Monday, September 29, 2014

BP Women's Network School Supply Drive

          Last Friday, HSP received a generous donation from BP Women’s Network, who held a school supply drive to benefit the children we serve.  For the last three years, BP Women’s Network has held school supply drives for HSP, and they never cease to amaze us with their generosity; in fact, this year, they collected and donated enough school supplies to fill the back of an SUV!
          Every year, HSP serves thousands of impoverished children with the supplies they need to succeed in school.  HSP’s School Supply Drive takes place in the summer, as we help children prepare to go back to school in the fall.  Through the School Supply Drive, HSP supports the DuPage County Regional Office of Education, Kane County’s “Project Backpack,” and local schools with high percentages of poverty.  Although it is no longer summer, the school supplies donated by the BP Women’s Network still benefit the children we serve greatly, as HSP also distributes supplies in the Birthday Boxes we provide through the Children’s Birthday Project.     
          Thank you, BP Women’s Network, for your continued support and wonderful donations to HSP; your generosity means the world to all of us here at HSP and the children we serve.  If you would like to learn more about how you can help HSP, please visit our website at http://www.humanitarianservice.org/. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Preparation for the holiday season

The holiday season may still seem far off but here at HSP we are already preparing for our busiest and most exciting time of the year! Throughout the fall, we will be getting ready for our Christmas Offering. On a monthly basis, HSP distributes 6 tons of food to seniors in need but in December, we distribute over 55,000 lbs. of groceries which means there is an increased need for food. We rely on donations from community members in the form of food drives to continue making our Christmas Offering distributions to impoverished families possible. Holding a food drive is a great project for church groups, schools and other community groups. It is also a great way for kids to give back. Some of the food that is most needed at this time is tuna, cereal, peanut butter and jelly and canned fruits and vegetables. For more information on how to help, please contact us at (630) 221- 8340 or visit our website at www.humanitarianservice.org!   

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Toy drive from Young Men’s Service League

Yesterday, HSP received a generous donation from our friends at the Panther Chapter of Young Men’s Service League. (YMSL) YMSL ran a toy drive and collected a trunk load of toys. They included really great gifts like sports equipment, legos, activity sets, games, even a skateboard. YMSL is a mother/son service group in which mothers and their teenage sons bond over volunteering and service projects. This local chapter is a prolific supporter of HSP making many donations and regularly giving their time as volunteers. We really appreciate the toys that YMSL donated that are sure to bring smiles to the faces of children in need. These toys came at a great time because they are needed for the Children’s Birthday Project and our Christmas Offering, which is coming up soon. If you are interested in helping out with conducting a toy drive, you can visit our website at http://www.humanitarianservice.org.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Senior Endowment Campaign with Allured Business Media

There are three and a half weeks left in our $15,000 Senior Endowment Campaign. As we quickly approach the deadline of October 17th, we are coming very close to reaching our goal. This campaign is being run thanks to the partnership of HSP and Allured Business Media. Allured are matching donations dollar for dollar up to $7,500. The goal of this campaign is to raise a $15,000 endowment (including Allured’s match) so that HSP can add a new senior to the Senior Citizen Project (SCP) raising the programs enrollment to 124 seniors. SCP provides 100 lbs. of nutritious groceries to seniors each month, direct to their door. We greatly appreciate the continued support from Allured Business Media and are excited to have the opportunity to expand our service to a very deserving senior in need.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Congratulations, Michelle!

          Today is an exciting day for all of us here at HSP.  Not only do we get to see Michelle’s lovely, smiling face again, as she’s been out of the office since last Thursday, but we also get to celebrate her wedding!  Michelle got married this past Saturday, and we couldn’t be happier for her.
          Michelle works hard every day she’s here, and she’s always a source of comfort and joy.  Michelle is the coordinator of HSP’s Senior Citizen Project (SCP).  Michelle makes sure that deliveries to the seniors enrolled in SCP are delivered every month; she takes special care to meet every individual senior’s wants and needs.  Michelle also works very hard to make sure our pantry is well-stocked, and oversees many volunteer groups that come to HSP.  HSP wouldn’t be the same without her, and we’re so happy that we can share this new chapter of her life with her.  So, from all of us here at HSP, congratulations, Michelle and Bruno, and we wish you nothing but the best.

Monday, September 22, 2014

COD Cares

On Friday, the service group of College of DuPage Cares generously donated 250 “Party in a Bag Kits”!  COD Cares, as explained on their website, is “an institution-wide umbrella program that actively supports and strengthens College of DuPage communities by encouraging and coordinating charitable efforts for staff and student participation while fostering a culture of service on campus.”  HSP is truly amazed at this group and how many party supplies they collected for the children enrolled in the Children’s Birthday Project (CBP).  Party in Bag Kits include everything to make every child’s birthday feel special, such as birthday cake mix, frosting, candles, balloons, paper plates, napkins, and party favors.  Each child in CBP receives a Party in a Bag Kit in their birthday box.
We are so thankful to COD Cares group for the Party in a Bag Kits they provided, which will truly help the needy children we serve and their families.  If you would be interested in helping HSP serve impoverished children, you can visit our website at http://humanitarianservice.org/whatwedo/bdayproject.html.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pre-delivery day sorting

Today we continued preparing for our September Senior Citizen Project food delivery which takes place tomorrow morning. Every month, 123 seniors in need receive 100 lbs. of fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats, bread, non-perishables, paper products and a gift from their “secret pal.” This month they will also receive a “personal care kit” filled with hygiene products. Today, to help prepare for the delivery, 14 volunteers joined us to help sort fresh produce and bread. Twelve volunteers came from UPS Supply Chain Solutions and two volunteers from United Stationers. Both companies have been long time supporters of HSP’s projects. We are always happy to see their smiling faces. Thanks to their generous support we can continue to serve the needs of seniors living in poverty.