Friday, August 22, 2014

Personal Care Kits from the NJWC

Yesterday, HSP received the second part of a very generous donation from our friends at the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club (NJWC.) Annette Koch of the NJWC dropped off 20 wonderful “personal care kits” that the club created for the impoverished seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project. This donation was the second part of a larger donation as the club dropped off 65 more of these kits last month. Each of these kits contains hygiene products that will help the seniors in our program maintain a healthy lifestyle. They include; shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, lip balm, hand sanitizer, soap, and dental floss. As the chosen charity for their Community Improvement Project for 2013 and 2014, HSP has received a great deal of wonderful support from the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club. HSP wishes to thank them not only for these kits, but everything else they have provided for the needy seniors and children we serve as well.

The 123 seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project all suffer heavily under poverty. They cannot afford all of the items needed to keep healthy. For that reason, every three months HSP includes a personal care kit along with their monthly grocery delivery. If you too are interested in providing these kits for needy seniors, you can learn more by checking out HSP’s website: http://humanitarianservice.org/getinvolved/index.html

Thursday, August 21, 2014

First Birthday Boxes Delivered for the School Year

With the end of August approaching quickly, not only does this mean the end of summer, but the beginning of the academic school year.  While some children may be less-than-thrilled to return to school, they still have a reason to smile:  birthday boxes!  Today, thanks to the generosity and help of our volunteer, Jeff Marker, who drove to the schools to drop off the gifts, HSP sent out its first batch of birthday boxes to Lake Park Elementary and Army Trail School, both of which are located in Addison.  We sent out birthday boxes to 23 impoverished children with September birthdays; 11 of these boxes went to Lake Park Elementary, and the remaining 12 went to kindergartners at Army Trail School.
            HSP is partnered with both Lake Park Elementary and Army Trail School to reach out to needy children attending these schools.  Through our Children’s Birthday Project, we are able to provide a memorable birthday for 925 needy children.  Each child enrolled in the program receives 6-10 new gifts; 4-7 new, age-appropriate books; numerous filler gifts, such as stuffed animals; and a “Party-in-a-Bag” kit, which includes all of the things that make birthdays fun, such as a cake, candles, and party supplies, so a child can throw a great party on their special day.

            If you would like to learn more about our Children’s Birthday Project, please feel free to call us at (630) 221-8340.  Here’s to the start of another fun school year and many more happy children on their birthdays!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A New Intern Joins HSP

This week HSP has had the pleasure of welcoming the first member of our fall internship team, Allyson Armstrong. Allyson is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University where she studied English with a minor in Women’s Studies. Allyson is joining HSP as a grant writing intern. In this capacity, she will be helping HSP research and apply for new avenues of funding for our programs that serve needy seniors, children, and their families. Later on, Allyson will also help contribute to the preparation for our annual Christmas Offering.

Allyson says that her desire for writing experience and an opportunity to help others while developing skills is what inspired her to apply for an internship with HSP. In the future, Allyson hopes to work either as an editor or in the non-profit field. She says that it was her coursework in the Women’s Studies program that helped fuel her passion for service. Outside of service, Allyson is an avid writer and reader. Among her favorite authors are John Green, Virginia Woolf, and J.K Rowling. We at HSP are very happy to have Allyson joining the HSP team. Please join us in welcoming her.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Last Call for Last Fling Volunteers

Last week, we mentioned that we are looking for volunteers for Naperville Jaycee’s Last Fling Festival to support local charities.  As Labor Day is quickly approaching, along with the festival itself, it is now your last chance to sign up to volunteer for HSP at the event.  As a volunteer, not only will you be supporting this fun festival, but will also be directly earning money for our Feed the Kids program. 
The Last Fling Festival is put on every year during Labor Day weekend; the festival runs from Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1 this year.  The festival holds a number of fun opportunities for attendees and volunteers, including performances from hit band such as Smashmouth, O.A.R., and 7th Heaven; festival fun and games; food contests and wine tasting; and tons of food to eat, all while supporting local charities like HSP. 
If you would like to volunteer at the Last Fling for HSP, you have a number of different options for how you may spend your time, such as working at the food or beverage tent, selling tickets, working at Family Fun Land, and many other opportunities throughout the festival. The times available for volunteering are as follows:
·         Thursday, August 28:  4 PM – 8 PM
·         Friday, August 29:  4 PM – 11 PM
·         Saturday, August 30:  9 AM – 1 PM; 1 PM – 6 PM; 5 PM – 11 PM
·         Sunday, August 31:  9 AM – 1 PM; 1 PM – 6 PM; 5 PM – 11 PM
·         Monday, September 1:  8 AM – 1 PM; 1 PM – 5PM; 5 PM – 8 PM

