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United Way of Grundy County supports local programs

The United Way of Grundy County is proud to support local programs through its annual Community Investment Grant.

The 2020 grant process has been completed and awarded $275,000 to support 46 vital programs and services provided by 29 local nonprofit Community Partner Agencies in Grundy County.

Funded programs and services help individuals and families in Grundy County from birth to death in five core focus areas that positively change lives including: fulfilling urgent and basic human needs, improving financial stability, helping youth succeed, increasing independence and self-sufficiency and promoting health and wellness.

Community Partner Agencies complete an application which is reviewed by an assigned Board of Directors liaison.

Through the grant process, agencies are vetted and verified for their fiduciary responsibility. Final grant decisions are made by the Board of Directors after careful review of the agency’s application, finances and community presence. The Board of Director’s decision also is based on funds available and community needs.

The 2020 funded Community Partner Agencies are: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Breaking Away, Catholic Charities, Center for Disability Services, Child Care Resource & Referral, Community Nutrition Network, Crisis Line, Disability Resource Center, Easterseals, Girl Scouts, Grundy PADS, Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice, Grundy County Drug Court, Grundy County Treatment Alternative Court, Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity, Guardian Angel Community Services, Illinois Valley Industries, Joliet Area community Hospice, Morris Community YMCA, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers, Prairie State Legal Services, Salvation Army, Stepping Stones, Sunrise Center North, Trinity Services, University of Illinois Extension, We Care of Grundy County and the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic.

Many of the funded Community Partner Agencies collaborate on several programs together. United Way of Grundy County encourages initiatives that create opportunities for collaboration; making funds even more effective.

For information about the Community Partner Agencies programs and services funded through the United Way of Grundy County, visit the Community Partners page at

Funds raised throughout the year help to support vital programs and services through the annual grant program.

United Way of Grundy County raises these funds in many ways including: an annual dinner, an annual mailing, sponsorships, individual donors, corporate campaigns, employee payroll deduction and local business support.

It is the annual support that we receive through the generosity of the community that we are able to fund programs that make such a positive impact.

A donation to United Way of Grundy County helps more than one agency, more than one program and more than one person in Grundy County. Every dollar makes a difference and funds stay local.

United Way of Grundy County also serves as a resource conduit, connecting people in need with programs or services available in the community. We assist individuals and families in finding the resources they need.

In addition to funding programs and services through the annual Community Investment Grant program, United Way of Grundy County also serves as a hub for opportunities to volunteer. We help connect individuals, families and groups with ways to volunteer. There are a variety of opportunities available throughout the year.

Volunteering in the community is a great opportunity for families to do something together while doing something meaningful, it gives companies an opportunity to have their employees do a group project for an agency in need and it can help a student satisfy their required community service hours while learning the importance of giving back.

United Way of Grundy County has been providing support in the community since 1946. We help to improve lives through opportunities to give, advocate, and volunteer. We rally support for local nonprofit agencies that make a positive impact in the community; helping to make it a great place to live and work.

For information about the United Way of Grundy County, call our office at 815-942-4430, email us at, visit the website at, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

• Karen Nall is the executive
director of the United Way of Grundy County

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