Support The Pioneer Center

At Pioneer Center, our mission to help people live dignified lives of well-being, independence and inclusion is only made possible by our community support. There are many ways to get involved in Pioneer Center’s mission, vision and value through the many ways listed below. There is something for everybody, so join us to help serve thousands of people each year through McHenry and Lake County.

Make a Monetary Donation

Tribute or Memorial Donation

Sponsor a Pioneer Event

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Donate By Mail

If you would like to make a donation by mail, your donation can be mailed to:

Pioneer Center for Human Services
Attn: Development Office
4031 West Dayton Street
McHenry, IL 60050

Donations to Pioneer Center are tax-deductible. Once your donation is recorded, an acknowledgement letter will be mailed to you for your tax purposes.

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Ways to Volunteer

Each year, Pioneer Center puts on many events for both out community and clients. We are always in need of individuals willing to donate time to organize and execute these events.

If this interests you, fill out our volunteer form by clicking here.

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Attend an Event

Throughout the year Pioneer Center hosts a variety of major fundraising events to raise funding for our programs and services. In addition, there are many community events we participate in that support funding for Pioneer Center’s programs. We would love to see you at an upcoming event!

Click here to be taken to our event calendar.

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Planned Giving

Through your commitment to Pioneer Center, you support a cause that is important to you, while leaving a lasting legacy.

Donors can support Pioneer Center with gifts that don’t impact their cash flow, lifestyle or family security when you include Pioneer Center in your will or trust to receive a specific amount or percentage of your assets.

Gifts of retirement plans can be lifetime gifts or estate distributions.

A gift in your will or trust – or any other planned gift – allows you to make a significant contribution to provide services today and tomorrow at Pioneer Center.

Leaving a gift can be your legacy.

To coordinate your planned gift today, contact:

Randy Leggee

Email: RLeggee@pioneercenter.org

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Corporate Sponsorship

Pioneer Center believes strongly in partnering with local businesses to strategize on programs that will be mutually beneficial. Corporations that financially support Pioneer Center strengthen the community where they are located and where their employees live and work. It increases community leadership and strengthens employee pride and helps retainage. It can also allow for an employee giving program with a company match to further solidify the program.

For more information on Corporate Partnership, contact:

Randy Leggee, Director of Development

Direct Line: 815.759.7129

Email: RLeggee@pioneercenter.org

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Employ Pioneer Center Clients

Businesses looking for reliable, committed and hardworking employees in McHenry County have turned to Pioneer Center for years. First hand, these businesses have experienced the positive benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities that studies have shown. An important partnership between Pioneer Center and area businesses has resulted in numerous successful hires and a stronger community.

In McHenry County, Pioneer Center for Human Services offers a Community Employment Services (CES) program, which prepares individuals with unique challenges for a wide variety of jobs and matches them with local companies that have open positions to fill.

Another consideration are businesses may not be aware of is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program. Many businesses who hire employees through our program qualify for this tax credit, which can benefit your bottom line.

If you want to learn more about how you can fill open positions, help are individuals seeking employment and potentially earn a tax credit, contact:

Randy Leggee

Email: rleggee@pioneercenter.org

Donate by Mail

If you would like to make a donation by mail, your donation can be mailed to:

Pioneer Center for Human Services
Attn: Development Office
4031 West Dayton Street
McHenry, IL 60050

Donations to Pioneer Center are tax-deductible. Once your donation is recorded, an acknowledgement letter will be mailed to you for your tax purposes.

Donate by Phone

If you would like to make a donation by phone, you can contact:

Barb Swanson, Coordinator of Charitable Giving

Direct Line: 815.759.7128

Donations to Pioneer Center are tax-deductible. Once your donation is recorded, an acknowledgement letter will be mailed to you for your tax purposes.

Tributes or Memorial Gifts

Memorial or “in honor of” donations are tribute gifts honoring the life and legacy of a loved one.

A legacy begins in the heart and means the accomplishments, beliefs, actions and guidance you demonstrate in your life will carry forward to future generations or your community to make their lives meaningful and fruitful.

Please consider creating a legacy through memorial gifts made to Pioneer Center for Human Services.

If you would like to make a tribute online, please check the indication box on the online donation form for who you are making your donation in honor or in memory of. Click here to be taken to the donation form.

If you would like to make a tribute by mail, please provide a memo indicating who you are making your donation in honor or in memory of.

Attend a Pioneer Center Event

Throughout the year Pioneer Center hosts a variety of major fundraising events to raise funding for our programs and services. In addition, there are many community events we participate in that support funding for Pioneer Center’s programs. We would love to see you at an upcoming event!

Click here to be taken to our event calendar.

Volunteer on an Event Committee

Each year, Pioneer Center puts on many events for both out community and clients. We are always in need of individuals willing to donate time to organize and execute these events.

If this interests you, fill out our volunteer form by clicking here.

Join the Pioneer Women’s Network

This collaborative group of women from around the county come together to support the mission of Pioneer Center through fundraising, client and program driven specific activities and more! Each woman brings something to the table whether you are retired, a business woman, a family member or friend. The Pioneer Women’s Network meets each month.

Click here to see their next event time.

Host a Fundraiser/Community Event

Have an idea to host your own fundraiser? There are lots of ways, call us today for details!

