A Time To Be Thankful & A Time To Give Back

As the calendar turns to this crispy November month, it is a month of thanksgiving and appreciation for all the great blessings in my life. And, as the holiday season approaches, giving back to the community is one way we can give thanks. Check out some of these family friendly organizations you can volunteer and support!

Volunteer - Phil's Friends (213 W Wesley St, Wheaton, IL 60187 & 1150 N Swift Road Addison, IL 60101)

This organization provides hope to those affected by cancer. Phil’s Friends sends care packages {free of charge} to those battling cancer. Children 5 & up with an adult can volunteer to pack care packages and color cards of hope. Can’t make it to one of their centers to volunteer? You could host a care package drive, raise money to help support, make fleece blankets, or get a template for their monthly cards to color at home! Be sure to check out their website for all of the details on how you and your family can help!

Outreach House - Lombard (805 S. Main St, Lombard, IL 60148)

The Outreach House provides assistance to families in need. They are looking for volunteers to help with their Holiday Christmas tree sale that runs from November 12-December 17. Volunteers are also needed at the center to help stock the shelves, pick up donated items, assist guests in the clothing section and food pantry. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Volunteer to Pack Meals at Feed My Starving Children (740 Wiley Farm Court, Schaumburg, IL 60173)

Ages 5 & up with an adult are welcome to help pack meals! During your 90 minute shift, you will hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags. The meals are then shipped to their partners working with those children who are in need of help around the world. Be sure to check out the website to see if there is a mobile pack event near you!

Community Table at The First Church of Lombard (220 South Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148)

Help prepare & serve a meal to those in need every Wednesday at 5:30PM. Kids are welcome to help as well! Contact the church office at to be put in touch with our volunteer coordinator!

Volunteer - DuPage Habitat for Humanity

A non-profit organization that helps to improve and build homes for those in need. Kids 5 & up can help make a difference! Take a look at the website for more information on how your 5 year old & up can get involved.

The Humanitarian Service Project (465 Randy Rd, Carol Stream, IL 60188)

Be a Secret Pal to a Senior-”Adopt” a secret pal and provide emotional and physical support through generous gifts. Due to the pandemic, in lieu of physical gifts you can donate a monthly gift card ranging from $5-$25. It is suggested that the person can committee to be a Secret Pal for a minimum of 6 months. For more information contact at 630-221-8340.