2018-2019 Grant Recipients

Health and Human Services

In fall 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

$14,000

Homelessness Prevention and Diversion

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.
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HOME OF THE SPARROW, INC.

$13,000

Homelessness Prevention and Diversion

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.
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LAST CHANCE HOUSE, INC.

$13,680

Last Chance House Parking Improvement

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

$14,490

Last Chance House Community Meeting Room Improvements

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.
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MAIN STAY THERAPEUTIC FARM

$9,000

Inspiring New Directions Program

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.
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MAIN STAY THERAPEUTIC FARM

$4,050

Inspiring Healthy Communities Program

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.
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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.
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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.
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NAMI OF MCHENRY COUNTY

$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.
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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.
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NORTHWEST CENTER AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT

$7,500

Sexual Abuse Prevention Education

Funding will support Sexual Abuse Prevention Education.
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PIONEER CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES

$20,000

Pioneer Center Child & Family Therapy Center Supportive Furnishings & Materials

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.
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PIONEER CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES

$5,000

Pioneer Center Child & Family Therapy Center Therapist Training

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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TRANSITIONAL LIVING SERVICES

Comforts of Home for Veterans

$20,000
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.
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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.
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Arts & Culture, Education, Environment

In spring 2019, the Foundation awarded over $231,000 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.

Bernie’s Book Bank

$5,000

Bernie’s Book Bank

Using sound business and logistics, Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to greatly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MCHENRY COUNTY, INC.

$12,000 Funded by James and Karlen Cooney Family Fund

Afterschool Mentoring Expansion: Hannah Beardsley Middle School

Launch an afterschool mentoring program at a Crystal Lake middle school in which high-achieving teens help shape a child’s future by empowering them to achieve classroom success, increased self-esteem and better interpersonal skills.
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City of Woodstock

$14,679

Growing Woodstock's Community GREENS

The City's Environmental Commission is developing and will manage the community's first rentable garden space for residents to grow fresh, healthy, economical food items. Educational programs and charitable food donations are part of the mission.

This grant was funded by an anonymous family fund held at the Foundation.
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Clearbrook

$1,875

CHOICE Naturally Gifted

The purpose of Clearbrook's CHOICE Naturally Gifted project is to offer vocational enrichment and hands-on vocational skills training to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through a 12 week curriculum.
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The BREAK – Crystal Lake Teen Center

$5,500

Development Coaching

The BREAK has contacted a consultant for help with development and fundraising. It is a six-month plan that includes on-site evaluation, assessment of current fundraising strategy and collaboration and training with staff.
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Culture, Arts & Music

$5,000

Performance Area at Culture, Arts & Music

Culture, Arts & Music will purchase materials for building a stage and stage lighting to create a true performance area for their students and audience.

This grant was funded by the Ruth Frejd Memorial Fund held at the Foundation.
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Environmental Defenders for McHenry County

$12,000

Roadside Prairie Habitat for Pollinators

This project will help McHenry Township Road District (MTRD) expand pollinator plantings along township roads. Funding will provide for an additional six miles of pollinator habitat to be planted along roads in the northeastern part of the township.

This grant was funded by the Community Works Endowment Fund held at the Foundation.
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Environmental Defenders for McHenry County

$3,200

Polystyrene Pollution Reduction Program

The Defenders will continue keeping polystyrene - a long-lasting plastic composed of the toxic chemical styrene - out of our waste stream and away from our watersheds and land for the health of all, with help from a group of partners and volunteers.
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Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project

$5,000

Community Legal Education Material Distribution-Human Labor Trafficking-Wage Theft Targeting Latinas

FLAP proposes to expand its offerings for low-income Latinos in McHenry County by not only offering another year of community legal education, but by offering education programs for area Latino women.

This grant was funded by the Christine and Donald Schellhaass Family Fund held at the Foundation.
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Free Guitars for Future Stars

$2,500

Summer Guitar Camp

To take our graduating students to the next level, Free Guitars for Future Stars will host a week long "Summer Camp". Students will work on a variety of projects including, live performance, guitar construction and repair, songwriting, and recording.
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Friends of Moraine Hills State Park

$7,000

Dual Wildlife Viewing Station located on the Fox River at the McHenry Dam

Purchase and install a dual wildlife viewing station at the Moraine Hills State Park McHenry dam site on the Fox River. The non-coin operated station will have two binocular viewers, one of which is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant.
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Harvard Broadcasting

$5,000

HCR Rocks

Harvard Community Radio (HCR) will use grant monies to purchase four computers, four wireless headsets, Sam Broadcasting software and an FM transmitter. These items are necessary to keep us functioning as a Low Power FM radio station.
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Huntley Community Radio

$5,000

Fund and Implement New Equipment to Replace End-of-Life Workstations, File Server, and FM Equipment

