The Poshard Foundation Announcing 34 Grant Awards to Southern Illinois Agencies Serving Abused and Neglected Children
(Carterville, IL | April 23, 2020)

The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund. Combined with the Foundation's annual spring grants of $100,000, a total of $400,000 will be distributed to the most vulnerable children and families in Southern Illinois.

The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund was created for the purpose of disbursing funds to nonprofit organizations serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Poshard Foundation will target children and their families in 23 southern Illinois counties through a network of 34 different agencies. In addition, the Poshard Foundation annual grants traditionally given in April in recognition of State and National Child Abuse Awareness will also be dispersed.

"We are so grateful," said Jo Poshard, "for the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund support. This will enable us to help thousands of children in our area in a very quick timeframe. Our network of organizations is in the process of identifying the children with the greatest needs. The entire $400,000 will be spent on needs to include nutritional food, medical care, basic supplies, family self-care, behavioral and mental health services and other therapeutic necessities for these children."

Glenn Poshard emphasized that children and their families are struggling to survive. "Many of these children come from families of minimum wage earners who are now completely out of work. They don't have sufficient food and normally have to use the hospital emergency room for medical care which is nearly impossible with the coronavirus spread. Since schools have been closed, the children have been basically cut off from counselors, and counselors cannot visit their homes. These children are desperately struggling and need us now more than ever."

"In order to move these resources to the children as quickly as possible through the network of social service agencies, our Foundation has been assisted greatly by the IL-HEALS PARTNERS, Egyptian Health Department, The Stress and Trauma Treatment Center, as well as Southern Illinois University's School of Medicine," said Jo Poshard. "We are beyond grateful for their support."

For over twenty years, Glenn and Jo Poshard, with the help of dedicated volunteers, have raised millions of dollars to support abused, abandoned and neglected children in southern Illinois. No one in the organization receives a salary or expenses, and John A. Logan College provides office space for the Foundation. All funds received go directly to support the children. The Foundation supports a network of over 30 social service organizations and numerous food banks across Southern Illinois.

The following network of agencies and organizations will be participating in the distribution of these resources to children and families:

Baptist Children's Home, Carmi
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois
Cairo Women's Shelter
Caritas Family Solutions, Carterville
Caritas Family Solutions, Mt. Vernon
CASA of Franklin and Hamilton Counties
CASA of Jefferson County
CASA of Saline County
CASA of Williamson County
Centerstone
Children's Home and Aid, Herrin
Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network, Anna
Egyptian Health Department, Eldorado
Family Counseling Center, Golconda
Foster Family Resource Center of Southern Illinois
Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center
Healthy Families Illinois - Shawnee Health Service
Hoyleton Youth & Family Services
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Southern Region
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Marion
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Prison & Family Ministry
Perry County Counseling
Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center
Pregnancy Matters, Carbondale and Marion
Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless
Southern Seven Health Department, Ullin
Spero Family Services, Mt. Vernon and Murphysboro
Stress and Trauma Treatment Center, Inc., Eldorado
The Amy Center, Mt. Vernon
The Guardian Center, Carmi
The Night's Shield, West Frankfort
The Women's Center, Carbondale
Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center, Anna
Union County Counseling


Poshard Foundation Funds Food Pantries in Southern Illinois
(Carterville, IL | March 13, 2020)

In anticipation of the coronavirus outbreak closing schools and putting pressure on area food pantries to provide emergency assistance to more needy children, the Poshard Foundation has distributed $50,000 in grants to 28 area pantries across 16 southern Illinois counties. The grants range from $1,000 to $3,000 depending upon the number of children being served. In addition, the grants require the purchase of food which supports the nutritional needs of children.

"A couple of thousand dollars to a local pantry may not sound like much, but often the pantry can use that money to leverage greater purchasing power with federal food banks and other organizations with whom they work," said Glenn Poshard.

"We wanted to get ahead of the curve because it looks like this virus may be long lasting. Federal and state legislation is already emphasizing food security for children who, due to school closings, are home and are not having regular meals through the schools."

Jo Poshard said, "I want the Foundation's support to act as seed money in the hope that other business, labor, and community groups will support their local food pantries and help out in case this crisis gets much worse. If necessary, our Foundation will distribute another round of grants in the near future depending on how severe the need grows, but we're hoping many others will chip in."

Area food pantries receiving grants from the Poshard Foundation include:

Ava-Trico Area Food Pantry
Benton-West City Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry
Bethel Temple Evangelistic Ministries Food Pantry (Mounds)
Carterville United Pantry
Christian Community Compassion Center, Inc. (Harrisburg)
City of Hurst Emergency Food Bank
COPE - Christian Outreach Program Emergency (Metropolis)
Daystar Community Program (Cairo)
DuQuoin Food Pantry
Gallatin County Food Pantry (Shawneetown)
Good Samaritan Ministries Food Pantry (Carbondale)
Goreville Ministerial Alliance
Grand Tower Township Food Pantry
Greater Galatia Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry
Harvest Deliverance Center Lamb's Providence Food Pantry (Harrisburg)
Herrin Community Food Pantry
Herrin House of Hope
Marion Ministerial Alliance
Ministry for the Broken Hearted Food Pantry (Christopher)
Mt. Vernon Rescue Mission
Murphysboro Food Pantry
Shawnee Development Council, Inc. (Karnak)
The Promise (Marion)
The Roads Church Pantry (Norris City)
Thompsonville Community of Christ Food Pantry
Turning Point Church Hands of Hope Food Pantry (McLeansboro)
Victory Dream Center (Carbondale)
Vienna First Baptist Church Food Pantry


Bates Foundation Awards $15,000 to the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children
(Carterville, IL | January 19, 2020)

The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children was recently honored with a $15,000 donation from the George A. Bates Memorial Foundation. Dr. Michael Murray, a trustee for the Foundation, presented the check to the founders of the Poshard Foundation, Glenn and Jo Poshard.

