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DuPage Foundation Donates $32k For Main Park Fire Assistance

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WEST CHICAGO – Following the destructive fire that ravaged the Main Park Apartments late last month, the DuPage Foundation, based in Downers Grove, has stepped up to aid the nearly 100 residents who were displaced. The foundation recently donated more than $32,000 to provide crucial support to those affected by the disaster.

In response to the incident, three local charitable organizations reached out to the DuPage Foundation seeking financial assistance. The DuPage Federation requested $2,600 to cover the cost of Spanish interpreters at the county’s Multi-Agency Resource Center, while Outreach asked for $10,000 to help facilitate the relocation process for affected families. Lastly, WeGo Together for Kids submitted a plea for $20,000 to fund emergency shelter for those left homeless by the fire.

With their unwavering commitment to the community, the DuPage Foundation promptly disbursed grants to each organization on Monday, ensuring that immediate help reaches those in need. The devastating blaze, which occurred on November 30, destroyed 20 apartments and resulted in six individuals, including one firefighter, being hospitalized.

Barb Szczepaniak, the Vice President for Programs at the DuPage Foundation, expressed the organization’s dedication to providing swift assistance during dire situations. “When we learn about these emergencies, we do everything we can to make connections and bring people together who have the interest and means to provide quick and immediate support,” Szczepaniak said in a statement.

In addition to the DuPage Foundation’s generous contribution, various other fundraising initiatives are also underway to aid the West Chicago fire victims. Concerned individuals can contribute to the cause by visiting the provided link to make a donation and offer their support.

The recent outpouring of community solidarity highlights the compassionate spirit that resonates throughout West Chicago. As the affected individuals strive to rebuild their lives, the support from the DuPage Foundation and other charitable organizations serves as a beacon of hope during these trying times.


WEST CHICAGO – Following the destructive fire that ravaged the Main Park Apartments late last month, the DuPage Foundation, based in Downers Grove, has stepped up to aid the nearly 100 residents who were displaced. The foundation recently donated more than $32,000 to provide crucial support to those affected by the disaster.

In response to the incident, three local charitable organizations reached out to the DuPage Foundation seeking financial assistance. The DuPage Federation requested $2,600 to cover the cost of Spanish interpreters at the county’s Multi-Agency Resource Center, while Outreach asked for $10,000 to help facilitate the relocation process for affected families. Lastly, WeGo Together for Kids submitted a plea for $20,000 to fund emergency shelter for those left homeless by the fire.

With their unwavering commitment to the community, the DuPage Foundation promptly disbursed grants to each organization on Monday, ensuring that immediate help reaches those in need. The devastating blaze, which occurred on November 30, destroyed 20 apartments and resulted in six individuals, including one firefighter, being hospitalized.

Barb Szczepaniak, the Vice President for Programs at the DuPage Foundation, expressed the organization’s dedication to providing swift assistance during dire situations. “When we learn about these emergencies, we do everything we can to make connections and bring people together who have the interest and means to provide quick and immediate support,” Szczepaniak said in a statement.

In addition to the DuPage Foundation’s generous contribution, various other fundraising initiatives are also underway to aid the West Chicago fire victims. Concerned individuals can contribute to the cause by visiting the provided link to make a donation and offer their support.

The recent outpouring of community solidarity highlights the compassionate spirit that resonates throughout West Chicago. As the affected individuals strive to rebuild their lives, the support from the DuPage Foundation and other charitable organizations serves as a beacon of hope during these trying times.

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