The mission of the Women’s Club of Inverness is philanthropy – giving back to the community. The focus is on non-profit organizations servicing school districts 211 and 220; that is, primarily Inverness, Palatine, and Barrington, Illinois. Our major fundraisers each year are the Fall Event, held in November, and a Fashion Show, showcasing in April.
Distribution of Funds Raised
Each year, the Philanthropy Committee reviews grant applications and awards monetary grants to local non-profit organizations. In 2016-2017, $44,801 was awarded. Organizations who wish to apply for a grant in 2018 may check back here or wait for a mailing in mid-January, 2018.
Grant applications are mailed to local organizations in mid- to late January. Completed applications must be returned to the Philanthropy Committee by the middle of March. The Philanthropy Committee reviews requests and presents its recommendations to WCI members for approval at the May General Meeting. The application form for 2018 will be available online here in January, 2018.
Each spring, the Education Committee reviews scholarship applications and awards grants to deserving local undergraduate college students. In 2016-2017, 21-$1000 scholarships and 1-$2000 scholarship were awarded to deserving students in the 211 and 220 school districts. Applications for the 2018 scholarship will be available here online in January, 2018. Applications will also available at local high school counselor offices and at Harper College beginning in mid-January, 2018.
Make a Difference Day
Every October, WCI sponsors an event highlighting and supporting a local charity.
Pasta for People
WCI holds a food collection at the March general meeting. The collection consists of non-perishables donated to the Palatine Township Food Pantry.
Wish Tree Adopt-a-Family
During the holidays, this project, part of the Palatine Township Needy Family Fund, allows members to fulfill a child’s holiday wishes. In addition, members provide gift cards to the parents in these families of Palatine Township.
Community Improvement Projects (CIP)
Each year, the CIP chair organizes community improvement projects, soliciting volunteers to help out. Since 2013, members have volunteered to assist Palatine Township’s Appletree Project distribute backpacks and school supplies to local families.