10 Months Recap!

Positive Impact Fox Valley (PIFV) has been active since November 2016 and officially became a 501c3 organization in early 2017.  In these ten short months, PIFV has participated in many different events.


Before we formally became PIFV, members attended Shine-A-Light On Lung Cancer in November 2016.   This is an annual event to honor those living with lung cancer and those who we have lost to the disease.  In December 2016, we enjoyed a family holiday dinner followed with a grab bag!


At the beginning of the New Year, PIFV began earnestly working on our 501c3 status. By-laws were written, re-written, and approved by members.  After some research, application was made for our 501c3 status.


Waiting for our official tax letter did not stop PIFV.  In March, members volunteered at Casa Kane County’s Annual Gala.   Casa is a non-profit volunteer organization that has been advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the juvenile court system.


With a little volunteering came a little fun!   Our next outing was to see the movie, Beauty & the Beast!  Members enjoyed the movie; not to mention the popcorn!    Everyone has a story and they were told at Pechakucha Elgin.  This was an interesting evening where anyone could tell their story as long as they did it in the 20 images for 20 second format.


April may have brought us showers, but it also brought us to PIFV’s Zanies kick-off event!   The evening was filled with laughter, drinks and snacks.   We are very grateful to all of our family and friends who attended the event or sent in a donation to help us get PIFV on its way!  Volunteers participated in Open House Elgin which was a city wide event to show case Elgin’s amazing architecture and history.  PIFV didn’t stop there…we all bought candy and goodies to fill Easter Bags to donate to the Community Crisis Center!   We continued with our volunteering at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg.   FMSC is a non-profit organization that provides nutritionally complete meals for malnourished children in over 70 countries around the world.


After the busy April we had volunteering with a number of organizations we decided it was time for some R&R.   A few PIFV members tried Thai food for the first time!  And after a delicious dinner we all headed to The Salt Cave in Batavia.   What a relaxing way to spend an hour.  We all left feeling refreshed!


In June, PIFV hit the road!    Members volunteered with Operation Warrior Wishes Poker Run by selling raffle tickets, 50/50, running games, and selling Operation Warrior Wishes apparel.


In July, PIFV volunteered once again with Operation Warrior Wishes Annual Golf Outing.  This time we helped organize raffle baskets, sell raffle and 50/50 tickets, apparel and assist with the silent auction.  It was an honor to volunteer at an event that was all about our Vets!


PIFV didn’t take the summer off.   In August, you found PIFV at Elgin’s National Night Out!  This is an annual community event that promotes police-community partnerships to raise awareness on safety in our communities.  PIFV handed out over 400 dental kits to all the children who stopped by our table.   Not only did they get a dental kit but they also had an opportunity to have their picture taken with the tooth fairy and our selfie portrait!  The call came that Elk Grove’s VFW was raising funds for a much needed elevator.  A quick Pampered Chef fundraiser was put together by one of our members!   Once again, members, family and friends came through with purchases and donations!


In addition to all of these events, PIFV meets once a month. Throughout the year, PIFV members are collecting box tops, Campbell’s soup labels, newspapers, plastic water bottle caps, pop tabs and boxed and can food to donate to various schools and churches.


And, we can’t forget to mention PIFV’s Book Club.   Members vote on a book to read and meet every other month at someone’s home to discuss the books.   Our diverse group makes for interesting discussions!  And, if that still wasn’t enough, we can’t forget to mention our Bunco Nights and our Game Nights.  Bunco is a friendly dice game that includes dice, a bell, and a lot of table hopping and of course drinks and appetizers!   PIFV Game Night has taught us all a few new games and is always a lot of laughs!!


It has been a very full ten months, but it has also been very rewarding!  Positive Impact Fox Valley is definitely making a positive impact in our community.


To see what PIFV has scheduled be sure to check out our calendar on our web page and like us on our Facebook page.

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