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Charity Briefs for June 11, 2013

Members Hannah Circle from United Methodist Church New Lenox church's youth group recently volunteered time baking skills Ronald McDonald House

Members of Hannah Circle, from the United Methodist Church of New Lenox, and the church's youth group recently volunteered time and baking skills at Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn, baking cookies for the residents. | Supplied photo

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Updated: July 12, 2013 6:24AM



Here is a look at charity news in the Southland.

Torch Run Honors Fallen Trooper: The Chicago Ridge Police Department will participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois on June 12. The Chicago Ridge portion of the run will be in memory of fallen Illinois State Police Trooper Jim Sauter, 28, who was killed in March when a semi truck hit his police cruiser on the Tri-State Tollway in Northbrook. He was a Chicago Ridge native and a graduate of Richards High School in Oak Lawn. Participants are to line up at the police department, 10425 S. Ridgeland Ave., at 7 a.m., when a ceremony and presentation to the Sauter family will kick off the event. Spectators are encouraged to line the streets from 107th to 111th streets to show support for the Sauter family. Donations to Special Olympics Illinois can be mailed to or dropped off at the Chicago Ridge Police Department. “In Memory of ISP Jim Sauter” should be indicated in the memo line of the check.

Golf for Education: Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will hold its third Annual Golf Outing, Teeing Off Fore Education, on June 13 at Lincolnshire Country Club, 390 E. Richton Road, Crete. There will be a shotgun start at 11 a.m., lunch, a complimentary reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and dinner at 5:30 p.m. The cost for an individual is $150; it’s $500 for a foursome. Those interested in golfing should call (708) 668-9432. Proceeds benefit the district’s summer school program, technology budget, reading specialists and the districtwide spring musical.

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 a Cause: The Fifth Annual Golf Outing to benefit Good Shepherd Center is scheduled for June 14 at Ravisloe Country Club, 18231 South Park Ave., Homewood. Registration and the driving range open at 8 a.m., and a shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m. The $140 fee includes giveaways, 18 holes of golf, continental breakfast, hot dog lunch and refreshments on the course, a buffet dinner, silent and live auctions featuring sports memorabilia and tickets, raffles and door prizes. Hole sponsors are welcome, with a fee of $150. The Hazel Crest-based Good Shepherd Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary of providing services for children and families dealing with disabilities. To register or for more information, contact Cheryl Assise at (708) 335-0020, Ext. 20, or email cassise@gscenter.org or visit www.gscenter.org.

Care for Cats: The Purina Cat Chow “50 Years. 50 Shelters” program has donated a $1,000 care package to South Suburban Humane Society, but the society can earn another $1,000 from the program. Supporters are asked to vote once a day at www.catchow.com/50shelters through June 14. Purina Cat Chow will donate $1 per vote up to $1,000 per shelter. The South Suburban Humane Society is at 1103 W. End Ave., Chicago Heights.

SD 227 Benefit: The Rich Township District 227 High School Educational Foundation presents “Summer Nights in White — All White Party,” a fundraising gala and silent auction, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. June 14 at the Matteson Holiday Inn, 500 Holiday Plaza Drive. The foundation raises money for scholarships. The silent auction will feature the art of Andre Guichard, and numerous prizes will be awarded via other auctions. There will also be entertainment and dancing. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Information: (708) 679-5908.

Car Show: St. James Manor and Villas, 1251 E. Richton Road, Crete, will host a car show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15. The event is free. Lunch is available for spectators for $5, with proceeds going to Crete-area food pantries. A shuttle will take people to and from spectator parking, which is at The Bible League, 3801 Eagle Nest Drive. Car owners should call (708) 672-6700 to reserve a spot in the show.

Volunteers sought: Neat Repeats Resale stores are looking for volunteers to work in the stores, which feature a boutique atmosphere. A volunteer recruitment day is scheduled for June 15. The stores are at 9028 W. 159th St., Orland Park, and 7026 W. 111th St., Worth. For more information, call the Orland Park store at (708) 364-7605 or the Worth store at (708) 361-6860. Sales at the stores benefit clients served by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, which provides emergency shelter and other services for victims of domestic violence.

