We have a wonderful story.....An amazing BHS senior
emailed CHIP IN- Lucas Fehrenbacher, offering to help in any way. And, that he had a pick up truck and could help move things. He wants to give back to "the wonderful community of Batavia. The
community has supported BHS and athletics so well and for a very long time". Luke is a 3-sport athlete since Freshman year.
An hour later, Dawn McQuillan from Lazarus House emailed us, asking for any leads on furniture and beds for several of their clients moving into homes of their own.
Another hour later, a friend sent us a message about mattresses (and other furniture) available.
CHIP IN connected them all.....2 days later, Luke and his friend, John Halter, a BHS grad, picked up NINE mattresses, a couch and 4 chairs, in 2 pick up trucks, with 2 trips to a warehouse, and then to 3 different apartment buildings.
CHIP IN delivered a car load of bedding, small household items and kitchen items donated by Cindy Turner Morgan, Chris Whitty, CHIP IN and others.
Bikes for Batavia will soon be delivering bikes to a mom and 4 year old too!
This literally is changing the lives of many families, and we are so grateful and so thrilled to be part of this, and to make the connections with such amazing and kind people. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!!
Batavia Mother’s Club made 150 masks for our students in need. Thank you so much! Amanda Horne sewed them and BMC members donated all the supplies and materials! All with adjustable elastic. They are fantastic and so well made! We are so very grateful. THANK YOU!!! BMC also donated the table of masks below, as well, to give to families over the summer when we delivered Factor food. And Robin Theis donated dozens of homemade masks too!!
Another amazing act of kindness! Factor, a locally owned company that makes fresh, fully prepared meals – Never Frozen – has donated 200-400 meals EVERY WEEK to CHIP IN families, from February through May! We have several wonderful CHIP IN liaisons and helpers, who pick up meals each week and deliver to the homes of 10-20 families each week. Thank you to Factor, the Apostal family, and BPS101 for helping to coordinate.
These meals are fantastic, restaurant quality and healthy! Factor focuses on using only the highest-quality ingredients- grass-fed, pasture raised meats, non-GMO, free of refined sugars, soy free, gluten free and organic produce. Every meal is optimized by their team of registered dietitians and prepared by classically trained Chefs. How great does that sound!
We also deliver extras, like snacks, clothes, toys/games, face masks and more....donated by other wonderful community members and groups, like the Batavia Mothers' Club Foundation.
May 27th was a very special day. Nancy Taylor, who ran Hand in Hand Preschool for 23 years, closed her school and offered all her classroom toys, games, puzzles, books, science materials, cookie
cutters, stampers, sensory bins, puppet set, and so much more to CHIP IN. We had 5 full car loads picked up, and set it all up, for social distancing, at a home donated to us to use for the day, by
Josh Chartier and Little Brothers Chicago.
Nancy wanted her 23 years of learning items to go to children in need. So, we contacted several churches, Mutual Ground, TriCity Family Services, Lazarus House, new preschool teachers, Batavia Apartments, and Batavia Apartments KinderCamp, and several special ed teachers to come shop. What a fun (and very hot!!) day! THANK YOU NANCY so very much for your kindness and generosity. SO many children will be blessed with your gifts.
OUR PROM GIVEAWAY WAS CANCELLED, DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS AND THE CLOSING OF THE LIBRARY. WE WILL HAVE SO MANY AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL DRESSES AND ACCESSORIES FOR NEXT YEAR!
An amazing act of kindness! Riverside Pizza in Batavia offered to donate and deliver dinner EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK to a different family indefinitely! How kind is that! Thank you Riverside Pizza and Brian Panozzo! We are so very grateful for this act of kindness.
We are so grateful for the honor of the Spirit of Batavia award from The Chamber of Commerce!!! Thank you to the amazing volunteer liaisons and helpers that make Community Helpers Impacting People In Need so wonderful! We missed you Sue Bauer, Celeste Dalton, and our CHIP IN co-chair, Melinda Spehr Kintz. We make a great team, and with the SPIRIT OF BATAVIA and our fantastic community, we can do so much to help many students and their families. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
Some of the wonderful partners: BFEE (our administrators), so many individuals and businesses, Rotary, Chamber, Kiwanis, Women’s Club, Mother's Club, Batavia Township, Main Street, Immanuel Lutheran, churches, Lazarus House, St. Vincent de Paul, Tri City Family Services, businesses, Healing Hunger, food pantry, clothes closet, scouts, City of Batavia, Batavia Apartments, Library, police/fire departments, BPS staff, BHS football/baseball/sports teams/clubs & students, Sneaker Heartz, 3:11 Project...the list can go on and on!!!! THANK YOU!
