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ShareFest 2012 by the Numbers: See the Huge Impact of Volunteers

More than 600 people utilized New Lenox Township-sponsored hazardous waste drop off.

ShareFest 2012 was a great success!

The  ShareFest 2012 New Lenox Committee released the numbers and successes from the 11 Days of Giving Project, Sept. 1-11.  Gary Cheney, committee member, said, "We would like to extend a heart-felt 'thank you' to all the volunteers and the 103 ShareFest partner organizations. Your united effort to serve others has made a tremendous impact on our community.

"It is with great joy that we share the totals from this festival of sharing love for our neighbors," he said.

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Book Drive/Exchange Collected 5,121—The New Lenox Historical Society donated 35 books, the oldest of which featured a 1910 publication date. Books recycled back into the New Lenox community totaled 2,174.  

Clothing & Home Goods Donated—One full semi-truck load to Goodwill collected at St. Jude. The committee also donated 42.6 cubic yards of clothes and home goods, which were given to local families for reuse and to our local Goodwill store.   

Food Drive—4,100 food items and $579 cash was collected.

PAWS—Received 11 candidates to adopt a dog.

Job & Resource Fair—An estimated 400 people attended the event. The resume reviewers completed 50-plus one-on-one sessions and ran short on time to talk to at least another dozen job seekers. Michele Jakubowski, executive coach at Kensington International, an Oak Brook-based talent management corporation, shared the secret of interview preparedness. Other job coach sessions at the ShareFest Job Fair included tips from Layton Cooper, of Joliet Junior College, route: {:controller=>"events", :action=>"show", :id=>"adjunct-faculty-job-fair-at-joliet-junior-college"} -->, who talked about job searching on the Internet and more; Paula Mulder, of

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