Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Seeking Food Donations!

With summer coming to a close and the holiday seasons approaching, Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) is in need of several non-perishable food items for its Senior Citizen Project (SCP).

Every month, HSP helps prepare and deliver food to needy seniors enrolled in the SCP. The goal of this project is to provide nutritional food for the needy elderly in DuPage and Kane Counties throughout the year, thereby alleviate the suffering and humiliation that poverty brings. Boxes filled with food products from all major food groups—grains, fruits, vegetables and meat—as well as other items such as paper products, cleaning products, personal hygiene products and gifts are delivered right to the senior’s door every month by volunteer drivers.

All of this is made possible by contributions from wonderful companies, organizations, and individuals that support HSP. Every little bit counts and takes us one step closer towards meeting the needs of our seniors; a food drive is an excellent way for a group to collect donations, but individual donations are always welcome and greatly appreciated. The following items are especially needed:

  • Canned Meats
  • Salmon
  • Tomato Products
  • Drinks
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Soup
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Pasta Meals
  • Main Meals
  • Beans
  • Candy
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Syrup
  • Pancakes
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Oil
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Pasta Sauce

Donations can be dropped off anytime from 9am-5:30pm at the Humanitarian Service Project Office:

465 Randy Road

Carol Stream, IL 60188

Phone: 630-221-8340

United Stationers Helps Local Elementary School Students

Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) would like to thank our good friends at United Stationers for their generous contribution to needy children attending Brady Elementary in Aurora. Jeff and Carlos from United Stations presented 150 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to students yesterday during a small assembly held in the school cafeteria. Each backpack and its contents are valued at $60, for a total value of $9000. The children were incredibly grateful and happy, as evidenced by the smiling faces. A special thanks goes to HSP staffer Sharon Sass, who directed United Stationers to this school and helped coordinate the event.

United Stationers has been a tremendous supporter of HSP and its programs for the past several years. Some of their many contributions include pallets of paper and cleaning products, as well as school supplies donations, money, and volunteers. HSP is grateful for the continued support from companies such as United Stationers, as well as other organizations and individuals.

Visit the United Stationers website at

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fujifilm Donates School Supplies

Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) would like to thank Fujifilm of Hanover Park for their generous donation of school supplies. Today marks the third year in a row that Fujifilm has helped HSP provide local needy children with the supplies they need to succeed in school. In addition to that, they have also contributed greatly in recent years by holding food and toy drives around Christmas.

HSP depends on the continued support of area companies such as Fujifilm, as well as other organizations and individuals. The three large, heavy boxes dropped off today containing folders, notebooks, pencils, coloring supplies, and other items will surely go a long way. With school already begun, HSP is working hard to collect and distribute school supplies as soon as possible.

The HSP school supply drive is ongoing, and donations are accepted throughout the year.

If you would like to donate supplies, they can be dropped off anytime from 9am-5:30pm at the Humanitarian Service Project Office:

465 Randy Road

Carol Stream, IL 60188

Phone: 630-221-8340

Monday, August 29, 2011

100+ Women Who Care Donates $10,500

The week certainly got off to a great start this morning when Sally and Deb from 100+ Women Who Care DuPage County stopped by to present the HSP with a $10,500 donation. Not only was it an extremely generous amount, but the way the funds were raised was very unique as well!

The group meets only four times a year. Each of the 100+ members agrees to donate $100 each per meeting to the charity the group chooses. Nominating slips with the charities’ names are placed in a box. Three slips are drawn and the members who nominated those charities get to give a five minute presentation about that charity. The members then vote to see which non-profit group will receive all the $100 checks from that meeting. What a cool concept in philanthropic giving!

The HSP was so excited to hear that we were selected to receive the funds from this quarter's meeting! It was amazing to see Sally and Deb walk through the door with 105 $100 checks in a beautifully wrapped envelope. We definitely had a celebration at the Center!

Thank you 100+ Women Who Care for making such a huge difference in your community and in the lives of the needy children, seniors and families the HSP serves!

If you would like more information about 100+ Women Who Care, you can find them at:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Anonymous donor donates 355 shares of Illinois Tool Works!

