This month in the Neighborhood

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The Annual Turkey Trot 5K

Thanksgiving Morning
8:30 am

Taste of Edwardsville


Through our efforts, we aspire to ease the financial burdens of local families with various needs, while inspiring generosity and goodwill among the residents of our community. In doing so, we ultimately hope to extend the positive impacts of our work throughout neighboring communities as well.

These goals can only be achieved with the support of our great community. Please contact us to learn more about becoming a part of the neighborhood.

Explore our site to learn more about our mission and feel free to contact us with any questions or nominate a friend.

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Nice to meet you.

In 2009, Chad and Kathie Opel, along with their family organized the first annual Taste of Edwardsville as a standalone fundraiser benefiting the Greg Seibert Foundation after Chad’s own stepfather suffered a spinal stroke. After witnessing the event’s success, outpouring of generosity by the Edwardsville community and the difference it made for Chad’s own family, they were inspired and committed to make this an ongoing community effort — with the goal of helping other families in similar times of crisis.

By 2010, Edwardsville Neighbors in Need was established as a certified 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Today, we work diligently to promote our services in the community and actively seek and accept nominations for families facing medical hardship within District 7. All fundraising events, community efforts, nomination and awards of assistance are overseen, reviewed and decided by an acting Board of Directors.

To meet our board members, click their names above.

Click here to see the video about Edwardsville Neighbors In Need


Kathie grew up in Bethalto, and married into the Edwardsville community in 2004. She received a B.S. in Mass Communications from SIUE, and a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law. She currently works as an attorney with Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C.


Chad is a life-long Edwardsville resident. He graduated from EHS in 1998, where he was a part of the undefeated State Championship baseball team. He then joined the Cougar baseball team and graduated from SIUE in 2002. He is now a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual, and is passionate about helping families plan their financial futures.


Veronica made Edwardsville her home in 1995 and is thrilled to be part of this growing and thriving community. A graduate of Columbia College in Missouri, she currently works in advertising as a Direct Marketing specialist with DDB/Rodgers Townsend in STL. She is also owner and floral designer at Vine Floral Design in Edwardsville.


Dr. Frye has been in the Edwardsville community for the last ten years. She attended SIUE before entering Logan College of Chiropractic. Upon graduating from Logan, she and her husband, Dr. Clint Frye, opened up their private practice in Edwardsville. They have been serving the Edwardsville and surrounding communities with care for the past six years. She is amazed by the growth she has seen in the community over the years and is excited to be part of such a caring and involved community.


Dr. Frye has been in private practice with his wife, Dr. Brooke Frye, in Edwardsville area for the last six years and moved to Glen Carbon last year. He attended the University of Illinois where he received his B.S. in Kinesiology, Sports Medicine and Athletic Training, then attended Logan College of Chiropractic where he received his doctorate. He maintains an active membership in the EdGlen Chamber of Commerce and loves all that Edwardsville has to offer to its residents. He is honored to be able to give back to the community.


Rich grew up in the Metro East and graduated from SIUE with a B.S. in Psychology in 2001. He is a Healthcare Representative and Physician Coordinator for Essence Healthcare. He currently lives in Glen Carbon with his wife, Heather, and their three awesome kids. They are actively involved with the local Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Edwardsville YMCA and their sports, The Sold Project St. Louis, and their local church.


Jenny is a 22-year resident of Glen Carbon. She is a registered nurse working for SIUE Health Services. Jenny is the former chairwoman for the Village of Glen Carbon Resident's Advisory Board. She has chaired numerous committees for District 7 including work on the Citizen's Advisory Council, CAC Motivational Technology Grant, KEYS Charter School, and school events. A past president of the Junior Service Club, she continues as a sustaining member. She is married to Dan and has three sons.


An Edwardsville resident since 1981, Diane is currently a nurse practitioner in Granite City. She has been a member of the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Junior Service and part of the steering committee for our local Habitat for Humanity. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She and husband, David have 2 children: Matthew, an electrical engineer in Chicago; and Katie an employee of an environmental issue company in Hawaii.


Dee is a 25-year resident of Edwardsville and Chief Financial Officer at First Clover Leaf Bank. She graduated SIUE with a B.S. in Accounting,1985. And is currently part of the THANKS organization, serving on the Fiscal Management Board at Trinity Lutheran Church, and a member of the Edwardsville Mobile Intensive Care Trust Committee. Dee lives in Edwardsville with her husband Keith and their children Josh and Megan. Also, she is active at Metro East Lutheran High School where her daughter is a student.


Our blog is dedicated to telling you about local Edwardsville families ENIN has assisted. And, at times we'll just want to share stories about how great our community is! It is through community nomination and support that makes what we do possible -- as every dollar ENIN receives goes direct to helping District 7 families in crisis. We can’t express enough our thankfulness to the Edwardsville community. Or, how inspired we are by the strength of the families nominated to us as they so often exemplify resiliency in the face of adversity.

Please tell us:


Please tell us about the family you are nominating for help:


Please name two people that know you and the family you are nominating.


Our 2015 Restaurants

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The 7th Annual Taste of Edwardsville will be held March 7, 2015 from 7-11 pm at the Leclaire Room.

Event details to come!

All proceeds benefit Edwardsville Neighbors in Need.

Important Dates

  • November 27, 2014 – Thanksgiving Morning

November 27th, 2014 8:30 am | Kids Fun Run 9:15 | Township Park, Edwardsville IL

Join us Thanksgiving morning for our 5th Annual Turkey Trot 5K.

This race is professionally timed by Final Lap Racing. The course is out and back on Nickel Plate Trail, starting and finishing at Township Park.

Race packets will be distributed November 26, 2014 | 4-8 pm | Visionary Wealth Advisors | 1254 University Drive EDW IL 62025.

Race day registration and packet pickup starting at 7 am. Parking in Township Park and Metro East Lutheran HS.

PO Box 312 Edwardsville IL 62025
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