The Mop Shop will continue efforts to meet the needs of our many clients.  In cooperation with friends at the Food Basket and Northwest Academy, we will be moving our opening dates to the SECOND Monday of the month in the New Year.  Our hours will remain the same.  We will be open from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Monday, January 11; Monday, February 8; and Monday, March 8, 2021.  Pre-packaged bags and laundry detergent will be distributed from the entry at the main entrance to the Municipal Building where The Mop Shop is located.  Please mark your calendars and help us spread the word!  We are looking forward to returning to our long-standing dates and location as soon as it is safe to do so.  Your health and safety, and that of our volunteers, are our top priority.  (December 2020)


Thanks to Ron Avery of the Avery Foundation and one of the contributors to By My Sister's Side Stories of Hope and Resilience, he and Mindy were on the air at Radio KLYV with Chris Farber on Friday, November 13.  In additional to discussing the book, Mindy also had an opportunity to share with listeners the story of The Mop Shop.  All proceeds from the sale of  By My Sister's Side go to The Mop Shop in memory of co-founder Missy Dalgarn. (November 2020)


Just a reminder!  Volunteers at The Mop Shop will be distributing pre-packaged bags, laundry detergent and candy canes from the Community Building on Monday, December 7, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Please drive around the Community Building and stop at the double doors on the west side of the building.  Remain in your cars and items will be added to your back seat or trunk.  See you then! (November 2020)


We're moving inside!  Temperatures are falling and the Northwest Academy & Special Education Cooperative, the home of The Mop Shop, remains closed to the general public. For that reason, product distribution in November and December  will be from the Elizabeth Community Building, located just across the parking lot from the school.  Clients should drive through the parking lot, circle around the Community Building and stop at the marked door on the west side of the building.  Please remain in your car, pop your trunk or unlock your rear door and volunteers will deliver pre-packaged product.  Masks are a must! We look forward to seeing you on November 2 and December 7.  Stay safe and warm in the weeks ahead! (October 2020) 


We hope to see you for curbside pickup on Monday, October 5 at Terrapin Park from 10:00 am to 12 noon.  We'll be waiting for you under the Park Pavilion.  Face masks are required.  Please drive around the Community Building to minimize congestion in the school parking lot.  See you on the 5th!  (September 2020)


The Mop Shop will open for curbside pickup on Monday, September 21.  Current clients may pick up items from the Terrapin Park pavilion from 10:00 am to 12 noon.  Face masks are required!  In order to avoid congestion in the school parking lot, please drive around the Community Building as you exit.  Hope to see you on September 21! (September 2020)


Mark your calendar!  The Mop Shop will be distributing pre-packaged bags and laundry detergent to current clients on Monday, August 10 from 10:00 am to 12 noon.  Please wear face coverings.  We'll be under the pavilion in Terrapin Park, just across the parking lot from the Municipal Building.  See you then! (August 2020)


The Mop Shop will be open for curbside service on Monday, July 20, from 10:00 am to 12 noon.  Pre-packaged bags and laundry detergent will be distributed to current clients only.  For the health and safety of all, masks are a must!  We hope to see you then!  (July 2020)


The Mop Shop will reopen to current clients on Monday, June 15! Pre-packaged bags and laundry detergent will be available from 10:00 am to 12 noon.  The distribution point will be outside for the health and safety of clients and volunteers.  Masks are a must! We look forward to seeing you then! (June 2020)


We are looking forward to reopening on Monday, June 15!  In doing so, we want to thank the many individuals, organizations and businesses that stepped up to lend a hand.  Members of the Quilters of The Territory, the Eagle Is and Susan Williams donated nearly 200 face masks; members of Have Fork Will Travel, unable to enjoy a meal out due to the Coronavirus, donated the money they would have spent to The Mop Shop and The Mop Shop received generous donations from local churches and banks.  The generosity of this community knows no bounds!  Thank you! (May 2020) 

Although The Mop Shop planned to distribute prepackaged bags of basic supplies in May, the Governor has now extended the stay-at-home order until the end of the month.  The spread of Covid19 in Illinois continues to increase and is now expected to peak in mid-May.  Many cleaning products are out of stock locally as well as via online sources.  We will do our best to be fully stocked once we are able to fully reopen. In the meantime, please take care, be safe and stay healthy...and home. (April 24, 2020)

We regret that The Mop Shop will remain closed throughout the month of April due to the continuing spread of the Coronavirus.  We hope to reopen in May as product becomes available.  Take care, be safe and stay healthy.  (March 2020)

