Public Issues

Public Issues Programs

Open Arm Mission

Veteran’s Affairs

Support Our Troops

Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center

Coupons For Military Families


open arms mission

Judy Reinholt                               Maria Schwartz

We hope everyone had a safe summer!
There are a few changes in the committee. First, Sheila Eisen stepped down as chair to enjoy babysitting her grandchildren. Thank you, Sheila, for your leadership and hard work the past 3 years. We will miss you! Second, we welcome Judy Reinhold as
our new co-chair. Third, we have discontinued doing the community garage sales.

We are happy to inform you that in our last community garage sale on May 11th, we raised $ 854.59, and we collected nearly 100 lbs of food! We are looking forward to the special Christmas collection in November of new winter gloves, hats, and scarves for women, children, and men for Open Arms Mission. The Committee’s commitment to veterans, active troops, and military families continue to be the highlight of our volunteer work! The sub committees are headed by Bonnie Bakutis, Sigrid Brueggerman, Joanne Dugenske, and Sally Rodgers.

We are also continuing to support “Save A Pet” Adoption Center, a No Kill Shelter in Grayslake, under Gaye Walthers’ leadership.  Thank you for your support in all the things that we do!

Open Arms Mission helps individuals and families in their time of need by providing food, personal hygiene supplies and more.  Open Arms Mission is a non-profit organization that relies on donations from local churches, schools, businesses, civic organizations, corporate partners, grants, matching funds and individual giving.

Veterans Affairs / VA Hospital

Bonnie Bakutis

  • Veterans Affairs: Women from the club visit the VA Hospital once a month.  They bring treats for the vets and play bingo with them.  We also sponsor dances for the vets once or twice a year.  In addition, we bring gently used men’s clothing that our members have donated.

We continue to meet with the Veterans monthly and play bingo with $1.00 winners.  After bingo we serve treats.  They always look forward to seeing us and really enjoy our company.  Again Ladies, thank you for your generosity.

American flag

Operation Support Our Troops

Sally Rodgers

  • Three times a year we collect small, everyday items that we send to our troops overseas. Items include toiletries, candy, packaged drinks, small packages of cookies, crackers, munchies, etc.


Please bring items for our troops overseas and bring them to our meetings.

Our troops can use most everything we use in everyday life but in smaller size: toiletries, candy, packaged drinks, small packages of cookies, crackers, munchies– you get the idea.  Please remember the female troops and the items that they can use: tampax, deodorants, and powders.

ITEMS FOR THE NOVEMBER MEETING:  Lip Balm (Chapstick), Foot Powder,  Beef Jerky, Vienna Sausage & Sardines.

Thank you for your generous donations to Operation Support Our Troops

Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center

Sally Rodgers



lcllca how to help


Snack Items:
Juice Boxes
Water Bottles
Individual Creamers
Individually Packaged Snacks Paper Plates & Cups

Gift Cards:
Grocery Stores
Gas Stations
Local Restaurants
Bus Pass Cards
Book Stores
Bentley’s Pet Stuff – Libertyville

Waiting Room Needs:
New Toys & Board Games

New Backpacks
Outdoor Balls & Jump Ropes

Art Supplies:
(crayons, markers, colored pencils, drawing pads & coloring books)

Magazine Subscriptions:
(youth & adult; English & Spanish)
Fresh Flower Arrangements

Coupons for Military Families

Sigrid Brueggemann

We collect coupons that are within 2 months of expiration for (1) Baby Products, (2) Food, (3) Health and Beauty, (4) Household Goods, or (5) Pets.


We send the coupons to military families as these coupons are honored at the Px.

Please count them, put your name and hours worked on a piece of paper, and drop them off in the envelope on the events table at our next meeting. Thank you.

Remember, our military families still can use coupons 2 months after they expire.

We will continue to gather coupons to send to military posts as our way of showing overseas military families that we appreciate their sacrifices for the defense of our country.