Des Plaines Community Foundation

Des Plaines Community Foundation

The mission of the Des Plaines Community Foundation is to support the community programs of the Des Plaines Healthy Community Partnership by generating and distributing financial and community resources.

What is the purpose of the Des Plaines Healthy Community Partnership Foundation?

The Foundation was created to raise funds to identify, link and mobilize community assets that will benefit all people of Des Plaines. These funds are not available through local tax revenues.

Where do the funds come from?

Foundation funds are obtained from individual, business, and corporate tax-deductable contributions, as well as from other foundations.

Who decides how the money will be spent?

All donations to the Foundation are spent with the approval of the Board of Trustees. The use of all funds must be consistent with the Foundation’s mission goals.

What program will be funded?

The Foundation’s Board has determined that funds will be awarded to a variety of programs and identified community needs. The Des Plaines Healthy Community Programs currently supported include:

  • Healthy Communities Healthy Youth Program Committee
    The HC/HY program Committee helps to create an environment for young people to develop assests and achieve thier goals. They will be listened to, empowered to share thier ideas, and supported by adults, which in return will enhance his/her life, and the quality of life within our community. Both the Teen Center and involvment in the Youth Commission offer youth support and promote structured activities.
  • Intergenerational Program Committee 
    This Program Committee is designed to bridge the generation gap between youth and elders in Des Plaines. Through promotion of intergenerational understanding and dialogue the committee provides opportunities to unite children, teens, adults, and older adults in common goals and projects.
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program Committee 
    This program committee links community volunteers with residents with various needs i.e. transportation to medical appointments, personal shopping, yard and home care, installation of emergency response boxes, wheel chair ramps, etc. Neighbors Helping Neighbors operates through a main hub office that can be reached by residents in need or prospective volunteers by called 888-646-8898.
  • Seasons of Service Program Committee 
    The goal of the Seasons of Service Program is to mobilize people of all ages who live and/or work in Des Plaines for the purpose of public service by presenting continuous opportunities every season for people to volunteer thier time and talents in service projects and activities.


PAST PRESIDENT: Bob Lewandowski, R. Franczak & Associates

PRESIDENT; Patrick Devereaux, Siete 7

VICE-PRESIDENT: Chris Pesche, Pesche Flowers

TREASURER: Margaret Polovchak, Omni Services

SECRETARY: Kathy Puetz, Health & Human Services, City of Des Plaines



Robert J. Argus, United Airlines

Kimberly Ball, Alliant Credit Union

Eckhard Blaumueller, Society of Danube Swabians

Matt Bogusz, Mayor, City of Des Plaines

Rick Bulthuis, Republic Services

Kai Chow, Radisson Hotel Chicago O’Hare

Dan Fink, Juno Lighting Group/Schneider Electric

Sherry Gardner, Sysco Foods

Jan Goczkowski, Century 21 – Langos & Christian

Sandra Hansen, BMO Harris Bank

Rick Holke, Alliant Credit Union

Jim Johnsen

Mark Lucaccioni, Prairie Rock Financial

Chris Peterson, Corporate Coach

Chuck Reid, Pastor, Bethesda Worship

Dick Sayad, Alderman, City of Des Plaines

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