May 2019
Greetings Neighbors!
AABE and INSPIRE Awards
In March, Batavia United Way received the Daily Herald Business Ledger AABE Award in the nonprofit category. Thank you Shirley Mott, The Write Word, for the nomination and ongoing support.
Board Member Cindy Morgan was pleased to accept the ABBE on behalf of the organization and we are grateful for the recognition.

The ABBE follows Batavia United Way also receiving the Batavia Chamber of Commerce Inspire Award last fall. It is a humbling honor to be recognized for our efforts by our community and peers. The Batavia United Way volunteer Board is comprised of the following individuals who are dedicated to our community and are generous with their time and talents.
 
President: Matt Novak
Treasurer: Patricia Richardson
Secretary: Lisa Clark
Lisa Farley
Ryan Fasshauer
Lisa Hillquist
Cecelia Hoffman
Cindy Morgan
Kristen Ott
Rick Pumo
Stacie Barnet t
Thank you for your service
Stacie Barnett
Stacie Barnett has served 3 consecutive 2 year terms on the Batavia United Way Board of Directors in multiple capacities. Stacie retires from the Batavia United Way Board this month and will be greatly missed.

While she has volunteered at almost every event we have hosted, Stacie is best known for being our dedicated Grants and Allocations Chairperson. Over the years, she has worked to simplify and streamline the application process and she has designed our protocol for reviewing each grant submission. Stacie works with a team to review requests and determine final allocation amounts. We appreciate all of her dedication and, while Stacie leaves her Board position, we are confident you will still see her at our 5k/10k, Adopt A Family drop off and serving soup at our Winter Soup Tasting event.
An inaugural Spring cleaning at Riverain Batavia....
During our holiday Adopt a Family program a resident of Riverain subsidized senior housing, contacted the Batavia United Way office asking for help with groceries. She reminded us that while Christmas is for kids, seniors have needs too! Point taken! 

As a result of that call, we appointed Cindy Allen of Batavia to become the Batavia United Way volunteer Liaison for Riverain in January, 2019.  After meeting with the Riverain Social Worker and many of the residents, Cindy identified the need to have a Spring Day of Caring allowing residents to sign up for help with chores they are unable to do themselves. She delivered a sign up sheet and reminders to all 82 apartments and 47 residents signed up for assistance on our first work day, May 9.

Carie Holzl, a Keller Williams realtor and ongoing Batavia United Way supporter, coincidently contacted Batavia United Way just days after we discussed a Riverain day of caring. Carie was in search of a service project for the annual KW RED DAY of volunteering. We identified the need, and Keller Williams provided the team. Cindy and her KW team rearranged furniture, disposed of furniture and mattresses, cleaned patio furniture, vacuumed cars, hung pictures, organzied pantries, washed windows, cleaned behind appliances and much more. Each KW participant brought a flat of flowers to donate so pots and gardens were also filled. It was hard to tell who received more joy from this project, the residents or the volunteers themselves!

Thank you to the Keller Williams RED DAY team and coordinator Cindy Allen for managing this inaugural project. The event was so successful, we will plan another for this fall. Any adult groups interested in partnering with us for a fall work day can call Batavia United Way at 630-877-2780.

Kane County 211 call volumes rise
We are entering our seventh month of 211 phone service and call volumes continues to grow each month. We are pleased that hundreds of Kane residents, including many Batavians, have been calling 211 to be connected to valuable resources.

Each quarter, PATH call center provides Batavia United Way and the 211 Steering Committee with data analytics to let us know what services people are in search of and where there may be gaps in services. While there are more than 14,000 services listed in the 211 database, there is room for more. One caller was searching for a donated ramp for a person with handicaps and another was looking for a free car seat for a low income new mom. PATH let us know that they had no such services noted. Our team researched this and found services to address both concerns.

Thanks to a grant from the Dunham Fund, we have contracted with Batavian Annette Pierson to cover the county presenting 211 to various groups, clubs, schools and organizations. Batavia resident and volunteer John Morris has taken the lead on doing presentations at police departments throughout the county where 211 has been well received.

A grant from the Community Foundation of Fox River Valley has generously provided posters, flyers, banners and other print supplies to all businesses, schools, and non profits who would like to share this service with their employees and clients.
These partners make all things possible!

Please take a moment to watch this short video that provides a great overview of 211.


If you would like print materials or electronic materials to share at your place of work or a 211 presentation, please call the Batavia United Way office at 630-877-2780. This service is only valuable if people know it exists and we appreciate your help in spreading the word!
Batavia High School
Save a Life Tour
True accounts of tragedy that unfolded after a split second error in judgement behind the wheel of a car were told to a captivated student body at Batavia High School on May 3rd. Batavia United Way was pleased to fund the Save A Life Tour, a presentation requested by BHS Dean of Students Christopher Payton. Mr. Payton said he strategically chose to offer this program just days before spring Prom, in an effort to help students stay safe and aware.

Following the excellent speakers and testimonials,students were able to sit in a simulator, text from a cell phone with prompts and experience distracted driving with sometimes dramatic results. SALT organizers were quick to say, if you can spend 3 minutes in this simulator and not have an accident - you are NOT an exceptionally skilled driver. Instead, you were just lucky..... this time. This was an excellent program and Batavia United Way was pleased to help bring it to Batavia High School.
BUW Farmers Market Kids Activity Tent Schedule
  • June 8 : The Animal Express Petting Zoo
  • June 29:  Water Street Studios, Make and Take art project
  • July 13: Fun with SciTech Science Museum
  • September 21: The Lions Club games and crafts
Prom is a memory, graduation is around the corner and Batavia United Way is planning for back to school in August! 

As of today, we have 20 Success By 6 Kindergarten Enrichment Scholarship applications for the 2019-20 school year. We have scholarship applicants from every elementary school in the district and it is our goal to accomodate all who qualify however, it remains a first come first serve scholarship while funds last.

Thank you to those who continue to support this program especially the Batavia Mother's Club Foundation for their recent award of a $2500 SB6 grant. Batavia Mother's Club has supported this program from day one and have been great partners. Kids with financial hardship and no prior pre-school experience will get the social, emotional and academic boost they need to catch up to their peers by first grade. Your support is greatly appreciated.
October 26, 2019
Save the date!
5k walk/run, 10k run and Kids Fun Run
A little something for every level of ability!

Abbey Farms donuts, breakfast burritos and our Bloody Mary Bar will be back this year along with our costume contests and much more!

Visit us at https://bataviaunitedway.org/5k10k/
for all the details and early bird information. All proceeds go right back to our community. Corporate teams welcome!
Sponsor opportunities are still available! Email us at info@bataviaunitedway.org if interested.