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The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s recent Heart Heart Dinner Dance was most successful agency’s 35-year history with more than

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s recent Heart to Heart Dinner Dance was the most successful in the agency’s 35-year history, with more than 300 guests at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park attending in support of victims of domestic violence.

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Updated: May 2, 2014 6:11AM



Rock to the Rescue for Animals: A night of rock to benefit the Tender Loving Care Animal Shelter in Homer Glen is scheduled for April 5 at the American Legion post at 14414 W. Ford Drive in New Lenox. Doors open at 7 p.m., with opening act The Truss slated to take the stage at 8 p.m., followed by feature act North of Eight. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at TLC Animal Shelter, 13016 W. 151st St., and at the door. Donations of cash and goods will be accepted at the event as well. For more information, visit tlcanimalshelter.org.

Skate For Cancer Camp: Richards High School graduate Jordan Moeller, the 2014 U.S. figure skating silver medalist in the Men’s Junior Division, will host the third annual fundraiser for Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 5 at Southwest Ice Arena, 5505 W. 127th St., Crestwood. The arena has donated its facility for the event. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children age 5 and younger. “One Skate at a Time” will directly support One Step at a Time, a camp for children in treatment for cancer. The event will feature performances by many accomplished skaters.

Spring Boutique: South Suburban Family Shelter will host its annual Spring Boutique from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6 at the Community House of Flossmoor Community Church, 2218 Hutchison Road, Flossmoor. There will be a variety of unique and distinctive gift items such as crafted jewelry, home and fashion accessories, handmade herbal bath products, handmade pottery, fair-trade products and more. South Suburban Family Shelter will receive 20 percent of all sales to support the comprehensive services provided free to victims of domestic violence and their families. For more information about the shelter or the event, call (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.

Tag Day Volunteers Needed: Oak Lawn-based Park Lawn, which provides programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is looking for volunteers to work its Tag Days on April 11, 12, 18 and 19. Volunteers are needed at street intersections and store fronts in the Southland. Safety vests, collection buckets and handouts with Park Lawn’s logo will be provided to all volunteers. Locations can be scheduled close to home or work. Those who are unable to volunteer but would like to make a donation can visit www.parklawn.com. To volunteer, contact Cynthia San Miguel at (708) 425-6867 or email csanmiguel@parklawn.com.

Easter Basket Program: Orland Township’s annual Easter Basket Program encourages residents to donate premade Easter baskets for township families in need. Each basket must be labeled “boy” or “girl” along with the age for whom it is intended. Students can get an hour of community service credit for each basket up to five. Baskets for community service must include Easter grass, a stuffed animal, one book (coloring, reading, activity, etc.), one box of crayons or markers, one small new toy and five or more pieces of wrapped candy. Baskets can be dropped off at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, up until April 12. For more information, contact Marianne Hill at (708) 403-4222.

Coed Volleyball Tournament: The 34th annual Coed Volleyball Tournament to benefit Park Lawn is scheduled for April 12 at St. Xavier University, the Chicago Ridge Park District and Marist High School. A post-tournament party will be held at Beverly Woods, 11532 S. Western Ave., Chicago. The party will feature music, dancing, food and raffles and is for those 21 and older. The tournament fee for eight players is $300, which includes T-shirts. The tournament fee for eight with the party package is $400. Park Lawn provides services that promote independence, choice and access to community living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To register, call (708) 876-5943 or visit www.volleyballforcharity.org.

Benefit for Fallen Officer’s Family: A fundraiser to celebrate the life of late Chicago police Officer Brian McDevitt and help his family is slated for 2 to 7 p.m. April 13 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 111th St., Merrionette Park. McDevitt was struck by a motorist while crossing an intersection on his bike in Palos Heights. Brian is survived by his wife and two young children. He had received an Award of Valor recently before his death. Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, contact Tom Carey at (773) 715-9622, Bob White at (773) 230-7454, Marty Robin at (708) 351-6531, Russ Willingham at (773) 320-4702, Jason Gutierrez at (773) 962-1304 or Ray Piwnicki at (773) 882-8278.

Bunny Breakfast: The Lincolnway Special Recreation Foundation will host its annual Bunny Breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 11 a.m. April 19 at Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort. Enter by the fieldhouse at entrance/door 31. The event will include a catered breakfast, Easter egg hunt, craft table and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 3 to 15, and free for children 2 and under. To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.lwsra.org/bunny. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Fashion Show: Smith Village will present its Annual Fashion Show and luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24, at 2320 W. 113th Place in Chicago’s Morgan Park community, in the continuing care retirement community’s Community Hall. Smith Village residents will model brands carried by Annie’s, a clothing and gift shop in Oak Lawn. The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. All proceeds benefit Emilie’s Fund, which provides for Smith Village residents who have outlived their means. To make reservations, call (773) 474-7300.

