October 2018

Local Groups Tackling Depression, Suicide and Mental Health

Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia and Simply Destinee in Aurora are taking action to raise awareness of depression, suicide, and mental health issues in our community. There is a heightened national awareness of mental health with the passing of several celebrities this year. The less-publicized data about suicides here at home in Kane County is staggering.

  • About 50 Kane County Residents die from suicide each year, almost 1 per week.
  • The rate of suicides has been increasing over the past 10 years.
  • It is estimated that there are 25 attempted suicides per suicide death, that is more than 3 suicide attempts per day in Kane County.

from Kane County Health Department

Both of these organizations have received Dunham Fund grants this year to help expand their outreach. Our new video explores their programs and missions. We applaud their efforts and encourage you to visit their websites to learn more.

Suicide Prevention Services
Suicide awareness and prevention for those living in Northern Illinois

24-hour Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)

Simply Destinee
Suicide awareness and prevention for youth in Aurora, Illinois

#ILGIVE Returns to Support Nonprofits on November 27

This state-wide, 24-hour digital fundraising event connects individuals with the causes that matter to them, and empowers donors to give to the local nonprofits that address our communities' most critical issues. #ILGive will begin at midnight on November 27th, 2018, and ends 24 hours later at 11:59 pm. The #ILGive campaign helps to engage more donors and increase giving in the Aurora area and across the state.

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Last year, generous citizens of Illinois gave $13.5 million to organizations across the state. Nonprofits in the Dunham Fund Service Area saw a 36% increase in funding from $460,500 in 2016 to $625,000 in 2017. Help us exceed $700,000 in 2018!

Head Mutual Ground

Mutual Ground Renovates Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence

With an $80,000 grant from the Dunham Fund, Mutual Ground recently renovated the existing Carriage House on their property to create more offices for counselors and a larger multi-purpose room for meetings and training of first responders.

In the past, cramped quarters meant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault did not always have the privacy needed when sharing their stories with staff. Now that additional offices have been created, victims and their minor children can receive the services needed in a more comfortable environment.

Before After Mutual Ground

Mutual Ground provides safe, confidential, and holistic services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse in the Fox Valley area. Their services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, youth services, prevention education, and more. According to the latest data, 2,800 domestic violence incidents annually are reported in Kane and Kendall Counties.

The Dunham Fund is proud to support Mutual Ground’s established and growing legacy of advocating for abuse victims in the Fox Valley Area through this building project.

Read more about other Dunham Fund 2018 Grantees and their projects that are underway at dunhamfund.org.

Updated 10-25-18