New McHenry County COVID-19 Response Fund
A Proactive Approach to the Pandemic’s Impact on Local Families


MCHENRY, IL (Monday, March 23, 2020)  – In an effort to provide a coordinated philanthropic response to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the United Way of Greater McHenry County and The Community Foundation for McHenry County have launched the McHenry County Community COVID-19 Response Fund.

This pandemic is a real-time picture of the increased challenges that families across McHenry County are facing every day. The region’s health and human service organizations are experiencing a surge in demand for services from neighbors and communities significantly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. It’s critical these nonprofits have the resources they need to continue to operate at the highest capacity.

“McHenry County residents are counting on the United Way and Community Foundation to step up in a big way to help our local community during this very difficult time.  Partnering together, we are stronger and can make a big impact. This local McHenry County COVID-19 Response Fund, will provide one place for philanthropists, community leaders, corporations, and individuals to contribute,” said Carole Peters, Executive Director for United Way. “This fund is one that will stay in place long-term to ensure that as the needs change, the funding can be made available to assist with things we might not even anticipate.”

One hundred percent of every donation to this community fund will impact and support the organizations that are ensuring our neighbors can access basic needs in this time of crisis. Together, the United Way and The Community Foundation will deploy the resources to nonprofit organizations who have filled out an online application requesting funds

“As we individually take steps to protect our own families, workplaces and neighborhoods from the effects of the virus, let’s not forget the impact this will have on our local neighbors. Missing paychecks, the inability to pay rent, and a lack of access to food and essential supplies are realities that many of our neighbors will have to face in the coming months. We hope that you will consider a generous donation to support the agencies that are working to ensure families can access basic needs in this time of crisis,” said Deb Thielen, Executive Director for The Community Foundation for McHenry County.

Donations can be made with a credit or debit card by visiting  Checks can also be mailed and made out to The Community Foundation for McHenry County at 630 N. Route 31, Suite 101, Crystal Lake, IL 60012. Please reference “COVID-19 Fund”.


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About United Way of Greater McHenry County

United Way of Greater McHenry County is a nonprofit organization that unites people and resources to build a stronger McHenry County. They support 30 local nonprofit agencies and help fund 48 different programs in the areas education, health and independence. They have been reinvesting in McHenry County since their inception in 1966 and have raised over $56 million dollars. For more information, visit

The Community Foundation for McHenry County

The CFMC is the leader in McHenry County for providing legacy giving opportunities to donors and charitable organizations in our community. Founded in 2001 to ensure McHenry County’s charitable organizations would always have financial support, The Community Foundation today is approximately a $35 million organization that serves to “Connect people who care with causes that matter.”

Our mission is to philanthropically address the needs of McHenry County by providing leadership, granting resources, stewarding assets and fostering awareness. We work closely and provide grants to charitable organizations that serve the residents of our community. We engage donors across our community to help more than 80 charitable organizations annually. For more information, please contact The Community Foundation at 815.338.4483 or connect with us at