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 7:50 a.m.
2019 participating organizations
Boys & Girls Club of Elgin
The Boys & Girls Club of Elgin (BGCE) serves 1,000 local youth per day and provides them a safe place to learn and grow at 16 different after-school and outreach sites. At BGCE, youth from kindergarten – 12th grade participate in life-enriching programs that help them develop their character and confidence, build healthy, positive relationships, and achieve success. It is more than just an after-school program, it is a place for hope and opportunity for those that need it the most. A place where GREAT FUTURES start!
For more information, please visit our website: www.bgcelgin.org.
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 is a pregnancy medical clinic that offers positive, hopeful, life-affirming medical services, education and supportive relationships to women and couples facing unexpected pregnancy. Free, confidential services include pregnancy testing, ultrasounds and STI testing and treatment. All of our services are offered in English and Spanish. Located at 101 E. State St. in South Elgin, Corbella Clinic has been proudly serving the Fox Valley community for over 30 years. Visit us at www.corbellaclinic.org or call 847-697-0200.
Downtown Neighborhood Association
The DNA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization representing Downtown Elgin. Our mission and strategic plan encompass a vast array of objectives strategically selected to enhance and sustain our vibrant city center. 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.
Elgin Area Men’s Shed
The Elgin Area Men’s Shed is a community workshop for senior men where they can work side by side, shoulder to shoulder with other members working with wood, metal, leather, cooking or whatever members decide. The Men’s Shed is a judgement free, friendly, relaxed and informal place to meet new friends and share life experiences.
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 brings Elgin’s rich heritage to life with two floors of interactive exhibits located in a 1856 landmark building. You can almost hear the watch ticking at the Elgin National Watch Company, get behind the wheel of an Elgin Road Race car, view products Made in Elgin and show your school spirit at our latest exhibit Education for All: 150 years of Elgin High School.
We collect, preserve and interpret Elgin’s heritage while striving to enrich the public knowledge in the Elgin History Museum and in the community. Visit our website and sign up for our email newsletter! elginhistory.org
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
Opening its doors for the first time in August 2018, the Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School will welcome our students to experience the Wow & Wonder in learning — to discover their abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities in an environment that offers adventure and the unexpected. EMSA is a 501(c)(3), non-profit public charter school located at 1600 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL. For more information about EMSA, visit our website at www.elginmathandscience.org or email us at email@example.com.
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.
Habitat For Humanity of Northern Fox Valley
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley is part of a non-profit construction ministry focused on creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our global mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope is achieved locally through volunteers united in constructing and revitalizing quality, affordable homes for deserving partner families.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Renz Addiction Counseling Center
Our mission is delivered through substance use and gambling disorder counseling and treatment services, HIV prevention services, teen pregnancy prevention education, employee assistance services for small businesses, and substance misuse prevention education for youth and the community including drug/gang prevention coalition building. Visit our website at https://renzcenter.org/
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, provides 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. To learn more about the YLA, visit their website http://www.ylacademy.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 108 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.