For the 4th year in a row, an anonymous donor has donated shares of Illinois Tool Works, Inc. (ITW). For the previous 3 years, we received the amount of shares equaling to about $10,000 per year. However, this year, the number of shares we received increased. This anonymous donor has given us 355 shares, which is about $15,000!clip_image002


A little about ITW:

“ITW is a global industrial company that operates 825 businesses located in 52 countries spanning the globe. Our people develop thousands of engineered products and specialty systems that are created and later improved in direct partnership with our customers. These business units serve diverse end markets and customer segments.”

We thank the mysterious donor who has been so generous to us.

Your support is invaluable to us, and you make a difference in the lives of needy children and seniors!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

In and Out

It is always wonderful to see at Humanitarian Service Project just how well needs are met thanks to our volunteers and donors. Just today we received a wonderful donation from Amy Regan of Wheaton and her family. Amy and her family are currently in the process of moving from Glen Ellyn to Wheaton, and in that process decided to graciously donate two televisions they no longer felt they needed. We at HSP found a use for one of the TVs so quickly that it was out the door almost as soon as it had come in. One of the seniors supported through our Senior Citizen Program had just beforehand called asking if we had any TVs. The senior had just had a TV break on him, and, thanks to the donation by Amy and her family, the need was filled right away.

We at HSP are always so thrilled to be able to fill a need, and it is thanks to all of our supporters that we are able to do so. Again, we would like to thank Amy Regan and her family, and all of our other donors and volunteers for all the support that they give. If you have anything you would like to donate please call us at 630-221-8340 to see if there is a need you could help us fill.

The School Supply Drive Marches On

While many children have already returned to school, the HSP School Supply Drive continues to move full steam in order to provide supplies to children from families in need. We at HSP would like to extend our deepest thanks to the Rotary Club of Wheaton for donating 840 backpacks full of supplies to support the school supply drive. The Rotary Club graciously donated the supplies which they purchased with money they raised to help prepare area school children for the year ahead.

(Above: Roger Tully of the Rotary Club of Wheaton Delivering the Backpacks to HSP)

Everyone at Humanitarian Service Project has been floored by the support our School Supply Drive has received from individual donors and organizations, like the Rotary Club of Wheaton, who have made the program possible. Thanks to them HSP has provided supplies to more than 1000 children, and for that we would like to again thank The Rotary Club of Wheaton, and everyone else who has donated supplies. HSP’s Supply Drive is still ongoing, and if you would like to make a donation they can be dropped off any time from 9am-5:30pm Monday-Friday at the Humanitarian Service Project Office: 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL, 60188 Phone: 630-221-8340.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

HSP Intern: Matt McGahan

HSP is proud to welcome a new intern, Matt McGahan. Matt recently graduated from North Central College in Naperville with a degree in history. He began this Monday and is

planning to stay for a whole year! He will be serving as a ‘jack of all trades’ intern, performing various duties as needed and assisting with our Senior Citizen Project.

Growing up in the Chicago land area and wat

ching the Bulls during the 90’s, Matt enjoys basketball. One of his favorite hobbies is writing, a skill which is put to good use here at HSP.

Matt has always been interested in non-profit work. Last summer, he interned at the Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale. Looking for new experiences, he found our internship posting on his school’s career website, applied, and got the job. We are grateful to have him join our team!

If you are interested in becoming an HSP intern, please contact us to set up an interview:

Humanitarian Service Project
465 Randy Road
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Tel. (630) 221-8340


A Very Generous Gift

HSP would like to send our deepest thanks to Saint Walter Church in Roselle for such a generous donation through their vacation bible school. The donation, graciously picked up by our intrepid volunteer Pete, came in the form of seventeen boxes packed to the brim of a variety of things including school supplies, clothing, personal care items like shampoo and toothpaste, and household items like laundry detergent. These supplies were just what the doctor ordered as a number of the donated items, particularly school supplies and paper products, are items that are in high demand for many of our projects. These graciously donated supplies will go towards a number of programs here including our School Supply Program and our Senior Citizen Project.

The supplies were donated through Saint Walters’ yearly Vacation Bible Camp drive, in which children are encouraged to give to those who are in need. Humanitarian Service Project is very appreciative to the efforts of these young donors and their families for mobilizing in such a big way to help HSP reach those in need, as well as, the wonderful volunteers who help make our operation run smoothly.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Much Needed Backup

Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Dupage Regional Office of Education (DROE) for the donation of 100 backpacks full of school supplies to go to area families that need them. HSP, having taken on the goal of providing area children in need with necessary school supplies, had previously assisted the DROE in its back to school fair on August 3rd, alongside the county and Catholic Charities. We would like to thank DROE, and particularly staff member Lynn Strevell, for dropping off the backpacks yesterday, August 22nd.

