This has been a difficult year for so many of our neighbors and friends in the communities of United Way of Central Kane County. Many have lost jobs and with it their security. With insufficient income families are facing hunger, homelessness and loss of health insurance.United Way has been fortunate that donors continue to fund our efforts, allowing us to provide support for programs that address the current issues.
During this past year, community volunteers met and carefully reviewed the grant applications based on the value and strength of the agencies and their programs. We awarded grants to those agencies that demonstrated concrete, measurable outcomes in the community. For the fiscal year 2012-2013, we awarded over $345,000 to support 34 programs at 26 local agencies. More than 13,500 local people were helped with these funds. We are focusing our support on agency “community impact” programs which help struggling individuals and families who live or work in the communities of St. Charles, Geneva, Elburn, Campton Hills, Kaneville, Wasco, and LaFox.
Over $10,670 of volunteer time was donated with a total of 122 volunteers. Fifteen new businesses supported United Way this campaign year. The Build a Bike Program in collaboration with the Nielsen Media Group was a success with the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and Boy Scouts –Three Fires Council distributing them. Volunteers gathered at the LaFox, Geneva, and Elburn train stations in September and October to distributed cards reminding commuters “Don’t Let Your United Way Dollars Leave Town.” The generosity of the Kane County Chronicle and Continental Envelope was invaluable. Their in-kind contributions were valued at $2,400.
United Way of Central Kane County received a grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to buy a new photocopy machine.We are especially thankful for their continued support.
This next year we will continue to meet new challenges as we see an escalation of community needs. Area social agencies are seeing an increase in clients because of the current economic downturn, while the State of Illinois faces its own financial crisis with pending cuts to funding to the very social agencies that serve so many people. Because of this, it is more important than ever for United Way to succeed. The funds we disperse are critical to these agencies to help meet the “community impact” programs.
When times are tough, friends, family and neighbors depend on the generosity of citizens like you. The United Way of Central Kane County is continuing the legacy of caring and compassion that brings us together and creates opportunities by focusing on the building blocks for a good life.
Thank you for your help now and in the future.
Scott Wood President 2012-2013