Arnold: United Way grants $1.1M to local nonprofit agencies

One of my relatives loves to share the quote “Be the change” on her social media. She has a such a positive outlook on life, and her quotes and pictures can be uplifting and incredibly inspiring. I’ve noticed that often her posts find me when I need the little reminder the most.

“Be the change” is incredibly prevalent in today’s society, and it’s open to interpretation in all areas of our lives. But in particular, today, to our McHenry County. Last fall, when we kicked off our annual campaign, we asked the community to be the change and continue to make our community a great place to live and work, affording all our residents access to what they need most to succeed.

We couldn’t be prouder to say that it’s thanks to all of you who helped United Way of Greater McHenry County raise the bar this past campaign year. You accepted the challenge to be the change, and for that, we are grateful. Your help and championship to give where you live and reinvest in our McHenry County allowed us to grant $1.1 million to our 29 local partner agencies beginning this July. This grant money will help to fund their specific programs in the areas of health, education and financial stability.

Congratulations to the following partner agencies, who are serving our McHenry County community, on their grant allocation:

• 4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care

Child Care Resource & Referral – $3,050

• Association for Individual Development

Family & Individual Counseling – $25,000

Bilingual Outreach – $8,000

• Big Brothers Big Sisters McHenry County

Youth Companion Program – $60,000

• Boy Scouts Blackhawk Area Council

Comprehensive Group Services – $4,000

• CASA of McHenry County

Child Abuse & Neglect Advocacy – $26,000

• Catholic Charities

Senior Nutrition Program (McHenry County) – $35,000

• Catholic Charities – Rockford Diocese

Bilingual Outreach – $2,750

Family & Individual Counseling – $1,750

• Child Advocacy Center

Child Abuse Victim Services – $12,500

• Community Action Agency

Head Start – $69,500

• Consumer Credit Counseling Service

Financial Management & Budget Counseling – $5,000

• Family Health Partnership Clinic

Health Care Services – $69,500

• Friendship House

Day Care – $30,000

• Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Comprehensive Group Services – $4,000

• Greater Elgin Family Care Center

Health Care Services (McHenry County) – $14,650

• Home of the Sparrow

Transitional Housing for Homeless – $24,000

Community Emergency Assistance – $24,000

• Independence Health & Therapy

Day Programming: Frail/Elderly Recovery – $25,000

Day Programming: Frail/Elderly Dementia – $24,000

Day Programming: Frail/Elderly Adult Day Health – $21,000

Physical Therapy Services – $62,000

Speech Therapy Services – $18,000

Occupational Therapy Services – $20,000

• Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Services – $15,000

• Pioneer Center for Human Services

Day Program for Homeless (PADS) – $44,000

Day Program Work Services – $4,000

Delinquency Prevention – $20,000

Homeless Transitional Housing Services – $52,000

• Prairie State Legal Services

Legal Assistance – $12,000

• Rosecrance McHenry County

Alcohol & Drug Counseling – $10,020

Family & Individual Counseling – $19,440

• Sage YMCA

Summer Day Care – $22,000

• Samaritan Counseling Center

Family & Individual Counseling – $10,000

• Senior Care Volunteer Network

Volunteer Services for Seniors – $26,000

• Senior Services Associates

Comprehensive Senior Services – $29,460

Senior Companion Program – $5,000

• The Salvation Army of McHenry County

Community Emergency Assistance – $60,000

• TLS Veterans

Transitional Housing Assistance – $25,000

• Turning Point

Domestic Violence Children’s Services – $16,000

Domestic Violence Victim Support Services – $10,000

Emergency Shelter for Victims – $36,000

Mental Health Therapy for Victims – $5,000

Partner Abuse Intervention Program – $28,000

• United Way 2-1-1

Information & Referral Service – $17,880

• Volunteer Center of McHenry County

Volunteer Services – $25,500

• Youth and Family Center of McHenry County

Delinquency Prevention – $13,000

Bilingual Outreach – $6,000

• For questions about United Way or to learn how to contribute, email Heather Arnold at

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