January: - THE FAMILY HEALTH PARTNERSHIP
The Family Health Partnership provides quality Health Care to the residents of McHenry County. The Clinic operates with volunteer Physicians and other staff. They serve the uninsured and under insured of McHenry County. Half of the patients are children who have delayed having care because they are uninsured and could not afford treatment.
February: SENIOR CARE VOLUNTEER NETWORK (formerly Faith in Action)
Senior Care Volunteer Network is a non-profit interfaith organization that has been serving the seniors of McHenry County since 1998. Volunteers come from churches, synagogues and other houses of worship, as well as the community at large. They work with seniors in the community who live at home to assist them and their families in maintaining their independence, dignity and quality of life. Whether it is with a ride to the doctor, help with some light housekeeping, or a friendly visit, volunteers provide services to seniors in need of assistance at no cost. www.scvnmchenrycounty.org (815) 455-3120
March: ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, administered by Wider Church Ministries, is the refugee, relief and development fund of the UCC. It provides support to people in more than eighty countries. www.onegreathourofsharing.org
April: PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
There are seven church sites in McHenry County that house PADS’s cold weather emergency shelter program. There is a van that provides transportation to and from each emergency church shelter. There is a
live in shelter for the homeless off Kishwaukee Valley Road. Vocational services are provided. www.mchenrycountypads.com
May: STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH
- Your gift to Strengthen the Church builds the UCC's future now by funding The Stillspeaking Ministry, new and renewing churches, youth and young adult ministries, and lay and pastoral leadership formation - especially among women and people of color. Your offerings are directed to your church's Conference, Local Church Ministries, and The Stillspeaking Ministry for these church development, leader development and Stillspeaking purposes.
June: VETERANS ASSISTANCE
Veterans Assistance- is a program that assists veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, homelessness and host of other service related maladies. Its mission is to assist veterans in their moment of need.
July: GRAFTON TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY
THE MISSION OF THE GRAFTON FOOD PANTRY is to strive to improve the lives of our friends and neighbors in need by providing food items and education on nutrition and smart shopping. We treat every individual with respect, privacy and dignity on their journey to becoming independent of our services. We are
committed to educate and bring our community together in the fight to end hunger. We are a 501 (c) (3), Non-Profit Organization.
August: PIONEER CENTER
Pioneer Center for Human Services- delivers community based services for people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, traumatic brain injury, autism and they are a VOICE for sexual assault and McHenry county Pads and the Youth Service Bureau. It is a Not-Profit Organization empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.
September: NEIGHBORS IN NEED (NIN)
This is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.
October: TURNING POINT
Turning Point is a domestic violence agency. Their mission is to confront violence against women and children in McHenry County. They provide: 24 hour crises intervention, emergency shelter, food and clothing, counseling and a parenting program.
November: FAMILY ALLIANCE
Family Alliance-their mission is to assist mature adults in the Northern Illinois region to remain in their own homes and achieve resiliency in their communities and also to promote independence by providing best-of- practice day programming , in-home and on site mental health and dementia services, and proactive caregiver support.
December: PIONEER CENTER WISH LIST & CHRISTMAS FUND
This fund is for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund which is the primary source of annual income for the work of the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance, one of the corporations comprising the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ. Gifts to the Christmas Fund help provide
pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retirees, emergency assistance to the families of clergy and lay employees and Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks to individuals and families facing financial crises.