Kimberly Heights School in Tinley Park is conducting a food drive through Nov. 16. Nonperishable items will be accepted and donated to Together We Cope and the Tinley Park Food Pantry. Information: (708) 532-6434. | Supplied photo
Updated: December 14, 2012 6:16AM
Here is a look at charity news in the Southland.
Help the Visually Impaired: A fundraiser to benefit OASIS for the Visually Impaired, an Orland Park-based nonprofit, will take place all day Nov. 13 at the Culver’s restaurant at 9130 W. 159th St., Orland Park. Culver’s will donate 10 percent of proceeds from diners who turn in their receipts and tell employees it is for the OASIS fundraiser. For more information, contact Kim or Joe Kuster at (708) 460-6573, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit OASISvision.org.
Food Drive: The Dentistry & Implantology Group, Dr. Philip Cole and Dr. Robert Stanford, 10730 W. 165th St. in Orland Park, is hosting a food drive for the Orland food pantry through Nov. 14. Items sought include soup, tuna, canned vegetables, coffee, juice, peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce, pasta, rice, macaroni and cheese, cereal, Jell-O, and pudding. Donors get a chance to win a Quality Dental Plan membership valued at $19. Information: www.healthysmile.com or (708) 460-3040.
Food Drive: Kimberly Heights School, 6141 Kimberly Drive, Tinley Park, is conducting a food drive through Nov. 16. Nonperishable food items will be accepted, including cereal, cookies/crackers, cake/brownie mix, boxed potatoes, pasta (other than spaghetti), and juice. Donations are going to Together We Cope and the Tinley Park Food Pantry. For more information, call (708) 532-6434.
Peace Officers Memorial: The Ninth Annual Fall Fundraiser hosted by the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County is slated for 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 16 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. in Merrionette Park. There will be food, beer, wine and soda, raffles, a prize wheel and a silent auction. Early entry donation is $30, but tickets also will be available at the door. The foundation aims to establish a Cook County Peace Officers Memorial to honor all police and peace officers killed in the line of duty from law enforcement agencies throughout Cook County. It also aims to provide financial assistance to the surviving family members of fallen officers. For more information, visit pomfcc.org or email email@example.com. For tickets, call (708) 424-6749.
Educational Scholarship: Through the Folds of Honor Foundation, Fifth Third Bank employees and clients are raising money through Nov. 17 to fund educational scholarships for Chicago-area family members of wounded or lost soldiers. The bank will match all donations raised up to $50,000. Donations can be made at any Fifth Third banking center. Military families can apply for scholarships at www.foldsofhonor.org.
Pancake Brunch: The Twenty-Ninth Annual Pancake Brunch to benefit Operation Blessing — a food pantry in Crestwood — will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at Moraine Valley Church, 6300 W. 127th St., Palos Heights. The suggested donation for the all you-can-eat-event is $5 per person, or $10 per family.
Childerguild Annual Ball: The Childerguild will host its 84th annual ball to benefit women’s and children’s programs and services at the new Silver Cross Hospital on Nov. 17 at the Odyssey Country Club, 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Tinley Park. The ball will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing. Tickets are $200 per person and include an open bar. Black-tie is optional. To make reservations, call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 740-7105.
Fashion Show: Ladies of Virtue Mentoring Services will hold a fashion show/fundraiser at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at Dining on the Green, 319 Main St. in Park Forest. Tickets are $20, and refreshments will be served. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets, call (866) 568-8674 or visit www.lovmentoring.org.
All You Can Eat: The Community Band Foundation of Tinley Park will host its 15th annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at Bremen VFW Post 2791, 17147 S. Oak Park Ave in Tinley Park. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more. Dinner includes spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert and coffee. Meatballs are extra, and a cash bar will be available for all beverages. There will be a raffle, split-the-pot and entertainment by band members. Tickets are available from band members and at the door. Information: www.artsalive.org or (708) 636-4678.
Give Back: Care Rehabilitation, 4710 W. 95th St., Suite B6, Oak Lawn, is hosting a food drive through Nov. 19 for the Pilgrim Faith Church pantry. Those who donate $5 worth of nonperishable food items will be entered into a drawing for gift cards and other prizes donated by local merchants.