 

If you are interested in volunteering or joining one of these groups, please fill out a volunteer form today and we will find a great opportunity for you!

 

For more information on how to get involved, contact:

Debra Kulinski, Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator

Direct Line: 815.759.7129

Email: dkulinski@pioneercenter.org

Planned Giving

Through your commitment to Pioneer Center, you support a cause that is important to you, while leaving a lasting legacy.

Donors can support Pioneer Center with gifts that don’t impact their cash flow, lifestyle or family security when you include Pioneer Center in your will or trust to receive a specific amount or percentage of your assets.

Gifts of retirement plans can be lifetime gifts or estate distributions.  

A gift in your will or trust – or any other planned gift – allows you to make a significant contribution to provide services today and tomorrow at Pioneer Center.

Leaving a gift can be your legacy.

To coordinate your planned gift today, contact:

Barb Swanson, Coordinator of Charitable Giving

Direct Line: 815.759.7128

Email: bswanson@pioneercenter.org

Charitable Bequest of Will or Trust

A gift to Pioneer Center in your will or trust, also known as a charitable bequest, allows you to retain control of your funds and other assets during your lifetime.  When you include Pioneer Center in your will, you are able to create a lasting legacy that will continue to help people in need receive vital programs and services for many years to come.

  • This gift costs you nothing now, so there is no risk to your lifetime financial security
  • You gain the satisfaction of knowing your gift will support the Pioneer Center services and programs in the future
  • Gifts in your will can be modified or revoked for any reason during your lifetime
  • Gifts in your will are exempt from estate taxes

To coordinate your planned gift today, contact:Barb Swanson, Coordinator of Charitable Giving

Direct Line: 815.759.7128

Email: bswanson@pioneercenter.org

Retirement Plan Giving Assessment

Funds from an individual retirement account (IRA) can be used for charitable donations. In fact, your qualified charitable distributions can satisfy all or part of the amount of your required minimum distribution from your IRA.

 

Gifts of retirement plans can be lifetime gifts or estate distributions.   Naming Pioneer Center as the beneficiary of the plan is a good fit for donors who want to avoid double taxation at death; give tax-advantaged assets to heirs. Consider naming Pioneer Center as whole or partial successor beneficiary on your plan’s form.

To coordinate your planned gift today, contact:

Barb Swanson, Coordinator of Charitable Giving

Direct Line: 815.759.7128

Email: bswanson@pioneercenter.org

Corporate Sponsorship

Pioneer Center believes strongly in partnering with local businesses to strategize on programs that will be mutually beneficial. Corporations that financially support Pioneer Center strengthen the community where they are located and where their employees live and work. It increases community leadership and strengthens employee pride and helps retainage. It can also allow for an employee giving program with a company match to further solidify the program.

 

For more information on Corporate Partnership, contact:

Randy Leggee, Director of Development

Direct Line: 815.759.7129

Email: RLeggee@pioneercenter.org

Event Sponsorship

Pioneer Center offers a variety of event sponsorship opportunities for all size businesses and budgets. Pioneer Center’s events are well organized, promoted, and highly successful. Our events are individually diverse to increase interest and attendance. Sponsoring a Pioneer Center event gives great visibility to a company and shows community support for a vital community agency.

For more information on Event Sponsorship, contact:

Randy Leggee, Director of Development

Direct Line: 815.759.7129

Email: RLeggee@pioneercenter.org

Employ Pioneer Center Clients

Businesses looking for reliable, committed and hardworking employees in McHenry County have turned to Pioneer Center for years. First hand, these businesses have experienced the positive benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities that studies have shown. An important partnership between Pioneer Center and area businesses has resulted in numerous successful hires and a stronger community.

In McHenry County, Pioneer Center for Human Services offers a Community Employment Services (CES) program, which prepares individuals with unique challenges for a wide variety of jobs and matches them with local companies that have open positions to fill.

Another consideration are businesses may not be aware of is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program. Many businesses who hire employees through our program qualify for this tax credit, which can benefit your bottom line.

If you want to learn more about how you can fill open positions, help are individuals seeking employment and potentially earn a tax credit, contact:

Hamilton “Tip” Hale, Community Employment Services Coordinator

Direct Line: 815.759.7219

Email: HHale@pioneercenter.org

Other Ways to Donate

While an outright gift is always best, some donors may find that they can support the organization at a more substantial level with a planned gift that usually provides donors with significant tax benefits. Gifts such as charitable remainder trusts, unitrusts, charitable gift annuities, bequests and gifts of life insurance policies are welcomed opportunities to help sustain Pioneer Center’s mission.

  • Stock: Donating your stock or other securities supports our mission while providing you with potential tax benefits
  • Land/Real Estate: Your gift of real estate can be an extraordinary gift to our organization. Gifting real estate to Pioneer Center can transfer the burden and expense of managing the property while removing a large asset from your taxable estate at the same time
  • Life Insurance: Life insurance policies are accepted when Pioneer Center is named as the owner and beneficiary of the policy.
  • Facebook Fundraisers: You can create fundraisers for Pioneer Center’s programs and services by connecting and sharing with your friends as social media in a influential factor present day
  • Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that has all the same products, prices and shopping features at Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.  Please select Pioneer Center as your charity of choice and shop with our link here: smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2480845