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Our Story

Our story begins with the visionary drive of Janet Evans, a resident of Palos Heights, Illinois, who in the spring of 2018, expressed her desire to aid women escaping domestic violence and homelessness. Encouraged by several friends who wished to join her in this cause, Zelda's Kitchen Witches was formed and a board of directors established. Their collective decision was to supply kitchen items to women moving into transitional housing seeking an independent life. They named the group Zelda's Kitchen Witches (ZKW), a name that combines Janet's childhood nickname, Zelda, with the Scandinavian folklore of the kitchen witch that symbolizes good fortune. Initially partnering with the domestic violence support services organization Crisis Center for South Suburbia, ZKW expanded its reach to include partnerships with Home2Home Project, Suburban Service League, and South Suburban Joy Emporium. Since September 2023, this 100% volunteer non-profit organization has assisted over 250 women and families in the Chicagoland area, providing kitchen supplies to an average of 5 clients per month.

First Meeting
Christ Lutheran Church,
Orland Park, IL.

First Board of Directors
Susan Boughan, Jane Carvey, Maria Desmond,
Janet Evans and Kathy Golding.

Founding Event

June 23, 2018

A "shower" was held at the home of Maria Desmond, Palos Park, IL. Attendees brought new kitchen items for donation to the Crisis Center.

Our Mission

Zelda's Kitchen Witches provides new kitchen items to women fleeing domestic violence and women who are homeless.
The women are moving into transitional housing seeking an independent life.

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Learn More About Us
Palos Heights TV4
Spotlight Interviews

Meet the ZKW Board

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Zelda's Kitchen Witches Board at the February 2023 Heart to Heart Donor Recognition Luncheon. 

PRESIDENT

Janet Evans

VICE- PRESIDENT

Maria Desmond

SECRETARY

Linda Parduhn

TREASURER

Paola Evans

DIRECTORS

Erin Brown, Jacquelyn Jenke, Janet Koliopoulos, Donna Lanigan,

Sue McErlean, Mary Ann Murnin, Maria Visvardis, Angie Weiss

SEED FUNDING

Suzy and Jonathan Evans

501(c)(3) STATUS

Loyola University Law Clinic

GOVERNMENT STATUS REPORTS

Lynne Sparks

STRATEGIC PLANNING

Chris Prioznik and Robin Bronstein

WEBMASTER

Kathryn Sofianos

Partnering Agencies

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