Gift of Giving

COD Cares

What is 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.

An initiative of COD’s Community Engagement department, COD Cares service activities

  • Raise awareness of community-based organizations that serve the needs of local residents, including COD students
  • Provide educational opportunities on issues that affect residents and students
  • Encourage community involvement

Thank You, Roll Up Your Sleeves 2022 Participants

Nearly 50 College of DuPage volunteers completed spring cleaning activities as part of Roll Up Your Sleeves 2022: Hug our Home Planet.

View photos from Roll Up Your Sleeves 2022

An initiative of the College’s Community Engagement Department, members of COD Cares volunteer corps cleared garden beds at the College’s Fuel Garden and St. James Farm, cleaned a portion of the DuPage River’s east branch, tagged storm sewers for The Conservation Foundation and removed debris and prepared compost on COD’s Glen Ellyn campus.

The Community Engagement Department supports the College’s mission to be a center of excellence in teaching, learning and cultural experiences and its vision to be the primary college district residents choose for higher quality education. We believe in the transformative nature of education and strive to positively impact the communities and organizations in District 502.


See Roll Up Your Sleeves Highlights

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Thank you for supporting Gift of Giving

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You Outdid Yourselves, College of DuPage

We put out the call for the Gift of Giving winter campaign and you delivered.

  • Vital blood donations that saved up to 84 lives
  • Hundreds of baby clothes donated and dressers to benefit families and individuals in need
  • Food packed and distributed to Fuel Pantry clients and donations sorted for Humanitarian Service Project
    Holiday cheer by decorating for DuPage Pads and Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
  • Much-needed household donations and gift cards benefiting nine area non-profit organizations
  • Essential pet care items to the Naperville Area Humane Society

This year's campaign also had participation from the Glen Ellyn campus and all four centers, and had an impressive 100 percent participation from COD Cabinet members! Make no mistake about it….COD understands the gift is in the giving.

Thank you to all of this year’s participants. Gnome matter how you chose to give, it had an impact and demonstrated the College’s commitment to connecting with and supporting the communities it serves.

Contact Information

Joan DiPiero
Community Engagement Specialist
(630) 942-3872