Charity Briefs for Feb. 5, 2013
Here is a look at charity news in the Southland.
Donation Drive: Big Al’s Tattoo and Piercing Gallery, 10347 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge, is holding a donation drive to benefit the American Heart Association until Feb. 14. A portion of all tattoo and piercing sales will be donated, along with 100 percent of T-shirt sales, during the period. Discounts will be offered on tattoos related to February, such as hearts, Cupids and candy kisses. Children accompanied by donating parents can get a temporary heart tattoo. For more information, call (708) 529-7137.
Paint The Gym Purple: Oak Lawn Community High School will host its Relay for Life, which raises money and awareness for cancer research, on April 27. Per relay tradition, faculty, staff and students will “paint the gym purple” by wearing purple T-shirts during the 7 p.m. varsity basketball game against Argo on Feb. 8. T-shirts will be on sale for $7 in the student cafeteria through Feb. 7.
Marx Family Benefit: A Valentine’s Benefit to aid the Marx family will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at New Life Church, 500 Gougar Road, New Lenox. Greg Marx was diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer in August. There will be a dessert social, door prizes, silent auction and live music. Auction items include Bulls tickets, golf packages, Valentine’s baskets and handcrafted items. Admission is by freewill offering. For information or reservations, email email@example.com or Philisaleo@aol.com or call (815) 722-1323.
Cinderella’s Closet: Cinderella’s Closet, an Oak Lawn Community High School program that helps girls get prom gear at lower prices, will be open to the public Feb. 9. Proceeds will help fund a bus for the SADD post-prom party. For more information, contact Kelly Kenny at (708) 741-5853 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Maria Vanderwarren at (708) 207-8461 or email Mariatherese66@gmail.com.
Warm a Heart/Lift a Spirit: The Hope and Friendship Foundation is seeking donations of sack lunch necessities, notes of inspiration or support, Valentines and volunteer time to create “sack lunches with spirit.” The lunches will be assembled at 11 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Lemont Township Office, 1115 Warner Ave., behind Chipain’s. The lunches will be delivered to area missions and senior facilities. Items sought include loaves of bread, peanut butter and jelly, lunch meat, individually wrapped cheese slices, nonperishable snacks and bottled water. Donations of $5 gift cards to McDonald’s, Burger King or Subway are also welcome. Items can be placed in the special drop boxes in the Lemont Police Station lobby and the Lemont Township office lobby. For more information, email email@example.com, visit www.hopeandfriendshipfoundation.com or call (630) 816-4972.
Step Right Up: The Beverly Arts Center’s 42nd annual benefit auction will start at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Tickets are $50 per person ($40 for BAC 555 Club members). The circus-themed event will include auctions, live music, a buffet and a cash bar. Proceeds benefit the center’s fine arts programming and education. For tickets and information, call (773) 445-3838 or visit www.beverlyartcenter.org/events.
Heart to Heart Extravaganza: The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s annual Heart to Heart Extravaganza dinner dance is scheduled for Feb. 9 at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave., Orland Park. There will be cocktails, dinner, auctions, live entertainment and a raffle with $9,500 in prize money awarded. Raffle tickets are $50 and for sale by visiting www.crisisctr.org/events. A ticket order form (also available online) can be downloaded and mailed with payment to the Crisis Center, P.O. Box 39, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Dinner dance tickets ($90), ad book advertising space, and sponsorship opportunities also are available. Contact Christopher Beele at (708) 429-7255, Ext. 118, for reservations and more information. The Crisis Center for South Suburbia provides emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence.
Band Benefit: The 24th Annual Lemont High School Band Benefit Dinner Dance, featuring the music of the school’s jazz bands, will be held at the Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. March 2. Proceeds support the band programs. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Reservations are $55 per person. There will be a cash bar. Admission is $10 for those who attend only the dance portion starting at 9 p.m. The deadline for reservations is Feb. 14. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (708) 785-5721. For more information, email email@example.com or call (630) 243-3280.
Movie and Dessert: The Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation will hold a “Movie and Dessert” fundraiser Feb. 14 at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. The Valentine’s Day event includes a screening of “Chocolat” and sweets provided by local bakeries and restaurants. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the film starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Registration and payment (cash or check) are due by Feb. 10 at the library. Proceeds benefit the foundation. For more information, visit www.oaklawnlibrary.org or call (708) 422-4990.
