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Serving and helping families in BPS101 who are homeless or who qualify for free/reduced lunch program provided by the school district. Homeless includes those living in a shelter, with a friend or extended family, in a hotel or car.  For more info, please visit our website: and our facebook page:  CHIP IN Batavia 

Prom Dress Collection and GIVEAWAY!

The Batavia Public Library will host CHIP IN Batavia’s 5th annual Prom Dress Giveaway on Saturday, March 17th, from 9am-4pm. There will be over 200 dresses on display, along with private changing areas, and accessories to choose from. We will also have a seamstress on hand, to help with alterations. All dresses will be given away free of charge to any girl from ANY school district, regardless of need. Our mission is to help students in need, but to make it simple and due to the prohibitive cost of prom, we want to offer all girls one free dress. Donations are appreciated and welcome, and will be used to help pay for tuxedo rentals and prom tickets. The Batavia Public Library is located at 10 S. Batavia Avenue, Batavia. 630-879-1393. We encourage girls to come with friends or family….it is a lot of fun, and the dresses are gorgeous.

The Library will also be the collection site for donated prom dresses and accessories, Feb. 1-March 16th at the Check Out Desk. Donated dresses should be in clean and good to excellent condition. We would also appreciate donations of accessories, including purses, jewelry and shoes. Tax donation letters will be available.

Last year, CHIP IN gave away over 165 dresses to students from Batavia, Mooseheart, St Charles, Geneva, Elgin, Aurora, Rosary, Jacobs, North Central College and Yorkville. Dresses were also given to Rotolo Middle School for the 8th grade dinner dance, and to the Batavia Interfaith Clothes Closet.

IN NEED OF STAND UP MIRRORS...can drop off at the library if we can borrow them, and pick them up Sunday afternoon, March 18th.  THANKS!

This is from Cindy Morgan, our CHIP IN liaison. She worked tirelessly to help the Shutkina’s and coordinated all your donations and help. Thank you Cindy!

Shutkina Update

We wanted to give an update to our very generous CHIP IN community on the Shutkina family. After considerable thought and prayers the mother, Lyubov, decided to return to Russia with the children. They returned to Moscow last week.
This was a very difficult decision for the family. Lyubov was able to obtain green cards for the entire family and had worked very hard to learn English and provide for her 10 children. This would not have been possible without the generous support of all of you. This community had an enormous impact on their life by helping with rent, bills, clothing, household repairs, toys, gifts and so much more. Lubyov will be forever grateful for the support she received from our wonderful community. The children will be greatly missed in our school and community. 
Thank you to everyone that helped with his or her time, money and compassion. We wish them the best of luck and happiness for their future.

Holiday Summary
Thank you to everyone who donated at the holidays:114  bags of household items, candy and toys for the Batavia Woman's Club stockings...all for The Batavia United Way Adopt a Family program.  It was a huge success!

SHOP WITH A COP was a great event - 20 children and their siblings got to Shop With a Cop (or Firefighter!). Thank you so very much to Officer Chris Pothoff and his wife, all the police and firefighters, Walmart, Anne Rudd and all her volunteers and Amy Nelson.

Batavia High School and Aurora University graduate Jackie Rakers made the holidays extra special for five BPS101 families. Jackie,  the educational programs and volunteer coordinator at Abbey Farms in Batavia, worked with Abbey Farms to donate Christmas trees to five BPS101 families in need. Additionally, Jackie coordinated with local vendors and individual donors to make sure each family had a tree stand, tree skirt, lights, ornaments, several gifts for under the tree, and gift cards from Jewel Food Stores.

Thank you Jackie, Abbey Farms, and all of the companies and individual donors who came together to brighten five homes in our community this holiday season.

Thank you so much to:

  • Batavia Mother’s Club for donating. 27 boxes of Valentine cards to give to students
  •  Katrina Salon & Spa for helping a student
  • So many of you who answer our requests for clothes, shoes, snow pants, boots, humidifiers and other needs of our families
  • Kiho at Park and Sons for finding a car and fixing it for a family
  • Our wonderful football players- they are State champions, smart and philanthropic. Evan Holden, Jack Meyers, Luke Weerts and Andrew Stasell picked up a dresser donated by Furniture Dollies and delivered it to a family.. You are a great example to our community for all you do. And thank you Furniture Dollies for all your help and offers of Furniture. We will miss your store.
  • Dave at Ollie's Garage for helping a mom with her car repairs. Excellent work and amazing kindness.
  • Julie Premer and Norix Group in West Chicago, for donating 20 desks to JBN and HCS. Our first year, Julie organized a huge donation from Norix for the furniture in the Outdoor Ed room at HCS. 
  • The Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry for a car load of snacks for BHS students and for the RMS after school tutor program. 
  • Batavia Clothes Closet for help with clothing needs
  • Bob Hansen/Funway, his family and everyone who organized Post to Present: Celebrating 60 Years of Skating in Batavia. Funway collected $400 for CHIP IN Batavia. 
  • AGS Girl Scouts  learned  to make fleece hats (Junior Scouts) and blankets (Daisies) and donated to organizations that help families in Batavia. 
    THANK YOU JUNIOR SCOUTS and DAISIES!!! We gave them  to students to stay warm and cozy!!! Awesome job!!!
  • Johnni Zabka and Spirit Corner for donating AGAIN -  tshirts, PE shirts, long sleeve tees and hoodies
  • The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley for a grant to buy 2 twin beds.....mattress, box spring and frame, for a family.
  • Chris Winkle for collecting donations at her open house event
  • Vanguard Gifted Academy for hand made quilts to give students 
  • Tracey Sage and Fox Valley Presbyterian Church for bags of socks, underwear for Batavia United Way Adopt a Family, Valentine Cards to give to students and boxes of toys
Other recent CHIP IN Accomplishments:

Batavia Apartment holiday break field trips and gift cards for lunch
After School Mentor programs at LWS, HCS, JBN, and HWS
Gift cards to Target, Plato's Closet, Goodwill, BP Pride, Aldi, Kohls
Gift card for RMS staff to use in Social/Emotional Class
Partial payment for Dance team trip
Jenga Games for after school mentor program
Pull Ups and wipes for special needs student
Grocery items for Batavia United Way Adopt a Family - Provided 114   bags of fresh produce and food from Woodman's 
Help with lunch funds for BHS student
Hair products for student
PAWS classroom help
Karate uniforms for 4 students
Special Ed incentives program- $5 gift cards
Sports shoes for homeless student
Car Repair
30  All Day Pace bus passes 
Cost for 2 students to attend TriCity Family Services Chick Chat
Lice shampoo for student
Personal care items to have on hand at RMS and BHS
Snowpants and boots for students
Karate testing for 2 students
2 AP exam fees
Field trip for Orchestra student
Field trip for 3 RMS students

Birthday in a Bag
If any groups are looking for a project, our Birthday in a Bag could use some help. Happy to answer any questions if interested! Good project for youth or adults. Bags can be dropped off at AGS, LWS or HWS.   Thank you!

Family Move from Homelessness

Shortly before the holidays,  CHIP IN, together with St Vincent de Paul, and donations/pickup/delivery from ReHome, our awesome community, several State Champion football players, Batavia United Way Adopt A Family, Furniture Dollies, and Abbey Farms, and a bunch of fabulous volunteers, we decorated a new home for a family to call their own. A family of 5 moved into a completely furnished home to call their own.  

Copyright © 2018 CHIP IN Batavia, All rights reserved.
March 2018 Newsletter

Our mailing address is:
CHIP IN Batavia, c/o Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence
P.O. Box 1003, Batavia IL  60510

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