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Community Resources

Business/Economic Services 

Citizenship

Consumer Services

Counseling

  • 360 Youth Services
    • Substance Abuse Counseling, Housing for Homeless Teens, Food, LGBTQA Counseling 
  • The Employee Assistance Program
    • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides a valuable resource for support and information during difficult times. The EAP is a free, voluntary and confidential program that provides problem identification, counseling and referral services for employees and their covered dependents regardless of the health plan chosen. 
  • Family Counseling Service
  • Fox Valley Hands of Hope
    • Fox Valley Hands of Hope is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing expert support for children, families, and adults who are experiencing grief, loss, or life-threatening illness. 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness 
    • For Family Members, Teens/Young Adults, Veterans, LGBTQA 
  • Suicide Prevention Services of America
    • They provide counseling and treatment for a variety of things associated with suicidal ideation. They also have support groups for survivors of suicide, and they provide workshops and training for schools and organizations on suicide prevention and identifying the signs of when someone may have thoughts of suicide. 

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault 

  •  Mutual Ground
    • They provide comprehensive victim services free of charge. They offer counseling, preventative services and emergency shelter. Mutual Ground is the safe place where people come together to break the cycle of domestic violence and sexual abuse. They answer almost 2,000 calls for help each and every month with 24-hour hotlines staffed by trained Mutual Ground Crisis Intervention Advocates.
  •  The National Domestic Violence Hotline
    • 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.

Drug & Substance Abuse Counseling 

  • Breaking Free
    • Helping individuals face their dependence on drugs and alcohol through personalized and compassionate treatment is the hallmark of Breaking Free.
  • Hope for Tomorrow 
    • Hope For Tomorrow is licensed through the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention & Recovery (SUPR) and is a member of the Illinois Association of Extended Care (IAEC).

Education 

  • Adult Literacy Project of Waubonsee Community College
    • To strengthen literacy in our community, Waubonsee trains and places volunteers to provide English language tutoring to adults who want to improve their reading, writing and math skills, or learn English. Volunteer tutors work with students on an individual basis, or assist classroom instructors in High School Equivalency (HSE) and English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes.  
  • Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation 
    • The Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation (CCWF) mission is for every child and adolescent to be supported in positive development by caregivers and professionals within loving, non-violent families and peaceful communities. Through parent groups and educational workshops we strive to promote a sense of community and foster empathy.
  •  Colorin Colorado
    • State by State Links to ESL and School Support Services 
  • Communities in Schools 
    • Dropout Prevention, Mentoring, Tutoring, Before and After School Programs, Home Visits, Food, Shelter, Clothing, Utilities Services
  • The Dream U. S.
    • Scholarships and other college related resources for Dreamers
  • Dominican Literacy Center
  • Family Focus
    • Free Tutorials to learn English for Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese and Korean speakers
  • GCFGlobal
  • Illinois Adult Learning Hotline
    • The ALRC utilizes content expertise and current research to develop and deliver high quality professional development and technical assistance to individuals, programs, and state networks. These services are available to educators through online courses, in-person training, and other activities.
  • Leaders in Transformational Education
    • Education Advocacy, Case Management, Assessment, Life Planning, Coaching, Skill Training
  • Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley
    • We provide free, one-to-one literacy tutoring to adults in St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Elburn, Campton Township, LaFox, Lily Lake, Wasco and Wayne, Illinois. Lessons help people learn to read, write, understand and speak English better.
  • The Merry Tutor
    • One-on-One Educational Assistance
  • SPARK Aurora 
    • An education initiative of Fox Valley United Way, SPARK (Strong, Prepared and Ready for Kindergarten) connects underserved Aurora, Illinois, families with early education and childcare opportunities that prepare their young children for success in school and life.
  • Two Rivers Head Start 
    • To alleviate the effects of poverty by providing education, support services, and opportunities for children, families and communities. 

