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The Salvation Army offers after-school programs and enrichment activities
to help families in our community.

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To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with city and state guidelines, most programs at The Salvation Army Crystal Lake Corps Community Center are closed until further notice. Modified programs and services may still be available. Our temporary food pantry operates Mondays through Fridays from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m through Labor Day. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at 815-455-2769.  

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By the end of the 4th grade, African-American, Latino and low-income students are already two years behind grade level.

By the time they reach the 12th grade, the same kids are four years behind.

"The goal-setting class really showed me how to create a plan to succeed and reach my dream."

The Salvation Army's programs help motivate, encourage and empower youth to be the best they can be and to seek out ways to reach their goals.

The Salvation Army empowers youth in our community through: 

Back-to-School Assistance
The Salvation Army provides basic school supplies for children whose parents cannot afford the items necessary to succeed in school. Qualifying families will live in McHenry County and make no more than $48,500 for a family of four. The Salvation Army is accepting donations of new school supplies to distribute to families in need. For more information on how to apply or to make a donation, call 815.455.2769.

After-School Programs
The Salvation Army provides after-school programming to give youth in Kindergarten through eighth grade a safe place to complete homework, learn new skills and relax with their friends. The program offers tutoring, mentoring and life-skills programming, snacks, exercise and work in a computer lab. The program runs mid-August through late May, 2 - 5 p.m., and is $20 for the school year. For more information, call 815.455.2769, ext. 21.

Character-Building & Mentoring Programs
Weekly scout-style and mentoring programs are designed to support youth and teens as they navigate their world and grow into adulthood. Topics addressed can include bullying, peer pressure, making a positive impact on the community, family life, and more.

Music, Visual and Dramatic Education
The Salvation Army is the largest music educator in the world, with offerings in brass, vocal, guitar, drums and more. It is important to provide additional creative outlets for youth, teens and adults to share their experiences, hopes, dreams and fears.

Recreational, Sports & Fitness Programs
Sports, recreation and fitness programs help kids learn the value of health, physical activity and teamwork.

Wonderland Camp provides week-long summer camp options for youth, teens and seniors with a different theme each week. We also host day camps during school breaks and the summer.


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