Humanitarian Service Project’s school supply drive is ongoing and, thanks primarily to the efforts of individual donors and groups like DROE and other service organizations, we have been able to supply more than 1000 children with the necessary supplies. However, more than 100 children are still on the waiting list for supplies, and there is likely to be even more need for supplies once school begins and teachers and parents assess their children’s needs. If you would like to make a donation of supplies, they can be dropped off anytime from 9am-5:30pm at the Humanitarian Service Project Office: 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL, 60188 Phone: 630-221-8340.

Senior Delivery: Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

We would like to express a great deal of gratitude to the fifty-five drivers and ten packers who assisted with our Senior Delivery Day this past Saturday. Despite pouring rain Saturday morning, our wonderful corps of volunteers packed and delivered supplies allowing us supply 120 needy seniors with nutritious groceries.

On Senior Delivery Day each month, our seniors receive supplies which include eight varieties of vegetables, seven fruits (including some very delicious watermelon this month,) five bags of non-perishables, two bags of paper products and personal care items, and a gift from our Secret Pal donors. None of which would be possible without all of our wonderful volunteers who pitch in rain or shine.

We would also like to particularly thank those that came forward to help in response to our urgent e-mail, which allowed this month’s Delivery Day to be successful.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lesley Ronson Brown serves selflessly!

We want to acknowledge long-time volunteer and key Speakers Team member, Lesley Ronson Brown, for conducting a school supplies drive for the HSP. Lesley is a fantastic yoga teacher and teamed with the Yoga by Degrees yoga salon where she teaches to encourage their patrons to help needy kids get the school supplies they urgently need. They put together a beautiful email announcing the school supplies drive and Lesley's husband created a great sign for the donations collection box at the studio.

I’ve included a copy of the email to show how some creativity and effort can benefit the community and help the HSP make sure that the students in our schools have the necessary tools to do their best in the classroom! They included all of the requested supplies and the HSP website. Please call if you need some ideas on how you could do the same at your place of work, etc..

Way to go, Lesley!

You can contact Lesley at

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Dear Fellow Yogi,

We wanted to let you know that Yoga by Degrees is taking part in a great local charity event and we want YOU to be a part of it too!

The Humanitarian Service Project is a not-for-profit organization servicing the needs of DuPage & Kane county locals that puts on an annual school supply drive for local, impoverished children. Join us in supporting our community and the next generation by helping these kids get the supplies they need for school.

On behalf of The Humanitarian Service Project, Yoga by Degrees will be accepting the following materials at the studio starting Saturday, August 20th :
  • Backpacks
  • Pens (Black, Red, Blue)
  • Crayons
  • Rulers
  • Trapper Keepers
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Colored Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Safety Scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Glue (Regular) & Glue Sticks
  • Index Cards
  • Calculators
  • Protractors
  • Post-It Notes
  • Notebook Paper (Wide-ruled & College-ruled)
  • Pencils & Erasers
  • Pencil Boxes

For more information on The Humanitarian Service Project visit their website:

Giving Back is a part of our Yoga practice...

Karma Yoga means the "discipline of action." Simply put, karma yoga is the practice of serving others selflessly. When we take up a path of karma yoga we are taking our practice off the mat and putting our yoga into action.

The true spirit of selfless service is an expression of the heart rather than an act driven by obligation or ego. When we give back and expect nothing in return we are truly giving to ourselves as well as our community. Without it being an intention, karma yoga helps to reduce our ego and experience feelings of pure contentment.

"Is the intention pure, selfless, and born out of love? Is it based on truth? Does it result in peace? If so, it is a right action." Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Thank You for Supporting The Humanitarian Service Project and for doing your Karma Yoga!

Yoga by Degrees
Yoga by Degrees, Inc. | 241 Rice Lake Square | Wheaton, Illinois 60189 |

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Amazing Ava!

We want to acknowledge a little girl who is having a huge impact in the lives of needy children in our community! Ava Silverstein just turned three this past week. Instead of having friends bring gifts to the birthday party, her mom requested that guests bring donations for Party-in-a-Bag kits for the Children’s Birthday Project birthday boxes.

