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Updated: June 15, 2013 6:17AM



Here is a look at charity news in the Southland.

Candlelight Bowl: Lincolnway Special Recreation Association is hosting a candlelight bowl fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. May 17 at Laraway Lanes in New Lenox to raise funds for its TITANS program, a day program that fosters independence through life and social activities for individuals 18 and older. The cost is $30 per person or $160 for a lane of six bowlers and will include three hours of bowling, shoe rental and dinner. To register or become a sponsor for the event or to obtain a summer program brochure, call (815) 462-2900 or visit lwsra.org.

Night for Mike: Michael Meehan, of Frankfort, died last week after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. A married father of two college students, he was dependent for all aspects of his care, and medicals bills mounted. To help the family, “A Night for Mike” will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. May 17 at the Pipe Fitters Local 597 Training Center, 10850 W. 187th St., Mokena. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and include dinner and live entertainment. There will be a cash bar and raffles. Monetary donations can be made out to A Night for Mike and sent c/o William Addy, 9444 Ashley Court, Frankfort, IL 60423. For more information or to buy tickets in advance, contact Mary Meehan at (708) 860-8937 or (815) 534-5781.

Plant and Flower Sale: A plant sale to benefit Lincoln-Way East High School special services students will take place daily through May 17. House of Blooms, the student-run greenhouse, will sell a variety of annuals and vegetable plants. The greenhouse is behind the tennis courts at the school, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort. The sale will run from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 2:30 p.m. daily. Prices will range from $2 for a six-pack to $12 for a flat. About 40 students have been involved in the project, which aims to help students learn various job skills.

Bird Counters Wanted: The Orland Grassland volunteers are looking for volunteer birders for an annual bird-counting event and monitors to keep an eye on the numbers throughout longer periods. The counts are done to measure the response and success of an ongoing restoration project and to discover which types of endangered birds are attracted to it. Birders will meet at 6:30 a.m. May 18 at the parking lot of the grassland, and set out at 7 a.m. The event ends about noon. For more information about the event or being a seasonal bird monitor, contact Pat Hayes at (708) 220-9596 or visit www.orlandgrassland.org.

Food for Funds for Lupus: The Fuddruckers at 300 Town Center, Matteson, will hold a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 18 during which 20 percent of all sales made to customers with a special coupon will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America. To get the coupon, visit www.lupus.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/articlefiles/1007-fudruckers2.pdf before the day of the event. For more information, call (708) 747-7763.

Tea, Wine and Roses: The Crisis Center for South Suburbia Auxiliary will host a fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 at Lake Katherine Nature Preserve, 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights. The event will feature a plant sale, tea and cookie sampling, wine and snacks, a raffle, live music, and shopping with a variety of specialty vendors. Admission is $5 and includes a free beverage and one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will be sold. There is no charge to attend the plant sale only. All proceeds benefit the center’s emergency shelter for female victims of domestic violence and their children. All services provided by the Crisis Center are free of charge to victims. For more information, visit www.crisisctr.org/events/ccss-auxiliary.

Vendor and Craft Show: A Shopping Affair Vendor & Craft Show to benefit the Humane Society Calumet Area will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 at Patrician Banquets in Schererville. Admission is a $1 donation. Upscale vendors, crafters and businesses will fill the banquet hall for a day of shopping and entertainment. The event also features concessions and raffles with raffle donations made by the Bears, the White Sox, Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Robert Anthony Day Spa and more. Gift bags will be given to the first 100 shoppers. There will also be a gold buyer on hand to buy gold, platinum, silver jewelry and coins. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society Calumet Area. For more information, contact Anne-Marie at (219) 741-0435 or visit www.anne-marieprince.com.

Chicago Dream House Raffle: The Chicago Dream House Raffle benefits The Hope Institute for Children and Families, which provides services to children with developmental disabilities. The grand prize is a $2.45 million Gold Coast dream home or $1.5 million in cash. The deadline for the grand prize drawing is May 24, with the drawing to be held June 9. Buy three or more tickets to be entered into a drawing for a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 Roadster or $50,000 cash. There’s also a Refer-a-Friend drawing for a chance to win $15,000 cash or a Smart Car. To enter the raffle, call (800) 697-7734 or visit www.ChicagoRaffle.com and register online.

