Friday, July 29, 2016

Goodbye Luke

HSP says goodbye to Luke Jolly, a member of the summer intern team, today. Over the past few months, Luke has worked hard as the PR Intern to keep the public informed about all of HSP’s programs and opportunities. Also, he has been working to put together an event which will be announced soon. We would like to thank Luke for his dedication this summer and wish him the best of luck at college!

(Luke is on the left in this photo)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

New ways to give!

Do you want to get involved in service for your community, but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, with HSP’s new fundraising platform, you can now do whatever you want to serve your community. This new platform allows you to design your own personal fundraising campaign and get your family and friends involved in making a difference in the lives of low income families in Kane and DuPage counties. Run, bike, walk or swim to forge a better birthday for low-income children with our Children’s Birthday Project. Host a game night for your neighbors to sponsor a senior enrolled in the Senior Citizen Project. Challenge your office to a race and see who can raise the most to feed a family in the summer months through our Feed the Kids program. The possibilities are limitless, just like the opportunities that HSP provides to impact your community. Follow the link to start your own campaign and use your boundless creativity, skill and talent to make a better tomorrow for our community.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

School Supply Drive Update

This week, the first of our distributions of school supplies is going out to reach low-income students in the area. Our school supply drive equips over 3,000 local kids with the supplies they need to succeed in school. HSP will continue to distribute through the end of September through education fairs and to local schools in need. Year-round, children receive school supplies in their birthday boxes as well. Thank you to everyone who has already donated—your generosity makes a difference!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight

Summer is a busy time for HSP, and we are very happy to host many wonderful volunteer groups who help us through our busy seasons. Yesterday, a group of ten volunteers from St. Pius X Catholic Community’s youth group put together packages of bread for the 100 families in our Feed the Kids program. Today, another group of 11 summer interns from Frito-Lay/PepsiCo volunteered their morning to put together packages of meat for the 133 seniors we serve through the Senior Citizen Project. HSP would like to say a huge thank-you to these wonderful groups for volunteering their time and energy to help us prepare for the upcoming distribution days. We couldn’t do all that we do without the help of generous volunteers.   

Monday, July 25, 2016

Thank you to McDonald's Working Mothers Council

HSP would like to say a huge thank-you to the McDonald’s Working Mothers Council. Last week, they created and donated 50 “Party-in-a-Bag” kits for our Children’s Birthday Project. Nancy, our Volunteer Outreach Coordinator and Community Outreach Intern, Natalie, were able to represent HSP at the Working Mothers Council meeting last week. This amazing donation will bring smiles and fun to kids on their special day!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Veggie Fest

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly activity this weekend, consider stopping by Veggie Fest on the grounds of the Science of Spirituality center in Naperville! Veggie Fest is a vegetarian food and lifestyle festival. It will feature over 100 vendor booths, live music, speakers from around the world, and delicious food demos. HSP will be one of the vendors, and we would love for you to stop by, get to know us, and learn about our projects. Admission and parking are both free, so come hungry and ready for a great time!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mobile Food Pantry Part II

As the week heats up the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) was glad to again host a “mobile food pantry” with the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. As the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry is finishing the renovation to its facilities HSP lent out support helping them host a Mobile Food Pantry at our facility. We served 90 individuals and families that came today. We would like to thank the awesome team of volunteers, a team made up of both HSP volunteers and Glen Ellyn Food Pantry volunteers. Again we would like to extend a huge thank you to the awesome Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Staff and the driver from NIFB, we love working with you guys and we look forward to working with you again.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Goodbye Gabbie!

Today HSP says farewell to Gabbie Hill, one of the members of our summer intern team. Gabbie has spent the last few months working with HSP as a grant writing intern to find new sources of funding for our projects, and she has been a wonderful person to have around the office. HSP is so thankful for all of Gabbie’s hard work and wishes her good luck for the upcoming school year!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HSP's Annual School Supply Drive

School is just around the corner, and HSP’s annual school supply drive is already underway! Each year, the Humanitarian Service Project collects school supply donations to be distributed to DuPage and Kane county school districts for their Back to School fairs. Low income families in our community participate in these fairs to receive the school supplies their children need. Our School Supply Project reaches more than 3,000 children every year, and we have already received many wonderful donations. If you want to make a donation, it’s not too late! We will be distributing the supplies we collect to the school districts on August 2nd. Donations can be dropped off at our facility at 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream before this date. If you can’t donate before August 2nd, we will continue to collect donations for the rest of the year, and distribute them to children through our Children’s Birthday Project. Thank you to all who have donated - we are excited to see the impact this project will have this year! 