Her mom, Simeren, said “Ava is blessed to have plenty of toys already and we wanted to be able to help other kids have a great birthday”. Simeren has helped coordinate many other donations to the HSP through her role in the Women in Business group with the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce.

Well, Ava must be a pretty popular girl, because this great idea generated enough supplies to put together at least 40 Party-in-a-Box kits!! Guests also brought new toys to donate and at least 2 parents decided to write checks to sponsor children in the Children’s Birthday Project!

We are so thrilled to have such a young philanthropist (and her parents) as

great friends of the Humanitarian Service Project. Happy Birthday, Ava!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Another Day, Another Intern says Good-Bye

The HSP says another good-bye as Naveed Shah gets ready to go back to class.

Naveed has kept the entire staff laughing all summer with his sense of humor and has brightened everyone’s day with his energetic and hardworking personality.

Naveed is a senior at the University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign. He’s studying International Business and Organizational and Cultural Communication. With graduation coming close, Naveed hopes to work with an international business and going abroad.

He has been a big help here at the HSP working with Floyd, Co-founder of the Humanitarian Service Project, with accounting and researching more energy efficient options.

Thank You Naveed for all your hard work this summer!!

If you are interested in being an intern for the Humanitarian Service Project:

Humanitarian Service Project

465 Randy Rd

Carol Stream, IL 60188

Tel #: (630)221-8340


HSP gets a BIG School Supply Donation

HSP got a big donation of school supplies in this morning from the DuPage County Senior Services to help with the school supply drive.

All week long, the phones have been ringing with families needing school supplies as everyone gets ready to go back to school.

The DuPage County Senior Services brought in 21 bags of school supplies and will help kids be prepared for class as they start the new school year in the next couple of weeks.

HSP collects school supplies through October.

If you are interested in making a donation, please contact the Humanitarian Service Project at:

Humanitarian Service Project

465 Randy Road

Carol Stream, IL

T. 630.221.8340



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Help Needed for Senior Delivery Day

Help Needed for Senior Delivery Day

Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) is in need of volunteers for this Saturday’s (August 20th) Senior Delivery Day.

Currently, we are seeking 7 drivers to bring food to seniors in nearby communities. Drivers are asked to stop by our center in Carol Stream, where we will load their cars with groceries, give them maps, and provide them information about the seniors. Most routes deliver

to 2 seniors.

The following routes are available:

· 1 senior in Aurora

· 2 seniors in Lisle

· 1 sr. in Glen Ellyn, 1 sr. in Downer’s Grove

· 2 seniors in Wheaton

· 2 seniors in Naperville

· 2 seniors in Bensenville

· 1 sr. in Wheaton, 1 sr. in Warrenville

The delivery package for each senior is enough for 3-4 weeks, so driver’s should have space in their vehicles.

Two volunteers are also needed to help load the food into cars from 7:45 AM to noon.

Our seniors are truly grateful for this service:

“My arthritis makes it really hard to get around these days. I don’t even have a car to get to a store; I was so relieved when I was told that HSP would deliver my groceries.”

“Having someone bring the food to my home is wonderful! It is such a relief knowing that I do not have to carry in the groceries by myself. The people who deliver the food are amazing!”

If you are interested in helping out or if you would like to find out more information, please give us a call at (630)221-8340 or email HSP at If we have not worked with you before, we would need the names and phone numbers of 2 professional references.

One Saturday each month, HSP delivers food, Secret Pal gifts, personal care items, and household supplies to the senior citizens we support in the Senior Citizen Project. This is possible only with the wonderful drivers and volunteers who contribute part of their weekend to the cause of feeding the needy!

Monday, August 15, 2011

HSP Welcomes a New Member!

Today, HSP gets to welcome a new staff member. Melissa Steirer has graduated from Elmhurst College in 2009, and received her Master’s degree in Public Administration this past May!


We are thrilled to have Melissa on the team. Her responsibility is grant writing.

Did we mention that she also used to intern here? Yes, Melissa interned at HSP in 2007. And now, 4 years later, we get to welcome her back to our team.

Her interests include reading, biking, and working out.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sunscreen: A Summer Necessity!

HSP wants to remind you to put on sunscreen up before you go outside! The importance of sunscreen cannot be overstated!  The reason why sunscreen is important is that the number one cause of aging and damage to the skin is sun exposure.   Sun protection is the most important skin care product you can use everyday.


