Competing for a Cause!

On Friday, September 29, 
Batavia High School and Geneva CUSD 304 High School football fans will not only be meeting up at Geneva High School for the 99th annual crosstown classic game, but will also be wearing competing T-shirts.

Both high schools will be selling Batavia vs. Geneva “Competing for a Cause” T-shirts starting tomorrow, Sept. 20 through Sept. 29, to benefit Ava Warriors, Chip In Batavia, and Bulldogs Unleashed. Each limited-edition T-shirt is $15 and available in small, medium, large, and extra large sizes. All proceeds from T-shirt sales will be donated to Ava Warriors, CHIP IN Batavia, and Bulldogs Unleashed.

• Batavia and Geneva high schools will be selling the “Competing for a Cause” T-shirts to students during school lunch hours from Wed., Sept. 20 through Fri., Sept. 29.

• The public will be able to purchase Batavia T-shirts (red) on Thurs., Sept. 21 and Thurs., Sept. 28 in the Batavia High School cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; on Sat., Sept. 23 and Sat., Sept. 30 at the outdoor pavilion at Rotolo Middle School from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; at the Batavia vs. St. Charles East football game at Bulldog Stadium on Fri., Sept. 22, starting at 5 p.m.; and at the Batavia vs. Geneva football game at Geneva High School on Fri., Sept. 29, starting at 5 p.m.

• The public will be able to purchase Geneva T-shirts (blue) on Sat., Sept. 23 at the athletic entrance of Geneva High School from 10 a.m. to noon; on Thurs., Sept. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and at the Batavia vs. Geneva football game at Geneva High School on Fri., Sept. 29, starting at 5 p.m.

Full details:

              Usborn Books Fundraiser

A huge thank you to Catherine Kien and Sue Sokolinski for holding an online Usborn Books and More sale. All their profits - over $200 - went towards purchasing new books for CHIP IN. In addition, a donation was made to spend another $123 to get more books at 1/2 price. 32 adorable, new books, will be distributed to our pre-school and kindergarten students who are coming to BPS with very little exposure to reading. They will be at the Title One schools for teachers to use with our struggling readers for their nightly reading. THANK YOU SO MUCH Catherine and Sue.

    Batavia Women in Business: Shoe Drive

Business council, dropped off shoes, gift cards and money raised from a recent Kane County Cougars fundraiser. BWIB organized a Cougars game to raise money to purchase back to school shoes for CHIP IN Batavia, to distribute to families in need. The total value raised was $1000. "The Batavia Women in Business were happy to help and will look forward to their next fundraiser where they will be collecting toys for their annual holiday toy drive."
Thank you SO MUCH Batavia Women in Business!!!!

    Spirit Corner donates lots of Spirit Wear!

 Johnni Zabka, from Spirit Corner, kindly donated over $700 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.


                            The Shutkina Family

CHIP IN Batavia would like to introduce you to a family we have been helping and would like to ask for the community’s assistant. We are looking for donations of gift cards for gas, Aldi, Target or Walmart or monetary donations. THANK YOU For reading this story.

The Shutkina’s are a Russian family that immigrated to the U.S. in 2015 for a better life, the father being a skilled carpenter. With their 10 children, they moved to Batavia in the summer of 2016. In October the father left for work one morning and got on a plane to Russia deserting the family. As you can imagine this has been devastating and overwhelming to the mother, Lyubov, who was left on her own to raise this large family in a foreign country with no income and not knowing the language.

There are many obstacles for this family. The children, however, have thrived in the Batavia school system. All of the kids in school are doing great with their English. They have been very blessed by Sofyia, a volunteer from the Russian community, and a single mom, that has taken them under her wing. She has literally spent countless hours interpreting, finding them pro-bono doctors and lawyers (to help with their immigration paperwork), as well as searching out charitable organizations to provide financial and other assistance.

St. Vincent DePaul, First Baptist church Geneva, Batavia United Way, Salvation Army, CHIP IN, and the Batavia and Elgin food pantries have all provided support to the family. They are receiving $760 a month in public aid but their monthly expenses include rent $1200, all utilities, household needs and phone $500, consumables $300-$500, Gas $200, and car insurance $130. Churches have helped with rent, and their lease now is month to month, a big stress for Lyubov, so we are all helping with alternative rentals.

Our hope is the mom, Lyubov, can become self-supporting. Lyubov
was a trained nurse in Russia. Our hope is to get her the classes she needs to complete her nursing certification in the US. This is probably a 2 year project. The two oldest children, ages 16 and 14, have summer jobs at Pal Joeys thanks to John Hamel's generosity and compassion.

As always we appreciate the generous support we receive from our community. Thank you! And happy to answer any questions…can comment or sent a PM.

