The DeKalb Regional Office of Education and its supporting foundation, Friends of DeKalb ROE, received the Greatest Impact Award from the local chapter of 100+ Women Who Care.
On Dec. 14, Amanda Christensen, regional superintendent of schools for DeKalb County, accepted $14,501 from 100+ Women Who Care. Several members were present to celebrate the event. In addition, Culver’s of DeKalb, at 1262 W. Lincoln Highway, donated $100 in support of 100+ Women Who Care.
The first chapter of the 100+ Women Who Care originated in 2006 in Jackson, Michigan. Now there are 725 chapters worldwide. The chapters meet four times a year and raise money for local, grassroots charities using a simple fundraising concept.
At each meeting, members nominate three 501(c)(3) charities. After listening to five-minute presentations explaining the needs and mission of each one, members vote as to which charity they would like to give the Greatest Impact Award. Each member then writes a check for $100 to the winning charity.
Friends of DeKalb ROE was established in 2016 in order to support students, families and innovative programming that would not be funded through the traditional grants of the Illinois State Board of Education. Broadly, the nonprofit can provide goods and services to any at-risk youth or child in DeKalb County.
The current fundraising request is to hire staff and provide intensive family engagement/parent education interventions to families with children in grades K to 3 experiencing chronic absenteeism from school.
Program interventions include closely monitoring school attendance, making home visits, providing parent education/awareness sessions, referring to appropriate mental health services and establishing positive relationships with families in order to change the paths of their young children.