Adrienne McCauley, Organizer, IAF
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.
Episcopal Charities & Community Service
Episcopal Dioceses of Chicago
Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ Mission Support Grant
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
- 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.
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
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.