Friday, April 29, 2011
Heather Gordon, a teacher at the middle school was our contact and she was very excited to work with HSP. We love to hear about younger people who are involved in helping out the community. These middle-schoolers have certainly made a difference in the lives of so many needy children in our community.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
We have seniors requesting meals in the following towns:
· Carol Stream
· Downers Grove
· Glen Ellyn
· Glendale Heights
· Villa Park
There are a few more opportunities for anyone interested in volunteering at HSP. We have Stamp Out Hunger coming up on May 14th and we need people to help out at post offices and will hopefully have tons of food items to sort & box after the event. We have Feed the Kids occurring in the summer and we need volunteers for Ribfest as well. Let us know if you have some time to donate!
If you would like to volunteer please contact HSP at (630) 221-8340 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Her biggest improvement would have been with her communication skills. She spent a long time interviewing seniors for the senior updates and she also spoke with different case workers of the seniors in our Senior Citizen Project. Aliza is grateful that she was able to take part in many assignments at HSP.
She helped change the layout of our blog and she learned a lot about social media. She wrote blogs and was able to post the entries on Facebook as well. She really liked being able to talk and work with the staff and other interns. They made this an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for her.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I found that working in an office setting is a good work setting for me. It allows you to work as a team. But, everyone has their own assignments so you are able to maintain your independence as well. I got to know the staff pretty well and they taught me a lot about life and work.
I appreciated the opportunity to help out those in need. I was amazed at how much space HSP had. The warehouse is huge and always full of donations. I was impressed by how dedicated the volunteers were. They were always ready to help. I was also impressed by how easy companies and people throughout the community were willing to donate items to HSP.
I liked how HSP helps children and seniors and their programs do make a significant difference in the lives of those they work with. Many seniors that I spoke with were very grateful that HSP was a part of their lives. The children were always so excited to get their new gifts, as told by the parents who came in to pick up the Birthday Boxes.
I will never forget my time spent at HSP and want to thank everyone for being so welcoming and willing to teach me about the work that is done at HSP!
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Each senior that asks for a computer receives a tower, monitor, keyboard and mouse. If needed, they can also receive a power strip. Sometimes they only need the monitor and tower.
One senior, Ruth, received a computer and she says:
“I am enjoying it very much. I will be taking a computer class in a few
weeks, then I can learn how to enjoy it even more. I have brothers and
sisters all over the country. Now I can stay in contact with them.”
Another senior, Addie says:
“Having a computer makes me happy. I use it a lot. I go on Facebook
and play games. I also send my family a holiday greeting.”
Thursday, April 21, 2011
We appreciate the steadfast support of Chuck Strayve since 2002. We want to thank them for renewing their partnership for yet another year, saving the project funds & time to serve more impoverished families & children. Thanks again to Chuck Strayve Landscaping!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This is a great opportunity to involve your whole family in volunteering. The seniors really appreciate the food and look forward to the delivery. We appreciate all the volunteers who have been involved with the Holiday Meals program and we are always on the lookout for new volunteers. Join us!
The following seniors still need a volunteer to bring them a meal:
· Dorothy in Bensenville
· Marie in Downers Grove
· Mary Ellen in Downers Grove
· Shirley in Villa Park
· Ethel in Woodridge
If you would be interested in helping out and have never volunteered with us before please give us the name and phone numbers of two professional references. Otherwise, you can email us at email@example.com or give us a call at (630) 221-8340.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
“It feels good to help out,” Joey told HSP.
His brothers had made similar donations in the past and he wanted to do the same. We appreciate such generosity from a young child and feel honored that he would be so willing to give away his new gifts.
Now these toys will find a new home and make other boys and girls very happy. We thank Joey and his family for their kindness and support for HSP!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
We greatly appreciated such a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Addison. HSP could not be so successful without the help of loyal donors and volunteers.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Yesterday, HSP received a special donation from a generous donor, Kay Hedeen. Her store in Naperville closed due to economic reasons and she had a lot of non-perishable food and beverages left over. She was looking for somewhere to donate the rest of her stock and decided HSP would be the perfect place. We would like to thank our loyal volunteers Larry Erven and Dick Adamo, who went and picked up the donation and then unloaded it back at the HSP warehouse.
We then received:
* 9 boxes of snacks: ramen noodles, cups of macaroni & cheese, chips & cookies
* Over 20 cases of beverages: lemonade, iced tea, soda and energy drinks
HSP offers Kay Hedeen our sincere thanks for such a gracious donation. We thank her for supporting our program. HSP always appreciates the kindness and generosity of donors and volunteers throughout the community.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
- 1 paperback
- 1 small hardcover book
- The boys received a Bob the Builder book while girls received a Dora the Explorer book
Over 500 children at the 100% poverty line were given new toys and books. The Ketterings also spoke with the children who in turn expressed their happiness and joy for all the new toys they received. The children created handmade posters for HSP to show their gratitude for the new items. These posters will then hang upstairs in our toy workshop. Head Start is a unique and very successful program run all over the country. Its goal is to provide low income children with proper nutrition and education. Also, if focuses on fulfilling the child’s social and emotional needs. The children involved in the program are ages three to kindergarten.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
HSP received an outdoor toys donation today from one generous volunteer, Laura Bresingham. Her young son, Drew recently had his 9th birthday party with all of his hockey friends. The presents he received from his friends are now being donated to HSP. He kept one present for himself and then willingly donated the rest. His mother told us he “was very excited to do this for these [needy] kids.” Now there are brand new outdoor toys waiting to be distributed.
- 3 scooters
- 3 basketballs
- 3 soccer balls
- 3 bats
- 3 hockey sticks
These items can be used for our Children’s Birthday Project and many children will be excited to receive these fun gifts. HSP would like to thank Mrs. Bresingham and Drew for their creative and charitable donation. We know these gifts will help brighten up the day of children that are less fortunate. We appreciate all the support and dedication from our many donors and volunteers.
