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The Night's Shield Children's Shelter Hires a New Director of Development

(West Frankfort, IL, October 31st, 2011) While The Night's Shield Children's Shelter is a roof over the heads of Illinois children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected, there is an armor worn by staffers who do whatever it takes to make visiting children feel at home. Not only does it take a dedicated staff, on duty 24/7, it takes $11,000 to run the shelter week to week. As a non-profit organization, it takes fundraising dollars to keep the shelter functioning. To that end, the Night's Shield recently hired Shawna Williams of Pinckneyville as Director of Development to take charge of fundraising.

Williams learned of the Shelter three-years ago through a group of like-minded women who dedicate themselves to the Shelter by way of small fundraisers throughout the year. This group continues, still, and has raised over $10K and donated numerous items from the Shelter's needs list throughout those years. In February 2011, Vice President of the Shelter, Sara Bond asked Williams to join a new fundraising committee in order to accelerate and organize the fundraising process. Williams joined and has helped coordinate the meetings as well as played a major role in the committee's first event, September's White Knight Annual 5K. The run raised $7,000 in its first year and has been considered a success. Williams, who holds an undergraduate degree in visual communications from SIU-C and a Master’s degree in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design brings a marketing background, an ability to organize events, and enthusiasm for the cause to the Director of Development position. She is now leading the effort with the support of the Shelter's staff and Board of Directors, and plans to begin her efforts by publishing the first newsletter by November 1st. If you are interested in the cause, news and fundraising events of the Shelter, sign up for an e-newsletter at

"The goals of the Shelter are changing as we grow, and we need a plan which is structured and secure. While the current staff focuses on other vital areas, I can dedicate myself to maintaining contact with our gracious donors as well as reaching out to new potential donors. I’ll also be planning a much needed awareness campaign to maximize our efforts," Williams said. "I believe in the cause and believe that we can reach our goals with a little help from our friends."
The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides twenty-four hour emergency shelter for abused, neglected and/or abandoned children from the entire state. A primary goal of The Night’s Shield is to keep sibling groups together as often as possible. As a child-care institution, licensed by the state of Illinois, The Night’s Shield provides a secure, nurturing and home-like setting for the children to help reduce the current trauma these children are experiencing by providing them with support and nurturing.

For more information on the Nights Shield and how you can help call 618-932-6400, email us at, or visit us on the web at