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:

Handy Work

Marty Vlcek from Information Systems put his interest in building things to work by assembling a dresser for the Ray Graham Association. Ray Graham often needs assistance with painting, building and restoring household items. 

Answering the Call

Coordinator of Student Activities Stephanie Quirk uses her background in education to help children through the Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties.  Her "Done in a Day' committee focuses on answering immediate needs in the community.  Stephanie also helps collect new and gently used books for the League's reading program. 

Action Hero Activities:

Packing Produce for Humanitarian Service Project Feb. 20, 2015 The Heroes packed more than 120 boxes full of fruit, vegetables and bakery items fro seniors served by Humanitarian Service Project. "Thanks to the COD Cares volunteers.  You are welcome back any time!"  Allyson Armstrong, senior citizens coordinator  

Marklund Day School was the March 17, 2015 destination for Action Heroes who wanted to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style.  Decked out  in green and COD Cares tees, the Heroes helped 30 special needs students enjoy a very busy morning of activities.  "Our students made some very special new friends. Thank you for coming."  Hilsa Hallihan, volunteer coordinator.

Home Improvement at Hamdard Center April 9, 2015 included painting the children's playroom brilliant orange.  In addition to painting, Heroes sorted donations, rearranged storage closets and brightened the very rainy day with their smiles. "Today was amazing! You were all so helpful and nice. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts" Emily Preis, case manager, Hamdard Center.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) provided the music and Action Heroes provided the muscle to pack 18 boxes filled with nutritious food for infants in third world countries. In just 90 minutes on May 4, 2015, Heroes packed more than 77,000 meals.  And as we were told by the FMSC staff, "COD Heroes look great in hairnets!" 

It only took an hour for 20 COD Action Heroes to separate and clean over 5,000 tulip bulbs on May 29!  (Click here for pictures.)  The bulbs are being stored in the COD Greenhouse until we replant them at Little Friends group homes.  Missed the bulb cleaning?  No problem.  You can still get in on the action on October 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. when we visit the group homes.  Check the COD Cares home page for details.

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.

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