Without the support of our volunteers, the DPCF could not accomplish its mission.
On Thursday, May 23, 2013 the Des Plaines Community Foundation held a Volunteer Appreciation Pizza Party for all the Maine West Building Trades students. These students were those who built wheelchair ramps and decks and helped in any way asked by the Foundation.
This year’s Volunteer Appreciation Pizza Party was held at the “Homestead” on the Maine West campus. Homestead is the original house on the onion farm that became the Maine West campus. The family who owned the farm and lived there remained even after Maine West was built. Their son graduated from Maine West while living there.
After this family no longer needed the house, it had several uses and ultimately became the home of the “Life Skills” program at West. Students in this program learn how to cook, clean, take care of their laundry and many more skills needed for independent living.
Homestead is also home to the Maine West Building Trades Program. The program has a shop at Homestead, where much of the fabrication of wheel chair ramps is completed (MWBTP has built over 30 ramps in DP). The students have also completed many additions and remodeling projects on Homestead itself.
Students take great pride in showing what they have accomplished and are also very grateful for the Des Plaines Community Foundation, which purchases materials and tools for the wheelchair ramps. The hungry teens also appreciated the Dominos’ pizza, cookies and soft drinks! In fact, two alumni attended this year’s party and we look forward to even more next year. Thirty four boys and one girl attended.
From the Foundation Board, the following members were present: Past President Bob Lewandowski, Board Secretary and City of Des Plaines Health and Human Services representative Kathy Puetz, Board Trustee Pastor Chuck Reid and Executive Director Rosemary Argus.
During the party, the Des Plaines Media Services Department interviewed and filmed Paul Bartholomae, teacher of Building Trades and his students, as well as representatives of the Foundation. These interviews will be posted on Channel 17 for Des Plaines residents to view.