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Pennies for Pies campaign raises $828 for Loaves & Fishes; Naperville organizations receive DuPage Foundation grants; DuPage forest preserve permits go on sale Dec. 1 – Chicago Tribune

Donations to Naperville Park District’s 2022 Pennies for Pies effort added up to $828, enough to buy 120 pies for Loaves & Fishes Community Services to provide with their holiday meals.

Annually for the last 16 years, the park district has raised money for the campaign by asking people to donate their change at district facilities, which is combined with money local preschool children collect in their classes, a news release said.

In addition to buying the pies, there was enough money to also make a contribution to the Naperville-based Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit that helps people in need of food in DuPage, Will, Kane and Kendall counties.

Several Naperville organizations received grants from the DuPage Foundation, a philanthropic group that helps nonprofit groups throughout DuPage County.

More than $473,000 in grant money was distributed to 37 organizations as part of the foundation’s Community Needs Grant Program. Naperville-based groups to benefit from the funding include:

  • The Conservation Foundation, $25,000 for its Nature Rx DuPage initiative, which uses natural methods to improve residents’ mental and physical health;
  • Alive Center, $20,000 for its free after-school drop-in programs;
  • DuPage Children’s Museum, $18,000 for its Learning Lab and Wonder Club programs;
  • KidsMatter, $14,250 to help improve the mental health of youth in Naperville and DuPage County;
  • Inside Out Club, $12,500 to help youth with the social-emotional skills needed for positive mental health;
  • Naperville Heritage Society, $5,000 to provide financial support for students to participate in field trips to Naper Settlement;
  • Young Naperville Singers, $2,500 for concerts that celebrate the cultural diversity of its singers.

DuPage Foundation accepts grant applications twice a year. Earlier this year it awarded $678,000 in community needs grants.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will be selling 2023 permits for off-leash dog areas, boating, archery and model crafts starting Thursday, Dec. 1.

They’re available online at www.dupageforest.org or by calling 630-933-7248 or going to district headquarters at 3S580 Naperville Road in Wheaton. Office hours are 8 am to 4 pm weekdays.

Active members of the US military, honorably discharged military veterans and seniors 65 and older can receive one free annual permit per household.

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