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The Summer Solstice: the longest day of summer sunlight for the year.  This year, make the most of your daylight hours and join United Way of Will County with our inaugural Day of Action!  Click here for flyer.


A special thank you to Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel for Sponsoring our Day of Action!







Two activites are planned for this year:



20,000 meals in 2.5 hours


Hunger doesn't go away during the summer months, but often times, food donations do.

Help us fill the summer food gap and join us for UWWC Day of Action Meal Packing! 

Day of Action Meal Packing

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

10:00AM - 12:30PM

Joliet Junior College, J-Building Cafeteria

1215 Houbolt Road

Joliet, IL


This is a family-friendly opportunity and also available to students looking for summer community service hours!  All 20,000 meals will be distributed to local organizations and local families that need our help - ARE YOU IN?


 How to Help:

1. Volunteer and help us pack meals!  Register at our Br. James Gaffney Online Volunteer Center


2. Make a donation to support our efforts in Hunger Relief!  Our current Will County programs in hunger relief include meal packing, weekend food backpack programs for kids, mobile food pantries, daily hot meals, community gardens, home delivered meals and community food pantries.


Meal packing materials provided by The Outreach Program.






Would you rather diaper your baby's bottom or give them a bath?


No parent should have to make a decision like this when caring for their baby, yet 1 in 3 families will find themselves agonizing over similar situations.


The Community Baby Shower, a new UWWC initiative, will help ensure a healthy start for infants and young children, by providing baby basics to struggling, Will County families.


How to Help:

1.  Host a Baby Shower

Gather your coworkers over lunch or host a party with your friends and families!  We even have some downloadables to help you get started!  All items collected will be distributed to local organizations and local families!  If you can't host a "shower," a good ole' fashion drive will also help!  Please register your community baby shower or drive here! 


Baby Shower Flier      

Shower Invitation 1        

Shower Invitation 2       

Shower Invitation 3 

Baby Shower Product Wish List


2.  Make a donation! 

Give individuals and families a "hand UP" in achieving self sufficiency and economic independence by making a donation to our Self Sufficiency efforts!   Current programs include: basic and emergency needs, Community Baby Shower, Hygiene for Humanity, homeless prevention and support, specialized case management including financial literacy, employment, opportunities to further/complete education, household budgeting and more!


3.  Day of Action Collection & Sorting! 

We will need some volunteers to assist with the collection, sorting and counting of items donated through the Community Baby Shower.  Register here!


4.  Join our Community Baby Shower Action Team! 

Plans are in the works to host an actual Community Baby Shower Event next year!  If you like to plan parties and help people, this team is for you!  Please contact Sarah Oprzedek,, for more details.



Why is the Community Baby Shower important?

The average middle-income family will spend $12,350 annually on child-related expenses in their baby’s first two years of life.  -USDA report

The Poverty Line for a family of four in IL is $24,600.  This means, a family of four, with a total income of $24,600 (the FT equivalent of $11.83/hour) is considered to be living in poverty.

Poverty can cause stress.  Stress can cause both mental and physical health related issues.  For expecting mothers, stress can also impact the health of their unborn child. 

WIC (Women Infant Children) is a subsidized food assistance program that helps at-risk and poverty-stricken families eat well and stay healthy; however, this program does NOT cover baby wellness items such as diapers, wipes, baby wash, or diaper cream.

The nearest Diaper Drive Network is in St. Louis, and often times, ample time is not provided for local organizations to make the trip.





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