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2016 Grant Recipients

Health and Human Services

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In August of 2016, the Foundation awarded $400,000 to programs focusing on the areas of Health and Human Services.

The following agencies and projects were supported through the Foundation’s Permanent Endowment Fund, unless otherwise noted. This fund receives donations from residents and grant sources year-round.

 

AARRK GARDEN    $5,000

Vegetable processing expansion

Construct a hoop house, create a large compost enclosure, prepare a permanent site for the processing trailer, install the stainless steel sink and create more hours and jobs for homeless workers.

 

ADULT & CHILD REHABILITATION CENTER FOR MCHENRY COUNTY INC    $20,000

Birth to Three Program

Adult & Child’s Birth to Three Therapy program provides speech, physical and occupational therapies to children under the age of three with physical and developmental delays, disabilities and other conditions at it’s clinic in Woodstock.

This grant was funded by the Ruth Frejd Fund held at the Foundation.

 

ALANO CLUB OF WOODSTOCK    $20,000

Parking Lot Replacement

Complete replacement of parking lot includes remove asphalt, install gravel, install asphalt. The parking lots’ current condition presents a risk to members. Loose asphalt and holes cause a trip and fall hazard and also possible damage to vehicles.

 

BRAVEHEARTS THERAPEUTIC RIDING AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER    $21,500

Veterans Program

Every veteran receives programs at BraveHearts for free like veteran drill teams, therapeutic riding, working cattle, trail rides, gentling mustangs, horse shows, intensive retreats, becoming certified instructors, and foundation horsemanship.

This grant was partially funded by the Belle Allen Fund held at the Foundation.

 

CRYSTAL LAKE TEEN CENTER    $4,000

Center Database and ID System

In order to continue to maintain a safe place for teens, funds will invest in an ID and Database system that will support a secure log-in, photo identification, emergency contact and wellness information, and membership data collection.

 

DIAPER BANK OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS    $8,500

New Mothers Program

Through eighteen weeks of topical workshops, the New Mothers Program will offer free pre- and post-natal holistic health education, support, emergency referrals, and supplies, including diapers, to as many as 100 low-income mothers in McHenry County.

This grant was partially funded by the Community Works Fund held at the Foundation.

 

FAITH ACRES FOUNDATION    $4,918

Replacing Shelves and Tables

Faith Acres is adding new mobile stainless steel shelves and tables to the food pantry. The mobility will allow for larger deliveries and a safer sanitized environment for food.

 

FAMILY ALLIANCE    $25,000

Update to Technology and Infrastructure Including EHR

Funding will provide new technology that will increase efficiencies in the current infrastructure. Existing equipment is not only due for replacement on a regular maintenance schedule but impact our ability to process information.

 

FARMWORKER & LANDSCAPER ADVOCACY PROJECT    $8,000

Education for McHenry County Immigrant, Migrant and Seasonal Workers

FLAP will educate more of the 30,000 immigrant, migrant and seasonal workers in McHenry County by expanding its free Community Legal Education workshops educating them on workers’ legal rights and provide counsel to those with claims.

This grant was partially funded by an anonymous Fund held at the Foundation.

 

GARDEN QUARTER NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER    $10,000

Youth Summer Program

With these funds, Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center’s (GQNRC) will provide a 14 week summer program for 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

This grant was partially funded by the Latino Fund held at the Foundation.

 

GIGIS PLAYHOUSE INC   $5,000

Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Continued funding is requested to support the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator position. This position will recruit and involve clients, volunteers and the community in all GiGi’s Playhouse McHenry County activities.

 

GIRLS ON THE RUN OF NORTHWEST ILLINOIS      $6,000

Financial Support in Low Income Schools in McHenry County

The Girls on the Run Program Financial Support is the continuance of the 2016 pilot program where full program funding is provided to girls in the lower income schools in McHenry County. The program will be offered at no cost in six schools.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY of MCHENRY COUNTY          $25,000

Homeowner Occupied Critical Home Repair

Preserving affordable housing exclusively in McHenry County by providing critical repair to the homes of low income, veteran, aged, female and special needs homeowners and their families.

 

HARVARD ROTARY CLUB    $5,000

Harvard Mobile Food Pantry

Eight mobile food pantry trucks will be purchased from the Northern Illinois Food Bank to help supplement the food budget for Harvard’s less fortunate citizens. This will begin in September and continue monthly thru April 2017.

 

HOOVES TO HEAL NFP    $10,000

Install Mechanical Lift in Indoor Riding Arena

We would like to have a mechanical lift professionally installed in our indoor riding arena. This equipment would aid in the mounting and dismounting of our riders that are unable get on their horse without assistance for their therapy.