Thanksgiving Food Drive: Central Collision Center, which has locations in Mokena, Crete, New Lenox, Oak Forest, Tinley Park and Peotone, is holding its annual Thanksgiving food drive and is collecting nonperishable food items from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays until Nov. 20. Donations will benefit Alicia’s House Food Pantry, a nonprofit that provides food at no cost to low-income residents in several south suburbs. Central Collision Center will match 100 percent of donations. Suggested donations include canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit and traditional holiday food. For more information and locations, visit www.centralcollision.blogspot.com or email Marissa Caruso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanksgiving for Stevie: A fundraiser to benefit the Do It Stevie’s Way 2:19 Foundation is slated for 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at Cork & Kerry, 10614 S. Western Ave. in Chicago. The foundation raises money for an annual Mount Carmel High School scholarship, Ronald McDonald House and several other charitable causes. The benefit will feature food, drink, music and raffles. Tickets are $25 for those over 21 years old; $10 for kids and students under 21. Steven Bajenski was a Mokena resident and Mount Carmel baseball player who died at age 17 in 2009 of complications from heart surgery. For more information, visit www.doitsteviesway219.com or call (773) 445-2675.
Sporting Goods Drive: The South–Southwest Suburban United Way and the SouthtownStar are holding a sporting goods drive through Nov. 30. Donations for the inaugural “Healthy Kids Sporting Goods Drive” will support United Way’s community-impact plan, LIVE UNITED 2020, to ensure Southland families have the education, income and health resources they need. Items can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the South-Southwest Suburban United Way, 4747 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 405, Matteson; the SouthtownStar, 18312 S. West Creek Drive, Tinley Park; or the Crestwood Rec Center, 5331 W. 135th St., Crestwood. For more information, visit www.LIVEUNITEDchicago.org/southland or call (708) 248-7910.
Food for Fines: The Green Hills Public Library District, 8611 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills, is collecting nonperishable food items in exchange for subtracting $1 in fines on overdue books. The program runs through Nov. 30. Donations will benefit the Palos Township Food Pantry. The fine reduction does not apply to lost or damaged materials, and expired food items will not be accepted. Information: (708) 598-8446, Ext. 110.
NAWS Holiday Open House: The National Animal Welfare Society will host a Holiday Open House at its new location from noon to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. There will be raffles (NAWS is seeking donations for items), vendors, pet pictures with Santa (for a donation) and more. The nonprofit, at 9981 W. 190th St., Suite A, Mokena, offers medical services, boarding, doggy day camp, grooming, and pet items for sale. A Pawkeepers Society Membership program also will be introduced at the open house. For more information, call (708) 478-5102.
Food Pantry Fundraiser: A fundraiser for the new St. Irenaeus Catholic Charities Food Pantry in Park Forest will take place at Beggars Pizza, 22149 Governors Highway, Richton Park, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 10. Beggars will donate 20 percent of your bill before coupons and tax to the food pantry.
Seeking Arts & Crafts Donations: The Humane Society Calumet Area, 421 45th St. in Munster, Ind., is seeking arts and crafts donations for its annual Holiday Bazaar Dec. 13 to 16. The arts and crafts will be sold at the bazaar to raise funds for the shelter. To donate, contact Amanda at (219) 922-3811.
Toys for Tots: Oak Forest is accepting donations of small, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays until Dec. 15 at Oak Forest City Hall or the Oak Forest Police Department, both at 15440 S. Central Ave. Information: (708) 687-4050.
Harley-Davidson Raffle: The Illinois Veterans Foundation is raffling off a 2013 Harley-Davidson. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $40 each. The drawing will be Dec. 24. The winner will be responsible for taxes, registration and license plates. For more information, contact Jackie at (708) 525-3565 or visit www.ilvf.org/Current_Fundraisers.html.
Repeat Boutique: The Repeat Boutique resale shop, at 18157 Dixie Highway in Homewood, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. All workers are volunteers, and all proceeds go to Grand Prairie Services clients. Items in the shop include clothing, furs, jewlery, shoes, books and household items. Information: (708) 957-5052.
Seeking volunteers: The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter is seeking individuals interested in becoming Alzheimer’s Association Community Representatives in Will County. New volunteers will receive training. To become an AACR, visit alz.org/illinois, click on “volunteer” and select “Alzheimer’s Association Community Rep” on the application form.