Sunscreens should be applied to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes BEFORE going outdoors. When using sunscreen, be sure to apply it to all exposed areas and pay particular attention to the face, ears, hands and arms. Coat the skin liberally and rub it in thoroughly — most people apply only 25 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen.

Don't reserve the use of sunscreen only for sunny days. Even on a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun's ultraviolet rays can pass through the clouds. In addition, sand reflects 25 percent of the sun's rays and snow reflects 80 percent of the sun's rays.


More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed in more than 2 million people annually. Many studies have found an association between sunburns and enhanced risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Have a wonderful rest of your summer and remember to wear your sunscreen!

Comfort Keepers Pairs Up With HSP to End Hunger

Comfort Keepers has partnered up with the HSP to help end hunger for needy senior citizens. They started a challenge to collect 10,000 lbs of food for senior citizens in 2011 and have nearly hit the halfway mark.

All the donated food gets sorted and delivered to 120 needy senior citizens in our Senior Citizen Program every month. Each senior gets 5 bags of fresh fruits and vegetables and non-perishable foods, 2 bags of paper products, and 7 selections of frozen meat.

In addition, Comfort Keepers is partnering with local health care providers to help collect non-perishable goods. They have set up donation bins at the multiple locations where anyone can donate as much as they please. These bins are monitored by Comfort Keepers and all the donated food is brought directly to Humanitarian Service Project in Carol Stream.

Food donations are accepted at:

  • Comfort Keeper’s Office, 221 E. Lake Street, Suite 212, Addison IL
  • Addison Park District, 120 E Oak Street Addison IL
  • First American Bank 1780 W Fullerton Avenue Addison, IL
  • MB financial Bank, 1170 W Army Trail Road, Addison IL
  • Mills Park Tower 1025 Pleasant Place, Oak Park IL
  • Oak Park city Apartment, 675 Lake Street, Oak Park IL
  • Oak Park Township Senior Services, 418 S Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park IL
  • Humanitarian Service Project 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream IL

This initiative only proves how kind and generous Comfort Keepers has been to us and therefore we would like to convey our greatest appreciation and thank them for their hard work and consideration. By partnering with such an organization we hope to get one step closer to ending hunger. Thank you Comfort Keepers!

If you would like to help or donate please do so at the above mentioned locations or if you are looking to partner with Comfort Keepers by placing a bin at your location please contact them via email at or call at (630) 834-8366.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Internship Positions!

HSP has recently added five new internship positions to its program. In addition to the general internship that HSP has always offered, we will now offer interns hands-on experience that is more specific to the student's field of study.

The program now includes positions in marketing and sales, accounting, public relations, and social work.

Our marketing and sales intern will have the opportunity to pioneer and shape a department that is still in its infancy here at HSP, giving them a unique, hands-on experience in their field.

Our accounting intern will work directly under Co-founder and CFO Floyd Kettering, which is esentially an apprenticeship opportunity with an accountant who has decades of experience in the field.

Our PR interns will gain valuable experience in their fields as well. They will be responsible for writing the daily blogs, as well as writing and distributing press releases.

Finally, HSP has a great need for Senior Citizen Project assistants. We are looking for students with a passion for social work that can help coordinate the many programs we offer our seniors. This internship is extremely fulfilling, offering the student one-on-one work with seniors while helping the student develop excellent communication and writing skills.

If you are a college student who is interested in any of the positions above or the general internship position, please contact Sharon at (630)-221-8340

Our summer 2011 interns with the Executive Director Karole Kettering. (From left to right) Michelle, a senior at Northcentral University studying communications and broadcasting, Andrew, a junior at Northwestern University studying Biomedical Engineering, Lauren a senior at Furman University studying English and Women & Gender Studies, Michelle, a senior at Notre Dame studying Sociology and Spanish, Naveed a senior at the University of Illinois studying International Business, and Dan, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Economics.

Good-Bye Lauren and Good Luck!!

Yesterday, HSP said good luck to Lauren, one of the interns. She is headed back to school in South Carolina.

Lauren worked on numerous things while she was interning here. She answered the phones, put together our beautiful display board in the front and worked with Sarah on organizing the monthly meals and putting thank you letters together for all our volunteers.

