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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Johnna Kelly 630-407-6022

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

PADS Band Connects Students with the Homeless

Serve DuPage 2015 highlights the PADS Band, which provides a common bond of music between students and clients of a local Elmhurst homeless shelter.

Four years ago, the PADS Band was created by Michael Pavlik, York High School band director, after he and his three sons decided to play music on a Saturday night at the local DuPage PADS location at the Elmhurst Presbyterian Church. They had such a rewarding experience that first night that they have continued to perform on a regular basis for the past four years.

Pavlik said it is not uncommon for PADS guests to grab an extra guitar or lend their voice to familiar classic rock tunes from the 70s and 80s.

"Music breaks all barriers between people. It unites people like nothing else. We are truly connecting with people from different generations and backgrounds as we share a common experience. It's incredible," said Pavlik. 

Several students from the York High School band program have participated in the PADS Band at one time or another. However, the regular band members include Michael Pavlik, Clark Pavlik, Ben Pavlik, Reese Pavlik, Alex Stezowski and Kayman Klass. 

"Once the students get a taste of how they can connect with people and the level of appreciation that comes with their music, they absolutely get it. They understand that they are a part of something much larger than themselves," said Pavlik. 

DuPage PADS President and CEO Carol Simler said volunteers, such as the PADS Band, are critical to the agency's mission. 

"The Pads Band and our more than 4,000 volunteers, are the heart and soul of our organization. They are essential to our mission of ending homelessness through housing, support services and employment, which leads to improved health and economic sustainability. Open 365 days a year, there is always a need for volunteers. Visit us at www.dupagepads.org/solutions/volunteer/."

Serve DuPage 2015 brings a local focus to the State of Illinois' "2015: The Year of the Volunteer" initiative, which was created to recognize and encourage volunteer service throughout the state. Each month during 2015, the DuPage campaign will focus on volunteer service projects. Volunteer testimonials, photos, blogs and opportunities will be shared via social media at one hashtag - #GivingDuPage - and promoted through news stories and community events.

Volunteers can connect with service opportunities through the Giving DuPage website at givingdupage.org, where visitors can search by cause, location, organization or keywords. Giving DuPage is a public-private partnership with DuPage County that connects volunteers and donors with local opportunities to give back.

To learn more about Serve DuPage 2015, visit www.givingdupage.org/servedupage2015. Follow Serve DuPage 2015 on social media and share volunteer stories at #GivingDuPage.