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Arlington Heights Park District Announces Plan to Distribute 500 Cases to Homeless and Foster Children this Fall

August 23, 2017 08:30 AM

The Arlington Heights Park District’s employee driven volunteer group, ENVIROGROUP, recently announced that it is gathering new or gently used backpacks, duffels, and small suitcases in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year. The CASES FOR A CAUSE charitable drive will begin September 5 and end on October 23, 2017.

“Our charitable project, Food for the Sole – Taking Steps to End Hunger, was a huge success in 2016 resulting in over 1,000 pairs of shoes and 2,000 pounds of food collected”, said Sheila Cruz, ENVIROGROUP spokesperson. This year we are hoping to impact the lives of 500 children and adults, by collecting items benefiting two organizations throughout the campaign: Children’s Home and Aid will provide bags to children and families who have lost their homes, children that are being adopted, or children in foster care. Journey’s: The Road Home will provide bags to people throughout the Northwest Suburbs that have recently experienced financial difficulties.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy. The ENVIROGROUP is encouraging people to recycle and repurpose used items especially because those items can positively impact children and adults going through transitional phases in their lives. Donating to the campaign saves natural resources, protects the environment, and saves money. Giving someone a new or slightly used bag can be the extra boost of confidence needed to travel in public with personal materials. Backpacks, luggage, and duffle bags can help relieve both physical and mental stress. “The community is invited to join us to lift the load for someone, so that they can carry confidently throughout life”, added Cruz. 

DONATION LOCATIONS (during normal business hours)

  • Administration Center

  • Camelot Park Community Center

  • Forest View Racquet and Fitness Club

  • Frontier Park Community Center

  • Heritage Tennis Club

  • Olympic Indoor Swim Center

  • Pioneer Park Community Center

  • Recreation Park Community Center

  • Senior Center


The AHPD EnviroGroup’s mission is to help set a high standard of leadership and competency in the promotion and incorporation of sound environmental practices and lifestyles.

Additional information about the Cases for a Cause Project is available at

Mission: The Arlington Heights Park District enriches the community by providing quality recreation, facilities and fun.

We do this by:

  • Ensuring the efficient and effective use of financial resources and Park District assets.

  • Providing innovative recreational opportunities and facilities to meet the diverse programming needs of our community.

  • Continuing the District's pursuit of being a community, regional, state and national leader.

  • Promoting an environment of cooperation, collaboration and teamwork.

  • Providing quality internal and external customer-focused service.

  • Providing stewardship of our open spaces and natural resources.

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