Mcdonough county, Il


Prairie State Legal Services provides free legal assistance to low income individuals and seniors. 

Samaritan Well is a homeless shelter for women and children and a separate home for men. 

Wee Care Center provides day care services on a sliding level, based on income, provided the parent is attending school or working.   

WIRC Victim Services provides support services to victims of abuse, including legal support, counseling, transportation, emergency sheltering, children’s programming and more. 


Colchester Area Relief Effort (CARE) provides food to those in need.  Additionally, they prepare take-home bags for kids who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend. 

McDonough County Seniors provides five sites throughout McDonough County for socialization, entertainment, exercise and meals for Seniors. 

Audio Information Services provides radio broadcasting of written information to the print disabled.  This includes newspapers, periodicals and requested information. 

WIRC Food Pantry provides food to hungry individuals. 

​​YMCA Senior Medical Assistance covers prescription costs for seniors, who have reached their Medicare Part D “donuthole”. 

YMCA provides after school programming at a free-reduced cost, based on school lunch eligibility.  Additionally, YMCA provides youth sports opportunities.  No child is turned away for inability to pay. 

Center for Youth an Family Solutions provides counseling to anyone regardless of inability to pay.


Advocacy Network for Children provides a forensic interview for children who have been abused.  This interview is videotaped and admissible in court, so the child does not have to go to court. 

Big Brothers Big Sistersmatches volunteer “Bigs” with children needing mentors.  Money is used to pay for background checks on potential volunteers and activities for group functions. 

Court Appointed Special Advocates pairs a volunteer advocate, via the court system, with a child whose been found to be abused or neglected. The advocates report back to the courts to ensure protective orders are being carried out. 

Early Beginningsprovides a childbirth class “Just For You,” targeting low income mothers. 

Girl Scouts andBoy Scouts ensure every child that wants to be a scout is able to do so, regardless of financial limitations. 

LaLeche League educates and facilitates breastfeeding by assisting low income mothers returning to work with breast pump rental fees.  Educational packets are given out at childbirth education classes and breast milk storage bags are given to all breastfeeding mothers at McDonough District Hospital.  ​

PACT Headstart provides Headstart and Early Headstart programming for low income families, including home visits, parenting information, family literacy, health and nutrition services and more. 

2017 - 2018 United Way Partner Agencies

We are focused on creating community-based and community-led programs committed to improving Health, Income and Education in McDonough County.