Holiday Opportunities

HandsOn Suburban Chicago is pleased to provide a listing of great ways to give back to the community this holiday season through our partnering nonprofits. Please check back frequently as more will be added.

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Adopt an Older Adult-Poinsettias Delivery Drivers

Deliver poinsettias to bring older adults in the area a bit of joy and fellowship this holiday season.

Des Plaines, IL

12/7/20 9:00 AM + more

DONATE Food for Food Connection Program

Donate food to our Food Connection Program, which is in desperate need of supplies. Assist low to moderate income families in the Northwest Suburbs of Cook County. No donation is too small! Here is a list of ideas that can be donated, but it is not limited to such: Cooking/Baking: Flour, Sugar, Vinegar, Tomato Sauces Sides: Whole Wheat Pasta, Stuffing, Brown Rice Soups/Canned Items: Fruits, Vegetables, Spaghettios, Ravioli, Macaroni and Cheese, Tuna packed in water Breakfast: Oatmeal, Low Sugar/High Fiber Cereal Condiments: Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Olive, Canola, Vegetable Oil, Jelly-low sugar, Salad Dressings, Peanut Butter, Pickles Miscellaneous· 100% Juice, Whole Wheat Crackers

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 6/30/21

Provide Holiday Gifts for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Clearbrook has 100 Adult with intellectual disabilities in need of gifts this holiday season. If you are interested in adopting an adult, please Express Interest below. We would need gifts to us by Friday, Dec. 11. Drop off would be 1835 W. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 12/9/20

Gift Card Donations

Gift cards are used for program needs/residents throughout the year in many ways such as helping clients get to interviews and appointments as well as helping us to feed 90+ people within our safe homes. Gift Card List: ANY GAS CARD JEWEL ALDI MEIJER WALMART $100, $50, $25 denominations are preferred Thank you so much for helping us this holiday season. We thank you for your generosity.

Palatine, IL

Through 12/31/20

Adopt a Family or Child

Clearbrook has over 100 families in need that have young children that have disability and are in need of gifts over this holiday season. If you are interested in adopting a family or a child please Express Interest below. We would need gifts to us by Wednesday, Dec. 9th. Drop off would be 1835 W. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL.

Arlington Heights, IL

Through 12/7/20

Create Care Kits for Kids Ages 6-11

To comfort our clients during what may be a difficult holiday season, we are asking volunteers to put together Care Kits. Each kit must be packaged in a clear, gallon-size sealable plastic bag (like a Ziploc bag) and should be filled with items that are comforting to children ages 6-11. Some ideas: Thinking putty, stuffed animal, stress and fidget toys, coloring book/ crayons, motivational notes. Bags must then be dropped off at our office only during approved times: 12:00pm-3:00pm Monday through Wednesday until December 23. Please click "Email contact" so we have your contact information and know how many packages are coming in. You will receive an email with additional details.

Palatine, IL

Through 12/4/20

Create Care Kits for Kids/Teens Ages 12-18

To comfort our clients during what may be a difficult holiday season, we are asking volunteers to put together Care Kits. Each kit must be packaged in a clear, gallon-size sealable plastic bag (like a Ziploc bag) and should be filled with items that are comforting to children and teens ages 12-18. Some ideas: Thinking putty, journal, stress and fidget toys, coloring book/ pencils, motivational notes. Bags must then be dropped off at our office only during approved times: 12:00pm-3:00pm Monday through Wednesday until December 23. Please click "Email contact" so we have your contact information and know how many packages are coming in. You will receive an email with additional details.

Palatine, IL

Through 12/4/20

Become a holiday donor!

Work with our Holiday committee on ways to get involved this holiday season. Whether it is purchasing gifts or making holiday cards there are plenty of ways to get in the holiday spirit at Little City.

Palatine, IL

Through 12/23/20

Sponsor a home for a night out!

Everyone likes a night out of the house. Many of our residents have been cooped up since March! Donate to provide residents the opportunity to go out for a meal, grab some ice cream, or purchase the supplies needed to host an in home dinner event to add to the holiday spirit at Little City.

