About Us

Mothers and Children Playing

Families Helping Families!

FHFC works with social service agencies and schools in Lake and Cook Counties to meet the needs of children and families experiencing homelessness, poverty, food insecurity, and other challenges.


Our Story 

Our founder Amy Newman, a teacher in Waukegan, started Families Helping Families Chicagoland out of her home in honor and memory of her mother, YY who was continually giving and providing to others.  
Amy put her idea out on Facebook for help with her mission, and a  number of volunteers with various backgrounds (business and otherwise) stepped forward and FHFC was born!  
Within two years having helped thousands of families, the FHFC Board had successfully achieved 501c3 status, and was ready to dive in with both feet to help members of our community.
FHFC is still run by an all Volunteer Board who are all parents who come to us with a variety of experiences, talents, and skills.  Some of us go to work full-time outside of the house, some of us work full-time inside of the house, and some of us are a mixture of the two, but we all share a common goal - to help children in families in need in our community. 

Our Board

Amy Newman


Alisa Bay
Melanie Stagman-Boyd
Vice President
Melissa Dore

Community Relations

Genevieve Mercurio


Lauren Henderson


Elizabeth Cronin
Trish Abbey

Annice Moses