Paramount to the work at United Way is investing in our local health and human service programs. We do this by raising funds during our annual United Way campaign. When a donor makes a gift to the Community Fund, every dollar of that gift goes to support local program services. From this fund, we allocate millions of dollars each year to programs creating positive, long-lasting change in the lives of individuals and families. United Way is the largest private funder of health and human services in Sangamon County.
Funding decisions are made by knowledgeable volunteers from our community. They undergo training, participate in community conversations, review data, read program funding applications, score them, discuss them, interview program representatives and after well over 1,000 hours of work, make funding recommendations to United Way’s Community Impact Committee and Board of Directors for approval.
All funded programs are aligned with United Way’s priorities and strategies based upon our focus of:
- 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
View the list of United Way funded programs.
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
Programs interested in applying for community funds should begin by reviewing our current community priorities and funding information here.