Fun Run for First Candle: The inaugural Stephen Smith Family Fun Run to benefit First Candle, a national nonprofit health organization with a goal of advancing infant health and survival, is to take place April 26 at Union Creek Park in Frankfort. The event is being hosted by Frank and Emily Smith, of Frankfort, who wanted to do something positive in memory of their son, who died in utero. The starting line is at Walker Intermediate School, 19900 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $25 prior to April 4, and $30 on race day. It’s $15 for kids 13 and under. Those who register by April 3 will receive a free T-shirt. To register, visit www.Facebook.com/stephensmithrun. For more information, contact Laura Reno at (443) 640-1049, Ext 203, or email laura@firstcandle.org; or contact Emily Smith at (708) 439-0703 or email stephensmithrun@gmail.com.

Party to Help Pooches: Springtime in Paris, a dinner party to benefit the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights, is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. April 26 at Glenwoodie Golf Club, 19301 State St., Glenwood. The event includes dinner, a silent auction, pet parade, beer and wine. Tickets are $50, although a “scoopon” deal to get them for $45 is available until April 1 by visiting www.southsuburbanhumanesociety.org.

Spring Shoe Sale: The spring shoe sale for Share Your Soles — a nonprofit founded by Richards High School graduate Mona Purdy — will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Lighthouse Church of All Nations, 4501 W. 127th St., Alsip. Some fashionable shoes that have been donated aren’t suitable for countries where Share Your Soles distributes shoes, so they are sold to raise funds instead. Designer name brands are available for $5 to $15. Cash, Visa and MasterCard are accepted, but not checks.

“Walk With Andrew”: Lemont High School will hosts the second annual “Walk With Andrew” 5K, to assist the family of junior Andrew Podczerwinski — who is recovering from a life-threatening accident — on April 27. There will be two 5K routes to choose from: a challenging course that tackles the hilly neighborhoods that surround Lemont High School, or a leisurely stroll around the track at the school’s football field. Registration forms are available by visiting www.lhs210.net and clicking on the “Walk with Andrew” banner on the right side of the home page. The $20 registration fee includes a “Walk with Andrew” T-shirt (available in orange or black). Registration must be received by April 16 to guarantee a T-shirt. Walk-up registration will begin at 9 a.m. April 27, and the 5K walk is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. For more information about Andrew’s story and recovery, visit www.walkwithandrew.com. For information about registration, email maureenb@lemont.k12.il.us or call (630) 243-3220.

Comedy Night/Breast Cancer Walk Benefit: Comedienne Patti Vasquez is to perform “Lipstick Mom 2014” at 8 p.m. May 2 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Admission is $25. In her stand-up show, Vasquez tackles motherhood, relationships, pop culture and more. Half of the proceeds will go to the Little Company of Mary Hospital Comprehensive Breast Health Center through the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk. To buy tickets, visit the box office, call (773) 445-3838 or visit www.beverlyartcenter.org.

Christ Medical Center Salute Gala: Dinner, dancing and entertainment are on the agenda for Advocate Christ Medical Center’s 2014 Salute Gala, Fire & Ice, set for May 3 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, 540 N. Michigan Ave. The event, which begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., will benefit the growth and expansion of the medical center’s Oak Lawn campus. “The Doctors” co-host Dr. Ian Smith will be the keynote speaker. The event will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a three-course seated dinner and dancing to the sounds of the Larry King Orchestra. Tickets are $350 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Margo Cusic at (708) 684-3764 or emailing Margo.Cusic@advocatehealth.com. To buy tickets, visit advocatehealth.com/salute.

Walk MS Volunteers Needed: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter, is seeking volunteers to help at Walk MS on May 4. Locations in the Southland include Lockport and Orland Park. There are also locations in Naperville and along Chicago’s lakefront. Fundraising allowed the Greater Illinois Chapter to fund critical MS research, programs and services. Possible volunteer assignments include activity tent supervision, finish line celebration, food tent, greeter, logistics crew, medical tent, missions tent, photography, pin-on distributor, professional (e.g., massages, face painting and truck driving), registration, rest stop, route/site support, set-up and tear down, T-shirt distribution and volunteer check-in. Volunteers can register online to work either a morning or afternoon shift. For more information or to sign up, visit walkMSillinois.org, call (312) 423-1107 or email jocelyn.chang@nmss.org.

