Supervisors and managers should select a community service project from the list below
for their areas to complete during Investiture Week (October 3 through October 7). When the activity is completed, please
log it here:
Habitat Restoration at Harper
Join the Harper Biology Department for a habitat restoration event in the Craig Stettner
Prairie on Friday, October 7, at 1 p.m. Registration is required. Questions? Contact Virginia (Ginger) McHugh-Kurtz.
JOURNEYS | The Road Home
JOURNEYS | The Road Home is a non-profit agency that provides both shelter and social
services to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in 37 towns in north/northwest
suburban Cook County. The agency consists of the PADS Shelter Program, the HOPE Center
Supportive Services Program, and the Pathways Housing Readiness Program focusing on
intervention and assistance for those in need.
PADS Shelters – PADS are emergency shelters located at facilities of faith communities throughout
the Journeys service area. The shelters provide a safe place to sleep at night as
well as dinner, breakfast and a sack lunch the next day. Volunteers are needed between
5:30-8 p.m. to help set up shelters for the evening and staff welcome tables. Contact
Anna Malhotra, firstname.lastname@example.org for schedule and details. Volunteers must complete an orientation and agree to a
Donations – Due to limited storage space, Journeys is asking for donated items rather than
assembled kits. Contact email@example.com to request a list of items
Kenneth Young Center
Kenneth Young Center partners with communities to support people of all ages to navigate
life’s challenges through personalized prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.
KYC serves the community through mental health services, youth empowerment programs
and care for older adults.
Color a positive message - Practice mindfulness while supporting others. Take some time out of your day to
color a positive message that will be shared with clients in need. Completed sheets
will be collected and delivered to Kenneth Young Center. Request coloring sheets.
Fall Clean Up - Visit the Elk Grove Village office to help with some fall clean up. Help trim bushes,
pull weeds, sweep sidewalks, etc. This activity is limited to 8-12 people. Registration
is required. Contact Ravi Kalani, firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to register.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is a national program that delivers meals to individuals that are
homebound or unable to prepare their own meals. Community organizations throughout
Harper’s district participate in the Meals on Wheels program.
Meal Messages - Share a thoughtful message, a joke or well wishes with seniors in the community.
Cards will be provided to volunteers to fill out during the week and will be delivered
to organizations throughout the district to be included in Meals on Wheels deliveries.
Partners for Our Communities
Since 1999, Partners for Our Communities (POC) has welcomed and introduced families
and individuals in need to the Palatine community. The POC connects people with local
resources and provides a pathway for their integration and success. They are dedicated
to helping people help themselves through a variety of programs and services.
Roots Community Garden - Help harvest, water, weed and more. The community garden provides fresh vegetables
for families in the community. This activity is limited to 15-20 people. Contact email@example.com to volunteer.
Volunteers are needed during the week to receive and sort donations, stock shelves,
and package groceries for distribution. Volunteers prepare bags of food, direct traffic,
help clients select groceries, and load food into client vehicles. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Everyone could use a positive message or a quick pick me up. Request specially designed
stickers and note cards to share a positive and affirming message. Notes will be placed
on Positivity Boards that will be displayed at partner locations so clients and employees
can grab message that speaks to them. This is fun and easy project that can make a
difference in someone’s day. Request note cards.
Second City Canine
Second City Canine Rescue’s mission is to rescue homeless animals and responsibly
place them into permanent, loving homes.
Puppy Playtime – Volunteers are needed on various days and times to socialize and care for puppies.
Volunteers must complete an online application and introduction in order to sign up for a two-hour shift at the adoption center.
The adoption center is located at 570 N. Smith Street, Palatine. Please plan on completing
the application process and reserving an open shift at least two weeks in advance.
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
WINGS provides a pathway to independence for adults and children who are escaping
from domestic violence and abuse. Their goal is to provide the tools and support necessary
to ensure that victims can escape their abusers and begin building new, violence-free
Care kits – Collaborate as a department to collect donations and assemble kits for families
living in the WINGS emergency shelters. Assemble men’s and women’s hygiene kits or
housekeeping kits. Kits will be collected and delivered to WINGS at the end of week.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a list of kit items.
Resale Shops – Proceeds from the three WINGS Resale shops support families in the WINGS program.
Volunteers are needed to help sort and organize donations. Volunteer individually
or as a group. Contact Bruna Srb, email@example.com for details.