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ESCCA - Evanston School Children's Clothing Association Children & Youth


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ESCCA - Evanston School Children's Clothing Association
Last updated on October 9, 2013

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"No child should miss a day of school for need of warm, sturdy clothing" This is our motto. Each year we provide clothing and shoes to 600+ K-8th grade children of Evanston/Skokie District 65 Schools. Every child receives a full wardrobe of clothing, mostly gently-used items, and also new gym shoes, boots, underwear, and jeans.

Description:
Evanston School Children's Clothing Association (ESCCA) provides school clothing for all Evanston/Skokie District 65 K-8th grade school children in need. Each year we provide a full wardrobe of clothing and shoes to 600+ children. Our clothing assistance services are performed efficiently and discreetly and always keep the dignity of the families in mind.

ESCCA is an all-volunteer organization. We rely on many District 65 parents and other volunteers who donate their time to ESCCA. We also depend on our community for financial support, and receive monetary donations from District 65 PTAs and parents, community members, foundations and other organizations. District 65 also generously provides us with support in the form of in-kind donations of space and services.

History:
For almost 80 years, The Evanston School Children's Clothing Association has served our community with the motto: "No Evanston child should miss a single day of school for need of warm, sturdy clothing." In 1930, Evanston school superintendent James Skiles asked school physician Mary Baird to investigate why large numbers of children in the city were absent from school. After conferring with the visiting nurse and truancy officer, Baird concluded that children were missing school because of a lack of clothing, especially shoes. With these findings, local parent-teacher associations enlisted support and in 1931 founded the Evanston School Children's Aid Society to help clothe Evanston's children in need. Seventy-eight years, two name changes and five location changes later, ESCCA is still providing children with clothing for school.

Over the years we have had our headquarters for sorting and distributing clothing at various Evanston elementary schools, as well as in the coachhouse of the old District 65 property on Asbury. Since 2002, we are thrilled to operate our beautiful clothing center from the new District headquarters at 1500 McDaniel in Evanston.

To date, we have clothed over 50,000 children with the help of countless volunteers and contributors. Through the generations ESCCA has evolved, while our mission and support has remained steadfast. We invite and encourage you to help us in any way you can.

Contact people:
 Johanna Page-Dale, Communications Director, (phone), (email)
Cari O'Donnell, President, (email)
Laura Hohnhold, President, (phone), (email)


Main office number: (847) 859-8018

Address:
 1500 McDaniel Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
This location is handicap accessible
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.escca.org

Miscellaneous Information
Court-mandated/Community Service Volunteer Opportunity?
No
This organization addresses the following interests:
Children & Youth
Is this organization located in Evanston?
Yes
Last updated on October 9, 2013


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