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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 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)

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