Donate unused tickets: Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights, has joined tix4cause.com, an emarketplace ticket service that turns unused tickets into cash donations for nonprofits. Individuals, businesses or corporations can donate unused tickets for sports, music, theater or leisure activities to Lake Katherine. The public can buy tickets via tix4cause.com, and 90 percent of the ticket proceeds go to support Lake Katherine. To make a donation and/or buy tickets, visit www.lakekatherine.org or tix4cause.com. Be sure to identify Lake Katherine as your charity of choice. Information: (708) 361-1873.
Text to Give: Nonprofit organization Park Lawn, 10833 S. LaPorte, Oak Lawn, has recently launched a new “Text to Give” mobile giving campaign to benefit the programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The program allows donors to make a $5 donation through Give by Cell by texting the phrase GIVEPL to the number 20222. Donations are tax-deductible and pledges are billed through your monthly cell phone bill. Users must be 18 or older or have parental permission to participate, and must agree to the terms and conditions. Message and data rates may apply. For more information, visit www.givebycell.com.
Staples: Together We Cope is seeking certain staples that are in short supply at its food pantry. Canned soup, pasta, rice and breakfast cereal in particular can be dropped off at the pantry, 17010 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Contact Carol Ettema, pantry director, at (708) 633-5040 if you wish to conduct a food drive for those items.
Purr-fect Donations: The South Suburban Humane Society is seeking donations to help take care of kittens. The humane society is registered at Target and Wal-Mart. Donated items also can be dropped off at The South Suburban Humane Society at 1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, or the SSHS Spay/Neuter Clinic at 18349 S. Halsted St., Glenwood.
Donations sought: The Silver Cross Hospital resale shop, the Encore Shop, is accepting donations of gently used seasonal decorations, adult and children’s clothing, household items and books. Donations can be dropped off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month at the Encore Shop at 1200 Maple Road, Joliet, just north of the former Silver Cross Hospital Emergency Department. Call (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.
Pizza for a cause: St. Christopher School and Kenootz Pizzeria have teamed up for an Eat and Earn Fundraiser on the first Tuesday of each month. Kenootz Pizzeria, 4659 W. 147th St., Midlothian, is donating 25 percent of all profits for dine-in, carry-out and delivery order (before taxes, gratuity, and coupons) to the school. Be sure to mention St. Christopher when ordering to have the percentage donated. Call the pizzeria at (708) 535-0005.
Target St. Christopher School: St. Christopher School in Midlothian is continuing its participation in Target Corp.’s “Take Charge of Education” program. To help the school, individuals need to use their Target REDcard and inform the checkout person that they would like St. Christopher School to receive credit for the purchase. It does not cost the purchaser anything and Target Corp. will donate up to 1 percent of the REDcard purchases to the school.
Shopping for school: The Summit Hill Educational Foundation is part of the Dominick’s family of stores’ eScrip program. To participate in the SHEF fundraiser, individuals need to register their Fresh Values cards at Dominick’s. For information, call (815) 474-9052 or visit email@example.com.
Donations needed: Neat Repeats Resale stores in Orland Park and Worth are in need of gently used women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes and jewelry along with small household appliances and kitchen items in good working order. The Neat Repeats stores depend on community residents to provide the inventory for the retail operations. All donations benefit women and children who are receiving services free of charge from the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. Items can be dropped off at either store location: 7026 W. 111th St. in Worth, (708) 361-6860; or 9028 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, (708) 364-7605.
Donations sought: The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is seeking donations as part of its annual appeal. In 2012, the museum is trying to raise money for its new “We the People” interactive exhibit, which will teach kids about the importance of patriotism and includes pieces of two beams from the World Trade Center. Donations can be made online at the museum’s website, www.cmoaklawn.org, by following the links to donate or become a member; by mail at Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 or in person at the museum. Call (708) 423-6709.
Sharing soles: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia, is collecting shoes for the Share Your Soles organization. Any gently worn shoes will be accepted 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The goal of the charity is to provide shoes to underprivileged families worldwide. Call (708) 403-4222.
Pets for vets: To ease the financial costs associated with pet ownership, the Animal Welfare League offers all veterans with military ID an exclusive 20 percent adoption fee discount. Adoptions include a free leash and collar or cat carrier, AVID Microchip, 10-day health care and one-year rabies vaccination. Adoptable pets can be viewed online at www.animalwelfareleague.com or by visiting the Chicago Ridge location, noon to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Veterans can also get a 10 percent discount off veterinary services through its clinic, which is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Information: visit www.PetsforPatriots.org or call (877) 473-8223.
Volunteers sought: Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to help at “The Giving Tree” donation center at 3016 S. State St. in Lockport. Volunteers will assist with sorting, organizing and distributing a variety of items. Volunteers must be available to help on weekdays and be at least 18. Contact Marianne Holzhauer at (815) 774-4663, Ext. 3105 for information. If you are in need of services, contact Daybreak Center at the same phone number. For more information about the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities, visit catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.
Ring up donations: South Suburban Family Shelter is seeking cell phone donations and new cell phone collection sites for its ongoing fundraising program. The agency works with a company that specializes in the collection and recycling of used cellular phones. Some cell phone collection sites include: SSFS administrative office, 18139 Harwood, Homewood; Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights; and Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Road., Flossmoor. Call (708) 794-2140, Ext.303.
Opportunities for animals: The Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge is selling Golden Opportunities Books 2012 for $25 each to raise money for its homeless animals. The books offer 50 percent-off coupons and two-for-one discounts at local restaurants, movies, grocers, sporting events and more. The Chicagoland South Suburban/Northwest Indiana Edition is available at the shelter. Call (708) 636-8586, Ext. 268.
Filling pantries: Working to meet unprecedented demand at its pantries in Worth and Summit, Catholic Charities southwest regional office is accepting donations of food and money earmarked for the pantries at its office, 7000 W. 111th St. in Worth. Call (708) 430-0428.
New program: Sertoma Centre Inc. hopes to reach a growing population of individuals who have been dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and mental illness. Its new program is a part of the Developmental Training Programs at Sertoma Centre, which will provide the opportunity for individuals to receive group or individual counseling. Participants in the program also will be given alternatives to talk therapies to better suit the needs of a wide range of individuals. Art, sand and play therapy techniques will be utilized for those who struggle with expressing their thoughts and feelings. Also, the utilization of poetry, music, and journaling will be implemented for relaxation and therapeutic interventions. Contact Heather Beckner at (708) 730-6333 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gift cards aid shelter: South Suburban Family Shelter is participating in Jewel-Osco’s gift card program. Gift cards are available for purchase in $25, $50 and $100 increments, and the shelter will receive a 5 percent rebate for cards sold by the agency. Payment is made to South Suburban Family Shelter for the face value of the gift card: Proceeds benefit the programs and services provided free of charge to victims of domestic violence and their families. Contact the shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext.303, or visit the administrative offices at 18139 Harwood, Homewood.
Tickets for a cause: Sertoma Centre Inc. has joined Tix4Cause.com, a ticket exchange website, to offer a new way for supporters to donate. The Tix4Cause website provides an online platform where ticketholders can donate unwanted tickets to Sertoma Centre and receive a tax deduction. Buyers then purchase these tickets, often at reasonable prices, and Tix4Cause passes 100 percent of the proceeds on to Sertoma Centre. Tix4Cause handles every aspect of customer service including ticket processing and handling. Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park is the first to donate tickets on behalf of Sertoma Centre. The tickets are valued at $140 and include four rounds of open play, 1-18 holes on their course. Sertoma Centre Inc. is a nonprofit agency that provides services to more than 625 individuals with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities and/or mental illness. Contact Melanie Jones at (708) 730-6206, www.sertomacentre.org or visit www.tix4cause.com.
Shop for PADS: South Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) has joined the network of charitable organizations that turn gently used fashions and accessories into cash at the Spree store at 151st Street and LaGrange Road in Orland Park. All donations of gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses and other accessories donated at the Spree store can earn money for PADS. When individuals drop their items at Spree and select PADS as the charity of their choice, PADS receives a check for these donations. Information: Contact Dawn Thrasher at (708) 754-4357, Ext. 107, or email@example.com.
Furniture helps Sertoma: Sertoma Centre is seeking donations of furniture for resale at its Good as New thrift store, 4331 Lincoln Highway in Matteson. Sertoma will pick up used donated furniture items and provide a receipt for tax purposes. The thrift store sales benefit more than 625 physically or developmentally challenged clients being served at the Sertoma Centre each day. To schedule a free pickup, contact Karey Wentz, Thrift Store manager, at (708) 481-5627, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Replenish the pantry: Elsie’s Pantry, located at Moraine Valley Community Church in Palos Hills, has an ongoing need for canned goods and monetary donations to keep up with the increasing need. Since June 2000, the pantry has served more than 27,000 people living in Palos Hills, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Hickory Hills and parts of Bridgeview, Justice, Orland Park, Willow Springs and Worth. However, donations have decreased over the past two years, forcing the pantry to use its reserves, which, if not replenished, would run out by the end of the year. Canned goods can be brought to the church between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Donations by check may be made to Elsie’s Pantry, 8601 W. 107th St., Palos Hills, 60465. Information: (708) 598-4435.
