DeKalb County Resource Celebrates 1 year Anniversary!
Champions and external groups continue promoting 2-1-1
2-1-1 DeKalb County was launched in DeKalb County in June 2017, and this June brings us to a full year of local 2-1-1 service. Kishwaukee United Way and our 2-1-1 Champions are hard at work continuing to promote this great resource. The Champions are representatives from Youth Service Providers, and are actively spreading the word and helping to educate the public about this resource. Representatives were at various local vendor fairs and special events this past year, and plan to share information at summer events as well as the Chamber New Teacher welcome event and the Back to School Bash in the Fall. We were pleased to have the support of an NNGO class at NIU create materials to share on campus to raise awareness, and are thankful to the cohort of the DeKalb Leadership Academy that created a social media icon and assisted with 2-1-1 database registration and PR about the information line.
2-1-1 is ‘a first call for help” to connect with health and community services. Unlike 911, which is designed to reach a first responder, 2-1-1 is designed to help people find services and get the resources they need. United Ways across the country have a long-standing tradition of collaborating with stakeholders in their local areas to bring this valuable information and referral service to their respective communities.
Locally, we are grateful to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, Kishwaukee Hospital, First Midwest Bank, NIU, DeKalb Township, and the DeKalb County Mental Health Board for their investments in this important initiative. Special thanks to our United Way Board ‘champion’ Paul Callighan who has spearheaded the effort on behalf of our volunteer leadership. To search the 2-1-1 Directory online click here.
Our Partner Agencies
Kishwaukee United Way fundraises, advocates and educates the community on behalf of 24 partner agencies in DeKalb County. Our partner agencies provide vital programs & services to our community; essentially from cradle (early childhood education) to grave (hospice care) as well as the pitfalls (homelessness, hunger, and domestic violence) that may occur in life.
FamilyWize Prescription Discount Program
FamilyWize Prescription Discount Program is offered to those that don’t have health insurance, or must buy medicine not covered by your insurance plan. Kishwaukee United Way distributes discount cards that could lower the cost of your medicine by an average 39%. (You will save an average of 8 times out of 10 over the pharmacy’s retail price.)
FamilyWize cards are provided free-of-charge to everyone who needs one. There are no age restrictions, no income restrictions, no limit on how many times you can use it and no waiting to get a card. In fact, you may print your own card by clicking on the image below!
Please print this card and present it at participating DeKalb County pharmacy for your discount!
Or click here to request a card by mail or text message.
Since 2006, DeKalb County residents have saved more than $220,000 by using this simple card. That’s a staggering amount! Think about it…that amount of money has allowed the people in our community the opportunity to better pay their rent or mortgage, pay their winter heating bill, pay for childcare, or just allow them to save some money for a rainy day.
FamilyWize Savings Counter
Click here to learn more about the FamilyWize program, including participating pharmacies nationwide (including Pet Meds that are distributed by a pharmacy). You can also contact us for more information about this incredible money-saving opportunity!
Resources in DeKalb County
We all need a little help from time to time. Consider these community resources for assistance with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.
DeKalb County Community Action
Essential Anti-Poverty Programs
2550 North Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, IL 60115
DeKalb County Housing Authority
Affordable Housing Opportunities
310 N 6th Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
Salvation Army of DeKalb County
Emergency Assistance Food Pantry Seasonal Programs
830 Grove Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
Community Contacts, Inc. (Energy Assistance) LIHEAP
Winter Assistance on Utility Bills