Friday, July 15, 2016

This Week's Volunteers

HSP has had several wonderful volunteer groups come to our center this week to donate their time and serve the community! Yesterday, two groups of youth from the Living Out Loud program at St. Petronille and other local parishes boxed nonperishable food items for our Feed the Kids program. This morning, some of our friends from the Dharma Study Group of the Theosophical Society sorted food and helped set up for our School Supply Drive. Also today, a group of UPS volunteers sorted fresh produce and bread that will be delivered to the seniors in our Senior Citizen Project tomorrow. Thank you to all our volunteers for your hard work and commitment to making a difference!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thank You to the Rotary Club of Wheaton

Yesterday, HSP received a very wonderful donation from our friends at the Rotary Club of Wheaton. The club generously donated over 1,300 backpacks for underprivileged children as they prepare for school this year! The Rotary Club makes equipping local children with backpacks to return to school in the summer a top priority, and distribute to a number of local agencies including supporting HSP’s own School Supply Drive. We wish to thank this great group for this AMAZING donation!

If you too wish to help HSP provides supplies to deserving children throughout our communities, you can learn how here:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Thank You to Christ Community Lutheran Church

A group of over 20 volunteers from Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia, Illinois visited HSP today! As a part of their mission trip in the area, the youth group spent the day sorting and packaging meat and nonperishable food items for the Feed the Kids project, as well as helping to organize the warehouse and taking a tour of HSP’s center. They worked diligently all day, and their efforts will help provide food to local families. Thank you to Christ Community Lutheran Church for your awesome work!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wishes of Wisdom

The Humanitarian Service Project is excited to share the newest addition to our Senior Citizen Project – a new project called Wishes of Wisdom. This project is designed to enhance the lives of deserving seniors by granting wishes that add value and meaning to their days. Thanks to a generous donation, we were able to fulfill Robert’s dream of receiving a tablet. He was also given a gift card to his favorite restaurant and enjoyed breakfast with two of his favorite staff members, Matt and Allyson.  Robert was overjoyed to have his wishes fulfilled, and HSP is excited to see the positive impact this project will have in the future!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Thank You Karen & Nathan

Over the weekend, HSP hosted a special volunteer group for a couple celebrating their wedding shower. Twenty one wonderful volunteers spent the morning putting together non-perishable bags for seniors and making special cleaning supply kits. The couple also used this opportunity to raise funds for the children and seniors we serve through our Senior Citizen and Children’s Birthday projects. We are very grateful to this group for their generosity, and wish Karen and Nathan the best as they approach their wedding in September!    

Friday, July 8, 2016

Create Your Own Campaign!

HSP has a new way for you to do what you love while supporting a great cause. With our new platform, you can design your own personalized campaign and get your friends and family involved to make a difference in the lives of low-income families throughout DuPage and Kane counties! Run, bike, walk, or swim to raise money to provide happier birthdays for local children. Host an event like a game night or concert for your neighbors or coworkers to sponsor a senior in the Senior Citizen Project. Challenge your friends and family to a race and see who can raise the most funds that will provide food for a family in the summer months through our Feed the Kids program. The possibilities are endless, just like the opportunities that HSP provides to impact change in your community. Follow the link to start your own campaign, and use your interests, hobbies, and talents to make a difference!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

School Supply Drive

As the summer of 2016 continues the school year is fast approaching, bringing with it classes, studying and tests. It also, for the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) brings our annual School Supply Drive closer and closer. HSP provides school supplies for over 3,000 low income children throughout DuPage and Kane Counties. We accomplish this by going through local “Back to School” fairs in early August and providing school supplies in september to schools with high populations of low income students. In order to be able to distribute when the fairs start HSP is currently accepting donations of new backpacks, notebooks, folders, pens, and other school supplies. If you or someone you know is interested in helping these kids you can drop off donations at our office at 465 Randy Road in Carol Stream or you can contact us at 630-221-8340 or if email is more your thing you can reach us at

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Feed the Kids July Delivery Day

As the fireworks die down and July continues the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) is holding its second Feed the Kids (FTK) distribution day of the summer. During the summer in June, July and August HSP provides over 26 tons of nutritious groceries to 100 low income families. In order, to make this difference for these hard working families HSP is in need of “sponsors”; a donation of $75 for a month or $225 for the summer will enable HSP to combat summertime food insecurity for a local family in need. HSP would like to thank everyone that donated to make this happen so we can continue to provide for the underprivileged families of DuPage and Kane County.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Thank You to Nikhil Reddy from Boy Scout Troop 8

HSP would like to say a huge thank-you to local Boy Scout Nikhil Reddy from Troop 8. For his Eagle Scout project, he raised funds and then repaired the sign outside our building that had been damaged in a storm last November. Nikhil, his fellow scouts and his family not only secured our new sign, but completely refurbished it. Nikhil and his team worked hard to build a stone base around the sign, which they landscaped as well.  We thank Nikhil for his service, and our beautiful new sign. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Fourth of July!

As the weather heats up and the fireworks are prepped for launch the Humanitarian Service Project would just like to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July, and to remind you that we are closed Monday, July 4th, 2016. Thank you to all the veterans and people that continue to serve our country and provide us with the freedom to serve those in need in our community.