The Ruth Project

April 2024

Family Fun Days Make Memories!

Over 200 Ruth Project family members, volunteers, and friends gathered at The Farm on Saturday, April 13 for our first Foster FUNdraiser Walk.  It was a picture-perfect Family Fun Day for the Walkers – mostly kids – to circle the Activity Path four times for the one-mile Walk.  A confetti shower saw the Walkers off at the Starting Line. 

There was so much for everyone to see and do!  Our beloved volunteers creatively entertained the kids all along the Path to keep them going.  They had bubble-blowing, obstacle course challenges, dancing, and cheering.  A gargantuan combine and John Deere tractor for kids to touch and investigate were parked on The Farm next to carnival games for kids of all ages to enjoy. 

One young Walker’s favorite thing of the day was “running through the bubbles!” and another loved “seeing all the animals and chickens running around!” Parents also shared that the next day, the FUN Day was all their kids could talk about! 

As a result of this incredibly FUN Day, our Walkers and Sponsors raised over $18,000! We are so grateful for all who participated in some way, both near and far. We’re already planning our 2025 FUN Walk! 

In March, The Ruth Project hosted another Family Fun Day – this one off-site and at the Illinois Baseball Academy in Northbrook. We are incredibly grateful to Trei Frahler for his generosity and allowing us to enjoy the huge space to achieve our own best performances in pitching, running, jumping, kickball, and whiffle ball. Bouncy houses were also available for our littlest athletes!   

60 Ruth Project family members participated, and on their way out received their own baseball-framed family photo (taken on the way in!) and individualized photo baseball cards for each child.  So much running, jumping, throwing, and kicking created big appetites for a quintessential lunch of hot dogs, chips, veggies, and of course, Cracker Jacks!  It was a memorable day for our families as well as our volunteers who cheered them on.  We can’t wait until next year! 

The Boutique is Ready for Summer Shopping!

Did you know that our Elgin Storehouse Boutique gifted nearly 17,000 clothing items to our foster families since we opened our doors?  It continues to be a huge support of practical care to our families. 

One major undertaking at our Boutique is our seasonal “Flip.” Every six months, incredible volunteers help us accomplish the gargantuan effort of switching out last season’s clothing with the upcoming season’s clothing. As of April 19, we officially completed stowing away everything Fall/Winter and putting out everything Spring/Summer. This includes t-shirts, shorts, swimsuits, sandals, gym shoes, and summer pants, jackets, and accessories. In the process, we check for quality, inventory each item, and display everything in a way that makes it easy for our families to find. All Fall/Winter items are gently put into bins, still sorted and ready to be hung during the next Flip at the end of Summer.  

This season’s Shopping Appointments begin this week. So many foster parents who come to the Boutique are overwhelmed by the abundance and generosity of so many who donate such beautiful items to support their fostering journey. We are overwhelmed, too – and so grateful for these special people who help in such a loving, practical way. Thank you!! 

Another way volunteers can support foster families at the Boutique is spending time with kiddos while parents shop. We like to give Mom and Dad time to solely focus on finding what they need. Grandma’s Attic with all its toys and books is a perfect place for their kids to hang out with kid-loving volunteers while they shop. Interested in joining this Childcare Team? Use this link> >Childcare Team. 

Don't Miss the May 11 Spring Farm Workday!

Make plans now to come out to The Ruth Project Farm for our first big Workday of the year! Spring is in the air, and it’s a great time to roll up our sleeves to get The Farm prepped for Summer and looking spiffy. For anyone who’s been to a Workday, you know how productive it is – but also how fun it is! It’s amazing how many connections are made and new friendships forged. The Lord always multitasks with everyone who comes to this special place. 

 

Bring your family, your small group, or just come on your own! There’s lots to do, and there will be something for everyone, every interest, and every skill. We’ll have the garden hoses, shovels, hammers, paint brushes, and work gloves ready and waiting! Don’t miss it on May 11…register now> Spring Farm Workday. 

 

Upcoming Events

> Mom’s Night Out – Casual Dinner @ Storehouse/Boutique Shopping - Tuesday, May 7 (6:30-8:30pm)
> Friday Night Party Night - 13659 Barber Greene Rd, Sycamore – May 24 (6-8pm)
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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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