Friday, November 21, 2014

Local Schools Give Back

Our Christmas Offering is quickly approaching, so to help us out we have had many volunteer groups from local schools come in this week. Some of the tasks that they helped with were sorting non- perishables, meat and paper products for families and seniors in need. These groups also helped with sorting toys for needy kids who will receive Christmas presents this holiday season. On Wednesday, we welcomed a group from District 204 Steps program who were very eager to help. Yesterday, we had three groups throughout the day and evening—Glendbard North’s AIM Program, the Rotolo Middle School Builders Club and the whole freshmen group from the Carol Stream Panther Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) along with their mothers. Last but not least, our monthly group from Ms. Heggen’s class at Glenbard South High School will be joining us today.

While we very much need the help of volunteers to keep HSP running smoothly, these students are also gaining different skills and learning the importance of giving back while working with us. Students have the opportunity to learn how to be a leader and gain teamwork skills from volunteering too. Thank you for choosing to spend your time volunteering with us and for all of your hard work!     

HSP Salutes our Friends at Fed Ex

On Saturday, November 15, HSP received a very generous donation from the FedEx Cares Delivery Hope campaign, an organization in which team members participate in volunteer events to benefit local communities and the United Way. On Saturday, FedEx team members delivered over 500 bags of paper products for HSP’s Senior Citizen Project. 125 seniors were provided with a 2-3 month supply of toilet paper, paper towels,  and facial tissue. This event occurred on the same day as HSP’s Senior Delivery Day in which over 70 volunteer drivers and loaders were present to distribute and deliver 100 pounds of groceries directly to the homes of those 125 seniors. The paper drive was coordinated through the Fleet Maintenance Shop in Chicago Heights, and FedEx team members from more than 10 locations helped contribute to the effort. The addition of these paper products to the monthly grocery deliveries helps the seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle. We would like to thank FedEx for their amazing support.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DuPage Woodworkers Club



Yesterday, the DuPage Woodworkers Club donated 500 handmade toys for HSP’s Christmas Offering. The members of the club make toys throughout the year to provide for impoverished children at Christmas time. HSP is grateful to be one of the recipient organizations of these wonderful toys year after year. Through our annual Christmas Offering, HSP serves 350 families with nutritious groceries and provides Christmas gifts to over 1,600 children. Donors like the DuPage Woodworkers Club make a big difference in the community through their service. If you too would like to be involved in any of our programs at HSP during our Christmas season, please give us a call at 630-221-8340.
Rick Ogren of the Woodworkers Club with HSP's
Executive Director Kristin Maxwell.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HSP Welcomes a New Intern

This week, we welcome a new intern, Stephanie Harding! Stephanie graduated this past Spring from Northern Illinois University with a major in English. She would like to work with the community and hopes to give back, which is why working at HSP interested her. One of the things she hopes to gain from her time here is experience with business writing. This is not her first experience with service though. While in high school, she did a lot of work with a youth group and with NHS. Her time at HSP will be spent helping with the Christmas Offering and interviewing our seniors for their annual “senior updates”. Stephanie loves to write and hopes to pursue a career where she gets to do so. Her other interests include a love of music and reading. She especially likes J.K. Rowling. Other fun fact about Stephanie is she recently wrote her first novel! We are excited to have Stephanie here with us and from all of us at HSP, welcome!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Glenbard South Life Skills Class Volunteer Group

Today, HSP hosted a volunteer group which consisted of 10 students and 4 chaperons from Glenbard South High School’s life skills class. The group spent an hour and a half creating bags of toilet paper, paper towels and facial tissue for the senior citizens HSP serves. We have had groups from Glenbard South before, but this is the first time the life skills class had volunteered here, and we are very happy and appreciative to have them here. Each of the 125 seniors enrolled in our program, receive fresh fruits, vegetables, loaves of bread and groceries each month and receive a care kit once every 3 months. If you too would like to be involved in our SCP, please give us a call at 630-221-8340.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thank You Saturday Volunteers!

It was an exciting day at HSP on Saturday. First we had our monthly Senior Citizen Project delivery day. We’re thankful for all of the volunteer loaders and drivers who braved the weather to help us distribute over six tons of groceries to 125 needy seniors. With their help our seniors were able to receive the nutrition they need. HSP will be forever thankful for our loaders and drivers who help make the Senior Citizen Project successful!

Later in the day we hosted a group of eleven volunteers from Elmhurst College who sorted and boxed up non-perishable food for the needy families in our Christmas Offering. The volunteers made food boxes for 150 families! Thank you so much to the volunteers who shared their Saturday with us to help us serve needy families in the community. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Delivery Day Preparations

This week was very busy for HSP! With preparing for the holidays and our November senior delivery day tomorrow, there has been a lot to accomplish. To finish preparing for the 125 seniors we serve, our friends from UPS came to volunteer. The UPS volunteers graciously gave up time out of their morning to sort produce in the warehouse for SCP. We greatly appreciate the continued support from UPS. Without their help and other dedicated volunteers, serving our seniors would not be possible.