People in Need Forum

Resources to Help your Neighbor

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A special thanks to all who made the People in Need Forum 2018 the best ever! We are grateful for your participation and glad we had the chance to host this event once again. Much appreciation to our:

  • Steering Committee
  • Presenting Sponsors
  • Community Sponsors
  • Supporting Organizations
  • Presenters
  • Volunteers
  • McHenry County College and the friends of MCC Foundation
  • And of course, our ATTENDEES!

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McHenry County People In Need Forum Chair Bev Thomas accepts a donation of $2000 from Jim Wiseman and President Dave...

Posted by McHenry County People in Need Forum on Monday, January 8, 2018

The PIN conference is by far the best time to learn the resources that are available in our own community. If you are helping anybody professionally or personally you will be able to the largest gathering of caring agencies and organizations serving McHenry County.

– Laura Crain,
McHenry County Coordinator Substance Abuse Coalition

I think members in McHenry County using services or wanting to learn more about what is provided by our vast resources ask themselves "how or why"? How did there become such a need? Why is this so prevalent? They want reasons. They want resources. The People in Need Forum shows the collaboration, resources and a Let's work together to make McHenry County and its people stronger through education and resources.

– Barbara Swanson,
Pioneer Center for Human Services

This forum is a relaxed and information-filled way to find out about varied resources in McHenry County for you or anyone you know that may be in need. Come for the booths, come for the workshops, come for the'll be welcomed and will be glad you stopped in!

– Laura Franz, LCSW Executive Director
TLS Veterans

PIN is McHenry County's premier health and human service informational and networking event. There is no better way to learn about the various services available in McHenry County.

– Scott Block, Executive Director
McHenry County Mental Health 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 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

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 ""” 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

The People in Need Forum is critical to having a healthy community. It is a place where the various resources and advocates of our social service programs to connect and collaborate. It helps our community serve more with the assets available. It allows for collaboration and connection. It provides professional development and information to the front line agencies serving our communities. It weaves a web of support and connection that benefits every single citizen of this county.

– Mary Margaret Maule, President
Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce

The forum connects individuals in need, who may not know where to go or how to get assistance, to community resources and important information. The day is full of informative sessions and knowledgeable people willing to share about their organizations and the services they provide.

– Wendy Yemm, Coordinator
MCC Conferences and Facility Rental


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