COD Cares

COD Cares is an institution-wide umbrella program that actively supports and strengthens College of DuPage communities by encouraging and coordinating charitable efforts for staff and student participation while fostering a culture of service on campus.

Why does COD Care?

Residents of District 502 graciously support College of DuPage. They believe in our mission to be a center for excellence in teaching, learning, and cultural experiences. This show of faith and giving to College of DuPage is a good reminder that, beyond our normal duties, it is valuable to find new and different ways to give back.

Become a COD Action Hero!

Show your support for COD Cares monthly activities and service to our community by becoming a COD Action Hero. Complete the signup form online and receive a special "Cares" package, including an "Action Hero" t-shirt.

Compensated Service Hours

Classified/Managerial staff and administrators can take advantage of up to eight (8) compensated service hours per fiscal year to participate in official COD Cares group service activities listed on the calendar below.  Please visit the webpage for specific details.

Calendar of Monthly Service Activities

Spend time with other COD Action Heroes making a difference in our communities. Get on board before the activities fill up! Meals and/or refreshments will be provided depending on the length and timeframe of activity.

Transportation for up to 25 people will be available for those who are interested on a first come, first served basis. Buses will depart from and return to the south SRC circle drive (outside of the cafeteria), however participants may drive separately. If you sign up for an activity and are using compensated service hours, please add one hour for transportation.

The following list of activities is subject to change and may have limited availability.






Thursday, May 8, 2014

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(Max comp hours allowed: 2)

COD campus; SRC south patio

Pot and decorate 300 flowers for deserving mothers throughout District 502 (Will be donated to Stepping Stones, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, DuPage Convalescent Center, various local neonatal ICUs)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

1:30 to 4 p.m.

(Max comp hours allowed: 3.5)

St. James Farm, Wheaton

Restore DuPage County Forest Preserve walking trails

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Various shifts throughout the day

(Max comp hours allowed: 8)

Cantigny Park, Wheaton

Various activities at the Rockin' for the Troops sponsored by Operation Support Our Troops

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

4 to 6:30 p.m.

(Max comp hours allowed:3.5)

World Relief, Wheaton

Wash small fleet of vans that are used to pick up refugees from airports

Sep. 5, 2014

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

(Max comp hours allowed: 4)

DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville

Refurbish exhibits and paint building interiors

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Various shifts throughout the day

(Max comp hours allowed: 8)

COD campus; various locations

Various responsibilities at Laps with the Chaps 5K Sunset Run/Walk

Saturday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014

7 p.m. Rally; Overnight

(Max comp hours allowed: 8)

Rally in downtown Glen Ellyn; COD campus (specific location TBD)

Sleep Out Saturday to call attention to homelessness in DuPage County (Bridge Communities)

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(Max comp hours allowed: 2)


COD campus; SRC 2000

Wrap "GIVING GARDLAND" presents


More information here.

Monday, June 22, 2015note date change

2 to 4 p.m.

(Max comp hours allowed: 3)

Mayslake Village, Oak Brook

Record oral histories

Feb. 20, 2015

9 to 11 a.m.

(Max comp hours allowed: 3)

Humanitarian Service Project, Carol Stream

Sort produce that will be donated to disadvantaged children and low-income seniors

Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015

1 to 2:30 p.m.

(Max comp hours allowed: 2.5)

Marklund Home, Bloomingdale

Provide one-on-one classroom assistance to children with disabilities

Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015

9 to 11:30 a.m.

(Max comp hours allowed: 3.5)

Hamdard Center, Addison

Decorate children's play room and plant flowers


Registration Process

Email COD Cares with your chosen activities. Please note that some activities may have limited availability and all are filled on a first come, first served basis. You will be notified if the activity is full.  Groups may sign up in one email.

If you will be using Compensated Service Hours, you must obtain supervisory approval to participate in the COD Cares group service activity.  Please visit the webpage for specific details.

You will receive a confirmation email for each activity within one business day of sign up, and a reminder will be sent three weeks and then again two business days prior to the activity with details.

If you are unable to participate in a COD Cares service activity that you have registered for, please email COD Cares as soon as possible to open up your space for another Action Hero.


Contact Information

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