MAX - Macon County Assistance eXchange

What is MAX?

MAX is a joint effort of area religious organizations to give monetary support to persons in the community who have emergency financial needs. MAX provides a systematic way to verify needs and provides a central location for persons seeking assistance. MAX also works with AmerenIP to distribute the funding through the "Warm Neighbors, Cool Friends Program," which assists persons with payment of their winter power bills. Thousands of families in Macon County have been helped through this program since 1996.

How does MAX work?

Volunteers assist applicants with needed information on the applications. A screening committee of dedicated volunteers reviews the applications and makes appropriate decisions and grants requests up to $300. The MAX Coordinator will let those who cannot be helped know via a letter. Checks to vendors or landlords will be issued when a request is approved. The Coordinator also works with other service providers, making referrals and sharing other agency services with applicants.

A few guidelines to remember:

  • MAX can only grant up to $300 per application.
  • A person can be helped more than once. However, 365 days must pass before he or she may be granted assistance again.
  • This program relies on donations from religious organizations and individuals. When funds are depleted, no applications can be filled until money is available again.

MAX Locations and Hours

Decatur First United Methodist Church, 201 W. North, Decatur
Monday - Thursday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Dove Clinton Office, 803 W. Leander, Clinton
Tuesday Mornings, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Warm Neighbors Cool Friends

Homeward Bound Offices, 788 E. Clay, Decatur
2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The Good Samaritan Inn, 920 N. Union Street, Decatur
2nd and 4th Fridays of each month, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Prairie Avenue Christian Church, 2201 E. Prairie, Decatur
Wednesday Mornings, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

How can you help?

Donations to the program are always needed and welcomed. Please send your donation to:

MAX Program
Dove, Inc. 
302 S. Union, Decatur, IL 62522

Volunteers are also needed to assist the Coordinator. Duties include greeting applicants, assisting applicants with application process and general office need such as filing, copying, data entry, etc.

If you would like more information about MAX or would like a speaker about the program, please contact the MAX office at 423-7349 or by e-mail at

DAX - DeWitt County Assistance eXchange

803 W. Leander 
Clinton, IL 61727 

Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What is DAX?

DAX provides emergency financial assistance in DeWitt County and is funded through the DeWitt County United Way and individual gifts.