Lake Zurich Community Unit School District

Joanie's Closet

About Us

Joanie's Closet is a committee of the District 95 Educational Foundation and is a non-profit organization.

The mission of Joanie's Closet is to serve under-resourced District 95 students and their families, in collaboration with the community, by providing basic needs to help students achieve their full potential."


How We Serve District 95 Families

Joanie's Closet provides assistance with immediate needs for our District 95 students and their families.  Examples include: gas cards, grocery cards, clothing, school supplies, backpacks, snacks for hungry students, winter coats, snow pants, assistance with medical-related needs and more. 


How to Help

Want to help?

Cash Donations

Cash donations are very helpful! If you are willing to provide financial support, please send a check made out to:

D95 Ed Foundation - Joanie’s Closet 

Mail checks to:

Joanie's Closet
832 S. Rand Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047



We are sometimes in need of additional volunteers. Feel free to reach out to us to find out how you can help.

Contact Us


Special Thanks!

Special thanks to our long-time supporter, Caring Women's Connection.

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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.  In the fall or 2009, Joanie's Closet became a district-wide initiative, able to serve students and their families across all eight schools in District 95.  Joanie's Closet was subsequently made a Restricted fund under the School District 95 Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.