Cheryl Erwin (from left), of Tinley Park; Michelle Foster, of Dyer; Teresa Yanez, of Bridgeview; Dawn Seavy, of Orland Park; Christy Garcia, of Woodridge; Debbie Grant, of Orland Hills; Vicky Ellis, of Frankfort; and Fran Brashares, of Peotone; all Marquette Bank employees, took part in a recent bake sale as part of an Animal Awareness Drive. The group raised more than $1,200 and collected more than 200 pet items for local animal organizations. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 30, 2014 6:14AM
Magic Show: World renowned magician Bill Cook will bring his magic show to Lincoln-Way Central High School, 1801 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox Township, at 7 p.m. May 2. The event benefits the school’s music department. Tickets for the all-ages show are $10 and are available by emailing email@example.com. Cook finished second in the world in a competition in Las Vegas and is a three-time winner of the Lance Burton award of excellence, according to his website.
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.
‘Wizard of Oz’ Celebration: The Friends of the New Lenox Library will host its 6th Annual Spring Arts Festival and celebrate the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” from 7 to 11 p.m. May 3 at the library, 120 Veterans Parkway. Tickets are available in the library for $30, or $25 for senior citizens. The event will include a signature drink — an Oztini — with hors d’oeuvres from Connolly’s, a disc jockey, magician and fortune teller. There will be silent auctions and a wine raffle. All proceeds will benefit the library. For more information, call (815) 485-2605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Event/Firefighters Cookoff: Firehouse chefs will compete for the title of Best Firehouse Chef in the categories of ribs, poultry, chili, ethnic dishes, and the people’s choice award at Sertoma Centre’s annual Big Event, which is from 5 to 9 p.m. May 3 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Proceeds benefit the almost 750 individuals with disabilities served by Sertoma Centre. Members of its self-advocacy group also will take part in the cookoff competition. There are still openings for firefighter chefs. Contact Elizabeth at (708) 730-6210 or email email@example.com. Dave Fleming, a magician and juggler, will perform 6:30 p.m. and live music will be provided by Audiomatic. There will be games and crafts and a clown and more for kids, plus raffles. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 3 to 12, and free for kids under 3 and includes food sample tickets. For more information, call (708) 730-6210 or visit www.sertomacentre.org.
Walk/Run for Special Rec: The South West Special Recreation Association will host its 6th Annual Walk, Run or Roll 1/2-Mile Race to benefit individuals with special needs. The event will begin at 7:45 a.m. May 4 at Palos Heights city hall, at Route 83 and 76th Avenue. Registration is $20 until May 1. Athletes must be able to walk, run or “roll” the half-mile distance in no more than 45 minutes and may use assisted mobility devices such as a walker, cane or manual/motorized wheelchair. Buddies are welcome to assist athletes, if needed. SWSRA needs volunteers — age 16 and older — to help on race day with awards, refreshments, participation, gear check-in, finish line and turnaround positions. For more information, visit www.swsra.com or call (708) 389-9423. Runners also are wanted to help raise money for SWSRA by registering for the First Midwest Half Marathon and raising a minimum of $100.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Youth Suicide Prevention: The inaugural AnnMarie Foundation Fundraiser to spotlight youth suicide, bullying and Internet safety is slated for 3 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the Orland Chateau, 14500 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park. The foundation aims to build awareness and provide education on youth suicide, bullying and Internet safety. The fundraiser will offer guest lecturers and educational materials. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids older than 5, and can be bought at the door or in advance by visiting www.annmariefoundation.com. There will be a buffet, musical entertainment, speakers, activities for kids, raffles, a silent auction and a cash bar. Donations also can be made directly to the foundation at any First Midwest Bank or online at www.annmariefoundation.com.
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.
Hard Hats & High Heels: Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs will host a fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. May 9 at the Tall Grass Art Gallery, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest. Proceeds will be used to continue its various programs involving rehabbing foreclosed properties and providing weatherization support for low-income homeowners. There will be wine, beer, food tastings, and entertainment by Spelllbinder the Magician, as well as an auction. Tickets are $45 and caught be bought online by visiting gohabitat.net.
Kids Art vs. Cancer: Third-graders at Greenbriar School in Chicago Heights are organizing a silent art auction slated for 6:30 p.m. May 14 at the school, 101 W. Greenbriar Ave. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The event will be open to the public and any donations will be accepted. Third-graders launched the project on their own by making key chains and selling them.
