Your monthly update of the happenings at COOL Ministries, where our mission is to give comprehensive assistance to families in need, by reducing hunger and homelessness while encouraging personal growth and self-sufficiency.

COOL Happenings   |   July 2016

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           This month, we are very thankful for all of the friends and supporters that we have at COOL Ministries.   Author Ann Voskamp wrote, "I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks for the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July, and the song of crickets on summer humid nights, and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls, and all the good things that a good God gives."   We hope you are having a beautiful and blessed summer.  Here is what is happening at COOL Ministries this month:
Our thanks to Thrivent Financial for their support of COOL Ministries!
Thursday 28 July
Saturday 26 November
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We appreciate our golfers and friends!

Thanks to everyone who helped with the 13th Annual COOL Golf Outing at Glen Flora County Club on July 11th.  The event was a huge success. 62 golfers come out for a beautiful hot summer day on the course and there were a record number of tee sponsors – 25 in all!

Sponsors included Austin’s, Bernie Floriani Insurance, Barrera’s Window Cleaning Services, Brogan’s Awards & Sportswear, Ballymuck Tavern, Cheryl Rohlf’s & Associates, Congdon Funeral Home, Country Financial, Dental Wellness, Drs. Dandino & Williams, Forest Orthodonics, Green Town Tavern, Rick Pearce In Memory of friends Bousson, Dickshot &McKinney, Lake County Thrivent, Citizens for State Attorney Mike Nierheim, Matchless Metal Polish, Mike’s Pizza, Friends of Rita Mayfield, Rodriquez Exterminating, Sackman & Son, Steven’s Restaurant, Senator Terry Link, Tighthead Brewery, Law Offices Thomas F. Meyer, Waukegan Police Department, and William Schwartz Insurance.

Thank you FOODSTOCKers!

We are also all thankful to St. James Lutheran Church and all of our FOODSTOCKer friends for raising more than $16,000 to support our mission at the annual FOODSTOCK concert in Lake Bluff last month!
Please consider dining at UNO Chicago Grill in Gurnee on Thursday, July 28th, any time of the day or evening.   COOL Ministries will receive up to 20% of your check from your carry out or dining room order and all you have to do is enjoy a great meal!   Thank you for promoting this 'Dough Raiser.'   Remember to take an Uno flyer to make sure COOL gets credit for your support.   Printable flyers are available on our web site.
We still have a few reusable COOL shopping bags available at the low low price of only $4.00 each!   Or you can buy 3 for $10 to save the environment and help COOL feed the hungry and house the homeless.   These large size grocery bags are very COOL to use when grocery shopping and you’ll love being a COOL shopper with these goodies!   If you want to help sell bags just give us a call at 847-662-1340.   To purchase bags, stop by the COOL office during business hours, or see any of our staff or board members for your COOL Bag!   Questions?   Just call us at 847-662-1340.
The COOL 5/10K Run/Walk on the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving is coming on the 26th of November.   Please mark your calendars to attend this event and walk or run the race to help COOL feed the hungry and house the homeless.   Pre-race registration begins at 8:30 with the race beginning at 9:30 AM.

Please share race information with your friends and neighbors to help a great cause.   For more information or to register go to

June brought decreases in visitation to both COOL Food Pantries. A total of 5421 visitors were served. Pantry East served 4293 individuals and West served 1128 individuals. This represents a decrease of 915 individuals at Pantry East and an increase of 236 individuals served at Pantry West as compared to the same period last year. 
Our Food of the Month:

* for July is peanut butter

* for August is pasta or rice
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