Contact Information

Adrienne McCauley, Organizer, IAF

(512) 560-8838
frvbbo@yahoo.com

 

Fox River Valley Initiative

Believes that people working together have the power to change our communities and our country for the better.

The Fox River Valley Initiative (FRVI) is a growing broad-based group of non-partisan, everyday citizens dedicated to resolving pressing social problems facing our communities in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin.

 

Funders

Episcopal Charities & Community Service

Episcopal Dioceses of Chicago

Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ Mission Support Grant

Paisley Foundation

Presbyterian Church USA Hunger Fund

Illinois Education Association

      

Current Member Organizations

Association for Individual Development

Bethlehem Lutheran, St. Charles

Christ the Lord Lutheran, Elgin

Congregational Church of Batavia

Ecker Center for Mental Health, Elgin

Hesed House, Aurora

Illinois Education Association

Kane County Community Action

Lazarus House, St. Charles

Mercy Housing, Aurora & Elgin

NAMI Kane DeKalb Kendall

Northern IL Conference of the United Methodist Church

St. Charles Episcopal, St. Charles

United Methodist Church of Geneva

Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva


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How we make decisions…

The organizing cycle is a process we constantly move through in an effort to identify and develop new leadership, to continually seek out the most pressing issues, and to move into action on the important issue in our community.


Current key issue strategies include:  

  • Access to mental health care & support  
  • Expansion of law enforcement crisis intervention training, county mental health court, and case management post incarceration re-entry services for persons with mental illness
  • Affordable & Supportive Housing
  • Several sites are being reviewed as possible locations for affordable housing
  • Education
  • Expansion & creation of early intervention behavior health programs

How do I participate?

Individuals participate through organizations to which they belong. Current member organizations include: congregations, non-profits, and professional associations. Also eligible for membership are business associations, parent-teacher and student organizations, labor unions, health care and educational institutions and other civic community organizations.

Member organizations provide the leaders that create and shape our issue campaigns. Each member organization has an organizing team of people that are invested in the FRVI’s vision. Organizing teams are encouraged to participate in FRVI activities in a variety of ways, depending on their interests, talents and passions. Member organizations can call on the FRVI staff to help them develop strategies to address issues and help build organizing teams.


Member institutions pay annual dues to the FRVI based on a scale used by other IAF organizations. We believe that power is demonstrated two ways: organized people and organized money. A strong dues base creates ownership among participating organizations and leaders, access to organizer time, professional leadership training, strategy development, and access to a national network of broad- based organizations thru the IAF.



Recent Press

Elgin Teachers Association and FRVI discuss Toxic Stress and the impact on learning and long-term health following the viewing of Paper Tigers, a documentary about Adverse Childhood Experiences

http://dailyherald.com/article/20151125/news/151129167/

RVI hosted a leaders assembly on October 20, 2015 with 200 people to work with the Kane County Sheriff and State's Attorney on diverting persons with mental illness away from incarceration.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-kane-jail-mental-health-st-1022-20151021-story.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-group-voice-mentally-ill-st-1026-20151024-story.html

http://www.kcchronicle.com/2015/10/21/group-seeks-programs-to-keep-the-mentally-ill-out-of-jail/aaccdzg/