! More details to come.
In November, we will be teaming up with Abbvie to put together and send out care packages to our overseas service members. More details to come.
In addition we will be doing other events such as helping with the bingo game at the VA hospital throughout the year, and other similar events.
Please consider which, if any, of these events that you will be willing to participate in. I am looking forward to hearing back from you and meeting you all soon.
LCVFSF-Service Platoon Leader