Food Pantries & Nutrition

  • Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry 
    • The Aurora Food Pantry is committed to providing nutritious food relief to the community in a humanitarian and compassionate manner.
  • Feeding Illinois
    • Feeding Illinois is the association of Feeding America food banks that serve Illinois. Together, they provide food and other services to every county in Illinois through a vast network of member agencies and specialized feeding programs.
  • Food Pantries
    • A directory of Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, and non-profit organizations committed to fighting hunger. 
  • Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry
    • the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry is dedicated to meeting the hunger needs of individuals and families in Aurora and surrounding communities by educating, empowering and enlightening people to be self-sustainable through collaborations and partnerships.
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank
    • Provides nutritious food and resources for our neighbors, with dignity, equity and convenience, through partnerships and innovation.
  • Two Rivers Head Start
    • Two Rivers Head Start Agency operates two Food Pantries which serve residents of Kane County.
  • Women Infants and Children
    • WIC is a food assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children. It helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy. 

Healthcare

Housing

  • The Aurora Housing Authority
    • The Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) was founded in the 1940s and charged with the mission of providing safe, decent and affordable housing for the people of the City of Aurora
  • Hesed House
    • Its mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the change to hope again. 
  • Housing and Urban Development 
  • Housing Action Illinois
    • Bring together 160+ member organizations, united in their vision of expanding affordable housing and ending homelessness, including housing counseling agencies, homeless service providers, developers of affordable housing, and policymakers. 
  • Illinois Housing Development Authority
    • IHDA was created by the state legislature in 1967 pursuant to the Illinois Housing Development Act as a self-supporting agency to finance affordable housing across Illinois. IHDA does not use taxpayer dollars to sustain its operations, although it does administer publicly funded programs on behalf of the state. Since its creation, IHDA has provided more than $20 billion to finance more than a quarter million affordable homes.
  • LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance)
    • Illinois LIHEAP is a low-income assistance program that is designed to aid eligible households in paying for winter energy services. 
  • The Neighbor Project
    • Assistance in locating finances to purchase homes
  • Rebuilding Together Aurora
    • For over 26 years, Rebuilding Together Aurora has provided free critical home repairs for low-income homeowners in Aurora including senior citizens, military veterans, people living with disabilities and families with young children living in unsafe conditions. We want to connect homeowners with volunteers to bring the community together and ensure that everyone has a safe and healthy home.
  • Wayside Cross Ministries 
    • Wayside Cross Ministries provides restoration and recovery for the impoverished, addicted, and abused. Their mission is to honor God by loving and serving the afflicted and powerless through sharing the Gospel of forgiveness and hope in Jesus Christ by empowering them to be disciples of Christ.
  • Lazarus House
    • Lazarus House helps people in need find the shelter, food and other support services they need to get back on their feet. They serve people who are connected to Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and western rural Kane County, IL by address, employment, school district or immediate family.   

Job & Career

  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
    • The Illinois Department of Employment Security is the code department of the Illinois state government that administers state unemployment benefits, runs the employment service and Illinois Job Bank, and publishes labor market information.
  • Illinois Department of Labor
    • The mission of the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) is to promote and protect the rights, wages, welfare, working conditions, safety and health of Illinois workers, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, color or sexual orientation.
  • Illinois Worknet Center 
    • Employment resources and Workshops for Job Seekers
  • Job Now
  • Waubonsee Community Center—Job assistance
    • College Central Network is a robust career platform designed to provide job seekers with employment opportunities and career development resources, while providing a pipeline of new talent to business and industry.

