(Thank you to PATH for permission to use their logo)
I was at the park with my daughter the other day when her friend fell and got a bloody lip. I quickly whipped out the napkins that were in my pocket and handed them to his mother. Another parent ran to his car and retrieved a bottle of water to wash the wound. In a few minutes, the crisis was taken care of.
Wouldn’t it be great if all crises could be solved this smoothly? The Palatine Assisting through Hope (
has created a network to do just that. Spearheaded
by Rich Tyack, PATH has an email network of
volunteers who spring into action when the organization is informed of a crisis
situation. For example, a fire displaces
a family. PATH
is called and they immediately email the volunteers with a list of needs. Joe responds to the email that he has a bag
of clothes that will fit the youngest boy.
Marie responds to the email that she just won a one hundred dollar gift
card in the sweepstakes at her grocery store and she would love to donate it to
the family. Jimmy has just updated his
son’s bedroom and emails PATH his intent to
donate a bed. Soon, people who had just
lost everything have a fresh start thanks to the email volunteers. A community rises up to help their fellow man
This is the dream that Rich Tyack and his friends shared while volunteering at the
. Crisis after crisis came into the center and
after a while, Rich and his friends decided that there had to be a better
way. While they were on a fishing trip
they hatched the plan to create Palatine
Opportunity Center PATH.
Most births come with some pain and the birth of
was no different. There were some
growing pains and lessons that had to be learned. Just as we can’t do everything for our
children, they had to learn that they couldn’t help everyone. They decided to focus on crisis
Beyond dealing with crisis situations,
created an annual outreach program named, “Day of Giving.” The
event is the Friday evening and the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving. Volunteers prepare for this day the Monday
and Tuesday before Thanksgiving by helping to sort and move the donated
items. It’s a wonderful way for the
whole family to be involved helping out others.
On the “Day of Giving,” families that are in need are given bags to fill
with the donated items. Typically 1500
people are served on this day.