How to Get Help

DeKalb County EFSP Funding

For an application for EFSP funding for DeKalb County, Click Here.

Contact Dawn Littlefield at with questions. Applications are due May 20, 2020 by 4:30 pm to Dawn Littlefield at

COVIThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is meijer-cropped.jpgD-19 Emergency Microgrants

Funded by an initial contribution of $13,000 from Meijer Foods, the Kishwaukee United Way announced the creation of a Microgrant Program for nonprofit human service organizations and community collaboratives that are meeting local emergency needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Meijer grant is part of $4 million directed to United Ways in Meijer’s Midwest footprint and comes as the retailer prepares to open their store in Sycamore.  “We are honored to be beneficiaries of this generous gift, and will quickly move to get these and any other Covid-19 directed funds into the hands of agencies and groups who are serving the most vulnerable in DeKalb County,” said Dawn Littlefield, Executive Director of Kishwaukee United Way. 

According to Littlefield, grants will be disbursed in the $500 to $1,000 range to best serve multiple organizations. Some funds have already been utilized to purchase masks and cleaning supplies to be distributed by the DeKalb County Health Department to agencies with critical supply needs.

Click here for Grant Application


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 is a fundraiser, advocate and educator for our community providing funding and other supports to 21 partner agencies in DeKalb County.  Our agencies provide vital programs & services to our community; from early childhood education to senior care, as well as the connecting families to resources to combat homelessness, hunger, domestic violence and other issues they may be facing in life.

Click here to see a full listing of our current Partner Agencies (PDF).

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.

Here is a link to drug price/pharmacy lookup!

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
Family Service Agency, 1325 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL 60115

DeKalb County Housing Authority
Affordable Housing Opportunities
310 N 6th Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 758-2692

Salvation Army of DeKalb County
Emergency Assistance Ÿ Food Pantry Ÿ Seasonal Programs
830 Grove Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
815 756-4308

Community Contacts, Inc. (Energy Assistance) LIHEAP
Utility Bill Assistance / Weatherization

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