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Comcast Newsmakers ft. Eva Horner!

Check out our Executive Director in Florida, Eva Horner, who was featured on Comcast Newsmakers! In this special video interview, she shares insight on OHU’s foster care program and expresses our dedication to ensuring that children grow up in safe and loving environments!

Help Us Spring Ahead Towards Our Goal!

One Hope United is tremendously grateful for the continuous support of our supporters and donors. Your generosity during this past year has allowed us to impact the lives of countless children and families throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida.

Yet, as we approach the end of our fiscal year on June 30, 2016, we realize that we still have a ways to go! We ask that you join us in our efforts to “spring ahead” towards our final fundraising goal. Your financial gift will allow us to continue strengthening families in need, providing counseling for children who have experienced trauma and abuse and offering quality early learning education, along with a wide range of additional resources for those that we serve.

We believe that a child’s future should not be determined solely by their circumstances. Every child deserves to have big dreams and most importantly, the opportunity to attain them. Our vision is for every child and family, life without limits.

Please make your donation by June 30, 2016 at onehopeunited.wpengine.com/springahead.

OHU Donor Spotlight | Paul Earle and Ellen Rudnick

As states’ funding of child care and availability of certain services remain in flux, One Hope United’s work becomes even more vital to improving the future of children and families in the communities we serve. For this reason, our agency is honored to have so many committed donors who both believe in the work that that we do and continue to generously support our programs and sustainability. Two of these donors, are One Hope United board member Paul Earle and his spouse Ellen Rudnick.

“We wanted to focus our gift on the longer‑term health of a non‑profit organization,” said Earle. “Most non‑profits live day to day, especially when the economy is dreadful.” The retired Spencer Stuart senior leader has served on the One Hope United board since 2005, and as he and Rudnick focus their efforts on philanthropy and strategic giving, they have found that One Hope United lines up perfectly with their desire to give to agencies that focus on children and families and to support well‑managed, sustainable organizations with great outcomes.

“There are so many overwhelming problems in the world,” says Ellen Rudnick, Executive Director and Clinical Professor of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. “We take solace in knowing that by donating to One Hope United, we’re impacting one child and family at a time, right here in our own community.” Earle and Rudnick decided to make one large joint gift to One Hope United’s Capital Reserve Fund, instead of spreading a number of smaller gifts to a number of worthy non‑profit organizations. The couple wanted to make a more resonant impact and the reserve fund allows the agency to expand and remain sustainable.

Since establishing the Capital Reserve Fund, they have also contributed a three year commitment of funding for the residential CARE program. The funding is providing development and training of a new evidenced based, trauma informed model of care through Cornell University.

“Sustainability is extremely important for the future of non‑profits,” said Rudnick. “Organizations need new revenue models to couple with the social mission of their enterprise. Non‑profits can’t just rely on grants, government funds and direct mail campaigns to those who have given in the past. As individual donors, we can help set non‑profits off on the right path with strategic giving and guidance.”

Earle and Rudnick said that they admired the fiscal responsibility and accountability of One Hope United, but what was even more important in motivating them to give was the desire to sustain these programs as the state of government funding is uncertain. The majority of One Hope United’s services, such as early education, foster care and child/family counseling, are underwritten by government funds. As state deficits grow, funding for these programs shrinks. “What is happening to these children down the road because the State has stopped paying?” asked Earle.

In May, at OHU’s Hope In Action fundraiser, Earle and Rudnick were recognized with the Leadership In Giving award. “It is committed, generous individuals like Paul and Ellen who are filling in critical gaps for One Hope United children and families,” said CEO Scott Humphrey. Their giving spans many years and includes many types of gifts such as the Capital Reserves gift, the Cornell model training and many special moments for clients at sporting events in Chicago. One Hope United is forever grateful for the generosity of Paul Earle and Ellen Rudnick.

The WINGS Program Visits Brookfield Zoo!

One Hope United’s WINGS program was chosen by the Brookfield Women’s Zoological Society to receive a free day at Brookfield Zoo on Saturday, June 4th. This outing included two free buses, admission to the zoo, lunch, and admission to the Zoo’s special attractions.

OHU’s WINGS program provides essential support services and counseling to high-risk teenage, single and other parents in Lake County, as they adjust to the responsibilities of parenthood. Targeting new and expecting parents, WINGS promotes positive parent-child interaction and works to enhance family functioning, build trusting relationships and teach problem-solving skills.

The field trip was a huge success! There were around 40 clients who participated and they all had an awesome time. The clients thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities, especially the dolphin show and the carousel.

Thank you Brookfield Zoo!

