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Feb 14th

FREE Home Energy Assesments from ComEd

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ComEd customers have opportunities to reduce energy usage with a FREE energy assessment that includes free and discounted products for your home. ComEd has partnered with your natural gas utility to bring electric and natural gas savings to you.

Homeowners, call 1-855-433-2700 to schedule your assessment.

Check out the website for more details!

FREE Energy-Saving Products

Homeowners can reduce energy use with FREE installation of the following FREE products:

  • ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs
  • Programmable thermostats
  • WaterSense® certified showerheads
  • WaterSense certified faucet aerators for bathrooms and kitchens
  • Hot water pipe insulation
  • Advanced power strips*

* Advanced power strips are also available for free to eligible customers but will not be installed.

More Options

ecobee4 and ecobee3 lite smart thermostats are available for purchase at a discount during the assessment and include FREE installation. Only smart thermostats purchased during the assessment are eligible for installation.

ComEd also offers rebates for other smart thermostat options. View the Smart Thermostat Rebates pageto review qualifications for rebate options.

Questions? View the Home Energy Assessment FAQs.

FREE Personalized Report

During your FREE assessment, you will also receive a personalized report identifying additional ways to save.

Eligibility

Owners of single-family homes, two-flats, condos and townhomes are eligible. Renters in these building types are also eligible, with permission from their landlord.

Products must be installed by the energy advisor, and the energy advisor will not move furniture. The energy advisor will not install the energy-saving products if they are not confident they can install them safely or without damaging property. LED bulbs will be installed only in fixtures with existing incandescent or halogen bulbs that are in use for at least two hours per day.

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Feb 12th

February Newsletter

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Feb 9th

SNOW DAY – Office Closed 2/9/2018

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Due to the amount of snow we got last night, I have closed the SCVN office. Today, 2/9/2018, the staff will be working safely from their homes. The office phones will be checked regularly. We ask that if you are calling in a request, that you please just leave your name and telephone number. Someone will return your call as soon as we are able.

IF you have an emergency, please dial 911 immediately.

Sorry for any inconvenience.♥

~Sarah Schrempf
Executive Director

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Jan 24th

Welcome SCVN’s Newest Board Member, Gina O’Connor

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A passion for serving and connecting families to services is what motivates Gina in career and volunteer opportunities.

After graduating with a Masters Degree in Family Studies from Kent State University, Gina has worked in several roles (Activities Director, Social Worker, and Admission Director) in the senior health care field for over 15 years.  Currently,  Gina works as the Director of Marketing for Wauconda Care, Transitional and Rehabilitative Services.  Serving as a Care Pastor for Willow Crystal Lake and President of the McHenry County Task Force on Aging are areas that allow Gina to reach out to the community and connect, educate and serve others in need.

Gina sees her role on the Board of Directors for the Senior Care Volunteer Network as an opportunity to ensure that the safety and well being needs of seniors in the McHenry County area are being met.  “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world” is an important motivating quote to Gina, SCVN is an agency that allows Gina to ensure that every senior has “That One”.

Gina lives in Lakewood with her husband and three daughters; she enjoys traveling, fitness, and spending time with family.

 

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Jan 23rd

SCVN recieves grant from the Mental Health Resource League

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On January 22nd,  SCVN was awarded a grant of $16,632.00 by the Mental Health Resource League (MHRL) McHenry County. This grant will go to fund the SCVN Office Coordinator position. This role is vital to the daily operation of the organization. With 724 upcoming service requests currently in our database and 400+ calls per month coming into the office, this position is critical to maintain daily operations. SCVN is grateful to the MHRL for supporting this much needed positon. The MHRL leadership has the unique understanding that grants to fund positions like this one, is not only necessary, it is mission critical.

Taken directly from the MHRL website: “The Mental Health Resource League for McHenry County was founded in 1967 as an auxillary to the McHenry Mental Health Center. MHRL broadened its scope in 1967 to give financial aid to mental health-related agencies in McHenry County. The all-volunteer league has a membership of over 100 men and women who raise funds to help McHenry County mental health agencies supply the services needed in areas such as crisis hotlines, youth programs, abuse, addictions and developmental disabilities.

In 1969, the first Fair Diddley® Craft Show netted $500 for the agencies. During the January, 2018 Annual Meeting, the League will award nearly $210,000 from the proceeds of our 2017 Fair and Fall Diddley® shows!. Eighteen McHenry County agencies will receive grant funds during this meeting.

Since it’s inception in 1967, MHRL has awarded over $5.7 million to our various McHenry County agencies.”

SCVN is truly grateful for the good work the MHRL is doing and the ongoing support of our program. With this grant, SCVN can continue to combat the isolation and depression that would surely increase without its no-cost services. SCVN volunteers provide life-essential and life-enriching rides for those who would otherwise be stranded at home with little opportunity to get to their appointments. There are many seniors in McHenry County that have no family, no transportation, or live in an area of the county where public transportation is not available. SCVN fills these gaps in services so the area seniors can do what any other driving seniors are able to do; which lends to a better quality of life. SCVN appreciates that the MHRL recognizes the importance of the senior friendly visits the volunteers make to their homes so they feel less alone. SCVN appreciates that the MHRL knows how important it is for a senior woman to get her hair done and spend time being social with other people. All of the no-cost services provided by SCVN lend to a better quality of life, which is arguably vital for good mental health.

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Jan 12th

January 2018 Newsletter

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Dec 19th

Now Hiring

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No positions available at this time. if you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Karina Maksimova at 815-455-3120 or at [email protected]

 

 

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Dec 19th

December 2017 Newsletter

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Nov 15th

Glass Painting Class scheduled 11/16/2017 is CANCELED

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We apologize for any inconvenince, but our glass painting class scheuled for November 16th (Tomorrow evening) is canceled due to our beloved instructor and friend, Deb Cadena’s father passing away this morning. We plan to reschedule this event in the spring. Please keep Deb and her family in your thughts and prayers.

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Nov 6th

November 2017 Newsletter

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