MTF summer newsletter
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In this Issue:

  • From the Director
  • How YOU make a difference - Campaigns, Events, Impact
  • Our Service Stories tell it best! 
  • Things you need to know

Dear Friends of MTF,

It was a busy spring and summer is upon us! Summer means summer camp! To date, 222 children have received MTF grants to attend summer camp totaling over $88,000! This is one of our favorite grants to fund and this year, we are especially grateful for the outpouring of support when children need camp more than ever before! We could not send so many children to camp without the generous hearts of our donors! Thank you for making the world a little brighter and more fun for a child this summer! 


How YOU make a difference 


A heartfelt thank you to all that participated in Recipe for Good, shopped at Lake Forest Station and supported MTF through our Mother's & Father's Day Summer Camp Campaigns! 



  • Thanks to Chef John des Rosiers for leading us and everyone that cooked-along in Recipe for Good which raised over $10,000!


  • Thanks to the city of Lake Forest and Susan McMahon for including MTF at the Lake Forest Station Moms, Dads and Grads Shop where over $4,000 in donations were made through our Giving Tree! 


2021 Impact at a Glance 

Children Impacted
by MTF Grants
Households impacted
by rent or utility grants 
Babies that received
safe baby items 
1,297 265 165

Recent requests for help and
how our Service Committee responded

  • A 17-year-old with Downs Syndrome loses his father to brain cancer. His mother passed away when he was a young child. He lives with his two older brothers who work very hard to support and care for him.  They would like to send him to a camp for disabled students this summer but are not able to afford the cost of the camp.  MTF pays the fee for the program, allowing the boy to benefit from the experience and ease the financial burden on the family.

  • An 18-year-old student has outstanding school fees which will keep her from receiving her high school diploma. She works to pay for all of her expenses with no parental support. She is saving money to pay for a car so she can attend CLC in the fall. Her school counselor writes " This is a girl that sees the glass as half full. She always has a smile and always looks at the upside." MTF approves a grant to pay her school fees in full so she may graduate and move on with the rest of her life. 

Please join us any Wednesday (except July 7 & 14) at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom to review the weekly grant requests and how MTF grants are truly making a child at a time! 

Things you need to know...

Our office will be closed from July 2-July 19.
No Service Meetings will be held on Wednesdays, July 7 and 14. Our office will reopen on Monday, July 19 with a service meeting via Zoom on July 21.  We plan to resume our in-person meetings this fall! 


Staff news to share
Our wonderful Service Manager, Karla Patlovich, after over 5 years at MTF, will be leaving in July. Our hearts are heavy as we say goodbye but she assures us, she will be our best volunteer!

We are happy to announce that Susan Daniel, after serving this past year as a volunteer on the Service Committee, will be joining the MTF team as our new Service Manager. Welcome, Susan! 


Dear Mothers Trust Foundation, 

Thank you so much for your generous grant. I really appreciate what you have done for me. I would have felt so sad walking down the isle to get my diploma without a cap and gown. Thanks again! 

-A recent Lake County
high school graduate



Honestly, Karla and everyone at MTF has been absolutely a blessing and amazing...I am humbled by the grateful parents because your organization is the real angel in these families' lives. 

-A social worker
and MTF service  partner 

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