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COD Cares

The College’s volunteer corps, COD Cares actively supports and strengthens College of DuPage communities by fostering a culture of service among College employees, students and community members.

Gift of Giving 2023

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Nov. 1 through Dec. 5 

This year's COD Cares Gift of Giving campaign focuses on housing and food insecurity. Activities include warehouse work, ethnic food drives, winter clothing donations and decorating supportive housing for veterans. We even have surprise pop-ups for those who have just five minutes to share.

Gift of Giving Send-Off

New this year: Let's celebrate YOU during the Gift of Giving Send-Off from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in SRC 2000. Just a few things you should gnome:

  • Unless otherwise stated, all donated items must be dropped off in SRC 2000 by 1 p.m. on Dec. 5 where they will be sorted and sent off to waiting agencies.
  • While you're there, take team photos or enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.
  • Join fellow gnomes for a surprise pop-up activity supporting our partner agencies.
  • Would you like to deliver your donations? Let us know via email

Don't gnome how to participate? Have we got the options for you! So, gather a team or fly solo. Ready! Set! GNOME!

Agency Wish Lists

Many partner agencies are experiencing a 30 to 40 percent increase in clients needing assistance. Help make a house a home. Reserve an agency  from the list below. Confirmation will be sent to you along with the agency’s full wish list.

Keep it Simple: Gift Cards

Next time you’re shopping, pick up Target, Walmart or Jewel gift cards ($10 minimum) to help Department of Children and Family Services and Humanitarian Service Project families prepare nutritious meals and holiday treats. Cards must be dropped off at the Campus Central service desk, SSC Atrium, by Monday, Dec. 4.

Shop and Drop

Take advantage of buy-one-get-one sales. Tour the ethnic food aisle. Release your inner child. Check out shopping lists then deposit donations at the DROP GNOME in the SSC Atrium to share with:

Gnomes at Work

Distribute groceries during monthly mobile markets hosted by Northern Illinois Food Bank and COD. Register for Monday, Dec. 4. Two time slots are available. Mobile markets are held in College Lot 6 at the northwest corner of Lambert and College roads. Volunteer limit: 20 each session

Gift of Giving 2022

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Revisit last year's gnome-worthy Gift of Giving winter campaign.

Contact Information

Joan DiPiero
Community Engagement Coordinator
(630) 942-3872
Email: dipieroj@cod.edu