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Up to S.N.O.W. Good

Thanks S.N.O.W. Much

Thanks to the generosity of COD students, faculty, staff, and community members, the 2020 Up to S.N.O.W. Good winter collection campaign was able to support the important work of 20 partner nonprofits that serve our students and residents of Community College District 502 and beyond. This year has been challenging, but it has also been an opportunity to make new connections and foster community spirit. DuPage Pads, Bridge Communities, Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Family Shelter Services and COD's Fuel Pantry also received a collective $11,000 in support from COD Cares.

COD staff and faculty shared their personal experiences in videos on the YouTube playlist. Then it was time to shop! Our virtual efforts to Serve the Needs of Others this Winter resulted in a lot of online shopping with purchases shipped directly to our partner agencies. The overwhelming response helped answer the changing needs of neighbors who have been severely impacted by COVID-19. 

More than 190 volunteers donated over 1,800 much-needed items to 15 local nonprofit organizations! 

Watch these short videos from our agency partners made just for us.  

There are still opportunities to add to the wish list totals.  Click on the links below: 

  • 360 Youth Services (teen housing and counseling services) 
  • Alive Center (teen drop-in center)
  • DuPage County Animal Services 
  • DuPage Pads (interim and permanent housing support) 
  • DuPage Senior Citizens Council
  • Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center (educational support services)
  • ICNA Relief (Islamic Circle of North America)
  • Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (housing support for veterans)
  • Naperville Area Humane Society (pet adoption)
  • People's Resource Center (responding to hunger and poverty in DuPage County)
  • Sharing Connections (helps families in need furnish homes)
  • Teen Parent Connection (supporting teen parents and babies) 
  • World Relief DuPage (supports newly arrived immigrants)


Target gift cards totaling more than $750 were sent to the DuPage Office of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for local families to use toward a holiday meal or seasonal household essentials.

Dozens of $25 Walmart gift cards were donated to Humanitarian Service Project, which then distributed those cards to parents to safely make their children's holiday wishes come true.

Colleagues, students and the community joined together on select Fridays in November to view three special *Dialogue Over Distance presentations designed to inspire giving and raise awareness of the needs and services available in Community College District 502.  

Friday, Nov. 6, 12 p.m. 
"The S.N.O.W. Must Go On" Virtual Kickoff and SNOW-Off! Trivia Game

College of DuPage President Dr. Brian Caputo ushered in the giving season

Friday, Nov. 13, 12 p.m. 
Why We Give: A Special Dialogue Over Distance

Panelists shared why supporting community agencies is important through life-changing stories. a

Friday, Nov. 20, 12 p.m. 
How We Give: A Special Dialogue Over Distance

COVID-19 has transformed holiday wants into winter necessities for many families. 


A primary function of COD Cares is to provide information about volunteering and supporting local communities. Here are some links to valuable resources.  

Contact Information

COD Cares

Joan DiPiero
Community Relations Specialist
(630) 942-3872