Panel to Study the Root of Elgin's Social Problems
Byers, Christine, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Christine Byers Daily Herald Staff Writer
Elgin's United Way has followed a nationwide trend by appointing a new committee dedicated to finding the roots of social problems in the city.
Branches of the nonprofit group throughout the country already have tapped community leaders to discover new agencies to fund while still acting as a safety net for the social service agencies that rely on United Way money.
"It's a long difficult process, but they've found that working together brings additional resources, money, volunteers and gifts- in-kind to the community," said Diane O'Connor, director of community impact.
The agency announced Wednesday how $1 million will be allocated to more than 20 local organizations. Some of the organizations who were given large shares of the money include: The Community Crisis Center's Economic Crisis Program, $72,500; the Renz Addiction Counseling Center, $45,000 for outpatient treatment programs; and the Well Child Center's Pediatric Dental Clinic, $50,000.
Ten percent, or $100,000, of the agency's budget has been set aside to support programs that the new council, called the Community Vision Council, will identify, O'Connor said.
Once the council chooses its leadership, it will then focus on forming impact councils to address the root of each social problems and the best organizations to support. …