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Progressing Toward An Internship That Matters

If you have progressive values and are looking for a spring or summer internship that will make a difference, have we got a deal for you! The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is now accepting applications for its Summer 2019 Internship Program. The internship is a substantive program designed for high school, college, and graduate students seeking an opportunity to become deeply engaged in the political process.

Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that helps mobilize voters and activists in one of the most widely watched Congressional districts in the country. This is the ideal time to complete a political internship as we prepare for the critically important 2020 elections. Tenth Dems interns have staffed issue forums and events for elected officials and candidates up and down the ballot, worked on campaigns, and conducted research. Tenth Dems interns were very active during the 2018 election cycle, including legislative races, at the county board level, with countywide candidates, and in helping to turn the US House of Representatives blue. Interns may choose to complete general internships or specialize in areas such as media, technology, volunteer management, and political outreach.

Internships are unpaid, educational positions; however, academic credit is often available.

“This is an opportunity to learn about a grassroots political organization and to develop important skills,” said former State Representative Lauren Beth Gash, Tenth Dems’ Founding Chair. “Many of our interns have gone on to law school or other graduate programs, as well as paid political positions with local campaigns, and jobs in Springfield, Washington, and with national not-for-profit organizations.”

Acceptance into the program is selective, competitive, and contingent upon an interview. Residency in the 10th District is not required but applicants must have an interest in electing Democrats, be able to travel to our offices, and devote a minimum of 16 hours per week to the internship during the summer. Applicants should submit a brief paragraph explaining why they would like to be part of the program, along with a resume summarizing their educational background and activities. Neither need be formal.

To apply or request more information, email us at volunteers@tenthdems.org. You can also “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@TenthDems).

 

Tenth Dems Organizing Day Of Service Community Expo To Bring Together Local Organizations And Community Members

Over 35 Not-For-Profit Groups To Have Opportunity To Discuss Their Organizations, Recruit Volunteers, And Work On Service Projects

Vernon Hills, IL — Ahead of their inauguration as Illinois’ next governor and lieutenant governor, JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton have urged all of us in Illinois to give back to our communities. As a response to this call for a Day of Service, the Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is organizing a Day of Service Community Expo on Saturday, January 12th. It will be from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Admission is free. The Community Expo will be a family-friendly event. Refreshments will be served.

The Community Expo will bring together local organizations and community members. At least 35 not-for-profits will have tables to showcase what they do, hand out flyers, recruit volunteers, and encourage attendees to take part in real-time service projects or sign up for future projects. This will be a great opportunity for community outreach and promoting volunteerism.

Tenth Dems believes politics should be about more than just elections–it’s about working together to improve our neighborhoods, state, country, and world. While Tenth Dems strives to do that year-round, the group will certainly put that into action on this Day of Service. January 12th has the potential to make a difference in the lives of thousands of neighbors. It will be a meaningful day at a critically important time for our state.

In addition to the centralized Community Expo, there will be many service projects going on in and around the 10th District on Saturday. These projects include:

 Lake Villa Democrats will be accepting donations on behalf of the Northern Illinois Food Bank and A Safe Place, from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Lake Villa District Library, 1001 East Grand Ave., Lake Villa. Northern Illinois Food Bank supplies food to local pantries throughout Northern Illinois for food-challenged families. People are asked to donate nonperishable foods (no glass containers). A list of requested items can be found at the bottom of this email. A Safe Place is Lake County’s sole provider of services exclusively focusing on domestic violence victims and their children. A Safe Place has a wish list too.

 Lake Forest Rotary Club has been collecting warm coats for kids who have nothing to wear (mostly in North Chicago, Waukegan, and for Nuestro Center in Highwood), Salvation Army bell-ringing and helping the Feed Our Starving Children program in Libertyville.

• Catholic Charities is holding a diaper drive for low-income households at Mickey Finn’s in Libertyville. Diapers are expensive, and dirty diapers are harmful to babies’ health. On average, a healthy child will wear 50 diapers per week. Donating diapers helps alleviate this burden.

Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that works to elect Democrats to all levels of government within Illinois’ 10th Congressional District.

For questions about the Day of Service Community Expo, including your own group’s participation, email events@tenthdems.org.

Laugh and eat with us

Join Tenth Dems at an upcoming performance of “Make America Grin Again” by the political satire comedy troupe The Capitol Steps. It’ll be on Sunday, January 27, 2 PM, at the Center Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Then join us next door for dinner at Jameson’s Charhouse. Tickets for the show are just $52 each when buying with us, $8 less than purchasing online directly from the box office! The three-course dinner is $30, Tenth Dems’ cost (includes tax and tip).

Sign up to watch The Capitol Steps in Skokie with Tenth Dems.

Please consider becoming a sponsor or donating a bit more than the cost. The cost is OUR cost for tickets and dinner—there’s no upcharge. This isn’t a fundraiser, but we need money to continue our important work of supporting and helping to elect Democrats.

If you’re interested in joining us for the show and/or for the dinner around 5:00 pm, click here or call (847) 266-VOTE (8683). And if you can’t attend, feel free to contribute to our grassroots group as we build on Democrats’ momentum from 2018 in 2019 elections and, of course, in 2020.

Pete Couvall Wake and Funeral Service

Wake: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 PM
The Memorial Chapel of Waukegan
1521 Washington St., Waukegan /

Funeral: Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
1400 N. O’Plaine Rd., Libertyville
Interment at North Shore Garden of Memories, North Chicago

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.

Holiday Member Appreciation Party

Join us for our Tenth Dems Holiday Member Appreciation Party on Tuesday, December 11, from 6-8 pm, at Lake House, 525 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff, IL 60044. We’ll be having pizza, pop, and a salad bar.

Celebrate with us on December 11! 

2018 was a great year for Democrats in our area! Our volunteers have so much to be proud about. Come celebrate the Blue Wave victories and help Tenth Dems as we talk about what we’ll do together to support and elect more Democrats. Admission is free with your 2019 paid membership, or $20 (our cost per person).

To RSVP, click tenthdems.org/memberparty, email events@tenthdems.org, or call (847) 266-VOTE (8683).

Hope to see you there!