Palatine, IL

Through 12/31/20

Virtual Holiday Volunteer

Virtually bring the spirit of the holidays to Addolorata Villa's residents. Use your talents to brighten the residents holiday using zoom: caroling Arts and crafts: make personalized ornaments Unique ideas are welcome Express Interest and we'll contact you!

Wheeling, IL

Through 12/31/20

Make the Holidays Brighter through Adopt a Family

This year, KYC’s Adopt a Family drive has shifted from physical gifts to gift cards in an effort to promote social distancing and minimize exposure risk for COVID-19. Although a gift card may not feel like the most exciting gift to give, it is a deeply appreciated opportunity for our clients who receive them. Check out the impact you make and the many ways you can make the holidays brighter for KYC’s clients this holiday season. Giving a gift card to parents is truly a gift that gives twice. Your gift creates an opportunity of empowerment to buy gifts or a special holiday meal and creates lasting holiday memories for their families. Your gift helps older adults feel connected and appreciated. Your gift sends a message that you care, and creates an opportunity to spread cheer to someone who may be more isolated than ever this holiday season. Your gift gives kids the opportunity to choose something that is important to them all on their own, without creating extra expenses for their families. It helps children express their individuality as they personally select a gift that will bring them the most joy. Express Interest to make the hol­i­days for a KYC client or fam­i­ly.

Elk Grove Village, IL

Through 12/15/20

OMNI Holiday Gift Drive

OMNI seeks sponsors to make the holidays brighter for kids dealing with child abuse, domestic violence, poverty, and so much more. Due to COVID, more children than ever are struggling. Your support will make a difference! We suggest spending $35-$50 on your “adopted” child. Want to do more? Buy socks, hats, gloves, coats, pajamas etc. Gifts can be wrapped or unwrapped and are DUE Dec. 10th. Please label gift with the child’s first name and ID number. Ship your gift directly from any retailer or drop off at OMNI Short on time? We'll supply a link to our Amazon Wish List Express Interest below to receive more information.

Buffalo Grove, IL

Through 12/10/20

Become a PanPal

Approximately half of all Center for Enriched Living (CEL) members live in residential agencies. Many of these members have limited interaction with family members on a regular basis, and with the Coronavirus that has been compounded. We want to continue to engage with our members even though our building is closed. To do so, we’re returning to the lost art of letter-writing. If you would like to participate, you can send a letter, picture, card to a member and let them know that you’re thinking of them during this time. Express Interest below for more details.

Through 12/31/20

Holiday Gift Giving Program

Our holiday gift program provides three great ways for individuals, groups, and businesses to help make the holidays a little brighter for the women and children we serve. Gift of Hope: One spark of hope can change the journey of a mother or child for the rest of their life. By giving a monetary donation this holiday season, you can help our families with the large expense of childcare, groceries, rent or utilities. Checks can be made out to Home of the Sparrow. Gift of Opportunity: By donating items needed on the Shelter Wish List, it provides the women and children with basic needs as they move into the shelter or move out into their own housing. This gives them the opportunity to focus on achieving self-sufficiency knowing that their basic needs are met. Our Shelter Wish List can be found at: https://www.hosparrow.org/how-to-help/shelter-wish-list/ Gift of Support: By adopting a mother, child, or family in our program, you will have the ability to provide Support during the holidays. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions, we are asking donors to purchase gift cards for each family member this year, which will allow the women to shop for their children online. Gifts cards can be mailed or dropped off at our office. Purchasing items on their holiday wish list helps make their Holidays a little brighter. For more information Express Interest below. Thank you so much for your interest in our holiday gift program! Every little bit counts, so please feel free to choose among the different options that work best for you.

Through 12/31/20

Holiday Gift Drive 2020

We want to make the holidays special for children and families in crisis, and we need your help! You can sign up to fill a wish list, provide gift cards, or make a cash donation to cover the cost of gifts. We want to make sure that even through difficult times, the children, young adults, and families that we serve know they are loved and supported. Holiday Gift Drive Interest: https://forms.gle/Pdqw44dRxEkgeaKb6 Shop for me! I prefer to make a cash donation: https://shelterinc.salsalabs.org/holidaygiftdrive2020 For more information: https://shelter-inc.org/in-kind-donations/

Through 12/20/20