Although, we will greatly miss Lauren. She said she is hoping to come back in December to volunteer. Lauren is studying English and Gender Studies at Furman University. She is planning on going into social work.

We wish Lauren the best of luck with her senior year!

If you are interested in being an intern for the Humanitarian Service Project, please contact:

Humanitarian Service Project

465 Randy Road

Carol Stream, IL

T. 630.221.8340



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

HSP gets a visit from an old Friend

Today, HSP had a special visitor stop by. Steffani Schneider stopped in to say to the staff. She was an intern in 2007 from Elmhurst College.

While Steffani completed her internship years ago, she continues supporting HSP by loading the vehicles on the Senior Delivery Day for the Senior Citizen Project.

Steffani also recruited her mom, Mary Ellen, to volunteer at HSP by being a secret pal and to help out on Delivery Days for the Senior Citizen Project.

It was great to see you today Steffani and Thank You for all your wonderful help!!

We are currently recruiting interns for the fall semester! If you or someone you know are looking for a dynamic internship during our busy holiday season at the Humanitarian Service Project, please contact:

Humanitarian Service Project

465 Randy Road

Carol Stream, IL

T. 630.221.8340



Monday, August 8, 2011


It is truly amazing as to how many kind and caring individuals bring in donations for our children and seniors. From food to televisions to microwaves to basketballs, the donations go on and on.

Now, what sparks these upstanding citizens to donate is truly a spectacle in and of itself.

At the office of Dr. John Murphy, staff members have come up with an interesting strategy to collect donations. If a patient does not show up for an appointment with Dr. Murphy, than he or she must bring in a board game which then gets donated to a local charity. Today we received a donation of ten whole board games that will be put towards our Children’s Birthday Project.

We extend our greatest appreciation and gratitude to Dr. John Murphy and his staff for their generous donation. Thank you very much!

Catch Up With a Senior!

Nellie H. is one of our seniors at HSP. She loves to make crafts, enjoys reading fiction, and is addicted to games shows, especially the Price is Right! HSP has helped Nellie through financial hardship and challenging medical issues.
Nellie is so thankful for the 90 pounds monthly deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables, 7 assorted meats, and non-perishable foods and paper products. Nellie says, “I’m very happy with the amount of groceries I get; now I’m able to have five servings of fruits and vegetables every day!”

Nellie says the services HSP have given her have really helped her, “Your service has sincerely changed my outlook for the better. I really appreciate what you do for me. It’s so nice, and I truly enjoy everything you give me.

We at the Humanitarian Service Project cannot thank you enough for all of our donors support. Nellie and everyone at HSP are endlessly grateful for the difference you are making in the quality of her life.

If you would like to sponsor a senior like Nellie, the cost of a full sponsorship is $70 a month. To cosponsor a senior it is $35 a month. Please visit our website for more information:

Friday, August 5, 2011

Donating their Summer to Help Others

Volunteers come and go and come back again!!

All summer long Katie Yackey, Giuliann Lamantia, and Anna Pesetiski have stopped in once a week to help HSP out.

They originally came with their schools NHS to complete their hours and really enjoyed it volunteering.

They have been sorting food, packing boxes and many other things to help out the different projects here at HSP.

All three of the girls said they enjoy helping other people and it feels good to help. They plan on volunteering whenever they can through out the school year.

Thank you Katie, Giulann, and Anna for all your help this summer!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

United Stationers Help with Paper Needs

United Stationers stopped by yesterday morning to make a donation. They donated 3 pallets of paper goods to HSP. One and a half pallets were toilet paper and the other 1 ½ were full of Kleenex.

United Stationers have been helping HSP in many different ways over the past few years, including paper drives and donating school supplies.

These paper goods will help HSP and all the needy seniors and families in a tremendous way.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact the Humanitarian Services Project at:

465 Randy Rd., Carol Stream, IL60188. Or visit our website for more information:!

WOW!, Thanks for the School Supplies!

Today we received a huge generous donation from WOW! Internet Cable Phone Company! HSP received a large lug of school supplies to give to impoverished children in DuPage and Kane counties. The school supplies donated in the lug included a whole variety of items we desperately need, from a rainbow of folders to countless notebooks and much needed pens, pencils and backpacks! Thank you WOW! Internet for this beautiful array of school supplies! They are so needed and appreciated!