Senior American Idol: Orland Township will host its annual Senior American Idol show from 5 to 10 p.m. May 6 at Georgios Banquets, 8800 W. 159th St., Orland Hills. More than 20 people auditioned on Feb. 20, and 16 finalists were selected. The event benefits the Orland Township Scholarship Foundation. Tickets for Senior American Idol are on sale at the Orland Township office, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park.

House Walk: The Flossmoor Service League’s 59th Annual Housewalk is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21. Lunch at the Flossmoor Country Club will be offered between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Five unique Flossmoor homes will be featured, and proceeds benefit Southland charities. Tickets for the walk are $25 and luncheon tickets also are $25. There also will be raffles for five themed gift baskets. Raffles tickets are $5 or 5 for $20. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit www.flossmoorserviceleague.org or visit the Flossmoor Service League page on Facebook.

Guaranteed Marathon Entry: The South Suburban Family Shelter is one of 10 partners that is an approved charity for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 12, meaning that the team has guaranteed spots and anyone who wishes to run for a cause may join the “Run Domestic Violence Out of Town” team and avoid having to register through the lottery system and risk not getting a spot in the marathon. A $1,000 minimum fundraising commitment is required. Registration is underway. To learn more about how to guarantee a spot or register for Team Run Domestic Violence Out of Town, email marathonteam@batteredwomensnetwork.org, visit www.rundvoutoftown.org or call the South Suburban Family Shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.

Pet Food Drive: Crashy’s Closet, which is Orland Township’s Pet Pantry and provides food and supplies for local pets and families in need, is in need of donations. Dry or canned dog or cat food, kitty litter, leashes, collars, shampoo, treats, toys and other miscellaneous pet items can be dropped off at the township office, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call (708) 403-4222.

Resale Donations Needed: The Neat Repeats Resale shops are seeking gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, housewares, books, toys and more. Donations are being accepted daily at either store: 7026 W. 111th St. in Worth, or 9028 W. 159th St. in Orland Park. All sales at Neat Repeats Resale benefit the clients served by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, a nonprofit that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence.

Donate Furniture: Together We Cope, a nonprofit that assists families in need, has added another day to its schedule of furniture pickups for area residents wishing to donate gently used furniture to the agency’s resale shop, Nu2u. Donated furniture now can be picked up at a donor’s home Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For reservations for pickups, call (708) 633-9180. There may be a nominal charge for pickup depending on the location. For more information, visit www.togetherwecope.org.

Clothing drive: Phoebe’s Closet, the clothing ministry of Mayo African Methodist Episcopal Church, will accept gently worn and clean clothing donations from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. Phoebe’s Closet, which is open during those hours, offers men’s, women’s and children’s clothing to those in need at no cost. The church is at 20839 S. Homeland Road, Matteson.

Winter clothes, volunteers wanted: Neat Repeats Resale is accepting gently used men’s, women’s and children’s coats, plus children’s winter clothing and toys at either store: 7026 W. 111th St. in Worth, or 9028 W. 159th St., Orland Park. Call (708) 361-6860 or (708) 364-7605, respectively. All sales benefit the clients of the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, a nonprofit that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence. Both stores also are looking for volunteers. Call the stores for details.

Volunteers Sought: The Gaylord Building, 200 W. Eighth St., Lockport, is seeking volunteers to help preserve and promote the historic site. The building played a vital role in the construction of the Illinois & Michigan Canal and has been a landmark since 1838. The building needs volunteers to help with visitor services, guided tours, educational programs, building maintenance and gardening. Hours are flexible, and experience is not necessary, as training will be provided. For more information, call (815) 838-9400 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Donations needed: The South Suburban Family Shelter is in need of nonperishable food items for clients who are experiencing domestic violence. Personal hygiene products also are needed. Donations may be dropped off at 18139 Harwood Ave., Homewood. Call (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303, before dropping off items.

Food Drive: Two Men and a Truck, an Orland Park-based moving company, is working with Move for Hunger to collect food to help fight hunger. Nonperishable food items will be donated to the Orland Township Food Pantry. To request boxes for food donations when you are moving, or for more information about Move For Hunger, visit twomenandatruckorlandpark.com/move-for-hunger.

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.

Resale Shop: One More Thing Resale Shop, 343 Main St., Park Forest, is accepting donations of clothing and accessories, appliances, toys and household items. Furniture is accepted by arrangement. One More Thing also is accepting volunteer applications. Sales at the store benefit South Suburban Family Shelter, which supports victims of domestic violence and homeless women with children. Donations are welcome from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Information: Contact Janice 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, jewelry, 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.

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.

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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