This is the second year that Murray, one of three trustees on the Foundation, was able to garner the support for the southern Illinois charity that helps heal children sufferning from physical and emotional abuse by providing funds when other funds are not available.

The Bates Foundation, located in Chicago donates only to 501c3 charitable organizations. The three trustees of the Foundation meet once a year to determine what charities to support.

The Foundation supports about 15 groups annually with each trustee making a case for the organizations they want to support. This marks the second year in a row that Murray has selected the Poshard Foundation as one of his groups because of the Foundation's dedication to the children of southern Illinois.

"What I look for in an organization is dedication to their mission and their passion for their cause," said Murray. "I have known Glenn and Jo for years, and know firsthand their passion for the cause of abused and neglected children. So I know when I hand this check off it is in good hands, and for the second year in a row the other members of the Foundation agreed."

According to Glenn Poshard, donations of this size are not common, (and is) greatly appreciated.

"This is really important to us for a number of reasons. We don't have a marketing budget or solicit donations from other foundations. Everything we get is by word of mouth," said Poshard. "We don't get these types of grants every day. It will go a long way and help a lot of children." Jo Poshard stated that this donation will go directly to children in need in southern Illinois.

"In southern Illinois we have 15 or 16 counties that have two and half times the state average of child abuse. What we try to do is bridge the gap for those children and get them the things that traditional funding cannot get them," said Jo Poshard. "So when agencies run into a dead-end they know they can call us to help provide anything from beds to sleep in, to counseling services. It can even be a new pair of shoes to wear to court to testify against their perpetrator. These funds will go to help the children, not rent, not salaries, just the children, and we are very grateful to the Bates Foundation."

You may contact The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children at: Poshard Foundation for Abused Children 700 Logan College Drive Carterville, IL 62918-2500 or by phone at (618) 985-2828, ext. 8564.


The Poshard Foundation Toy Distribution through Southern Illinois Agencies Serving Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Children
(Carterville, IL | December 9, 2019)

On Wednesday, December 11, social service agencies across Southern Illinois will be visiting the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children at John A. Logan College for one of the largest Christmas toy giveaways in the region. Over a thousand brand new toys and gifts will be distributed to abused, abandoned and neglected children throughout the area. Distribution of the toys will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11. Toys will be distributed over a two-day period.

Press availability will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, with agency case workers, Richard Clark of Tri-State Business Equipment, Glenn and Jo Poshard, and Foundation volunteers available for interviews at JALC, Building H, Room H122 (down the hall from the Poshard Foundation office).

For a fourth year, Richard Clark and Tri-State Business Equipment in Harrisburg, has partnered with the Poshard Foundation to gift new toys, valued at thousands of dollars, to the most vulnerable children in Southern Illinois. Also partnering with The Poshard Foundation is Ameren Illinois which has provided funding for gifts for five years.

Mr. Clark has an annual Christmas party attended by hundreds of his customers and friends throughout the tri-state area. Each person attending is asked to bring a new toy to be gifted to an abused child. The children are identified by case workers in the agencies that work with the Poshard Foundation.

"We want to thank Richard Clark for his partnership again this year as well as Ameren Illinois, and our individual donors. These children were not on anyone's Christmas list but they are now! They are some of the neediest children in Southern Illinois," said Poshard.


Poshard Foundation Receives $5000 grant from Ameren Illinois
(Carterville, IL | November 19, 2019)

To help make the holidays a little brighter for local children in need in need, the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children has received a $5,000 grant from Ameren Illinois to support their Holiday Gifts for Kids programs and Camps for Kids.

"Both programs offer great experiences for abused, abandoned and neglected children who otherwise would not be able to receive a gift on Christmas morning or attend summer camp," said Director Jo Poshard of The Poshard Foundation. "The programs offer positive memories the kids can cherish forever; we are so grateful to Ameren Illinois for awarding us this grant."

For more than 20 years, the foundation has lived its belief that every child deserves a safe place, a safe person and a safe community. Many of these children have experienced abuse or trauma, so these programs will not only help put a smile on their faces but also help build confidence and lessen anxiety.

The grant funds were awarded through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. Tina Gibbs, community relations coordinator for Ameren Illinois presented the foundation with the contribution to help improve the quality of life for children.

"The Poshard Foundation has been a staple in our community for years. We are grateful for the work they do and proud to support their efforts as they enrich the lives of our community's less fortunate children," said Tina Gibbs, Community Relations Coordinator at Ameren Illinois.

For more information on The Poshard Foundation, visit poshardfoundation.org or call 618-985-2828 ext. 8564.


     (from left), Jason Simac, Ameren Illinois Sr. Manager of Operations for Division 6 South; Phyllis McCowen, Poshard Foundation Volunteer; Jo Poshard, Poshard Foundation Director; Tina Gibbs, Ameren Illinois Community relations Coordinator


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