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2018-2019 Grant Recipients

Health and Human Services

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In August 2018, the Foundation awarded $318,000 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    $4,000

Stipends for homeless workers

Using agriculture, The Aarrk Gardens optimizes self-sufficiency among homeless workers, by offering stipends to the homeless for part-time work done at the Aarrk Garden, providing teachable moments of respect, responsibility and relationships.

 

ALBUMS OF HOPE    $2,500

Making It Personal: Personalized Albums of Hope

The project will give recipients the chance to personalize their Album of Hope. Recipients will be able to customize their Album of Hope using cardstock, stickers, and photos of themselves, their families, and their friends.

 

BEAR NECESSITIES PEDIATRIC CANCER FOUNDATION    $5,000

Bear Hugs Program

The Bear Hugs Program helps pediatric cancer patients (ages 0-19) and their families face the many challenges accompanying the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer via a customized personal experience for the child and financial assistance.

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

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MCHENRY COUNTY    $10,000

Increased capacity to handle complex behavioral issues increasing among at-risk youth

Better serve Littles by improving staff ability to recognize when a Little is at risk of complex behavioral issues through a series of trainings; then use the new knowledge to link the Little to services necessary to help them succeed.

 

CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICE OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS, INC.    $15,000

Financial Literacy Workshops for Partners in Human Services

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois is expanding bi-weekly financial literacy workshops to serve 3 McHenry County human service agencies, instilling tools for financial self-sufficiency in clients through budgeting, building credit, and avoiding bankruptcy and mortgage default.

 

CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICE OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS, INC.    $3,945

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois Office Update 2018 Project

The main office in Woodstock will receive some basic updates like new client chairs, counselor chairs, shelving, locking file cabinets, and paint for many counselor offices. These modest improvements will help to keep Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois’ office presentable.

 

FAMILY ALLIANCE, INC.    $20,000

Computers, Technology and Brain Gym

The cognitive/brain gym will provide a resource for seniors to increase their cognitive flexibility and stamina. It is a tool to identify those individuals that are at risk for memory loss and promote early detection, diagnosis and treatment.

 

FAMILY HEALTH PARTNERSHIP CLINIC    $20,000

Healthy Smiles

This project supports the dental clinic. FHPC has the only dental clinic in the county available to uninsured/low income adults. It will provide for a portion of the salary of the dental assistant, as well as supply costs.

 

FRIENDSHIP HOUSE OF CRYSTAL LAKE    $15,000

Healthy Kids

This project includes kitchen upgrades to further our ability to prepare nutritious and healthy meals and provide funding for active enrichment programs such as dance, yoga, and Stretch N Grow to the children we serve in our program.

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

 

HARVARD COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER    $4,800

Free SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) Counseling Services

The Harvard Community Senior Center will provide free SHIP (Senior Heallth Insurance Program) Counseling Services for Medicare/Medicaid Beneficiaries in under-served, rural areas in and around Harvard.

 

HOME OF THE SPARROW, INC.

Homelessness Prevention and Diversion     $14,000

Ensures the continued success of Home of the Sparrow’s Outreach and Prevention program, which diverts at-risk people away from homelessness. Measurable outcomes will be applied.

 

Transitional Shelter Therapy Services    $13,000

Provides individualized adult, adolescent, and child therapy services to Shelter residents in preparation for a return to self-sufficiency and stable, sustainable housing. Services are delivered by qualified personnel, with measurable outcomes.

 

LAST CHANCE HOUSE, INC.

Last Chance House Parking Improvement    $13,680

Removal of deteriorated asphalt driveway. Replace with new asphalt or concrete driveway, optimized for current parking needs for residents and meeting attendees.

 

Last Chance House Community Meeting Room Improvements    $14,490

The goal of the Last Chance House Community Meeting Room Improvements is to make improvements to the existing structure, in order to accommodate the increasing use of and attendance by those in the addiction recovery community.

 

MAIN STAY THERAPEUTIC FARM, INC.

Inspiring New Directions Program    $9,000

Inspiring New Directions is a positive intervention for students as an alternative to traditional disciplinary and support services in school. Students participate in sessions to develop healthy conflict resolution, coping, and social skills.

 

Inspiring Healthy Communities Program    $4,050

Inspiring Healthy Communities increases Main Stay’s ability to work with clients with mental health or domestic and substance abuse concerns. Many clients with these needs are not directly connected with specific agencies, or are between services.

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

 

MANO A MANO FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER    $10,000

Engaged Citizens Program

Through our legal expertise and by leveraging local partnerships, the Engaged Citizens Program provides quality immigration legal services, community education, and outreach to the growing immigrant population in McHenry County.

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

 

NAMI OF MCHENRY COUNTY    $12.000

Community Mental Health Outreach and Education

Funds will enable NAMI to hire a Community Outreach Coordinator  for 20 hours/week. The Community Outreach Coordinator will visit faith communities, schools and businesses in McHenry County to provide education about NAMI’s free mental health services and programs, and will schedule speaking engagements addressing mental health.

