Community Outreach Committee

Since 1891 our organization has focused on promoting learning and giving. Supporting our 21st century community, our association encourages social responsibility by providing charitable service to community not-for-profit organizations and college scholarships to local high school students.

Our founders were active in campaigning for women’s rights. They initiated many local organizations such as traveling libraries, day care (including founding the Oak Park-River Forest Day Nursery), the local mental health organization now known as THRIVE Counseling Center, and other early local women’s organizations that led to such groups as the League of Women Voters and the Infant Welfare Society.

Over the years, we have provided donations to social service organizations in the community. Needle Arts Friends has sewn and knitted garments for children, premature infants, soldiers, and those in need from national disasters. We've offered a wide range of cultural and educational programs for the community that promote learning.

As part of our mission to be a welcoming community center for  charitable activities, we are open to sharing our meeting space at 178 Forest Avenue with other local not-for-profits on a regular or occasional basis.  To apply for a space usage grant, area not-for-profits are encouraged to contact Jeanne Schultz Angel at 708-386-2729 or at