 

I-PLUS    $5,000

Prevention/Representative Payee

I-PLUS representative payee services works in collaboration with case management teams to prevent the return to homelessness for disabled veterans and community clients who receive government benefits through budgeting and bill payment.

 

MAIN STAY THERAPEUTIC FARM    $5,000

Project RIDE (Rider Assistance Fund)

Project RIDE will cover riding fees for a growing number of clients who otherwise can’t afford lessons. Clients must qualify for assistance through documented financial need. Up to six riders would receive assistance through the full riding season.

 

MANO A MANO FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER    $5,000

Immigration Legal Services

Support will be used for immigration legal services work to conduct workshops in McHenry County, offering assistance with applications for naturalization and deferred action.

This grant was funded by an anonymous Fund held at the Foundation.

 

MCHENRY COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FOUNDATION

Veterans with PTSD Transformative Therapy Group    $5,000

Veterans with PTSD, will participate in an alternate therapy group that uses the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to reduce severity of symptoms and clear the trauma & its physiological discomfort, while increasing function, resilience & self-esteem

This grant was funded by the Christine and Donald Schellhaass Family Fund and the Judith Porter Fund held at the Foundation.

 

Mental Health First Aid Public Education Trainer Program    $4,500

A specific focus partnership with the Mental Health Board & NAMI-McHenry County to provide a 5 day training that will certify up to 30 instructors to teach Mental Health First Aid to McHenry County residents with trainees then becoming MHFA teachers.

 

NISRA FOUNDATION    $8,500

Healthy Bodies Veteran Program

Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies is a community based fitness and networking program for veterans who are ill, injured, or wounded as well as their families.

This grant was partially funded by the Tim Dooley Family Fund held at the Foundation.

 

NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOD BANK

Building Capacity in McHenry County Food Pantries    $25,000

Northern Illinois Food Bank is requesting funding to support the distribution of fresh milk and highly nutritious Foods to Encourage at 20 member food pantries in McHenry County. Providing access to healthy food is a high priority for our food bank.

 

Building Capacity in McHenry County Food Pantries    $15,510

Northern Illinois Food Bank is requesting funding to provide refrigeration equipment, shelving and technology for seven member agencies in McHenry County to increase access to fresh produce, protein, and dairy and improve efficiency.

 

NORTHWEST CENTER AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT    $15,000

Sexual Abuse Prevention Education

This project will provide youth sexual violence education to reduce their risk for sexual victimization. We will work with elementary, middle, high schools and colleges using a proven curriculum and appropriate for the age group of the audience.

This grant was partially funded by the Belle Allen Fund held at the Foundation.

 

PRAIRIE STATE LEGAL SERVICES INC         $8,000

McHenry County Medical -Legal Collaboration

This is the continuation of a pilot project in which Prairie State Legal Services partners with medical clinics serving low income residents to resolve legal problems that affect the health of residents. Partner: Family Health Partnership Clinic.

This grant was funded by an anonymous Fund held at the Foundation.

 

REVOLUTION TEEN MINISTRIES        $5,000

Expand Revolution Youth Center, starting with installation of two more handicap accessible bathrooms

Create a meeting space in the basement of the Revolution Youth Center in Woodstock. Widening a doorway, opening up a wall, and constructing two handicap accessible bathrooms.

 

SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER    $10,000

Good Samaritan Charity Care Funding

The Good Samaritan Fund is charity care offered to those in need of mental health services unable to pay the full fee. This fund provided $100,000 each of the last 3 years in charity care allowing people to receive care for as little as $5 a visit.

This grant was partially funded by an anonymous Fund held at the Foundation.

 

SENIOR SERVICES ASSOCIATES INC   

Adult Protective Services; Self Neglect and Hoarding    $25,000

Adult Protective Services investigates cases of self-neglect, when an elderly person threatens his/her own health or safety, including hoarding. Senior Services will put services in place needed to eliminate the threat to the seniors health.

Information and Assistance    $25,000

Senior Services has information specialists available to assist area seniors with questions regarding government benefits and community resources such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, circuit breaker, energy assistance, and housing.

 

SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF HUMAN DIGNITY    $5,000

Educational Outreach, Independence Highway Program

PHD’s Independence Highway program plans to expand in McHenry County schools to educate adolescents on healthy sexuality and relationships with an emphasis on prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in teenagers.

