Press Release: United Way Announces $6,450 in emergency funding to UCP Land of Lincoln

United Way Announces $6,450 in emergency funding to UCP Land of Lincoln

Earlier this week, United Way of Central Illinois approved $6,450 in emergency relief funding to United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln following the loss of a group home to fire on August 11, 2013. In the two weeks following the fire, United Way and UCP Land of Lincoln staff have worked together to assess the organizations emergency needs, mobilize in-kind gifts and assess organization losses. The $6,450 in emergency assistance was funded from United Way’s Emergency Relief Fund established to provide additional funding to local nonprofit agencies during times of crisis.

“Community agencies operate on extremely tight budgets; a tragedy such as this group home fire can threaten the vital daily services provided by organizations such as UCP,” said John Kelker, President of United Way of Central Illinois. “United Way’s Emergency Relief Fund was established to protect services in our community by providing emergency financial assistance to agencies in crisis.”

United Way emergency funding will be used to offset insurance deductibles, losses not covered through insurance, household goods and furnishings, and personal care items including clothing. United Way emergency funding follows additional donations and in-kind gifts made by community members, Barney’s Furniture and Sam’s Best Brands.

The United Way Emergency Fund provides a safety net to community agencies during times of financial crisis in order to protect daily operations and vital services. “During times of crisis, we believe agencies need to focus on the safety and well-being of their clients,” Kelker said. “By helping agencies assess needs, mobilizing the necessary community resources and providing financial assistance, United Way staff and volunteers hope to minimize the strain on those agencies.”

Current in-kind needs for UCP Land of Lincoln can be found at http://volunteer.springfieldunitedway.org .

United Way of Central Illinois currently funds 39 local programs through its community fund. In addition, United Way provides emergency relief, venture grant funding and mobilizes more than 1,000 volunteers each year to assist local organizations.

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For more information on United Way or to arrange interviews, please contact Jarid Brown, Director of Communications at 217-726-7000 or by email at jbrown@uwcil.org.