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 $300; foursomes are $1,200. To register, visit www.beverlyartcenter.org or call (773) 445-3838.

Dine for Suicide Prevention: Firehouse Subs, 15892 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park, will donate 15 percent of its proceeds on June 20 to the Orland Township Youth Commission and its upcoming 5K fundraiser race supporting suicide prevention. From 4 to 8 p.m., customers can present the designated fundraising flyer to have their order count toward the commission’s fundraising efforts. The flyer can be found by visiting www.orlandtwp.org or www.facebook.com/supervisorogrady. The “Those Who Suffer in Silence 5k Race” is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Orland Park 153rd Street Metra station, 10401 W. 153rd St. Proceeds will go toward a biannual suicide program at the township. For more information on either event, contact Gina Chigaros at (708) 403-4001 or visit ginac@orlandtwp.org.

Feed the Hungry: The Frankfort Police Department will host a food drive throughout June to benefit the Frankfort Township Food Pantry. Items can be dropped off at the police station, 20602 Lincoln-Way Lane. Food items also will be picked up outside homes on June 22. To schedule a pickup, call (815) 469-9435. For more information and a list of most-wanted items, visit www.frankfortpolice.net and click on “police events.”

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. For tickets or sponsorship information, visit www.joliethospice.org or contact Jodi at (815) 531-3553.

Ride for a Cause: American Legion Post 1977, 14414 Ford Drive, New Lenox, will host a “Ride for Riley” on June 23. Registration for the motorcycle and classic car run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 75-mile ride begins at 10:30 a.m. Riley, 11, was diagnosed with a ganglio cytoma brain tumor in January 2012. Proceeds will go toward medical expenses and foundations that focus on children with life-threatening illnesses. The cost is $10 per bike or car and $5 for passengers. The ride ends back at the post, and there will be live music starting at 4 p.m.

Nature Center Open House: Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, will host an open house benefit featuring local artist Marikay Peter Witlock and musicians Patricia Caldwell and Jerry Santoni. “Visions and Voices” is slated for 1 to 4 p.m. June 23. “Prairie Chapel” prints are available with a donation of $75 or more. There will be refreshments and a silent auction. Admission is $5. For more information, call (708) 747-6320.

‘Golf for the Child’: Court Appointed Special Advocates of Will County, a nonprofit that serves abused and neglected children in the Will County juvenile court system, will host the inaugural Golf for the Child Classic on June 28 at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club, 1 Pete Dye Drive, Lemont. It will be an 18-hole scramble tournament with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Registration is $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. There will be prizes, contests, goodie bags, continental breakfast, on-course cocktail stands, a post-golf cocktail reception (including a one-hour open bar), full luncheon buffet, silent auction and more. Tickets for the cocktail reception and luncheon only are $50. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. To register online, visit golfforthechild.eventbrite.com or download a form by visiting tiny.cc/GFTCRegFlyer. For more information, visit golfforthechild.com.

Ride For Vets 2013: The UAW Local 588 veterans committee is hosting a poker run with several stops to raise money for the Aug. 17 “Veterans Day” Barbecue for the Manteno Veterans home. The poker run begins with sign-in at 10 a.m. the ride at 11 a.m. June 29 at the UAW Local 588 union hall, 21540 Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago Heights. The cost is $15 for an individual or $25 per couple. The fee includes food, beverages and a disc jockey. There will also be a biscuits and gravy breakfast for a donation, plus raffles and door prizes.

For Chloe: A benefit for Chloe Ochoa, 9, of Homewood, will be from 2 to 7 p.m. June 29 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. The $30 admission includes food, beverages, silent auction, raffles and live music. Chloe, who was diagnosed at age 2 with spinal muscular atrophy, a progressively degenerative disease, has lost her ability to walk. The family is in need of a handicapped-accessible van. For more information, visit www.cureforchloe.com or call (708) 798-8197.

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.

Share Your Soles gala: Tickets are on sale for the 14th Anniversary Gala for Share Your Soles, scheduled for June 29. Share Your Soles, a nonprofit founded by Richards High School graduate Mona Purdy, distributes new and gently used shoes and more to the needy around the world. The gala will include food, music, live entertainment, a complimentary cocktail hour from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., a cash bar after that, and an auction. Tickets are $125. Tables of 10 are $90 per person. The gala will again be at Alhambra Palace, 1240 W. Randolph St., Chicago. For more information, visit shareyoursoles.org.

