Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight

Summer is a busy time for HSP, and we are very happy to host many wonderful volunteer groups who help us through our busy seasons. Yesterday, a group of ten volunteers from St. Pius X Catholic Community’s youth group put together packages of bread for the 100 families in our Feed the Kids program. Today, another group of 11 summer interns from Frito-Lay/PepsiCo volunteered their morning to put together packages of meat for the 133 seniors we serve through the Senior Citizen Project. HSP would like to say a huge thank-you to these wonderful groups for volunteering their time and energy to help us prepare for the upcoming distribution days. We couldn’t do all that we do without the help of generous volunteers.   

Monday, July 25, 2016

Thank you to McDonald's Working Mothers Council

HSP would like to say a huge thank-you to the McDonald’s Working Mothers Council. Last week, they created and donated 50 “Party-in-a-Bag” kits for our Children’s Birthday Project. Nancy, our Volunteer Outreach Coordinator and Community Outreach Intern, Natalie, were able to represent HSP at the Working Mothers Council meeting last week. This amazing donation will bring smiles and fun to kids on their special day!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Veggie Fest

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly activity this weekend, consider stopping by Veggie Fest on the grounds of the Science of Spirituality center in Naperville! Veggie Fest is a vegetarian food and lifestyle festival. It will feature over 100 vendor booths, live music, speakers from around the world, and delicious food demos. HSP will be one of the vendors, and we would love for you to stop by, get to know us, and learn about our projects. Admission and parking are both free, so come hungry and ready for a great time!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mobile Food Pantry Part II

As the week heats up the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) was glad to again host a “mobile food pantry” with the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. As the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry is finishing the renovation to its facilities HSP lent out support helping them host a Mobile Food Pantry at our facility. We served 90 individuals and families that came today. We would like to thank the awesome team of volunteers, a team made up of both HSP volunteers and Glen Ellyn Food Pantry volunteers. Again we would like to extend a huge thank you to the awesome Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Staff and the driver from NIFB, we love working with you guys and we look forward to working with you again.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Goodbye Gabbie!

Today HSP says farewell to Gabbie Hill, one of the members of our summer intern team. Gabbie has spent the last few months working with HSP as a grant writing intern to find new sources of funding for our projects, and she has been a wonderful person to have around the office. HSP is so thankful for all of Gabbie’s hard work and wishes her good luck for the upcoming school year!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HSP's Annual School Supply Drive

School is just around the corner, and HSP’s annual school supply drive is already underway! Each year, the Humanitarian Service Project collects school supply donations to be distributed to DuPage and Kane county school districts for their Back to School fairs. Low income families in our community participate in these fairs to receive the school supplies their children need. Our School Supply Project reaches more than 3,000 children every year, and we have already received many wonderful donations. If you want to make a donation, it’s not too late! We will be distributing the supplies we collect to the school districts on August 2nd. Donations can be dropped off at our facility at 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream before this date. If you can’t donate before August 2nd, we will continue to collect donations for the rest of the year, and distribute them to children through our Children’s Birthday Project. Thank you to all who have donated - we are excited to see the impact this project will have this year! 

Friday, July 15, 2016

This Week's Volunteers

HSP has had several wonderful volunteer groups come to our center this week to donate their time and serve the community! Yesterday, two groups of youth from the Living Out Loud program at St. Petronille and other local parishes boxed nonperishable food items for our Feed the Kids program. This morning, some of our friends from the Dharma Study Group of the Theosophical Society sorted food and helped set up for our School Supply Drive. Also today, a group of UPS volunteers sorted fresh produce and bread that will be delivered to the seniors in our Senior Citizen Project tomorrow. Thank you to all our volunteers for your hard work and commitment to making a difference!