“In the season and spirit of gratitude, and giving thanks for what we have, we’d like to highlight a couple of local charities that are close to our hearts. Specifically, Kendall County PADS and the Kendall County Community Food Pantry,” said Leslie Heckelsberg, Realtor with The Heckelsberg Team at Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group.
As the holidays approach, many people open their pocketbooks to give to the needy. But what the underserved often need just as much is volunteers to donate their time.
“We have a couple of homeless shelters in the Kendall and Kane County area, which sometimes go unnoticed,” said Heckelsberg. One is Kendall County PADS.
“PADS has quite a need for volunteers,” said Heckelsberg, who donates her time for the revolving shelter. “It’s only one shift per month for six months, with a maximum time of about four hours. Volunteering may feel like a big commitment, but it doesn’t have to be - however, it is significant in importance.”
The statistics are sobering. There are 264 known homeless children enrolled in Kendall County schools. “This is shocking to learn, if you think homelessness doesn’t happen here,” says Heckelsberg. Since opening in 2010, PADS has served 397 individuals, provided 8,970 overnight stays and served 26,918 meals.
The program, which runs October through April, provides meals and overnight shelter at seven rotating sites in Yorkville, Oswego and Montgomery. While there are several open volunteer positions available, the newest site, Parkview Christian Academy in Yorkville, has a number of crucial overnight volunteer positions to be filled on Wednesday nights.
To volunteer, sign up at http://kendallcountypads.org or contact Anne Engelhardt, Executive Director, Kendall County Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) 630-553-5073
Another charity serving our local area is the Kendall County Community Food Pantry. In addition to groceries, the pantry offers clients new and gently used clothing, shoes and linens, along with pet food. It also coordinates with the Kendall Free Clinic for free and low-cost medical care to qualified recipients.
Monetary donations allow the pantry to significantly stretch their buying power through the Northern Illinois Food Bank. For every $1 donated, the pantry can provide $8 worth of food.
Canned goods and other items can also be donated on site, at 208 Beaver Street in Yorkville.
To volunteer your time or make a donation online, go to http://www.kccfoodpantry.org
The Heckelsberg Team
Cindy Heckelsberg 630-253-2997
Lara Heckelsberg Gawrych 630-253-2995
Leslie Heckelsberg 630-253-2990
Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group
2725 US Route 34 Oswego, IL 60543