McConnaughay spotlights every day hero, Adam Parchert, Village of Carpentersville’s Community Service Award recipient
This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights every day hero, Adam Parchert, founding Pastor of H2O church and the Village of Carpentersville’s Community Service Award recipient.
The Village recognized Parchert for his leadership in community events and charitable initiatives throughout the area. He has created a number of special events that have now become annual traditions, including Carpentersville’s “Summer Movies in the Park,” the community yard sale, Father’s Day cookout and block parties. He also has hosted spring clean-ups for Keith Andres Park and other beautification projects around the Village.
Parchert has dedicated his life to service, and three years ago expanded his reach even farther when founded H2O church, a nondenominational religious institution in Carpentersville. The church is built on the foundation of community outreach. It operates on a small budget so that the majority of funds raised can be filtered back into the community.
"We feel strongly that the finances we have and the resources we have need to go into the community we live in, helping people in need,” Parchert told the Elgin Courier-News. “Our goal is not to spend as much money on stuff as it is on people."
Parchert and H2O recently raised enough funds to open Discount Grocery, an open community grocery store that operates as a not-for-profit extension of the church. Located in East Dundee, the nonprofit accepts foods and items that grocery stores cannot keep on the shelves, and sells them to the community at a fraction of the price. The idea was inspired by the Discount Grocery Outlet in town, which Parchert built a strong relationship with. When it decided to close its doors, Parchert and H2O Church decided to continue its mission of providing inexpensive groceries to members of the community.
“Adam has made so many contributions to our community and always has more to give or a new idea or way to help out,” said Senator McConnaughay. “Between the fun family events he plans or helping someone in need get an affordable meal, he has made such an impact on the spirit of our town.”
Senator McConnaughay is proud to recognize Parchert for his dedicated service, entrepreneurship and leadership in the community. For more information on his work or H2O Church, please visit http://h2oillinois.com/.