2021-2022 Partner Agencies

We are focused on assisting community-based and community-led programs and agencies committed to improving health, education and financial stability in McDonough County.


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.


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

Early Beginnings offers a Cooperative Parenting and Divorce eight-week workshop series.

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

Camp Big Sky provides education, training, and skills development to children and adults with disabilities through participation in accessible outdoor activities.  


Alternatives (for the Older Adult) provides home based services to Senior Citizens.

CASA provides advocacy in the Juvenile Court System for children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.

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

WIRC Food Pantry provides food to hungry individuals.

YMCA Senior Center is considered a Community Focal Point and is established to encourage the maximum collocation and coordination of services for older individuals. 

The McDonough County United Way fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations so that we can collectively and effectively create opportunities for a better life for all.

We focus on promoting an inclusive environment, not just in employment, but in every aspect of our business, where everyone respects and values the contributions of all people. The different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives of our community strengthen the quality of our work and the success of our organizations.

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED