What is Joanie’s Closet?









Joanie’s Closet is a committee under the District 95 Educational Foundation that serves under-resourced District 95 students and their families, in collaboration with the community, by providing basic needs to help students achieve their full potential.


Here are some of the ways Joanie’s Closet helps District 95 students:


  • School supplies
  • Clothing, underwear, socks, shoes, boots,
  • Winter coats, hats, and gloves
  • Snacks and breakfast foods provided to the school nurse for hungry students
  • Snacks for under-resourced students for after school programs
  • Emergency groceries, grocery and gas cards
  • Household necessities


How do I ask for help? Contact your school nurse or social worker if your family needs assistance from Joanie’s Closet. Each school has a Joanie’s Closet PTO representative.  This representative can service requests (anonymously) from the school principal, social worker, or nurse. Requests are kept confidential.

How do I donate to Joanie’s Closet? Joanie’s Closet is always in need of financial contributions.  Please consider making a personal monetary donation to Joanie’s Closet; your contributions will truly help those here within our own District 95 family.

Contributions can be sent to:
Joanie’s Closet
c/o School District 95 Educational Foundation
832 S. Old Rand Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047

Checks can be made payable to: School District 95 Educational Foundation and indicate Joanie’s Closet in the memo line.  Donations are tax deductible and also qualify for corporate matching.

Online Donations can be made here:

How else can I support Joanie’s Closet? 

-Attend our annual Parent-Child Valentine’s Dance fundraisser
-Become a Valentine’s Dance sponsor or donate a raffle basket for the dance
-If you or your organization would like to sponsor a drive or collection to support Joanie’s Closet, our most needed items include:

*NEW School Supplies:
-TI-30xIIS Calculators
-TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculators
-10 pack Crayola Thick Markers
-24 pack Crayola Crayons
-Ticonderoga Pencils
-Post it Notes
-Expo Dry Erase Black Chisel Tip Markers
-Black Sharpie Markers fine point

*NEW Waterproof Gloves
*NEW Winter Hats – any size
*Diapers (especially Newborn to size 3) & Wipes
*NEW Underwear & Socks

Food Drives that support St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and Alpine Chapel Food Pantry are also encouraged.

Unfortunately the only used clothing we can accept is gently used snow pants and boots.

How did Joanie’s Closet start?  Joanie’s Closet was founded in the spirit of May Whitney Elementary School’s long time nurse, Joanie Bednarz, who passed away unexpectedly in August of 2005.  Joanie was well known for her humanitarianism and generosity, especially toward May Whitney families in need.  Joanie’s Closet is a Committee under the School District 95 Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.


Special thanks to our long-time supporter: