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)
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
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.
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 a collection drive to raise money. First State Bank did a Dress Down day to raise funds. 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!
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 Club, Immanuel 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 Houseand ReHome 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.
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Batavia Vikings Ring Lodge #18
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Fox Valley Orthopedics
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Kane County Cougars
Lincoln Park Zoo
Marotta Family Birthday Parties
Mary and Virden Von Qualen
McDonald's Walkers and Talkers Club
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Prairie State Packaging
Rejoice Lutheran Church
RMS 7th graders
Shear Ambition Hair Salon/Freddy Martinez
Tanya Albers/DoughNation Bakery
Taylor Rental Party Plus
Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva
Woodridge Park District
Zano Salon and Spa
Many people who donated prom dresses, gift cards and clothes through facebook requests!
We are always looking for individuals, groups, churches, service agencies...anyone who wants to help!! You can always email us at email@example.com
For information on how to participate, please contact us.