Support BCHFS

Ways to Help

There are Many Ways to Help BCHFS

Invest in others. And BLESS YOU ALL!

By giving of your time, talents and financial resources, you are making an investment in the lives of those we serve. The work of our ministry could not continue without the kindness and generosity of our BCHFS supporting family.

Since 1918, Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services has provided Christ-centered services to thousands of people from every corner of Illinois and beyond. BCHFS does not receive Illinois state purchase of care funding, nor do we receive funding through the Southern Baptist Cooperative Program. Our ministries exist only because churches and private individuals just like YOU say that the work we do and the lives we touch matter!

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Ways to Support Our Ministries

Become a Sustainer

A sustainer is an investor who commits to making a financial gift on a monthly basis. Those who give monthly help provide us with the stable, predictable income we need pay our ongoing operating expenses.

Immediate Gifts

Gifts of cash, stocks or property are immediately translated into the lives of children and families in crisis. Gifts may be made through our secure website by clicking the “Donate” button at the top of each page, or by mail to 949 County Road 1300 N, Carmi, IL 62821.

Deferred Gifts

You can leave a legacy through planned gifts such as wills, gift annuities, life insurance policies, etc. and ensure the continued stability and expansion of the Christ-centered ministries offered by BCHFS. For long-term friends of our ministry, a planned gift can permanently endow regular support, providing for children and families well into the future.

Automatic Transfer

Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services is pleased to offer a convenient way for supporters to make a regular gift to the ministry. We can arrange an automatic transfer from your bank account directly to BCHFS each month. You can terminate or alter the arrangement at any time. Click  here  for automatic transfer instructions  For questions about setting up an automatic transfer contact Krystal Donelson at (618) 382-4164, ext. 1103.

Ways to Become a Supporting Church

Add BCHFS to your Church’s Budget

Churches from across the state have chosen to invest in our ministry by including BCHFS in their church budgets. Some churches send a percentage of their undesignated gifts monthly, others choose to send a fixed amount each month. Regardless of the method your church chooses, the regular financial support it provides can have a profound impact on the lives of those served by our ministry.

It is important to keep in mind that BCHFS does not receive Cooperative Program funding, so unless BCHFS is in your church budget as a line item, your church may not be providing support to BCHFS.

Participate in Mother’s Day Offering

Each year, BCHFS gives every Southern Baptist church in the state of Illinois the opportunity to participate in the annual Mother’s Day Offering. The funds that we receive through our Mother’s Day Offering are absolutely essential to the survival of our ministry, accounting for around 7% of our yearly operating budget. You can help by encouraging your church to promote and participate in the offering.

For more information about how you or your church can begin to invest financially in the lives of children and families in your community, contact us at (618) 382-4164 or by email at As a private 501(c)(3) agency, all gifts to BCHFS are fully deductible for state and federal income tax purposes.

Volunteering at BCHFS: Putting Your Love into Motion

It has been said that “volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” At BCHFS, our volunteers are an essential part of our ministry. So much of what we do would not be possible without the help of those who care enough to generously give of their time and talents. Regardless of your skills and abilities, there is a place where you can serve! You can become a church representative or help with special projects such as stuffing envelopes, etc. You can serve as a tutor to our kids or help with our Fall Festival and other fund raising events. Your youth group can even get involved at Baptist Children’s Home by participating in Latreia, our youth mission opportunity.

Special Event Volunteer

BCHFS hosts a number of special events all over the state and we are always in need of volunteers who can help make them a success. Check out our special events page to find an event near you then contact our offices to find out more about how you can get involved.

Special Project: Latreia (Student Missions)

Latreia, which in Greek means “worship through service,” is our youth mission experience. Youth groups can participate by performing a variety of much-needed service projects around our Carmi campus. Secure your group’s reservation today by contacting Timber Mabes at (618) 382-4165, ex. 2209 or email

Become a BCHFS Church Representative

It is our goal to have a volunteer representative in each Southern Baptist church and association who can serve as a communications liaison between BCHFS and your local church. Church reps will receive regular communications from BCHFS regarding our services, events, etc. so they can share the information with their church family. If you are interested in becoming a BCHFS volunteer representative within your church or association call Paula Joy at (618) 382-4164 ext 3105. 

Planned Giving: A Great Way to Leave a Legacy line

For most people, the largest act of financial stewardship they will make in their lifetime is the development of their estate plan. Including Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services in your estate plan gives you the opportunity to leave a legacy that touches future generations for Christ. Perhaps you are a supporter of BCHFS but are unable to make the gift you would like today. Maybe you would like to provide a gift that lives on after you are gone and reflects your heart for helping children and families in the name of Christ. Regardless of your motivation, BCHFS offers a number of planned gift options that can help you provide for your family and establish a gift that will make an eternal difference in the lives of hurting children and families. The following are a few of the options available for making a planned gift to BCHFS.

