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2017-2018 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 & Culture, Education, Environment

In March of 2018, 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.

 

ALEXANDER LEIGH CENTER FOR AUTISM

$7,500

Curricula and Technology for the Pre-Vocation and Vocation programs

Purchase curricula and technology for our pre-vocation/vocation students to learn from and use when working in the community. We have monthly vocational exploration activities in various locations to assess their needs, preferences, and interests.

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MCHENRY COUNTY INC

$12,000 partially funded by the Lion’s Club Fund.
BIG FOCUS 2: Helping Bigs Talk to Littles About Substance Abuse & Post-secondary Education

Develop educational modules to help Bigs point out the risks of substance abuse and the benefits of a post-secondary education to the Littles that they mentor. Thereby, steering Littles toward success as adults.

 

CREATIVE ARTS, INC.

$8,400

Teen Art Initiative

Creative Arts Inc. studio has a need to design a teen art program for ages 13-18. This program would include classes, workshops, and special events designed especially for teens to develop skills, connect with art, and meet other artists.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS OF MCHENRY COUNTY INC

$3,950

Technology and Membership Management Upgrade

The Environmental Defenders is in great need of a technology upgrade in order to be more efficient internally and better serve our members and the general community. New membership software is needed to better manage communication with our members.

 

$5,000

Continued Support for Part-time Staff

The Defenders hope to continue the three-day work week of our part-time staff person to better serve the needs of our committees and residents as we work to increase our efforts to preserve and protect our environment, per our Strategic Plan.

 

FARMWORKER & LANDSCAPER ADVOCACY PROJECT- FLAP

$2,500 funded by the Latino Fund

Community Education focusing on Human Labor Trafficking along with the Mexican Consulate

FLAP will improve the lives of low-income Latino laborers in McHenry County by offering twelve months of free community education with supporting educational material, and by bringing the Mexican Consulate mobile office to the area.

 

FRIENDSHIP HOUSE OF CRYSTAL LAKE

$20,000 funded by the Community Works Fund.
Safe Learning Space

The importance of safe environments for learners can’t be overstated. Safe learning environments translate to comfortable learning environments. Installing safe, comfortable surfacing in our early learners rooms will help us achieve.

 

GIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS

$15,750

Forestry Plan Implementation: Invasive Species Removal at Mary Ann Beebe Center

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will work with industry experts to remove invasive species of vegetation on 10 acres of the property, in accordance with the current forestry plan for the area. The project will conclude with seeding wildflowers.

 

HARVARD COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER

$7,250

Diabetes Self Management Education ~ A Program for Priority Populations

The Senior Center will jointly provide Diabetes Self Management Education Workshops in 2018. The evidence based, Stanford program will teach McHenry County residents to self manage their diabetes, improving clinical outcomes and health status.

 

HUNTLEY COMMUNITY RADIO NFP

$10,000

Funding the Replacement of Huntley Community Radio’s Vitally Important Radio Automation System

The operational “brain” of the radio station is its vitally important automation system that has run non-stop since August, 2012! A replacement system must be purchased to avoid an extended outage of community-minded programming.

 

LAKESIDE LEGACY FOUNDATION

$7,500

Community Outreach, Engagement & Participation in the Arts through Digital and Social Media

A temporary Marketing Consultant will implement a digital and social media strategy to increase participation in and awareness of Lakeside Legacy Foundation’s arts education programs and events by McHenry County residents, businesses, and nonprofits.

 

LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF ILLINOIS

$5,000 funded by an anonymous donor
Gable Point Senior Housing Music Therapy

Gable point Senior Housing would like to give its senior residents the gift of music therapy on a monthly basis. The goals would be to fight depression, reduce chronic pain, and improve cognitive and physical/motor skills in a geriatric population.

 

MIDWEST MOZART FESTIVAL INC

$10,050

Midwest Mozart Festival Youth Music Education Program

Midwest Mozart Festival professional musicians will lead sectionals (small group teaching sessions) and rehearsals alongside local music students at several venues within McHenry County, and hold student/professional musician concerts afterward.

 

NEW DIRECTIONS ADDICTION RECOVERY SERVICES

$5,000

Women’s Sober Living Education Transport Project

Providing residents of the Women’s Sober Living Home with the necessary tools to sustain sobriety, a structured program of education and support groups will be facilitated. Providing regular transportation to these meetings in a van is essential.

 

NOT-FOR-PROFIT RESOURCES

$4,000

Resource Library with Foundation Center Partner Site for McHenry County Nonprofit Organizations

We are requesting $3,000 to increase funding of local nonprofit organizations by continuing as a Foundation Center Partner Site, providing free access to grant-seeking data from over 5 million grant, plus contact information for over 140,000 funders.

 

OPENLANDS

$25,000

Restoring and Opening the First Public Site in Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge

Openlands will restore the Blackmon Tract (10.84 acres), a key parcel within Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. This work will allow Blackmon to be opened to the public, offering trails and amenities as the first public site within Hackmatack.

 

PROJECT B3

$5,000 funded by the Christine and Donald Schellhaass Family Fund

Be Safe. Be Smart. Be Kind.

Project B3: Be safe. Be smart. Be Kind. is a digital responsibility program for students in grades 3 – 8. Student are engaged through games and discussion on the topics of internet safety, the importance of a “digital footprint” and cyberbullying.

 

Spring Grove Fire Explorer Post 1800

$1,250

Illinois Fire Service Institute Explorer – Cadet “Hands On Training” Fire School

SG Post 1800 will participate in the four day Illinois Fire Service Institute Explorer-Cadet “Hands On Training” Fire School (IFSI) held in Champaign, Illinois. Explorers will travel as a unit with their advisers to attend this educational event.

 

ST MARYS CHURCH

$5,000 partially funded by the James and Karlen Cooney Family Fund

Middle School Incubator Education Program

St. Mary will utilize the MxIncEdu Program, by IncubatorEDu, to lead our eighth grade students through the experience of becoming entrepreneurs. They will go through project-based units to identify a problem and create, test, and market a solution.

 

WOODSTOCK COMMUNITY CHOIR

$4,150 partially funded by the James and Karlen Cooney Family Fund and another anonymous fund held at the Foundation

Building community through song

Our mission is to enrich our community by providing FREE concerts where eclectic music is performed and the experience of the universal language of music can be enjoyed. By engaging community members we are growing our presence and our influence.

 

YMCA OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO

$12,600

Sage YMCA Swim Project for Low-Income Families

The Sage YMCA will provide life-saving swim lessons to low-income preschool children through a partnership with Friendship House in Crystal Lake. The project will also educate McHenry County youth about water safety through school outreach programs.