Through the years at
However, this is the first time we have had animals wanting to get involved.
Last night, Sarah, our Senior Citizen Project coordinator, was in the office afterhours, getting some work done, when she heard a tapping at the front door. Usually, this is how scary movies start, but what Sarah found was far from frightening.
A Mallard duck was tapping on the front door, wanting to get into
Unfortunately, we cannot have ducks wandering around
Monday, April 11, 2011
One of our long-time, faithful, volunteer gift wrappers came in, today. As always, Galinda was ready to pick up more gifts to wrap for the impoverished children of DuPage and
Galinda has been volunteering with the Children’s Birthday Project for a long time, now. We know we can always count on her to bring back beautifully wrapped gifts that will bring joy and excitement to these children on their birthdays. “Every gift she brings back is absolutely gorgeous. She does a great job,” said Sharon, our Administrative Assistant.
Galinda has chosen wrapping presents for
This Saturday (April 16) is Delivery Day for our seniors. Unfortunately, we do not yet have enough drivers to deliver the much needed groceries to all of our seniors. The impoverished seniors we serve depend on us to deliver the groceries they rely on for the month. We have the groceries; we just need your help to deliver them!
Most routes deliver to 2 seniors and we still need drivers to deliver to seniors in the following towns:
· 1 senior in Lisle, 1 senior in Westmont
Drivers can pick up the groceries here at our center any time between through . We’ll load your vehicle and provide maps to the seniors’ homes; you just deliver!
If you’re a first timer, we just need the names and phone numbers of two professional references. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-221-8340.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Allured Business Media has heard and answered HSP’s calls for help. As we have mentioned in previous blog spots, our paper product supplies have been running very low. The need for toilet paper has reached the point where our seniors are covered through August. It is with deep gratitude that we announce Allured Business Media’s generous donation to our project. In the next few hours, 6 MONTHS WORTH of toilet paper will be delivered to our doorstep. The seniors that are enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project will are now guaranteed the continuation of this very basic and vitally required product. Toilet paper is a daily necessity that can become quite costly. Because of the financial burden that our seniors have had to endure, the price of toilet paper can become quite a concern!
Since Allured Business Media has taken the time to become familiar with our mission, we feel excited to pass our good news to you and the rest of HSP’s family. Allure Business Media publishes and sells business magazines, reference materials and directories. Their company is not only functioning within the borders of our country, it has established business internationally. Their publications provide consumers with information regarding cosmetics, perfumes and salon and spa products.
Those at Allured Business Media have become one of our Humanitarian Heroes. We truly appreciate Allured Business Media’s support! THANK YOU!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Today Head Start is picking up toys, games, and books that will benefit nearly 600 children in poverty, ages 3-6, in
Head Start is an organization that works on providing children with early education and care. Children enrolled in the Head Start program either attend one of the 6
The gifts are items donated to
Joy and the Head Start Program have been involved with
We look forward to many more partnerships to benefit the children of
We look forward to many more partnerships to benefit the children of
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
We would like to encourage all blog followers to write a review about HSP. Check out our new profile on the GreatNonprofits.org website: http://greatnonprofits.org/organizations/reviews/the-humanitarian-service-project and click on the write a review tab.
This website allows you to review, find, and talk about nonprofit organizations. It is also associated with the charity watchdog site, Charity Navigator, which is the agency that has given the HSP its highest Four Star rating for 6 consecutive years. This puts us in the top 3% of U.S. Charities.
Your story counts. If you have experience with HSP, please share your great experiences and help other people discover how we are making a difference.
Monday, April 4, 2011
When a child receives their beautifully wrapped, thoughtfully chosen birthday presents from
It takes a small army to do all the things that lead up to that magic moment, and one of the biggest jobs is beautifully wrapping all those presents. It takes a commitment of time, care, and detail to make the presents look beautiful and ready to bring a smile to a child’s face.
We’d like to give a huge, sincere thank you to all the amazing, thoughtful volunteer wrappers that have helped
It is a joy to touch the heart of a child on his or her birthday. If you or anyone you know is interested in wrapping gifts, feel free to contact us at:
email@example.com or 630-221-8340
The National Stamp Out Hunger will take place on Saturday, May 14th. During the day people all around the community will be placing canned goods and non-perishable items on their porches and by their mailboxes. The mailmen will then go around and collect these items. The items are brought back to the various post offices and HSP will have volunteers stationed there to load them into vehicles to be delivered to HSP.
Do you have a nice sized vehicle? If so, we could use your help! We are looking for volunteers to be at the local post offices. Once the items are brought to the different post offices by the mail carriers, volunteers will load them into their cars and deliver them to HSP.
We also are in need of volunteers to be at HSP to unload all the donations when they come in. Additionally, volunteers will start to sort out the collected food at our warehouse. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Because some of the mail bins are heavy, volunteers should be high school aged or older.
If you are unable to help out by volunteering, you could still show your support by placing canned goods outside your door to be picked up Saturday, May 14th.
If you are available to help, please give us a call at (630) 221-8340, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Friday, April 1, 2011
We would like to thank Jeanne Mraz and Georgia Pacific Corporation in Elwood IL for the generous donation of paper products. It took four volunteers to unload two vans full of paper towels, toilet paper, and other paper products that we received from Georgia Pacific. We are grateful to have the support of Georgia Pacific. They have been contributing to HSP’s efforts since 2006!
A thank you goes to our volunteers - Bob, Larry, Mike and Zach for unloading this generous donation of paper products. Your help goes a long way to support HSP’s effort in serving low-income seniors and needy children.