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Women of Impact

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


- Margaret Mead

We are building a team of women committed to making a difference locally for the 11,000+ individuals in DuPage County served by our pantries each year.  Our goal is to build our group to 100 or more area women with a passion for feeding our local neighbors in need!

The commitment is to fund at least one project per year ($100 per project) and to recruit one new member to each meeting.  Additional events are hosted by this group throughout the year.

To join our membership, contact Development@NeighborhoodFP.org or make your donation here:

*Lilly Aguilar, President/Owner, Solutions Cleaning Services

  Liz Allroth
*Beth Baskiewicz
*Irma Bates, Co-Owner & Vice President, Montenegro, Inc.
*Carol Bergmann

  Cheryl Border
*Jan Breyne
, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Neighborhood Food Pantries
*Deb Cartwright
*Pam Conn
, Owner, Joe Cotton Ford
*Kelly Cummings, Illinois Tool Works

  Kate DeGroot

*Tammy Durante, eSBe Designs
  Kelly Ercoli

  Sue Evans
*Melissa Ferguson
, Alderman, City of West Chicago

*Sue Hallen

Jesenia Hernandez

*Kathy Hummel

*Miriam Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce

*Julia Jones, Northern Illinois Food Bank

*Heather Kash, Development Director, Neighborhood Food Pantries

  Jan Konewko, Site Coordinator, Lutheran Church of the Master, Neighborhood FP

*Pam Lansford, Secretary, Board of Directors, Neighborhood Food Pantries

*Carroll Madison

*Marina Mattingly, Owner, Restoration Coalition

  Martha Neville, Board of Directors, Neighborhood Food Pantries

  Christine Penn, Operations Manager, Neighborhood Food Pantries 

*Carol Platt, Site Coordinator, Lutheran Church of the Master, Neighborhood FP

*Christine Ruffino, Dynamic Professional Women's Network

  Brenda Schmid

  Jane Shoemaker, BMO Harris Bank 

  Linda Sprauer

  Susan Westgate, Library Director, Carol Stream Public Library

*Margaret Wiermanski

*Michele Zygmunt

* indicates Inaugural Members as of May 14, 2019

Projects funded by this group:

  • Food purchases for the month of June, 2019 (when donations to our pantries typically slow down) for all pantries

  • Milk purchases for families with children for the month of October, 2019 for all our pantries

  • Raised $9,400 for food purchases in the Spring of 2020, including $5,200 donated by members and a donation matched from four local Rotary Clubs (Carol Stream, West Chicago, Villa Park and Lombard at $1,000 each).

  • Raised $9,500 in the Spring of 2021, again partnering with the same Rotary Clubs for a donation match

  • Raised $9,200 in the Spring of 2022, partnering with the Rotary Clubs of Carol Stream, West Chicago,Glen Ellyn and Wheaton AM for a donation match


Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities:
Girl's Night Out, June 29, 2022 at John & Tony's in Carol Stream

Ladies Social Sunday, October 2, 2022 at Joe Cotton Ford (details TBD)