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Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
This Sunday, April 29th, the Humanitarian Service Project will be in fashion. The Bloomingdale Women’s Club has selected Humanitarian Service Project as the main charity to support with their 37th Annual Charity Fashion Show and Luncheon, “All That Jazz.”
Karole Kettering, Founder and Executive Director, will be attending not only to represent HSP, but also to support her daughter Becky and two granddaughters, Morgan and Olivia who will be models in the fashion show. We could not be represented by anyone better and they all are sure to have fun at such a fantastic event!
The show will feature fashions from Carson Pirie Scott, Sassy’s Originals, Bella Bianca Couture, and York Furrier coats. The event will include raffles, door prizes, and is sure to be a lot of fun. The best part is it is for a good cause supporting the many people who rely on the programs the Humanitarian Service Project provides in the community.
It is wonderful to be partnering with the Bloomingdale Women’s club on this event and we are proud they have selected us to be involved in this exciting day.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
|Michelle (left) Allie (right)|
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
This paper donation from Waubonsie was the result of a school-wide drive spearheaded by the student council. From the 11th to the 20th, students were encouraged to bring in paper towels, Kleenex, and toilet paper for the needy seniors in our Senior Citizen Project. The student’s got so behind the idea that, in this relatively short period of time, they collected so much paper that the donation took up a whole row in our warehouse!
With the cost of necessities like medication and rent, the needy senior citizens in our project cannot afford items that are necessary to live comfortably, like these paper products. For this reason, we want to thank all of the students from
Monday, April 23, 2012
|(From Left: Matt Eriksen, Melissa Eriksen, Ginna Eriksen, and Alex Gordy.)|
Friday, April 20, 2012
HSP Assistant Director Kristin Maxwell represented HSP at
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Those who read our blog this past Monday know that this week is National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to acknowledge those who put their time and energy into reaching out to people in need. Earlier today at HSP, we were reflecting on all the volunteers who have mobilized in a myriad of ways to help us serve the needy seniors and children in our projects, and one such volunteer just so happened to pop in the door.
HSP would like to call your attention to Rose Garcia, founder of the DuPage County Chapter of the charity Birthday 4 Free. This year, for the first time in the history of our project, Rose and Birthday Cakes 4 Free have taken it upon themselves to donate birthday cakes for all 120 needy seniors served in our Senior Citizen Project. Rose stopped by today to drop off the nine cakes for the seniors in our project with April birthdays, and, let us tell you, they looked yummy. Rose told us that this month the cakes were donated by Whole Foods. Rose was very happy because the cakes were so well made, and everyone at Whole Foods seemed very happy to donate them. We know our seniors will be very excited too. Judi, one of our seniors who received a “Birthday Cakes 4 Free” cake last month, said, “I was so moved by it. I almost burst into tears when Jerry [a volunteer HSP driver] gave it to me.” We want to thank Rose, Whole Foods, and everyone else who has helped Birthday Cakes 4 Free with this wonderful service to our needy seniors.
Rose started the DuPage Chapter of Birthday Cakes 4 Free only a matter of months ago, and is looking for volunteers to help the chapter grow. Volunteers can help by baking, purchasing, or delivering cakes, or even by donating coupons. You can find more about the chapter here: http://www.facebook.com/Birthdaycakes4freeforDupageandKanecounties.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Relative to what you are talking about, the number 29 can seem like a small number, or incredibly large. When it comes to bags of gifts to wrap for the needy children served by HSP, 29 certainly is the latter. However, that is the number of bags that our friends at United Stationers in
United Stationers has helped HSP in a myriad of ways by donating money, goods, and volunteering their time for a number of projects. Considering how active United Stationers has been at helping HSP reach out to the needy already, wrapping gifts for 29 children seems all the more impressive. If you would like to follow United Stationer’s example by wrapping gifts for 1 or more of the 900 needy children served by our Children’s Birthday Project, please call us at 630-221-8340.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Our Tuesday at the Humanitarian Service Project perked up when we had a very generous donation of 56 cases of coffee delivered to our dock. During the month of March, Philip Janisch located HSP when he and his daughter were driving through the neighborhood and found us in the parking lot during our Senior Delivery day. It was our lucky day when he asked us if we could use cases of coffee and of course we jumped at the chance.
Pictured: Philip Janisch next to his large donation of coffee.
Philip has the spirit of donating in his heart as he has been giving cases of coffee away to the local fire departments and churches in his community. We are very grateful for this donation of 1120 bags of coffee as it will go a long way in the grocery bags for the Senior Citizen Project and Feed the Kids Project. 120 seniors and 100+ families will enjoy the coffee and start their days more awake for the summer months of May through August.
It is through the support of wonderful people in our community like Phil, which make the many projects at HSP so successful. Donations of items such as food, toys, money, and people’s valuable time translates to significant support for needy seniors, children and their families in our community. If you are interested in donating or volunteering we look forward to hearing from you at (630) 221-8340 or visit our website at email@example.com.
