United Way of Northwest Illinois has been awarded $4,000 through the Mount Carroll Community Foundation Emergency Fund.

United Way of Northwest Illinois, in partnership with the Mount Carroll Ministerial Association and the West Carroll School District, will distribute gift cards from local Mount Carroll businesses to Mount Carroll families struggling through the financial hardships of Covid-19.

"We are grateful to be the recipients of a grant through the Mount Carroll Community Foundation Emergency Fund,” said Connie Kraft, executive director of United Way of Northwest Illinois. “With these funds we will be able to provide support to families in Mount Carroll who may be struggling through lost wages or job loss due to Covid-19. These funds come at a critical time when the extra unemployment benefits are set to expire and many may not have jobs to return to.”

Added Kraft, “Through the partnership with the Ministerial Association and school district, families in need will receive a boost to help get them through these tough times. An additional benefit of the grant is that the funds will be used at local businesses supporting the local economy."

Explaining the motive behind the effort, Mount Carroll Community Foundation President Doug Bergren said, “"Assisting families severely impacted by COVID-19 through use of our Emergency Fund, is the most rewarding project we have undertaken.”

Added Bergren, “The Emergency Fund plays a critical role supporting community families with the greatest need. We are gratified to be a part of this worthy project and are confident our donors feel the same.”

Founded in 2011, the Mount Carroll Community Foundation, a component fund of the Quad Cities Community Foundation, annually distributes funds from its endowment earnings to community non-profit organizations that enhance the quality of life in the community we serve.

For more information about the Mount Carroll Community Foundation, contact MCCF at 844-550-4100.

Since 1950, The United Way of Northwest Illinois, Inc. has been a leader in providing human and financial resources in response to identified health and human service needs to improve the quality of life in Carroll, Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties.

“We aspire to be the critical link which brings together our diverse communities to build stronger, healthier and more sustainable communities as cost effectively as possible,” said Kraft.