Every member of the Batavia Mothers’ Club works together to raise funds for local charities. We host several fundraisers, such as our Autumn Craft and Vendor Show, Fox Trot 5K and 10K, and our new Bunco Night. In the spring, we distribute these contributions to local charities and schools that have applied for funds. On Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, BMCF welcomed representatives of more than 35 community groups and schools to a Disbursement Open House at Batavia’s Peg Bond Center. At this event, BMCF presented grant award checks totaling more than $48,000. Attendees enjoyed light refreshments while meeting members of BMCF and connecting with other members of the educational, social services, and philanthropic communities. Recipients of grant dollars share BMCF’s goal of bettering life for children and families in Batavia and the Fox Valley. BMCF members raised this money through the Annual Autumn Craft & Vendor Show, Bunco Night, and Fox Trot Race. Applications for charitable disbursements are due by March 15 each year. Many Fox Valley charities that improve the lives of those in our community benefit from the generous donations of our supporters! Thank you on behalf of all of these organizations.
Making personal donations of goods at our meetings is a BMCF tradition. At every monthly meeting, supplies are collected for a specific local charity. This year, we have provided personal care items and clothing for local shelters, school supplies for children in need, Halloween costumes and toys for the holidays for children in need, and non-perishable food for for the Food Pantry.
Every year, we are pleased to help Batavia Public Schools with a percentage of our funds. In the past, we partially funded the replacement of broken playground structures, as well as many classroom needs and improvements.
BMCF members pay special attention to those in need during the cold winter months and the holiday season. We operate drives for winter coats, Thanksgiving meals, and holiday gift sponsorship for families. These efforts are often in cooperation with local charities such as the Batavia Clothes Closet and the Interfaith Food Pantry. Donations of our time are also provided every year to keep successful programs going such as the Access Toy Drive.
This year, gifts for 45 individuals, all Batavia children and parents, were purchased, sorted and delivered to United Way as a part of BMCF’s mission. A huge thank you to ALL of you who support our events so that we, in turn, can support those in need in our community.