Get Involved


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.

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 600 E. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate so in writing when making your donation.

Our Current Sponsors

Second Quarter Donations 2018

Diamond Level Sponsorship - $1000 or more

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Des Plaines Healthy Community Foundation

Oakton Community College - Empty Bowls Event

Platinum Level Sponsorship - $500-$999

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Mary Luce Des Plaines Rotary

Glenview Community Church Women's Assn.

Gold Level Sponsorship - $250-$499

Anonymous Benevity Comm. Abbott Labs Anonymous

Chippewa Middle School Des Plaines Ministerial Assoc.

Women's Circle of Friends / Christ Church UCC

Year-Round Donations

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

  • The Produce Angels who donate produce every week.
  • Jewel-Osco - Lee St. and Elmhurst Rd. locations in Des Plaines
  • Jimmy John's - Elmhurst Rd. in Mount Prospect
  • Panera Bread - Metropolitan Square in Des Plaines
  • The Cleanery who graciously cleans coats for us free of charge - Lee St. in Des Plaines