MembersAlliance Community Impact Fund
MembersAlliance Credit Union exists to inspire financial wellness and have an empowering impact on our community.
The long-time credit union motto of people helping people, means banking services designed to maximize the positive impact on members, but it also means making a positive impact in helping build and sustain a stronger community.
MembersAlliance's strength is our community. Since January 2021, through partnerships, sponsorships, and educational programs, MembersAlliance has partnered with over 50 local organizations, and contributed over $50,000 and 475 hours to making a difference in our community. Along with their corporate efforts, their Employee Enhancement Committee (EEC) selects local nonprofit organizations to which employees can donate time, money, or supplies.
Alone, MembersAlliance can do some good, but together, we can make a real difference. In establishing the Community Impact Fund, they hope to help facilitate these efforts and expand the positive impact within our community. In addition to facilitating employee giving, MembersAlliance members and community members can now also help further this cause, by donating funds to this Impact Fund.
Below, MembersAlliance has highlighted some of the local nonprofits the EEC will be raising funds for 2023 and when those fundraising efforts will take place. The online donation date or the check date will determine to which campaign it will be applied. Please consider joining in supporting these worthwhile organizations. Join them in their commitment to being a positive force within our community.
Would you like to support MembersAlliance Community Impact Fund?
Prefer to mail or drop off a check? Our mailing and physical address is:
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
946 N Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Checks must be made out to the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. Please make sure the date of checks falls within the dates listed for the campaign you would like to support. Thank you!
February 1 - February 28 | Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry
For over 40 years, Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry has served our community by preparing incarcerated men, women, boys and girls to succeed after they leave incarceration and return to our community. Their mission is To Prepare At-Risk Adults and Youth for Crime-Free, Christ-Centered Life After Incarceration.
From inside the Winnebago County Jail, Reachout Inside prepares incarcerated men and women for productive, crime-free life after incarceration.
Ministry Services Offered include classroom-based small groups, individual pastoral care, and family support services. The classroom-based small groups offer over 30 classes each week and they engage over 60% of the total jail population each year. The classes cover various topics including addiction recovery, values restructuring, and life skills. Individual pastoral care offers pastoral care and guidance, grief care, pre-release preparation guidance, prayer, and encouragement. Family support services include child placement support, legal document handling, death notices/grief care, and jail resident wellness checks.
Reachout OutsideReachout Outside guides men and women returning from jail or prison back to productive, crime-free life in community.Pairs men and women returning from jail or prison with a certified Reachout Life Coach. With prayer, encouragement and a focus on Christ, our Life Coaches teach students to set goals and hold students accountable to those goals. They also help students locate vital resources (like safe & stable housing, job training, medical care, mental health care) and encourage and assist students in finding a church home. From across our community,
Reachout YouthReachout Youth works with at-risk kids to keep them in school, off drugs, and out of gangs.Combines all the ministry services of Reachout Inside and Reachout Outside but for boys and girls who are incarcerated in our community or have returned to our community from youth detention or youth incarceration. From inside the Winnebago County Juvenile Detention Center,
March 1 - March 24 | St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center
March 25 - April 30 | C.A.R.E for P.E.T.S
May 1 - May 31 | African-American Resource Center at Booker
June 1 - July 14 | Marshmellow's Hope
Marshmallow’s Hope is a nonprofit organization founded in 2018 by Laura Kane. During this time Laura states that words like mental illness, depression, and suicide were unfamiliar to her but became very real when her son, Zachary Ryan Birkholz, ended his own life at only 14 years old. Up until this point she had never really heard these topics talked about very often so she had to take a good look at went wrong. What she found was that suicide is often a result of an untreated mental illness and it can be prevented. It has a stigma that makes people ashamed of reaching out for fear of being looked at as “crazy” or “unfit” as a society, we have given mental illness a negative reputation of weakness and something that we should keep to ourselves. Our national lacks mental health resources for the youth and it is time that we step up for the future leaders of our community and break that stigma and stay alive! It takes a village to fight this fight, Laura’s promise to us and her son is that she will not stop fighting for the Zachary’s of the world. She won’t stop fighting for the many mothers and fathers who are missing their children, she won’t stop fighting for the prioritization of mental health and suicide prevention. Even if her story helps save just one more life, then her mission is worth the fight. They are voice for those who feel they don’t have one. They believe the power of compassion, connection, and hope will aid in the creation of bonds that will empower those they serve to build to build trust, overcome challenges and create pathways to perseverance.
They aim for a unifying approach on prioritizing mental health, delivering education, and eradicating cultural stigmas . They strive to prevent suicide by eliminating access barriers to care, facilitating mentorship programs, and connecting our clients to comprehensive offering of support groups through our community partners- and providing graceful postvention support accepting those on their path to resilience.
July 15 - August 18 | Veteran's Drop-In Center
The Veterans Drop-In Center came onto the scene in 2009, when a group of caring, compassionate people decided that Rockford area veterans and their families needed a place to gather and meet with their peers – without some of the formalities that come with other veterans’ organizations. The Veterans Drop-In Center exists to help ALL veterans with a focus on helping displaced veterans. Proof of military service is required. (DD 214, VA ID card, or mail from VA.) Their mission is to provide a safe, supportive, and positive social environment where all veterans and their families, with local veterans service organizations, can give and receive help transitioning into and continuing to adapt to post-service life.
August 19 - September 22 | Hoo Haven
September 23 - December 15 | Carpenter's Place & Rock House Kids