Basketball Fundraiser: The Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn high school boys basketball teams will hold a fundraiser to benefit Ronald McDonald House at Evergreen Park High School, 9901 S. Kedzie Ave., at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. During the week before the game, players will volunteer at the house to promote community service. On game night, they will collect pop-tops and sell T-shirts. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students. Admission is free with the purchase of a T-shirt for $10.
Read Across America Day: The National Honor Society from Eisenhower High School, 12700 S. Sacramento Ave., Blue Island, is collecting gently used children’s books through Feb. 15 to celebrate Read Across America Day. Books can be dropped off at the school or the Blue Island Public Library, 2433 York St. The books will be donated to Cook County School District 130 students.
Z-Ticker Fundraiser: The Z-Ticker Fund, to benefit the family of Tony “Z” Kroll, will hold a fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 16 at Lions Community Center, 1 Manor Drive, New Lenox. Kroll, a father of three, recently had open heart surgery and faces a future surgery to repair another aortic aneurysm, procedures not all covered by insurance. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and include a buffet dinner, two drinks and live entertainment. There will also be a silent auction and raffles. Monetary donations can be made at any BMO Harris Bank for Z-Ticker Fund. Tickets are available at Monica’s Hair Studio, 19137 Wolf Road, Mokena; Berkot’s Super Foods, 20005 Wolf Road, Mokena; or 2141 Calistoga Drive, New Lenox. For more information or to donate silent auction or raffle items, contact Beth Kowalczyk at (708) 932-9337 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Sue Novotny at (708) 528-3321 or email@example.com, or Judi Kopacz at (708) 308-9221 or Judikopacz@gmail.com.
Senior American Idol: Orland Township is hosting a singing tryout for its upcoming fundraiser, “Senior American Idol,” which benefits the township’s scholarship foundation. Tryouts, open to seniors 55 and older, are from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the township’s activity center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Participants will audition to songs of no longer than two minutes. The main event and fundraiser will be at Georgios Banquets, 8800 W. 159th St., Orland Hills, from 5 to 10 p.m. May 9. Tickets are $25, include dinner, and are for sale at the township office. For more information, call (708) 403-4222 or visit www.orlandtwp.org.
Evening With The Stars: An Oscar Night Gala will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 24 to benefit Autism Speaks. The gala is at the InterContinental O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets are $200, which includes a walk on the red carpet, dinner, open-bar and themed cocktails, a dessert buffet, live and silent auctions, and raffles with prizes ranging from dinner-theater packages to all-expense paid trips to Hollywood, New York and the Dominican Republic. For tickets, call (224) 567-8572 or visit www.eveningwiththestars.org/.
Red Carpet Event: Together We Cope will host its Red Carpet Event Dinner Dance at 7 p.m. March 1 at the Odyssey Country Club, 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. Tickets are $90. A silent auction and raffle will be held. Together We Cope is a Tinley Park-based crisis intervention agency. For information, reservations or tickets, call (708) 633-5040 or visit www.togetherwecope.com.
Save-a-Life Raffle: The New Lenox Fire Foundation will hold its annual Save-a-Life Raffle. Tickets are $10 each and will be mailed to each residence in the New Lenox Fire Protection District. Additional tickets are for sale at Station One, 261 E. Maple St., New Lenox. Donations will go toward buying life-saving cardiac monitors for every fire apparatus. The final drawing will be March 3 at Station One. The winner need not be present. First prize is $5,000, second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $500. For more information, call (815) 463-4500 or visit the New Lenox Fire Foundation or New Lenox Fire District page on Facebook.com.
Supporting Blind Veterans: The Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220 in Oak Lawn is collecting donations for its annual April event in which it hosts blind veterans from Hines VA Hospital for a day of food, entertainment, camaraderie and a goodie bag. For more information, to donate or to help make lap robes, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (708) 423-5220.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Donations sought: The Silver Cross Hospital resale shop, the Encore Shop, is accepting donations of gently used seasonal decorations, adult and children’s clothing, household items and books. Donations can be dropped off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month at the Encore Shop at 1200 Maple Road, Joliet, just north of the former Silver Cross Hospital Emergency Department. Call (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.
Pizza for a cause: St. Christopher School and Kenootz Pizzeria have teamed up for an Eat and Earn Fundraiser on the first Tuesday of each month. Kenootz Pizzeria, 4659 W. 147th St., Midlothian, is donating 25 percent of all profits for dine-in, carry-out and delivery order (before taxes, gratuity, and coupons) to the school. Be sure to mention St. Christopher when ordering to have the percentage donated. Call the pizzeria at (708) 535-0005.
