This year, Fox Trot is proud to be supporting 27 of our local non-profits and community groups. When you register online for the 2-mile Walk for a Cause, we will donate your registration fee to the cause of your choice – just select the cause in the drop-down menu on the registration page.
The 2-mile walk sets off from our start-finish line at the corner of Kimball and Douglas and follows a circular route through downtown and along the Fox River. The course map is available here. The route is suitable for families. Strollers and well-controlled, leashed dogs are welcome to take part. The walk begins at 7:55 a.m.
2018 participating organizations
Community Crisis Center
Since 1975 the Community Crisis Center at George Van De Voorde Place, a not-for-profit social service agency located in Elgin, has provided comprehensive emergency services to individuals and families dealing with the trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness and other life crises. Services include a 24-hour hotline; information & referral; shelter for 40 women and children; individual and group counseling; legal, medical and welfare advocacy; transitional living program; financial assistance; emergency food; partner abuse intervention program; and community education. Each year our 69 employees provide nearly 40,000 hours of services to more than 5,500 women, men and children. Our service area covers northern Kane County and northwest suburban Cook County. Services are available to victims at no cost.
We provide Safety, Hope, Advocacy, Respite and Education for those impacted by crisis and violence in the Fox Valley Region and Illinois.
Corbella Clinic loves the next generation into life by offering positive, hopeful, life-affirming medical services, education and supportive relationships to women and couples facing unexpected pregnancy. All of our services are free and are offered in English and Spanish. Corbella celebrates its 30th Anniversary serving the Fox Valley community this May 2018!
Downtown Neighborhood Association
The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin is an IL Main Street Organization. A 501(c)(3), non-profit volunteer-driven organization focused on the economic vitality of downtown Elgin. This is done through promotions, historic preservation, economic development, and special events. If you would like to volunteer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ecker Center
Founded in 1955, the Ecker Center for Mental Health provides an array of outpatient mental health services primarily to adults with mental illness and their families. Services range from early intervention to recovery and include crisis, psychiatric, case management, rehabilitation and psychotherapy assistance. Crises, psychiatry and counseling services are also available for children and adolescents. We have offices in Elgin, St. Charles and Streamwood.
The Elgin Cosmopolitan Club
The Elgin Cosmopolitan Club is a non-profit organization serving the Elgin area. They are dedicated to community well being through charitable donations and volunteer service with an emphasis on preventing diabetes. 100% of funds collected are paid out to charities- 50% are given to local Elgin social services and 50% goes to diabetes related organizations.
Elgin Hispanic Network
The Elgin Hispanic Network is the leading network organization for the Latino community in the Elgin area. We are comprised of businesses, social service agencies, non-profit, and community-based organizations. Our mission is to positively impact the Hispanic community by providing the exchange of ideas, information and resources. The Elgin Hispanic Network also offers college scholarships to area Hispanic high school graduates.
Elgin History Museum
The Elgin History Museum preserves Elgin’s heritage and creates pride in our community. Visit the Museum to see the largest collection of Elgin watches in the country! Local history publications, research and history education programs for all ages help residents and visitors understand Elgin’s past.
Elgin Lions Club
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.
Elgin Math and Science Academy
Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association
“Planning Elgin’s Memorial Day programs since 1892.” is the essence of what the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Day Association does. We are a non-profit corporation composed of 18 civic and veterans organizations.
The Elgin Public Museum
Built in 1907, the Elgin Public Museum is the only natural history museum in the Fox Valley area. The Museum offers exhibits and educational programs with natural history and cultural themes for families, school groups, Scouts, clubs, organizations, homeschoolers and anyone who wants to have fun while learning.
Elgin Youth Symphony
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) attracts a national reputation for providing a comprehensive learning environment of curiosity, imagination, critical thinking, collaboration, and an engaging musical experience for its students. This dynamic program supports 400 students from nearly 70 Chicagoland communities, many of them in the Fox Valley area. Your contribution will help launch the next generation of global citizens into a bright future. EYSO would not exist today without the generous support of thousands of families, audience members, and donors. Your gift to EYSO inspires artistry, confidence, and curiosity in hundreds of young musicians in the Fox Valley and Chicagoland area.
Family Service Association of Greater Elgin
Family Service Association of Greater Elgin is a comprehensive community
mental health provider dedicated to empowering and promoting self-sufficiency in individuals and families. We seek to build stronger communities by offering quality, accessible, community-based and client-centered counseling services. Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area has offices in Elgin and Streamwood.
First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church, stands atop Elgin’s “Holy Hill” at 216 E. Highland Avenue. For over 175 years it has provided the joy of Christian Fellowship to all who enter. Come join the relaxed atmosphere throughout the church with nothing but the challenge of faithful service to God and humanity to nudge you out of your comfort zone.
The Literacy Connection
The Literacy Connection is dedicated to helping adults in the northwest suburbs reach their literacy goals through one-on-one volunteer tutoring and small group instruction. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible to the full amount allowed by law. The funds donated will be used towards our adult literacy and family literacy programs. Information can be found on our website: http://www.elginliteracy.org/ We are located on the second floor of the Gail Borden Library and can be reached at (847)742-6565.
