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2017 Grant Recipients

Health and Human Services

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In August of 2017, the Foundation awarded $325,000 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.

 

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

Birth to Three Program

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

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MCHENRY COUNTY    $10,000

COMMUNITY-BASED MENTORING: EQUIPMENT

Purchase electronic equipment so case managers can work efficiently with at-risk students, their parents and volunteer role models in the field and office. Thereby meeting the mentoring program’s overarching goal: Student success in class & life.

 

CASA OF MCHENRY COUNTY    $5,800

Database Upgrade

CASA of McHenry County is seeking funds to upgrade the case management database managed by CASA Program Staff.

 

COMMUNITY COORDINATED CHILD CARE    $3,000

McHenry County Developmental Screening Project-Social Emotional

4-C will collaborate with Options and Advocacy to assist child care providers to screen for social emotional delays using the Ages and Stages screening kit purchased with grant funds. Providers will be trained to screen and refer to services.

 

CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICE OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS    $2,000

Library Hosted Financial Literacy Workshops

Twenty requests from the County Libraries to Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois are to provide residents with financial education to stabilize finances, repay debt and ensure the ability to procure and/or maintain affordable housing.

 

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION    $5,000

Staying connected, empowering patients in their community.

This program would enhance care for individuals with brain injury and epilepsy in McHenry County.

 

FAITH ACRES FOUNDATION    $4,341

Saving on food waste with a Food Freezer Dryer

The food freezer dryer will be used to preserve fresh food for distribution to clients.

 

FAMILY HEALTH PARTNERSHIP CLINIC  $15,000

Breaking Down Barriers

This project will provide primary health care to the homeless population who use the PADS day shelter in Woodstock. This grant will support lab tests, medications and small medical equipment.

 

FARMWORKER & LANDSCAPER ADVOCACY PROJECT    $6,000

Community Education and outreach for Latino Immigrant, Migrant, and Seasonal Workers

FLAP wants to supplement its workplace rights and human labor trafficking education programs for McHenry County Latinos by adding a series of free admission workshops that address other vital human services of interest to its constituents.

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

 

FRIENDSHIP HOUSE OF CRYSTAL LAKE

Kitchen Improvements    $5,000

We are working on replacing several large pieces of kitchen equipment. This grant, if approved will replace our 3-door commercial freezer unit.

This grant was funded by the Christine and Donald Schellhaass Family Fund

 

GARDEN QUARTER NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER

Bilingual Benefits and Service Coordination     $8,000

The Bilingual Service Navigator meets with individuals and families to assess their needs, provide support in accessing resources and increase the clients’ knowledge and skills in order to improve their capacity to access community resources.

 

Youth Development Project     $7,500

This project would provide internships and college and vocational school preparation for high school age youth.

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

 

GOOD SPORTS INC   $5,000

Good Sports Chicago McHenry County Youth Sports & Fitness Project

Harvard School District will receive brand-new equipment, apparel and footwear to improve P.E., after-school and recess programming.

 

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF NORTHERN IL & WI STATELINE AREA INC     $5,000

Goodwill Community Resource Room

Goodwill would like to open a community resource room in the Goodwill Store in McHenry. This room would connect residents to opportunity with staff, computers, and employer and community resource connections.

 

HOME OF THE SPARROW 

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 for women to achieve self-sufficiency and stable housing.

Subsidized Apartment Program – Formerly Transitional Apartment Program     $10,000

The HOS Subsidized Apartment Program (formerly 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.

 

HOOVES TO HEAL NFP    $8,000

Make entrance to farm ADA compliant

Hooves to Heal plans to hire a contractor to replace the door to the main entrance of our facility in order to make it handicap accessible to our clients that are restricted to wheelchairs.

 

ILLINOIS SPINA BIFIDA ASSOCIATION    $4,000

Community-Clinic Connection

This program works to increase the resilience and independence of individuals and families living with spina bifida. A social worker will provide individualized support and coaching services in client homes and coordinate with outpatient clinics.

 

MAIN STAY THERAPEUTIC FARM

Inspiring New Directions: An Alternative Detention & Suspension Program     $10,800

Inspiring New Directions offers a positive alternative to detention and suspension disciplinary action in school. Students will learn how to internalize self-discipline skills needed to increase positive choices in the future.

This grant was partially funded by the James and Karlen Cooney Family Fund held at the Foundation.

