United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life which are EDUCATION, INCOME and HEALTH.
When it comes to accessing health services, a person’s zip code should never be a deterrent to success, nor should it be a barrier to improved health. By making it easier for individuals to access substance abuse programs, receive quality health care and access nutritious foods, we’re fighting to help everyone get—and stay—healthy. From introducing food stands in urban food desserts to supporting the emotional and mental needs of veterans, we’re committed to building healthy communities, one person at a time.
Our Local Initiatives
For the last 13 years, United Way and the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership have collaborated to bring greater stability to communities nationwide. We know that families living on the edge never struggle with just one issue; it’s the combination of several problems that prevent families from finding stability and thriving. Through this prescription savings card, FamilyWize works to make prescription medications more affordable for all families, so that no one ever has to make the hard choice between medication they need, and other basics like food or rent.
Collective Focus Areas
- Prevention, treatment and research
- Home healthcare & mental health services
- Food Security
Our Community Partners in Health
Of our 24 current partner agencies, we support the following in their efforts around health:
- Adventure Works of DeKalb County
- Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health ~Ben Gordon Center
- Catholic Charities’ Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
- Children’s Home + Aid
- Elder Care Services
- Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois
- Family Service Agency
- Hope Haven
- Kishwaukee Family YMCA
- Voluntary Action Center
- Youth Outlook
Contact us to learn more about getting involved with our local health initiatives!