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Child Welfare Society Endowment Fund

Established 2002

child_welfare_society.jpgThis fund was created to provide income for the educational, health and welfare needs of children.

This fund also supports annual scholarships for local students who are majoring in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.

The Child Welfare Society was established in 1938 to assist children requiring transportation to medical facilities.

The following year, the membership identified day care as a critical unmet need for the children of women working in defense industries.

The organization responded by opening the Jack and Jill Nursery School on Beach Street in Aurora.

Several years later, the school relocated to Clark and LaSalle Street where it remained for most of its history.

In 1997, it made its final move to the Carriage House at Mutual Ground on Oak Avenue. The school closed in the summer of 2001.

Funds to operate the school were raised by members who volunteered at the Gift Corner and through various fundraisers supported by the community.

The Gift Corner opened in 1949 at Copley Memorial Hospital. In 1986, the shop moved to its current location at Dreyer Medical Clinic on Galena Boulevard.

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

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