Agency Partners

Amboy Education Foundation

(815) 857-3632

The Amboy Education Foundation is a volunteer organization that helps to purchase programs and equipment that expand educational opportunities for Amboy students. The foundation provides such educational tools as library books, remedial reading and math programs, computers and software, and microscopes.

Boy Scouts - Blackhawk Area Council

(815) 397-0210

Boy Scouts is a youth development program that builds character, teaches the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.


Catholic Charities Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

(815) 399-4300

Catholic Charities Long Term Care Ombudsman Program works to preserve and protect the dignity of individuals who reside in long-term care facilities in our communities.  Ombudsmen are committed to ensuring residents are treated with respect and advocate for individuals to receive the highest level of care and services to maximize independence.

Dixon Family YMCA

(815) 288-9622

The Dixon Family YMCA offers many programs for all ages in an atmosphere that values caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Its health, wellness, educational, and recreational programs promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness.

Dixon Habitat for Humanity

(815) 288-4957

Habitat is a joint effort of Dixon’s Christian community that builds decent, affordable homes for families in need.

Dixon PADS Shelter


PADS offers shelter and food to homeless individuals and families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  They provide individuals assistance, education and counseling to aid in the goal of independent living.

Dixon Public Schools


United Way helps support the Student One to One program within Dixon Public Schools by providing funds to assist with repairs and replacement equipment.  This program helps 1,400 students in Lee County enhance their education.

Dixon Community Gardens

Dixon Community Gardens is an organization that provides raised bed gardens for local residents to grow produce for their own use or to share with area agencies. We have 36 raised beds, a pollinator garden, flower beds and
gardens under our sign.

Goodfellows of Lee County

(815) 721-2025

Goodfellows provides food, clothing, toys, and gifts for families in need during the holiday season.

Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center

(815) 288-4673

Home of Hope supports families touched by cancer. Programs and services include emotional support groups, educational seminars, and stress management programs. All services are free of charge.

Rock River Hospice and Home

815) 625-3858

Rock River Hospice and Home provides compassionate care for patients of all ages in the latter stages of terminal illness, at a time when assistance and understanding are needed most. UWLC funding helps to train hospice volunteers and to provide support services to bereaved family members.

Kreider Services Early Intervention Program

(815) 288-6691

Kreider Services assists individuals with disabilities to reach their fullest potential. UWLC funding supports Kreider’s Early Intervention program, which serves Lee County children (ages birth to three) who have developmental delays. Trained staff work with parents to facilitate the child’s development in cognition, speech, language, social, and motor skills.

Lee County CASA

(815) 288-1901

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) provides trained volunteer guardians for every abused or neglected child who is subject to juvenile court proceedings in Lee County. CASA also works to facilitate placement of such children into safe, loving, permanent homes as soon as possible.

Lee County Council on Aging

(815) 288-9236 or (855) 407-9236

LCCOA assesses and meets the needs of Lee County senior citizens. The agency provides transportation, nutrition, a senior citizens center, and is a primary provider of information and assistance for Lee County seniors.

Franklin Creek Conservation Association


Franklin Creek Conservation Association (FCCA) is a 40-year-old non-profit friends group of Franklin Creek State Natural Area (FCSNA). One of their main goals is education to specifically foster learning and develop interest about
the natural environment of Franklin Creek through educational programs, interpretive resources, and events.

Lifescape Community Services

(815) 963-1609

The largest agency in northwestern Illinois serving older adults, families and caregivers in Winnebago, Boone, Whireside, Carroll, Lee and Ogle counties. Whether a person needs a nutritious meal, help completing complicated paperwork, assistance in paying bills, a safe place to go during the day or wants to put their talents and skills to use by volunteering at a local nonprofit agency, Lifescape Community Services is the resource that can help meet that need.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (State Website)

(815) 626-7333

LSSI provides counseling services to Lee County individuals and groups through intensive work and interaction to chronic delinquent offenders, family issues, youth/adult substance abuse, and youth runaways.

Open Sesame Child Care Center

(815) 288-5905

Open Sesame is an IL licensed, not for profit child care center that offers full- and part-time child care for children ages six weeks through 12 years. United Way funding assists families that become ineligible for tuition assistance from IDHS and other families that are going through difficult times and need assistance with tuition.

Prairie State Legal Services (Regional Website)

(815) 434-5903

Prairie State Legal Services offers legal help at no charge to low income and elderly persons in Lee County. PSLS attorneys focus on the most urgent problems such as domestic violence, nursing home discharge cases, elder abuse, and other basic-needs issues.

Salvation Army (National Website)

The Salvation Army provides various crisis services such as food, transportation, medical assistance, furnishings, emergency disaster relief, transient service, and lodging. UWLC funding goes to the rapidraft assistance program, providing fast direct assistance to Lee County people who urgently need Salvation Army services.

Summer Eats


All children and teens can enjoy free meals in Lee County when school is out.  United Way will be providing grab and go meals at 10+ sites throughout Lee County. Meals will feature kid-friendly foods like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, crackers, granola bars, and fresh fruit.   This program has no registration or requirements, and participation is open to all children and teens 18 and under. 

Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center

(815) 284-1891

Shining Star helps local children who are involved in cases of sexual and serious physical abuse, ensuring that investigations are conducted in a manner sensitive to the needs of children. The center provides a neutral child-friendly environment where children and families can be interviewed for crisis intervention, evidence gathering, and counseling service referrals.

Sinnissippi Centers 


Sinnissippi Centers is a community based behavioral health center. UWLC funds a program within the schools in our area, helping children with needs that guidance counselors or teachers are unable to help with in the hopes that the child has the best possible chance to succeed in academics.

Teen Turf  Youth Center

(815) 857-4800

Teen Turf offers a safe and wholesome environment for Amboy and the surrounding areas’ youth, providing mentoring, role models, and after-school tutoring. Focusing on positive values, Teen Turf teaches youth to be community volunteers and responsible citizens.

Woodlawn Arts Academy

(815) 626-4278

Woodlawn provides quality artistic opportunities to the Lee County residents Community. They offer quality programming opportunities to all ages in all disciplines, taught by dedicated, educated, and experienced staff members.

YWCA of the Sauk Valley

(815) 288-1232 or (815) 625-0333

This local YWCA provides safe shelter for domestic violence victims and their children. Counseling is provided for victims of sexual assault/harassment and their families. A 24 hour hotline is available. UWLC funds help generate matching state grants for domestic violence and sexual assault services and also supports the YWCA’s TechGYRLS and Career Center programs.

Paw Paw Boys & Girls Club

We are here to serve children during out of school time both before and afterschool. We provide a safe and educational environment. We provide a daily healthy snack, homework help and an enriching craft/activity for any
child interested in attending.

Paw Paw School District

(815) 627-2841

United Way funds help support the Back to School Bash held for the students. Funds help support the back to school supplies that are provided to the children.

The Next Picture Show


TNPS consists of a fine arts gallery that hosts a new art exhibition approximately every six weeks, drawing artists from around the Midwest. This space also conducts small musical concerts and is available for special event rentals. The lower level is the creative space for art classes and smaller art exhibitions.

Whiteside Area Career Center-CEO Program

(815) 626-5810

The WACC-CEO Program provides a comprehensive educational experience, equipping students to become enterprising individuals and entrepreneurial thinkers who will contribute to the economic development and
sustainability of our communities.