In an effort to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus, The Mop Shop will be closed for the remainder of the month of March.  We hope to reopen on Monday, April 6, but will continue to evaluate that as more information becomes available.  In the meantime, take care, be safe and stay healthy. (March 2020)


Many thanks to advisor Maggie Guenzler and members of Stockton Servant Leadership and the National Honor Society for collecting t-shirts and transforming them into rags for clients at The Mop Shop.  The soft, reusable and absorbent cloths are popular items among clients.  What perfect timing with spring cleaning right around the corner!  (March 2020)


In memory of Missy Dalgarn, co-founder of The Mop Shop, the Melissa A. Dalgarn Mop Shop Start-up Grant has been established to encourage individuals in other communities to establish their own mop shops.  It has always been the hope that mop shops will become as prevalent as food banks.  The original contention was that if people could not afford food, they likely could not afford cleaning products.  And, if they had to make a choice between the two, putting food on the table would be the understandable choice.  Two grants, in the amount of $500 each, are available in the states of Iowa and Illinois.  2020 grant applications are available now.  Please contact Mindy at for further information. (February 2020)


It has been great fun spreading news about The Mop Shop this month.  Meetings have been held with the Kiwanis Club, a representative from the Elks Club and members of Fortnightly, the oldest women's organization in the state of Illinois!  We appreciate the opportunity to share our story!  (February 2020) 

A review of records from 2019 shows that donations were received from 35 businesses, civic organizations, churches, schools, banks and youth groups.  Nearly 100 individuals living in 15 states across the country...from Washington to Florida and California to Rhode Island, supported our cause!  Thanks to the many friends of The Mop Shop! (January 2020)


The season of giving saw an outpouring of gifts to The Mop Shop.  Friends, neighbors, businesses, banks, churches and youth groups made generous donations.  Special thanks to members of the Jo Daviess 4-H Federation who conducted a cleaning supply drive in memory of Missy, friends from Nashville, TN who sent product from, The Libman Company in Arcola, IL that sent multiple cases of Wonder Mops and brooms and dustpans and Mary Sue Klimstra for her ongoing support.  The shelves are fully stocked as we welcome the New Year!   Thank you, thank you, thank you!  (December 2019)

Several years ago, The Mop Shop was adopted by the Eagle I's, Eagle Ridge's Ladies Golf League.  We have appreciated their enthusiastic and generous support.  This August, over 100 ladies from the Galena community and beyond participated in their golf invitational, an annual fundraiser.  Their generous donation was presented on December 6 at the Eagle Ridge Inn.  Many thanks ladies!  (December 2019)


Many thanks to Galena's Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Galena for their generous donations to The Mop Shop.  It is the support of civic organizations such as these that allows The Mop  Shop to continue keeping the shelves stocked for those less fortunate in Jo Daviess County.  Thank you for your continued interest in and dedication to The Mop Shop!  (November 2019)


As we continue our efforts to encourage other communities to establish mop shops, stories of The Mop Shop have appeared this month in the Purdue University Retirees Association newsletter and The Chronicle Magazine at Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR).  I'd welcome opportunities to share our story with others in hopes of meeting our ultimate goal!  (November 2019).


Again this year, the congregation of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Scales Mound sponsored Trick or Treat for The Mop Shop.  This creative annual event grows in popularity each year!  Large black garbage cans with colorful signs serve as receptacles for product at five locations throughout the month of October.  Disinfecting wipes, paper towels, multi-surface cleaners, window cleaner, laundry detergent, fabric softener, mops, brooms and buckets filled my car last week!  Shelves at The Mop Shop are FULLY  stocked!  Heartfelt thanks to the congregation at Shepherd of the Hills and the many donors who gave so generously.  Special thanks to members of the congregation at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Warren who filled their can to overflowing!  (November 2019)

In recognition of Global Handwashing Day in October, clients were invited to select one of several varieties of Soft Soap.  Celebrated each year on October 15, this year's theme is Clean Hands for All!  How fun! (October 2019)

A story on The Mop Shop appeared in the September issue of PURA News, the electronic newsletter sent to Purdue University retirees.  It is another effort to reach out to communities at large in hopes that others will be interested in opening mop shops in their own locales.  (September 2019)

The Mop Shop was delighted to welcome Kris Nelson to our warm and welcoming group of volunteers.  Welcome to the team Kris!   (August 2019) 