Checks can be made to BFEE (Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence)- every penny will go to the Shutkina family. In the memo line of the check, please mark: Shutkina family. You can also use Paypal on this

website. We have a separate Paypal section just for donations to the Shutkina family. Go to the “How Can I CHIP IN” page.

Gift cards and checks can be mailed to: Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, PO Box 1003, Batavia, IL 60510 
Dropped off at the front desk at the Rosalie Jones Administration Office, 335 W. Wilson St., Batavia IL 60510 (mark envelope: CHIP IN Batavia/Shutkina Family).
Open M-F 8-3 (closed July 4, 7, 14, 21)



For those who want to get involved with a project, here is a new one!  Birthday in a Bag.  We want to provide a bag of treats to local students to help them enjoy a birthday party on their special day.  Every elementary school is supporting this, and will distribute bags to the students.  Happy to answer questions.  We are looking for complete bags, labeled for a boy or girl, and can have a theme if you choose...please label what the theme is. (We do have people who have offered to put together complete bags, decorations and all, if anyone wants to donate individual items to them....just email us!)  We hope this is a fun project to work on, and we know it will be a fun gift for our kids to receive.  Thank you! Please email us and we will let you know what school to drop off at. - In the summer,

you can drop them off at the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.



Some helpful hints from those who have made several:
*bright colors  with simple treat bags work for boys and girls 
*Suggestions for boys-  Sports, super heroes, cars/trucks/trains, Star Wars
*Animal themes work for boys and girls. i.e.,  Dory is an easy one right now, too.
Regarding treat bags:
Clear cello treat bags are nice - can package cups, flatware and decorations in them. 
Ribbon for treat bags would be helpful.  ideas that might be utilitarian.....activity books, stickers, key chains, books, craft kits, markers, squeezy apple sauce, juice boxes, etc....


School Supplies 


Thank you so much for your generous donations to our supply drive. This past year, we had donations from churches, businesses, service groups and individuals.  A shout out to VWR International, The Holmstad, Congregational Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Batavia United Methodist Church, The Well. The Batavia Rotary, Vikings, and so many more!  We made about 260 backpacks to help students in BPS101 as well at Batavia Township.  Parents were so grateful...tears and hugs, and smiles...THANK YOU!!!!!  


We are collecting supplies for 2017-18 now.  Together with BPS101, Batavia Marching Band, The Well,  VWR, Immanuel Lutheral and many local churches and community members, we are again collecting supplies to help every student in need.  Drop off any unused or gently used supplies at Rosalie Jones Administration Center this summer.


                  Need One, Take One- Fall/Winter project

Amy Girmscheid started this project and has had 2 successful years! Boxes are located throughout Batavia, at local spots and schools, containing hats, scarves, gloves and socks. Anyone in need or who just forgot something, can grab what they need. And, you can also drop off donations in these boxes anytime!  Response has been  amazing! For next year, they will start collecting in October. 

Want more info or want to help? Visit their facebook page:
 Need One Take One Batavia
or email at:                              
Donations can be dropped off anytime at:
830 Blaine Street, Batavia (box on porch).  THANK YOU!


Our 3rd prom drive was a big success.  We moved to the Batavia Public Library and had a 1-day giveaway.  We gave away over 165 dresses, as well as shoes, jewelry and purses.  We helped students in Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Naperville, Elgin, Yorkville, Mooseheart, Rosary, and donated dresses to RMS for the 8th grade dinner dance and 65 dresses to the Clothes Closet.


Welcome Home Baskets all ready to go!  

With the help of BHS Cheer team for the second year, we collected oodles of items to make Welcome Home Baskets to give families when they move into their own home. Thank you Louise VonHoff for your work and creativity to make these!  They include:

A shower curtain and liner, laundry basket, set of towels and wash cloths, hooks for shower curtain, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, laundry soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dish soap, dish towels, dish wash cloths, hammer and nails, measuring tape, coupon from Pal Joey;s for a free pizza for the family, and more!  Thank you Cheer Team and Pal Joey's!


VWR, Benji's Barking Lot, Olaf CrossFit, First State Bank, The Marotta family and The Fox Family, churches, businesses.... all Chipped In for us!

Cathy Barrett of Benji's Barking Lots (dog grooming) in Batavia collected donations for CHIP IN and offered donors a free nail trimming for their dogs- Donations included monetary donations, non perishable food, toiletry items, and cleaning supplies.   Olaf did 2 collection drives to raise money.  First State Bank did a Dress Down day to raise funds. VWR donated school supplies and did a drive to collect money. The Fox family asked their children's friends to donate to CHIP IN instead of bringing gifts for their daughters.  That is also what the Marotta family has done for their children's birthday parties for a few years....thanks so much for thinking of CHIP IN and our students in need!  There are so many that help!


