September 26th Program

You are invited to our Women4given Program
September 26th 6:30pm
Whiteside Middle School Library
111 Warrior Way, Belleville, IL  (doors open at 6pm)

21% of the children in our state live below the poverty level, and 1 in 5 children in the metro-east don’t know where they’ll get their next meal.  These heartbreaking statistics are everyday reality for children in our community.  Join us as we learn more about this topic and set a plan in motion to help our children.

Our panelists include:

  • Michelle Burton, 5th Grade Teacher, Whiteside School
  • Jean Hasenstab, Social Worker, Whiteside School
  • Mark Peters, Director of Community Health, St. Clair County Health Department
  • Tiana Shear, Child Welfare Specialist, Lutheran Child and Family Services

Women4given has adopted Whiteside school children for the 2017-18 school year. Over 60% of children attending Whiteside school qualify for free or reduced lunches. Not only do the children need lunches, they need food when they get home. Please consider bringing food items to our Sept. program such as: (microwavable) mac & cheese, individual serve fruit cups, peanut butter and cracker packages, soup, canned spaghetti or ravioli.  Thank you in advance!


And the Winner is…

St John Bosco Children’s Center

Our $18,000 large impact grant was awarded to St John Bosco Children’s Center. This grant will be used to renovate the main kitchen/dining area of the center and purchase new appliances. The current kitchen is extremely outdated and worn, and the renovations will create an efficient yet warm and inviting area for nutritious meals to be prepared and served.  Their goal is to make the kitchen a “homey” environment for the children.  Congratulations!

St John Bosco Children’s Center-$18,000 Grant recipient

“St John Bosco Center has been on our radar for a long time.  When Ashlee shared a story about a little boy whose parents withheld food from him and he had to sit at the table watching everyone else eat, I thought, ‘that little boy needs this kitchen, he needs a safe environment, he needs the love and care he will receive from St John Bosco’.  Women4given is grateful to help with the kitchen project.” Marsha Heffner Executive Director, Women4given

w4g members listen to two finalists’ presentations

At our May 16th program both finalists shared their knowledge and passion for their nonprofit mission.  It was a difficult decision to say the least.  Although Project Compassion didn’t win the grant, they received a check for $1500 and inspired members to volunteer for their new “Compassionate Cafe and Closet” opening soon!

“The café will be open once a month, serving lunch to people who are homeless.  They can order off the menu prepared by volunteers.  Definitely a place where Women4given will volunteer.” Debbie Dodt, w4g Volunteer coordinator

If you are interested in serving a meal to someone who is homeless, let Debbie Dodt add your name to the list of w4g volunteers. (You do not have to be a member to volunteer with us.)

packaging books for mailing

The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, received a check for $500 for our “out of the box” project, (our way of helping outside the grant box). This paid for the packaging and mailing of books for 75 children in IL, MO and Midwest areas. This book is specifically designed to encourage children affected by Ectodermal dysplasia, a genetic disorder affecting the skin, hair and teeth.

All together we granted $20,000!  We planted seeds of hope for women and children through the wonderful nonprofits who serve them. Thank you for giving and serving through Women4given!