Harnessing Positive Power     $2,400

Harnessing Positive Power offers sessions for clients who are struggling to cope with grief through facilitated interactions with animals. Animals are perfect for this program as they are excellent role models for how to live in the present moment.

 

MCHENRY COUNTY EXTENSION    $5,000

Harvard Growing Together Community Garden

We grow vegetables distributed through the Harvard Food Bank. We are seeking funding for operational needs: supplies, tool and system maintenance, educational material and the purchase and delivery of Organamix, which will be used to amend the soil.

This grant was funded by the Christine and Donald Schellhaass Family Fund.

 

NAMI OF MCHENRY COUNTY     $2.500

Group Clinical Supervision

To provide group clinical supervision and client case review twice monthly for three Peer Support Specialists. To provide emergency clinical consultation on an as needs basis when approved by the Executive Director.

 

NISRA FOUNDATION    $4,000

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.

 

NORTHERN ILLINOIS CENTER FOR AUTISM

NICA’s “Relax for Autism Initiative”: Stress and anxiety management through therapeutic massage    $3,486

Free therapeutic massage sessions once a month to families with autism or related disorder. To provide stress and anxiety management and identifying possible crisis situations for referral. Requesting necessary supplies for the safety of our clients.

Safety supported special needs fitness initiative: Stress and anxiety management through fitness     $9,598

Free individualized fitness program for families with autism and related disorders. To promote good health, sensory, behavior, stress and anxiety management. Requesting necessary equipment to assure the effectiveness and safety of our clients.

 

NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOD BANK

Take 50 Foods to Encourage Grant Fund     $25,000

Northern Illinois Food Bank requests funding to support the distribution of nutritious Foods to Encourage at 21 member food pantries and one soup kitchen in McHenry County to ensure access to healthy food choices for our hungry neighbors.

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

 

Supporting and Expanding the Milk2MyPlate Program     $20,580

Northern Illinois Food Bank is requesting funding to support the Milk2MyPlate distribution of fresh milk in McHenry County and to provide refrigeration to enable Grafton Food Pantry to join the program.

 

PEOPLE FOR PARKS FOUNDATION OF LAKE IN THE HILLS INC   $5,000

Recreation Program Transportation

Funds will help purchase a bus to replace our 17 year old bus that transports participants in the recreation programs. This includes senior citizens, preschool and school age day camp participants.

 

PIONEER CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES       $5,000

McHenry County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) Mission to End Homelessness

As McHenry County’s main entry point for the homeless, PADS is requesting support to continue providing the shelter and services so families and individuals can re-connect with the community and work towards self-sufficiency and permanent housing.

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

 

PRAIRIE STATE LEGAL SERVICES INC         $7,535

McHenry Civil Legal Aid

PSLS is the only civil legal aid program in McHenry County offering legal help without charge to needy residents to overcome obstacles to meeting their basic human needs. Funding is sought to increase an 80% FTE support position to full-time.

 

REFUGE FOR WOMEN      $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.

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

 

SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER    $10,000

Charity Care for Mental Health Services

Samaritan’s mission includes a provision for charity care for those individuals, couples or families needing mental health services who are unable to pay. Mental health support for folks in a crisis situation is life-changing and often life-saving.

 

SENIOR CARE VOLUNTEER NETWORK    $14,774

Organizational Communications and Technology Upgrade

This proposed project will implement an essential technology upgrade of the entire information technology system to efficiently meet the growing demand of no-cost services, while also empowering seniors and volunteers.

 

SENIOR SERVICES ASSOCIATES INC     $25,000

Adult Protective Services for Seniors and the Disabled ages 18-59

This program investigates allegations of physical, and emotional neglect and financial exploitation of seniors and the disabled. Trained and certified investigators work with the victims their families or caregivers to resolve allegations of abuse.

 

St. John’s Lutheran Church  $1,455

Purchase and install two automated external defibrillators

St. John’s Lutheran Church will purchase and install 2 automated external defibrillators in its building, one on each level. They will then provide training to key personnel–staff and volunteers–on how to use them.

 

The Harvard Rotary Club  $3,500

Mobile Food Pantry for the Winter months

The Harvard Rotary Club provides a mobile food pantry truck once a month during the winter months when demand is typically higher. The events are held at the Brown Bear Daycare facility in Harvard that provides the indoor facility.

