Kenilworth Union Church supports youth and young adult development through the following award programs. For more information on donating to the these funds, please contact

KUC Cares—a “Care Guild” for Youth

KUC Cares is a group of teens and adults who reach out with extra support to the youth of the church and community. If a young person you know is facing difficulties like illness or hospitalization, family crisis, mental distress, relationship problems or any other kind of situation that could use some extra support, please fill out this form.

Crisis/Help Phone Numbers

Click here for a print friendly pdf of our tested and approved crisis numbers.

Wilson King IMPACT Fund

The Wilson D. King IMPACT fund was established upon the death of Wilson Duval King on April 12, 2013. The fund is to serve the needs of the IMPACT program, including related youth and family programming at Kenilworth Union Church that encourages and emphasis on leadership through service, character development, and an awareness of the importance of compassion for others in our own community, in surrounding communities and across the globe.

Wilson’s passion for life and compassion for others as well as his resourcefulness and energy made him a natural leader.  The characteristics Wilson exhibited while in the program and among his peers in everyday life should be the basis for the leadership award. Other characteristics may be cited as well: compassion for all people, generous and grateful heart, strong work ethic with an ability to make the toughest job fun, positive attitude even in uncomfortable situations, enthusiasm for all of life’s experiences, ingenuity in facing challenges and solving problems, and team work.

The leaders will be selected by the IMPACT Program staff and Mission Trip Leaders and the IMPACT Program advisory and planning board. Award recipients will be recognized at the conclusion of each mission trip on the final night, as well as on the following Youth Sunday as part of the youth leadership and service awards.  Their names will be inscribed on a plaque in the church.

Alison Tobey Smart Fund

The Alison Tobey Smart Memorial Fund was established by Jackson and Sue Smart after their daughter, Alison, tragically took her life at the age of 17.  The Memorial Fund seeks to promote the spiritual, educational, and emotional well-being of adolescents and their families. This year the following agencies are supported.

Over the last 30 years, the fund’s focus has expanded from depression and self-destructive behavior to incorporate issues such as self-worth, decision making, problem solving, service and communication.  We co-sponsor important Family Action Network programs in our local New Trier Township community and support many Kenilworth Union Church youth activities from the Youth Choir retreat to the IMPACT mission trips.

In the highly-charged academic and social environment of the North Shore, the ATS Memorial Fund supports and celebrates the blessings of imperfection.

The Alison Tobey Smart Committee is recognizing the outstanding work of young adults at Kenilworth Union who have generously given their time and energy to make a difference in the lives of Church youth. The recipients are young, adult members of Kenilworth Union Church who have been advisers for the Kenilworth Union youth groups and have helped as chaperons on retreats and service trips. We truly appreciate all that they do for the young people of this community.

Lisa Louise Mowry Fund

The Lisa Louise Mowry Fund is used to promote a better understanding of mental illness, especially bipolar/manic depressive illness through Erika’s Lighthouse, “A Beacon Of Hope For Adolescent Depression.”

The Kenilworth Union Church Centennial Scholars Fund was founded in 1992 to support the education and vocation of Master of Divinity students whose call to ministry is in urban areas.

Under the supervision of the Centennial Scholars Committee, recipients receive a scholarship to support their work for a total of four years beginning in their second year of schooling. The type of work ranges from serving those that endure challenges in economic, educational, housing and meals, personal and family safety, and health care. Scholars are expected to conduct their work in the metro Chicago area while in school in churches or other organizations who serve urban populations. Upon graduation, scholars will continue to receive funds when they pursue full-time work in agencies, missions or faith communities who serve urban populations as described above. Each quarter the scholars are required to submit a review of their progress, experiences, and short-term plans.

Prospective scholars are identified through relationships between Kenilworth Union and the following metro-Chicago seminaries and divinity school:  Chicago Theological Seminary, Garret Evangelical Theological Seminary, McCormick Seminary, North Park Seminary, Northern Baptist Seminary and The University of Chicago.