Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thank you Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine!

In today’s world it is important for students to spend their time wisely. Some chose to have internships, others work very hard on school work but some, who on top of spending their time participating in all that work, reserve their time to volunteer.

Yesterday HSP was happy to host 14 volunteers from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (part of Midwestern University) volunteered for over 2 ½ hours. They spent their time sorting meat and bread for the Feed the Kids distribution next week, as well as wrapping gifts for needy children. Midwestern University has made this type of teamwork and donation of time a part of their school’s priorities. This service is part of an orientation for incoming students. Through this program they are able to volunteer at various places throughout the community and we are glad to have been chosen as one of the locations they graciously donated time to.

 In the past as well, students from Midwestern have been active in programs specifically supporting those that assist children in need.

We wish to thank these students from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine has for giving their time to help us reach needy kids. With the help of groups like this one we are able to help the impoverished members of DuPage County.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eagle Scout Soars to Great Heights for HSP

            Summer is wrapping up, and our School Supply Drive is still going strong. In fact, today we want to thank Jack Collins, an Eagle Scout who helped make a difference in the lives of needy children.
            Jack is part of Troop 926, which meets at Immaculate Conception Parish. As part of his Eagle Scout Project, he decided to run a school supply collection to help support the needy kids we serve through our School Supply Drive. Jack made 500 flyers and passed them out both at his parish and in the community. All of his hard work paid off; with the help of his family and friends, he was able to generate a donation of 15 boxes full of new supplies! This is an amazing contribution, and we’re very thankful (and impressed!).
            Jack heard about HSP through a friend who also did his Eagle Scout Project with us a few months ago. We’re glad that these scouts are choosing to put their efforts toward helping children in need. HSP’s School Supply Drive aims to provide impoverished children with the items that they need to succeed in school but cannot afford. With 15 boxes of supplies, Jack has helped a lot of kids!

            We are extremely lucky to have individuals like Jack who truly strive to make a difference in their community. On behalf of the children and all of us here at HSP, thank you, Jack!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We need help replenishing our food stock!

Summer has come to a head and our last Feed the Kids distribution will take place on Wednesday August 6th. HSP has successfully reached 100 impoverished families each month with almost 200 lbs of food for each of them.
        With our supplies of food steadily replenishing and draining over the busy summer thanks to Feed the Kids, our shelves need some restocking for the sake of our Senior Citizen Project. Through this program HSP provides 123 local, impoverished seniors 100 lbs of fresh and nutritious food that we provide for them every month. To ensure that these seniors are receiving the nutrients they need to live healthily, HSP goes through a large amount of certain foods every month. Due to our recent activities, our pantry has been very low on the following items:

                                              Pancake mix
                                              Peanut butter

If you wish to help us make a difference in the lives of needy seniors, please consider donating these items. Thank you for your time and dedication to the Humanitarian Service Project.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Backpacks Galore!

            Today, HSP had an exciting donation of backpacks thanks to the Wheaton Rotary! 520 backpacks were dropped off today by member Roger Tully. This is in addition to the 1200 backpacks that the Wheaton Rotary donated for needy children in April.
            A major priority of the Wheaton Rotary is to support local organizations that help equip needy children with school supplies that normally they would not be able to afford. This project is spearheaded by Rotary member and educator, Lori Belha. We are grateful to have the Rotary of Wheaton as supporters for HSP’s School Supply Drive!

            Because of generous donations like this, HSP is able to provide over 3,200 impoverished needy children with the supplies they need to succeed in school. Through the School Supply Drive, HSP supports the DuPage Regional Office of Education’s “Back to School Fair,” Kane County’s “Project Backpack,” and donates directly to local schools in the DuPage and Kane counties. If you would like to donate school supplies to help us help others, please give HSP a call at 630-221-8340. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy Birthdays All Around

     Today was filled with birthday fun here at HSP! It was a very special day for one of HSP’s wonderful employees. Matt, HSP’s Grant Manager, celebrated his birthday today. His actual birthday is Sunday, but what better way to celebrate a 26th birthday than at work among colleagues and friends. From everyone here at HSP happy birthday Matt!
   On the topic of birthdays, interns Matthew and Nicole once again ventured to the McDonald’s headquarters to explain the Children’s Birthday Project to a group of young volunteers. This was a “Helping Hands” event put on by the Working Mothers Council. These volunteers were children of the staff at McDonald’s, and their job was to put together a “Party in a Bag”. The bags consist of all the elements needed to give impoverished families the means to throw their children the party they deserve. The kids packed the bags full of candles, napkins, plates, balloons, noise makers, streamers, cake mix, frosting, and a table cloth. The children were dedicated and worked at a quick pace to complete the bags to be taken back to HSP and be given to a deserving child. All in all the kids put together a whopping 26 bags to be taken back to HSP and given to families in need! HSP sends a huge thank you to all the volunteers at McDonald’s. Every helping hand can make a difference to those in need!

If you or a group you are a part of would like to volunteer with Humanitarian Service Project, we welcome you to call us at 630-221-8340 or email us at

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Sad Goodbye to Ashlee

            Today, all of us here at HSP had to say our goodbyes to one of our interns, Ashlee. She has done an incredible amount of work in the two months that she’s been with us, and she will be greatly missed. HSP won’t be the same without her upbeat attitude, strong work ethic, and funny stories.
            Ashlee started at HSP in May as part of the internship program at Radford University in Virgina, where she is majoring in public relations. She was
able to put her PR skills to good use here, as she contributed to numerous different projects. Ashlee spent much of her time reaching out to the community about our School Supply Drive and designing/redesigning several flyers for various HSP programs. She also assisted with our senior update process, in which she interviewed seniors to increase our knowledge about their current living situations and needs, and then recorded this information in a narrative to send to their sponsors. Ashlee was always kept busy but gave each task her all. Everything she accomplished was done so with hard work and creativity.
            This Sunday, Ashlee will be heading back home to Virginia and will start school a few weeks later. We wish her the best of luck as she enters her last year of college, although we know that she will succeed in all she does. Thank you, Ashlee!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Back to School: Here Before We Know It

Typical supplies donated to HSP.
Doesn’t it seem just like yesterday that local children were getting off the bus to start their summer while clamoring excitedly about how they are now a grade older?

            With the 2014-2015 school year just around the corner, our annual School Supply Drive is in full swing. This program strives to help impoverished students in DuPage and parts of Kane County succeed in their studies by supplying them with the necessary items to do so. Last year, we successfully reached an estimated 3,200 children!

            By partnering with both the DuPage Regional Office of Education’s Back to School Fair on August 6th and Project Backpack in Kane County on August 9th, we hope to reach even more students this time around. However, this cannot be done without your support.
            Waiting for the sales to start? Well, you are in luck! Now is a great time to head down to your favorite store and buy pens, pencils, notebooks, whatever you can. Any amount of contribution is greatly appreciated and will go a long way in helping make a difference in a child’s life.

            Any donations can be dropped off at 465 Randy Road in Carol Stream. If you cannot stop by until after the above dates, do not worry, for HSP will be collecting supplies until the end of the month and distributing them directly to other local schools with a high percentage of need.

Can you help us reach our goal? Give to a local child in need today.

Thank you for your continued love and support. It is because of you that we are able to do what we do.