Community Helpers Impacting People In Need


Our Mission

To support students and families of BPS District 101 in temporary housing situations and  those who are on free or reduced lunch program. We ensure that students who are facing financial obstacles have their needs met to be successful in school and to participate in the same programs and activities as all students. 



It started in 2013, when a community member found out there were more than 50 students in Batavia living in temporary housing. A group of parents and community members quickly formed CHIP IN Batavia to support these students to give them the best educational experience possible. There are about 30-70 homeless students during the school year. In addition, there are over 1,000 students from low-income families that have a very difficult time making ends meet. With the incredible support from our community, we expanded to help these low income families with their needs as well. We work with district administration and staff at all 8 schools to identify student and familiy needs. We can work very fast to get what is needed to help make their lives easier and more comfortable. 


"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

~Winston Churchill


We work directly with each school to help with specific student/family needs. We work quickly to meet the needs that school administration and teachers recommend.


Email us at chipinbatavia@gmail.com.


CHIP IN Liaisons  
Joanne Spitz, co-chair Batavia High School Liaison
Melinda Kintz, co-chair      Batavia Apartments Liaison
Celeste Dalton Batavia High School Liaison
Diane Anderson Rotolo Middle School Liaison (Batavia Woman's Club)
Bobbie VonLunen Rotolo Middle School Liaison (Batavia Woman's Club)
Amy Moore Alice Gustafson Elementary School Liaison
Nancy Taylor Grace McWayne Elementary School Liaison
Penny Whitting HC Storm Elementary School Liaison
Nancy Taylor Hoover Wood Elementary School Liaison
Nancy Schmitz JB Nelson Elementary School Liaison
Rona Fultos Louise White Elementary School Liaison
Ashley Murtaugh, CHIP IN & Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence Administrator
Lindsey Williams, CHIP IN & Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence Treasurer


Batavia Public School Administration


Kari Ruh

Director of Student Services/Homeless Liaison

Kari Ruh is the Director of Student Services and the Homeless Liaison for Batavia Schools. As of August 2019, there were  over 40 students in the Batavia that are considered homeless. About 14% of the school population is on free/reduced lunch. Kari works with these families, and families in the Special Ed and Early Childhood programs, to ensure that students maximize learning by providing a continuum of services.



Amy Nelson
Community Outreach Coordinator

Amy Nelson provides many support services, through Title One funds, as the Community Outreach Coordinator. She assists Kari Ruh, our Student Services Director, with the coordination of services and programs for our students currently facing homelessness and financial difficulties. She  serves our Title One schools, helping those schools with existent and new programs offered to help bring more success for our students in academic distress. She  works with CHIP IN , area churches, and community members to expand the support that Batavia can offer to students. We work very closely with Amy, as she vets the needs of families for CHIP IN. Amy has lived in Batavia for 45 years, is a Batavia graduate, a former Batavia teacher, is married to a Batavia teacher and coach, and has 3 children. Amy is grateful to be in such a wonderful community who supports and encourages our students, our District and our incredible city of Batavia. 

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