Target St. Christopher School: St. Christopher School in Midlothian is continuing its participation in Target Corp.’s “Take Charge of Education” program. To help the school, individuals need to use their Target REDcard and inform the checkout person that they would like St. Christopher School to receive credit for the purchase. It does not cost the purchaser anything and Target Corp. will donate up to 1 percent of the REDcard purchases to the school.
Shopping for school: The Summit Hill Educational Foundation is part of the Dominick’s family of stores’ eScrip program. To participate in the SHEF fundraiser, individuals need to register their Fresh Values cards at Dominick’s. For information, call (815) 474-9052 or visit firstname.lastname@example.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.
Donations sought: The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is seeking donations as part of its annual appeal. In 2012, the museum is trying to raise money for its new “We the People” interactive exhibit, which will teach kids about the importance of patriotism and includes pieces of two beams from the World Trade Center. Donations can be made online at the museum’s website, www.cmoaklawn.org, by following the links to donate or become a member; by mail at Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 or in person at the museum. Call (708) 423-6709.
Sharing soles: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia, is collecting shoes for the Share Your Soles organization. Any gently worn shoes will be accepted 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The goal of the charity is to provide shoes to underprivileged families worldwide. Call (708) 403-4222.
Pets for vets: To ease the financial costs associated with pet ownership, the Animal Welfare League offers all veterans with military ID an exclusive 20 percent adoption fee discount. Adoptions include a free leash and collar or cat carrier, AVID Microchip, 10-day health care and one-year rabies vaccination. Adoptable pets can be viewed online at www.animalwelfareleague.com or by visiting the Chicago Ridge location, noon to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Veterans can also get a 10 percent discount off veterinary services through its clinic, which is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Information: visit www.PetsforPatriots.org or call (877) 473-8223.
Volunteers sought: Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to help at “The Giving Tree” donation center at 3016 S. State St. in Lockport. Volunteers will assist with sorting, organizing and distributing a variety of items. Volunteers must be available to help on weekdays and be at least 18. Contact Marianne Holzhauer at (815) 774-4663, Ext. 3105 for information. If you are in need of services, contact Daybreak Center at the same phone number. For more information about the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities, visit catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.
Ring up donations: South Suburban Family Shelter is seeking cell phone donations and new cell phone collection sites for its ongoing fundraising program. The agency works with a company that specializes in the collection and recycling of used cellular phones. Some cell phone collection sites include: SSFS administrative office, 18139 Harwood, Homewood; Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights; and Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Road., Flossmoor. Call (708) 794-2140, Ext.303.
Opportunities for animals: The Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge is selling Golden Opportunities Books 2012 for $25 each to raise money for its homeless animals. The books offer 50 percent-off coupons and two-for-one discounts at local restaurants, movies, grocers, sporting events and more. The Chicagoland South Suburban/Northwest Indiana Edition is available at the shelter. Call (708) 636-8586, Ext. 268.
Filling pantries: Working to meet unprecedented demand at its pantries in Worth and Summit, Catholic Charities southwest regional office is accepting donations of food and money earmarked for the pantries at its office, 7000 W. 111th St. in Worth. Call (708) 430-0428.
New program: Sertoma Centre Inc. hopes to reach a growing population of individuals who have been dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and mental illness. Its new program is a part of the Developmental Training Programs at Sertoma Centre, which will provide the opportunity for individuals to receive group or individual counseling. Participants in the program also will be given alternatives to talk therapies to better suit the needs of a wide range of individuals. Art, sand and play therapy techniques will be utilized for those who struggle with expressing their thoughts and feelings. Also, the utilization of poetry, music, and journaling will be implemented for relaxation and therapeutic interventions. Contact Heather Beckner at (708) 730-6333 or at 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.
Furniture helps Sertoma: Sertoma Centre is seeking donations of furniture for resale at its Good as New thrift store, 4331 Lincoln Highway in Matteson. Sertoma will pick up used donated furniture items and provide a receipt for tax purposes. The thrift store sales benefit more than 625 physically or developmentally challenged clients being served at the Sertoma Centre each day. To schedule a free pickup, contact Karey Wentz, Thrift Store manager, at (708) 481-5627, or e-mail email@example.com.
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.