United Way partners with organizations and businesses that share our view that the way to improve lives is by mobilizing the caring power of communities. Their long-term commitments are essential to addressing key social issues, such as helping children and youth achieve through education, promoting financial stability and independence, and improving people’s health. United Way of Northwest Illinois works extensively with large and small businesses in Carroll, Jo Daviess and Stephenson Counties. From this work we understand these businesses increasingly want to demonstrate outcomes through their community investment strategies and also leverage their work with others to maximize their social return. Below are some success stories that illustrate the return on investment made by the United Way of Northwest Illinois and our partners. 


Amity Learning Center assisted 100% of their preschool children to rate at “proficiency level” upon exit from pre-school based on the Teaching Strategies Gold assessment. Comparatively only 13% of preschoolers who live in poverty in Stephenson County are considered ready for kindergarten. Boys and Girls Club provided academic enrichment programs during the school year and summer. 90 participants attended 30 or more days.  Of these individuals 79.6% of their teachers noted an improvement in academic performance.

Boy Scouts provided 859 boys with a variety of programs and activities to build confidence, learn life skills, and citizenship. These short term outcomes help to lead to increased leadership skills, healthier communities, and a stronger literacy rate.


Mother Hubbard’s Kiddie Cupboard helped teach 233 young moms the value of responsible behavior by awarding baby bucks for attending school, keeping health care appointments, attending parenting classes, or working.  Baby bucks are used to purchase needed baby items from Mother Hubbard’s Kiddie Cupboard. 

New Horizons Counseling Center provided reduced fee counseling services to 235 individuals in Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties.  100% of the individuals that received counseling services increased their score on the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF). This score can be a predictor of an adult’s ability to maintain employment, health relationships, parent, etc. 

The Workshop provided 80 individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn work skills and assisted an average of 6 individuals per quarter to seek community employment. 
2 individuals were able to obtain community employment and were successfully discharged from the program after 90 days on the job.  

Amity Learning Center provided low income families with affordable quality daycare allowing 120 adults to remain employed or become employed. 

United Way is thankful for the generous support of our local partners.