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Grand Victoria Foundation recognized for Visionary Excellence by human service agency

One Hope United, a nonprofit human service agency that provides a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs throughout Illinois, recognized Grand Victoria Foundation for Visionary Excellence in 2010. The award is given to an individual or an organization for its vision to support causes aligned with the mission of One Hope United—protecting children and strengthening families.

Once again the Grand Victoria Foundation has partnered with One Hope United to address the need for child development for low-income families.

“For its devoted support of early childhood education for low-income families, we selected the Grand Victoria Foundation to be recognized for Visionary Excellence in support of our agency,” said Mark McHugh, executive director of One Hope United. “Grand Victoria Foundation has supported this critical issue throughout Illinois since its inception and recently helped fund a study by IFF, which identified the need for early education for low-income facilities in Aurora. This specific study shaped the foundation of One Hope United’s partnership with the City of Aurora to plan, build and open the Aurora Early Learning Center, which will serve more than 200 families starting in 2011.”

“We are both gratified and humbled by this recognition of our work. One Hope United is a terrific partner, not just with Grand Victoria Foundation, but with the thousands of families who benefit from One Hope United’s excellent early childhood services,” said Nancy Fishman, executive director of Grand Victoria Foundation.

Past award recipients included Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, for her dedication to protecting Illinois’ children and families, and to IFF, a nonprofit corporation serving low-income communities with affordable financing for capital projects, for the body of work the organization has done for the nonprofit world.

About One Hope United

One Hope United is a nonprofit human service agency dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families through a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs. With principal offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, One Hope United serves more than 15,000 children and their families each year. For more information, visit http://onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

About Grand Victoria Foundation

Grand Victoria Foundation provides strategic funding to Illinois organizations working for long-lasting economic, educational and environmental change. Since it was established in 1996 by the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, Illinois, the Foundation has provided more than $150 million in grants to help communities across the state become vibrant places to live and work. Through grantmaking and leadership initiatives, GVF supports five elements of great communities: good jobs, a healthy environment, great places for kids, capable organizations and homegrown philanthropy. For more information, visit www.grandvictoriafdn.org.

Chicago Tribune Charities – Holiday Campaign awards One Hope United $35,000

Grant to benefit child abuse and neglect prevention programs in Lake County

The holidays can be stressful on families, especially single parents and teen moms struggling to meet the needs of their families. A $35,000 grant from the Chicago Tribune Charities – Holiday Campaign, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, will provide essential support services for children and families in the Lake County area through child abuse and neglect prevention programs at One Hope United. The funds directly benefit the Wings and Healthy Families initiatives implemented by the nonprofit agency to assist new parents struggling with their family responsibilities.

“Through partners such as the Chicago Tribune Charities and the McCormick Foundation, our agency is able to deliver high-quality programs that positively impact families’ lives forever,” said Mark McHugh, executive director at One Hope United. “On behalf of the children and families served by the Wings and Healthy Families program in Lake County, and those who will benefit for generations to come, thank you to these organizations for their crucial support of our communities.”

The overall goal of these prevention programs is to prevent child abuse and neglect through positive coaching of at-risk families including first-time and teen parents. Parents who participate in the programs become more knowledgeable about effective parenting techniques, have greater confidence in their abilities as parents and are less likely to use physical punishment and yelling to solve problems.

In the past year, One Hope United exceeded all outcome goals for Wings and Healthy Families as monitored by the Continuous Quality & Improvement Research department at the nonprofit agency. In fact, 100 percent of families enrolled in the program implemented appropriate discipline techniques and 98 percent had no substantiated reports of abuse or neglect.

“The communities served by Wings have been plagued by poverty and domestic violence, which have increased because of the ongoing impact of unemployment, home foreclosures and spiraling consumer debt,” said McHugh. “Many of the major factors that lead to child abuse and neglect are even greater now due to these dire economic conditions.”

