CHIP IN Batavia:

            Community Helpers Impacting People in Need


Our Mission

To support students of BPS District 101 who find themselves in temporary housing situations and to support them while they are transitioning to permanent housing and to insure that students who are facing poverty can be successful in school.  To support students in BPS District 101 who are in low income families and have a  difficult time with basic needs.


It  started in 2013, when a community member approached Lisa Palese about helping a family that she heard about who was homeless.  Upon further invesitagation, she 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 now close to 70 homeless students. 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 have expanded to also help these low income families with their needs as well.  We work with staff in administration and with staff at all 8 schools to identify student (and their family) 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



Director of Student Services

Lisa Palese is the Director of Student Services and the Homeless Liaison for Batavia Schools.  She has been a teacher in Batavia for the past twenty (25) years and has spent the last three (8) years working with our homeless families.  As of August 2018, there are  over 50 students in the Batavia that are considered homeless.  Lisa works with each family to ensure that each student has supplies, transportation to school, basic clothing and access to other resources outside of school.  She is currently working with CHIP IN , area churches, and community members to expand the support that Batavia can offer to students 

Lisa Palese

Director of Student Services/Homeless Liaison



Community Outreach Coordinator


 Amy Nelson  provides many  support services, through Title One funds,  as the Community Outreach Coordinator. She assists Lisa Palese, 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. 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. 

Amy Nelson
Community Outreach Coordinator


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

Melinda Kintz, co-chair, Batavia Apartments Liaison

Joanne Spitz, co-chair; BHS Liaison

Celeste Dalton, BHS Liaison

Diane Anderson, RMS Liaison (Batavia Woman's Club)

Bobbie VonLunen, RMS Liaison (Batavia Woman's Club)

Sue Bauer,  HWS Liaison (Kiwanis)  

Louise VonHoff, HWS Liaison

Cindy Morgan, LWS Liaison 

Amy Moore, AGS Liaison

Karen Yunker, HCS Liaison

Nancy Schmitz, JBN Liaison

Want to Chip In?

For more information or to volunteer, fill out our contact form.


CHIP IN Batavia

c/o Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence

P.O. Box 1003

Batavia, IL  60510


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We help families move from temporary housing to their own apartments, provide  clothing,  school supplies and many other individualized things to help a student succeed. We help students and their families  on a case by case basis to make sure students are ready and excited to learn and thrive.We work directly with BPS101 to help with mentor projects and other activities that help students on free/reduced lunch or who are in temporary housing.

For information on how to participate, please contact us.

Please see our News and Events page for an update on all the accomplishments we have made together!!



Bikes for Batavia:



We need CHILD AND  ADULT  bicycles that are in rideable condition- All Spoked Up repairs them for kids and adults who need a bike.  Thank you Batavia!!  We can also use  locks and and  new helmets, training wheels too--If you have any of these, please drop them off at All Spoked Up, 3 Webster St., Batavia.  We are working with All Spoked Up, and the Batavia Bicycle Commission. They are given to students and adults in need of transporation for school, work  and shopping.  CHIP IN helps identify students in need and contributes funds for repairs.  THANK YOU!


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