COD Cares

COD Cares is a campus-wide program for students and staff to participate together in service activities that benefit local College of DuPage communities.

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.

Urgent Request From Operation Support Our Troops

Your assistance is needed to improve the lives of U.S. troops stationed overseas! Our friends at Operation Support Our Troops (OSOT) regularly send care packages containing items such as pens, hard candies, and AA batteries to help give our servicemen and women a sense of home and well-being. OSOT's shelves are critically low and COD has been asked to step up and help fill them!

Donate as a department:

Choose one, two, or three items from the list located below that your department can provide in any amount (no minimums) and have a designated representative email with the claimed item(s). All claimed items will be shifted from the top of the list to the bottom indicating which areas have selected them.

Donate as an individual:

You may contribute any item listed below in any capacity.


A member of the Community Relations staff can pick up the items or they can be brought to BIC 1645 during regular business hours through the end of Monday, August 1.

Items to donate:

(If your area was planning on claiming an item or two, go right ahead and let us know by emailing, and we'll update the webpage.)

  • AA batteries (claimed by President's Office and Naperville Center)
  • Antacids (claimed by Campus Central)
  • Body lotion and body wash (claimed by Human Services and IT)
  • Cans/jars of nuts (claimed by Adjunct Faculty Support/Adjunct Faculty in BIC 2406 and HSC 1235, Chap Fitness, and Fine and Applied Arts subdivision)
  • Crackers (claimed by the Library and Naperville Center)
  • Deodorant (claimed by Student Financial Aid and Academic Affairs)
  • Drink mixes (claimed by the Library)
  • Eye drops/saline solution (claimed by Veterans Services and Academic Affairs)
  • Foot powder (claimed by Learning Commons and Academic Affairs)
  • Gum (claimed by COD Foundation)
  • Hand sanitizer (claimed by Marketing and Academic Affairs)
  • Ink Pens (claimed by Marketing)
  • Jelly (30 oz. or less, no glass jars)- (claimed by Westmont Center, Registration, and Business Affairs)
  • Jerky (claimed by Westmont Center, Registration, and Business Affairs)
  • Microwave popcorn (claimed by President's Office, Records, WDCB, and Center for Entrepreneurship in Lisle)
  • Nasal spray (claimed by Business Faculty and Academic Affairs)
  • Pop-tarts (claimed by COD PD)
  • Pringles (claimed by COD PD)
  • Rice Krispie Bars (claimed by Carol Stream Learning Commons)
  • Shampoo (claimed by Campus Central)
  • Slim Jims (claimed by Carol Stream Learning Commons)
  • Starlight mints, hard candy, Tootsie Rolls (large bags)- (claimed by COD Foundation)
  • Tissues (travel size)- (claimed by Campus Central)
  • Toilet paper (claimed by Cashiers)
  • Toothpaste (claimed by COD Foundation and Dental Hygiene)
  • Trail Mix (claimed by Carol Stream Learning Commons)


2016-2017 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 on a first come, first served basis. Unless otherwise specified, buses will depart from and return to the south SRC circle drive (outside of the cafeteria), however participants may drive separately or carpool with others. If you sign up for an activity and are using compensated service hours, please note that the "max comp hours" include 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.





Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Various shifts available

COD Main Campus

COD Food Truck Rally and Sunset 5K





Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(5 comp hours max)

MANY, MANY locations and opportunities

COD CARES DAY OF ACTION: "Manual Labor of Love"
Serve-a-thon to celebrate COD's 50th Anniversary. Group transportation to surprise off-campus locations.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016

9 to 11:30 a.m.

(3.5 comp hours max)

Northern Illinois Food Bank;
Geneva, IL

"Family Style" Bring the whole family to sort and pack food.


Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

12 to 6 p.m. (comp hours determined by supervisor)

COD Main Campus, Student Resource Center

#Giving Tuesday
Give more than money; give life at the on-campus blood drive benefiting Lifesource.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (2 comp hours max)

COD Main Campus,
Student Resource Center, Room 2000

"Giving Garland Holiday Party"
Wrap donated gifts for kids, teens, and seniors served by various community organizations

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

(3 comp hours max)

DuPage Senior Citizens Council,
Glendale Heights

"Game Day"
Share laughs and a bingo card with DuPage seniors

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

9 to 11 a.m.

(2 comp hours max)

COD campus, Student Resource Center  Room 2000

"Let Me Call You Sweetheart"
Celebrate Valentine's Day by calling seniors from the COD Cares Phone Bank to brighten up their holiday


Wednesday March 8, 2017

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

Operation Support Our Troops, Lisle

"Get Packin!" Sort and pack items for our troops overseas

Registration Process

Become a COD Action Hero by showing your interest in at least one COD Cares monthly group service activity listed below and receive a special COD Cares package, including an "Action Hero" t-shirt! Click here to be redirected to the online signup page.
You will receive a confirmation email for each activity within three business days of signing up. Another email with additional details will be sent at least two business days prior to the activity.
To register a group of people, please email
Note: If you are unable to participate in a COD Cares service activity that you have registered for, please email us as soon as possible to open up your space for another Action Hero.

Compensated Service Hours

Compensated Service Hours are available with supervisor approval to encourage participation among employees 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.

Contact Information

COD Cares

Ami Chambers 
Community Relations Coordinator
(630) 942-3823