Run for BAPA: The 36th Annual Ridge Run Memorial Day event to benefit the nonprofit Beverly Area Planning Association is scheduled for May 27, with the start/finish at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Drive, Chicago. Race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Start times are 8 a.m. for the 10K, 8:10 a.m. for the Dick O’Neill Youth Mile, and 9:30 a.m. for the 5K run. Prize money is awarded to the top three overall men and women in the 10K and 5K races. For more information or to register, visit www.bapa.org/ridgerun or call (773) 233-3100.

Parent Palooza: Mount Greenwood School’s Parent Palooza Fundraiser, an adults-only event, will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. June 1 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Proceeds help fund educational materials for the students. Those buying tickets by May 30 will be entered into an early bird raffle for an iPad mini. Tickets are $30 in advance by May 30 or $35 at the door and include a dinner buffet, pizza, beer, wine, soda, dessert bar and parking. There will also be live entertainment and raffles. To buy tickets or make donations, email Jenn Mangan at jmangan7715@wowwway.com or Tania Egan at m.egan@att.net. For more information, contact Becky Malone at (773) 793-0355.

Boost Education: The Occasion for Education event to benefit an incentive scholarship program will be held June 1 at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge. The program, a success in Hawaii, according to organizers, is looking to expand its influence to low-income schools in Chicago. The goal is to raise $30,000 for scholarships to low-income, deserving students. There will be a public skate, bean bags tournaments, rat hockey, the Lincoln-Way Central Alumni Game, a silent auction, food, drinks, music and more. Admission tickets can be bought for $10 by visiting www.occasionforeducation2013.uticketit.com. To donate a silent auction item, a bean bags set, or to volunteer, or for more information, email mcassid3@gmail.com.

T-shirts for a Cause: SameDayTees custom T-shirts in Peotone is selling unique T-shirts to support the June 1 and 2 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Sandy Bolsoni, of Peotone, whose mother is a two-time cancer survivor, is trying to raise $1,800 to take part in the walk. Sandy and her husband Pete Bolsoni are selling the shirts with a “Keep Calm and Fight for the Girls” message and a logo for $20, with all proceeds going to the walk. Bracelets also are available for $5. For more information, call (708) 258-6666 or the Jessica Dawn Suite Salon in Mokena at (708) 932-5532.

Golf to Stop Violence: Kelly’s Serenity House, Inc., along with Starlight Entertainment & Productions, Inc., will host a golf outing fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 13 to 16. The Hole in One Golf Shoot-Out, to help prevent violence, offers a chance to win $100,000 or a new Chrysler 300 from South Oak Dodge in Matteson. The event will be held at University Golf Club, 23520 Crawford Ave., University Park. Golfers get one shot for each ticket; tickets are $7, four for $25 or eight for $40. Qualifying begins Thursday. A party will follow from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday for a donation of $20. To register, call (219) 614-9585 or (773) 531-3742, visit www.kellysserenityhouseinc.com or e-mail jtaylor1955@live.com. A portion of the proceeds will be contributed to Kelly’s Stop the Violence gun turn-in program. Kelly’s Serenity House Inc. is a nonprofit that seeks to provide shelter for battered and sexually assualted women and children, according to its website.

Golf for Arts Center: Friends of the Beverly Arts Center will host the fifth annual Fore Art golf outing June 17 at Ridge Country Club, 10522 S. California Ave., Chicago. Registration opens at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, a nonprofit regional fine arts facility that provides arts education, programming and entertainment for all ages. Golf registration per person is $275 through June 1 and $300 after June 1; foursomes are $1,100 through June 1 and $1,200 after June 1.To registe, visit www.beverlyartcenter.org or call (773) 445-3838.

Garden Walk: The 7th Annual Timmy’s Garden Walk to benefit the pediatric hospice and palliative care programs at Joliet Area Community Hospice will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22, rain or shine. Visitors can stroll through more than 10 gardens in Joliet, Lockport and Plainfield. Tickets are $10 and will be on sale after May 15. For tickets or sponsorship information, visit www.joliethospice.org or contact Jodi at (815) 531-3553.

Walk to Beat Hunger: Tinley Park-based Together We Cope is building a volunteer team to take part in the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Hunger Walk, a 5K, on June 29 along Chicago’s lakefront. Together We Cope receives $12 in food credits to support its food pantry for each person registered to walk in the agency’s name. Together We Cope offers its walkers a free bus from its Tinley Park headquarters to Soldier Field and back home again. For more information, contact Kerry Nolan at (708) 633-5040 or email knolan@togetherwecope.org.