Fill 'er up!  Thanks to a generous donor, The Mop Shop received three 25 gallon drums of laundry detergent!  Clients have been invited to bring their empty or nearly empty detergent jugs to The Mop Shop for a refill!  (August 2019)

We had twenty-eight clients on August 5, our fifth anniversary.  When we opened our doors five years ago, we served 30-32 people each month for the first several months.  During the past three years, that number has grown to include as many as 86 clients per month.  (August 2019)

Friends, neighbors, relatives, former colleagues, civic organizations, banks, churches and local businesses made generous donations to The Mop Shop in memory of Missy.  Our family has been overwhelmed by the many kind words of comfort and the thoughtfulness and generosity of the community.  The support has meant the world to us during this most difficult time.  (August 2019) 

It is with overwhelming grief that I write this.  Missy, my sister, my twin, my best friend and co-founder of The Mop Shop, passed away on Friday, July 12.  It was her hope that she would live to celebrate the fifth anniversary of The Mop Shop on August 5.  Sadly, it was not meant to be.  Missy felt strongly about lending a hand to those less fortunate.  Thanks to dedicated volunteers and an extraordinarily generous community, The Mop Shop will continue to serve those in need in Jo Daviess county.  Missy was so very proud of all those associated with The Mop Shop:  the volunteers, the donors, the clients and the many friends and supporters we made during the past five years.  Our hope was that this mop shop serve as a template for others....and that mop shops become as prevalent as food pantries.  I will strive to reach that's what Missy would have wanted.  (July 2019)

The Mop Shop tends to experience an increase in client visits during the summer months.  Last July we had a record high of 86 client visits.  This month, we welcomed 78 clients.  Thanks to our generous donors, we are able to  meet the increase in demand.  New and returning clients are always welcome! (June 2019)

In three months, The Mop Shop will celebrate its fifth anniversary. In recognition of the occasion, clients, volunteers, donors and friends are invited to share their thoughts for publication in a special fifth year anniversary book.  Please send your comments to Mindy at by Monday, June 3.  The book will be on display at The Mop Shop throughout the month of August.  Thanks for your continued interest and support! (May 2019)

About four times each year, The Mop Shop offers a popular item during the month that is a special give-away.  In April, 65 clients, including ten new families, were thrilled to receive a roll of paper towels.  Thanks to Tammy Lee at Piggly Wiggly for making the donation that made this possible.  She's been a steadfast supporter since we opened our doors nearly five years ago! (April 2019)

It was a pleasure and privilege to share the story of The Mop Shop with members of the Galena Kiwanis Club on April 9.  On display were some of our most sought after products, the framed lists of donors, The Mop Shop anniversary books and our logo.  It does take  a village to make a difference and we have been blessed with dedicated volunteers and incredibly generous communities!  Hats off to the Kiwanis Club for this opportunity! (April 2019)

As recipients of the 2016 TCEDA NonProfit Collaboration Award, we were honored to be invited to attend the 10th anniversary celebration of Northwest Illinois Economic Development (formerly Tri-County Economic Development). Lisa McCarthy, NWILED executive director, has provided outstanding leadership to existing and start-up businesses through education, demand-based programs and consulting. (March 2019)

We were pleased to welcome Nikki Sands to The Mop Shop on Monday, February 11.  Nikki is a Child Protection Specialist with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS).  She was impressed with our efforts and looks forward to sharing information we provided with clients, colleagues and fellow church members. (February 2019)  

Coats of many colors!  An incredible act of kindness and generosity occurred at The Mop Shop on Monday, December 10.  Volunteer Pat Alspaugh and her daughter Shannon Spaid made 48 winter coats available to the children of clients at TMS.  With temperatures hovering around 30 and Christmas just around the corner, the timing couldn't have been better.  Our sincere thanks to Pat, Shannon and all those who made this special delivery possible. (December 2018)


John Becker, a new friend of The Mop Shop, made two very generous donations through Tammy Lee at Tammy's Piggly Wiggly.  Cases of Dawn dish soap, bleach, disinfecting wipes and toilet bowl cleaner, our most sought after products, filled our car to overflowing!  Our heartfelt thanks to John and Tammy!  (December 2018)


What a perfectly timed surprise!  We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of Tammy Lee at Tammy's Piggly Wiggly in Galena.  She has been an ardent supporter of The Mop Shop since we opened our doors four years ago.  We were thrilled to receive 10 cases of laundry detergent and 10 cases of paper towels...two of our most popular commodities.  Thank you Tammy, for your consistent support of our efforts and those of so many other community organizations.  You are truly a community gem!   (November 2018)

