Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Food Drives from Two Fantastic Friends

Today HSP received a wonderful donation of peanut butter and jelly from our friends at the Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace. They collected 14 boxes full of pb&j for our Feed the Kids program and Senior Citizen Project. Through these programs HSP provides nutritious groceries to needy families and seniors in DuPage and parts of Kane counties. One of our thoughtful volunteers, Jeff Marker, graciously picked up the collection of pb&j from the Joint Commission office. The Joint Commission has been assisting HSP for eight years not only through food donations, but also volunteering their time as well.

            HSP also received another generous food drive of non-perishables this past Monday from Chesterbrook Academy at the Rolling Ridge location in Naperville. Chesterbrook hosted a charitable concert as a fundraiser for HSP last summer, and many locations have continued to support the needy families, children, and seniors we serve with donations like this one.


A big thank you to both the Joint Commission and Chesterbrook for answering the call to collect food at this busy time of year as we prepare for our summertime Feed the Kids program. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stamp Out Hunger

             It’s about that time again – we at  HSP are getting ready for the 22nd Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive! In about two and a half weeks, mail carriers will be collecting non-perishable food items from the houses they deliver mail to every day. Lead by the National Association of Letter Carriers and sponsored by a plethora of companies like Campbells and Feeding America, these associations hope to collect as much food as possible to help feed the hungry in the United States. Last year was a huge success, having collecting more than 74 million pounds of non-perishable food in one day. However, records can be broken, and they strive to collect more food than ever before; but they can’t do it without your help!
             On Saturday, May 10th, leave a box or bag of nonperishable food items by your mailbox and your mail carrier will come and pick it up. Some good items to include in your packages might be canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, peanut butter, jelly, tomato sauce, pasta, rice, soup, and tuna. To add an even greater incentive to this already amazing cause, any food collected in the DuPage county will given to non-profit organizations, including HSP!

            As you can imagine, this is a huge event, and we’re going to need of some volunteers to help make it possible. HSP has need of volunteers here at our center to help receive the food that we will be getting that day. If you’d like more information about this event and it’s volunteer opportunities, please give us a call at (630)221-8340.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Call for Last Minute Donations

The Feinstein challenge has only weeks to go. This challenge is a $1 million giveaway that is split by participating organizations such as HSP in effort to fight hunger. Alan Shawn Feinstein, the founder of the Feinstein Foundation, is a nationally known humanitarian and philanthropist who’s focused his efforts in ending hunger around the world. The Feinstein challenge has raised billions of dollars over the last seventeen years. The money for this challenge will be divided among the organizations based on the monetary value of the donations they have received from March 1st through April 30th.

HSP has been working with our friends throughout DuPage and Kane counties to raise as many donations as possible. Many local institutions and good Samaritans have run food drives for this cause, but there are still items that HSP is in need of such as cereal, canned fruit, oatmeal, rice meals, PB & J, and pancake mix. The food collected will help feed needy seniors apart of our Senior Citizen Project that delivers 100 lbs. of fresh nutritious food to them monthly. HSP also provides families with children with 175 lbs. of food that are in the Feed the Kids project in June, July, and August. This initiative is meant to ease the lack of nutrition low-income families face in the summer when their children no longer receive the subsidized food from their schools.

If you are interested in contributing to our fight against hunger please e-mail us at hsp@humanitarianservice.org or call us at (630) 221-8340. Remember, if you want to participate in the Feinstein challenge, there are only ten days left! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

South Outreach Helps Feed the Kids

Today five volunteers from Wheaton Warrenville South High School generously donated their time to sort food in the HSP warehouse.  These volunteers are members of the school’s club, South Outreach. Members of South Outreach have become regular volunteers at HSP during the days they have off from school. The club’s mission is to increase awareness and education about poverty and violence by challenging teens to think, and serve outside their usual surroundings. Today this group accomplished this undertaking by helping HSP serve needy kids in our Feed the Kids Project (FTK).
      
      This will be HSP’s 11th year serving local families in FTK. Families of low income that are enrolled in a school subsidized lunch program struggle to feed their children during the summer months when school is out and the program is in a hiatus. To ensure that these children receive proper nutrition, HSP provides needy families in FTK with groceries during the summer food lull. In June, July, and August families receive 175 lbs of non-perishable, fresh produce and frozen meat which include a selection of 15 various fresh fruits and vegetables, 3 boxes of non-perishables weighing 25 pounds each, 7 kinds of frozen meats, and Pepperidge Farm bread each month.


            HSP is grateful for volunteers like Outreach South, who help impact the families that HSP serves, by offering their time to help sort food used to supply the nutritional needs of families in DuPage and Kane counties part of FTK. They kindly choose to offer their time off to do good for their communities, and we thank them for their services! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Students Learning to Give Back to the Community

The schools of DuPage County have gone above and beyond educating the young people in our community, not only teaching them the valuable skills needed to succeed in college and work, but also the precious knowledge of giving. Over the past two days, we received two very generous donations from two local schools: St. Isidore’s and Lake Park West High School.
            Yesterday, the 7th and 8th graders of St. Isidore’s donated 14 Party in a Bag kits for the Children’s Birthday Project. The kits were big and beautiful, and clearly made with a lot of care. We have always been extremely grateful to St. Isidore’s school and their church for being longtime supporters of HSP and thank them again for their contribution.
In addition to the kits, today we received 408 rolls of toilet paper from the National Honors Society of Lake Park West High School. This is a huge deal for us at HSP, as paper products are the number one good requested by our seniors a part of the Senior Citizen Project. This marks the fourth year that Lake Park West has sponsored a paper drive for HSP, and we couldn’t be more appreciative.
            Thank you again to the students and staff of both schools who truly helped make a difference in the lives of the needy families and seniors of DuPage. All of us at HSP give you an A+ for being so awesome. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

T.J. Maxx Visits Humanitarian Service Project

Today at Humanitarian Service Project (HSP), we had the pleasure of hosting 14 store managers from TJ Maxx along with their District Manager. Our local TJ Maxx has been volunteering with HSP since February by giving their time to wrap presents for needy kids served by our Children’s Birthday Project, and members of the other stores in the region wanted to get involved as well. The managers spent their time at HSP not only wrapping gifts, but learning more about HSP and our programs. HSP’s Executive Director, Kristin Maxwell, gave these visitors a tour of our facilities, and will be working with them to coordinate their support for other HSP programs including our Feed the Kids program and Christmas Offering.


Besides just giving their time (many of the managers traveled from hours away for the event) the volunteers also brought toys generously donated by the TJ Maxx associates from their stores. We at HSP were very happy to have this group from TJ Maxx with us today, helping us reach out to needy children in our communities. We want to thank them for their support, and look forward to seeing them again soon!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Human Race: Less than 2 Weeks Away!

In less than two weeks, the DuPage Human Race will be hosted by Giving DuPage to raise money in support of local charities around the DuPage county. HSP is grateful to everyone who signed up to represent us in the 5K Run/2K Walk event and to every person sponsoring a participant of the event, which will take place on April 26 in Downers Grove.

            You can show your support for our runners and walkers by sponsoring racers via http://www.active.com/donate/dupagehumanrace2014/humanitarianservice. Donations will go directly to helping HSP serve impoverished seniors and children through our various projects. The more support our team receives, the more funds from the event HSP receives for our needy clients so please consider donating to support HSP!


Participating in or sponsoring the Human Race is only one of many ways in which you can support the work of Humanitarian Service Project. If you would like to learn more about other opportunities to get involved, please give us a call at 630-221-8840, email us at hsp@humanitarianservice.org, or visit our website, www.humanitarianservice.org