One Hope United notes Chicago Tribune Charities as one of the agency’s most valued partners in the fight against child abuse—contributing funds for programs totaling almost $300,000 since 1995. Chicago Tribune Charities – Holiday Campaign gives to One Hope United through the Family Strengthening category of its grant giving philosophy, which supports positive parenting, child abuse and domestic violence prevention programs through child counseling, family support and home-visiting services.

For more information about how you can help the communities of Lake County through One Hope United during the holiday season, visit www.onehopeunited.wpengine.com/holidays.

About One Hope United

One Hope United is a nonprofit human service agency dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families through a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs. With principal offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, One Hope United serves more than 15,000 children and their families each year. For more information, visit http://onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

About Chicago Tribune Charities

Chicago Tribune Charities, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, improves the lives of disadvantaged children, adults and families by funding programs that support basic needs such as hunger and housing, promote family development, improve the employment prospects of individuals, and develop reading and literacy skills. Chicago Tribune Charities has two primary giving areas: Special Initiatives and the Holiday Campaign. For more information, visit http://www.mccormickfoundation.org/communities/ctc.aspx.

Bridgeport Child Development Center II earns national NAEYC Accreditation

Bridgeport Child Development Center II, a program of One Hope United, located in Chicago has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Brigette Davis, director of Bridgeport Center II. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.” The Chicago child care center offers Toddler/Twos, Preschool, School Age and Summer Camp programs.

 

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Bridgeport Child Development Center II went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria.  The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards.  NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education.  More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—approximately eight percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

“The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that Bridgeport Child Development Center II is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.”

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985.  In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs.  The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs.  To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards.  Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.

Charity golf outing attracts record number of participants in 20th year

Chicago-area golfers helped raise more than $110,000 for One Hope United


LAKE VILLA, Ill. (Sept. 17, 2010)—Just two weeks before the 20th year of its charity golf outing, One Hope United feared the worse. Only half the number of participants from past years had registered.

“We couldn’t lose hope because that is what we are all about,” said Joyce Heneberry, senior vice president of development for One Hope United. “We sent out e-mails, made calls and heavily relied on our volunteers to recruit participants.”

And it worked. One Hope United, a nonprofit human service organization, attracted 235 golfers on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, taking up two golf courses. Golfers hit the links at both Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan and Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course in Zion for 18 holes of golf. The day also included lunch and a dinner program at Bonnie Brook.

Participants at Bonnie Brook also got a big surprise, in the form of an almost seven-foot tall Chicago Bulls’ star when Joakim Noah made an appearance in the late afternoon. Noah drove around in a golf cart high-fiving the participants before he sat down to have a serious chat with clients of One Hope United’s CARE Residential Treatment Program.

Many of boys in the CARE program are involved in the legal system, struggle to fit in with their peers and have trouble with authority figures. Many are dealing with significant family changes such as divorce or death of a parent and cannot manage their emotions or behaviors without significant support. One Hope United offers structure and supervision to these youth in a safe, nurturing environment that focuses on developing life skills and relationships. The goal for each youth is to return to a family setting, whether it is with their own family or a foster family.

Noah putted around the green, posed graciously for pictures and even sat down for a private mentoring conversation with teen boys from the CARE Program. Before Noah left, he signed photos, a basketball and a jersey to be auctioned off during the dinner program.

The Chicago Bulls’ jersey signed by Joakim Noah was auctioned off for $500 and the signed basketball for $550. The most honest golfer at each table received a signed Noah photo.

After adding up registration fees and funds raised during live and silent auctions, the event raised more than $110,000, which is $15,000 more than the golf outing has brought in during its 20 years.

What really took the cake was the live auction from One Hope United’s youngest volunteer, Abby Bergl, 5. Her custom baked golf ball cake and painted ceramic platter were auctioned off for $900. This was the second time Bergl’s custom baked goods have raised money for the nonprofit agency. In fall of 2009, her cupcakes sold for $2,000 at One Hope United’s annual fashion show event.

Pictured: Abby Bergl, Auctioneer Jim Miller and OHU Intern Ashley Anderson.

All profits from the golf outing, including silent and live auction funds, benefit the nonprofit programs of One Hope United.