For the third consecutive year, members of the congregation at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Scales Mound sponsored Trick or Treat for The Mop Shop.  Creatively decorated garbage cans were placed at the church, Sullivan's in Stockton, Pat's Country Store in Scales Mound and Dollar General in Elizabeth.  Individuals were invited to purchase cleaning supplies and add them to the cans.  Once again, the event was a resounding success!  Our sincere thanks to the congregation for the time, effort and energy devoted to this project each year as well as to the many generous community members who chose to lend a hand to those in need.  We appreciate your support! (November 2018)

Again this year, The Mop Shop was honored to receive a very generous donation from the Eagle I Invitational Golf Tournament.  Thanks ladies, for your continued support! (November 2018)

As of October 15, 1,000 plus clients and family members have registered at The Mop Shop.  Thanks to our generous donors and welcoming volunteers for their commitment to our community.  They make it the special place we call home.  (October 2018)

Our sincere thanks to the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church of Derinda for their generous donation.  Their ongoing support is truly appreciated.  We have registered just shy of 1,000 clients and family members since we opened in August of 2014 and records show we average 6 new clients and 7 new family members each month.  Thanks for so generously providing for those in need. (October 2018) 

The Mop Shop was recently invited to join the SPIDER (Service Provider Identification and Exploration Resource) database sponsored by the Department of Children and Family Services.  SPIDER is a database for youth and families in Illinois detailing information on 1,700 agencies and over 4,200 social service programs.  We are proud to be a part of this free, comprehensive service resource guide! (October 2018)

We were delighted to welcome Congresswoman Cheri Bustos to The Mop Shop on September 17.  Missy shared our story, described our outreach efforts and acknowledged the tremendous support we receive from the community. A story of the visit by Galena Gazette reporter Dan Burke appeared in the paper on September 26.  We continue to seek opportunities to encourage others to establish mop shops in their own communities and stand ready to help in any way we can. (September 2018)

The Mop Shop was pleased to be included in an article by Jim Winter, communications coordinator for the Galena Territory Association, that highlighted the community outreach efforts by those living in The Galena Territory.  Hats off to our nine Territory volunteers and the many residents who contribute so generously to The Mop Shop. (September 2018)

Happy birthday to The Mop Shop!  It was four years ago this month that we opened our door!  Since then over 970 clients and family members throughout Jo Daviess County have registered.  Our volunteers now include 9 warm, welcoming individuals and the support from the community continues to overwhelm us.  Our ultimate goal continues to be that this mop shop be the first of many that open to meet the needs of those less fortunate.  (August 2018)

Many thanks to the Galena Knights of Columbus for their continued support of The Mop Shop.  We couldn't do what we do without ongoing support for our generous community. (June 2018)

It was another tremendously successful Share Night at Culver's.  For the third consecutive year, friends of The Mop Shop enjoyed butterburgers, salads and frozen custard!  Between the event and follow-up donations, $537 was raised.  That's a lotta mops and brooms! (May 2018)

As a member of the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, The Mop Shop was once again pleased to participate in the Pot a Plant program.  Fourteen large, colorful flower pots line Main Street throughout the summer and fall. (April 2018)

Take advantage of a creative idea!  Dr. Cluchey at Healing Waters Chiropractic is offering an exam, adjustment and laser therapy session for just $49 during  the months of March and April.  Simply take two cleaning products with you to your appointment and they will be donated to The Mop Shop!  Call 815-776-7610 to schedule your appointment today! (March 2018)

A terrific resource was identified the first week of March!  The Mop Shop is now included on Facebook's Returning the Favor.  It's a tremendous compilation of good work being done in communities across the USA.  We're so pleased to be listed with others who reach out to make a difference.  (March 2018)

With the New Year underway, we registered 31 new clients and family members during the first two months of 2018.  While our commitment to The Mop Shop continues, we are increasingly saddened by the growing need in our community...and others like it throughout our country.  It is our ultimate goal that this mop shop be the first mop shop.  We would welcome the opportunity to help others establish mop shops in their own communities.  (February 2018)

Christmas brought with it gifts from friends, family, neighbors and local churches.  We couldn't do what we do without the generous support we receive during the holiday season and throughout the year.  We were overwhelmed by the gifts from those near and far.  Our heartfelt thanks to all.  (December 2017)

