Congratulations to the 2018 WIN Grant Recipients!


           Arukah Institute of Healing       $8,000

           WORTH is a novel, video-based program, which is in its second year of operation in 15 local junior and senior high schools, targeting teenagers ages 12-18 yrs. Last year WORTH was viewed by 2,800 teenagers every week of the school year covering a different mental health topic. WORTH consists of 3-5-minute videos created in-house at Arukah that are streamed via YouTube into all participating junior and senior high schools every week for viewing during homeroom or study hall. The method behind each video involves identifying a social-emotional issue (e.g., anxiety, bullying, self-harm), revealing the lies behind the issue, offering truth, and ending with practical coping skills and a message of hope. The request is for personnel support for script writing, actor recruitment and coaching, filming, video editing, and coordinating with schools for streaming content, and for purchasing a video camera (they are currently borrowing a camera), in order to improve video quality and effectiveness in our schools. 

          Second Story Teen Center           $4000

           Jeff and Dana VanAutreve began offering young people of Bureau County, grades 6-12, a sense of purpose and acceptance in 2009 by providing a positive, safe space for teens to socialize and learn outside of school. Today, Second Story Teen Center operates as a teen drop-in center two nights per week. The Center provides after-school programs and distributes basic-needs items to 50-150 youth per night – 8,000 visits annually. Grant funding has been requested to expand “Cooking with a Cause”, cooking classes provided at the Center. Over 30 teens have completed the classes. The funding will enable classes of 10 girls to complete each class, while at least 50 of their peers will receive meals prepped and cooked by the girls. Cooking and Nutrition will provide at-risk girls with food and nutrition education, cooking and budgeting skills, and a healthy meal that they may otherwise not receive. The meals will be prepared by and served to the 10 girls and will also be served to 50 of their peers. Program participants will receive the supplies and groceries to then take home to their families or foster homes after completing each class. In addition to gaining necessary life-skills, the class will increase girl’s self-esteem and confidence by providing a sense of accomplishment in a safe, positive environment among peers. The participants will show growth in cooking skillsets, nutritional knowledge, self-sufficiency and self-esteem.

 Thanks to all who applied for a 2018 WIN Grant Award. 























WOW! Thank you to everyone for all of their hard work and support! The Celebration of Giving was a huge success and such a fun time!

The Celebration of Giving was held to present awards to this year’s grant recipients; The Starved Rock Regional Center in Ottawa, Freedom House of Princeton and ADV SAS, a group that provides counseling for victims of domestic and sexual violence in LaSalle and Livingston Counties. The grants totaled $9,500 and all recipients were voted on by members of the Women Inspired Network.

The Starved Rock Regional Center of Ottawa received $500 to advance the Illinois Valley Autism Resource Center, which provides much needed resources such as books and kits for families with Autistic children to use.

ADV SAS received $2,500 to help fund their initiative to increase domestic violence awareness with brochures and other forms of advertising, and to assist with the cost of expanding services to residents of Mendota, LaSalle and Peru.

The Freedom House of Princeton received the highest award of the evening, $6,500, to further fund their Youth Empowerment Program. This program offers a series of 5 week-long summer camps for preteen boys and girls, aged 9-12, that help youth improve self-esteem, promotes a positive body image, and teaches them how to deal with peer pressure and prevent bullying.

The evening not only included grant presentations, but also offered attendees the chance to hear Annette Schnabel, CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital give the awards presentation. WIN Founder and President of the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, Pamela Beckett, also spoke about the journey she and the members of WIN have been on since its establishment only a year ago. Founding member Cheri Reynolds also spoke about the strides the initiative has made in such a short amount of time and gave thanks to all those involved.

WIN will be offering more grant rewards next year to the organizations in Starved Rock Country that members wish to help.




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