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.
Board of Trustees

PAST PRESIDENT: Chris Pesche, Pesche’s Flowers

PRESIDENT: Rich Holke, Alliant Credit Union

VICE PRESIDENT: Mark Lucaccioni, Prairie Sky Financial Group

TREASURER: Margaret Polovchak, Des Plaines

SECRETARY: Dina Argus, Des Plaines

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Rosemary S. Argus, Des Plaines


Robert Argus, United Airlines

Steve Bader, Wyndham Hotel Chicago O’Hare

Paul Bartholomae, Retired, Jen School Building Trades Volunteer

Sunny Cherian, Chicago Mar Thoma

Sherry Gardner, Sysco Foods—Chicago

Jan Goczkowski, Century 21—Langos & Christian

Sandra Hansen, BMO Harris Bank

Chris Hassett, United Airlines

Jim Johnsen, IPS Corporation

Bob Lewandowski, R. Franczak & Associates

Chris Peterson, Corporate Coach

Kimberly Potokar, Alliant Credit Union

Kathy Puetz, City of Des Plaines

Chuck Reid, Pastor, Bethesda Worship

Dick Sayad, Alderman, City of Des Plaines

Jody Whalen, Des Plaines