 

THE THRESHOLDS

Thresholds McHenry Wellness & Recovery Groups Initiative     $9,360

Funding will support the costs of the Wellness & Recovery Groups Initiative in rural McHenry County. These weekly groups focus on building recovery skills through coping mechanism development.

Thresholds McHenry Homeless Outreach Initiative      $6,250

Funding will support its Homeless Outreach Initiative. Specifically, we seek funding to cover a portion of the salary of an Outreach Specialist.

 

TURNING POINT     $15,000

Expanded Legal Access Program

Funds would help support Turning Point’s newly expanded Legal Access Program, which includes the addition of contracted attorneys who represent clients with complicated domestic violence cases, and continuation of existing services.

 

UNITED WAY OF GREATER MCHENRY COUNTY INC     $4,000

2-1-1 Community Help Line

2-1-1 provides an easy way for everyone to access help with almost any challenge. Dialing 2-1-1 in McHenry County will connect individuals to a call center that will direct them to an appropriate social service agency or nonprofit organization.

Arts, Education, Environment, Economic Opportunity

In March of 2017, the Foundation awarded over $270,000 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.

 

1ST WAY PREGNANCY SUPPORT SERVICES       $11,000

1st Way will provide education regarding healthy eating and effective parenting. These are basic components of fully functioning families. They will address meal planning, nutrition, budgeting, parenting and fathers’ roles within the family.

 

ALEXANDER LEIGH CENTER FOR AUTISM    $8,000

This grant will support the creation of a Student Resource Center filled with technology tools that research shows are helpful for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The request includes individualized assistive technologies and a charging station and storage cabinet.

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MCHENRY COUNTY    $10,000

This grant will support the development of discussion modules to help Bigs discuss complex topics with Littles that they mentor so Littles who are at-risk students, have a better chance to succeed in school and life.

 

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA    $15,000

The Blackhawk Area Council STEM program’s most recent addition in 2015 was a donated “Space Bus” with a now established program and staff member dedicated to the program. This grant is for program equipment and bus costs.

 

CITY OF WOODSTOCK           $20,000

Public/private partnership with City and local design firm will produce a permanent outdoor artwork celebrating Woodstock’s arts & culture legends, a collaborative creative process to be shared educationally with video & High School art class presentations.

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

 

CLEARBROOK   $4,200

Community employment is a goal for many residents with disabilities. CHOICE-McHenry provides employment opportunities. One of the greatest barriers is the lack of transportation. The project provides the transportation to achieve these goals.

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

 

COLBY-PETERSEN FARM FOUNDATION   $1,000

The Foundation will hire a person knowledgeable in dairy production on a McHenry County farm in the 1940’s. This person will instruct volunteers from the Foundation on cows, milking equipment, structures on the farm, and marketing the products.

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

 

Community Consolidated School District #47   $5,000

This grant will empower teachers to become comfortable with providing lessons sensitive to the topic of safe/unsafe touch (Erin’s Law), so the lessons learned in the Be Seen and Heard® assemblies this school year will continue long into the future for our students.

 

CREATIVE ARTS, INC     $9,500

The growing demand for advanced Digital Art and Animation classes requires Creative Arts nonprofit art studio to seek funding to replace four outdated student computers and the accompanying software.

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

 

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS OF MCHENRY COUNTY   $10,000

The Defenders hope to increase the hours of a second staff person to 2 days per week to better serve the needs of committees and citizens as they work to preserve and protect the environment and move forward with their Strategic Plan.

 

FAMILY ALLIANCE   $13,000

This grant will provide Art Without Boundaries Art Therapy and Music Therapy to Adult Day Health and Memory Care program participants at both the Woodstock and Huntley locations. This will improve the overall physical and mental well being of program participants.

 

FARMWORKER & LANDSCAPER ADVOCACY PROJECT    $4,900

This grant will fund Community Education presentations and distribution of Educational Legal material with focus on Human Labor Trafficking issues, an area of growing concern in McHenry County.

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

 

FRIENDS OF MCHENRY COUNTY COLLEGE FOUNDATION   $13,310

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.

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

 

FRIENDS OF MORAINE HILLS STATE PARK    $10,000

This grant will fund the final phase in restoring native plant communities and a lake vista to 8.5+ acres bordering the park’s trail system and Lake Defiance. Removal of chemically treated invasive vegetation and seeding area with a mix of native prairie and savanna species.

