Are you looking for a way to make a difference during this holiday season? HCS will provide traditional Thanksgiving Meal Boxes (a turkey and all the trimmings) to over 200 pantry guests this month. Every $25 donation will brighten the holiday for a family of eight. Please donate now at https://squareup.com/store/hcs-family-services-2. You may also dedicate your gift to a loved one at checkout.
News & Events
We are so thankful for all the wonderful articles the Hinsdalean keeps writing about our important work at HCS Family Services.
The latest article spotlights one of our largest fundraising events of the year “Blue, Brews and Barbeque” which happens Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 4-7pm.
Here’s an excerpt from their article:
Blues, Brews & Barbecue will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at The Community House in Hinsdale. Thanks to the generosity of 46 community sponsors, all money raised will go directly toward stocking the shelves of the pantries in the busy months to come.
Building on the success of last year’s sold-out event, the second annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue fundraiser for HCS Family Services is set for Sunday, Nov. 3, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Community House in Hinsdale.
The event promises fun for the whole family and will feature barbecue from Sweet Baby Rays, brews from Motor Row Brewery, and the music of The Original Chicago Blues All-Stars.
Sponsorships are available to help defray the cost of the event so more of the proceeds go to feeding our hungry neighbors.
For sponsorship and ticket information, visit https://squareup.com/store/hcs-family-services
Generous sponsors have underwritten all event costs, so 100% of your ticket price directly funds our two food pantries.
Sara Clarkson from Pioneer Press stopped by recently and wrote a wonderful article about how we serve the Hinsdale area.
Here’s a snippet of what she had to say:
I was impressed. Attractive shelving held baskets of fresh fruits and vegetables. In lit refrigerators were milk, eggs, cheese and yogurt. Freezers held labeled packages of meat.
There was a whole section for rice and beans and pasta, and another section with some treats, doughnuts, cookies and the like, but the colorful fruits and vegetables and the inviting and functional layout of the food pantry — yes, food pantry — in the basement of Hinsdale’s Memorial Building was impressive.
Natural light flooded the space, giving it a sense of hope and purpose for the people who use it.
Ken Knutson at the Hinsdalean wrote a wonderful article about the importance of food pantries in our community.
Fifty teens came to learn how they can help raise awareness and funding for HCS Family Services while gaining valuable leadership skills.
“The dynamic and passionate 2019 – 2020 Junior Board Executive Team worked together over the summer setting their own visions and goals for the Interest Meeting and upcoming year,” said HCS Family Services Board Member Pam Garvin, noting that the exceptional turn out at the informational meeting is a prelude to what will be a very successful year for these young leaders.
The HCS Family Services Junior Board started five years ago. In that time, the group of young adults has raised significant funding for our food pantries. Last year alone, the group raised $17,500 through events and activities, such as an annual paper shredding event, the Neighbors Helping Neighbors event held at Vistro, and more.
“The Junior Board has given a refreshing young vibe to HCS Family Services, adding to their success both raising awareness and raising funds,” Garvin stated.
The group’s first event for the 2019-20 school year will be a food drive at Kramer Food Store, located at Grant Square in Hinsdale, on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The first official Junior Board meeting of the year will be held on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Building in Hinsdale. All high school students are welcome to attend.