Shoe Dazzle Gala: Share Your Soles, founded by Richards High School graduate Mona Purdy, is celebrating 14 years with its “Shoe Dazzle” Gala on June 29 at Alhambra Palace, 1240 W. Randolph St., Chicago. New or gently used shoes will be collected. For more information, email info@shareyoursoles.org or call (708) 448-4469. More information will be announced as the date nears.

Food drive: Marquette Bank, which has branches throughout the Southland, has launched its 6th annual Neighborhood Food Drive. Employees, customers, neighbors and local businesses are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items at any location or make a donation online. Food items will be collected through June 30 and distributed to local pantries and neighborhood food banks. Southland branch locations include Bridgeview, Evergreen Park, Hickory Hills, Lemont, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Oak Forest, Orland Park and Summit. For more information, visit www.emarquettebank.com/fighthunger.

Golf for a Cause: Tinley Park-based Southwest Community Services, Inc., will host the Annual 2013 Jerry Meyer Golf Classic on July 12 at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club, 1 Pete Dye Drive, Lemont. There will be other games, and one of the prizes is a trip to Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena. Proceeds benefit those with disabilities. Sponsorships are available. To register, visit bit.ly/2013scs or contact Carla at (708) 429-1260, Ext. 1243. For more information, visit www.swcsinc.org.

Running for a Cause: The South Suburban Family Shelter is looking for runners who plan to participate in the Chicago Marathon. The shelter is a partner with other domestic violence agencies and the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, which has been approved as a contributing-level charity of the marathon’s charity program. To run for a cause, visit www.batteredwomensnetwork.org/marathon.php or contact Vicki at (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.

Artisans Wanted: The Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons is seeking artisans for the Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. To be considered as an exhibitor, vendors should call (815) 729-1264 or email sanla16@aol.com by May 31 for an application. Vendors’ booth space is about 8 feet for a $75 fee. No jewelry vendors, please. Proceeds will benefit the inpatient Silver Cross diabetes program. For more information, call Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.

Recycling: St. Christopher School, 14611 S. Keeler Ave., Midlothian, is holding a recycling fundraiser, and will be collecting items including empty toner and ink-jet cartridges, cell phones, DVDs, video games and video games systems, PDAs, iPods and laptops. The items may be dropped off at the school, parish office or church. Items should be undamaged, and empty toner should be repackaged into the new box of toner. Companies that want to donate but cannot deliver items are asked to call the school at (708) 385-8776. The school also recycles paper, with three bins on the south side of the gravel parking lot on the east side of the building.

Cell Phone Collection: South Suburban Family Shelter is collecting cell phones for an ongoing fundraiser, and also is seeking schools, businesses or other organizations to volunteer as collection sites. The shelter provides services for victims of domestic violence. Collection sites include the SSFS administrative office, 18139 Harwood Ave., Homewood; Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights; and Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor. For more information, call (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.

Retirees Needed: The Gaylord Building, 200 W. 8th St., Lockport, is seeking volunteers to help lead educational activities and community outreach. Retirees with experience in education, business or a variety of building trades are especially ideal. For more information, call (815) 838-9400 or email info@gaylordbuilding.org.

Resale Shop: One More Thing Resale Shop, at 343 Main St., Park Forest, benefits victims of domestic violence and homeless women with children. The shop, owned by South Suburban Family Shelter, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Information: Contact Sharon at (708) 228-5077.

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.

Encore Shop Expansion: The newly expanded Encore Shop, the resale shop of Silver Cross Hospital, is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month. The shop is in the Hershman Building, 1301 Copperfield Ave., Joliet, the former Silver Cross Hospital campus. Donations of gently used seasonal decorations, adult and children’s clothing, household items and books can be dropped off there. Call (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117. Past proceeds have helped buy X-ray equipment, ICU beds, laptop computers, dialysis and mammography equipment, surgery carts and more for the nonprofit hospital.

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 board@summithillfoundation.org.

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.

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.

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 hbeckner@sertomacentre.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 dawn@sspads.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.

CARE Program: ComEd offers customer assistance programs that help deployed members of the military and disabled veterans who have fallen behind on their bills, plus programs for low-income families and for nonprofits. For more information or to enroll, visit ComEd.Com/CARE or call (888) 806-2273.



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