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.

$102,790 in Grants Dispersed for 2018

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 $8,250. 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 Youth and Family Services (BYFS)

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant up to $1,000 for counseling services for children with limited means. BYFS will invoice Barrington Children's Charities after these services are rendered. In addition, Barrington Children’s Charities will reimburse BYFS for two Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Devices used in therapy for children suffering from depression, anxiety, OCD and low self-esteem. The devices total approximately $540.

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 $83,000 to provide a backpack of nutritious food for 33 weekends per year for up to 750 children on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program in all eight District 220 elementary schools, Prairie and Station Middle Schools, Barrington High School and the Early Learning Center.

BStrong Together

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant up to $1,000 to cover cost of the BStrong Together Middle School BC Bash entrance fee for anyone qualifying for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. BStrong will submit receipts for children that attend the BC Bash and qualify under this program to Barrington Children’s Charities. The grant also covers the cost of the buses to and from Sunny Hill Elementary School for transportation to the BC Bash and the stipend for a teacher to accompany the students.

GEMS

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant to be given to GEMS (Girls Encouraging Meaningful Support) Program at Sunny Hill Elementary School totaling $1,000. 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.

Journeycare

Barrington Children’s Charities approved rolling over the unused grant funds from the previous grant cycle to JourneyCare totaling $5,000. This grant will be used to send children from District 220 to Camp Courage, a bereavement camp for children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. In addition, the money will be used for JourneyCare’s Comfort and Joy program that provides patients and families with non-medical needs and desires that can arise at the most difficult and vulnerable time.

Let It Be Us’ Project Dignity

Barrington Children’s Charities approved funding for a grant to be given to Let It Be Us totaling $1,000. 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. 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.

Youth and Family Counseling (Partnering with Walk On Farms)

Barrington Children's Charities approved funding for $1,000 for equine assisted therapy for at-risk teens from Barrington High School. The teens in the program will be identified by the school counselors.