Whether as an individual or in a group, College of DuPage students and staff continuously impact our community through service. Here are just a few ways we have made a great impact on the lives of others:
Spring 2021 Activity
- COD Cares 2021 "Roll Up Your Sleeves" Blood Drive and Organ Donation Awareness Campaign
Traditionally a day for COD's volunteer corps to complete community service projects, Roll Up Your Sleeves took on new meaning during the pandemic. With a twist on the name, COD Cares invited the college and community to literally roll up their sleeves and donate blood. The month-long donation drive resulted in a final collection total of 136 units, enabling Versiti Blood Center of Illinois to save up to 408 lives. Volunteers also were encouraged to explore other ways to contribute to the medical needs of our neighbors including joining the national organ donation and bone marrow registries.
Winter 2020 Activity
- Up To S.N.O.W. Good: 2020 was challenging, but thanks to the generosity of COD students, faculty, staff and community members, the annual winter collection campaign was able to support the important work of 20 partner nonprofits that serve our students and residents, make new connections and foster community spirit.
Spring 2019 Activity
- COD Cares Turns 5: More than 150 COD students, faculty and staff gathered on April 9 during National Volunteer Week to celebrate five years of COD Cares and its impact on District 502. Volunteers gathered to pack 200 Birthdays-In-A-Bag and collected donated books for young clients of Humanitarian Service Project. Since 2014, COD Cares has hosted more than 130 service activities and 60 material donation drives; collected and wrapped more than 3,500 holiday gifts; and 7,000 volunteers have given more than 14,000 hours of service.
Fall 2018 Activities
- Roll Up Your Sleeves: On Sept. 11, members of Team NM, Northwestern Medicine's employee-based volunteer program, joined College of DuPage faculty, staff and students at 15 surprise locations. More than 200 people put in a good day's work including cleaning, painting and restoration at local nonprofit organizations such as schools, nature centers and food pantries.
- Up To S.N.O.W. Good: College of DuPage staff and students worked hard to Serve the Needs of Others this Winter by fulfilling nonprofit agency wish lists, collecting and wrapping gifts for underprivileged children, and donating gift cards for family clients of DCFS to use on holiday meals.
Spring 2018 Activities
- Feed My Starving Children: Volunteers packed enough food to fill 32 boxes adding to the evening's total of 112 boxes packed. This equates to 24,192 meals, which will feed 66 children each day for one year!
- Northern Illinois Food Bank: Sorted and packaged 2,890 pounds of potatoes resulting in 578 5.5-pound bags of potatoes, which will provide 2,408 meals for hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois.
- Spring Day of Action - Sustain and Reclaim: We celebrated Earth Week with environmental–friendly activities that supported COD's community garden, local recycling efforts and monarch butterflies.
- Fur and Feathers - COD Cares Spring Day of Action: "Paws" for a cause activities benefiting animal shelters and humane societies.
- Glendale Heights Senior Center: Enjoyed lunch and facilitated a friendly Family Feud competition with seniors.
- Operation Support Our Troops: Sorted and packed familiar American candies and personal hygiene items for troops overseas.
- Special Olympics Spring Games: Supported athletes as they competed in the regional Special Olympics Track & Field Competition on campus
- Phil's Friends: Filled care boxes with feel good essentials for cancer patients.
- #Giving Tuesday: Coordinated on-campus blood drive.
- Teen Parent Connection: Shared a meal and taught crafts to parents and toddlers
- S.C.A.R.C.E.: Sorted, melted and molded new crayons from used, donated crayons
- Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center: Listened to and read favorite stories with children in after school program
- DuPage Habitat for Humanity: Armed with paint brushes, hammers, and lots of energy, we helped make a house into a home.
- Danada Parson's Grove: Cleared overgrowth on walking trails. View photos.
- Mayslake Village: Visited with residents and recorded special memories.
- Very Merry Un-Birthday Party: Wrapped gifts for children receiving assistance from Humanitarian Service Project (HSP).
- Honor Flight Chicago: Greeted 86 WWII veterans at Midway Airport. View photos.
- Little Friends: Cleared gardens and planted more than 4,000 tulips to brighten the Naperville campus.
- Downers Grove Community Church's Community Cares Kitchen: Prepared and served meals to individuals who are less fortunate. View photos.
- Giving Garland Holiday Party: Wrapped and delivered hundreds of holiday gifts for clients of Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) and Metropolitan Family Services (MFS), Wrote holiday greetings for Hines VA Hospital and DuPage Senior Citizens Council.