The third annual Trick or Treat for The Mop Shop sponsored by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Scales Mound was an immense success.  What a terrific job by members of the congregation!  With four collection sites, product donations were the best yet!  (November 2017)

Dear friend Chanda Hott arrived from Champaign, IL with a trunk load of cleaning supplies for The Mop Shop.  We were thrilled to receive Dawn dish soap, multi-surface cleaner and loads of Purex laundry detergent!  How thoughtful of her to support our cause.  (October 2017)

August was an eventful month!  In addition to celebrating the third anniversary of The Mop Shop, we were once again overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends and neighbors.  Donations were made by the Galena Elks Club, Tammy's Piggly Wiggly and the Eagle I's.  July is traditionally our busiest month so the donations couldn't have come at a better time.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! (August 2017)

The Galena Territory Garage Sale was held on June 10.  With 47 homes on the map, it was quite a day!  Heartfelt thanks to our generous neighbors, Sharon, Linda, Becky and Dee.  What a delightful surprise when they shared the proceeds from their sale with The Mop Shop!  Another Territory resident provided us with storage shelves that proved to be a perfect fit in the storage room!  It was a great day for The Mop Shop! (June 2017)

On Saturday, May 13, we enjoyed participating in the Adopt-A-Pot Program sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  As a member of the Chamber, The Mop Shop maintained a pot along Main Street from May through October.  What a colorful addition!  (May 2017)

A great time was had by all at Culver's Share Night!  Over $660 was raised to benefit The Mop Shop.  Our sincere thanks to Culver's, our enthusiastic volunteers and the many supportive members of the community who stopped by to enjoy burgers and shakes!  (May 2017)

Please plan to join us on Tuesday, May 2, between 4:30 and 7:30 pm for Culver's Share Night.  We hope to beat last year's $450 total!  See you there! (April 2017)

The Mop Shop was one among 46 businesses that participated in the first-ever Business Expo at the Elizabeth Municipal Building on April 29.  With 200 attendees it was a great way to spread the word about the availability of cleaning supplies at The Mop Shop.  In keeping with our mission to promote health, home and happiness, we distributed individual packets of Wet Ones. (April 2017)

Paula Sands Live!  A terrific day on the PSL set.  We thoroughly enjoyed sharing our story and spreading the word in hopes that other communities will establish their own mop shops.   Paula is a warm, welcoming host with a great sense of humor. (March 2017)

We'd like to welcome Carla Petitgout, our sixth volunteer.  Welcome aboard to a special lady!

(February 2017)


Many thanks to our brother Chris, visiting from Seattle, for his help in dismantling shelves in our garage, moving product, reassembling shelves and restocking them!  We couldn't have done it without him! (February 2017)


From garage  to new storage room!  Special thanks to our neighbors at the Food Basket for dismantling hallway lockers to accommodate a new storage room.  We appreciate their willingness to share space!  (January 2017)

We were thrilled to participate in what has become a tradition in the Galena Territory....the Holiday House Walk.  Heartfelt thanks to Jan Bye for opening her home to holiday visitors.  Over $700 was raised to benefit The Mop Shop.  That's a lotta mops and brooms!  (December 2016)

We welcomed Pat Willy as our fifth volunteer in November.  We're fortunate to have another warm, thoughtful team member join us.  Welcome Pat!  (November 2016)

The second annual Trick or Treat for The Mop Shop was fabulous!  Sincere thanks to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church for sponsoring this creative event...and to the local businesses that provided drop off sites - The Galena Gazette, Pat's Country House Grocery and Apple River Bank in Elizabeth and Warren...and to those community members who donated mops, cleansers, paper towels, sponges, laundry detergent, bowl cleaner, brushes and more.  Terrific! (October 2016)

To that kind gentleman stranger in line behind us at the Dollar Tree in La Crosse, WI...your generosity in "picking up The Mop Shop tab" left us speechless!  WOW!  Blessings to you and yours! (October 2016)

ON THE AIR!  The Mop Shop enjoyed some radio time with Shary Gibson on WFRL AM 1570 in Freeport in early August.  Many thanks to Shary for providing the forum to share the story regarding the creation of The Mop Shop, its growth, our wonderful supporters and future goals.  We hope a few listeners may be intrigued and interested in creating Mop Shops in their own communities.  Cool! (August 2016)