Bikes for Batavia

The Batavia Bicycle Commission works with several other groups to distribute donated bicycles to local students and families in need.  CHIP IN and The Batavia Rotery Club  donated money in 2015 to get the progam started. 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 ClubImmanuel Lutheran Church and CHIP IN Batavia have helped to get the word out about the need for donated bikes.  Klem Uhl, a local man who collects and repairs bikes  donated many bikes to the Bikes for Batavia program.    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.


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.



Donations -  2016-2017 THANK YOU for your kindness and generosity!!

Appolo Development & Investment, LLC

Batatia Woman's Club

Batavia Township

Batavia Mother's Club


Batavia Fire Department

Batavia Police Department

Congregational Church of Batavia

Aurora Chiropractic

1st Baptist Church of Geneva

1st Congregational Church of Geneva


Alan and Sheila Morgan

Alma J Karas and Yang-Ling Zhang

Amber Gillio

Amy Smith

Andrea William

Angela Merritt

Ann Drover

Ann Hejna

Anna and Paul Adams

Anne and Joe Purpura 

Anne Rudd

Baird and Warner

Batavia Bunco Babes

Batavia Chamber of Commerce

Batavia Chamber Women in Business

Batavia Covenant Church

Batavia Rotary

Batavia United Methodist Church

Batavia Vikings Ring Lodge #18

Bethany Lutheran Church

BHS Cheer Team

BMC Mattress

Blake Schraft

Bonnie Dannenberg

Boutique Repeats

BP Pride

Calvary Episcopal Church

Cassandra Hinkle 

Cheryl Birkett

Cheryl Dalisay

Cheryl Hasenjaeger

Christine McFadden

Chrys Lewis

Craig and Joyce Elliott

CrossFit OLAF

Crystal Louden

Cynthia Rendel

Daisy Troop 2029

Daniel and MaryKay Dowling

David and Cindy Morgan

David and Laurie Lundborg

Dawn Pratt

Dean Alan Design

Deanna Modaff

Deb Ditchman

Diane Schultz

Donald Scharbert

Douglas and Stephanie Bery

Dr. Szdelko

Drs. Crosby, Martin and Kolinski

Ellen Stewart

Eric Poliarskis

First State Bank

Fox Family Birthday Parties

Fox Valley Orthopedics

Freddy Martinez


Gregory Olson and Katherine Kratzer

Heidi Kauffman

Helen Kennedy

Howard and Harriet Bernstein

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Janice Kirk

Jeanne Fornari

Jeff Robinson

Jennifer Bowman

Jeri O'Kane

Joan Vick

John Biancheri

John Martzel

Jose Alba

Judy Huddleston

Julie Allen

Julie Howard

Julie Monk

Kane County Cougars

Karen Holden

Katherine Weaver

Kathleen Wolf

Kelly Yee

Kristen Hett

Kristi Parrott

Laura Michells

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lisa Thurston

Marotta Family Birthday Parties

Mary and Virden Von Qualen

Mary Grant

Mary Kilberg

Mary Waterson

Matt Zagoren

Matthew Thomas

Mary Carr

Maureen Mrenna

May Wang

McDonald's Walkers and Talkers Club

Mike Burke

Monica Hess

Morton Arboretum

Nancy Gamble

Nancy Wolford

Naper Settlement

Nikki Rousseau

Pal Joey's

Pam and Doug Bellm

Paramount Theatre

Pat Stare

Patricia Novak

Prairie State Packaging

Rebekah Pircon

Rejoice Lutheran Church

Richard Barton

RMS 7th graders

Ruth Coyne

Ryan Fasshauer

Sabrina Martin

Samuel Bartels

Sandy Marakaitis

Sarah Stepina

Shear Ambition Hair Salon/Freddy Martinez



Susan Dienslake

Suzanne Fruendt

Tanya Albers/DoughNation Bakery

Tara Gray

Taylor Rental Party Plus

Teresa Vongphakdy

Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva

Virginia Karstens

VWR International


Woodridge Park District


Yuru Hard

Zano Salon and Spa


Many people who donated prom dresses, gift cards and clothes through facebook requests!

New Volunteers

We are always looking for individuals, groups, churches, service agencies...anyone who wants to help!! You can always email us at


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


See us on Facebook:

CHIP IN Batavia


and email us at:

We help families move from temporary housing to their own apartments, provide warm clothing,  school supplies and many other 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 transportation for school, work and shopping. CHIP IN helps identify students in need and  contributes  funds for repairs.

 Thank You!









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