Foster parents and clients shopped for free at One Hope United’s 14th annual Garage Giveaway

LAKE VILLA, Ill. (July 14, 2010) – On Wednesday, July 7, children and parents waited patiently for One Hope United to open the doors to its 14th annual “Garage Giveaway” in Lake Villa, which invites clients and foster parents to “shop” for free.

Each year, the giveaway lends a helping hand to clients who are a part of the programs at One Hope United. The Wings program, for example helps young mothers adjust to the responsibilities of parenthood. Moms and moms-to-be are welcomed to rummage through and take anything they need at the annual “Garage Giveaway.”

One family commuted all the way from the South Side of Chicago on the Metra to attend the free shopping event. They said they were thrilled to take home children’s books, baby clothes, shoes and even a walker for their grandmother. After shopping, they took their much needed items back home on the train.

Donations are collected throughout the year from volunteers, staff and members of the community. Children’s items are especially needed. This year, One Hope United offered strollers, a crib, a car seat, toys and a plethora of children’s books and clothing to clients, who may not be able to afford these items. For more information in becoming involved with One Hope United, contact Marilee LaMattina, 847.245.6553.

One Hope United receives $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

Funds to help build Aurora Early Learning Center

CHICAGO, Ill. (July 14, 2010)—One Hope United (OHU) received a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to be used toward the construction of the Aurora Early Learning Center, an early childhood education center being constructed to serve the needs of 200 children and families on the east side of the city.

One Hope United is a nonprofit human service agency dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families through a diverse array of services including child development, child abuse prevention and family preservation programs as well as counseling, youth and placement services. During the past year, OHU served more than 15,000 children and families through combined services offered in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, and more than 1,600 children and families through ten child care centers in the Chicago area.

“We are excited to lead this early education project in the Aurora community and appreciate the tremendous demonstration of support from the foundation for this important community project,” said Mark McHugh, OHU executive director. “Research shows that for every dollar invested in high-quality early education, communities see a $16 return on the investment through factors like improved outcomes in school and higher rates of high school completion.”

The City of Aurora shows significant need for full-day early education and child care services—a need which the new center will help fulfill. Current resources serve only 31 percent of children in need, leaving 7,300 children without a full-day, full-year program. Of those, 2,400 qualify for state-subsidized child care (statistics from a March 2008 update to IFF’s 2003 “Moving Towards a System” report on statewide early childhood care and education in Illinois).

Beyond providing high-quality early education and child care for low-income working families, the Aurora Early Learning Center’s teaching curriculum will promote a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle for the children and families it serves. The facility itself will be a Silver LEED Certified Green Building. Many center staff will be bilingual.

Each OHU child care center creates an environment that encourages the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of children within the distinctive community in which the center resides. OHU also offers additional support services to parents, including individual and family counseling, from its extensive offering of nonprofit programs and services that focus on the strengthening families.

The initiative to create the Aurora Early Learning Center is a collaboration among the City of Aurora, IFF (formerly the Illinois Facilities Fund) and OHU. IFF will act as a developer for the project. Other collaborators have been engaged in order to ensure success of the initiative and maximize community impact.

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About One Hope United

One Hope United is a private human service organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families. One Hope United offers a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs. One Hope United also specializes in child welfare system management, reform, consultation and training. With principal offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, One Hope United serves nearly 15,000 children and their families across the country each year. For more information, visit www.onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a nonprofit, tax-exempt philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds and distributes grants and scholarships to benefit the citizens of the Fox River Valley in Illinois. For more information, visit www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org.

Cardinal Health Foundation supports child abuse prevention through $10,000 grant

One Hope United was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation to support Wings and Healthy Families, two of the organization’s child abuse prevention programs in Lake County.

“Our child abuse prevention programs are wholly funded by private dollars, and we rely on organizations such as the Cardinal Health Foundation to invest in our community’s youth in order to keep children safe in their own homes, which is the foundation of our mission to protect children and strengthen families,” said Mark McHugh, executive director of One Hope United.