Happy birthday to The Mop Shop!  August 4 marks the second anniversary of our opening.  Over 615 clients and family members have now registered with The Mop Shop.  Initially serving 30 or so clients each month, we now routinely see 60-65, occasionally serving over 70.  While we are saddened to see the need grow we are happy to partner with our generous donors in helping others.  (August 2016)

The congregation at the Lord of Love Lutheran Church in Galena has supported The Mop Shop since we opened our doors nearly two years ago.  Designating the third Sunday of every month as "Mop Shop Sunday" they have made an immese difference in the lives of the more than 600 clients and family members registered at The Mop Shop.  Words are inadequate to describe our appreciation. (July 2016)

Jeff Jensik and Jack Fisher from the Galena Knights of Columbus presented The Mop Shop with a very generous check in early July.  We continue to be overwhelmed by the kindness and support of our community.  What an incredible place to call "home."  (July 2016)

  • A sincere thank you to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Scales Mound for their on-going support.  Their recent financial donation means the world to us...we collectively continue to make a difference. (July 2016)

  • The Mop Shop "earns" $450 during Share Night at Culver's.  Thanks to Culver's and the great staff in Galena, our enthusiastic volunteers and the supportive community.  A fun time was had by all! (May 2016)

  • Calling all t-shirts!  There's a home for you in the collection bin at the Galena Middle School!  T-shirt contributions are welcome during the entire month of April.  Look for The Mop Shop Stop bins.  Our thanks to the Student Council and Lydia Nowak for their efforts on behalf of The Mop Shop.   (April 2016) 

  • Our sincere thanks to the Galena Lions Club for their most generous donation.  Our needs continue as we have now registered over 530 clients and family members.  The kindness of local businesses,  civic organizations, schools and churches has been overwhelming.  We're so proud to be part of a county that cares for others.  (April 2016)

  • The Mop Shop received a surprising and thrilling honor March 17 when it was presented with the 2016 TCEDA Non-Profit Collaboration Award.  Sincere thanks to all responsible for our collective success.  Together we ARE making a difference. (March 2016)

  • The Mop Shop received two incredibly generous donations in January.  Sincere thanks to John Slimp, owner of the delightful and delicious Otto's Place Cafe and Lounge in Galena and the wonderful Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Galena.  Your generosity is simply overwhelming!  (February 2016)

  • Thanks bunches to LuAnn Hott, Newell, IA and Chanda Hott, Bloomington, IL for their donation of t-shirts.  That's a lotta rags!  (January 2016)

  • TMS ended the year having registered 483 clients and family members from throughout Jo Daviess County.  Thank you to our many donors and supporters.  Kudos to Barb and Steve who staff the shop and neighbors Pat, John and Linda who so graciously provide storage space.  A special nod to Michael Dittmar, President of the Village of Elizabeth, for his continuing interest (and space).  It takes a village...and we have a very special one.  (January 2016)

  • Paper towels, sponges, Swiffers and more!  What a wonderfully generous surprise donation from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Galena.  We are overwhelmed by your kindness.  (December 2015)

  • In November, we exceeded previous record highs with 64 client visits.  In addition to the "trick or treat" event, a TMS donation day at Tammy's Piggly Wiggly and a donation table at WalMart provided much needed cleaning supplies.  Our sincere thanks to all donors and to those who visit the shop.  (November 2015)

  • Lots of tricks!  What a great success!  Thanks so much to the Sheperd of the Hills Lutheran Church for the outstanding "trick or treat" event to benefit The Mop Shop.  Thanks to the area businesses that provided donation sites, the community members who so generously donated product and the First Community Bank of Galena and the Mission Support group of the Sheperd of the Hills Lutheran Church for their generous financial donations.  Paper towels, laundry detergent, dish soap, buckets, sponges and toilet bowl cleaner were collected in abundance and will be put to good use.   Our heartfelt thanks to organizer Becky Wright.  (November 2015)

  • Trick or Treat for TMS!  A truly spook-tacular event is in the works thanks to the creativity and generosity of the Sheperd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Schapville.  During the month of October, "trash cans" have been set up at the church, Pat's Grocery in Scales Mound and Apple River Bank branches in Warren and Elizabeth to collect cleaning supplies and monetary donations for TMS.  As you visit these local businesses we invite you to drop off an extra roll of paper towels, dish soap, laundry detergent or other household cleaning product.  The Mop Shop has now registered nearly 450 clients and family members from ten communities throughout Jo Daviess County.  We continue to attract new clients each week.  The Mop Shop extends its most sincere appreciation to the congregation and to those who support the cause of helping others.  Happy Halloween!  (October 2015)

