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Thanks to a partnership with the Center for Economic Progress, United Way of Elgin, the Grand Victoria Foundation, and Judson University, 1,113 clients from the Elgin area were able to have their federal and state taxes prepared and filed for free by certified volunteers during the 2018 tax season. These returns netted $2.34 million dollars in refunds for clients while saving an estimated $236,000 in tax preparation and filing fees.

Families who make up to $55,000—$30,000 for individuals—in income per year are eligible to have their taxes prepared through...

After a few years off, the United Way of Elgin is thrilled to bring back its popular Day of Caring Volunteer Event on Friday, July 27, 2018.

The 20th Day of Caring will feature projects from 9 Elgin area health and human services agencies and three elementary schools. A total of 130 volunteers are needed to complete these projects. Work will take place between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.

This year, the event will kick off with a morning rally at Larkin High School, with coffee and donuts along with some remarks from United Way of Elgin board...

United Way of Elgin would like to congratulate Youth United Way's Haley Wahl for winning the inaugural Bea Wilson Youth Award from Judson University at their May 9, 2018 Community Prayer Breakfast. The award, named after Beatrice Wilson, wife of former Judson Trustee D. Ray Wilson, was created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Prayer Breakfast. Judson has given out the D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award for 15 years, honoring adult volunteers who contribute to the greater good in the Fox Valley community. At left, Haley accepts her award from Nick Salzmann, Bea Wilson's grandson...

On Wednesday, APril 18th, you can feed your smile at Potbelly's Sandwich Shop in South Elgin (392 Randall Road) and help United Way of Elgin! From 5-8PM, you can get dinner and 25% of the proceeds from your order will be donated back to United Way. Just show this flyer or mention it to the cashier when you order. Dinner is solved next Wednesday--See you there! And thank you to our friends at ITW Shakeproof for setting up this fundraiser.

Download more information (bilingual) about ALL the tax prep sites here.

On Sept. 21, the United Way of Elgin (UWE) hosted the 2017-2018 “United We Win” Campaign Kickoff Reception at the Grand Victoria Casino.  Supporters gathered to celebrate the launch of a new year of fundraising for social services that help to meet vital health, education and income needs in the community.

Campaign co-chairs Karla Jiménez, coordinator of family and community engagement for School District U-46, and Tom McCartney, manager and founding principal at My Advisor & Planner, LLC, led the event. Jiménez and McCartney are UWE board members as well.

The evening...

Do you remember how excited you were on the first day of school every year? New clothes, new shoes, and a new backpack full of supplies.    For many children in our community, the first day of school does NOT include these new things. For families struggling financially, school supply lists can be a hardship. That's where Project Backpack comes in.   Each August, families in need can get a backpack FILLED with school supplies for each of their school-aged children. Last year, Project Backpack handed out nearly 1,500 full backpacks to students in our community. But we need YOUR help to ensure...

PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) of Elgin has been part of the Elgin area community since 1989 and has been funded by the United Way for several decades.

PADS of Elgin’s goal is to provide safe shelter, support services and advocacy to homeless individuals in Dundee, Elgin and Hanover Townships. PADS provides homeless men, women and children in crisis a safe overnight shelter, an evening meal, breakfast, hot showers, laundry facilities and connection with support services all year long. PADS is able to help the homeless population thanks to a dedicated staff, a caring...

Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area (FSA) has had a relationship with the United Way of Elgin since they were known as the Community Chest in 1932, 85 years ago! At that time, the Community Chest funded Family Service Association to be a family welfare agency during the depression. We helped to feed people and we even bought shoes for people that could not afford them.

In the present day, Family Service Association is known as a Community Mental Health Center. United Way of Elgin funds FSA to offer a full array of behavioral health services to children, adolescents and...

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