Gift of Giving

COD Cares

What is COD Cares?

The College’s volunteer corps, COD Cares actively supports and strengthens College of DuPage communities by fostering a culture of service among College employees, students and community members.

An initiative of COD’s Community Engagement department, COD Cares service activities

  • Raise awareness of community-based organizations that serve the needs of local residents, including COD students
  • Provide educational opportunities on issues that affect residents and students
  • Encourage community involvement

Upcoming Initiatives

Gift of Giving – 2021 Winter Campaign

Join COD Cares as we celebrate the spirit of giving in all its forms. Whether you prefer monetary donations or acts of service, Gift of Giving promises opportunities for all. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 17, join COD volunteers for a number of on- and off-campus opportunities.

Join COD Cares to Celebrate the Season of Giving

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How Can I Give?

Gift of Service

Help decorate a local senior or veteran agency home. Build a dresser to help a family trying to establish stable housing. This year’s campaign has something for everyone! Sign up for a variety of on- and off-campus giving opportunities via Gift of Giving’s SignUp page.

Gift of Good Health - Blood Drive a Success!

Gnome one does it better! Thanks to COD Cares generous donors up to 84 lives were saved through the Versiti on-campus blood drive Nov. 16! Best of all, 24 donors were NEW to Versiti. Thank you to all those involved with this successful event!

Gift of Donations/Monetary Gifts

Flex those shopping muscles! Grab an item (or two, or three) from a partner agency online shopping list for direct delivery. Prefer to shop in person or pick up a gift card? Bring your purchased items - labeled with the corresponding agency, please - to the Institutional Resource Center by Friday, Dec. 3 (unless otherwise noted), and Community Engagement staff will ensure delivery.

Shopping? Let us gnome so we can thank all our gnomies at the end of the campaign.

Sharing Connections

Teen Parent Connection

People's Resource Center (through Nov. 29)

Humanitarian Service Project

  • $25 gift cards for Walmart and/or Target

Metropolitan Family Services

Naperville Area Humane Society

DuPage Senior Citizens Council - Our Senior's Best Friend's

  • Dog and cat food /pet toys

World Relief

Department of Children and Family Services

  • $10 gift cards for Jewel, Meijer, Aldi, Walmart and/or Target

Additional On-Campus Donation Opportunities

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (collected by Veterans Services (SSC 2225) through Nov. 30)


Thank You, Sleep Out Saturday 2021 Participants!

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Thank you to those who took one night and made a difference for families and individuals facing homelessness. Whether sleeping in cars or on the ground, sharing experiences in-person or on social media, volunteers demonstrated their concern for our neighbors and kindness to others. COD Sleep Out Saturday activities helped supported Bridge Communities' programs, from transitional housing and children's services to mentoring and career preparation. On behalf of the lives that you touched, Bridge Communities and College of DuPage say thank you.

Coming in Spring 2022 - Roll Up Your Sleeves

Pardon our dust. Something is in the works for April 2022. Check back for details.

Contact Information

Joan DiPiero
Community Engagement Specialist
(630) 942-3872