ICompete has been working tirelessly to continue serving youth and families in need in a variety of capacities. Unfortunately, COVID had staff recreate camps and programs that were set to run June- August. This meant that we were looking to limit the amount of direct contact we would have with those we serve. We knew the work would only just begin. As staff, we decided to build our social media platforms to engage families virtually. We created a YouTube channel and sent emails of updated ways to be creative with items already in your home! The staff filmed indoors and outdoors. We managed to also continue with our health and wellness Wednesday’s! In addition, we developed a neighborhood drop off program for families each week. Deliveries consisted of food items, resources, family engagement activities, and extended learning opportunities for children.
The restore Illinois Phase 4 plan allowed staff to see small groups of children outdoors for a version of ICompete drop-in program. To run this program following CDC guidelines staff created a binder of lessons that require no equipment but still allow for movement-based activity. Crafts and activities implemented have been individualized and safely prepared separated for youth. The ICompete field trip camp typically offered in July was available as a camp-kit to go with supplies, an English/Spanish instructional guide, and how-to videos for those who participated. Lastly, ICompete dance families that registered for Spring classes waited patiently for dance to resume. Falcon Park has allowed dance to take place indoors in the evenings once all other patrons and programs have exited the building. The indoor space is cleaned thoroughly before and after usage and all dancers can safely be spread 6ft or more apart. We continue to learn and be excited about ways to continue reaching families. We thank the collaborative partners and donors who have supported our new initiatives during this time.
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By leveraging the services of over 15 partnering organizations, POC accelerates access to critical resources, meeting the needs of the underserved families in the most efficient and cost-effective way.
POC creates programs that develop and strengthen communities.
By filling this crucial gap in services, we holistically ensure that families thrive.
Our ultimate goal is to help families become self-sufficient. Hear more about our impact below…
Welcome to POC
Our organization is called Partners for Our Communities (POC) because that is what we are: schools and churches, cities and townships, libraries, and individuals along with Northwest Community Healthcare coming together as partners to make our communities stronger. Together we partner to build stronger and healthier communities in Palatine, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, and Rolling Meadows by strengthening families.
Since 1999, Partners for Our Communities (POC) has welcomed and introduced families and individuals in need to the Palatine community. The POC connects people with local resources and provides a pathway for their integration and success. We are dedicated to helping people help themselves through a variety of programs and services. In early 2015 the POC board of directors voted to share its programs with neighboring communities.
Adult Literacy & Employment
Health & Wellness
Youth Development & Family Engagement
Partners for Our Communities (POC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
As such, donations are tax-deductible.
POC is committed to providing equal opportunities to all employees, applicants for employment, and individuals and families to which services are provided, without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age, disability, results of genetic testing, or service in the military.