Agency Partners

Amboy Education Foundation

(815) 857-3632

The Amboy Education Foundation is a volunteer organization that helps to purchase programs and equipment that expand educational opportunities for Amboy students. The foundation provides such educational tools as library books, remedial reading and math programs, computers and software, and microscopes.

American Red Cross – Lee County Chapter

(815) 284-2829

This local chapter of the Red Cross provides disaster relief programs, services to members of the military and their families, safety kits, first aid courses, rentals of infant car restraints, and facilitates donations of blood in Lee County.

Boy Scouts – Blackhawk Area Council

(815) 397-0210

Through a variety of year-round programs, the Boy Scouts strives to build the moral strength and character of boys in Lee County. Serving hundreds of young people in Lee County, the programs also develop good citizens and physical, mental, and emotional fitness.

Bright Beginnings Christian Preschool & Daycare

(815) 285-1033

Bright Beginnings is a DCFS licensed not for profit child care center providing quality education and care for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years. All United Way funds are targeted to Fee Assistance programs, reducing tuition for families that demonstrate financial need.

Catholic Charities Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

(815) 399-4300

Catholic Charities Long Term Care Ombudsman Program works to preserve and protect the dignity of individuals who reside in long-term care facilities in our communities.  Ombudsmen are committed to ensuring residents are treated with respect and advocate for individuals to receive the highest level of care and services to maximize independence.

Dixon Family YMCA

(815) 288-9622

The Dixon Family YMCA offers many programs for all ages in an atmosphere that values caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Its health, wellness, educational, and recreational programs promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness.

Dixon Habitat for Humanity (non funded partner in 2016 & 2017)

(815) 288-4957

Habitat is a joint effort of Dixon’s Christian community that builds decent, affordable homes for families in need.

Dixon PADS Shelter


PADS offers shelter and food to homeless individuals and families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  They provide individuals assistance, education and counseling to aid in the goal of independent living.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

(815) 962-5591 or (800) 925-3327

The Girl Scouts provide girls with a friendly, supportive environment in which they learn new skills, cultivate strong friendships, participate in constructive recreational activities, and look up to positive, easily accessible role models.

Goodfellows of Lee County

(815) 721-2025

Goodfellows provides food, clothing, toys, and gifts for families in need during the holiday season.

Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center

(815) 288-4673

Home of Hope supports families touched by cancer. Programs and services include emotional support groups, educational seminars, and stress management programs. All services are free of charge.

Hospice of the Rock River Valley

(815) 288-3673

HRRV provides compassionate care for patients of all ages in the latter stages of terminal illness, at a time when assistance and understanding are needed most. UWLC funding helps to train hospice volunteers and to provide support services to bereaved family members.

Kreider Services Early Intervention Program

(815) 288-6691

Kreider Services assists individuals with disabilities to reach their fullest potential. UWLC funding supports Kreider’s Early Intervention program, which serves Lee County children (ages birth to three) who have developmental delays. Trained staff work with parents to facilitate the child’s development in cognition, speech, language, social, and motor skills.

Lee County CASA

(815) 288-1901

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) provides trained volunteer guardians for every abused or neglected child who is subject to juvenile court proceedings in Lee County. CASA also works to facilitate placement of such children into safe, loving, permanent homes as soon as possible.

Lee County Council on Aging

(815) 288-9236 or (855) 407-9236

LCCOA assesses and meets the needs of Lee County senior citizens. The agency provides transportation, nutrition, a senior citizens center, and is a primary provider of information and assistance for Lee County seniors.

Lifescape Community Services

(815) 963-1609

The largest agency in northwestern Illinois serving older adults, families and caregivers in Winnebago, Boone, Whireside, Carroll, Lee and Ogle counties. Whether a person needs a nutritious meal, help completing complicated paperwork, assistance in paying bills, a safe place to go during the day or wants to put their talents and skills to use by volunteering at a local nonprofit agency, Lifescape Community Services is the resource that can help meet that need.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (State Website)

(815) 626-7333

LSSI provides counseling services to Lee County individuals and groups through intensive work and interaction to chronic delinquent offenders, family issues, youth/adult substance abuse, and youth runaways.

Open Sesame Child Care Center

(815) 288-5905

Open Sesame is an IL licensed, not for profit child care center that offers full- and part-time child care for children ages six weeks through 12 years. United Way funding assists families that become ineligible for tuition assistance from IDHS and other families that are going through difficult times and need assistance with tuition.

Prairie State Legal Services (Regional Website)

(815) 434-5903

Prairie State Legal Services offers legal help at no charge to low income and elderly persons in Lee County. PSLS attorneys focus on the most urgent problems such as domestic violence, nursing home discharge cases, elder abuse, and other basic-needs issues.

Salvation Army (National Website)

(815) 857-7022 or (309) 655-7220, ext. 143

The Salvation Army provides various crisis services such as food, transportation, medical assistance, furnishings, emergency disaster relief, transient service, and lodging. UWLC funding goes to the rapidraft assistance program, providing fast direct assistance to Lee County people who urgently need Salvation Army services.

Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center

(815) 284-1891

Shining Star helps local children who are involved in cases of sexual and serious physical abuse, ensuring that investigations are conducted in a manner sensitive to the needs of children. The center provides a neutral child-friendly environment where children and families can be interviewed for crisis intervention, evidence gathering, and counseling service referrals.

Sinnissippi Centers 


Sinnissippi Centers is a community based behavioral health center. UWLC funds a program within the schools in our area, helping children with needs that guidance counselors or teachers are unable to help with in the hopes that the child has the best possible chance to succeed in academics.

Teen Turf Youth Center

(815) 857-4800

Teen Turf offers a safe and wholesome environment for Amboy and the surrounding areas’ youth, providing mentoring, role models, and after-school tutoring. Focusing on positive values, Teen Turf teaches youth to be community volunteers and responsible citizens.

Tri-County Opportunities Council Foster Grandparent Program (non funded partner in 2017)


The TCOC Foster Grandparent program provides one on one tutoring or mentoring to the most at risk students or to special needs students.  The grandparents provide individual attention to the students and help them gain confidence in their reading, spelling and math.  UWLC funding will provide a stipend to offset costs to the volunteers.

YWCA of the Sauk Valley

(815) 288-1232 or (815) 625-0333

This local YWCA provides safe shelter for domestic violence victims and their children. Counseling is provided for victims of sexual assault/harassment and their families. A 24 hour hotline is available. UWLC funds help generate matching state grants for domestic violence and sexual assault services and also supports the YWCA’s TechGYRLS and Career Center programs.