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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Exchange Happenings – Project HELP aims to enhance lives of families


In 1992, the Exchange Club established Project Help as a nonprofit organization in an effort to help parents achieve better parenting skills.

Project HELP, accredited by the National Exchange Club, now serves as a model for a national network of Exchange Club Centers that span 81 locations in 28 states. As a mission-driven organization, the Board of Directors and staff are passionate and committed to enhancing the lives of children and families.

Peggy McGuire, Project HELP’s executive director, has dedicated the past 29 years to her mission of strengthening families and the communities in which they live. Project HELP works continuously to provide quality services designed to empower parents with the resources necessary to provide for their children’s health and well-being.

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Project HELP accomplishes its mission of empowering parents, nurturing families and strengthening communities by:

  • Providing home-based parent mentoring services
  • Providing parenting education workshops

Project HELP recently joined forces with YWCA Metropolitan Chicago to better serve families of DuPage County, Naperville and Surrounding Areas.

Recently, Dawn Portner was honored as the Parent Mentor of the Year. Dawn has been a Parent Mentor for four years and is very dedicated to the mission of helping families.

Also, this month, Vicky Coletta was honored by the Exchange Club of Naperville for her 17 years of service as a mentor and a Project Help Board member with a scholarship in her name that will be given to families each August for back to school costs.

On behalf of the members of the Exchange Club of Naperville, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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Emy Trotz
Emy Trotz
Emy Trotz is the Exchange Club’s Immediate Past President. For more information about the Exchange Club of Naperville or to attend a meeting, contact me at EmyTrotz@gmail.com.


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