 

GIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS       $5,420

Project Opportunity will provide staff-led Girl Scout Leadership Experience programming and its developmental and academic benefits to underserved McHenry County girls, who otherwise lack access to quality extracurricular programs.

This grant was partially funded by the James and Karlen Cooney Fund held at the Foundation.

 

HARVARD COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER    $1,500

Training/Education for two Senior Service Professionals to learn all aspects of providing the PEARLS Program (A Community Integrated, Home Based Treatment for Older Adults with Depression) to McHenry County residents over age 60.

 

HARVARD DIGGINS LIBRARY    $5,000

Funds for this project will be used to purchase laptops and provide instruction for basic internet and word processing skills for Harvard patrons in English and Spanish. The goal is to increase technical skills required for jobs and education.

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

 

HUNTLEY COMMUNITY RADIO NFP   $5,000

This grant will consolidate the paid, vitally important position of Huntley Community Radio’s (HCR) Operations Manager into a newly established position of Huntley Community Radio General Manager.

 

LAKESIDE LEGACY FOUNDATION

$10,000

Day at the Dole & Afternoon Concerts provide affordable, educational, inclusive, and enjoyable arts experiences for seniors, special needs clients, and students. Funds will support ticket costs, performance fees, and technology/equipment upgrades.

$5,000

First Friday Art Shows and Youth Culinary Arts at Lakeside Legacy Foundation provide unique arts experiences to foster creative expression and personal enrichment. Funds will support educational artist talks, gallery upgrades, and supplies.

 

LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF ILLINOIS         $5,000

This grant will provide art therapy for one year to allow seniors the ability to restore, maintain, and improve social functioning, mental processing, and physical health. A local art therapist, ‘Muse Art’, will come to Gable Point twice a month.

 

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.

 

MCHENRY COUNTY CONSERVATION FOUNDATION   $10,000

This project is a partnership to construct the final link of the 7.5-mile Ridgefield Trace Path connecting Woodstock to Crystal Lake. This .28-mile section in Crystal Lake has received a grant for 80% of the costs for engineering and construction.

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

 

MCHENRY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY   $5,000

The Historical Society will hire a museum studies (or related field) student or recent graduate to continue a shelf-by-shelf inventory of our textile collection – taking pictures, ensuring an accurate digital description and assessing condition.

This grant was funded by the Christine and Donald Schellhaass Family Fund.

 

MIDWEST MOZART FESTIVAL INC   $7,500

Midwest Mozart Festival professional musicians from the orchestra will rehearse and play alongside local music students at a nearby venue with a professional conductor, and hold a student/professional musician concert afterward.

 

NORTHWEST COMMUNITY MUSIC ACADEMY  $9,000

Hope Takes Action

The Choose Music Initiative will support the enrollment of 400+ children and youth in EMA’s high quality music programs. Funding will maximize marketing strategies to increase community visibility and strengthen tuition support for low income families.

 

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.

 

PIONEER CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES   $25,000

Pioneer Center’s new EDS program is a model for vocational training as staff begins working with clients upon program entry, on the job development and social skills needed to attain community employment as opposed to a sheltered workshop.

This grant was funded by the Community Works Fund.

 

RAUE CENTER FOR THE ARTS INC   $10,000

Mission Imagination is an enriching arts education program that provides the excitement of live performance as well as hands-on activities for the youth of McHenry County.

 

Spring Grove Fire Explorer Post 1800   $2,500

Post 1800 will participate in the annual four day Illinois Fire Service Institute Explorer-Cadet “Hands-On Training” Fire School (IFSI). Explorers will travel with their advisors as a unit to Champaign.

VOICES IN HARMONY INC   $2,500

Post 1800 will participate in the annual four day Illinois Fire Service Institute Explorer-Cadet “Hands-On Training” Fire School (IFSI). Explorers will travel with their advisors as a unit to Champaign.

 

Volunteer Center McHenry County   $6,000

Volunteer Center McHenry County will increase local nonprofit organization’s funding abilities, volunteer management best practices and raise the level of staff efficiency.

WOODSTOCK CHRISTIAN LIFE SERVICES   $25,000

Hearthstone Communities will replace the two sets of doors at the entrance to the daycare building, the card access system, and the inside double doors to the gym. Replace the internal security camera system with current technology and add 4 exterior cameras plus a new recorder.