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

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring into Action with HSP!

Volunteers on Delivery Day.
This past Saturday, HSP participated in three amazing events to help benefit the communities of the DuPage and Kane counties. Every month, HSP spearheads a Delivery Day to ensure each of the 123 seniors in our Senior Citizen Project receives 100 pounds of fresh groceries, and Saturday was the big day! With the help of our fabulously efficient volunteers, Delivery Day went by smoothly.
Volunteers at NJWC's Hoppy Easter event.
Our friends from the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club debuted their Hoppy Easter event on Saturday as well. We extend our congratulations on their great success in turning out tons of families to participate in all the fun and helping to support HSP and Safety Town. Kristin Maxwell, Bridget Dooley, and Nancy Dorsman represented HSP, and reported having nothing but a good time. The three received the food and monetary donations for HSP from the families that attended this awesome event. We extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the NJWC, and wish them all the success in hosting this event again next year!



Food donated at the Carol Stream Community Food Drive.
The third big event held on Saturday was the Carol Stream Community Food Drive hosted by the Rotary Club of Carol Stream. Like the NJWC event, this function was also incredibly successful. HSP was one of three local organizations who received the food collected in this event, and we were floored by the amount of food that the residents of Carol Stream generously contributed. We packed our two cargo vans full of food, in addition to volunteer Dean Senne’s SUV. We are so thankful to receive such outstanding support from the Rotary Club, Carol Stream community, and Glenbard North volunteers. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

An Eventful Day at HSP

            Today volunteers from Clarke Environmental and UPS helped prepare for tomorrow’s Delivery Day. Clarke is a global environmental products and service company whose mission is to make communities more comfortable and safe. Six volunteers from Clarke offered their assistance, and helped sort bread and produce for tomorrow’s delivery. Clarke regularly lends a hand at Christmas time, so we were happy to have them here.

They were joined by our friends at UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Carol Stream. These volunteers regularly help us the day before delivery that serves 123 seniors in the Senior Citizen Project. These seniors will be receiving a 100 lb. package of fresh produce, groceries, and paper products to sustain them for the next month.   


Delivery Day preparation was not the only activity at HSP today; the staff celebrated one of their own, Bridget Dooley! Today is Bridget’s birthday, and the staff enjoyed a little party in honor of her special day. Bridget is the administrative assistant who has many responsibilities but still makes time to greet every visitor with a smile. She does so much to touch the lives of others, and HSP would like to wish her a very happy birthday, and know that her work is greatly appreciated! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Exciting Things Are "Hoppening" This Week at HSP!

If you are looking for something pleasant to do this weekend, search no further! HSP has a few exciting events this weekend that will not only be a lot of fun but also will support our programs. In addition to the Senior Citizen Project Delivery Day on Saturday, when our seniors will receive their monthly grocery delivery, both the Carol Stream Community Food Drive and the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club Hoppy Easter event are also going on.

The Carol Stream Community Food Drive, which is run by the Rotary Club of Carol Stream, benefits HSP and other local pantries. On Saturday, the Rotary Club will be at Glenbard North High School from 11AM-4PM collecting non-perishable food and personal care items. You can find a full list of items they are accepting on their website: If you’re at the grocery store in the next few days, consider picking up a few extra items to donate at Glenbard North. We appreciate your support!


Also on Saturday, the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club hosts the
inaugural Hoppy Easter Festival at Safety Town (1320 Aurora Ave) in Naperville from 10 AM to 12 PM. Tickets are $7 per family, and each family is encouraged to also bring a non-perishable food item. If you donate an item, you will be entered into a raffle for a prize. All of the food donations will be given to HSP! In addition to benefiting some great causes, the event promises to be a lot of fun (and you might even get to meet the Easter Bunny!) You can visit napervillejuniors.org for more information.
            Please consider attending one or both of these wonderful events! We appreciate all of the support we receive from the community.