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2-Mile Walk for a Cause

This year, Fox Trot is proud to be supporting 25 of our local non-profits and community groups.  When you register online for the 2-mile walk for a cause, we will donate your registration fee to the cause of your choice – just select the cause in the drop-down menu on the registration page.

The 2-mile walk sets off from our start-finish line at the corner of Kimball and Douglas and follows a circular route through downtown and along the Fox River.  The course map is available here.  The route is suitable for families. Strollers and well-controlled leashed dogs are welcome to take part.  The walk begins at 7:55 a.m.

2016 participating organizations:
The Ecker Center

Founded in 1955, the Ecker Center for Mental Health provides an array of outpatient mental health services primarily to adults with mental illness and their families.  Services range from early intervention to recovery and include crisis, psychiatric, case management, rehabilitation and psychotherapy assistance.  Crises, psychiatry and counseling services are also available for children and adolescents. We have offices in Elgin, St. Charles and Streamwood.

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Downtown Neighborhood Association
The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin is an IL Main Street Organization. A 501(c)(3), non-profit volunteer-driven organization focused on the economic vitality of downtown Elgin. This is done through promotions, historic preservation, economic development, and special events. If you would like to volunteer, please email us at

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Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley is part of a non-profit construction ministry focused on creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our global mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope is achieved locally through volunteers united in constructing and revitalizing quality, affordable homes for deserving partner families. All registration fee donations for this year's Walk for a Cause will be used to fund our 25-Day Blitz Build this summer in Elgin as a celebration of our 25th Anniversary.
For 107 years, programs at the YWCA have evolved to reflect the the changing needs of women and families in the community while helping to build stronger neighborhoods. The YWCA of Elgin strives to create opportunities for women's growth and leadership in order to attain a common vision of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people while eliminating racism, which is a driving force for YWCA USA.

The Youth Leadership Academy
The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing a constructive, mentoring environment for students from low-income backgrounds who are statistically less likely to attend college than their non-low-income peers. The YLA program focuses on preparing students to enroll in college, complete a college degree, and be leaders in their communities.

Approximately 25 students across Illinois school districts U-46, D300, D301, and D303 are selected each year to begin the YLA program at the beginning of 7th grade. YLA students who complete their leadership training program (two Saturday mornings at Elgin Community College per month for six years, 7th grade through 12th grade) will then be awarded full-time tuition scholarship at Elgin Community College for two years. A full-tuition scholarship at Judson University for an additional up to 3 years may also be available for some YLA graduates. To learn more about the YLA, visit their web page at www.ylaecc.org

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Renz Addiction Counseling Center
Since opening our doors in 1961, Renz Addiction Counseling Center has made drug and alcohol treatment and prevention education a priority in our community.  Renz Center is a non-profit agency dedicated to the prevention, intervention and treatment of addictive behaviors and disorders, including factors often associated with addiction.  Renz Center offers Clinical Services, which include Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Adult/Adolescent Services; Family Programs—including children of alcoholics; Passage Program for Women; DUI Services, and Problem & Compulsive Gambling programs.  Prevention Services include youth alcohol, drug and tobacco prevention education programs—during school, afterschool and in the summer, and HIV Prevention Outreach Education Services. 
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The Boys and Girls Club of Elgin
The Boys & Girls Club of Elgin serves at-risk youth ages 6 to 18, after school and during the summer, providing programs and services that result in academic success, healthy lifestyle choices, and civic engagement. Serving over 2,000 local youth in seven sites, the Club is open to youth every day for at least 4 hours after school for a low membership fee of $25 annually, to ensure all young people can afford to belong. The Club keeps members off the streets and facilitates activities that foster a sense of hope and opportunity for their future.
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Family Service Association of Greater Elgin
Family Service Association of Greater Elgin is a comprehensive community mental health provider dedicated to empowering and promoting self-sufficiency in individuals and families. We seek to build stronger communities by offering quality, accessible, community-based and client-centered counseling services. Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area has offices in Elgin and Streamwood.

