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:

Sharing good will:

Student Life Manager Chuck Steele and members of the Student Leadership Council spent a December Saturday morning stuffing 50 stockings with holiday goodies such as candy, pens, playing cards, beef jerky, toothbrushes and hand warmers for Operation Support Our Troops. The stocking were sent to troops overseas to help deployed men and women enjoy a little taste of home.

Action Hero Activities:

Danada Parson's Grove was the destination June 8 for 12 Action Heroes ready to clear invasive plants and trees from the trails.  Along the way they learned about native flora and found new ways to enjoy the natural beauty of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.  Check out the photos here.

Sharing life stories was a special treat for residents of Mayslake Village active retirement community when Action Heroes visited them June 22.  The one-on-one conversations were recorded as part of an oral history project.  The printed transcripts and audio recordings will be given to the seniors to share with family members.

COD Cares celebrated a Very Merry Un-Birthday Party July 14 by wrapping more than 175 gifts for 25 boys and girls receiving assistance from Humanitarian Service Project (HSP).  HSP will distribute the donated gifts to the children on their birthdays later this year.

Waving welcome home signs, 16 COD Action Heroes greeted 86 WWII veterans who landed on Honor Flight Chicago at Midway Airport July 29.  The Heroes joined ranks with more than 2,500 family members, friends and well-wishers to welcome home and thank members of the Greatest Generation.  The emotional event made a lasting impression on all who attended. Click here for photos.

Led by COD horticulture experts Amy Hull and Marty Bartz, Heroes cleared flower beds of debris and planted approximately 4000 tulip and daffodil bulbs around the buildings and green areas of Little Friends main campus, school sand dormitories in October. The planting was the end result of the COD Cares tulip bulb cleaning project in May.

Kitchen duty was the focus on Nov. 11 when 16 Action Heroes prepared, served and then cleaned up after a free meal for more than 75 residents at the Downers Grove Community Church's Community Cares Kitchen weekly dinner. The evening's menu included macaroni and cheese, stewed zucchini, hot dogs and baked beans, salads, and donated desserts. Heroes also had time to clean and restock the free pantry and sort and bag bread and treats for clients to take home.  Click here for photos of the event.

The 2015 Giving Garland event was a resounding success, thanks to more than 70 Heroes who purchased gifts, wrapped presents, prepared treats or wrote greeting cards to brighten the holidays for those less fortunate. In partnership with Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) and Metropolitan Family Services (MFS), COD Cares held a gift donation drive and wrapping party culminating with the delivery of more than 800 wrapped gifts to both HSP and MFS to be distributed by the partner organizations. We also sent greeting cards and holiday treats to Hines VA Hospital and DuPage Senior Citizens Council (Meal on Wheels). Special thanks to students in the AIGA Advertising, Design and Illustration Club for providing the beautiful card designs.

Parson’s Grove Trail Restoration - June 8, 2015

COD Cares Action Heroes Clean Up Trails at Parson's Grove at Danada

Honor Flight Chicago Welcome Home - July 29, 2015

COD Cares Honor Flight Welcome Home 2015

Tulip Bulb Cleaning for Little friends - May 29, 2015

COD Cares Tulip Bulb Cleaning at College of DuPage 2015



Contact Information

COD Cares

Ami Chambers 
Community Relations Coordinator
(630) 942-3823