Golf Outing: Providence Catholic High School’s Men’s Club will host its annual Celtic Chip-In Golf Outing Scramble on May 17 (1 p.m. shotgun start) at Broken Arrow Golf Club, 16325 Broken Arrow Drive, Lockport. The cost is $150 per golfer and includes 18 holes of golf with motorized cart, lunch and an early dinner. There will also be several raffles and prizes awarded. Sponsorship opportunities are available. All proceeds will benefit It’s All About the Girls campaign to renovate the girls locker rooms at the New Lenox school. For more information, contact Ed Barrett at (815) 717-3164 or email email@example.com. Visit www.providencecatholic.org (click on the “Men’s Club Golf Outing” link under “News”) to download and print a registration form.
Big Bikes, Big Hearts: Park Lawn’s 17th Annual Big Bikes Big Hearts Charity Motorcycle Ride is slated for May 18. Proceeds benefit Park Lawn’s mission to help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. at Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Eatery, 4460 W. 147th St., Midlothian, with the first bikes out at 10 a.m. and the last bikes out by 11 a.m. Breakfast will be served at Sullivan’s from 8 to 9 a.m. for $5 per person. The ride registration fee is $25 per rider and $5 per passenger and includes raffles, door prizes, a bike show, run pins to the first 700 bikers, entrance to the post-run party featuring live music and food. Walk-ins and non-run participants are invited to the party at Sullivan’s starting at 1:30 p.m., with a $15 entry fee donated to Park Lawn. There will be live music. The party is a rain-or-shine event. To register, visit www.parklawn.com/events or call (708) 425-6867.
Walk of Hope: The Cancer Support Center’s Walk of Hope and 5K Fun Run is scheduled for May 18 at Commissioner’s Park, 22108 S. 80th Ave., Frankfort. Runner registration begins at 7 a.m. and the run at 8 a.m. Walker registration is from 8 to 9 a.m., and a survivor celebration is at 9 a.m. The walks (1 mile or 3 miles) begin at 9:30 a.m. The event raises funds and awareness to provide programs and resources at no charge for Southlanders living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as their loved ones. The pledge goal is $100 per walker. The Center, with offices in Mokena and Homewood, is a community-based, volunteer-driven, donor-supported organization, and its programs also are facilitated at several area hospitals and cancer centers. For more information, call (708) 798-9171. For advance registration, visit www.firstgiving.com/cancersupportcenter/walk-of-hope-May-18. The entry fee is $30 for age 15 and up, and $15 for children ages 5 to 14. Kids under 5 are free. Pets are not allowed. For more information, call (708) 365-1201.
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.
Hike for Life: A Color Fun Run to benefit Pregnancy Aid South Suburbs is scheduled for June 7 at Peace Community Church, 21300 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort. PASS, which has centers in Lansing, South Holland and Tinley Park, has been serving the south suburbs for 30 years and assists those who face an unplanned pregnancy. The race is not timed. Events begin at 8 a.m. with the throwing of color at each other, followed by running from the church, along Old Plank Trail to Pfeiffer Road and back, which is about four miles. The winner will receive a $150 cash prize. There also will be prizes for second and third places. Entry is a $35 donation. Those who do not wish to run are encouraged to get pledges prior to the event and can walk or ride a bike along Old Plank Trail after 8:30 a.m. Baby races are open to babies who crawl, waddle or toddle, and begin at 10:30 a.m. There also will be a petting zoo, pony rides, a jump house, face painting, photo booth, a complimentary breakfast and more. Advance registration is required for each event by visiting www.helppass.org. For more information, visit the website or contact Paula Pasqua from Mondays through Thursdays at (708) 614-9777, Ext. 23.