 

THE THRESHOLDS

Thresholds McHenry Homeless Outreach Initiative    $12,500

Funding will support the Homeless Outreach Initiative. Specifically, funding will cover half the salary of an Outreach Specialist.

Wellness and Recovery Groups Initiate    $18,718

Thresholds McHenry is seeking funding at the $18,732 level to support the costs of the Wellness & Recovery Groups Initiative in rural McHenry County. These weekly groups focus on building recovery skills through evidence-based curricula.

 

TURNING POINT

Secure Emergency Shelter    $15,246

Turning Point’s secure emergency shelter provides safety and stabilization to McHenry County residents in crisis due to domestic violence.

Community Anti-Violence Education Program    $20,000

Turning Point runs a preventative program which provides outreach, education and information onsite to corporations, schools and community organizations about the risks and indicators of family or relationship violence among both youth and adults.

 

Arts, Education, Environment, Economic Opportunity

In March of 2016, the Foundation awarded over $250,000 to programs focusing on the areas of Arts, Education, Environment, and Economic Development.

The following agencies and projects were supported through the Foundation’s Permanent Endowment Fund, unless otherwise noted. This fund receives donations from residents and grant sources year-round.

 

ALEXANDER LEIGH CENTER FOR AUTISM    $25,000

Teacher laptop computer initiative for classroom use with confidential student record keeping.

Laptop computers for classroom teachers/aides, and administration for use when entering confidential student assessments and IEP information. Working in the classroom or off site allowing connection to the server for efficiency and secure entry.

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MCHENRY COUNTY    $20,000

On-Site Mentoring Programs – Purchase of Board Games, Gym Equipment, Arts & Craft Supplies

On-site programs serve Littles ages 6-12 who face adversities. Bigs use games, arts/crafts and gym activities to build relationships that help Littles avoid risky behavior and/or improve grades. Partners include McHenry County schools and businesses.

 

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA    $25,000

STEM and Career Exploring Program Staff

The McHenry County District, of the Blackhawk Area Council has seen growth in both our STEM and Career Exploring programs and are seeking to continue growth in these programs through initial funding of a staff member in McHenry County.

 

BROWN BEAR CORPORATION           $5,000

Brown Bear Backpack Project

Brown Bear Daycare will purchase backpacks and necessary school supplies for children of low income families within Harvard School District 50. We will partner with the Harvard Rotary to prepare and distribute the backpacks by August 1, 2016.

 

COMMUNITY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT #47    $12,000

“Be Seen and Heard”: Creating Confident Children

Be Seen and Heard will create a safe/engaging environment where children learn about the dangers of abuse and the difference between safe/unsafe touch. The goal of the program is to empower children to find their voice/advocate for themselves.

 

 

CREATIVE ARTS, INC     $4,500

Creative Arts, Inc., Summer Art Studio

The Summer Art Studio project would allow 100-150 youth participants to explore exciting new art forms that would normally be out of reach of an ordinary summer camp or art program due to materials cost and multiple instructor fees.

 

CRYSTAL LAKE COMMUNITY BAND    $3,500

Pay the Rent to Play the Music

The project’s goal is to continue to fulfill the band’s missions of free summer public concerts and to serve as an organization for individual music expression among the musicians who make up the band’s membership.

 

CRYSTAL LAKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY    $3,200

Information Accessibility Project

Increase public accessibility to information at the Colonel Palmer House relating to the history of Crystal Lake by installing three exterior interpretive signs and adding public access to digital archives in the Research/Library room.

 

FREE GUITARS FOR FUTURE STARS     $5,000

Free Guitars for Future Stars Guitar Program

Free Guitars for Future Stars provides guitars and guitar lessons to children from low-income McHenry County families. Students that graduate get to keep the guitar they’ve been learning on. Continued lessons are offered to basic lesson graduates.

 

FRIENDS OF MCHENRY COUNTY COLLEGE FOUNDATION

Preserving the Past    $15,000

The Portrait in Print Collection consists of more than 260 fine art prints, many by world-renowned artists. This project will fund professional conservation treatments for 10 prints and upgrade framing materials for an additional 50 prints.

Summer Math Academy for At-Risk Youth   $9,480

The Summer Math Academy provides supplemental instruction for at-risk incoming high school students in order to improve their math skills and increase their readiness for the rigors of high school and college mathematics.

 

FRIENDS OF MORAINE HILLS STATE PARK    $8,000

Osprey Meadows 8.5 acre habitat restoration-Phase 1 of a 2 phase project

Phase 1 of 2 in restoring native plant communities & lake vista to 8.5 acres bordering the park’s trail system & Lake Defiance. A contractor will chemically treat extensive stands of young/mature black locust trees & other exotic woody vegetation.

