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Published Sept. 5, 2013                                      

The Community House is our new Making a Difference partner

   Jodie Harrison basketball league.
   Power aerobics.
   Counseling for individuals, regardless of their ability to pay.
   Services for children with autism and their families.
   Education and recreation opportunities for residents of Willowbrook Corner.
   It seems hard to believe that one agency could offer such a variety of programs and services. And yet The Community House in Hinsdale does all this — and more.
   Many people are familiar with The Community House for one reason or another. But even some who frequent the facility at the corner of Eighth and Madison streets aren’t aware of all the ways this nonprofit contributes to the community.
   That is why we are excited to work with The Community House as our Making a Difference partner for the 2013-14 year.
   We have some interesting stories to tell, beginning with today’s feature on Page 5 about the new Mind Over Miles fundraiser. Twenty-one brave souls are running in the Chicago Half-Marathon Sunday to raise money for and awareness of The Community House’s counseling department.
   We typically would publish a general article about our new partner first, but we decided to break tradition to focus on this cool event. We’ll get to the overview story later this month or in early October.
   The story list has yet to be finalized, but Charlie’s Gift Autism Center and the efforts at Willowbrook Corner are sure to be part of it. We also want to introduce you to the volunteers who keep The Community House running and include information on some of the many programs offered there.
   We’ll also share some of the organization’s history, which dates back to July 31, 1941, the day The Hinsdale Club closed its doors with plans to transform into “a community center for the use of the entire village.” With so much going on at       The Community House, we’re sure to have more story ideas than we’ll be able to use.
   The organization’s mission is to “build community by providing inspiring opportunities for learning, social support and recreation.” Our mission over the next year is to share with readers some of the many ways in which the agency fulfills that goal.
   The Community House has touched thousands of lives in Hinsdale and the surrounding area. We hope the stories we write over the next year touch you as well.


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