CHIP IN Batavia

Community Helpers Impacting People In Need

It has been a long time since our last email in February. Our community stepped up big time to help so many students and families during Covid. Below are the many ways we helped this past year. The biggest change was the number of rent and utility payments CHIP IN provided…..68. In a normal year, it was about 2-5. We worked with many local service agencies to help, including Batavia United Way, Chapelstreet Church, St. Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, Lazarus House, Mutual Ground, & Batavia Township. We shared our resources, helped find furniture for other groups, shared cost of rent or utilities, and provided support. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED HELP, SUPPORT AND INTEREST. WE COULD NOT HELP OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES WITHOUT YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT! YOU ARE ALL THE COMMUNITY HELPERS IMPACTING PEOPLE IN NEED!

Our Mission

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

The Plan

Each BPS 101 District School has an "in-house" point person and a CHIP IN Batavia representative assigned to them. Our goal is to support children that have been pre-qualified by the school district by providing needed snacks, school supplies, necessities and any support/needs that give them 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. We help students who are on free/reduced lunch and/or who are homeless. McKinney Vento is the federal government’s legal term for homelessness: Lack a fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence, which includes: sharing housing of others, living in hotels/motels/campgrounds, living in emergency/transitional shelters, cars, and parks.

Since the start of 2021, here are the highlights of how we have helped….what we have purchased, funded or received from our generous community:

  • Paid Rent and Utilities for 68 families

  • Chip In gave $100 in gift cards to each homeless student (40 at the time)

  • Connected several families to our state Rep, Maura Hirschauer, and Representative Lauren Underwood, to help them get their stimulus checks

  • New household items donated by Dawn Muir, of BioOneChicago

  • 4-5 families per week got fantastic dinners, courtesy of Daddio’s Diner

  • 4 families per week got wonderful pizza from Riverside Pizza

  • Graduation Signs donated and set up by Sign Up Your Yard

  • Received 50 bags of personal care items from Go With The Flow

  • Bedding, coats, boots, shoes, clothes

  • Tires

  • Welding and EMT classes at Fox Valley Career Center

  • Received MANY donations/kind offers of clothes, school supplies, furniture, bedding, household items & beds that went to families in need

  • Lunch Funds

  • Driver’s Ed

  • Gift cards: Uber, Gas, Clothing, ALDI, Burlington, Walmart, Plato’s Closet

  • Small $5 gift cards for staff to use for incentives

  • Refurbished laptops

  • Headphones

  • Putty for students to use to help with anxiety

  • Pace Bus Passes

  • Parking at BHS

  • Title transfer/registration for car donated to a family, with help from Darren Enger & Pam Kent at Insurance & Dealer Services

  • School Supplies

  • Masks

  • Snacks to have on hand at schools

  • PE Shirts

  • Dual Credit Classes at WCC, ECC, Fox Valley Career Center

  • Comcast Internet Essentials

  • Personal Care Items

  • Scholarship for Laptops and cases for graduating seniors - 7

  • Scholarship for College tuition - 7

  • Walmart gift cards to give guests at Resource Fair

  • Window ACs

  • Caps and Gowns for 23 students

  • Furniture, beds, household items for many families donated by many

  • Cell phones and minutes

  • Membership to River West

  • Funway Gift cards

  • Quarry passes for 14 families

  • Money given for 2 families to use at Immanuel Lutheran Garage Sale

  • Hotel stay for family who had a fire

How Can You Help?

We are always grateful for gift cards to: ALDI, gas stations, Walmart, Kohls, Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, Walgreens, UBER, Burlington. Monetary donations can be made on our website (Paypal users can use Friends and Family!!), or checks written out to: Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence (BFEE), with “CHIP IN” in the memo, and mailed to: CHIP IN Batavia, c/o Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, 335 W. Wilson St., Batavia IL 60510

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