Collecting Halloween Costumes

We are helping the elementary schools collect Halloween costumes to give to students who don't have one. All schools are collecting and we will help distribute to where they are needed. If you have a new or clean, gently used costume to donate, drop off at GMW, LWS, AGS, HWS, HCS or JBN. It would help a lot if you could pin a sheet to it and write: SIZE, and what it is, so easier for staff to organize. THANK YOU very much!
Last year, we did a request a week prior to Halloween for HCS, and they collected a room full of costumes!

THANK YOU Jeff Matter and Music Matters Yourand for your donation of $5,000 from your Summer Festival            We are so very grateful!

100 Women Who Care Donate $7,600!!

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 the Kubb Tournament!

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.

Brownie Troop 32 makes a big donation!

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!!

Batavia Mother's Club:  Thank you for the $2,000 Donation to help our students and families.

Rock by the Riverside: Concert event

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!!

Daddio's Diner donates cookie sales to CHIP IN- $300!

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.

Prom Dress 2019 Collection and Giveaway 

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-…/prom-dress-giveaway-held…/5199566/

Welcome Home Baskets 

In April 2019, the  BHS Cheer team, for the 3rd year,  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!  We are low on these and could use help from scout troops or clubs to put some together.  Happy to help with this in any way!

They can include:

A laundry basket filled with a shower curtain and liner, 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.


A successful move into a new home!

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 chance!
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!

Shop with a Cop 2018 Another Fun Experience!

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.

Jackie Rakers and Abbey Farms Deliver 5 Trees and ALL the trimmings, and More!

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.

    Spirit Corner donates lots of Spirit Wear!

 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.



For those who want to get involved with a project, we can use your help!  Birthday in a Bag.  These are bags of treats for students to help them enjoy a birthday party on their special day.  HWS is the mail school  supporting this, and will distribute bags to the students.   We are looking for donations of any item on the flyer, or 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 Sue Bauer at 



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 for the start of the 2019/20 school year!  BPS101 purchased pre made supply boxes with Title One funds. CHIP IN received many generous donations of school supplies and backpacks.  Over 200 students received school supplies.   Parents were so grateful...tears and hugs, and smiles...THANK YOU!!!!!  

Bikes for Batavia

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 ClubImmanuel 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


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

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


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