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White Sox Community Fund Awards One Hope United WINGS Home Visiting Program with $25,000

FOUNDATION PROVIDES GRANT FOR CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT PREVENTION PROGRAM

McCormick Foundation Awards One Hope United WINGS Home Visiting Program with $25,000

CHICAGO, IL (June 14, 2016) — One Hope United has received a $25,000 grant through the Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, to strengthen families headed by teenage parents and to help prevent child abuse.

The two-year grant supports OHU’s WINGS Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Home Visiting program, which provides essential support services and counseling to high-risk teenage, single and other parents in Lake County, as they adjust to the responsibilities of parenthood. Targeting new and expecting parents, WINGS promotes positive parent-child interaction and works to enhance family functioning, build trusting relationships and teach problem-solving skills.

For the last three years, the Chicago White Sox Community Fund has supported the OHU WINGS program with over $60,000 in funding. Not only have they been a financial supporter, but for the last 10 years, the White Sox organization has provided baseball experiences for many foster parents and children in OHU’s care and has donated hundreds of game tickets.

“We are very grateful to have the Chicago White Sox Community Fund as a partner in an effort as significant as child abuse prevention,” said Scott Humphrey, President and CEO of One Hope United. “This grant will allow our agency to continue providing high-quality programs and services to the thousands of families that depend on us.”

According to data released by Safe Horizon in 2014, 2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the United States. The funding that the Chicago White Sox Community Fund provides to abuse prevention programs underlines its commitment to helping at-risk children, families and adults and providing a safe and secure home for all children.

About One Hope United 

One Hope United is a private human service organization that offers a diverse array of early childhood education, prevention, intervention and community-based programs. The non-profit began 120 years ago with the same vision it holds today: protecting children and strengthening families. One Hope United’s team of more than 800 talented professionals serves thousands of children and families each year in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida. Learn more at onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

About the McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

The McCormick Foundation continues McCormick’s legacy by partnering with media outlets, such as the Chicago Tribune, sports teams and philanthropic organizations across the country, to encourage local giving, inspire civic involvement and address human needs. For more information, visit http://www.McCormickFoundation.org.

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Hope in Action 2016 Recap!

One Hope United would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended Hope in Action 2016.

The night was a smashing success; together with our guests and sponsors we raised nearly $215,000, more than doubling the amount raised last year! We are so appreciative of the amazing support that has been shown for our organization, and all of it only brings us one step closer to fulfilling our vision, “For every child and family, life without limits.”

Though there were many, one of the most unforgettable moments of the night was honoring Dianna Klockenga and her family with the Ermit Finch Impact Award. Below, you can view Dianna’s story captured in this heartwarming video.

Don’t forget to check out all of the fun photos from the night on our Facebook page and tag yourself and your friends!

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Spring For Hope 2016!

Join One Hope United’s Auxiliary Board at Howells & Hood on Saturday, May 21 from 6:00 –8 :00 PM for their 4th annual trivia night and social. Enjoy beer, wine and appetizers and the chance to win several prizes. Come learn more about how OHU helps strengthen families and communities and prepare children for a prosperous future.

Tickets: $35 each and available on Eventbrite

Contact: 

  • OneHopeUnitedAB@gmail.com
  • Facebook.com/1hopeunitedAB
  • Twitter.com/1hopeunitedAB

 

OHU Staff Spotlight | Kathleen Tamsevicius

Check out OHU’s latest Staff Spotlight, featuring Kathleen Tamsevicius! Kathleen is a kindergarden teacher at our Des Plaines Child Development Center. Watch on as she explains an average day in her role and why she decided to become a teacher!

Support OHU on Give STL Day!

Mark Your Calendar – Give STL Day is May 3rd!

Give STL Day is a big, bold opportunity for OHU and for our community. A partnership between the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation and local nonprofits from across the area, Give STL Day is an online day of giving where nonprofits like ours will be reaching out to our donors – and looking for new ones – as we educate them about our mission and raise operating funds.

We hope you will join us! And don’t forget that it’s a great time to maximize your donations to One Hope United. During “lift periods”,

  • 6-6:20 a.m.
  • 10-10:20 a.m.
  • 12-12:20 p.m.
  • 6-6:20 p.m.
  • 11-11:20 p.m.

your gift to OHU may be lifted by up to 15 cents per dollar depending on the amount raised during that time (up to $500). Also, donations throughout the day are eligible for prizes, so keep an eye on the leaderboard!

Visit givestlday.org for additional details, and don’t forget to give on May 3rd! Finding One Hope United is easy! You can use the search box at the top of the page or go directly to the page for OHU by clicking here: https://givestlday.org/npo/one-hope-united.

If you have any questions, please call Jayme Godoyo at 618.315.2142 or email, jgodoyo@onehopeunited.org.

Don’t forget to “like” One Hope United on Facebook at facebook.com/1hopeunitedhudelson for live posts all day on Give STL Day!