And a HUGE congratulations to Nan Phillips, the Citizen of the Year, and a huge part of CHIP IN Batavia. We love you Nan Pope Phillips!
Thanks to Chris Pothoff, a wonderful Batavia police officer, we had another fantastic Shop With a Cop at Walmart in Batavia. 21 students shopped with a police officer or firefighter to select gifts for their families and themselves. And another received a gift card to shop since they could not attend. CHIP IN volunteers wrapped the gifts, Walmart provided tables, snacks and helpful staff. So many smiles and so much fun (sorry we cannot post pictures of the children!).
We put a request on facebook for Adopt a Bag, to give to each family being adopted by Batavia United Way. We exceeded our goal in less than 24 hours. All families will get a bag of household items. CHIP IN will be donating a bag of fresh produce to each family. Here is another way to help!!!
Each year Batavia Public Schools partners with Batavia United Way for the Christmas
Adopt A Family program. Thanks to the generosity of Batavians, 127 families were adopted last year. The families are selected by school counselors and those most in touch with the
needs and situations of our school families. Batavia United Way matches sponsors to adopt them, coordinates wish lists, collection of donations and packaging for the families to pick up in time for the holidays.
The Batavia Woman’s Club adds another special touch, so every child receives their own Christmas stocking filled with treats. This translated into over 305 individual stockings last year!
The Batavia Woman’s Club looks forward to organizing the stocking piece of Christmas every year. The kids love finding them Christmas morning and the feedback we receive is tearful and grateful. Thank you to all who donated!
Thanks to many local Batavia businesses and individuals, six Batavia families received a live tree and all the trimmings this Christmas as well as a grocery gift card for Christmas dinner expenses. Without the support of the below businesses (and many individual donors) this magic wouldn't be possible. Thank you to Jakie Rakers for organizing this every year!!!
A huge thank you to the following and all the families, groups and churches making and collecting ornaments! -----
Boy Scout Troop 12 for donating 6 trees!
Boyce Body Werks
Fuzzie Buddies Pet Care
Local Connect LLC
River West Family Fitness
Six + Cypress
West DuPage Cabinets and Granite
The weather outside is frosty.....trying to keep a supply of winter gear at schools for kids in need. We are moving fast to buy items.....if you have any extra mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, coats, snowpants or boots, we will take them!!!! Can drop off at LWS, HWS, HCS. THANK YOU!
Thank you for donating costumes to the elementary schools to give to students who don't have one. All schools collected and distributed to where they were needed.
We are SO SO grateful to 100 Women Who Care who surprised us at our first meeting of the school year. You sure kept this a great secret for 2 months! We had no idea. Thank you so so much. We will use your generous donation to help a lot of students and their families. THANK YOU!!!
Thank you to George Sloan and the first ever Kubb Championship Tournament in Batavia on August 31st. They raised $300 for CHIP IN. They raised $200 from proceeds and an additional $100 from a 50/50 raffle and bought a gift card that BHS gave to a specific student in need. Thank you very much!!!! We did not know at Kubb was!!! It is an outdoor lawn game, similar to bags or horseshoes.
Thank you so much to Brownie Troop 32 for your $350 donation from selling cookies. As requested, we will use the funds to buy new backpacks and shoes for students at the Batavia Apartments. Thank you so very much!!
What a fantastic concert organized by Josephine Adams for CHIP IN Batavia. All the performers were BHS students and all did an outstanding job. Thank you to all of you for your time, passion, talent and kindness. Josie- you are AMAZING - talented, smart, kind, organized and it was a complete pleasure working with you!!! And you picked the first nice evening in a long time!! Rock By The Riverside was a huge success. So far, Josie raised over $750!!
August 3rd was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!! Obsessed with Mommio’s Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies?! Well we are baking up more than we ever have for this weekend! All weekend long (Saturday 8/3 and Sunday 8/4) we are donating 100% of our cookie sales to Chip In Batavia, an organization that supports students and their families in temporary or transitioning housing situations who are experiencing the obstacles of poverty. This community has given us--a small family-owned business--so much. And we want to give back in any way that we can. We plan to partner with CHIP IN Batavia more throughout the year, so please look out for more updates.
It was a great Prom Giveaway today! Thank you to all the volunteers and The Batavia Public Library!!! We had over 800 dresses to start. It was packed for 2 hours and then a steady stream all day. Channel 7 came and did a segment tonight! And Wayside Ministries, My Daughter’s Closet, Clothes Closet, East Aurora HS and Open Door Rehabilitation Center took hundreds of dresses. Together, we made so many girls and their families very happy!!! Not to mention the oodles of shoes, purses and jewelry. Thank you to everyone who donated. Thank you to Hi Hat Resale Shop for the 47 dresses and dozens of shoes!!!
