People Connecting

On behalf of the People in Need Forum Steering Committee, we would like to thank everyone for their participation in our most recent event.  Whether you were an attendee, an exhibitor, a speaker or volunteer, we sincerely appreciate the part that you played.  This year we had more than 55 exhibit booths, 42 speakers, and 40 volunteers all participating in our 11th anniversary People in Need Forum. We are proud to say that this was the largest forum we have had, and considering the frigid weather and bad roads, this was amazing!

Here are just a few comments written on the evaluations:

Our half-day event is open to everyone and there is no fee for admission. The forum includes workshops that provide practical information to help resolve care-receiver issues. Representatives from human service organizations are in attendance with informational handouts on such timely issues as utility assistance, food stamps, health care, transportation options, homelessness, domestic violence, legal matters, and loss of job. All participants receive a People in Need Community Resource Directory and a complimentary flash drive with all materials presented at the conference.

This annual opportunity for volunteers and staff from human service, civic, and faith-based organizations started in 2003. The forum connects participants to community resources and important information for those in need.

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"I attended the People in Need Forum for the first time in January 2013. I was amazed. To have so many services at our finger tips in McHenry County was such an Aha moment for me. We are truly blessed in this county and should share this information with everyone!!"

- Nancy Tunberg, Vice President-Branch Manager
First Midwest Bank

The People in Need Forum is the most comprehensive, helpful tool McHenry County Citizens have at their disposal to see what assistance there may be for themselves and/or their loved ones.

- Tina Hill, Chair
McHenry County Board

The People in Need Forum is a wonderful opportunity to get to know resources in our community in a meaningful way.

- Suzanne Hoban, Executive Director
Family Health Partnership Clinic

The People in Need Forum Resource directory is my ‘go to’ book when providing my clients with much needed resources.

- Kim Babiarz
Options and Advocacy

The People In Need forum is a wonderful resource for everyone involved is advocacy. McHenry Township helps with emergency needs like utility shut-offs, medication and eviction notices. Helping residents navigate the complicated system for assistance and needed services is more valuable than the dollars we distribute for unpaid bills. It is the information and training from PIN and it’s agency participants, that helps us assist our residents

- Donna A. Schaefer, Supervisor
McHenry Township

I strongly feel this event is very helpful for providers in understanding the many other services (and helpful people) available throughout the area. It enables me to better direct “people in need” to the appropriate service agency for help when I, as a Township Supervisor, see general assistance cases with varying degrees of personal hardships.

The resource manual is an “excellent” document which I depend upon and use regularly in my job. I wish I could encourage more of my supervisor colleagues to take advantage of this well worthwhile forum!

- Steve Weskerna, Supervisor
Marengo Township

I became involved with PIN about 3 years ago. I came to the forum as a booth to help spread the word about our food pantry and what we have to offer. This forum is so critical to the McHenry County area!!! There are so very many folks without jobs and without income. This forum helps those folks know about what resources there are in their own communities that can help them with various types of assistance.

There is such wide range of organizations and topics at the forum that you can find help, answer and referrals to whatever type of assistance a person may need. I am very proud to be a part of this forum and will continue to help in whatever way that I can!

- Kim Halper, Coordinator
Neighbors Food Pantry of Wonder Lake, IL

Thanks for all of your committee’s hard work. With everything running so smoothly, sometimes we forget the hours of preparation needed to make such a successful event happen!

I would be happy to present next year and my staff have been inspired to commit to a booth if one is available.

- Julie Biel Claussen, Executive Director
McHenry County Housing Authority

I got involved back in 2006 the first time. I was amazed at all of the services in McHenry County. The presentations were great. The next involvement was 2011 to display a booth for Community Partners. I was able to network and meet many interesting people. This event is a great opportunity for the community to know what is available out there for services and resources as well as the many ways to get involved yourself in making a difference. Relations and opportunities can begin in a place where helpers are able to come together to share what gifts they have and to see ways in which services can work together for the common good.

- Donna Buss, MHP, CRSS, Recovery Specialist/WRAP Educator/Facilitator
McHenry County Mental Health Board
PRESENTING SPONSORS: McHenry County Community Foundation  First Midwest Bank

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