Edward-Elmhurst Health has awarded $3,994,000 to 14 organizations across Cook, DuPage and Will Counties through the first distribution from its Community Investment Fund.

In January 2022, Edward-Elmhurst Health and NorthShore University HealthSystem each committed $100 million to their respective communities.

In February, NorthShore distributed $2.6 million to seven organizations in Cook and Lake Counties.

“This is the power of community,” said Mary Lou Mastro, CEO, South Region, NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health. “What you’re seeing is organizations coming together, partnering to invest and ensure that improved health for our residents is not just a hope or a dream, but reality. We’re excited because these will be long-term, enduring relationships and efforts to fulfill our mission of advancing the health of our communities.”

Community organizations were selected based on their alignment with Edward-Elmhurst’s objectives for the Fund. Partner organizations include:

Access, Navigation, Literacy and Equity

•   DuPage Health Coalition: Medical debt relief and financial literacy, $250,000

•   Greater Family Health: New Health Center in Franklin Park, $400,000

•   Naperville Education Foundation: Project RISE – Nutrition, housing, physical/mental health support, $250,000

•   Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project: Health Justice Program, $250,000

Food Insecurity

•   Friends of Lisle: Expanded food storage and distribution, $250,000

•   Loaves and Fishes: Mobile food delivery program, $325,500


•   Bridge Communities: Transitional housing for families facing homelessness, $292,500

•   DuPagePADS: Emergency housing and stabilization services, $250,000

Job Creation and Career Development

•   KidsMatter: Workforce training and Mental Health First Aid for high school students, $250,000

•   VNA Health Care: Nursing Workforce Pathway Program, $93,000

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

•   Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley: Mental health of children with disabilities and their families, $250,000

•   Indian Prairie School District 204: CARES – Mental health, wellness, health equity resources, $500,000

•   Outreach Community Ministries: Access to affordable mental health services, $333,200

•   Stepping Stones: Recovery Home for women with children, $300,000

For more information, visit eehealth.org/about-us/community-investment-fund.


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