Volapalooza 2017-10-20T19:00:28+00:00

Giving DuPage Volapalooza Invite

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Giving DuPage hosts the annual Volapalooza fall event – a countywide Volunteer Recognition breakfast to recognize the incredible work of community volunteers who donate their time generously to hundreds of local nonprofit organizations.

Organizations are invited to participate in Volapalooza 2017 where hundreds of local charities, companies and community groups will recognize over 200 individual & corporate volunteers for their amazing contributions to the DuPage community.

We are excited to announce that Phil & Carrie Zielke, founders of Phil’s Friends, will be our keynote speakers this year. Phil Zielke founded Phil’s Friends, an organization that sends thousands of care packages to cancer patients across the United States and around the globe.

Phil will share his journey of fighting cancer twice and how it led him to start his own organization filled with hope and positivity. He talks about how he was inspired by the thoughtfulness and selfless love of others when he received a care package, weekly encouraging cards and an outpouring of prayerful support throughout his journey. They served as reminders of the generosity of others. It was on his hospital bed that the vision of Phil’s Friends was born.

Today, Phil’s Friends engages an army of volunteers supporting thousands of cancer patients across the United States through Care Packages, Cards of Hope and Hospital Visits. Phil and Carrie have devoted their lives to carrying forward the bold vision of supporting cancer patients in homes and hospitals across the world. Join us and feel the magic of how a volunteer’s generosity and kindness made a tremendous difference for one cancer survivor.


  • Every volunteer receives a special Gratitude Gift for their extraordinary efforts and positive community impact.
  • Volunteers will be featured in the following year’s DuPage Giving Guide – a publication featuring the work of hundreds of local nonprofit organizations with a circulation of 25,500!
  • LIVE $500 Volunteer Investment Grant raffle presented by Volapalooza Sponsors! Nonprofit organizations that nominate volunteers will be entered in the raffle to invest into the organization’s volunteer recruitment and retention efforts.

Interested in being a Premier Partner for Volapalooza, please contact givingdupage@dupageco.org or call 630.407.6458.

We are blessed to have wonderful community partners and thank them for their generous support of Volapalooza 2017!