Advancing the Infant Welfare Society’s Mission

The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society (IWS) is an association of Chicago-area women who support the IWS Children’s Clinic in its mission to provide all children with unfettered access to quality health care. Society members believe that by working together, we can enhance the lives of our community’s at-risk children.

Since our inception in 1916, the Society has been organized around “circles,” small groups of women who join together to support the Society’s mission through fundraising and direct service volunteering. Currently, the Society consists of 150 members in eight circles, each with its own personality and traditions. These include Circle 80 for teenagers from area high schools. The circles meet at different times and on different days, so members can choose the circle that best suits their schedule.

Our Mission

The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society is a diverse member-driven organization committed to assuring the health and well-being of children. Through our IWS Children’s Clinic the IWS provides the highest quality medical, dental and social services to those who are unable to afford the cost of private health care. The Society’s work is powered by dedicated members and volunteers, a highly competent professional staff, generous donors, engaged partners and enlightened communities who share our view that sustaining the health of our children is a critical investment in the future.


The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society sponsors two all-circle fundraising events each year–the Holiday Housewalk & Market and the Tee It Up Fore Kids Golf Outing. The IWS also volunteers at the Economy Shop in Oak Park. In addition, many circles host their own smaller events. All of these events raise much-needed operating funds for the IWS Children’s Clinic.

Join us and volunteer your time and talents for a great cause. For information on membership, call 708.848.0528 ext. 235 or fill out our member form.

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Caring for Children

“Kids deserve better than emergency rooms for their medical needs, or no dental support at all. I am proud that we provide high quality and empathic care to children.”

Becky Brofman
Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society Member

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