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Arnold: United Way allocates more than $1 million to partner agencies

September, we asked you if you were ready. … Were you ready to be a hand-raiser? To be a game-changer? To fight for every person in McHenry County? To give where you live?

Through the course of our campaign year, those hands went up high, and we are so proud to say that we have raised not only awareness, but donations so that we could allocate even more money to our 30 partner agencies. Thank you McHenry County for choosing to give back to our community.

Holding on to exciting news like that is hard and we couldn’t wait to unveil the results. Our staff and board of directors are thrilled to reveal that we are reinvesting over $1 million dollars to the 48 McHenry County programs we support, an increase of $139,472 from last year.

“We are grateful to the United Way and its donors for this investment in the health of our community,” said Executive Director Suzanne Hoban of Family Health Partnership Clinic, a grant recipient of United Way. “Lack of access to health care contributes to worker absenteeism, increased use of the emergency room and incredible financial stress on our neighbors. Donors to United Way have made a significant impact on the lives of the people we serve, and to our community as a whole. We are stronger together.”

After two years of working on our annual campaigns, I can tell you confidently that we are better collectively. The dedication and commitment to make our community a better place is overwhelming and I think we are just scratching the surface. It’s because of all of you that we are able to help one in four residents in McHenry County, benefiting more than 91,000 people through the programs and services provided by our partner agencies.

With that, we offer congratulations to these agencies’ who serve our residents on their grant awards:

• 4 -C: Community Coordinated Child Care – $3,050

• Adult & Child Therapy Services – $100,000

• Association for Individual Development – $25,000

• Big Brothers Big Sisters McHenry County – $60,000

• Boy Scouts Blackhawk Area Council – $2,500

• CASA of McHenry County – $26,000

• Catholic Charities (Lake County) – $20,000

• Catholic Charities (Rockford Diocese) – $4,000

• Child Advocacy Center – $1,500

• Community Action Agency – $65,000

• Consumer Credit Counseling Service – $2,520

• Family Alliance – $65,000

• Family Health Partnership Clinic – $65,000

• Friendship House – $30,000

• Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois – $2,500

• Greater Elgin Family Care Center – $10,080

• Home of the Sparrow – $43,500

• Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault – CARE Center – $13,000

• Pioneer Center for Human Services – $110,000

• Prairie State Legal Services – $8,040

• Rosecrance McHenry County – $29,460

• Sage YMCA – $22,000

• Samaritan Counseling Center – $7,500

• Senior Care Volunteer Network – $22,000

• Senior Services Associates – $31,000

• The Salvation Army – $70,000

• TLS Veterans – $13,000

• Turning Point – $95,000

• United Way 2-1-1 Program – $14,400

• Volunteer Center of McHenry County – $25,000

• Youth and Family Center of McHenry County – $14,000

For information visit our website at www.uwmchenry.org.

• Heather Arnold is marketing manager of the United Way of Greater McHenry County. Email her at harnold@uwmchenry.org.

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