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Community Crisis Center
Since 1975 the Community Crisis Center at George Van De Voorde Place, a not-for-profit social service agency located in Elgin, has provided comprehensive emergency services to individuals and families dealing with the trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness and other life crises.  Services include a 24-hour hotline; information & referral; shelter for 40 women and children; individual and group counseling; legal, medical and welfare advocacy; transitional living program; financial assistance; emergency food; partner abuse intervention program; and community education.  Each year our 69 employees provide nearly 40,000 hours of services to more than 5,500 women, men and children.  Our service area covers northern Kane County and northwest suburban Cook County.  Services are available to victims at no cost.

We provide Safety, Hope, Advocacy, Respite and Education for those impacted by crisis and violence in the Fox Valley Region and Illinois.

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Fox Valley Pregnancy Center
Fox Valley Pregnancy Center is a vibrant, life-affirming, non-profit ministry that serves individuals and families facing pregnancy related difficulties.  Free pregnancy testing, options counseling and limited obstetrical ultrasounds are offered at our St. Charles Medical Clinic.  Our South Elgin location offers parenting education lessons where mothers and fathers earn "Baby Bucks" to shop in our Baby Boutique while they learn new parenting skills.  The Center also provides free diapers, wipes, formula and much more to low income families with small children.  Please visit www.foxvalleyoptions.com for more information.

The Police Explorers
The Explorer program is geared toward young adults between the ages of 14 through 20 who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Members receive training on many aspects of law enforcement, to include crime scene investigation, domestic violence situations, hostage negotiation, report writing and much more. For more information visit the City of Elgin Police Department's web page at cityofelgin.org

Step it Up
Step it Up, a ministry of First Baptist Church of Elgin, provided new tennis shoes to children before they start back to school in the fall. Children get to pick out a pair of new shoes so they can "Step it Up" in school. Shoes are available to children in preschool to 12th grade who live in Elgin and all the surrounding communities.

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Northeast Neighborhood Association
The Northeast Neighborhood Association is devoted to the preservation of the area from Kimball Street to Trout Park, and from Dundee Avenue to the Fox River, as a beautiful, friendly, and safe place to live. NENA's current project is the restoration of the McKinley School Playground.

The Salvation Army
Motivated by the love of God and the concern for the needs of all of humanity. The Salvation Army works every day to make life better for countless people in your community. Here for the homeless, the unemployed, the victims of trafficking and addiction, the lonely and the lost, your contribution in selecting our organization will help us, help others!

Open Door Clinic

Open Door serves as a Patient Centered Medical Home to provide quality, comprehensive and cost-effective health care to our community. We provide a broad spectrum of care for the prevention, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and for the ongoing wellness of those with such diseases. Open Door partners with other organizations to provide services and work to decrease the stigma associated with STIs and HIV.

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Youth United Way
Youth United Way is a group of high school and middle school students dedicated to community service and improving the quality of life of their friends and neighbors in the Elgin area. Formed in 1997, and sponsored by the United Way of Elgin, Youth United helps young people develop leadership skills and lean the value of volunteering for benefit of the community in which they live. The group meets once a month a the United Way of Elgin office. These volunteer members work on a monthly project for the whole group as well as ongoing projects for smaller groups throughout the month. Over 40 students from six area high schools are currently part of Youth United Way and in 2014 they provided over 4,000 hours of service to organizations such as PADS of Elgin, The Community Crisis Center, Centro do Informacion and projects like Nightmare on Chicago Street and the Green Expo. They also plan and execute several small fundraisers throughout the year to help support their volunteer work.
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Side Street Studio Arts
Side Street Studio Arts was founded by Tanner Melvin and Erin Rehberg in 2013 as an outlet for the Elgin arts scene. Currently under the direction of Amanda Harris, Melvin, and Rehberg, Side Street provides educational and creative resources and an accessible space, run by artists. Side Street’s mission is to support the artist and artistic journey through collaboration.
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Youth Scholarship Fund
The Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund (YSF) was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance to young people in Elgin whose families could not afford to register them for recreation programs. It's ironic, but often the children of these families are the ones that need the positive benefits of recreation the most.
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The Elgin Public Museum
The Elgin Public Museum is a natural history museum, featuring items of interest from the Fox River Valley. 
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The Elgin Cosmopolitan Club
The Elgin Cosmopolitan Club is a non-profit organization serving the Elgin area. They are dedicated to community well being through charitable donations and volunteer service with an emphasis on preventing diabetes. 100% of funds collected are paid out to charities- 50% are given to local Elgin social services and 50% goes to diabetes related organizations.

