Friday, May 22, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Wrappers

Today, HSP would like to take a moment to acknowledge our volunteer wrappers, a fantastic group of volunteers who help us to make children in need feel special on their birthdays. At HSP, the Children’s Birthday Project is constantly keeping us busy as we provide around 925 children with birthday boxes for their special days. These boxes contain 6-10 new gifts, 4-7 new books, a few small “filler” gifts, and a “party in a bag kit,” filled with party and school supplies, which allows the children to keep pace with their classmates and celebrate their birthday in style. But creating these birthday boxes that allow these children to feel celebrated would not be possible without our wrappers. These wonderful volunteers, who come to us both as groups and individuals, take time out of their schedules to pick up the gifts and wrap them, making the gifts festive and fun for the children receiving them. They put so much care into their work, and play a huge role in creating a special day for these children in need. For this, we here at HSP want to say thank you to our volunteer wrappers, for graciously giving their time and efforts to our cause. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer wrapper, please contact us at

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Join HSP for Volunteer Fun at Ribfest

Ribfest is fast approaching, and HSP is looking for more volunteers to represent our organization at this fun family event. This event, run by the Naperville Exchange Club, is being held from July 2nd-July 5th at Naperville’s Knoch Park. Ribfest has raised millions of dollars to serve needy children since it first began, and HSP’s Feed the Kids program is one of many that benefit from the proceeds. But we also depend on volunteers to represent HSP, because the more volunteers we have at Ribfest, the more money we receive to purchase the groceries needed for our Feed the Kids program. Volunteer spots are still open for the 11-5 and 4-10 time slots from July 2nd-July 5th, and there is a severe need for volunteers on July 4th for positions such as clean-up crew and beverage service. Ribfest may be over a month away, but volunteer spots will fill up quickly, and we can use all the help we can get! If you have any questions about volunteering, we are happy to help. Please contact us at 630-221-8340 or by email

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thank You, Philips Healthcare and District 204 STEPs

The volunteers from Philips Healthcare
Over the past two days, HSP has had the pleasure of hosting two volunteer groups, and we could not be more grateful for their time and efforts. Yesterday, we welcomed nine volunteers from Philips Healthcare, who spent their time sorting meat for the families in our Feed the Kids program. Today, we were happy to have seven students and three teachers from district 204’s STEPs program. These wonderful volunteers sorted and organized non-perishable food items for the Feed the Kids program. We would like to say thank you to these two groups, for graciously taking the time to help out our organization and those whom we serve. Our programs would be impossible without our awesome volunteers, who selflessly dedicate time to helping us create better lives for those in need.

Summer Birthday Boxes

Today HSP delivered 14 Birthday Boxes to the children with summer birthdays at two of our partner Head Start locations, Carol Stream and St. Charles. HSP provides a birthday box to every underprivileged child at these locations through our Children’s Birthday Project. Our volunteer, Bill Fehling, picked up the boxes from HSP and dropped them off in both places. Our partnership with local Head Starts and Elementary Schools enable us to reach more children in need with our Children’s Birthday Project program.  The programs busiest months are April and May since we prepare birthdays for not only May, but June, July, and August as well. In the following weeks, we will have the opportunity to deliver gifts to dozens more children with summer birthdays at the other schools and Head Starts we work with. We wish to thank all of the volunteers and donors who have made this possible.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Another Successful Delivery Day

Saturday was our monthly "Delivery Day" for the needy seniors in our Senior Citizen Project. Every month HSP delivers 100 pounds of groceries to the doorsteps of 131 seniors helping to alleviate the stress of poverty.

Dozens of volunteers helped us deliver over 6 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, meat, non-perishables, paper, and personal care items to the seniors. These deliveries provide vital nutrition to the seniors.

HSP wishes to thank the volunteer drivers who picked up the food for the seniors then delivered it to the senior's homes. We also wish to thank the volunteers who helped load up the car of each driver. The support of these volunteers and the many others who contribute to the success of our Senior Citizen Project continue to make a huge difference in the lives of the very deserving seniors we serve.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thank You to UPS and Aurora Christian School

HSP’s Center was a very happening place today, as we had two volunteer groups graciously give their time and energy. The first volunteer group who joined us was a group of 18 students and chaperons from Aurora Christian School as part of their annual “CityServe” project. Through this service project, more than 400 students from Aurora Christian volunteered throughout the area today, and HSP was delighted to be one of the agencies hosting them. This spirited group of volunteers sorted non-perishable food for the seniors and families in our programs, as well as bread that will be delivered to seniors as part of our monthly “Delivery Day” tomorrow.

The second volunteer group HSP hosted today was from UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Carol Stream. Every month, HSP distributes over six tons of nutritious groceries to the 131 seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project. Our friends at UPS volunteer every month the day before our delivery to sort fresh produce to be part of these deliveries.

We wish to thank both of these wonderful groups for giving their time to assist HSP in reaching out to the deserving seniors, children and families we serve.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Fond “Farewell” and an Excited “Welcome”

           This week HSP experienced a changing of the guard, so to speak. We bid farewell to a wonderful member of our intern team, but also had the opportunity to welcome a new member aboard.
             Yesterday, the HSP staff got together to recognize the contributions of Rachel Grotto. Rachel has been a part of HSP since the beginning of February in the role of our Project Management Intern. In her time at HSP Rachel contributed to the success of HSP’s programs in a number of ways including; reaching out to supporters to establish food, paper, and personal care donations for the seniors and families we serve, contributing to our social media sites and monthly newsletter, and a number of other tasks. Rachel brought not only her passion for service to HSP but also her cheerful, bubbly personality. Rachel will be sincerely missed at HSP, and we wish her the best of luck as she graduates this month and moves on to a new, exciting chapter in her life.

                While everyone at HSP was sad to say goodbye to Rachel, we did have the pleasure of welcoming the first member of our summer intern team, Jamie Baumgartner, who began this week. Jamie attends Eastern Illinois University where she studies Communications with a focus in Public Relations. At HSP she will be applying her classroom learning, as well as developing new skills helping HSP get the word out about our programs. Jamie says she is very excited to be joining HSP for the summer and all the new experiences it will bring. She says HSP caught her eye because of her love for volunteering, something she does regularly with her sorority. Please join us in welcoming Jamie to HSP!