Defenders of McHenry County is a citizen organization dedicated
to the preservation and improvement of the environment. We are
committed to building sound ecological relationships between
people and the natural world that supports all life.
To achieve the aim of environmental
preservation and improvement, we provide the community with
educational programs and volunteer action on pollution
prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource
We advocate policies which protect
drinking water supplies and conserve land for open space and
agriculture. We demonstrate waste reduction through recycling
drives and reuse centers. We encourage natural resource
protection through native landscaping and stream protection
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protection information to attendees at local seminars and events
Prepared and presented
comments related to protection of the environment in McHenry County
to the County for consideration in the Unified Development Ordinance
Monitor meetings of the
MCC Board of Trustees to help protect the Crystal Lake Watershed as
they move forward with their Sustainability Plan
Attended a meeting to
provide comments on the Village of Lakewood’s Green Infrastructure
Plan prior to adoption by their Board
Continuing to facilitate
meetings of the Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed
questions from the public - recycling, invasive species, land use
and water concerns
Drinks events at Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen
Upcoming Events and
(also see Calendar link
Office Hours: Monday
through Thursday, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Book Store Hours: Tuesday
through Friday, 11 am - 4 pm. Saturday 11am - 3pm
Pickle Palooza – Volunteers needed!
The Woodstock Chamber
of Commerce is proud to present
PICKLE PALOOZA 2013 on Saturday, June 29th. Pickle
Palooza is a daylong festival filled with afternoon family fun,
contests, food, pickles and an outstanding music lineup. The Chamber
has announced that all proceeds from food purchases will go to the
benefit of the Woodstock VFW and our local military veterans.
Bill Donato is
working with Woodstock Chamber to have recycling at the festival. We
need some volunteers to work in three hour shifts from 5-11 p.m. You
will get free admission to the venue, which is held in Woodstock behind
the Harley Davidson dealer. Let the office know if you are
interested in helping to reduce the amount of stuff going into the
landfill while enjoying free music!
Volunteer with EDMC
the Nippersink Music & Arts Festival!
The Festival, July 5-6, 2013 in Spring Grove IL, will offer two days of
the finest Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, and Rock on two stages along the
beautiful Nippersink Creek. The music begins at 12 p.m. both Friday and
Representing artists from 7 states, Nippersink will include a rich
variety of the finest fiddlers, banjo players, string, funk & jam bands!
Vendors from local food establishments will be on the scene as well as
various arts and crafts workshops.
For local guests, we encourage you to join the official Nippersink Fest
Bike Ride which runs from Mackey's Hideout directly to the festival (12
miles). You also have the option to enter the festival grounds via canoe
along the Nippersink Creek!
The Defenders is pleased to be
providing recycling & waste help at the Festival. In exchange for
volunteering, you will receive free admission! Here are the details:
1. We need 10-15 volunteers
2. Volunteers will be assigned to
monitor cans, collect and sort waste and recyclables, for around 4 hours
3. Volunteers sign up for one or both days,
July 5th & 6th. Your admission is free on the day you volunteer!
4. Volunteer minimum age 18
5. Please note that this is not a free ride
into the festival! Defender volunteers will be expected to help for
about 4 hours each day.
HERE to volunteer for the Green Team, or contact Teagen Andrews with
Wasted Plains Rock and Roll Revival
The Defenders has
been chosen as the charitable beneficiary for this year's Wasted Plains
event, to be held August 17th at the VFW post, 240 N. Throop Street in
Tickets are $18. There's a quick and easy way to add a donation to the
Defenders when you check out at
Enter the promo code DEFEND
in the discount code box, and EDMC will get 50% of the ticket price!
"The Defenders work very hard to make sure no plains in McHenry County
go wasted. Help them help continue to help us with a donation."
Defenders' McHenry &
Woodstock Recycling Drives
We hold a monthly recycling drive on the second Saturday
of each month, alternating between McHenry & Woodstock, McHenry in
odd-numbered months and Woodstock in even-numbered months.
Our next collection of fluorescent tubes,
batteries (household, rechargeable, car, and button), and clean polystyrene foam (AKA Styrofoam) will be in
McHenry on Saturday, July 13th, from 9 am until noon. Click the link below for the
address and more information.
A donation will be requested for fluorescent bulbs, batteries, monitors
and televisions brought
We also collect packing
peanuts, re-useable bubble wrap, and electronics such as computers,
phones, printers, electronic toys, etc. A donation is requested to
recycle TVs and computer monitors (suggested donation is $10 - $35
depending on size) We can also
take VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc.
At the McHenry drive, we also accept aluminum cans
as a donation to help fund our educational
and advocacy programs, OR as a
"buy back", paying you a
below-market rate per pound.
Become a new member of the Defenders at the recycling drive,
at the $50 level
or higher, and get two coupons to recycle a television or monitor for
Home Depot & Ace Hardware will
take your compact fluorescent bulbs for recycling at no charge.
The Green Spot Used Books Store
110 S Johnson Street, Suite 104
Woodstock IL 60098
Visit the Defenders' Green Spot used book
store, across the hall from the office. We have a continually rotating supply of good used books and gift
items, all at
incredible prices, and all proceeds help the Defenders.
Book donations are welcome.
You can drop them off anytime we're open, or you can use our book bin, located
on Johnson Street just to the left of the building, day or night!
Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am - 4pm and Saturday 11am - 3pm.
Phone person wanted. Anytime we
need volunteers for an event, we do a lot of calling, and can
use help. You can do this from your home or at the Defenders'
office - we'll provide a script with all the information you'll
need. Let us know if this is something you'd like to help us
Help at our monthly
recycling drives is always appreciated.
Green Spot Resale
– We can always use volunteers to
help sort and price book donations, Mondays - Saturdays, anytime
If you can commit to a 11am - 4pm shift
once a week or once every other week, Tuesday through Saturday, we
can use clerks at the book store. Call the office if you want to
Speakers Bureau - we often get calls
from groups looking for someone to do a presentation for them. If
you enjoy public speaking, let us know the topics you can cover, and
we'll add you to our list.
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