People's Resource Center works with hundreds of community partners: congregations, service clubs, schools, local businesses, fellow human services agencies, corporate partners, foundations and government agencies.
The majority of PRC's support comes from the local community: generous individuals and community partners. This “neighbor to neighbor” generosity is PRC's greatest strength, and we are so grateful for this support.
The following examples of community partnerships highlight just a few of the many ways we partner with others in the community to meet the needs of our neighbors. Check back here from time to time as we'll highlight additional partners.
Feeding America and the Northern Illinois Food Bank
Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief organization and provides more than 3 billion pounds of food and grocery items to 200 food banks and 61,000 local food pantries each year. About 40% of the food distributed by PRC's food pantries comes from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, our local Feeding America member food bank. Learn more about these important partners and find great educational resources about the crisis of hunger in America at:
solvehungertoday.org (Northern IL Food Bank website)
DuPage Medical Group
In 2010, DuPage Medical Group began exploring companywide charitable initiatives that would meet two primary objectives: a broad community impact; and a focus on critical needs of shelter, food and/or healthcare. PRC's Food Pantry program was a natural fit for DMG's priorities, in particular because it provides nutrient dense fresh produce, frozen meats, and foods suitable for special diets to DuPage families whose access to these healthy food options is limited.
DuPage Medical Group committed to staff the Westmont food pantry with 12-15 volunteers every Saturday morning AND to cover all costs of the Saturday food pantry sessions. On a typical Saturday morning, the DuPage Medical Group volunteers assist more than 50 families in need of food assistance. DuPage Medical Group offices also participate in monthly food drives to support the pantry, and the DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund continues to provide generous funding for People's Resource Center.
In 2013, People's Resource Center honored DuPage Medical Group with the Beloved Community Award in recognition of the company's multifaceted partnership with PRC and strong commitment to serving the local community.
St. Isidore Catholic Church
St. Isidore Catholic Church in Bloomingdale serves as a host site for some of PRC's Adult Learning and Literacy program. For nearly a decade, the church has hosted tutoring sessions for local residents who are seeking to improve English language skills. The church provides classroom space and more than 20 volunteer tutors. People's Resource Center supports the classrooms with tutor training, textbooks and workbooks. The partnership reduces transportation barriers for students who live in the northern part of DuPage County.
The DuPage Community Foundation
The DuPage Community Foundation (DCF) was created in 1986 to benefit the residents of DuPage County, Illinois. The Foundation receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment that continues to grow and help meet the needs of its community. People's Resource Center partners with The DuPage Community Foundation to facilitate planned gifts and provide support and advice to planned giving donors.
Since its inception, The DuPage Community Foundation has built its endowment to more than $41 million and awarded more than $14 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. People's Resource Center has been one of DCF's top grant recipients. DCF is a trusted community institution managing the endowments and charitable funds of over 50 DuPage County nonprofit organizations, as well as numerous funds established by individuals and corporations.
During the 2012 holiday season, Whole Foods Market stores in Wheaton and Willowbrook raised over $33,000 to benefit the People's Resource Center (PRC) food pantry. The stores' “One Dime at a Time” program ran from October through December, and allowed customers to accept a refund for using recyclable bags or donate it to PRC. The “Grab and Give” program enabled customers to donate larger amounts of money at the register during November and December. Throughout the year, Whole Foods regularly donates food and household goods to supply PRC's food pantries.
Partners Bridging the Digital Divide
Partner's Bridging the Digital Divide, pbdd.org, was started in 2015 by PRC volunteer Barry Glicklich to help nonprofit organizations which provide training and computer resources to those who need it. PBDD provides a forum for sharing information among agencies including: a directory of organizations with similar missions, training material (including the People's Resource Center's computer training) and information on closing the digital divide.