Great Impact

Whether as an individual or in a group, College of DuPage students and staff continuously impact our community through service.  Many give their time and talent quietly, but their generosity never goes unnoticed.  Here are just a few ways we have made a Great Impact on the lives of others:

Sweet Homes

Each year, culinary arts associate professor Nancy Carey and her students bake, build and decorate gingerbread houses that are then auctioned to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity DuPage.

Designing Woman

Interior Design associate professor Jane Kielb volunteered her time to design a new bright and welcoming computer center for World Relief in Wheaton.

Good Housekeeping

Extra soap, shampoo, lotions and other amenities are donated to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, thanks to the efforts of Terryl Baranowski, supervisor of housekeeping in the Culinary and Hospitality Center. 

Action Hero Activities:

Giving Garland Event December 18, 2014
More than 60 Action Hero "elves" got together to wrap nearly 600 gifts for the Giving Garland Project which distributed the presents to children, teens and seniors through the Humanitarian Service Project and Metropolitan Family Services. In addition, COD collected more than 2,000 donations for its annual Toys for Tots drive sponsored by the United States Marine Corp.

COD Cares Fall Day Of Action, Tuesday, September 16, 2014        "I wanted to thank you for everything that you did for Hephzibah at the College of DuPage Day of Action. We really appreciate all that you did in making Halloween costumes be possible for the children of Hephzibah. I had such a great time and everyone that I met was very welcoming. Thank you again!" Hannah Weigel, Hephzibah Children's Association, Western Auxiliary 

"Thank you so much for this unbelievable donation.  Everyone here is still amazed at how many Parties-In-A-Bag we have received from College of DuPage!"  Kristin Maxwell, Humanitarian Service Project

Rockin' For the Troops Event Support on Saturday, July 19, 2014

"I wanted to write and thank you for volunteering at Rockin' For the Troops. It was definitely a very successful day for us and the troops!  You and all your COD group were amazing with your positive attitudes and flexibility filling in as needed. We couldn't have pulled it off without your help. Your efforts are truly appreciated!"  Nancy Baier, Operation Support Our Troops Illinois

St. James Farm Group Service Activity on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Thank you to the COD Cares Action Heroes for all their hard work.  The St. James Farm Liaison expressed what a fabulous job the group did and she was just ecstatic on how beautiful everything looked. She was very appreciative and said COD is welcome back anytime."  Debbie Brooks, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

"When I saw the opportunity to do something for St. James Farm, I wanted to get involved.  I ride my bike through the Farm and welcomed the chance to give back to a place I enjoy."  Jeff Elijah, Marketing and Communications

Mother's Day Group Service Activity on Thursday, May 8, 2014

"Thank you so much for remembering me on Mother's Day.  It is a very difficult day for me and I truly appreciate you thinking of me.  Thank you for your continued support of our military men and women.  They are our nation's true heroes." Gloria Caruso, mother of Sgt. David Caruso USMC, KIA 11/09/04 Fallujah, Iraq

"We were happy to help and even happier to know that COD is doing something so wonderful for those moms.  It is a great feeling to be part of a community that does these things.  Thank you for helping to really make sure we are THAT community and reminding us that COD is about more than endless piles of papers to grade!"  Melissa Heischberg, College of DuPage Fashion Studies

COD Cares "Day of Action" Kickoff Event on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"We were happy to be part of the COD Cares Day of Action and the women at the shelter truly appreciated the flowers for Mother's Day.  Thanks so much for your support."  Pat Welch, Family Shelter Service

"Thank you so much for the amazing card and kind words!  Words cannot express how grateful we are.  We cannot do what we do without people like you supporting us!  You guys are so amazing!  Just know that the soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division thank you so much and appreciate you!"  Sgt. Charlyn Johnson, FOB Gamberi 



Contact Information

Ami Chambers, Community Relations Coordinator, (630) 942-3823