Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society

Our Mission

The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society (IWS) is a diverse member driven organization with an abiding commitment to assuring the health and well being of children. Through our Children’s Clinic, the IWS provides the highest quality medical, dental and social services to those who are unable to afford the cost of healthcare. The work of the IWS 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 he health of our children is a critical investment in the future.

Since its inception in 1916, the Society has been organized around "Circles", small groups of women who join together to support the IWS mission through fundraising and direct service volunteering. As we reimagine the next 100 years, the membership is expanding to include men, young adults, businesses and more to help us with Our Mission.

Why Join

Joining the IWS offers a variety of benefits for the membership. These benefits include:

  • Making an impact in children’s lives
  • Interacting with those who need help
  • Getting involved in a local organization
  • Offering your time and talents to an organization providing healthcare to children in need
  • Meeting new people and working with others
  • Broadening your experiences and perspectives on life
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Voicing your opinions
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Having fun!

Circle 80 Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society

Formed in 2001, Circle 80 members are teenage girls from area high schools that include Oak Park River Forest High School, Fenwick High School, Trinity High School, and St. Ignatius High School, as well as home schooled high school students. Circle 80 members help support the IWS Children’s Clinic by hosting the annual patient holiday party and by providing back-to-school supplies. They also assist at Infant Welfare Society-wide fundraisers and events.

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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