Join the Fight to Shift the Odds

The impact of lacking a high-quality education can start early. Kids who are not strong readers by third grade are less likely to graduate from high school. The consequences stack up from there. High school dropouts are more likely to be arrested, struggle to find employment and face health challenges. 

But we can shift those odds.

We – the team at United Way of Central Illinois, our partners and supporters like you – immerse ourselves in tough problems like these and we fight. We fight for every child, teen and adult to have the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to succeed in school, work and life.

Why We Fight

We fight so tomorrow’s leaders can build a better foundation today. Education is not just about books for preschoolers or STEM classes for middle schoolers. It’s not only about earning a high school degree or getting training for a better job. Our fight for the education of every person is about an approach to learning and building skills that spans from cradle to career. Every step of the way we’re ensuring every child gets a strong start in life, teenagers have the tools to learn and grow, and young adults thrive in the job market.

We fight because of people like Kacey and Marquell. We fight because every person in our community deserves to thrive. 

Why do you fight? Tell us on Twitter using the hashtags #UWCIL and #LiveUnited.

How We Fight

We focus on lasting solutions that go beyond short-term charity. These are solutions that start now and continue for generations. 

That means bringing together employers, workforce development experts, labor, youth development agencies and other nonprofits—along with community colleges, K-12 educators, higher education leaders and more—to help every young person create a successful pathway from school to career.

What does that look like? We support programs and services that help children learn, achieve and succeed while engaging families and communities.

Our priorities include:

  • Kindergarten Readiness
    • Ensures that every child is ready to succeed by the time they enter kindergarten.
  • On-Time Achievement
    • Provide learning opportunities and support for kids to reach academic milestones on time and successfully transition to middle school
  • Graduating with a Plan
    • Help to give students the opportunity to transition to high school and develop the skills needed to graduate on time with a plan for success after high school.

Who We Fight For

A high-quality education is important for everyone. Toddlers, teenagers, working adults and retirees. Our support of local programs are reaching everyone who needs help, including:

But change doesn’t happen alone. Help improve the lives of people in our community by supporting United Way of Central Illinois.

Our 2020 Community Impact