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Sponsorship Program

Our annual Sponsorship Program provides us with the additional resources we need to maintain our level of service and add to our growing demand for services. We gratefully accept new Sponsors throughout the year. If you or your company would like to become a Sponsor of the Self Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines, please contact our Executive Director, Debbie Walusiak at 847-337-1443.

Sponsorship is established on an annual basis in order to create a recurring source of funds. We understand if you cannot participate every year or to always contribute at the same level. We greatly appreciate any contribution you make whenever you can make it.

Annual Sponsorship Levels

Sponsors receive recognition on our website and in our print newsletter.

Diamond Level Sponsorship - $1,000 or greater

Platinum Level Sponsorship - $500 to $999

Gold Level Sponsorship - $250 to $499

Mail check donations payable to the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines at 769 Holiday Lane, Des Plaines, IL 60016. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate so in writing when making your donation.

First Quarter Donations 2022

Diamond Level Sponsorship - $1,000 or more

Betty Kerkorian

BPO Elks of Des Plaines

Turkey Trot

Iroquois Community School

Platinum Level Sponsorship - $500-$999

Dr. William Schroeder Foundation

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Trinity Lutheran Church

Lisa DuBrock

Dietrich Freigang

Janet Hensley-Olson

Trudy Lewis

Linda Opalka

Lauren Weldon

Gold Level Sponsorship - $250-$499

BPO Elks Des Plaines

Des Plaines Public Library

Network for Good

St. Zachary Church

Unity Northwest Church

Raymond Borgic

Judith Donahue

Jill Eitel

Barbara Guill

Jeanne Hiller

Patti Interrante

Jill Kowols

Mary Meskan

Joanna Rowe

Gary Taylor

Year-Round Donations

We are exceedingly grateful to the following donors who partner with the Pantry all year long:

  • Jewel-Osco - Lee St. and Elmhurst Rd. locations in Des Plaines

  • Panera Bread - So. Mannheim Rd in Des Plaines

  • Costco - Niles

  • Topco Associates - Elk Grove Village


If you would like to volunteer at the Pantry, please stop in to complete an application during drop-off hours on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and may not be a current client of the pantry. Occasional volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent while volunteering. There may be a waiting period before you can start as we manage the number of people in the building.