 

NISRA FOUNDATION    $8,000

Para-transit Wheelchair Accessible Activity Bus

The Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association will replace a 2011 Ford Elkhart para-transit wheelchair accessible activity bus. The para-transit activity bus can seat up to 14 ambulatory riders or 5 riders in wheelchairs.

 

NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOD BANK    $12,500

Take 50 Foods to Encourage Grant Fund

Funding will support the distribution of nutritious Foods to Encourage (F2E) at 23 member food pantries and two soup kitchens in McHenry County to ensure access to healthy food choices for our hungry neighbors.

 

NORTHWEST CENTER AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT    $7,500

Sexual Abuse Prevention Education

Funding will support Sexual Abuse Prevention Education.

 

PIONEER CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES

Pioneer Center Child & Family Therapy Center Supportive Furnishings & Materials    $20,000

Funding will enable Pioneer Center to purchase supportive furnishings and materials for the Child & Family Therapy Center, which offers individual and family outpatient services for youth with a mental health diagnosis in need of therapy and skill development.

 

Pioneer Center Child & Family Therapy Center Therapist Training    $5,000

Funding will support Trauma-Informed Training for therapists working through Child & Family Therapy Center, which offers individual and family outpatient services for youth with a mental health diagnosis.

Both grants were funded by the Ruth Frejd Memorial Fund held at the Foundation.

 

PRAIRIE STATE LEGAL SERVICES, INC.    $3,768

McHenry Civil Legal Aid

Funding will support 20% of the full-time support staff position in the McHenry office of Prairie State so the office can continue to be open and operational on Fridays.

 

REFUGE FOR WOMEN    $8,000

Transitional Shelter & Aftercare for Women Survivors of Sexual Trafficking/Exploitation

Refuge for Women provides safe, holistic, long-term aftercare for women who have escaped sexual trafficking/exploitation. We focus on physical/mental healing, addiction recovery, and career preparation, so clients can live lives marked with dignity.

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

 

ROSECRANCE FOUNDATION    $5,000

Arts, Animals and Adventures (AAA)

Arts, Animals and Adventures, an experiential therapy program offered to low-income youth with behavior disorders, combines group therapy with fun and engaging excursions such as animal therapy, ropes courses and a nature playground.

 

SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER    $7,500

Tele-Behavioral Health Platform for mobility-challenged, college students, travelers and others

This project will launch Samaritan’s entry into the tele-behavioral health arena in the Northwest suburbs. Ten therapists are ready to deliver services via technology, with funding supporting set-up, training, subscription and support.

 

SENIOR CARE VOLUNTEER NETWORK    $5,000

Medical Equipment Loan Closet Support

SCVN currently has no advanced inventory system for our medical equipment loans. We can get free inventory software, but we need funding to purchase the additional equipment and supplies to complete the project.

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

 

SENIOR SERVICES ASSOCIATES, INC.    $10,000

Care Coordination Support Services Position

This position will complete client intake, place calls for services and follow up with clients to ensure services are in place. The position will enable Care Coordinators to see more seniors and provide more timely, enhanced services for the client.

 

TRANSITIONAL LIVING SERVICES    $20,000

Comforts of Home for Veterans

TLS Veterans operates a social enterprise program; the sale of items allow for the hire of veterans to deliver donated furniture and household items to vets in need. The funds are for a trailer and hourly payments to a veteran team to deliver.

 

TURNING POINT, INC.    $15,500

Rapid Rehousing Program for Victims of Domestic Violence

Funds would support Turning Point’s new Rapid Rehousing Program which serves domestic violence victims of limited financial resources. We offer short-term financial assistance in the form of rent primarily, and when necessary utility expenses, etc.

 

 

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

Funding will enable ALCA to purchase curricula and technology for pre-vocation/vocation students to learn from and use when working in the community. ALCA has monthly vocational exploration activities in various locations to assess students’ needs, preferences, and interests.

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MCHENRY COUNTY, INC.    $12,000

BIG FOCUS 2: Helping Bigs Talk to Littles About Substance Abuse & Post-secondary Education

Funding will assist BBBS in developing 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.

This grant was partially funded by the Lion’s Club Fund held at the Foundation.

 

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 will 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.

Technology and Membership Management Upgrade    $3,950

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.

 

Continued Support for Part-time Staff    $5,000

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

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.

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

 

FRIENDSHIP HOUSE OF CRYSTAL LAKE    $20,000

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.

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

 

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

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.

This grant was funded by an anonymous donor.

 

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

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 cyber-bullying.

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

 

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. MARY’S CHURCH    $5,000

Middle School Incubator Education Program

St. Mary’s 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.

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

 

WOODSTOCK COMMUNITY CHOIR    $4,150

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.

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

 

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.