Monday, April 16, 2012
We are looking for people to sponsor our runners for the First Annual DuPage Human Race this Saturday. The race is scheduled to correspond with the end of National Volunteer Week, and is designed to raise money and awareness for local charities like HSP. We have a number of wonderful volunteers who have chosen to give their time and energy to represent HSP in the race. By sponsoring HSP in the Human Race, you will not only show that you support the endeavors of these fantastic volunteers in making an impact in the community, all of the money donated will go directly to helping the needy senior citizens, families, and children the HSP serves. If you would be interested, please visit our donation page for the event: http://www.active.com/donate/dupagehumanrace/humanitarianservicep.
Friday, April 13, 2012
We were so happy when we learned that International Paper was making this donation. It is a wonderful way to mark the start of our relationship with them, and it will go very far in this summer’s Feed the Kids program. One of our dear volunteers, Larry Erven, picked up the boxes for us this morning.
Feed the Kids will serve 350 children this summer, giving each of their families nearly $500 worth of food each month in June, July, and August. Because many of the children in our program rely on subsidized school lunches, we know the food will help the needy families in our community be able to provide nutritious and filling meals for their children while they are not in school. International Paper’s boxes enable us to have the produce and non-perishable items sorted, boxed, and ready to go when the families come to the warehouse each month for their food. Thank you, International Paper!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
There is an ancient proverb that says, “Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.” This being the case, we at Humanitarian Service Project sure are happy that the generosity of our supporters has allowed us to develop some very good habits. Today we got to practice one such habit we’ve been able to form recently, delivering birthday boxes to
We want to thank all of our sponsors, and other supporters, because it is only through your help that we have been able to reach these needy children at
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
If our Children’s Birthday Project is any indication, we at the Humanitarian Service Project are quite big fans of birthday parties. A person’s birthday is an opportunity to show the person just how much you appreciate them for being who they are. We were happy to have such an opportunity today, to celebrate the birthday of someone truly special.
HSP wants to wish a very happy birthday to our fantastic Administrative Assistant Bridget Dooley. This is Bridget’s first birthday since joining the HSP team last November, and we were very happy to take the time today to recognize her on her special day. Bridget has been an important fixture around our office in the, almost, six months since she began here at HSP. While occupying our front desk, Bridget has gotten to know many of HSP’s wonderful supporters, and she was very happy that a number of friends of the project were volunteering around today to share in her birthday celebration. Please join us in wishing Bridget a happy birthday! Above: HSP Assistant Director Kristin Maxwell (left) carrying the birthday cake for Bridget (right.)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” When someone is in need, the best thing you can do for that person is to show you care with an act of kindness.
We at the Humanitarian Service Project would like to extend our deepest thanks to the Women’s Society of the First Congregational Church in Western Springs, for exemplifying these words of Mark Twain. They have shown their kindness and caring by donating 36 “care kits” for the needy seniors in our program. Each of these wonderful kits will serve the dual purpose of providing the seniors with items they need, and allow them to have some fun as well. (Above: The contents of one of the care kits donated by the Women’s Society at First Congregational Church in Western Springs.)
The kits contained lotion, dish soap, a wash cloth, tissues, greeting cards with stamps, and a book of word searches. Again, we want to thank the Women’s Society of the First Congregational Church in Western Springs for showing the needy seniors we serve how much they care for them.
The needy seniors in our Senior Citizen Project all come from very low economic circumstances, and have to make tough decisions with the little income they do receive. With the cost of rent, medication, and necessities, these seniors often have to do without items they need to make their lives easier. Senior care kits, like those donated by the Women’s Society of First Congregational Church, are a practical way to help these needy seniors with these needs, as well as, to show how much you care. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to reach needy seniors, you can do so on our website: http://www.humanitarianservice.org/getinvolved/donations.html.
Monday, April 9, 2012
With 90 pounds of groceries going to the 120 needy seniors in our Senior Citizen Project every month, and our summer Feed the Kids program fast approaching, there is a lot of food that goes out of HSP. Many may wonder how all of this food manages to get sorted and into the hands of those who need it. Readers who are familiar with the popular Harry Potter series of books may be picturing a sorting hat; a hat which can sort people simply by being placed on their heads. Of course, HSP is committed to helping those dealing with the real world problem of hunger, so a fantasy solution like a sorting hat is a no go for us. Luckily, HSP has been blessed with so many wonderful volunteers who have put on their sorting hats, metaphorically of course, to help HSP reach needy seniors and families by sorting food.
We are so fond of these individuals, and the fantastic service they do for the sake of the needy people we serve, we are always looking for more, eager helpers to keep them company. If you think sorting food for the needy is a service you’d be interested in doing, consider joining our Monday Morning Food Sorting Crew. The group meets at our center in
Friday, April 6, 2012
With the warmer spring weather upon us, many of you may be looking for some pleasant, meaningful activities to spend your time. Why not hop on the HSP spring bandwagon and volunteer with us next month? HSP has two special upcoming opportunities for volunteers to be a part of!
