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United Way of Will County Programs:


The following programs are coordinated and/or offered by the United Way of Will County.  As emerging needs or trends arise within our community, UWWC will evaluate/assess those needs to determine if we can play a larger role in addressing that need.

Please note, that our website is under contstruction.  More detailed information and web pages are forthcoming.

1. Emergency Food and Shelter Grant

2. FamilyWize Prescription Savings Program

3. Hygiene for Humanity

4. Brother James Gaffney Online Volunteer Center for Will County

5. Will County Disaster Relief Fund and Disaster Relief Special Needs Committee






1.       Emergency Food and Shelter Funds for Will County Coordination & Distribution

a.       Past 33 years allocated $9.5M to supplement shelters for the homeless, provide rent, food and utility assistance.

b.  Mike Hennessy is staff contact




2.       FamilyWize Prescription Program

a.       Past 10 years 12,263 Residents have saved $1,458,628 on prescription medication

b.       UWWC provides this program at no cost to the client, agency or business requesting packets/cards.

c.  Sarah Oprzedek is staff contact



3.       Hygiene for Humanity

a.       UWWC works with our corporate partners, donors and volunteers to collect hygiene items/supplies that are packed into hygiene kits and distributed directly to families.

b.       Items collected support three Families in Transition Support Days, in partnership with the Will County Regional Office of Education

c.       “Families in Transition” is a one-stop event that brings service providers together to the communities that have the highest population of homeless families in Will County (Joliet, Bolingbrook, Crete.)

                                                               i.      Joliet: Saturday, April 22 @ Joliet West

                                                             ii.      Crete: Saturday, August 19th (tentative)

                                                            iii.      Bolingbrook:  TBD  (October/November)

                                        iv.   Sarah Oprzedek is staff contact




4.       Volunteer Center: Br. James Gaffney Online Volunteer Center


b.       Volunteers can search for local, volunteer opportunities

c.       Companies can seek local projects to adopt

d.       FREE to ALL organizations that would like to post opportunities and events

e.   Sarah Oprzedek is staff contact



5.       Will County Disaster Relief Special Needs Committee and Disaster Relief Fund

a.       Formed by UWWC after a devastating F-5 tornado struck Plainfield, Crest Hill and Joliet.

b.       This fund is open when a local disaster strikes and the impacted community would like to partner with us for fund collection and distribution for local, immediate and/or long term needs.

c.       ZERO Overhead within this fund (no UW fees, no processing fees.)  100% of donations to this fund are used to support those impacted by the disaster.

                                                               i.      Village of Homer Glen recently partnered with us and utilized our fund for a home explosion.  Village leadership expressed had they known we had a ZERO fee fund, they would have utilized our fund, instead of GoFundMe (which assessed 2.9% + 0.30 to each donation, and will assess an additional 5% to each fund distribution made to the family.)

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