Free bag of food: New Mercies Community Services was organized in 2003 to provide support services to low-income, elderly and disabled families in south Cook County. The organization operates a food pantry in Midlothian that distributes bags of food twice weekly to this same targeted population. Food distribution is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at New Mercies Community Services, 3824 W. 147th St., Midlothian. Donations to support the service also are sought. Information: Laurie Reed at (708) 606-2864.
Come clean: Together We Cope is seeking donations of personal care items — including shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap and disposable razors — that will be shared with families utilizing food pantry services. Donations of any quantity may be dropped off at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park. Together We Cope is a nonprofit agency assisting families in temporary crisis from 22 south suburban communities. Information: Suellen or Tina at (708) 633-5040 or www.togetherwecope.org.
Reaching out: Together We Cope in Tinley Park has established an emergency outreach food program with Faith United Methodist Church as a partner. Emergency bags of nonperishable food will be delivered to the Orland Park church to increase outreach to families needing food. The organization seeks to establish similar partnerships with other area churches. Information: Mary Ann Baer at (708) 633-5040.
Furniture pickup: Together We Cope has added an additional day to its schedule for furniture pickups in Tinley Park and nearby suburbs. With pickups on Tuesdays and Fridays, there now is new inventory of gently used furniture twice a week at the organization’s resale shop, located at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. The shop is open six days a week, and a small donation is requested for furniture pickups. Information: Call the shop at (708) 633-9180 or visit www.togetherwecope.org. Together We Cope is a nonprofit agency assisting families in crisis from 27 south suburban communities.
Help soldiers call home: “Cell Phones for Soldiers” was started by two teenagers to help buy calling cards to send to U.S. military stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world. They are collecting old cell phones and accessories. The cell phones are recycled for cash and proceeds used to buy the calling cards for the soldiers. “Cell Phones for Soldiers” has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas. Daniels Printing and Office Supply, 14800 Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, is an official drop-off point for any make or model cell phone. Information: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Seeking senior volunteers: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Catholic Charities is seeking people 55 or older willing to share their talents and help those in need at a variety of local organizations, mainly in the Joliet Diocese. Catholic Charities will match individual interests with available volunteer opportunities and will provide supplementary insurance, mileage and meal reimbursement during volunteer service. Information: Cindy, (815) 933-7791, Ext. 125.
Donate cell phones: South Suburban Family Shelter is collecting old cell phones to be recycled. The recycling process produces revenue to support the shelter’s services. The Rotary Club of Park Forest has paired up with the shelter to help in the collection process. For a list of donation sites, visit www.rotaryofparkforest.org and click on “cell phone locations,” or www.ssfs1.org and click on “donate.”
Wendy’s Night: VFW Post 177 MacDonald-Linn has a fundraiser between 5 and 8 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Wendy’s Restaurant at 79th Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview. Proceeds benefit the VFW National Home for Children, located in Michigan. Participants simply order food (drive-through or sit-in) from Wendy’s during this time period, and Wendy’s donates a portion of its profits to this cause.
Food for victims: South Suburban Family Shelter is in need of nonperishable food items such as canned soups, vegetables and fruit for its clients who are experiencing domestic violence. Personal hygiene products (regular, not sample size please) are also needed. Donations may be dropped off at 18139 Harwood, Homewood. Please call ahead before dropping off items. Contact the shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.
Text to Give: St. Xavier University’s Department for University Advancement has announced a new “Text to Give” mobile giving campaign to benefit the university’s Class Gift Fund and the St. Xavier Fund. The program allows donors to make $10 donations using their mobile phones through Give by Cell. You can make a gift to the Class Gift Fund by texting CLASSGIFT with your first and last name to 20222, or make a gift to the St. Xavier Fund by texting SXU with your first and last name to 20222. Donors can give multiple times a month depending on your carrier. Donations are tax-deductible, and pledges are billed through your monthly cell phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. For information, visit www.givebycell.com.