The first is our annual “Stamp Out Hunger” event, which is a mega food drive in which we partner with the U.S. Postal Service to feed the hungry in our communities. U.S. postal carriers collect food donations on their routes, and in turn, each post office donates the food to local service agencies (such as HSP) for distribution to the needy. This year, the “Stamp Out Hunger” event will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012. HSP seeks volunteers to pick up the food donations at the post office and then deliver them to HSP. We also seek additional volunteers in our warehouse to sort the food as it arrives from the post office.
The second opportunity is “Feed the Kids,” which is a highly successful program that HSP started back in 2004 to help families in DuPage and Kane Counties during the summer months to feed their kids nutritious meals. From May to August when the free or subsidized breakfast and lunch programs at their children’s schools are unavailable, many local families struggle feeding their children. HSP recognized this need in the community, and the “Feed the Kids” program was born. Over the years, the program has heavily impacted the lives of children in our community with fruits, vegetables, meats, and non-perishable items. At present, “Feed the Kids” serves 125 needy families. From May through August 2012, HSP specifically seeks help with food sorting in our warehouse and once a month (Wednesday) food distribution.
If you would like to volunteer for either (or both!) of these opportunities, please contact HSP at (630) 221-8340 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your generous donation of time!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Imagine being back in elementary school and getting called into the principal’s office on the first day of school. You know you haven’t done anything, so you can’t imagine why you’ve been called there. Then it hits you, today was your little brother’s first day of Kindergarten, and you know he’s causing trouble. It turns out you’re right. The principal needs you to talk your brother down from the top of a bookcase, where he is perched up cawing like a bird.
While this goofy scenario is, fortunately, the fictional experience of Peter, the main character of Judy Blume’s childrens books Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge, blog readers with younger siblings can probably relate. Like Peter in these books, when children start to reach the ages of 8 to 11, they start to have more responsibilities. Whether this involves mischievous little brothers, increased school work, helping out around the house, children 8 to 11 oftentimes have things they need to be concerned about. For this reason, we at HSP want to make sure that needy children in this age range don’t have the additional worry of wondering whether their birthday is an event that their family simply can’t afford.
While our children’s birthday project serves needy children ages 3-11, we are always in the greatest need of gifts for children 8-11. Gifts for children in this age range can include board games, legos, sports equipment, model kits, puzzles, craft kits, or card games. If you would be interested in helping HSP reach needy children on their birthday by donating some items such as these, they can be dropped off at our center at
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Twenty years ago today, the world was a very different place. The
Divine Savior most recently showed their support for those in need served by HSP with a food and paper drive dropped off at our center in
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
We at the Humanitarian Service Project think that, as a month, April has been treated somewhat unfairly. It has become synonymous with rainy weather, and, as any lovers of literature out there may know, T.S Eliot began his famous poem The Waste Land with the line, “April is the cruelest month.” However, anyone who so much as went outside yesterday or today would know that April does not deserve this reputation. In fact, HSP has a couple of fun events going on this month that are anything but “cruel,” that we would like to share with you. (Above: We've had such a sunny start to our April that we just had to snap a few photos outside our center yesterday.)
The first event is the inaugural DuPage Human Race on Saturday April 21st. We won’t go into too much detail, as we discussed the event in our blog last week, but it is a 5K Run/ 2 mile fitness walk in which participants can sign up and raise money for HSP. If you want to learn more about the event, or to sign up, you can go to http://www.active.com/donate/dupagehumanrace, or if you can donate directly to HSP at http://www.active.com/donate/dupagehumanrace/humanitarianservicep.
The second, special event HSP has circled on its calendar this April is the 37th Annual Charity Fashion Show and Luncheon of the Bloomingdale Women’s Club. This is one of the club’s major annual fundraisers, and HSP is honored to have been selected as a major recipient of the funds raised by the event. The show will be hosted at The Seville Banquet Hall in
With events like this on the horizon, HSP is looking to have a fantastic April, and we’d like to think, T.S Eliot might change his mind about April if he had a month like this as well.
Monday, April 2, 2012
With Easter approaching, many people are getting ready for large family gatherings. While different families surely have different customs, large family gatherings almost universally translate into large family meals. However, imagine what it is like for the needy senior citizens that HSP serves, most of whom have little to no family in the area, as well as having physical ailments that make cooking difficult. For these seniors, all of whom are under severe financial stress, oftentimes a nice, warm meal is not a possibility. This is why Humanitarian Service Project created the Monthly Meal Program. Volunteer participants of the program make, or purchase, a warm meal for one of the needy senior citizens in our project and bring it to them. This can be either a regular or one time service to help a needy senior. Many volunteers use this opportunity as a bonding experience between family members or as a group activity.
This program means so much to the needy seniors that HSP serves. Many of the seniors have been very vocal about how much they appreciate those who have volunteered their time and cooking skills to the program. One senior said, “Everything was just wonderful, [the volunteer] was very sweet, and came and chatted with me. She was a fantastic woman.” Another senior mentioned how much she “loved” the food she received, and how it was so nice to receive a nice warm meal. She mentioned that her physical limitations make cooking hard, and going out to eat is not financially or physically realistic. We are looking for more people who want to help reach out to a senior citizen in need through this program. If you are interested, please call us at 630-221-8340.