  • Just a reminder that The Mop Shop will be closed on Monday, September 7 in recognition of Labor Day.  We'll see you on Monday, September 14.  (August 2015)

  • Monday, August 3 marks the first anniversary of The Mop Shop.  Our heartfelt thanks to those who have supported us in so many ways.  Thanks too to those in need who have walked through our door.  Special thanks to Barb and Steve for their on-going support...a generous and dedicated group of thoughtful volunteers.  Here's to another great year!  Happy Birthday TMS! (August 2015)

  • On July 31, The Mop Shop had a complete floor to ceiling cleaning.  We will celebrate our first anniversary on Monday, August 3. (July 2015)

  • In July, we exceeded previous record highs with 48 client visits.  (July 2015)

  • The total client visits for June were the second highest ever at 43.  (June 2015)

  • May was another busy month at The Mop Shop where 25 new clients and family members registered.  With those numbers, we've exceeded our projection for the year.   As a result, our annual goal has been increased.  The Mop Shop remains committed to serving those in need.  (May 2015) 

  • Once again The Mop Shop was thrilled to participate in the Taste of Home Cooking School held in Galena in early May.  Our sincere thanks to those who stopped by our table, donated to our cause and indicated an interest in starting a mop shop in their communities.  (May 2015)

  • Tammy Lee from The Piggly Wiggly in Galena surprised us with another huge donation.  Our communities are indeed fortunate to have such a kind and generous business owner...a true leader in every sense.   (May 2015) 

  • The Mop Shop was happy to "adopt a pot" to brighten Elizabeth's Main Street this summer.  Look for our pot just outside the Jo Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation District office.  (May 2015)

  • Just a reminder that The Mop Shop will be closed on Monday, May 25 in honor of Memorial Day.  We'll see you on Monday, June 1.  Our heartfelt thanks to those who have so bravely served.  (May 2015)

  • April was another busy month at The Mop Shop.  We registered 18 new clients and 34 new family members. We are so pleased to offer assistance to those in need and thank the friends, schools, churches and agencies who are making these referrals.  (April 2015)

  • Our sincere appreciation to the Shepherd of the Hills Church in Scales Mound for their extraordinarily generous donation to The Mop Shop.  (April 2015)

  • Thanks to Claire Bersbach, Guilford Township Clerk, for submitting an article on The Mop Shop entitled Help for no cost to the township, for inclusion in the Township Perspective magazine.   It is a goal of this Mop Shop to serve as a template for others across the state and nation.  The monthly publication was distributed state-wide in April.  (April 2015)

  • We are happy to report that we registered our 100th client this month! (March 2015)

  • Piles and piles of rags and boxes of cleaning supplies were collected, sorted and packed by the Jo Daviess County 4-H Federation and donated to The Mop Shop.  The Rag Drive, a community service project, has been underway for several months.  Sincere thanks to 4-H'ers, leaders, parents and grandparents who participated.  (March 2015)

  • The Mop Shop registered nearly 250 clients and family members during its first six months of operation.  This success would not have been possible without generous donations from friends, family, neighbors and local churches, businesses, banks, schools and other community organizations.  New clients are always welcome.  (January 2015)

  • We are delighted to have received a very generous donation from the Libman Company that included cases of tornado mops and broom-dustpan sets.  These are among our most popular items.  (January 2015)

  • Thanks to family and friends for their generous donations during the holiday season. (December 2014)

  • As December drew to a close, records showed that 85 individuals and 135 family members from 9 communities within Jo Daviess County were served by The Mop Shop during the first five months of operation.  (December 2014)

  • Thanks to the Galena Territory Association office staff for their holiday donation to The Mop Shop.  (December 2014)

  • Our sincere thanks to Galena's Taste of Home Cooking School for the generous donation made to The Mop Shop.  Fran Onak presented a check to Missy on Wednesday, December 10.  (December 2014)

  • By early December The Mop Shop had provided support to over 200 family members from 9 communities within Jo Daviess County.  (December 2014)

  • Provided a tour of The Mop Shop to the Jo Daviess County 4-H Federation in preparation for their winter rag donation drive.  We appreciate the support of these young leaders.  (December 2014)

  • Thanks to Hoskins Building Center in Elizabeth for installing the new signage adjacent to The Mop Shop door inside the Municipal Building.  (November 2014)

  • Kelly Lindblom of Linden Soaps,, generously donated 21 sets of gift soaps to be distributed to clients during the holiday season.   (November 2014)

  • Generous donations were made by the Lord of Love Lutheran Church and the Galena Bible Church, AWANA Kid's Club.  Thanks to donations such as these, the shelves at The Mop Shop continue to be fully stocked. (November 2014)

  • First Quarter Report, August - October 2014:  clients 59, family members 83, total 142 serviced from 9 communities within Jo Daviess County. 