Street Fair For Pets: Volunteers from the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights will host the second annual fundraiser and adoption event “Street Fair for the Fur Kids” from 2 to 7 p.m. June 14 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. All proceeds will go toward building dog runs, buying a generator and other improvements for the 40-year-old animal shelter. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids and are for sale by visiting www.southsuburbanhumanesociety.org and clicking on “donate.” The price includes dinner, wine, beer, pop, silent auctions, basket raffles, music by The Partyhardigans, street fair entertainers, a photo booth, face painting and more. To take part in a Fasano’s Pie-eating contest, contact the shelter. To donate silent auction and raffle basket items, drop them off at the shelter, 1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, or email SSHSfundraiser@gmail.com for pickup service. Monetary donations can be made by visiting www.southsuburbanhumanesociety.org and indicating “street fair fundraiser” during checkout. For those interested in adopting, visit www.southsuburbanhumanesociety.org to learn about the animals. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, contact Jana Pace at (708) 259-2092.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Replenish the pantry: Elsie’s Pantry, located at Moraine Valley Community Church in Palos Hills, has an ongoing need for canned goods and monetary donations to keep up with the increasing need. Since June 2000, the pantry has served more than 27,000 people living in Palos Hills, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Hickory Hills and parts of Bridgeview, Justice, Orland Park, Willow Springs and Worth. However, donations have decreased over the past two years, forcing the pantry to use its reserves, which, if not replenished, would run out by the end of the year. Canned goods can be brought to the church between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Donations by check may be made to Elsie’s Pantry, 8601 W. 107th St., Palos Hills, 60465. Information: (708) 598-4435.
Free bag of food: New Mercies Community Services was organized in 2003 to provide support services to low-income, elderly and disabled families in south Cook County. The organization operates a food pantry in Midlothian that distributes bags of food twice weekly to this same targeted population. Food distribution is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at New Mercies Community Services, 3824 W. 147th St., Midlothian. Donations to support the service also are sought. Information: Laurie Reed at (708) 606-2864.
Come clean: Together We Cope is seeking donations of personal care items — including shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap and disposable razors — that will be shared with families utilizing food pantry services. Donations of any quantity may be dropped off at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park. Together We Cope is a nonprofit agency assisting families in temporary crisis from 22 south suburban communities. Information: Suellen or Tina at (708) 633-5040 or www.togetherwecope.org.
Reaching out: Together We Cope in Tinley Park has established an emergency outreach food program with Faith United Methodist Church as a partner. Emergency bags of nonperishable food will be delivered to the Orland Park church to increase outreach to families needing food. The organization seeks to establish similar partnerships with other area churches. Information: Mary Ann Baer at (708) 633-5040.
Furniture pickup: Together We Cope has added an additional day to its schedule for furniture pickups in Tinley Park and nearby suburbs. With pickups on Tuesdays and Fridays, there now is new inventory of gently used furniture twice a week at the organization’s resale shop, located at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. The shop is open six days a week, and a small donation is requested for furniture pickups. Information: Call the shop at (708) 633-9180 or visit www.togetherwecope.org. Together We Cope is a nonprofit agency assisting families in crisis from 27 south suburban communities.
Help soldiers call home: “Cell Phones for Soldiers” was started by two teenagers to help buy calling cards to send to U.S. military stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world. They are collecting old cell phones and accessories. The cell phones are recycled for cash and proceeds used to buy the calling cards for the soldiers. “Cell Phones for Soldiers” has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas. Daniels Printing and Office Supply, 14800 Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, is an official drop-off point for any make or model cell phone. Information: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Seeking senior volunteers: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Catholic Charities is seeking people 55 or older willing to share their talents and help those in need at a variety of local organizations, mainly in the Joliet Diocese. Catholic Charities will match individual interests with available volunteer opportunities and will provide supplementary insurance, mileage and meal reimbursement during volunteer service. Information: Cindy, (815) 933-7791, Ext. 125.
Donate cell phones: South Suburban Family Shelter is collecting old cell phones to be recycled. The recycling process produces revenue to support the shelter’s services. The Rotary Club of Park Forest has paired up with the shelter to help in the collection process. For a list of donation sites, visit www.rotaryofparkforest.org and click on “cell phone locations,” or www.ssfs1.org and click on “donate.”
Wendy’s Night: VFW Post 177 MacDonald-Linn has a fundraiser between 5 and 8 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Wendy’s Restaurant at 79th Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview. Proceeds benefit the VFW National Home for Children, located in Michigan. Participants simply order food (drive-through or sit-in) from Wendy’s during this time period, and Wendy’s donates a portion of its profits to this cause.
Food for victims: South Suburban Family Shelter is in need of nonperishable food items such as canned soups, vegetables and fruit for its clients who are experiencing domestic violence. Personal hygiene products (regular, not sample size please) are also needed. Donations may be dropped off at 18139 Harwood, Homewood. Please call ahead before dropping off items. Contact the shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.
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.