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Peggy McGuire                                   Vicki Coletta
Executive Director                              Board President
(630) 357-5683                                   (630) 726-8792

PROJECT HELP RECEIVES GRANT FROM Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

Grant will strengthen the organization’s technology to support families

Naperville, Ill. (Dec. 19, 2014) – Project HELP recently received a technology support grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. The grant will allow Project HELP staff to more efficiently assist families in Aurora and surrounding communities during parent mentoring home visits and parent education workshops.

“This grant will allow our staff to be much more effective in their delivery of service to our families as well as help us have a greater reach in the community,” said Peggy McGuire, executive director of Project HELP. “Staff will be able to use laptops during workshops to provide information more quickly and to assist in the home visiting program to access needed materials.  It will also help our interns work more effectively, as they will have technology available to them to develop new resources.”

Through home-based mentoring and parent education training, Project HELP has been serving the community since 1992 and provides parents with the proper tools, tips, advice, and support necessary to create a nurturing home environment that encourages children to reach their full potential.

“We are extremely grateful to the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley for this grant and we are looking forward to all the additional outreach and assistance we can provide to families in need,” said Ms. McGuire. “Support like this will allow Project HELP to continue its strong commitment to the field of parent education and child abuse prevention.”


About Project HELP

Project HELP is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1992 by the Exchange Club of Naperville to prevent child abuse and neglect among the most vulnerable members of our community. Project HELP is accredited by the National Exchange Club as a Child Abuse Prevention Center. Through home-based parent mentoring and education classes, Project HELP works to empower parents and to promote the safety and well-being of all children. To learn more about Project HELP, visit

About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois.

Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving.  Individuals, families, businesses and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests.  Since its inception, the Community Foundation has quietly grown to more than $74 million in assets and has awarded more than $51 million in grants and scholarships.

Funds may be created on a permanent basis or they may serve a more limited purpose. Donors establishing permanent funds have the assurance that their charitable objectives will be fulfilled in perpetuity.

For more information on the Community Foundation, please call 630-896-7800 or visit


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