The inspiration for Community Purse came from linking two different events that occurred close together. The first was a friend’s story about a Lincolnshire nonprofit that serves adults with disabilities. She was a board member and told me the charity was experiencing funding cuts from the state of Illinois and donations were down due to the recession. Then another friend mentioned a group called “100 Women Who Care North Suburban Chicago” in a Facebook post. I loved the simplicity of 100 women donating $100 in a 1-hour meeting. After running the idea past family members and some friends and receiving their support, Community Purse was formed. I am indebted to Laurie Richter of 100 Women Who Care North Suburban Chicago for all of her advice and encouragement. I am grateful for the dear friends from my Bible study group who stepped up to be part of the team!I volunteer at The Mustard Seed, Alpha Lake County, and Global Missions, Christ Church Lake Forest. I enjoy books, interior design, taking my dog to the dog park and bicycling on the Des Plaines River Trail.
What excited me about Community Purse was the increased impact achieved by a group donation versus an individual donation! I love my part time job as a Para Educator for kids with special needs at Rockland Elementary. I am a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In my free time, I like to cook, bake, travel, sew, cheer for the Yankees and spend time in Milwaukee.
When I heard the concept for Community Purse, my first thought was, “That is a no-brainer.” My husband and I are involved with several nonprofits and we are familiar with the need for financial and volunteer support. I serve as a volunteer on the Young Life Lake County Committee, at The Mustard Seed, and at Forrestal School. My favorite hobbies are gardening, baking, outdoor activities and boating on Lake Elizabeth.
Over lunch, I remember saying, ” I know a lot of women who would be interested in helping the community this way…I have my check ready!” Formerly, I worked as a home economics teacher at Highland Middle School. Currently, I work in the office of a school in Winnetka. My volunteer activities have included Changing Closets and Forrestal School in North Chicago. I love to travel, garden, camp, hike and hang out with our two dogs.
I was thrilled when Carolyn invited me to join other women in coming together to turn a small financial gift into an impactful blessing for local charities! What a fantastic idea and an answer to prayer! My husband and I are involved with our local church, but have been seeking ways to serve the local community also. This giving circle perfectly embraces the concepts of a finance class that Jeff and I took called Financial Peace; this program teaches how to “live like no one else so we can eventually live and GIVE like no one else!” There are so many little ways we can be frugal with our money so that we can go out and bless others. I am involved in MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) as a mentor mom, help lead a small group Bible Study, and enjoy entertaining friends and family. I also like to workout, bike, and hike.