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.

Bunco for Breast Cancer Research: Franciscan St. James Health will hold its first-ever “Buncolicious” at 5:30 p.m. July 19 at the Glenwoodie Golf Course Clubhouse, 19301 S. State St., Glenwood. Bunco players dressed in pink, breast cancer-themed attire will raise money to promote greater awareness of the advantages of early detection. More than 200 participants already have registered. The event will include a cash bar, raffle and auctions. The $25 registration fee includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts and four bunco games. To register or for more information, call (708) 747-4000, Ext. 85470, or email Joanna.Voorhees@FranciscanAlliance.org.

Grand Raffle for Special Needs: Tickets are available for Park Lawn’s annual Grand Raffle Drawing, with the grand prize being a choice of $15,000 cash, a 2013 Ford Focus, 2012 Harley-Davidson FXDF Fat Bob, 2013 Ford Fiesta, or 2013 27-foot Dutchmen Aspen Travel Trailer. There are cash prizes for second through 20th place. The Grand Raffle drawing and reception will be held July 25 at Park Lawn School and Activity Center, 10833 S. LaPorte Ave., Oak Lawn. Tickets are $100 each and only 999 will be sold. Tickets can be bought by visiting Park Lawn or call (708) 425-6867. Park Lawn, a nonprofit, serves individuals with disabilities. For more information, visit www.parklawn.com.

Golf for a Cause: The Crisis Center for South Suburbia will host the annual Dianne Masters Cup golf outing Aug. 13 at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave., Orland Park. Former Blackhawks goalie Murray Bannerman and WGN’s Andrea Darlas will be on hand for meet-and-greets. The cost of $150 per person includes golf, continental breakfast before the 9 a.m. shotgun start, lunch, cocktails, dinner, raffle prizes and contests. To register, visit www.crisisctr.org or contact Christopher Beele at (708) 429-7255, Ext. 118. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. The Crisis Center for South Suburbia provides services for families in crisis.

Golf for a Cause: The Meehan Golf Classic to benefit the family of the late Mike Meehan is scheduled for Aug. 19 at Idlewild Country Club, 19201 Dixie Highway, Flossmoor. Check-in will be at 10 a.m., followed by lunch at 11, a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m., and a cocktail reception, dinner and awards starting at 5:30 p.m. Meehan, of Frankfort, died in May after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. To register, contact Peter Corydon at (708) 798-0514, Ext. 12, or email petercorydon@hotmail.com. The contribution is $200 for everything, $750 for a foursome, or $50 for dinner and cocktails only. For more information, call Dan Dal Degan at (630) 215-7880 or email ddd@salesforce.com.

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.

Raffle for a Cause: Southwest Community Services, Inc., will sell raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2014 Dodge Dart SE sponsored by Bettenhausen Automotive, or cash prizes. The raffle is to raise money for the programs and services that the nonprofit offers to more than 450 children and adults with disabilities. Tickets are $25, or five for $100, and will be available through Oct. 27. Only 2,000 will sold. Tickets will be available at Southwest Community Services, Inc. events and online at www.swcsinc.org. If all tickets are not sold, the winner will split the proceeds 50/50 with Southwest Community Services, Inc. The drawing will be held at the SCS Texas Hold ’em Tournament on Oct. 27 at Sam’s Triple Crown, 9191 W. 159th St., Orland Hills. The winner need not be present. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Carla at (708) 429-1260, Ext. 1243 or visit www.swcsinc.org.

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.

Help Bag Cancer: Stand Up to Cancer and The Safeway Foundation are raising funds for the fight against prostate cancer. Dominick’s grocery stores will be selling a limited edition, reusable shopping bag, embossed with the words, “It starts with a wish; it can end with a cure.” The bags also can be bought online by visiting safewayfoundation.org. Dominick’s shoppers also will have a chance to make a separate donation at checkout. For more information, visit safewayfoundation.org or standup2cancer.org.

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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