How It Works

Each Fun(d)raiser Walker commits to raising a minimum amount for Ruth Project families to participate in the Walk. 5K Walkers commit to $300 and 1-Mile Walkers commit to $100. You’ll be amazed at how many friends and family will want to support you – all you have to do is ask! Be creative on how to reach out; use social media, email, texting – even the old-fashioned phone call – to generate funds and excitement for encouraging foster families! Plus, every Walker gets a t-shirt!

Walk 5K

must be #years or older

The 5K Start will be at Blumen Gardens Garden Center at 403 Edward Street in Sycamore and finish at The Ruth Project Farm at 13659 Barber Greene Road. The route is simple as you make your way down Sycamore Road, but look for signs along the way! Park in the Blumen Gardens parking lot and look for our booth and then head back to your car from The Farm anytime via our continuous shuttle.

Walk 1 Mile

all ages welcome

The 1-Mile Start will be at The Ruth Project Farm at 13659 Barber Greene Road. Park in Sycamore’s Blumen Gardens parking lot, look for our booth, and take our shuttle to The Farm. You can head back to your car from The Farm anytime via our continuous shuttle.

Kids of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in the 1 Mile Walk! The Activity Path is flat limestone and can accommodate even the littlest walkers – strollers and wagons are welcome. There will be lots of interactive fun activity and surprises along the way to cheer walkers on, make them giggle, and forget how far they have left to go! This is truly a fun day for all ages and all abilities.

Meal Team

Meals are such a wonderful way to provide instant and practical relief to our families on a hard day (or just a busy one)!

Once you’ve cooked to your heart’s content, choose a date and time below to drop off your meal(s) at The Storehouse in Elgin.

Some details:
- All items in meal must be frozen. We love sides and dessert options as well.
- Kid-friendly and comfort meals are encouraged.
- Please avoid allergies (ie: peanuts, shellfish).
- If you have gluten/dairy free recipes, we also accept those!
- Please attach a separate sheet with details instructions for cooking and recipe (including ingredients)

Thank you!
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Farm Landscape Team

The Farm Landscape Team will help keep The Farm grounds looking beautiful for our families. You are welcome to come anytime within the listed hours!

Routine tasks may include: Weed-waking, weeding, mulching, watering, and gathering flowers for bouquets.

(We are looking for four zero-turn drivers to help mow once a month. If you, or someone you know, would like to help with mowing - please email us below!)

If you have any questions, please email us at Info@RuthProject.com
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Animal Care

Calling all animal lovers!

Love and snuggles from our variety of farm creatures is important to our children. This Animal Care Team will help feed, care for, and train our farm animals.

This includes our donkey, highland cow, chickens, ducks, and pup! Routine care will be assisting in feeding, grooming, and spending time with the animals to ensure friendliness. Training will be provided, no experience necessary.

Thank you so much!
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Greenhouse Care

Do you have a green-thumb?
We’d love your help in keeping the Greenhouse alive!

By assisting us with watering, weeding, planting, and nurturing the flower and salad beds, you will be apart of creating a calm and peaceful place for our foster moms to enjoy!

Don’t worry, we will make sure to provide you with all the instructions you need when you arrive.

Greenhouse Care only needs completed once a day - so you are welcome to come anytime between 9am-6pm (the earlier the better)!
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