One of our goals is to educate and encourage people to take advantage of KYC’s mental health and senior services, as well as other community resources. To do this, we need to develop strong partnerships and support from our friends in the community, and raise funds to support our various programs. KYC works in partnership with businesses, corporations, houses of worship and community groups to bring awareness and hope to people needing help. This partnership meets the needs of KYC, the business or organization, and the community in which we live and work.
KYC’s Vocational Program is funded by the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services. The program began in 1998 and serves about 60 clients per year. We help people who have a diagnosis of mental illness go to work, additionally we provide assessment, job-search planning, job placement and on-the-job coaching. Our clients have various education and skill levels, and they have worked in a wide variety of jobs. We can proudly say, we have a long list of satisfied employers.
You should consider the benefits of an employee-based partnership if you can:
- Give one of our vocational clients a job
- Provide an on-the-job evaluation paid by the Division of Rehabilitation Services
- Use a small group of workers supervised by a KYC job coach
- Use assembly packaging, picking, cleaning or inspection services 2-3 days a week
Or do you have any sub-contract work that you would like to outsource?
The advantages to you are:
- Aiding the recovery of a member of your community
- Tax credits in the form of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit
- EEOC and ADA compliance
- A valued, contributing employee who has the benefit of coaching and support
There are also many advantages in partnering with us through corporate sponsorship. Our events are attended by prominent community leaders and key corporate personnel. Events are fun, great networking opportunities and a chance to help out a worthy cause.
Through event sponsorship, companies have an opportunity to:
- Reach target audience via face-to-face marketing.
- Capitalize on marketing investment while endorsing goodwill in the community.
- Cross promote with partners.
- Foster team-building among employees.
At Kenneth Young Center, we know that being active, taking on a project, and “doing good” all help us come out of ourselves, feel happier and become more productive. Group members get to know one another better and build their team. Additionally, your business or organization will receive positive exposure.
Here are some ideas for worthwhile projects your group might consider:
Our Older Adults Program - opportunities for volunteering include:
- Adopt a Home Delivered Meals route which delivers nutritious meals to approximately 6-8 elderly people per route. We deliver Monday through Friday over the noon hour. Your group could take turns to cover one route for every day of the week on an ongoing basis. KYC staff can visit your company to explain how individuals in your group can be matched with an elderly client for weekly visits and assistance.
- Hold a fundraiser for Senior Services to offset the cost of Home Delivered Meals.
Our Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Program - for this group, you could:
- Host an information meeting for your members to help them understand that the stigma of mental illness, as much as the symptoms, are what prevents mentally ill people leading a normal life. Members could learn how to become friend/role models in volunteer matches with people facing the challenge of mental illness.
- Your group (or individual members) might come in to demonstrate, perform or teach the PSR group things such as: dance, story telling, music, demonstration of a hobby, etc.
Development and Communications (includes awareness and fundraising) - you can help by:
- Organizing a fundraising event to benefit KYC
- Participate in our upcoming special events like our 5K Run/Walk, Golf Outing, and Fashion Show (To find out what’s next, check our homepage!)
- Advocate for KYC as an ambassador - distribute flyers or promotional materials to friends and family or at community events
We are open to any and all creative ideas, and we welcome the chance to brainstorm with you about how you can join us in our mission to provide mental health and senior services to those in need within our community. To learn more about our partnership opportunities, as well as employee volunteer team-building initiatives please contact our Director of Development and Communications, Kate Garbarek, at (847) 524-8800 ext. 199.