In January, Shawn Marconi became the president of Agencies United, a group of nonprofit organizations that are supported by the United Way of Will County.

Marconi is also the executive director of the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, a free clinic in Joliet and a United Way of Will County-funded partner.

“Every day, the organizations that the United Way of Will County supports lift people up and help solve hard problems, big and small,” Marconi said in a news release.

“Because our organizations are laser focused on problem solving, it often means we have less time for publicizing and self-promotion.

“As the incoming Agencies United president, I am committed to ensuring the community knows more about all the incredible work our United Way of Will County organizations do every day.”

The United Way of Will County’s approach to social services is comprehensive and integrated, with programs and investments that serve individuals, families, neighborhoods and local businesses.

The following are some of the programs and services provided by United Way of Will County organizations.

For information about this nonprofit 501(c)(3), visit uwwill.org.

Housing

Help for nearly 500 families every year to keep or establish stable housing.

Home repairs at no cost or low cost for seniors to keep them safe and healthy.

Health, hunger and housing services in southeast Will County.

Health care

Care for seriously ill and terminally ill children and adults without regard for the family’s ability to pay, and comprehensive grief support services free of charge.

Support and education for those who suffer from a mental illness and the families who care for them.

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A mobile dental van for people in desperate need of dental care.

Suicide prevention/intervention. Reassurance calls for individuals experiencing social isolations or in need of a well-being check. Telephone counseling and information/referral.

High quality, holistic primary health care services without regard to ability to pay.

Education

Youth, teen, senior and sports programming to more than 9,100 people last year who would not have afforded the experience on their own.

Back-to-school fair for over 700 low-income families in Will County providing school supplies, medical services, haircuts and an extensive resource fair with representatives from over 60 local services.

Education programs with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), financial literacy and healthy living and life skills.

Practical, hands-on education to help youth and adults develop skills, solve problems and build a better future.

Direct services for people with disabilities

Programming that changes the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound positive differences in people’s lives every day.

High quality person-directed services and supports to more than 4,000 people with developmental disabilities and mental illness so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives.

Help for people with disabilities to live and work in the community.

Illinois Testing Access Corporation testing center for a free amplified phone.

Worker advocacy

Improving working conditions in Illinois for low-income farm workers, nursery workers, greenhouse workers, landscapers, snow plowing workers, packinghouse workers, cannery workers, restaurant workers and meat and poultry workers and their households.

Advocacy for children

A voice to abused and neglected children through customized advocacy both in and out of the courtroom.

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