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ChildServ celebrates two Chicagoland women at annual Founder’s Day Dinner

On November 13, ChildServ honored Elgin resident Joyce Carrasco, a longtime board member and visionary for children’s education and well-being with its Lucy Rider Meyer Award. The dinner also featured keynote speaker Gail MarksJarvis, nationally syndicated financial columnist for the Chicago Tribune and author of the award-winning and best-selling book, “Saving for Retirement (Without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery)”.

About Joyce Carrasco:

“My workwith children wherever I have lived has meant a great deal to me,” Carrasco says.

From Israel to Chile to Chicagoland, Carrasco has put that ideal into action as an educator and a proponent of services for children and families. Carrasco joined the ChildServ Board of Trustees in 2004 as a member of the agency program committee while she was also serving as a Head Teacher for the University of Chicago Lab Schools. During her time with ChildServ, she has helped the agency expand services to reach more at-risk populations. She has served as an advisor in the creation of the ChildServ Military Families Initiative; encouraged the agency’s participation in Operation Shower, which honored 40 wives of service members who were mothers-to-be; and served on the program committee that planned ChildServ’s expansion of early childhood services into the Elgin community.

In addition to her instrumental work at ChildServ, Joyce is the founder and former president of Illinois Blue Star Mothers #3, an organization formothers who have children serving or who have served in the U.S. military. She was also instrumental in bringing thePortrait of a Soldier exhibit to the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.

About Gail MarksJarvis:

Gail MarksJarvis is an award-winning, nationally syndicated financial columnist for the Chicago Tribune, a TV commentator and the author of the best-selling book "Saving for Retirement (Without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery)."

Her columns on the financial markets, economy and personal finance strategy run in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesdays and Sundays, and they reach millions of readers in leading newspapers throughout the country. Northwestern University's journalism school has named her the "Best Financial Columnist" and she has won over a dozen other awards for her journalism including a National Clarion Award for Human Rights Reporting.

MarksJarvis delivers analysis and advice regularly on WGN-TV and radio and CLTV in Chicago. She has been a regular commentator for PBS's Nightly Business Report and National Public Radio, and has appeared on CNBC, PBS NewsHour, Fox Business, Talk of the Nation, CBS This Morning, and NBC, CBS and ABC affiliates throughout the country.


Palatine Township Salutes Military and Veteran Families

ChildServ, together with 10 Chicagoland organizations, hosted an event for military and veteran families on Chicago’s West Side on September 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bethel New Life in Chicago. Families were invited to:

- Learn about family resources
- Attend a Kids Corner with onsite kids’activities
- Learn about job readiness skills instruction
- Enjoy arts and crafts tables
- Win lots of free door prizes!

More information is available at, or by calling773-867-7321.

Partners for “Austin Township Salutes Military and Veteran Families” include:National Able Network, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Help Hospitalized Veterans, National Military Family Association, ChildServ, Easter Seals, Blue Star Family Platoon, Warrior Scuba Project, The Soldiers Project, and Children’s Home + Aid.


Palatine Township Salutes Military and Veteran Families

ChildServ, together with 20 Chicagoland organizations, invite military and veteran families in Palatine to a family fun and resource fair on June 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Palatine Township Center, 721 S. Quentin Road, in Palatine. Families will be invited to:learn about family resources, attend a Kids Corner with onsite kids’ activities, learn about job readiness skills instruction, learn more about the benefits of Virtual Combat Therapy for PTSD, enjoy arts and crafts tables, and win free door prizes More information is available by calling773-867-7321.

ChildServ to Celebrate Foster Parents May 20

ChildServ will honor the contributions of foster parents with a special celebration on May 20 at St. Mark's Church in Chicago. Foster parents will be treated to special "swag bags," a buffet dinner and a special dessert from Edible Arrangements.


Diaper and Baby Item Drive

ChildServ invites caring members of the community to participate in its 12,000 Diaper Drive, which will provide necessities to families with new infants in their care. Click here to learn more.

ChildServ President and CEO featured on WGN

View ChildServ President and CEO James C. Jones's feature as Chicago's Very Own.You can also see Mr. Jones on WGN's People to People, which aired February 2 and 3!


James C. Jones honored as Chicago Defender Man of Excellence

ChildServ President and CEO James C. Jones was honored as a 2013 Chicago Defender Man of Excellence on January 25. All 50 awardees were recognized for their integrity, strength and courage.


ChildServ supporters provide holiday gifts for more than 1,100 at-risk kids in Chicagoland

ChildServ is proud to announce that, with the support of local churches and schools, many Chicagoland businesses and countless volunteers, the organization was able to provide and distribute gifts to more than 1,100 children in its care. We are especially grateful to UPS, UBS, The Boys Scouts, and the Methodist faith community for their help in making this program possible.


ChildServ honors west suburban resident and Mid American Group CEO Jim Lill for community service

On November 14, ChildServ honored Jim Lill, Chief Executive Officer of Mid American Group, Inc. in Westmont, for his service to at-risk children in Chicagoland at the organization’s annual Founder’s Day Dinner, an event that celebrates those whose community service reflects the spirit of Lucy Rider Meyer, ChildServ’s founder. ChildServ President and CEO pres