Beneficiaries

Barrington Children's Charities chooses its beneficiaries based upon significant need. Currently 19% of Barrington School District 220’s families are at or below the federal poverty level. We use a careful selection process to ensure that all financial contributions support viable, sustainable, projects that directly benefit children in the Barrington School District 220.

Interested beneficiaries are invited to submit a grant application. Our executive board will conduct an in–depth review followed by a voting process of the Board of Directors.

$99,200 in Grants Dispersed for 2016/2017

Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant to be given to Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health totaling $13,500. These funds are to be used to provide weekly mental health services at Barrington High School.

Barrington District 220 Lens for Learning

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant to be given to children in Barrington District 220 for a Lens for Learning program. This program allows District 220 to purchase eyeglasses for students that are not qualified to receive them through other community resources. The District can submit receipts for up to $1,000 throughout the grant cycle.

Barrington District 220 Sunny Hill Health Fair

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant to be given to Barrington District 220 to be used for the Sunny Hill Health Fair totaling $700. This health fair is intended to provide health education, promotion of a healthy lifestyle and screenings.

Splash Pad

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant to be given to Barrington Junior Women’s Club totaling $10,000 for a splash pad which will provide recreational fun for all children in the Barrington area. In addition, it will serve as another sensory experience for children with special needs.

Barrington Youth and Family Services

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant to be given to Barrington Youth and Family Services totaling $5,000. These funds are to be used exclusively to sustain the “Pathways Mentoring Program”, an intensive weekly intervention and mentoring program for at-risk students in the Barrington Middle Schools who are mentored by Barrington High School students.

Blessings in a Backpack

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant to be given to support an exclusive Blessings in a Backpack program totaling $50,000 each year for a period of three years. These funds will be used exclusively to fund a program for children in all eight elementary schools in the Barrington Community Unit School District 220 (these children are on the federal free and reduced meal program). In partnership with Blessings in a Backpack, we provide these local elementary children a bag full of food for their backpack for 38 weekends during the school year. We also provide additional food for three-day weekends and winter and spring break vacations.

GEMS

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant to be given to GEMS (Girls Encouraging Meaningful Support) Program totaling $4,000. This program is a weekly after school group for 5th grade girls. This positive group helps girls build healthy relationships, increase self esteem, become positive role models, set goals and empower themselves by serving others. Originally formed at Sunny Hill Elementary, GEMS will be implemented in three additional elementary schools with the funding in this grant cycle.

Journeycare All About Kids - Charity Care

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant to be given to Journeycare totaling $5,000. This grant will allow seriously ill District 220 patients and their families who are under or uninsured to benefit significantly from expert pediatric hospice, palliative and end of life care.

Let It Be Us’ Project Dignity

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant to be given to Let It Be Us totaling $10,000. These funds will help Barrington High School’s teen board fund Project Dignity, a program that provides a duffel bag with personal care and school supplies to foster children in the District 220 area. The educational items are important because children entering foster care immediately change schools. The duffel bags are important as they replace what children have historically used to move within the foster care system: plastic trash bags.