United Way of Central Illinois advances the common good. Our focus is on protecting services vital to the immediate basic needs of the most vulnerable members of our community; while making long term investments in education, financial stability and health, because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life.
We bring together people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. We invite you to be a part of the change.
Whether providing programmatic funding, mobilizing in-kind donations and volunteers, or providing a platform for nonprofits to work more effectively through collaboration, United Way is always working for the betterment of our community.
CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY
United Way strengthens our community and creates opportunity for every citizen by developing partnerships to address our greatest challenges. United Way works with local programs to provide resources to individuals and families in crisis today, while working year-round to improve community conditions and create lasting solutions. We are effectively building a strong foundation for our community’s future health and well being.
A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH
The needs of our community are interrelated and helping families become financially stable requires a comprehensive results-oriented approach.
HOW DO YOU CONNECT PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED?
Every year thousands of people living in our community turn to 2-1-1 for information and support—whether financial, domestic, health or disaster-related. 2-1-1 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline that connects people from all communities and of all ages to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
SUPPORTING A SAFETY NET OF FOOD AND SHELTER
United Way supports emergency services vital to the basic needs (food and shelter) of the most vulnerable members of our community. These services, which include services victims of violence and distaster, stabilize families so that they may begin building a good quality of life.
THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE.
Education, financial stability and health are the building blocks for a good life. Education is essential to getting and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits. An income adequate to pay for today’s necessities and save for the future provides families some sense of financial stability. Access to quality health care keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work. Remove any one of these building blocks and the other two topple.
Helping children learn, achieve and succeed while engaging families and caregivers.
- Children enter Kindergarten prepared with the skills needed to succeed
- Children reach academic milestones on time and successfully transition to middle school
- Children transition to high school and develop the skills needed to graduate on time with a plan for success after high school
Providing individuals and families the education, skills and supports needed to lead financially stable lives.
- Adults are equipped to support themselves and/or their families in a financially stable environment
- Seniors are supported to lead independent lives
- Unfunded Priority: Children are equipped with the skills needed to make financially smart decisions throughout their life
Activating and inspiring our community to get healthy and stay healthy.
- Individuals are supported, connected, and engaged to lead healthy lives
- Individuals will have access to needed mental health services
- Unfunded Priority: United Way will advocate on behalf of health issues aligned with selected priorities/strategies
UNITED WAY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Community Fund – United Way’s Community Fund is supported by they United Way Annual Campaign and is the primary way United Way invests in local programs aligned with community priorities and strategies in the issue areas of basic needs, education, financial stability and health.
Venture Fund – United Way’s Venture Fund provides one-time funding for health and human service projects created to enhance the quality of life in Sangamon and Menard Counties. Eligible projects must be aligned with one or more of United Way’s issue areas of basic needs, education, financial stability, or health.
Emergency Fund – United Way of Central Illinois’ Emergency Fund provides additional funding to local nonprofit agencies during times of crisis. The fund was established to provide a safety net to community agencies to protect daily operations and vital services.
Emergency Food & Shelter Program – The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter. United Way of Central Illinois serves as the convener of the local EFSP board.
UNITED WAY SPONSORED PROGRAMS
Familywize Free Prescription Drug Card – United Way partners with Familywize to provide a free prescription drug discount card to the community. Individuals can save up to 30% on their prescriptions, and since launching the program more than 8,000 residents in our region have signed up for the card.
MyFreeTaxes.com – The MyFreeTaxes Partnership provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals. It’s easy, safe, secure and 100 percent free.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library brings new, free age-appropriate books to preschool-age children in Sangamon County.
Whether you have a few extra hours to spare on a single day, or are looking for long-term volunteer opportunities, United Way can help you find the right match. Visit Get Connected, presented by U.S. Bank, to find local volunteer opportunities or call 217-726-7000 to organize a group volunteer opportunity.