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How You Can Get Involved

At South Suburban PADS, we believe every person should have the opportunity to escape homelessness, obtain an affordable home and work toward better health and economic security. We also believe we can do more good together. Consider donating your time or resources to strengthen our mission.

Ways to Give

Online Donation

Donating online is quick, simple and convenient. Breathe easy knowing you can also give securely online through PayPal. You can choose to make a one-time gift or plan for a monthly donation — financial donations of any size help fund our mission.

Send a Check

Please make checks payable to South Suburban PADS and mail to:

South Suburban PADS

Attn: Finance Department

4411 W. Gatling Blvd.

Country Club Hills, IL 60478

Shop With AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a way for you to donate to your favorite charities when shopping online. Select SSPADS as your charity of choice when using AmazonSmile to donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to our organization. You can also use AmazonSmile to select products for in-kind donations.   

Facebook Fundraiser

Raise money for SSPADS easily through Facebook fundraisers. Are you celebrating a birthday, anniversary, graduation or holiday? Share why you love SSPADS with your friends and family and encourage them to join you in giving generously to the south suburban homeless community.

Memorials and Tributes

Honor your loved ones with a memorial or tribute donation. These donations offer a heartfelt way to commemorate an individual, volunteer or former client who was dedicated to SSPADS’ mission. 

 

Please take comfort in knowing that your loved one’s memory will be honored by supporting people experiencing homelessness. 

Legacy Giving

For passionate individuals or lifelong volunteers, consider including SSPADS in your financial planning for future gifts. Consult with your attorney or financial advisor to determine how you can leave a legacy with SSPADS.

Employee Match Program

If your business is invested in reducing homelessness in the south suburban area, please consider us for your employee match program. It’s an easy way to take your employees’ generous gifts even further and for your business to give back to the community. You’d be in great company, as we’re proud to partner with some amazing organizations such as Bank of America and C&R Railway for their employee match programs.

Attend an Event

From walk-a-thons to supermarket collection drives to student-led fundraisers and our annual fundraiser, we love making friends in the community! These events help us educate others about SSPADS, make connections and keep our finger on the pulse of people’s lives in the south suburban area. Follow us on social media or check back here to see our upcoming events.

Volunteer

Shift volunteer

Get trained as a volunteer site manager or general manager. Contact Robena Morgan at 708-332-7700, ext.131, or email to volunteer and get started in an emergency shelter. 

In our offices

For more information about how to become a professional volunteer, please email Doug Kenshol or call 708-550-4411, ext. 100.

Emergency Shelter Volunteers

  • Emergency shelter meal (cook or purchase) and shift volunteers. Contact Robena Morgan to volunteer in the emergency shelter.
  • Emergency shelter shift volunteers. Training and orientation details. Contact Robena Morgan to volunteer in the emergency shelter.

Housing Volunteering

Housing volunteering opportunities, e.g., a community garden, financial literacy program, culinary program, health and wellness committee, etc.

Professional Volunteer

Our board’s commitment and passion for our mission keeps South Suburban PADS fiscally healthy and thriving. With their stewardship, we are steadily working to prevent and end homelessness.

Employment Opportunities

We’re a growing organization with frequent opportunities to join our team. We’re always looking for people who are passionate about ending homelessness in the south suburbs of Chicago. You’ll be joining a diverse team of people who are actively helping thousands of individuals overcome homelessness and improve their lives.

Learn more about our internship and career opportunities on our Indeed page or contact us. 

Give a Meal

Each day we serve three meals to our shelter clients, which allows us to break bread with those in our care. Sharing a meal is a meaningful opportunity for you or your small group (family, church, sorority, club, team, business, etc.) to join together and donate your valuable time and talents to a great cause.  

We love the heart behind homemade meals. However, if cooking is not preferred, our volunteer coordinator can direct you to some of our favorite local restaurants that would love to partner with you. 
Contact our volunteer coordinator at 708-332-7700, ext.131, to learn more.

Board and Committee Opportunities

We are currently seeking enthusiastic and passionate individuals who align with SSPADS’ mission, vision and values to commit the time, energy and expertise needed to drive us toward our shared definition of success. 

If you are interested in joining the South Suburban PADS Board of Directors, please contact Doug Kenshol or call 708-550-4411, ext. 100.

In-Kind Donations

We believe that a large piece of ending homelessness involves not just housing but dignified housing. That means providing more than just a roof over someone’s head, but also ensuring they’re supported in every way to make their housing accommodation successful, and we couldn’t do it without in-kind donations from folks like you! Your in-kind donations can consist of physical supplies for any of our kits or the monetary means for SSPADS to provide them. 
Contact Liz Agbarah or 708-539-3379 to find out more about our high-need items and to arrange an appointment for drop-off.

Hygiene Kits

Including shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion and cotton swabs.

Baby Kits

Including diapers, bottles, blankets, clothes and formula.

Outreach Kits

Including $5 gift cards, hand warmers, hats, scarves, gloves, toiletries and water.

School Supplies

Including notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, rulers, headphones, notecards, erasers and folders.

Moving Home Kit

Sponsor an entire home or a single room with the necessary home goods needed. Room options include bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.

Cleaning Supplies

Including paper towels, mop, bucket, broom, dustpan, all-purpose cleaning spray, dish soap, hand soap, garbage can, garbage bags and toilet bowl cleaner.

Shelter Supplies

Including sheets, blankets, etc.

First Aid Kits

Including band-aids, roller gauze, antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes, ice packs and gloves.