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Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley Keeps Maddie’s Mitten March Rolling this Season

Nov 27, 2018 12:20PM ● By Hannah Ott

North Aurora, IL - Through a generous grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, Maddie’s Mitten March is able to make critical repairs to the buses that distribute cold weather clothing to those is need throughout the area. 

“We are very grateful to the Community Foundation for this grant” stated Madeline Bozik, President of Maddie’s Mitten March. “If it wasn’t for the Community Foundation I am not sure if we would have been able to conduct mobile distributions this year.”

Maddie's Mitten March utilizes retired school buses to distribute winter clothing throughout the Fox River Valley. The $8,000 grant from the Community Foundation will be used to make repairs to the existing 18 year old bus including rebuilding the steps and mechanical repairs. The remaining funds will be used to paint and convert a second retired school bus purchased from the St. Charles School District for a nominal fee. 

“The assistance from our volunteers and partnerships with such groups as Marberry Cleaners, Arch Printing, Raimondo’s Pizza, North Aurora Fire Department and most recently Kards Inc. will allow us to maximize the grant,” stated Bozik. Over 5,000 pieces of winter clothing have been distributed since starting mobile distributions in 2015. Over 1,500 pieces have already been donated this season and more will be collected at upcoming donation events.

About Maddie's Mitten March: Maddie’s Mitten March is 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide winter clothing to those in need. Maddie’s Mitten March was established in 2009 by Madeline Bozik. Madeline, a West Aurora High School graduate, is currently 19 years old and a sophomore at Illinois Central College studying nursing. Clothing and monetary donations are collected all year in preparation to distribute the winter clothing in the fall and winter. 

Follow Maddie’s Mitten March, find out where mobile distributions will be and how to donate at 

About the Community Foundation: The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the Tri-Cities and Kendall County, Illinois. Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $89 million in assets and has awarded more than $70.5 million in grants and scholarships. 

For more information on the Foundation, visit

Source: Mark, Treasurer and Information Officer, 630-688-5469