Community Initiatives

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    Addressing Systemic Racism Efforts

    Kan-I Help and Project SUN, a Kankakee County children's mental health initiative, are looking for organizations in Kankakee & Iroquois counties who are pursuing racial justice initiatives. Help us expand these lists of reading resources and organizations by contacting with suggestions.

    Reading & Discussion Resources

    Local Organizations Involved In Racial Justice Efforts

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    Looking for Coronavirus information & updates?

    For information on actions you, your school, workplace, and community can take, please visit Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities. For daily updates on COVID-19 in Illinois, follow the IDPH Daily Updates page. For general questions about COVID-19 call the IDPH COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email  Please CLICK HERE for details on how to prevent further spread of the virus, as relayed by the Kankakee County Health Department.

    Testing for COVID-19

    Aunt Martha's is now offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at 1777 E. This service is available to all Illinois residents, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Pre-registration is no longer required. Please remember, the Kankakee County and Iroquois County Health Departments ARE NOT testing sites for COVID-19. 

    Riverside Healthcare is offering free COVID-19 testing. Testing takes place at the Riverside Medical Center Entrance B (North) just past the ER entrance; 500 N Wall St in Kankakee. Testing takes place Monday - Friday from 8AM - 2PM and on Saturdays from 8 AM - 12 PM. In order to be tested you must pre-register by calling 815-936-6518. There is no out of pocket cost for testing.


    Would you like to financially support local relief funds? Please consider supporting the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, a joint initiative of the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley and United Way of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties. Donations can be made online by visiting or and clicking DONATE.


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    • Offices might be closed and typical business hours may have changed.
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    Pledge for Life Partnership coordinates resources and initiatives to improve the quality of life for children and their families by making the community safer and healthier, focusing on initiatives to reduce substance abuse.

    As a volunteer coalition serving Kankakee and Iroquois counties, the Pledge for Life Partnership mobilizes and coordinates public and private resources and initiatives to improve the quality of life for children and their families by making the community safer and healthier, focusing on initiatives to reduce substance abuse.

    Established in 1989, the Partnership is governed by a 24-member board of directors comprised of parents, community members and representatives from education, business, government, law enforcement and other health and social service agencies.

    To learn more about the Pledge for Life Partnership's programs, click here to visit their full Resource page.

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    Partnership for a Healthy Community

    The Partnership for a Healthy Community consists of local agencies and organizations, as well as community members that work collaboratively to identify health priorities and strategies to address these priority issues. In 2017, the third cycle of the MAPP (Mobilizing for Action for Planning and Partnership) was initiated by the Partnership for a  Healthy Community Steering Committee. The MAPP cycle is used to conduct the Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.

    Based on extensive analysis of the Community Health Needs Assessment, the following were identified as the three priority issues for Kankakee County for 2019-2021:

    • Access to Health
    • Behavioral Health
    • Education and Employment
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    Project SUN

    Project SUN (Strengthening and Unifying our Network) is a community initiative to bring together all the parties involved with helping children flourish. This project focuses on promoting healthy social and emotional development and life transitions, as well as, facilitating easy access to children's mental health services in Kankakee County. The goal is to develop a family-driven system of care (SOC) that promotes wellness and offers all youth (0-21) and their families multiple avenues to access a comprehensive, integrated mental health care system aimed at meeting the needs of the whole child. This SOC model involves services provided in six Kankakee County community-based systems: mental health, primary healthcare, early childhood, schools, courts, and faith-based/civic organizations. Project SUN takes advantage of the best components each system has to offer; referring, serving, and supporting families as individual situations dictate. To learn more and get involved with this project, visit

    Project SUN is an initiative of the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley and is funded by the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation.

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    The Volunteer Recognition Luncheon  Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, presented in conjunction with the Community Foundation, the United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois counties, and the Pledge for Life Partnership. This event was created to recognize outstanding volunteers in the community and to encourage volunteerism.

    Due to the current COVID-19 virus outbreak, the 32nd Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon will be rescheduled to take place in the fall of 2020. The nominations submitted for consideration before the original due date of Friday, March 20 will be reviewed later in the year. Additional nominations will be solicited prior to the event. Please check back later for more information or email and request to be added to the mailing list to receive updates about this event.

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