Hangin' by a Thread Donations
(Carterville, IL | December 20, 2021)

Thank you to Hangin' by a Thread in Vienna, IL for their generous donations throughout the year and at Christmas!


L - R: Susan Miller, Pat McCann, Ruth Michaels.


Modern Woodmen of America Presents Toys
(Carterville, IL | December 20, 2021)

Jeff Rushing of the Modern Woodmen of America donating Christmas toys valued at $650 for abused children in Southern Illinois.


L - R: Jeff Rushing, Phyllis McCowen, Jo Poshard.


Ameren Illinois Donates $5,000 to Help Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Children in Southern Illinois
(Carterville, IL | December 20, 2021)

Ameren Illinois donated $5,000 to the Poshard Foundation for the 2021 Christmas toy give-away to help abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Southern Illinois.


L - R: Jo Poshard, Poshard Foundation for Abused Children; Tina Gibbs, Ameren Illinois Community Relations Executive; Dr. Kirk Overstreet, President of John A. Logan College.


The Poshard Foundation Receives $19,000 Donation from the George A. Bates Memorial Fund
(Carterville, IL | December 20, 2021)

Jo and Glenn Poshard of the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, met with Dr. Michael Murray, a trustee of the Bates Foundation, to receive a check for $19,000.

The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children was recently honored with a $19,000 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 third year that Murray was able to garner the support for the Southern Illinois charity that helps heal children's suffering 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 Bates Foundation supports about thirteen groups annually with each trustee making a case for the organizations they want to support. This marks the third year in a row that Murray has selected the Poshard Foundation as one of his choices 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 third year in a row, the other members of the Bates Foundation agreed."

According to Glenn Poshard, donations of this size are very rare and are greatly appreciated. "This is really important to us for a number of reasons. We don't have a marketing budget nor do we 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. This money will go a long way and help a lot of children, especially in the midst of the pandemic."

Jo Poshard stated that this donation will go directly to children in need in Southern Illinois. "We have 16 counties with two and a half times the state average of child abuse. We try to bridge the gap for those children and provide for their needs when traditional funding cannot," said Jo Poshard. "When agencies run into a dead-end, they know they can call us to help provide anything from medical and counseling services to beds for children who have been sleeping on the floor to summer camps for traumatized children. It can even be for a new pair of shoes to wear to court to testify against their perpetrator. Our Foundation supports the needs of hundreds of abused, neglected, and abandoned children throughout our region during the entire year. These funds will go to help the children--not rent, not salaries--only the children, and we are very grateful to the Bates Foundation."


L - R: Mike Murray, George A. Bates Memorial Foundation Trustee; Jo and Glenn Poshard, Poshard Foundation for Abused Children.

Contact The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children at John A. Logan College, 700 Logan College Drive, Carterville IL 62918-2500 or by phone at 618-985-2828 x 8564.


Poshard Foundation Distributes Toys to Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Children in Southern Illinois
(Carterville, IL | December 5, 2021)

On Wednesday, December 8th, 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. About two thousand brand new toys and gifts will be distributed to abused, abandoned and neglected children throughout the area. Distribution of the toys will begin on Wednesday, December 8th. Toys will be distributed over a two-day period.

Partnering with The Poshard Foundation is Ameren Illinois which has provided funding for gifts in the past, and in recent years has contributed $5000 annually toward the project.

The children receiving gifts are identified by agency caseworkers who work with the Poshard Foundation.

"We want to thank Ameren Illinois for their partnership again this year as well as Hangin' by a Thread in Vienna, BlueCross BlueShield, Modern Woodmen of America, the Carterville Lions Club, Auto Credit of Southern Illinois and our individual donors. The children receiving gifts were not on anyone's Christmas list, but they are now! They are some of the neediest children in Southern Illinois." said Poshard.


The Poshard Foundation volunteers helped caseworkers shop for gifts for abused, abandoned, and neglected children on December 8th and 9th, 2021. Over 2,000 gifts were distributed to 552 children in Southern Illinois! Thank you to our generous donors!


Please help us raise money for abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Southern Illinois, with a secure credit/debit card donation.