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Up to S.N.O.W. Good

The Up to S.N.O.W. Good winter giving campaign supports and raises awareness of the nonprofits that serve our students and residents. 

COD President Brian Caputo and Specialized Testing's Jarret Dyer were Up to S.N.O.W. Good with us! 

Opening Ceremony
Tuesday, Nov. 5
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Student Services Center Atrium

Thanks to everyone who attended and volunteered at the Opening Ceremony. COD Cares kicked off the giving season by celebrating the 25 offices and academic departments- twice as many as last year!- that have pledged to fulfill a local nonprofit's wish list.

A special thanks to President Brian Caputo and Testing Coordinator Jarret Dyer for an enthusiastic presentation.

Competitive personalities took center stage during the Frosty Buckets Relay. Congrats to the "Snow Belles" for a perfect score of 30. The life-sized snow globe provided SNOW much selfie joy! Shout out to Clyde's Donuts in Addison for a donation of 600 "snowballs" (powdered donut holes).

Fulfill a nonprofit agency's wish list with fellow students or office friends.

Thanks to the generosity of COD staff and students, all wish lists have been claimed!

If you are not associated with a group but would like to collect items for an agency listed below, please email CODCares@cod.edu to be connected with the group responsible for the agency in which you have interest.


  • 360 Youth Services (small appliances, home goods)
  • Alive Center (art supplies, board games)
  • DuPage Care Center (Bingo prizes, lotions, walker caddies)
  • DuPage County Animal Services (can't forget about our non-human friends)
  • DuPage Pads (winter outerwear for adults)
  • DuPage Senior Citizens Council (puzzle books, toiletries, party supplies)
  • Family Shelter Service (toys for kids ages 2-15)
  • HCS Family Services (senior comfort products)
  • Metropolitan Family Services (readers and large print books for seniors)
  • Metropolitan Family Services (cologne sets and ear buds for teens)
  • Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (household items, dishes, towels)
  • Naperville Area Humane Society (can't forget our non-human friends)
  • People's Resource Center (winter outerwear for school age boys and girls)
  • People's Resource Center (toys for kids ages 5-11)
  • Phil's Friends (knit caps, lotions, fleece throws)
  • Ronald McDonald House (CDH and Edward- toys for kids ages 3-12)
  • Sharing Connections (sheet sets, educational toys)
  • Teen Parent Connection (toys for 1 month to 5 years)
  • World Relief (jumper cables, household items)
  • Youth Outlook (games, party supplies) 

Take a tag from the melting snowman display in the Student Services Center Atrium while they last.

  • Purchase a minimum of $25 worth of suggested gifts to make a child's holiday brighter. Bring unwrapped gifts and the tag to the "It's a Wrap" Party Friday, Dec. 6 or drop them off in the Marketing and Communications office in the Institutional Resource Center by Wednesday, Dec. 4. These gifts will be distributed by Humanitarian Service Project.
  • Purchase a minimum $10 Jewel, Target, or Walmart gift card for a local family to use toward a holiday meal or children's gifts. These gift cards will be distributed by Department of Children and Family Services and Bridge Communities.

Tell us which tag you took!

"It's a Wrap" Party

Friday, Dec. 6
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Student Resource Center, Room 2000

Registration to attend the event is now closed.

Sign up to help at the event here!


  • Wednesday, Dec. 4: Tagged gifts due to Marketing and Communications in the Institutional Resource Center if not attending "It's a Wrap!" Party
  • Friday, Dec. 6: "It's a Wrap!" Party

Encouraged by the enthusiasm of faculty, staff and students, the 2019 Up To S.N.O.W. Good month-long winter giving campaign experienced the most participation in its history since 2015.
  • Launched new Opening Ceremony event as campaign kickoff
  • Expanded to include more than 1000 participants providing time and donations
  • Increased number of community partnerships and internal departments/clubs; 21 wishlists were fulfilled by 25 departments/clubs
  • 125 tags taken equating to nearly $2000 in grocery gift cards donated to be used toward holiday meals
  • 1800 gifts wrapped:
    • 800 gifts for children through the tag drive
    • 500 travel-size toiletries wrapped and donated to veterans without shelter
    • 500 coloring books for young clients of social service agency
  • 200 warming packages for people without shelter
  • 200 no-bake dog treats for humane society
  • 150 holiday cards for veterans and seniors
  • 100 seasonal crafts for senior residents

Contact Information

COD Cares

Ami Chambers 
Community Relations Coordinator
(630) 942-3823