Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What HSP is doing in Carol Stream

The Carol Stream Community Food Drive
in April
At HSP we are involved throughout DuPage and parts of Kane County to serve the needs of impoverished seniors and children. We’d like to take the opportunity to highlight all the work we are doing in each community, starting today with HSP’s hometown of Carol Stream.

17 out of the 123 needy seniors in our Senior Citizen Project live in Carol Stream, 5 of whom are in need of a sponsor. This sponsorship helps HSP deliver 100 lbs of fresh produce, frozen meats, non-perishables, and paper products to every senior each month! To be a sponsor it is $800 per year or $70 per month, or a co-sponsor for $400 per year or $35 per month.

HSP is also very active in Carol Stream by providing support to needy children and their families. The Children’s Birthday Project serves 925 children we serve, 59 of which live in Carol Stream and 37 of whom are in need of a sponsor. Each child receives new toys/games; stuffed animals, books, and a party in box (all the items to have a party).   A sponsorship for the Children’s Birthday Project is $54 a year! All 925 children also receive 3+ gifts for our Christmas Offering and their families are eligible to receive groceries through HSP’s Feed the Kids Project and at Christmas.


What better way to help the needy by serving the people in your own community! If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor contact HSP via e-mail at hsp@humanitarianservice.org or by phone at (630) 221-8340.    

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Volunteer Appreciation -- Monday Morning Food Sorting Team

Although the week has just begun, it’s already incredibly busy here at HSP.  This Saturday is our monthly delivery to the seniors enrolled in the Senior Citizen Project (SCP), so we’ve been very busy preparing for that.  Many people help us in making SCP delivery days a success, and we would like to recognize our Monday morning food sorting team.  Our Monday morning team, along with volunteers that come in on Wednesdays, restock the pantry, sort, and bag all of the non-perishable food items and meats that are sent to the seniors in SCP.  Without them and their time, we would not be able to serve the needy seniors that we do through SCP.
Currently, SCP serves 123 impoverished seniors in DuPage and Kane Counties.  Each month, every senior receives 100 pounds of groceries, which includes fresh produce, meats, bread, non-perishable items, and paper products.  One Saturday each month, with the help of our gracious volunteers, we deliver these groceries to the seniors to provide them with the nutrition they need.  We wouldn’t be able to accomplish this on our own, so we do appreciate all of the time that our volunteers give in order to make SCP and delivery days successful.  Thank you, Monday morning food sorting team and Wednesday volunteers – your generosity and time help to save and enrich the lives of the seniors we serve, and we can’t thank you enough.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Supply Delivery

          Last Friday, September 12, HSP donated cleaning supplies and copy paper to Child Service Center in Aurora.  HSP gave these supplies to Child Service Center, a preschool located in a low-income district, to help them during the school year.  The supplies HSP were dropped off at Child Service Center by our wonderful volunteer, Jeff Marker. 
These donated supplies came to HSP through our school supply drive.  After donating supplies to needy children, HSP had some supplies that would better suit a classroom or office environment, so we were able to help even more children though our donation to Child Service Center.  Thank you to everyone who donated, or helped with, the school supply drive; because of you, we were able to give around 4,000 children the school supplies they needed.  From all of us here at HSP, we can’t thank you enough for your generosity, and we’d also like to wish Child Service Center a great school year!

Friday, September 12, 2014

We love our volunteers!

Today HSP hosted 10 volunteers from Glenbard South High School. This transitions group volunteers on a monthly basis to gain both vocational skills as well as give back to the community. This was their first time volunteering their time since school has been back in session and we were very happy to welcome them back. The group consisted of 7 students and 3 staff members. Our volunteers helped in the warehouse for two hours, sorting and doing inventory of meat for the Senior Citizen’s Project. They also sorted non-perishables for SCP—just in time for our delivery that’s coming up on Saturday September 20th. We are so excited to have been able to host this group again and hope to see them back soon.

Volunteers are essential to the work that we do here at HSP and we could not be more appreciative of our volunteers. If you are interested in giving back by volunteering with us, please contact HSP via e-mail at hsp@humanitarianservice.org or by phone at (630) 221-8340.    

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Party in a bag kits

Earlier this week, HSP received a donation of 16 “Party-in-a-bag” kits from Wilton Brands. The kits included tons of party supplies for needy kids such as birthday cake mix, frosting, candles, balloons, paper plates and napkins. Over the last month, Wilton Brands collected all the necessary materials and made the bags. The Wilton employees went above and beyond collecting so many wonderful supplies for the sake of needy children. Each child in Children’s Birthday Project receives a Party in a bag kit in their birthday box allowing them to celebrate their special day. These kits generously donated by Wilton will go a long way in helping us provide special, memorable birthdays to the needy children we serve. If you would be interested in serving these children in the Children’s Birthday Project, you can visit our website at http://humanitarianservice.org/whatwedo/bdayproject.html

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mass Mutual Financial Group Volunteers at HSP

Today HSP was glad to host 17 volunteers from Mass Mutual Financial Group who came into HSP to help wrap gifts for our Children’s Birthday Project. This group of volunteers spent around two hours in our warehouse this afternoon wrapping gifts for the impoverished children served by the program. The group kindly even brought an assortment of wrapping paper to use while enthusiastically wrapping the gifts.  The volunteer group comes to as a part of a company-wide volunteering event. This month,  Mass Mutual volunteers from across the country are engaging in community service projects to serve the communities in which they work.
CBP provides 925 impoverished children between the ages of 3 and 11 with a 20-25 lb. “birthday box” full of new toys, books, party supplies and more. This project allows children in families who otherwise would not be able to afford celebrating birthdays to receive the special, memorable day all children deserve.

Within the next month, HSP will put wrapping birthday gifts on hold to focus on our Christmas Offering, so we are very grateful to these volunteers from Mass Mutual for helping us get birthday gifts wrapped for children with birthdays in the upcoming months wrapped ahead of time.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Senior Endowment Campaign

          The Senior Endowment Campaign, a campaign in which we’ve partnered with Allured Business media, is still taking place to enroll a senior permanently into our Senior Citizen Project (SCP). SCP provides 100 pounds of groceries to 123 impoverished seniors every month to provide for seniors’ basic needs.  Every three months, the seniors enrolled in SCP also receive a personal care kit, complete with hygiene items, such as shampoo and toothpaste.  Seniors can also look forward to receiving gifts every month from their Secret Pals, who provide gifts ranging from the $20-$25 range, such as gift cards or other items on seniors’ wish lists, making their lives a little brighter.
            The Senior Endowment Campaign, run by Allured Business Media, is taking place until October 17.  The campaign is working to raise at least $7,500, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Allured Business Media, to enroll a new senior into SCP.  With the $7,500 matched by Allured Business Media, HSP will be able to permanently provide the services of SCP to a new senior, increasing the program’s enrollment from 123 needy seniors to 124.

            If you would like to donate, or if you have any questions about the Senior Endowment Campaign, please feel free to contact us at 630-221-8340, or email us at hsp@humanitarianservice.org.  We are accepting donations of any dollar amount in our office and through the mail at 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188; or on Network for Goods (https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/hsp?code=Homepage).  Please consider donating so we can help one more senior living in poverty within Du
Page and Kane Counties!