Legal

Museums

  • Air Classics Museum of Air and Space
    • The Air Classics Museum of Aviation is a volunteer-run aviation museum located at the Aurora Municipal Airport (ARR) in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
  • Aurora Historical Society 
    • The Aurora Historical Society gives the past a future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and presenting the rich, diverse history of Aurora and the surrounding area.
  • Aurora Regional Fire Museum 
    • Located in Aurora's original Central Station, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum provides a place for public history, learning, and community gathering for all ages and occasions

Senior Services

  • Illinois Department on Aging Benefit Access Program
    • A services for Illinois Seniors including Care Coordination, Food Programs, Home Response Services, Home Repair, Employment Programs, Health Assistance Programs, Transportation
  • Senior Ride Free Program (RTA Chicago)
    • Seniors, aged 65 or older: If you are an Illinois resident, and currently enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program, you are eligible for free transit on fixed routes operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace.
  • Senior Services Associates
    • They aid and provide referral for local to state services and benefits that are available for older adults age 60+. Some of these include homemaker services, adult day services, emergency home response and service assistance in applying for programs.
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
    • The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 55 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers. 

Special Needs/Disabilities 

  • Illinois Department on Aging Benefit Access Program
    • A services for Illinois Seniors including Care Coordination, Food Programs, Home Response Services, Home Repair, Employment Programs, Health Assistance Programs, Transportation
  • Senior Ride Free Program (RTA Chicago)
    • Seniors, aged 65 or older: If you are an Illinois resident, and currently enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program, you are eligible for free transit on fixed routes operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace.
  • Senior Services Associates
    • They aid and provide referral for local to state services and benefits that are available for older adults age 60+. Some of these include homemaker services, adult day services, emergency home response and service assistance in applying for programs.
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) 
    • The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 55 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers. 

Veteran Assistance

Additional Resources

  • Community Clothes Closet
    • The Community Clothes Closet (CCC) provides free clothing to financially challenged individuals and families. We help people in two ways- we give them free clothing which in turn increases their immediate income. They can then spend their limited income on the other necessities of life such as food, shelter, child care, and health improvement.
  • Déjà Vu Thrift Shops
  • Illinois Migrant Council
    • The Illinois Migrant Council or "IMC" is a community-based non-profit organization with the primary mission of promoting employment, education, health, housing and other opportunities for migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) and their families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and stability.
  • Social Security Administration
    • Apply for benefits such as retirement, disability, and after incarceration transition among others. Also provides information and resources on financial protection and anything related to SSA programming.
  •   Volunteer Fox Valley
    • Aurora University and Fox Valley United Way have teamed up to connect volunteers with the organizations that need their help. Volunteer Fox Valley makes it easy for community members, students and businesses to find the perfect match for their talents and passion.
  • Ritas Ministry 
    • Transition for those who have been incarcerated.
  • Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (recreational)
    • Provide a diverse range of year round recreational activities to enable residents with disabilities to experience active, healthy and playful lifestyles. Programs are designed to include opportunities that will enhance skill development and socialization, encourage self-awareness and community exploration, promote independence through personal choice of least restrictive environments, and provide a sense of enjoyment, satisfaction and fulfillment
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
    • Providing equitable access to social/human services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve. 
  • Republic Services (Recycling) 
    •  Providing dependable recycling and waste services across the U.S., and today.
  • Project Help
    • Empowering Parents • Nurturing Families • Strengthening Communities
  • The Joshua Tree Community 
    • Improving the lives of young adults with intellectual disabilties who have aged out of public schools.
  • The Salvation Army
    • Dedicated to Doing the Most Good. We are made up of thousands of officers, soldiers, staff, volunteers, donors, and partners working together to holistically meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. We do this through programs designed to combat homelessness and hunger, provide safe spaces for kids after school and on the weekends, achieve and maintain sobriety, and give hope to the hopeless
  • Valley Sheltered Workshop
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates
    • CASA/GAL stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian Ad Litem.
      CASAs are specially trained volunteers who become the crucial voice of a child in abuse, neglect and private guardianship.
  • Covenant Care at Home and in Hospice
    • The Covenant Care Home Health and Hospice family includes Covenant Living Communities and Services located across the United States and Covenant Care Home Health and Hospice located in California and Illinois.
  • Do-Over.Me
    • Meaningful employment for all increases the health and vitality of individuals, families and our communities in more ways that we can count.
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
    • Post Adoption Services, Foster Care, Family Support, Therapeutic Foster Care, Crisis Intervention, Youth on Probation