            If you would like to sign up to volunteer at the Last Fling for HSP, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 630-221-8340.  If you’d like to learn more about the Last Fling Festival, please visit their website at http://lastfling.org/index.cfm.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Partner with HSP and Allured Business Media to Rescue a Senior from Hunger

Starting today, August 18, 2014, HSP, along with Allured Business Media, are working to raise money to permanently enroll a new senior into our Senior Citizen Project.  Currently at HSP, we have 123 seniors who receive groceries directly from us each month.  With your help, we are working to add another senior to this program. 
            From August 18 through October 17, Allured Business Media will be partnering with all of us here at HSP to run a Senior Endowment Campaign.  For every dollar donated up to $7500, Allured Business Media will match this dollar amount in a donation towards the enrollment and sponsorship of a new senior into our program.  Allured Business Media has partnered with us to run a Senior Endowment Campaign the past two years through garage sales; their continued support is greatly appreciated.

            If you can donate any amount, please feel free to either turn in your donation at our office, or to mail it to us.  We are located at 465 Randy Road in Carol Stream, IL 60188.  For more information, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (630) 221-8340, or send us an email at hsp@humanitarianservice.org.  Together, let’s increase our support to 124 seniors!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Preparations for Delivery Day

Tomorrow is the monthly delivery day for our Senior Citizen Project, so you can bet things were hopping over here at HSP today. As we deliver over 6 tons of groceries to 123 needy seniors each month, there are a lot of volunteers who contribute to making our delivery days successful. One such group that we would like to recognize is the group of 9 volunteers from UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Carol Stream who came in today to help us sort fresh produce and bread to be delivered to the seniors tomorrow. These volunteers regularly lend a hand sorting produce for our seniors, and their steadfast support is part of what enables us to continue to make an impact in the lives of the very needy senior enrolled in our program.
We were also visited today by Rose Garcia, founder of the DuPage/Kane County chapter of Birthday Cakes 4 Free. Every month Birthday Cakes 4 Free provides birthday cupcakes for each senior in the program with a birthday that month. These yummy cupcakes grant special recognition to the seniors as they celebrate their special day. While our seniors receive treats from Birthday Cakes 4 Free, their furry and feathered companions are also covered thanks to the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League who provides pet food for the seniors’ pets each month. These groups are just a few of many thoughtful volunteers who help HSP best serve the impoverished seniors in our Senior Citizen Project on our delivery days. If you’d like to learn more about how to contribute to the success of the program, check out our website: http://www.humanitarianservice.org/getinvolved/index.html



Thursday, August 14, 2014

HSP Bids Goodbye to Our Final Summer Intern

Today HSP bids farewell to the last remaining member of our summer intern team, Meridyth Patrick. Meridyth has been with HSP for three months as our accounting intern. In that time she has been working alongside HSP’s Co-founder and CFO Floyd Kettering, assisting him with all of HSP’s accounting needs. She worked with Floyd to close out our last fiscal year, completed drafting our annual 990 tax return, along with the multitude of daily tasks accountants are responsible for. Meridyth not only produced great work throughout her internship, but brought along a cheerful attitude that kept things bright here at HSP this summer. Everyone at HSP wishes her the best as she moves on to more exciting adventures in her life.

When she first started here, Meridyth said she became interested in the internship with HSP because of her strong desire to use her talents and energy to serve those in need. Through her summer of service she, along with all of the other interns who HSP was blessed to have this summer, have certainly accomplished that. We at HSP wish to thank Meridyth and our other summer interns for all they have done for the sake of the needy seniors, children, and families touched by HSP’s programs.