Agencies to gather for Community Information Exchange

Imagine speed dating, but for social service organizations. It’s an idea that Nancy McDonald, Information Specialist at the Rita and John Canning Women’s Program at Harper College, came up with after spending countless hours meeting separately with dozens of area providers.

McDonald decided time could be better spent bringing everyone together through a Community Information Exchange, now in its fourth year. The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Wojcik Conference Center on the College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Community organizations such as libraries, WINGS, Catholic Charities, Journeys: The Road Home and townships will come together and give brief presentations about their organizations. That way, everyone will know exactly which providers offer which services. Last year, nearly 60 people representing 40 community agencies attended.

“It’s important that all these organizations know about each other so that everyone can work collaboratively and best help those who need it most,” McDonald said. “An exchange like this is more effective than me running around to individual agencies. It’s really like speed dating because you get to know a large number of people.”

Harper’s Women’s Program provides educational support, resources and the opportunity for a fresh start to single parents, displaced homemakers and others – many of whom are survivors of domestic violence.

For more information about the event, call 847.925.6558 or email

Press contact: Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159

Last Updated: 11/3/21