Targeted for new and expecting parents, these programs help par­ents adjust to the responsibilities of parenthood and promote positive parent-child interaction. They work to enhance family functioning, build trusting relationships and teach problem-solving skills. Specific services include in-home visitation, assessment, parenting support and education, and assistance in accessing community resources.

One Hope United served nearly 150 clients in Lake County through these programs in FY09, and 99 percent had no reports of child abuse or neglect.

One Hope United receives $10,000 grant from HSBC

Grant funds benefit programs to help at-risk families

Chicago (June 9, 2010) HSBC – North America, with offices throughout Greater Chicago, has fulfilled a wish grant of $10,000 to One Hope United. The funds will go towards the agency’s Wings, Healthy Families Illinois and The Parent Group programs. One Hope United serves more than 7,100 children and families throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin with child abuse prevention, child development, counseling, family preservation, youth services and placement services (foster care, adoption and kinship care).

“HSBC has always been a wonderful corporate partner and is now matching its support with much needed funds as well,” said Joyce Heneberry, Senior Vice President for One Hope United.

HSBC embraces the principle that corporate responsibility is vital to the success of a company. The company’s philanthropic strategy is focused primarily on two critical issues—education and the environment. In 2009, HSBC’s community investment in North America totaled over $21 million.

Loretta Abrams, Senior Vice President, Community Investment, HSBC – North America, said, “HSBC is pleased to support One Hope United in its valuable work. As ‘The world’s local bank,’ we play an active role in all the communities where we have a presence and that includes Greater Chicago. In particular, the opportunity to help promote youth services and child development is something we are especially proud to be associated with.”

The Parent Group brings parents together with a profes­sional facilitator to sharpen their child-rearing skills. The voluntary service is designed to support parents and teach parenting skills—ultimately preventing child abuse and neglect. English- and Spanish-speaking groups meet weekly. The Parent Group is a voluntary service and there is no cost to the families that take part in the program. This program is funded by private donations and does not receive federal grants. The Parent Group is funded by Chicago Tribune Charities, First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Kiwanis Club of Antioch, County Exchange Club, Target Corporation, United Way of Lake County and now, HSBC.

Healthy Families Illinois (HFI) works with first-time parents to promote strength-based parenting skills and family bonds. Services begin during pregnancy or within two weeks after the birth of a child, and provide valuable information on parenting issues, education­al opportunities, child development, parent-child bonding, teen parenting and family goals/support plans. In-home visits are scheduled based on family need and can range from multiple visits/week to one visit/month. First-time parents age 14 or older who reside Lake County are eligible, and there is no cost to families in the program.

Wings serves at-risk expecting parents and families with children ages birth to 5 years. Family and environmental risk factors correlated with increased family stress that typically lead to abuse/neglect include: unstable housing, inadequate income, parent education level, history of psychiatric care, baby with physical or developmental concerns, and age of parent, especially adolescent. Targeted for new and expecting parents, Wings promotes positive parent-child interaction. It works to enhance family functioning, build trusting relationships and teach problem-solving skills. The purpose of this service is to prevent child abuse and neglect. This program is available to families from the prenatal period until the child reaches the age of 5, and there is no cost to families for Wings services. This program is funded by Chicago Tribune Charities, Kovler Family Foundation, Target Corporation, Cardinal Health and now, HSBC.

For more information about these programs in Cook County, contact the One Hope United located at 47th Street in Chicago, 312.949.5590, or for Lake County program offerings contact the Waukegan office, 847.245.6800.

Donations are accepted online to benefit these programs and many more. Supporters may specify programs to receive their funds by noting Healthy Families Illinois, The Parent Group or Wings in the note section when donating online.

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About One Hope United

One Hope United is a private human service organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families. One Hope United offers a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs. With principal offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, One Hope United serves more than 15,000 children and their families nationwide each year. For more information, visit www.onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

About HSBC – North America

HSBC North America Holdings Inc. is one of the ten largest bank holding companies in the United States with assets of $345 billion at 31 March 2010 (US GAAP). The company’s businesses serve customers in the following key areas: personal financial services, credit cards, specialty insurance products, commercial banking, private banking, and global banking and markets.