  • October 2014 Data:  12 new clients representing 35 family members from 9 communities within Jo Daviess County registered.  In total, 34 new and returning clients were serviced in October.  

  • September 2014 Data:  16 new clients representing 41 family members from 8 communities within Jo Daviess County registered.  In total, 31 new and returning clients were serviced in September. 

  • The Mop Shop was pleased to participate in Galena's Taste of Home Cooking School pre-event expo on September 25.  Eighty-five to 100 program participants stopped to learn about the services provided by The Mop Shop within Jo Daviess County.  It proved to be great exposure for TMS. (September 2014)

  • The congregation of the Lord of Love Lutheran Church made generous donations in support of Mop Shop Sunday.  (September 2014)

  • August 2014 Data:  31 clients representing 66 family members from 8 communities within Jo Daviess County registered.

  • The Mop Shop and other grantees were included in a Huffington Post blog submitted by the founder of The Pollination Project.  (August 2014)

  • Met with the congregation of the Lord of Love Lutheran Church.  We were advised that the third Sunday of every month has been designated as Mop Shop Day with cleaning supplies collected for donation to The Mop Shop.  (August 2014)

  • The Mop Shop has been added to The Pollination Project website.  We invite you to visit  (August 2014)

  • We're off to a great start!  We welcomed 20 clients with a total of 34 family members during Opening Day!  We're looking forward to welcoming more next Monday!  (August 2014)

  • Seventeen friends of The Mop Shop attended the ribbon cutting at 11:00 am on Friday, August 1, 2014. (August 2014)

  • Article entitled Mop Shop's mission is to fill a need appeared in the Galena Gazette on July 23, 2014. (July 2014)

  • Met with Hillary Dickerson, editor of The Galena Gazette, regarding the opening of The Mop Shop. (July 2014)

  • Donations happily accepted!  Room 131 is ready and shelves are being stocked.  (July 2014)

  • Marketing postcards delivered to all food pantries in Jo Daviess County.  (July 2014)

  • Cleaned, prepped and painted Room 131, The Mop Shop.  (July 2014)

  • Press release entitled The Mop Shop to Open in Elizabeth appeared in the July issue of the Territory Times, Vol. 35, No. 7 (June 2014)

  • President Michael Dittmar added a link to The Mop Shop from the Village of Elizabeth Community Services web page.  (June 2014)

  • Awarded a $500 grant from the Pollination Project,  (June 2014)

  • Launched The Mop Shop website,  Special thanks to Lydia Nowak for sharing her time and talent! (June 2014)

  • Store Manager Greg Finn at Gasser True Value in Galena provided a $50 gift certificate. (June 2014)

  • Press release announcing the opening of The Mop Shop submitted to the Territory Times in May for inclusion in the July 2014 issue.  (May 2014)

  • Grant request submitted to the Pollination Project.  (April 2014)

  • The Mop Shop logo was created by Tasha Lippold. (April 2014)

  • Jo Daviess County Health Department advised of plans to open The Mop Shop. (March 2014)

  • Visits to Jo Daviess County food pantries to advise of establishment of The Mop Shop. (March - ongoing)

  •  President Mike Dittmar announced Committee approval for use of space by The Mop Shop in the Elizabeth Municipal Building on or before August 1, 2014.  (March 2014)

  • Tammy Lee of Tammy's Piggly Wiggly in Galena pledges $500 in supplies to The Mop Shop.  (March 2014)

  • Employees of Premier Bank in Dubuque donate $130 to The Mop Shop following their "Jeans for a Cause" Day.  (March 2014)

  • University of Illinois Extension staff and Menominee Achiever's 4-H Club make product donations to The Mop Shop. (February 2014)  

  • Article announcing the establishment of The Mop Shop appeared in The Flash.  (February 2014)

  • Consulted with the River Bend Food Bank regarding plans to open The Mop Shop in Jo Daviess County. (January 2014) 







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