COD Cares

COD Cares is an institution-wide umbrella program that actively supports and strengthens College of DuPage communities by encouraging and coordinating charitable efforts for staff and student participation while fostering a culture of service on campus.

Why does COD Care?

Residents of District 502 graciously support College of DuPage. They believe in our mission to be a center for excellence in teaching, learning, and cultural experiences. This show of faith and giving to College of DuPage is a good reminder that, beyond our normal duties, it is valuable to find new and different ways to give back.

Become a COD Action Hero!

Show your support for COD Cares monthly activities and service to our community by becoming a COD Action Hero. Register for any of the group service activities below and receive a special "Cares" package, including an "Action Hero" t-shirt.

Compensated Service Hours

Compensated Service Hours are available to encourage employees to participate in COD Cares group service activities listed on the calendar below.  Please visit the webpage for specific details on how comp time may be used.

Calendar of Monthly Service Activities

Spend time with other COD Action Heroes making a difference in our communities. Get on board before the activities fill up! Meals and/or refreshments will be provided depending on the length and timeframe of activity.

Transportation for up to 25 people will be available for those who are interested on a first come, first served basis. Buses will depart from and return to the south SRC circle drive (outside of the cafeteria), however participants may drive separately. If you sign up for an activity and are using compensated service hours, please add one hour for transportation.

The following list of activities is subject to change and may have limited availability.  Compensated Service Hours may only be used for the activities in the calendar below.





Monday, May 4, 2015

6 to 7:30 p.m.

(Bus will leave at 5 p.m.

3 comp hours max)

Feed My Starving Children, Aurora

Pack food for distribution to third world nations  (Limited to 50 people.)

Friday, May 29, 2015

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Campus Maintenance Center parking lot (College 6)

SPECIAL EVENT: Help prepare 5,000 tulip bulbs for replanting at Little Friends group homes later this year

Monday, June 8, 2015

1 to 4 p.m.

(4 comp hours max)

DuPage County Forest Preserve District, Wheaton

Restore the path and remove invasive plants at Danada Parson's Grove.

Monday, June 22, 2015

*Date change from Feb 2015

2 to 4 p.m.

(3 comp hours max)

Mayslake Village, Oak Brook

Record oral histories





Wednesday, July 29, 2015

5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

(Comp hours to be determined by supervisor)

Honor Flight Illinois, two locations: COD campus and Midway Airport

  • 5:30 p.m. create welcome signs in Student Resource Center (SRC) 2000;
  • 7:30 p.m. welcome home WWII veterans at Midway from a Washington D.C. remembrance trip

(Can participate in one or both activities)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

10 to 11:30 a.m.

(2.5 comp hours max)

LaGrange Park Public Library, LaGrange Park

Clean and rearrange library bookshop space


Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Various shifts available

COD Laps with the Chaps Sunset 5K Run/Walk, on campus

Possible duties include course marshal, set up, and registration area.  More information at

Friday,  Oct. 16, 2015

2 to 4 p.m. (3 comp hours max)

Little Friends, Naperville

Replant tulip bulbs from COD campus at various group home properties

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

4 to 6:30 p.m.

(3.5 comp hours max)

Downers Grove Community Church, Downers Grove

Prepare and serve meals in a soup kitchen

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

11 a.m. to  1 p.m.

(2 comp hours max)

COD campus, Student Resource Center  (SRC) 2000

Giving Garland Holiday Party; Wrap donated gifts for DuPage residents who receive assistance from service organizations


Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

6 to 8 p.m.

(3 comp hours max)

Teen Parent Connection, Glen Ellyn

Assist with arts and crafts activities for teen parents and their children

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

1 to 3:30 p.m. (3.5 comp hours max)

S.C.A.R.C.E. (School and Community Assistance for Composting and Recycling Education), Glen Ellyn

Super Crayon Day! Peel, sort and melt discarded crayon pieces into molds to form large crayons for children with special needs.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

9 to 11 a.m. (Max comp hours will depend on location)

Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Location TBD

Participate in a children's read-in


Registration Process

Email COD Cares with your chosen activities. Please note that some activities may have limited availability and all are filled on a first come, first served basis. You will be notified if the activity is full.  Groups may sign up in one email.

If you will be using Compensated Service Hours, you must obtain supervisory approval to participate in the COD Cares group service activity.  Please visit the webpage for specific details on how comp hours may be used.

You will receive a confirmation email for each activity within three business days of sign up.  A second email requiring confirmation will be sent as early as three weeks prior to each activity and a reminder with specific details will be emailed within two business of to the activity.

If you are unable to participate in a COD Cares service activity that you have registered for, please email COD Cares as soon as possible to open up your space for another Action Hero.


Contact Information

Ami Chambers, Community Relations Coordinator, (630) 942-3823