Charitable Bequests

Charitable Bequests are the most commonly used method of making a planned gift. A bequest is a gift a donor makes through his or her will or trust. It allows donors to keep and use their assets during their lifetime. The assets are transferred to the charity upon the donor’s death. The donor’s estate will receive a charitable estate tax deduction at his or her death, when the gift is made to charLeave a Legacy through Planned Giving at BCHFSity.

Charitable Lead Trust

A Charitable Lead Trust is designed to help donors who would like to benefit both their family and the charity of their choice. A Charitable Lead Trust is funded when a donor transfers assets into the Trust. The Trust will pay fixed income to the benefiting charity for a period of time, after which the remaining assets will be transferred to the donor or his or her family. The CLT allows donors to pass property or assets to their family while reducing or even eliminating the gift or estate taxes they might incur.

BCHFS Centennial Fund

In 2018, BCHFS introduced the BCHFS Centennial Fund. This unique fund allows you to give directly toward BCHFS ministry growth. Gifts given to the Centennial Fund are not used for general operations, but are invested and multiplied to provide for future ministry expansion. BCHFS is prayerfully considering a number of exciting new ministry opportunities. As the Lord leads, we plan to expand our services to reach new segments of the population. But, we cannot do it without YOUR help.

Transformational gifts are needed to help us reach our funding goal of $5 million. The BCHFS Centennial Fund promotion will run through December 31, 2020. Gifts can be given as a lump sum or as installments paid over the course of the promotion. Donors who participate in any of these giving levels will be permanently recognized in a beautiful Centennial Prayer Garden to be constructed on our Carmi campus.

Become a Member of the Anna Ruth Rhine Legacy Society

Anna Ruth Rhine was born on Christmas day in 1920.  She never married nor had any children of her own, but she devoted her life to children as the school librarian.

Ms. Anna was a loyal supporter of BCHFS and loved it when members of our staff would come to visit.  She often spoke about how grateful she was to have been raised by such loving parents and would cry as she remembered the time her family got to meet the children at the Carmi Orphanage.  Those visits sparked a life-long passion in her heart for improving the lives of hurting children.

Ms. Anna Ruth Rhine passed away in 2008. Our staff was unaware that BCHFS had been listed as a beneficiary of her estate and astonished to learn that her bequest was the largest individual gift we have ever received!  Though Ms. Anna is now home with the Lord, she will continue to impact the lives of children and families far into the future because of the legacy she chose to leave.

In her honor, BCHFS has created the Anna Ruth Rhine Legacy Society as a way to recognize not only her but all of those who choose to invest in the lives of children and families through their estate planning.

Let us Say Thanks!

“We should give roses while people are living.”  Too often we don’t find out that someone has included Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services in their estate plans until after the donor is deceased. We would like to be able to thank you while you are still with us!

Have your name memorialized with a personalized leaf on the Legacy Society Tree.

How You Become a Member

Membership in this group is extended to anyone who establishes an endowment or leaves a legacy gift to BCHFS through a will, trust, or any other planned estate gift.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3

Learn more about the Anna Ruth Rhine Legacy Society

If you would like to learn more about how you can make an eternal difference in the lives of children and families by making a planned gift to Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services please contact us at (618) 382-4164or by email at At BCHFS, we understand the final decisions are yours. You can rest assured that our BCHFS advisors will provide you with the information you need and will never pressure you into making a gift to our ministry. You will be instructed to consult your financial adviser or attorney before finalizing a major gift.

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Women of Compassion

Women of Compassion is an group of philanthropic women who will unite for the common purpose of supporting BCHFS through their prayers and financial support.  Membership is extended to women who contribute $500 or more to the Women of Compassion fund at Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services.

Members of the Women of Compassion group will gather this Spring at the WOC Forum to discuss ways to help children and families in crisis and determine where a portion of the funds raised by the group should be directed. Your gift will be multiplied exponentially as you join forces with other passionate women to leave your mark upon the ministry of BCHFS.

One woman acting in the power of Christ can do great things…Women working together, in the power of Christ, can move mountains!

Benefits of Membership include:

  • Be personally involved in the ministry of Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services.
  • Participate in a community of women passionate about helping hurting children and families.
  • Become empowered with a group of like-minded women for a joint purpose.

Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me. – Mark 9:37

Join our upcoming 2022 WOC Forum

  • Saturday, March 5, 2022
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Angels’ Cove Cottage Tour – 9:00 AM
  • Logan St. Baptist Church, 800 N. 42nd St, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Learn more about this exciting program by calling Paula Joy at (618) 382-4164 Ext 3105

Paula Joy – Women of Compassion Coordinator

  • Office Tel: (618) 382-4164 Ext 3105
  • E-mail: Paula Joy