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The Not-For-Profit Workshops Continue!

AJCW has enjoyed hosting fabulous parents and their passions, hobbies, skills, professions, and more! Each volunteer is taking an hour to share with our community and collecting funds to donate to a charity of their choice! It’s a wonderful way to get to know people better, learn something new, AND give back to the world around us by donating to a charity fo choice.

There is no registration requirements for pariticipating in these workshops, but if you know you are able to make it, please do feel free to contact the volunteer directly. If you can make it on a whim, feel free to stop in and participate!!! The suggested donation is $10 per family for the 1 hour workshop. However we do not want any amount to deter any person or family from participating. Please feel free to donate what you are able!

If you have workshop idea you’d like to offer, please email me directly at: mommy@nakitababy.com. We have the space and welcome you to AJCW!!! (This is also a *fabulous* way to wage interest in a potential class offering for/at AJCW! If you are considering teaching a 6 week class at AJCW, try it out with a 1-hour workshop!)


The coming session line up is listed below. See you there!!! (Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie)



12:45p – 1:45p

The National Parks and Cross Country Travel with Kids

Are you interested in visiting our National Parks or traveling cross country with your children but feel daunted by the task?  Cross country travel can be a great educational and bonding experience for your family, but it takes planing to make it enjoyable for the everyone.  In this workshop we will talk about how to get started planning and executing the trip of your dreams on a small budget.  We will talk about helpful resources, what equipment you will need, what you should leave at home,  what to do for hours in the car, how to shop and prepare food on the road.
Workshop run by Juli Billings Walter and kids.  In 2009 I was inspired by watching Ken Burns’ documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.  I decided that I wanted to see the places in the in the film.  In May of 2010 I packed up my 5 kids and went on the road for a month.  My husband could not take that much time off work so he flew out and met us for our last week on the road.  We had, good times, bad time and memories that will last us a lifetime.  We did it again in May of 2011 and in 2012 we did several shorter tips including wilderness backpacking.  Over the last 3 years we traveled to 25 National Parks and are looking forward to hopefully hiking a portion the Appalachian Trail in 2013.
You suggested family donation of $10 per family (or what you are able) will be given to the National Parks Conservation Association
Further questions can be sent to Juli Billings Walter at: juliwalter.billings@gmail.com


12:45p – 1:45p

Kate from Tree House!

Tree House’s presentation emphasizes the need for good basic care of companion animals. It will help participants understand that animals have feelings and do suffer when they are neglected or abused. We will discuss the importance of good care for pets and how animals are neglected when they are not given proper care. We will include information about how Tree House and other animal shelters help homeless animals and what students can do to care for their pets and help all animals. Interspersed within the program are stories about cats from Tree House, illustrating points about what happens to homeless animals.

Tree House is a humane organization that promotes the inherent value of every animal and strives to educate the public about proper and responsible animal care, with a focus on the care and placement of stray cats with special physical and emotional needs. We are committed to finding every healthy and treatable animal a home and to helping lead the way to a no-kill nation.

Your suggested donation of $10 per family will be donated directly back to Tree House (http://www.treehouseanimals.org). Tree House also find the donation of used linens and towels and cat toys, as well as any kind of cat and dog food and litter (including open bags) very useful!!! We use the food and litter for our pet food pantry, which provides supplies to people who are low-income. I’ve also attached instructions for a fun blanket project, if you’d like to make these and donate them. We don’t use catnip with the cats here, as it’s tough to control in a shelter environment- some of the cats get all wound up on it and have negative reactions.

Further questions can be sent to Kristen Torrisi: gktorrisi@hotmail.com



12:45p – 1:45p

Conscious Consumption: Fostering Mindful Purchasing Practices for Families
Living our values is a challenge, never more so than when confronted with the huge number of choices at the grocery store. Given the vast number of labels (Organic! Fair Trade! Whole Trade! Rainforest Alliance!) how can we know what our purchase means?
This workshop will discuss the various labeling options–what they mean, how they are enforced–with a particular emphasis on fair trade.  We will also discuss ways to approach conscious consumption beyond labeling and mere purchasing: How can we structure our lives to reflect the spirit of fair trade–a spirit in which the environment, community and human relationships matter?
Workshop leader: Amy Ellison, homeschooling mom and former Board Chair of Chicago Fair Trade.

Your suggested donation of $10 per family will be donated directly to the Chicago Fair Trade, an education and advocacy organization that promotes understanding and use of fair trade practices both at home and around the world: www.chicagofairtrade.org

 Further questions can be sent to Amy Ellison: stillellison@me.com




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