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For over 88 years, The Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association has served our community with the motto: “No Evanston child should miss a single day of school for need of warm, sturdy clothing.” In 1930, Evanston school superintendent James Skiles asked school physician Mary Baird to investigate why large numbers of children in the city were absent from school. After conferring with the visiting nurse and truancy officer, Baird concluded that children were missing school because of a lack of clothing, especially shoes. With these findings, local parent-teacher associations enlisted support and in 1931 founded the Evanston School Children’s Aid Society to help clothe Evanston’s children in need. Eighty-eight years, two name changes and five location changes later, ESCCA is still providing children with clothing for school.
Over the years we have had our headquarters for sorting and distributing clothing at various Evanston elementary schools, as well as in the coachhouse of the old District 65 property on Asbury. Since 2002, we have been thrilled to operate our beautiful clothing center from the District headquarters at 1500 McDaniel in Evanston.

We have clothed thousands of children with the help of countless volunteers and contributors. Through the generations ESCCA has evolved, while our mission and support has remained steadfast. We invite and encourage you to help us in any way you can.

2022-2023 OFFICERS


Presidents: Allison Hackney and Carolyn Myszkowski
1st Vice President: Natascha Freeman and Bridget Nelson
2nd Vice President: Kelly Siddiqui
3rd Vice President: Laura Hohnhold
Treasurer: Cindy Hicks          
Recording Secretary: Robin Maddox


Mary Cox - Volunteer Liaison

Tanya Brown- Volunteer Liaison 

Elaine Darer - CRM & Referral tracking
Julie Zare- Supervisor Team Leader

Emily Erickson - Health Clerk Liaison

Madeleine Cusick - Facilities Assistant

Cydney Crain Post - Purchasing Coordinator

Sally Lynch - Purchasing (shoes)

Enid Shapiro - Purchasing (coats)

Allison Gordon - Purchasing (jeans, joggers, leggings)

Julie Jensen - Used Clothing Procurement

Diane Kastman - Recipient Scheduling

Diane Wright - Recipient Scheduling

Iden Nowlin - Recipient Scheduling

Valerie Velho- Social Media/ Communications

Sharon Enochs - Funds Controller

Mara Siler-Price - Fundraising

Kathy Maljaei - Fundraising
Susan Roche - Marketing & Publicity (Pumpkin Patch)
Tracy Gallun - Member at Large

Linnea Mead - Member at Large

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