CHIP IN Batavia: To support and help students and their families in temporary or transitioning housing situations or who are facing financial obstacles and are on the free/reduced lunch program.

C.H.I.P.  I.N. - Community Helpers Impacting People In Need

Covid has changed a lot of what we do....CHIP IN has helped with a lot of rent and utility payments, food and clothing....to keep families secure and safe.  Thank you for all your support and kindness this year.  Our normal activities and description of who we are:


We  work with  Batavia United Way, Batavia Woman's Club, Batavia Mother's Club,  Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, and other local groups and individuals to help specific families when  school district staff, counselors or Director of Student Services/Homeless Liaison or Community Outreach Coordinator provides information.  CHIP IN can make a huge difference to these students and their families, providing security, clothing, basic needs, school supplies, summer activities, and the knowledge that their community cares about them.  The support from our community has been overwhelming and you have all helped to make a huge difference in many students' lives.  And, we continue to do more...college and laptop scholarships, First Month/Second Chance rent scholarships, school clubs/activities, after school mentor program at 4 Title One schools, snacks, personal care items, pace passes, transportation needs, prom dress drive/tickets, winter wear, gift cards for food/gas, field trips for various school programs, social/emotional programs, help during Covid-19, beds/furniture, and so much more, based on personal needs for each student/family.

CHIP IN Batavia


Our Mission

To ensure that BPS 101 students that are facing the obstacles of financial struggles and/or temporary housing have the support they need to be successful in school.  CHIP IN Batavia is a restricted fund within the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, a 501-c-3 organization.  100% of your donation is used for students--No one is paid to run this group, we are all volunteers.  There is only 1 small administrative fee yearly to the Batavia Foundation for their help and support.  


The Plan

Each BPS 101 District School has an "in-house" point person and a CHIP IN Batavia representative assigned to them.  Area church groups,  Batavia Woman's Club, Kiwanis, Batavia Mother's Club, companies, and other interested groups and individuals aid the CHIP IN representative as individual needs arise at the schools.  The goal is for CHIP IN to support children that have been pre-qualified by the school district by providing needed snacks, school supplies, and basic necessities that enable the opportunity to thrive and learn during the school year.   This is done while preserving dignity and anonymity. We work on a case by case basis, helping students and their families with individualized needs.  We move fast and as we have grown, so has our network of groups, companies, churches and friends who are always willing to help.


What is a temporary housing situation?

  • Living in a shelter or motel
  • Sharing housing with relatives because you lost your housing
  • Living in a campground, car, old building or other temporary shelter
  • No permanent address

What are the rights of these families?

  • To enroll their child in school immediately, even without school or medical records
  • Get help from the district liaison with immunizations and/or medical records
  • To choose the child's previous school or school closest to where are are living now
  • Get transportation to school for their child
  • Dispute enrollment to school for their child
  • Participate in their child's education

To contact a CHIP IN volunteer with questions on how to help or for donations, please email us at:



For parents in need of assistance, please contact the

BPS 101 Director of Student Services /Homeless Liaison

Kari Ruh



BPS101 Community Outreach Coordinator

Amy Nelson



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