Thursday, February 26, 2015

HSP is set to race in the 2015 DuPage Human Race

HSP is gearing up to participate in the DuPage Human Race on April 25, 2015 and welcomes you to come out and join us. The DuPage Human Race is a 5k run/2 mile fitness walk to benefit 50+ non-profit organizations in DuPage County including HSP.  This community event provides non-profit organizations, of all sizes, the opportunity to raise awareness about their mission and raise funds.

This will be HSP’s fourth year in the race. You can walk or run on behalf of HSP, or donate to support the runners and walkers. HSP receives a portion of the entry fee for those that participate in the event.  The money raised by HSP in the race goes to support the many seniors, children, and families enrolled in our programs.  The Human Race takes place on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., at The Esplanade at Locust Point, 1901 W. Butterfield Road, Downers Grove.

It’s best to register early before the register fee rises. The next date for the registration fee to rise is March 1, 2015. Register today and list Humanitarian Service Project as the agency you will be representing!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

HSP Receives Party-in-a-Box Kits

Yesterday, HSP received a wonderful donation from the youth group at St. Joseph Church in Downers Grove. As a service project, the members put together 23 Party-in-a-Box kits Monday evening. Each of these kits includes all the essentials to throw a birthday party—cake, frosting, candles, balloons, streamers, party favors, etc—and they will be included in the birthday boxes for the underprivileged children served through our Children’s Birthday Project. The youth members have made Party-in-a-Box and Senior Care Kits for us many times in the past, and we are always so grateful for their thoughtfulness.

While they were working on the Party-in-a-Box kits, St. Joseph's hosted our volunteer speaker Georgeann Georges, who spoke with the kids about HSP and our services. Georgeann also dropped the kits off at HSP yesterday afternoon. We are so thankful to St. Joseph's Youth Group for putting together these kits, and we are so thankful to Georgeann for visiting with them and dropping the kits off. These will help make many kids in our Children's Birthday Project have a truly wonderful birthday.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Help Us Feed the Community

Usually at this time of the year, we would be gearing up for the “Feinstein Challenge,” an annual event that engages people all across America in combating local hunger.

However, this year the sponsoring foundation will not be running the challenge. They will instead focus on other worthwhile pursuits.

That being said, this will not halt HSP’s endeavors to fight hunger in our communities. We need the support of community members to feed needy seniors and families.

Food drives are especially needed in spring as we prepare to feed 100 needy families in the summer, through our Feed the Kids program.

If you are considering donating food, keep in mind this list of our most-needed food items: breakfast items (such as oatmeal, pancake mix, etc.), boxed potatoes, canned fruits, vegetables and tuna, pasta/rice meals and plain pasta.

As always, we thank you for your continued support of HSP, and if you are interested in hosting a food drive, check out our website.

Monday, February 23, 2015

February Delivery Day

This past Saturday we had our monthly delivery day for the seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project. We would like to thank the dozens of volunteers that came out early in the morning to brave the cold. Everything went smoothly as they assisted us in delivering over 6 tons of nourishing groceries directly to the homes of the seniors we serve.  So many people contribute to the success of our Delivery Days each month. From our Monday morning team to our secret pal coordinator, loaders, and drivers we could not do this without each and every one of you. In the month of love we wish to tell you how much we love and adore your commitment to serving those who need it most. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Produce Sorting With COD Cares

Tomorrow is our monthly Senior Citizen Project Delivery Day here at HSP, and everyone is keeping very busy getting everything ready for our seniors. We were thankful to have some amazing volunteers from the College of DuPage come in to help us sort fresh produce and bread that will be delivered to the seniors tomorrow. These 11 volunteers are a part of "COD Cares," a community service group at the school for staff and students. This was our first time hosting volunteers from "COD Cares," but they did generously provide "Giving Tree" gifts for needy kids during our Christmas Offering last December. We are so grateful for all of their help, and we hope to see them again in the near future.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A HUGE Thank You to the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club

Today HSP had the pleasure of hosting several members from the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club. For the past two years, HSP has been blessed to be the chosen charity of the club’s Community Improvement Project. In this capacity, our friends from the NJWC have hosted a number of exciting fundraising events, given their time as volunteers, and done much more for the sake of the needy seniors, children, and families enrolled in our programs. The representatives from the NJWC who visited today came to present HSP with the money they raised through their fundraising events in 2014. We at HSP are incredibly grateful for the support of the NJWC throughout our two years as the chosen charity of their Community Improvement Project. We thank them for the outpouring of generosity they have bestowed on the very deserving seniors, children, and families we serve.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waubonsie Valley High School Holds Paper Drive

Over the past week, Waubonsie Valley High School (WVHS) held a school-wide paper drive to help the needy seniors we serve.

This year’s drive, which was spearheaded by the student council, marks the fourth consecutive year WVHS students have put on a paper drive for our seniors.

All of the donated paper was picked up yesterday by our volunteer driver, Bill Fehling. The drive was such a success that our new van was filled to the brim with thousands of paper products.

Bill said the students he met were very spirited and really enjoyed helping him load up the van with all of the paper they collected.

We want to give a big thanks to everyone at WVHS for making this happen! If you or your group is interested in hosting a paper or food drive, you can learn more at our website.