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 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

The Poshard Foundation Announcing 29 Grant Awards to Southern Illinois Agencies Serving Abused and Neglected Children
(Carterville, IL | April 23, 2019)

As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Jo Poshard, Director of The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, will announce grants for $100,000 at a press conference on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 1:00 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at John A. Logan College.

A total of 29 grants will be given to Southern Illinois agencies to be used specifically for services directly dealing with the abused, abandoned, and neglected children in our region. Those organizations are: Baptist Children's Home, Carmi; Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale; Cairo Women's Shelter; Caritas Family Solutions, Carterville; Caritas Family Solutions, Mt. Vernon; CASA of Franklin County; 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; Family Counseling Center, Golconda; Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center; Healthy Families Illinois - Shawnee Health; 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-Jackson Child Advocacy Center; Pregnancy Matters, Carbondale and Marion; Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless; 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; and Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center, Anna.

Jo Poshard noted, "As Child Abuse Prevention Month winds down, it is clear that thirty days isn't enough time to sound the alarm for abused children in our region. Child abuse is above the state average in all of our counties. The theme for April 2019 Child Abuse Month is 'Everyone has a role to play.' Everyone can have an enormous impact on our children's health and success."

Agency representatives will comment briefly on their grant projects and will be available to the press.

Glenn and Jo Poshard, co-founders of the Poshard Foundation, believe every child deserves a safe person, a safe place, and a safe community. Unfortunately, that is not the reality for many of our children in Southern Illinois. The abused, neglected, and abandoned ones are those the Poshard Foundation seeks to help. Whether it is by providing counseling, cribs, therapeutic camps, supplies for college-bound foster children, or training for the prevention of violence against children, the Foundation strives to make a difference in young lives.

For more information contact The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children at (618) 985-2828 ext. 8564 or email

Child Abuse Prevention Month Kickoff Event
(Carterville, IL | April 5, 2019)

On April 5th, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, in partnership with The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children and other community organizations, will be holding a press conference to launch April Child Abuse Prevention Month 2019.

Guest speakers include Dr. Ronald K. House, President, John A. Logan College; Jo Poshard, Executive Director, The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children; Brittney Hale, Prevention Specialist, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois; Rob Schmink, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; Alicia Barr, Illinois State Police; and Dr. Kathy Swafford, Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network. The event will include resource tables provided by area agencies highlighting programs and resources for area families.

"Preventing child abuse and neglect is about keeping children safe. All children, of all ages. And we all have a role to play," said Denise McCaffrey, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. "As we plant pinwheels, tie blue ribbons, and celebrate April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, we can all learn what it takes to protect children."

Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed each April since its first presidential proclamation in 1983. Since that time, millions of Americans have participated in this national campaign. Individuals, organizations and communities across the United States plant pinwheels, tie ribbons, organize trainings, host fundraisers, and support a multitude of other activities celebrating healthy, happy childhoods and raising awareness that all children deserve to grow up in nurturing, safe homes. Please join us April 5th to show your support for all children and their families.

     Dr. Kathy Swafford speaks at the Child Abuse Prevention kick-off.

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