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Fall Fundraiser

Each year, BJWC hosts a Fall Fashion Show in November to raise funds to support our philanthropic efforts. The fashion show helps fund our scholarships for Barrington High School Seniors, meals for the needy over the holidays, and grants to local charitable organizations. It is a club requirement that each member purchases at least one ticket to the fashion show. The event will be held at the Stonegate Banquet and Conference Center in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 10am to 3pm. More details coming soon.

Spring Fundraiser

In the Spring of each year, BJWC puts on another fundraiser to help fund our grants to local 501C3 organizations that support women, children, and families in need. The theme for this event is typically determined in the late fall.

Philanthropy - Grants

We award grants to community organizations on a yearly basis. Please see our Grants page for application forms and more information.

Philanthropy - Scholarships

BJWC awards five scholarships of $2000 each to Barrington High School seniors. Based on the mission of the club and our dedication to serving the Barrington area, these scholarships are based on Community Service. Each applicant must have completed at least 200 hours of community service.

Safety Town

Safety Town is a not-for-profit educational summer program for Barrington area children in School District 220 who will be entering kindergarten or first grade in 2013 (must be 5 years old by September 1, 2013). During Safety Town, important safety lessons are taught through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

The Safety town permanent site, located at the Orchard Church, is an integral part of the program. This miniature layout of a town was built to give children hands-on experience in using safety skills. Safety topics covered include pedestrian, motorist, fire, bicycle, water, poison, electrical, animal and playground safety as well as stranger danger. Movies, songs, poems, art and field trips to the Barrington Police Department, Fire Department and a local park are also included in the program to help children enjoy and understand safety rules and lessons.

Service to Seniors

The Service to Seniors committee organizes special events for the senior citizens in our community. Each year, we host 3 special parties: a Holiday Party, a Valentine's Day Party and a Spring Fling Party. Over 100 seniors attend the fall and spring events. They are so grateful for the invitation to lunch, entertainment and bingo and love to visit with their friends at the festive parties. BJWC members bake over 100 mini loaves of bread twice during the year and decorate them to fit with the theme of the event where they are distributed to the seniors attending. Committee members also each visit with a senior throughout the year and provide stamps and grocery food cards about 3 times a year.

Character Counts and Kids on the Block

KIDS ON THE BLOCK is a troupe of educational puppets designed to enrich the study of and promote acceptance of differences and social issues.

This puppet program is an effective tool in teaching children. Students respond enthusiastically to the puppets as they dramatize the problems associated with being “different”. Puppet presentations are available to address such issues as bullying, autism, asthma, diabetes, divorce and ADHD.

KIDS ON THE BLOCK is performed for third and fourth grade classrooms in the Barrington school district. Following our 30 minute presentation, we provide a brief question and answer time for the children.

Community Service - Meals with Wheels

Meals with Wheels is run by the Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA) and involves delivering hot meals to local senior citizens at their home for lunch. BJWC provides three workers to deliver meals on the 2nd Tuesday and the 30th of each month year-round.

Meals with Wheels volunteers pick up meals at St Paul United Church of Christ at 11:00 a.m. (sharp) on their assigned day. Volunteers deliver the meals along the specified route and return the containers at about 1:00 p.m.

Community Service - Sunny Hill Elementary School Reading Volunteer Program

BJWC is partnering with CUSD 220 to provide reading volunteers to Sunny Hill Elementary School throughout the school year. Each Thursday morning (10 a.m. - 12 noon), the volunteer will provide 2 hours of reading support to multiple classrooms. Volunteers will sit one-on-one at a table within the classroom and read to the student or listen to the student read aloud. Volunteers will provide encouragement and feedback to the students.

Community Service - Good Shepherd Hospital

BJWC offers two ultra flexible community service options through Good Shepherd Hospital. Members can either complete two hours of community service by making craft items either at the hospital or in the convenience of one's home or by volunteering for specific events sponsored by the hospital.

Community Service - WINGS

This community service involves working in the resale shop for WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger). Much of the work involves sorting, pricing, and displaying items for the store. Proceeds of the shop go to help support programs for abused women and their children as they make a new life for themselves. Volunteering can be scheduled for weekdays or weekends.

Community Service - Barrington Giving Day

Barrington Giving Day is held each December and is sponsored by area churches, schools, businesses, and civic organizations. Needy local families receive food, used clothing and new and used toys. BJWC provides volunteers to purchase new toys, to sort donated toys, to help set up the evening prior to Giving Day, and to work on the actual Giving Day.

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