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Ideas for CHIP IN Volunteering
*PLEASE LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: CHIP IN Batavia
We post current needs and often looking for gently used donations of clothes, sports items, and furniture. We also have a website: www.chipinbatavia.org
*Help organize and work prom drive which will be 1 day at the Batavia Public Library in late February or early March (pick up dresses from Zano; organize at Library; work/set up event at library; promote)
*Donate musical instruments not being used anymore.
*Pick up food from Pantry monthly to deliver to families in need who are without a car
*Food collection drive for Friday Backpacks; work with Fox Valley Christian church who makes backpacks every week- work with any groups who want to collect food
*Help find dishes, pots and pans (stock is almost gone from Jewel stamp program)
*Make bags for Birthday in a Bag program (flyer with info on facebook and website and at admin center)
*Help collect school supplies/make complete school backpacks for next year: will be working with churches and groups to collect specific items each month to build inventory of supplies to make backpacks for next year. Will make about 100-150. So January may be folders, February may be post it flags, etc.
*Report on any rentals you see in town (we have 2 volunteer coordinators to organize and track rentals on ongoing basis.)
*Start a gift card collection (a few churches did this and collected over 70, $10 gift cards)
*Drop off gently used bicycles to All Spoked Up to be given away after they are cleaned and fitted
*Donate Valentine’s Cards in January at any elementary school for kids who cannot buy them for their classmates
*Donate gently used/clean Halloween costumes – drop off at Congregational Church, now until Oct. 3. They will organize them and bring them to the Clothes Closet, where families can shop for free.
*There is often a big lost and found at each school around Christmas and end of school year with nice items-Looking for volunteers to pick up the items in December and May and wash them and give them to the clothes closet.
*Hope to do a book drive soon, so please save books for younger kids. And unused coloring books/crayons
*Check facebook and website in October for ideas to help for the holidays
*Donate household items and supplies for the Giving Tree at the Batavia Apartments. Collection boxes are at Congregational Church, Immanuel Lutheran, and Batavia United Methodist Church.
“The Giving Tree Program”
On the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, the residents of the Batavia Apartments are able to visit the room one time per month to fill out a request list. They are awarded points based on their apartment/family size and can use those points to trade in for items that are not covered by food stamps at the store. Most items are 1 point with the exception of larger items, diapers and laundry detergent. To empower the residents further, if they participate in other programs or volunteer for the Resident Service Coordinator, they can earn extra points for the program.
Needs List for the Giving Tree Room
- Liquid hand soap
- Liquid dish soap
- Paper plates/cups
- Pine sol (or any other brand of multi-purpose cleaner)
- Full sized conditioner bottles
- Paper Towel rolls
- Paper napkins
- Garbage Bags
- Laundry Detergent (the 32-46 load bottles, or “pods” are preferred)
- Hand sanitizer
- Ziploc bags – all sizes
- Diapers all sizes
- Garbage Bags
-· Bathroom Cleaner
- All Purpose Spray Cleaner (i.e. Kitchen cleaner/disinfectant)
- Body wash
- Body Lotion
- Toilet Paper
- Clorox/Antibacterial cleaning wipes
**Bolded items most in need.
We work directly with the BPS101 Director of Student Services/Homeless Liason and the Community Outreach Manager to provide help where the need is greatest. CHIP IN Batavia has representatives assigned to one point person at each school within the district and all student information remains confidential. The school liaison keeps our organization informed of student needs on a regular basis. This may be as simple as supplying a student with basic school supplies, providing tutoring and/or snacks for before and after school. Some ways you can help:
Donations can be dropped off at the Batavia School District 101 Office, at 335 W. Wilson St., Batavia IL 60510. (630) 937-8800 (or a specific school if listed). All checks should be made out to the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, and mark CHIP IN Batavia in the memo line. THANK YOU!
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