Home of the Sparrow's online auction opens July 13
While the world may be on pause, homelessness does not stop. Neither does the work Home of the Sparrow does to provide families with shelter, affordable housing, case management, counseling and services when they need it most.
Due to these uncertain times, Home of the Sparrow decided to cancel "Celebration of Women" Luncheon, Casino Night Hope Benefit, and the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
As the nonprofit is still in desperate need of funds, Home of the Sparrow is organizing COVID-19 Relief Online Auction this month, the Oktoberfest Golf Outing on Monday, Sept. 14, and another fundraiser in October.
The COVID-19 Relief Online Auction is starting at 8 a.m. Monday, July 13. The online auction will close at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 23.
This fundraiser will help keep the shelter open 365 days a year, and sustain its programs and services.
To participate, create a free bidding account at www.hosparrow.org/hope-online-auction-2020 and start previewing the items, baskets and packages up for auction.
With over 80 packages, there is something for everyone including trips to Disney, Vegas and Nashville, golf foursomes, date nights, spa packages, local getaways, brewery tours, dine-arounds, wine tastings, family fun, girl's night out, jewelry and more.
The Family Days in Chicago package includes four tickets to the Shedd Aquarium, including priority entry to the aquarium, all permanent and special exhibits, animal presentations (based on availability) and Stingray Touch (seasonal), along with four passes to Navy Pier's Centennial Wheel, four tickets for Escape Artistry in Chicago; and four VIP entries for the Wndr Museum featuring the first Infinity Mirror Room "Let's Survive Forever" by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusamais.
The "Gardener's Delight" package features four tickets to the Chicago Botanic Garden, including parking, tram tickets, and admission to Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies & Blooms; a $50 gift card to Countryside Flower Shop and Garden Center; a watercolor painting by Gail Hamilton; a handmade pottery "Hummingbird" garden solar light, donated by Schroeder Pottery in Waconia, Minn; and the "Creative Terrariums Book."
The value of these items range from $50 to $800. You can bid from your cellphone, iPad, or computer.
Home of the Sparrow wishes to thank you for your support. Together, we can continue to change the lives of homeless women and children in the community.
The seven Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores and Community Threads are open but masks must be worn and a limited number of people will be allowed in the stores. For up-to-date information on the thrift stores' temporary hours, visit www.hosparrow.org.
For the safety of employees and volunteers, the stores can no longer accept donations once they are at capacity. Visit the thrift stores' Facebook pages for the most current information at each location.
The Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store and Donation Centers are located in Algonquin at 781 S. Randall Road; Cary at 380 Northwest Hwy.; McHenry at 3714 W. Elm St.; Mundelein at 357 Townline Road; Palatine at 275 E. Northwest Hwy.; Third Lake at 34450 N. Route 45; and Woodstock at 120 E. Calhoun St.
The Community Threads Upscale Resale is at 250 W. Rand Road in Arlington Heights; www.facebook.com/CommunityThreadsUpscaleResale/.
On June 9, Home of the Sparrow resumed the free furniture pickup service. To schedule a free furniture pickup, visit www.hosparrow.vonigo.com.