If you would like to donate school supplies to HSP, please bring them to our center: 465 Randy Rd., Carol Stream, IL 60188. Or visit our website for more information:!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

School Supplies Donated in Time of Need

This afternoon, Valentino Wilson and his family came to HSP, and donated 9 large shopping bags filled to the brim with school supplies from pencils to backpacks. Valentino had asked that his friends and relatives bring school supplies to his graduation party in lieu of gifts. Thank you Valentino and family for your generosity, the school supplies donated will help many needy children! We are so grateful for your kindness!

This donation was given in a time of extreme need! There are countless children in DuPage and Kane counties that are in desperate need of school supplies for the upcoming year. We are currently asking for donations of:

- Crayons -Pencils

- Folders -Glue Sticks

- Rulers -Scissors

- Loose-leaf Paper -Magic Markers

- Pens -Colored Pencils

- Highlighters -Notebooks

- Calculators -Erasers

If you would like to donate, please bring all supplies to theHumanitarian Service Project: 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL. If you have any questions please contact us by phone: (630) 221-8371 or by email:

Feed the Kids, A Success!

We have successfully delivered 75,000 pounds of food for the 2011 summer months of June, July and August to 100 needy families. We are so thankful for all of

the help given by our many volunteers who have worked so hard to make this program a success.

This program means so much to these families, who would otherwise not be able to afford groceries for their children during the summer months. Each month the 100 families participating in Feed the Kids receive $497 worth of food, a total retail value of $1,491 given to families for the summer.

Many of the families who are in our Feed the Kids project rely on the free or discounted breakfast and lunch programs at their children’s schools to help feed their families. However, during the summer months that support is not available, and many families are left struggling, “Summer is hard in our situation due to child support issues and having the kids home for every meal, whereas in school they eat 2 meals a day there. Thank you for alleviating my fears about food this summer.” ~A Mother in our Feed the Kids Program.

This program has heavily impacted the lives of the children in our program. The 18 different varieties of fruits and vegetables in addition to the 8 types of frozen meat give the children in our program the energy they need, not to mention the 100 pounds of non-perishable food! One parent has said, “There is nothing worse for a mother than to feel you can’t give your kids what they need. It is humiliating to feel like a failure. Never once in my dealings with your organization have I been humiliated or treated with anything but respect. Thank You.“ ~A Mother from our Feed the Kids Program

Thank you to all of our volunteers who have helped HSP accomplish this amazing feat. We could not have made Feed the Kids happen without all of your help!

A Big Thank You to LexisNexis!

Yesterday, LexisNexis, in addition to two Midwestern University students, donated their time to paint parking spaces for HSP. The hot and humid weather was a challenge, but you never would have guessed it was an issue because of their positive attitudes and friendly smiles. Their efforts paid off, and our lot has never looked better! Thank you LexisNexis for all of your hard work and continued support!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Midwestern University Helps HSP Feed the Kids

Today we had 18 volunteers from Midwestern University in Downers Grove help prepare HSP for our last Feed the Kids Pickup date which is tomorrow, August 3rd. Sarah Grindstaff, our Senior Citizen Project Coordinator, led the group as they helped box the 18 different beautiful types of produce from Caputos.

Along with the delicious produce, we are also giving the families four boxes of non-perishable food including everything from pasta to juice weighing in at over 100 pounds! We are also donating 8 different types of frozen meat to the families, the groceries totaling to over 250 pounds of food for each family. The total retail value is $497 for this food.

We are so thankful for all of the help that Midwestern University and all of our other volunteers gave to make our Feed the Kids program a success this summer! Thank you for all of your hard work and support!

If you would like to know more about our other programs please look at our website: or contact us by email: or by phone: (630) 221-8340.

Happy Birthday Alex!

As the Children’s Birthday Project may have led you to believe, we love birthdays! So when one of us here at HSP has a birthday, we celebrate!

Today staff member Alex Gordy celebrated his 26th birthday!

Alex, our Database Administrator keeps HSP’s records up to date and among other responsibilities is the resident fixer of paper jams!

To celebrate Alex’s birthday, the entire staff along with two of our interns ate a delicious lunch from Jimmy John’s. Sharon Sass, even bought Alex’s favorite cake, tiramisu, for dessert! As with any good party, we had streamers and Alex had a birthday “cowboy” hat to celebrate. Happy Birthday Alex from HSP!