Dear Friend,

Options & Advocacy (O & A) for McHenry County is a non-profit organization serving McHenry County since 1994. Over the years, we have provided high quality services and supports to thousands of infants, children and adults with developmental needs and their families.

We employ over 30 full time staff, including a bilingual liaison, serving over 2,200 families each year. We operate three programs: Child and Family Connections (CFC) for children under the age of three who are experiencing delays in their development, Community Access Coordination (CAC) for individuals with a lifelong developmental disability, and the Autism Support Program (ASP) for individuals of any age with an autism spectrum diagnosis.

Matthew, 14, and Bryan, 12, are brothers who benefit from our programs. Both boys have a diagnosis of autism and Matthew also has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. The boys were first connected with Options & Advocacy through the ASP and shortly after were supported by CAC. The supports provided to the boys have helped them flourish. Thanks to the connections made through Options & Advocacy; Bryan went to the movies for the first time last year and both boys were able to enjoy a boat ride on Lake Geneva. In the past year, they’ve been able to enjoy more community outings and receive the educational support and advocacy that was needed. Please help us support Matthew, Bryan, their family and the 2,200 other infants, children and adults that O & A supports throughout the year.

Our annual fundraiser, Harvest Howl for Options & Advocacy, will be held on Saturday, October 27th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Crystal Lake. Live entertainment will be provided by Pirates Over 40. The event will feature a silent auction, raffles, cash bar, great food and a kid zone.

Please consider serving as a sponsor, donating a silent auction item, or buying tickets. Every dollar raised goes to support our quality services.To purchase tickets or learn more about this event view the Annual Harvest Howl page  or call 815-477-4720, ext. 250.



Cindy Sullivan

Executive Director