Mother’s Day Initiative

2023: Stay tuned for details coming later in February

2022 Mother’s Day Initiative was a great success! We sent out nearly 500 cards and provided gifts to women at the Family Shelter Services of DuPage County and Mary Lou’s Place in Evanston.

For many years, NCJW members, advocates and volunteers have generously supported our yearly fund-raising project on behalf of the women at Family Shelter Services of DuPage County and Mary Lou’s Place in Evanston. The shelters serve women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence by providing housing, meals, counseling and other personal essentials. Women are taught job skills and employment before they move into their own apartments. It has become our tradition to show our support for these women who have been threatened by violence and abuse by giving them each a very special Mother’s Day gift. Because of your incredible generosity over the years, NCJW Chicago North Shore will be able to expand the program this year to include several additional shelters in the metro-Chicago area.

The women at the shelters so often arrive with little more than the clothes they are wearing. We fill Mother’s Day Gift Bags with many items we take for granted each day: shampoo, conditioner, body soap, lotions, gift certificates, chocolates and other items that would be “luxuries” for them at this time.

Help make this a special Mother’s Day for the women at the shelter and, at the same time, honor a special woman in your life. For each donation of at least $18.00, we will send a Mother’s Day card to your mother, aunt, daughter or anyone else you choose. They will know that in their honor, NCJW delivered gifts and best wishes to the women at the shelter – a double mitzvah. Or, you may wish to send a card in memory of a loved one – and their memory shall be a blessing.

For nearly 130 years, NCJW has worked to develop and pass effective public policy to address gender-based violence in order to ensure increased emphasis on prevention, accountability, resources, and justice.  Locally, NCJW Chicago North Shore has worked to amplify our national advocacy as well as provide opportunities for community service to help care for survivors of gender-based violence.  We thank you for your continued support.