Volunteering is POWERFUL.
Celebrating Volunteers is INSPIRATIONAL.
The positive energy at Volapalooza is MEMORABLE.

Every fall, Giving DuPage hosts Volapalooza –  a countywide Volunteer Recognition event to honor and celebrate volunteer leaders from all walks of life.

We invite you to celebrate our community’s best at Volapalooza 2018 taking place on October 25 at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodridge.

Join nonprofit organizations, companies, municipalities and community & faith groups as we recognize over 150 volunteer leaders for their amazing contributions in the DuPage community.

Volapalooza has featured some fabulous keynote speakers over the years, such as – Betty Stallings, a leader in volunteer engagement training, Lisa Dietlin who founded The Institute of Transformational Philanthropy, and Phil Zielke who started Phil’s Friends, a local charity mobilizing thousands of volunteers to send care packages to cancer patients worldwide.

Keynote Speaker – Grace Hou

Giving DuPage is excited to announce Grace Hou as the Keynote Speaker of Volapalooza 2018!  Grace was appointed as President of Woods Fund Chicago in February 2012 to lead that bold grant-making foundation funding organizations that draw on the power of communities to fight the brutality of poverty and structural racism. Grace’s career has been devoted to social justice, equity, and systems change as a community-informed leader working in government, social services, organizing, advocacy, and philanthropy.

From 2003 to 2012, Grace served as the Assistant Secretary at the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) where she was responsible for the oversight of the agency’s six program areas. During her time with the state, she was a key leader in the creation and implementation of the state’s nationally acclaimed Immigrant Integration New American’s Executive Order. Prior to her time with the state, Grace was the executive director of Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) and a vocal advocate for immigrant rights.

Grace is the board chair of The Healthy Communities Foundation and Forefront. She also serves on the boards of Adler University, Chicago Public Media, Greater Chicago Food Depository, The Chicago Network, and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. She was a 2001 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a 2002 German Marshall Fellow. She is a member of the Commercial Club.

Grace truly understands how community volunteers make meaningful change happen and we are thrilled she will be leading our event with her inspirational message for our volunteer honorees!

Volapalooza Highlights 

  • Volunteer honorees receive a beautiful Gratitude Gift as a small ‘thank you’ for their time and dedication to a local cause
  • All volunteers are highlighted in the program and in a video shown during the ceremony
  • Nonprofit organizations participate in a drawing for a Volunteer Investment Grant – presented by Gold sponsors LIVE at the event
  • Volunteer honorees featured in the Annual DuPage Giving Guide – a Volunteering Resource – published in partnership with the Daily Herald, with a circulation of 26,000

We recognize and celebrate over 150 volunteers from all walks of life – nonprofit organizations, companies, community groups, municipal volunteers and faith-based groups.

We do expect to sell out and the last day to register is Wednesday, October 17.  We look forward to seeing your organization at this special community event!

Nonprofit/Faith/Municipal Tickets:

  • Individual – $35 per person
  • Half Table – $175 for 5 tickets
  • Full Table – $350 for 10 tickets

Corporate/Community Tickets:

  • Individual – $50 per person
  • Half Table – $250 for 5 tickets
  • Full Table – $500 for 10 tickets

Nominate Volunteers

How can we ensure each volunteer is personally acknowledged for being a great service leader when we’re celebrating 150 volunteers at once?

This is where you come in!  After completing registration, please provide us with a little information on your volunteer honoree. This is how we can recognize every single volunteer.

Complete the Volunteer Honoree Form by providing your volunteer’s name, a photo and answer two simple questions about him or her.

We use the information you provide to create a custom image of every volunteer and list them in our program book. The volunteer images are combined to produce our signature closing video for the ceremony. Also, each volunteer’s image is posted to our ‘Volapalooza 2018’ Facebook album.

The last day to send your Volunteer Honoree Info is October 18. Questions? Contact givingdupage@dupageco.org or call 630.407.6458.

Partner With Us

We are very fortunate to have the following wonderful partners with their  commitment to promote volunteerism & civic engagement in our community.

We thank them for their generous support of Volapalooza 2018!

Interested in being a Premier Partner for Volapalooza?

Contact givingdupage@dupageco.org or call 630.407.6458.