The Vernon Hills Park District supports local charities by providing drop-off containers in our facilities.
Hawthorn School District 73 Food Pantry
Hawthorn District 73 Community Corner Website
The District 73 Food Pantry provides nutritionally balanced food to District 73 families who are in need of assistance. A collection box is located in the Sullivan Community Center. Currently, the most requested items are: Peanut Butter & Jelly, Canned Fruits & Fruit Cups, Sugar & Salt, Cooking Oil, Non-Perishable Breakfast Items (Cereal, Oatmeal, etc), Pasta & Rice, Pasta Sauce, Boxed Meals & Side Dishes (Mac & Cheese, Knorr Sides, Hamburger Helper, etc), Healthy Snacks & Juice Boxes (Granola Bars, Fruit Pouches, etc), Soap/Body Wash, Shampoo & Conditioner, Deodorant, Toilet Paper, Dish Soap, Wipes, and Diapers.
Reuse A Shoe Website
Donate shoes of all types*, sizes, and conditions. Of all the materials collected, 95% or more will be recycled or reused, and you can be a part of this great effort! The collection box is located in the Sullivan Community Center.
*Rollerblades, ice skates, and winter boots cannot be accepted.
SWALCO Clothing and Textiles Recycling
Clothing and Textile Recycling Website
SWALCO has established a new community-wide program where clothing and textiles can be collected for recycling. The program will accept new, gently used, used or unwanted/worn, women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and textiles. All fabrics will be accepted. Almost 95% of the materials collected will be re-purposed or recycled! The collection box is located near the skate park in the Sullivan Community Center parking lot.
Lions Recycle For Sight Program
Lions Club Website
Help the Lions Club reduce global blindness. Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions living in low and middle income countries lack access to basic eye care services. Lions have recognized the urgent need for corrective lenses and collect usable glasses in their communities. The collection box resembles a mailbox and is located in the Turtle Creek Waterpark circle drive.
Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots Website
Help millions of less fortunate children share in the magic of the holidays. Local Toys for Tots Campaigns are the heart and soul of the Marine Toys for Tots Program managed by dedicated United States Marines and local volunteers. Collection boxes are located at the Sullivan Community Center and Lakeview Fitness during the holiday season. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off until mid-December.