The Love Family Christian Foundation
The Love Family Christian Foundation is a 501c3 Organization serving Christ, Church and Community through Education, Performing Arts, Worship, Compassion Center, and Community Events. LFCF is raising funds for scholarships for first generation and under-resourced student throughout the Fox Valley. These scholarships are in partnership with Judson University for students qualifying for the You Can Afford It Program. LFCF is located at 310 E. Chicago Street, Elgin, IL. For more information concerning LFCF, contact us at email@example.com or visit our website and leave a message at lovefamilychristianfoundation.org.
Open Door Clinic
Open Door serves as a Patient Centered Medical Home to provide quality, comprehensive and cost-effective health care to our community. We provide a broad spectrum of care for the prevention, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and for the ongoing wellness of those with such diseases. Open Door partners with other organizations to provide services and work to decrease the stigma associated with STIs and HIV.
The Police Explorers
The Explorer program is geared toward young adults between the ages of 14 through 20 who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Members receive training on many aspects of law enforcement, to include crime scene investigation, domestic violence situations, hostage negotiation, report writing and much more. For more information visit the City of Elgin Police Department’s web page at cityofelgin.org/police.
The Salvation Army
Motivated by the love of God and the concern for the needs of all of humanity. The Salvation Army works every day to make life better for countless people in your community. Here for the homeless, the unemployed, the victims of trafficking and addiction, the lonely and the lost, your contribution in selecting our organization will help us, help others!
Senior Services began in Elgin in 1973 as an adult day center, to meet the needs of community seniors and disabled persons by offering adult day care. We then expanded into a multipurpose senior center in 1976 and added transportation, recreation, health, education and information and assistance to our services. We were designated as one of the first Case Coordination Units (CCU) by the Illinois Department on Aging for the purpose of integrating frail elders into the social service system. As the CCU we expanded our services throughout Kane County.
Side Street Studio Arts
Side Street Studio Arts was founded by Tanner Melvin and Erin Rehberg in 2013 as an outlet for the Elgin arts scene. Currently under the direction of Amanda Harris, Melvin, and Rehberg, Side Street provides educational and creative resources and an accessible space, run by artists. Side Street’s mission is to support the artist and artistic journey through collaboration.
Step it Up
Step it Up, a ministry of First Baptist Church of Elgin, provided new tennis shoes to children before they start back to school in the fall. Children get to pick out a pair of new shoes so they can “Step it Up” in school. Shoes are available to children in preschool to 12th grade who live in Elgin and all the surrounding communities.
Taylor Family YMCA
The YMCA in Elgin has offered programs and services in Elgin and the surrounding area for more than 130 years providing children, families, and individuals the opportunity to strengthen their spirit, mind, and body. We continue to work hard each day to fulfill our commitment to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
At the Taylor Family YMCA, our most important goal is to enrich the lives of children and families in our community…one child at a time…one family at a time. As such, the YMCA offers programs in aquatics, fitness, sports, preschool, and dance, as well as before and after-school childcare programs, and summer day camps.
The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good!
The Youth Leadership Academy
The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing a constructive, mentoring environment for students from low-income backgrounds who are statistically less likely to attend college than their non-low-income peers. The YLA program focuses on preparing students to enroll in college, complete a college degree, and be leaders in their communities.
Approximately 25 students across Illinois school districts U-46, D300, D301, and D303 are selected each year to begin the YLA program at the beginning of 7th grade. YLA students who complete their leadership training program (two Saturday mornings at Elgin Community College per month for six years, 7th grade through 12th grade) will then be awarded full-time tuition scholarship at Elgin Community College for two years. A full-tuition scholarship at Judson University for an additional up to 3 years may also be available for some YLA graduates. To learn more about the YLA, visit their web page at http://www.ylaecc.org.
Youth Scholarship Fund
The Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund (YSF) was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance to young people in Elgin whose families could not afford to register them for recreation programs. It’s ironic, but often the children of these families are the ones that need the positive benefits of recreation the most.
Youth United Way
Youth United Way is a group of high school and middle school students dedicated to community service and improving the quality of life of their friends and neighbors in the Elgin area. Formed in 1997, and sponsored by the United Way of Elgin, Youth United helps young people develop leadership skills and lean the value of volunteering for benefit of the community in which they live. The group meets once a month a the United Way of Elgin office. These volunteer members work on a monthly project for the whole group as well as ongoing projects for smaller groups throughout the month. Over 40 students from six area high schools are currently part of Youth United Way and in 2014 they provided over 4,000 hours of service to organizations such as PADS of Elgin, The Community Crisis Center, Centro do Informacion and projects like Nightmare on Chicago Street and the Green Expo. They also plan and execute several small fundraisers throughout the year to help support their volunteer work.
For 107 years, programs at the YWCA have evolved to reflect the the changing needs of women and families in the community while helping to build stronger neighborhoods. The YWCA of Elgin strives to create opportunities for women’s growth and leadership in order to attain a common vision of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people while eliminating racism, which is a driving force for YWCA USA.