Some broadcasting equipment, our station file server, and all computer workstations MUST be replaced to avoid component failure and to restore operational efficiency. They have been in daily operation since August 2012, well beyond their end-of-life.
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Independence Health & Therapy

$1,500

Dementia Education for Communities

The Independence Health & Therapy program manager will conduct an hour-long dementia-friendly training with Huntley businesses and agencies. Education will cover facts about what dementia is and how to communicate with someone with dementia.
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Judson University

$5,000

RISE Program

The RISE program at Judson University aims to provide students, aged 18-25, with intellectual disabilities, the college experience to prepare them for independent living and customized employment.
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Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

$5,000

Gable Point Senior Housing Art and Crafts Therapy

We want to provide art and crafts therapy for a year to give 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.
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Marengo Community Radio

$2,500

Update Audio and Transmission Equipment

Purchase microphones for remote broadcasts, especially Marengo City Council meetings, to improve the quality of the broadcast for those who cannot attend meetings. Purchase audio processor to boost signal and cut interference from other stations.
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McHenry County Farm Bureau

$10,000

McHenry County Ag in the Classroom

Our goal is to fully fund McHenry County’s Ag in the Classroom program. To do this we plan to write grants and step up our fundraising efforts.
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MCSEEP

$6,000

McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program

In 2017, the organization was awarded funds to develop a pre-school program and to hold a workshop for pre-school teachers. This was a success and there is a call to expand the program to additional schools and to expand into the high school.
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MCSEEP

$6,500

Measuring McHenry County Water Quality through Citizen Science

Working with the McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program, the Environmental Defenders and the Water Resource Specialist from the county, teachers and students will learn how to sample groundwater and surface water for chlorides.
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New Directions Addiction Recovery Services

$15,000

The Other Side Project

NDARS is in need of support for our substance use recovery community center "The Other Side". In order to offer educational events to the community at no charge we are requesting support for volunteer coordinator salary and facility overhead costs.
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New Directions Addiction Recovery Services

$6,000

The Other Side Equipment Updates

NDARS would like to make necessary updates to "The Other Side" facility by adding a computer lab, updated presentation and A/V equipment, and making improvements to the community group meeting area.
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Northwest Community Music Academy

$12,500

Encore Music Academy Youth Summer Music Programs

Youth Summer Music Programs welcome and challenge all levels of students. Funds will allow for professional musicians to work with students and increase tuition support to make programs more accessible to underserved families and broader audiences.
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Not-For-Profit Resources a.k.a. Volunteer Center McHenry County

$14,611

Ten Capacity Building Workshops and Seminars For local Nonprofit Organizations

Provide a minimum of ten Northern Illinois University nonprofit capacity building classes to McHenry County organizations, helping them to scale appropriately, develop leadership, and prepare for the future.
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Openlands

$17,500

Furthering Land Protection Throughout Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge

Six sites (575 acres) from willing sellers have been identified for protection. Acquisition funding is secured, and Openlands is seeking support for transaction costs and staff time associated with this incredible opportunity to grow Hackmatack.
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Raue Center for the Arts

$10,000

Take a Vet to a Show

Our initiative is focused on serving the 10,000+ veterans in McHenry County by providing entertainment and socialization opportunities for veterans. Veterans will be partnered with or accompany pre-selected audience members to attend a show.

This grant was partially funded by the Tim Dooley Family Fund held at the Foundation. opportunity to grow Hackmatack.
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Refuge for Women

$6,000

Education (GED, College Credits, Professional Re-certification) for Survivors of Sexual Trafficking

RfW will assist our residents in expanding their individualized educational needs via online classes, GED courses/ tests, and program rectification so that they will be able to have greater career prospects, better stability, and more independence.

This grant was funded by an anonymous donor.
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TownSquare Players

$5,000

TownSquare Players Summer Theatre Workshop

The workshop is to provide affordable theatre education to youth, ages 11-18, in McHenry County. They will receive instruction in acting, singing, and dancing. In addition, students will learn basic elements of the technical aspects of production.

This grant was funded by James and Karlen Cooney Family Fund held at the Foundation.
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University of Illinois Extension

$15,000

Local Foods Systems/Small Farm Educator

To hire a Local Foods System/Small Farm Educator with primary responsibility in developing a sustainable food production, marketing, delivery and evaluation system that support educational programs for McHenry Local Foods and Small Farms community.
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University of Illinois Extension

$5,000

McHenry 4-H Program "I Think Green"

Extension staff will implement "I Think Green" program that teaches youth how living things interact with each other and their environment using interactive, hands-on learning from four tracks: Worms, Butterflies, Insects, and Nature Detectives.
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Woodstock Fine Arts Association

$5,000

Creative Living Speakers Series 2019-2020

Bring six compelling, notable speakers to audiences who want to learn, be inspired and entertained. WFAA is attuned to mass culture, networks with past speakers and works to connect directly with speakers rather than through more costly agents.

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