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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.

Thank you, Rivers Casino!

We would like to thank Rivers Gives/Rivers Casino for their generous donation to the Pantry and our Community Backpack Project (CBP). We are using most of the donation to purchase food, powdered milk, hygiene products and school supplies for School District 62 students in need. A portion of the donation also goes to purchases of fresh, nutritious foods for all clients partnered with a University of Illinois extension educational initiative to help clients make healthy food choices. Pictured (l to r) are Cynthia Nielsen, Rivers Casino Community Relations, Debbie Walusiak, DP Pantry Executive Director, and Jana Haas, CBP coordinator.

Second Quarter Donations 2023

Diamond Level Sponsorship - $1,000 or more

Mary Pittman

Anonymous (2)

America Online Giving

Chicago Community Foundation

Christ Church

City of Des Plaines

Des Plaines Garden Club

Platinum Level Sponsorship - $500-$999

Wendy Gruen

William Hartman

Trudy Lewis

Stephen Riportella

Teresa Torres


The Benevity Community Foundation

The South Church

Gold Level Sponsorship - $250-$499

Barbara Guill

Jeanne Hiller

Patti Interrante

Jill Kowols

Linda Kuchel

Mary Meskan

Illinois Assoc. Swedenborg Church

St. Vincent DePaul Society

Year-Round Donations

We are exceedingly grateful to the following companies who provide donations to the Pantry all year long:


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.

If your company or organization is looking for a group activity for a few hours, please contact for details.