Thank you to everyone who donated to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet during Lent. We provided 5 boxes of food and a good supply of new underwear. We will continue to collect items in the shopping carts at the West entrance, through out the year.
1. Please remember to donate to the Batavia Apartments.
a. A list of needed items is posted near the collection bins outside of Paxton Hall.
b. The Batavia Apartments is looking for volunteers to help with their summer camp,
June 10-August 3 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday for children ages 6-12.
Volunteers will help with fun activities including games, crafts, and field trips.
Volunteers are welcome to sign up for the weeks they are available throughout the summer. There will be no camp July 3-6. All interested volunteers should contact
Camille Simmons, Director at 630-879-3117.
2. Sirat Chicago, (https://siratchicago.org/) is a non-profit community-organization based in Hyde Park, Chicago that works closely with five Syrian refugee families living in Hyde Park and Albany Park. They have a partnership with student organizations from the University of Chicago. Sirat run ESL courses, help with job placement in Chicago, manage In-Kind donations, and are raising money to alleviate debt accumulated due to their travel costs to the U.S.
a. One of the main priorities at this point is alleviating the debt from plane tickets from refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan to Chicago O'Hare. They have just started crowdfunding. Please do check out our site and consider contributing to help move them towards their goal!
b. They also maintain an Amazon Wishlist (http://a.co/7YMX1Qe) for needed household items. Due to current job insecurity, continuing debt, and monthly rent costs, the families often have little money left to spend on clothing items, kitchen items, and other "non-essentials." For example, one of the kids is managing with one pair of pants - like a trooper!
For more information contact Elysa Bryen at email@example.com.
3. Book Drive- Biblioteca Comunitaria-Angonia
Alejandra Villalobos is an English Teacher Trainer with the Peace Corps in Mozambique. She went to the Illinois State University with Pastor Yvette's daughter Samantha. She lives and works in Vila Ulongue, the district capital of Angonia. The population is about 150,000 in our Vila, with 5 primary schools (between 800-1000 students) and 1 secondary school (2,600 students). When she arrived there was no library or community center but she had a truck of books and children came to her house to read and practice beginning reading skills. In May 2016, a primary school teacher and she, were invited to a literacy training and began a community early grade literacy program. Interest grew and in October 2016 they began to raise funds to open a library near the main primary school. By January 2017, they received grant money to renovate a small 2 room house into a library. They finished construction February 2017 and programming began again in March 2017.
They need a wide variety of books including English language books for students grade 6-12 and the English Teacher Program students at the local Teacher Training College. Portuguese is the main language. English is a necessity for careers in business and medicine, especially since the district borders 2 English speaking countries. Many students have the desire to learn and practice beyond their schoolwork but resources are limited to old newspapers, magazines, and beaten up picture books.
They are looking for used beginner chapter books, middle level chapter books, and young adult books. Reference books, workbooks, and teacher geared classroom books would be great as well!! Grammar guides, brain teasers, and advanced study books (old ACT/SAT practice books) would be a big help with my advanced English Students.
If you have any old books you would like to donate, we will be collecting donations outside of Paxton Hall beginning May 14th.