Elgin History Museum
The Elgin History Museum preserves Elgin's heritage and creates pride in our community. Visit the Museum to see the largest collection of Elgin watches in the country! Local history publications, research and history education programs for all ages help residents and visitors understand Elgin's past.
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The Literacy Connection
The Literacy Connection is dedicated to helping adults in the northwest suburbs reach their literacy goals through one-on-one volunteer tutoring and small group instruction. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible to the full amount allowed by law. The funds donated will be used towards our adult literacy and family literacy programs. Information can be found on our website: http://www.elginliteracy.org/ We are located on the second floor of the Gail Borden Library and can be reached  at (847)742-6565

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First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church, stands atop Elgin’s “Holy Hill” at 216 E. Highland Avenue. For over 175 years it has provided the joy of Christian Fellowship to all who enter. Come join the relaxed atmosphere throughout the church with nothing but the challenge of faithful service to God and humanity to nudge you out of your comfort zone.

ABODE (Admirer's of Beautiful Old Dwellings of Elgin) was founded in 1996. ABODE has been active int he community by participating in events such as Unveilings, Neighborhood Work Days for beautification of historic homes, gardens, spaces, beautifying the gardens surrounding Rovelstad's "Pioneer Family Memorial" statue near Walton Island, Adopt-a-Spot garbage clean up on a major arterial street, participating in the Annual Fourth of July Parade and much more. Last year we introduced a grant program that offers assistance to historic homeowners in Elgin. The funds will provide a spark to support projects for the repair, replacement, maintenance or re-introduction of historic elements or the historic integrity of Elgin area homes.This will be available to all historic homes in all of Elgin, including those outside of historic districts. The amount and number of grants offered each year will be based on the amount of funds raised each year. We appreciate your support and welcome your sponsorship of our group in the Fox Trot 2 mile Walk for a Cause. We also welcome any additional donations desired for this program. For questions or details, contact Jennifer Phillips, 224-588-7034 (phone/text) or by email at

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The Prairie Valley YMCA has offered programs and services in Elgin and the surrounding area for more than 130 years providing children, families, and individuals the opportunity to strengthen their spirit, mind, and body. We continue to work hard each day to fulfill our commitment to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Prairie Valley Family YMCA is located in the southwest section of Elgin, Illinois and serves all or parts of 12 communities in Kane County including: Elgin, Bartlett, Burlington, Carpentersville, Geneva, Gilberts, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, St. Charles, South Elgin, Wayne, West Dundee, and our resident camp in East Troy Wisconsin.

At the YMCA, our most important goal is to enrich the lives of children and families in our community... one child at a time... one family at a time. As such, the YMCA offers programs in aquatics, fitness, sports, martial arts, and dance, as well as before and after-school childcare programs, summer day camps, and a year round resident camp.
The Prairie Valley Family YMCA, along with our volunteers and community partners, ensures that no one is left out for financial reasons. Each year, the YMCA provides membership and program scholarships to children and families from funds raised in its annual Y for All Campaign, Wine Auction, Annual Dinner, and Charity Golf Outing.
One Hope United
Elgin Child and Family Resource Center has been serving the children of Elgin since 1927. We are part of One Hope United. Our NAEYC accredited program serves 228 children aged from 6 weeks to Kindergarten. We have a partnership with school district U-46 and are able to provide preschool for all the 3-5 year olds as well as a full-day Kindergarten program. We accept Illinois Department of Services payment for services rendered. Qualification is based on family size and income. Please contact Colleen Bandy for further information at 847-697-7100. See our website at http://onehopechilddevelopment.org/elgin-child-family-resource-center/

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The Ivy Academy
The mission The Ivy Academy is to empower families with opportunities for educational, economic and social achievement. We provide quality child care and early learning for ages 6 weeks to 12 years for Elgin families in Kane and Cook counties at our 545 Hiawatha Dr. center, and offer a range of related parent education and support programs. For more information, contact us at (224) 281-4979 or .
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