Local nonprofit organizations were strengthened financially thanks to the generosity of donors and a foundation that connects the two.

The nearly $330,000 awarded to area nonprofits was distributed by the McHenry County Community Foundation at a luncheon Aug. 22 at Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills.

The McHenry County Community Foundation links local donors to organizations throughout the county. In all, 34 local nonprofits received funding at the luncheon, according to a press release.

Robin Doeden, executive director of the foundation, spoke at the luncheon.

“The ultimate goal of the foundation is to ensure that financial support from our generous donors goes to the most deserving nonprofits in our county. The local organizations receiving grants today are doing great work to enrich the lives of McHenry County residents. The foundation is honored to partner with them in the coming year,” Doeden said.

Groups with ties to Woodstock that were chosen included Adult & Child Therapy Services, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois, Inc., Family Health Partnership Clinic, Home of the Sparrow, Main Stay Therapeutic Farm, McHenry County Extension, Pioneer Center for Human Services, Senior Care Volunteer Network, Senior Services Associates, The Thresholds, Turning Point and United Way of Greater McHenry County.

Each recipient must submit an application that outlines the needs, goals and potential of its group. Applications are reviewed by members of a committee and recipients are selected for their ability to impact and enrich lives of local residents.

The foundation awards health and human services organizations in the early fall, and arts, education, environment and economic-opportunity organizations in the spring.

Turning Point, a Woodstock-based nonprofit, was one of the organizations selected, and received $15,000 to be put toward growing the legal access program.

“The funds will help critical clients access legal representation”, said Jane Farmer, executive director of Turning Point. “It is a really good idea for our clients that needed a little bit of help.”

The McHenry County Community Foundation, founded in 2001, has distributed $1.2 million annually for the past three years to more than 70 organizations.

Any local nonprofit interested in applying for funding from the foundation can visit mccfdn.org or call 815-338-GIVE.

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