Eckhard Blaumueller, president of the Society of Danube Swabians of the U.S.A., recently presented the Des Plaines Community Foundation with a check for $5,000.
"The Danube Swabians have been very generous this year, donating $5,000-plus to the Self Help Closet & Pantry in Des Plaines and now another $5,000 to the Des Plaines Community Foundation," said Rosemary Argus, executive director.
"The Des Plaines Community Foundation is a non-for-profit 501c3 organization which helps the people who work and live in Des Plaines. The Foundation has no paid employees because the Foundation is all volunteers. They can provide $12 worth of services for every $1 donated."
The Des Plaines Community Foundation through its Neighbors Helping Neighbors program provides transportation for the elderly and the disabled, young and old. The Foundation puts up wheelchair ramps (built by Maine West Building Trades students) and installs Knox Boxes for needy individuals.
The Foundation also drives individuals to pantries for food, does yard work and light housework for the disabled and elderly.
The Des Plaines Community Foundation has helped the poor with emergency repairs, such as broken toilets, sinks in disrepair, leaky roofs, broken windows, etc. Supplies are paid for by the Foundation, with most of the work being done by volunteers.
The Des Plaines Community Foundation has paid for safe bicycle helmets for children and paid for motivational meetings for high school students to encourage leadership skills.
The Foundation raises funds to identify, link and mobilize assets to support the service programs of the Des Plaines Healthy Community Partnership Programs whose activities improve the lives of those that live and work in Des Plaines.
Some of the programs include: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program Committee; Healthy Community/Healthy Youth Program Committee; Intergenerational Program Committee, and Seasons of Service Program Committee.
The Foundation has no paid employees and is 100-percent volunteer. Foundation is a 501c3 organization and funds are obtained from individuals, businesses, and corporate tax-deductable contributions as well as from other foundations.
For more information on the Des Plaines Community Foundation or to donate, call Rosemary Argus at 847-297-4932. Also you can go to www.DPCharties.org or www.desplainescommunityfoundation.org.