 

GIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS       $5,800

Environmental Restoration at Mary Ann Beebe Center

GSNI will undertake environmental restoration and conservation at Mary Ann Beebe Center through purchase of equipment for prescribed burns and invasive species removal, as well as the development of a volunteer “green team” to assist with all work.

 

HARVARD COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 50    $6,300

F.O.C.U.S. Student Leadership Program (Focus on Completing Ultimate Success)

The F.O.C.U.S. Student Leadership Program is designed to increase Latino and underrepresented student involvement in the current or future transition from high school to college/university; by workshops, college visits, and attending conferences.

 

HOME OF THE SPARROW

Transitional Apartment Program    $10,000

Home of the Sparrow’s Transitional Apartment Program provides a vital bridge between shelter services and permanent housing for clients who need extra time to build skills and resources prior to independent living.

Journey to Independence through stable housing and employment     $10,000

Home of the Sparrow’s housing programs provide stable living conditions while helping women overcome barriers to employment and teaching financial management skills. The goal is self-sufficiency and permanent housing.

 

HUNTLEY COMMUNITY RADIO NFP         $10,000

2016/2017 Huntley Community Radio Production & Expansion of Technical Capabilities

To support 2016/2017 radio programming production and to expand technical abilities by adding live call-in listener equipment, additional remote broadcasts and equipment, and adding back-up FM transmitters to support uninterrupted 24/7 broadcasting.

 

LAKESIDE LEGACY FOUNDATION    $5,000

Chef Kitchen & Cooking 101: Culinary Arts Instruction for Children and Adults

Lakeside Legacy Foundation’s Culinary Arts program aims to encourage healthy eating habits, develop artistic talent and appreciation, and build culinary efficacy. Funds will expand youth camps, add classes for adults, and lower participants’ fees.

 

LAND CONSERVANCY OF MCHENRY COUNTY    $11,500

Increasing Land Stewardship with Volunteerism for Youth and Adults

TLC proposes to expand its volunteer stewardship program by increasing its capacity to manage and train restoration volunteers.

 

MCHENRY COUNTY ADULT PROGRAM    $8,000

Art Lessons

An art teacher will come to our facility three times a month with different art supplies. She will engage in a group lesson, which combines physical, mental and creative stimulation to these young adults.

 

MCHENRY COUNTY CONSERVATION FOUNDATION   $5,000

MCCD Brookdale Site, Multi-Use Trail and Parking with Handicapped Access for Horse Trailers Only

Open a new 4.5 mile public multi use trail with handicapped accessibility at the Brookdale Site in Woodstock, with a permanent horse trailer parking lot. A 2015 RTP Grant request was filed and matching funds are being raised by the horse community.

 

MCHENRY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY   

Forensic Collection Internships    $10,000

Hire one to two museum studies (or related field) students or recent graduates for a shelf-by-shelf inventory of our collection including taking pictures, ensuring an accurate description is in our database and assessing each artifact’s condition.

 

Archival Preservation    $4,200

It will digitize old materials, crumbling with age – such as scrapbooks, land records and oral histories on cassette tapes – as well as avoid adding to our existing space shortage by eliminating paper copies of obituaries and newspaper stories.

 

NAMI OF MCHENRY COUNTY    $6,600

Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking 8-hour public education program which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.

 

SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DEPAUL, COUNCIL OF ROCKFORD DIOCESE    $5,000

Hope Takes Action

Educate the community about poverty utilizing seminars. Empower those in poverty to transition from dependency to self-sufficiency utilizing 16 education workshops developing 11 resources and subsequently moving into a long term mentoring program.

 

TOWNSQUARE PLAYERS INC    $5,000

TownSquare Players Children’s Summer Musical Theater

TownSquare Players will hold a one week workshop providing educational experiences for students 11-18. The 40 hour program will provide training on acting, singing and stage presence. There will be a performance on the last day of classes.

 

TRANSITIONAL LIVING SERVICES    $9,750

Educational Equipment

The Education Equipment funding request replaces outdated laptops used by staff, both inside and outside the agency, to teach and train clients. This program supports all aspects of providing employment services and client resource/support research.

 

TRI COUNTY CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER dba INFORMED CHOICES    $5,000

Healthy Choices Positive Youth Development Program

At an age when they desperately need guidance and encouragement 6th-8th grade students will be equipped with tools of knowledge, judgment and decision making against drug use, bullying, unhealthy relationships, teen pregnancy and STD’s.