By Chris Dettro
With fewer dollars available and more requests for funding than ever before, the United Way of Central Illinois is issuing more than $1.63 million from its Community Fund to 38 local health and human service programs.
“This year was especially challenging for Community Fund volunteers,” said John Kelker, president of United Way of Central Illinois. “Our Lifelong Learning Initiative experienced a 30 percent increase in both the number of applications and dollar amount of funding requests, while having fewer dollars available.”
Total program funding requests totaled more than $2.8 million, including $1.3 million in requests from Lifelong Learning Initiative programs.
Funding decisions were made by 53 volunteers who spent a combined 650 hours during the…