We gave away over 300 dresses to girls. And another 300 to local service groups to give away. We will be back next January, collecting dresses for another giveaway day in March 2020!
Link to ABC7 Chicago prom story-
December 2017: Together with St. Vincent de Paul, ReHome Center, Abbey Farms, Furniture Dollies, many donations, volunteers, 3 Batavia football players, Batavia United Way Adopt a Family, and our awesome community, we helped move a family out of a motel and into their own home. We are thrilled to see them start new adventures in their own home.
Thanks to Chip In supporters for many kind offers and help - we
were able to move our latest family from homelessness into their very own apartment home in April They are settled, happy, beyond grateful for this second
Special thanks to Batavia Woman's Club, Soul Sisters for filing in all the gaps with new and special gifts/necessities and to Pal Joeys Restaurant Batavia for sending muscle to move furniture with little notice. Also, could not do it without the Schoette's family who provided our moving truck and furniture.
Biggest thanks goes to John Gamble and Mary Dwyer of Remax Excels for campaigning for this family with his property owners. No apartment, no miracle!
We believe this family is headed for a "happily ever after." Thank you!
24 BPS101 students recently had the chance to “Shop With a Cop” (or Batavia firefighter) at the Walmart Batavia - N Randall Rd. The annual "Shop With a Cop" event is organized by Batavia Police Officer Chris Potthoff and Chip In Batavia to help families in need with holiday gifts. The students were paired up with a Batavia police officer or Batavia firefighter to help them select gifts for themselves and family members. The gifts were then wrapped by volunteers at "check out." Anne Rudd organized all the volunteers and all wrapping materials to wrap every gift and label them, too! Also during the event, families were treated to cookies and juice, compliments of Walmart. The event was a big success and created special memories for these BPS101 students and their families. Thank you Batavia Police Illinois, Batavia Fire Department, the great volunteers and Walmart.
Batavia High School and Aurora University graduate Jackie Rakers just made the holidays extra special for five BPS101 families.
Jackie worked with Boy Scout Troop 12 to get 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 ALDI.
Thank you to the donors: Batavia Bulldog Plumbing, BEI, West DuPage Cabinets and Granite, Boyce Body Werks and ALDI!
Thank you Jackie, for putting this all together to brighten five homes in our community this holiday season.
Johnni Zabka, from Spirit Corner, has kindly donated over $1500 worth of spirit wear and PE shirts to CHIP IN! From hoodies, to short and love sleeve shirts, glitter t-shirts for little girls, and everything in between. Thank you so very much Johnni, for donating year after year. Please visit SpiritCorner whenever you want spirit wear, team apparel, camp wear or clothes with bling! They have it all. www.spiritcorner.com
The Batavia Bicycle Commission works with several groups to distribute donated bicycles to local students and families in need. We also help other local service agencies, such as Lazarus House. CHIP IN and The Batavia Rotary Club donated money in 2015, and Batavia Rotary Club donated $1,000 again in 2018, to get the progam started and to purchase needed bike parts and locks. The funds went toward the cost of inspections and repairs to get the donated bikes in working order and into the hands of the students/families. The Commission works with CHIP IN Batavia to identify students/families with input from BPS principals, counselors and staff. All Spoked Up is the drop off point for donated bikes. They inspect, repair and fit each bike to its intended recipient. Many local organziations such as the Batavia Woman's Club, Immanuel Lutheran Church and CHIP IN Batavia have helped to get the word out about the need for donated bikes. Please contact the Batavia Bicycle Commission or CHIP IN Batavia with any questions. They would love any donations of bikes in rideable condition, helmets and locks. We also take training wheels, and bikes for special needs. Thank you to Delnor Hospital for donating helmets in all sizes.
So far the Bikes for Batavia prgram has distributed over 300 bikes to BPS101 students and adults whose only transportation to work is a bicycle We have worked with St. Vincent de Paul, Lazarus House and ReHome Center to give bikes to people in other towns. If we get bikes that can not be fixed, we donate them to Working Bikes in Chicago, who fix/build bikes to send around the world to underdeveloped countries.
We are always looking for individuals, groups, churches, service agencies...anyone who wants to help!! You can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
WE ARE WORKING ON WAYS FOR PEOPLE TO HELP DURING THE VIRUS. PLEASE CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND WILL POST HERE AS WELL.
THE BATAVIA INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY IS TAKING DONATIONS T-F, 8AM-12NOON AND IN NEED OF:
Produce from gardens
Ready to eat soup
Spaghetti sauce jars
PB and crackers
Individual fruit cups
CHIP IN IS
CONCENTRATING ON HELPING WITH FOOD/HOUSEHOLD NEEDS, AND EMERGENCY RENT.