SJR: United Way provides $1.7 million to social service organizations

State Journal-Register coverage of United Way’s community fund allocation announcement

United Way of Central Illinois has awarded more than $1.7 million from its 2012 campaign to 39 local health and human service programs.

Four programs were funded for the first time this year, including two new to Springfield.

“We are extremely pleased to provide funding to four programs for the first time, two of which are pilot programs and new to our community,” said John Kelker, United Way president.

Among the initiatives receiving first-time funding are programs providing emergency shelter to single women and mothers with children, oral health services for at-risk populations and suicide-prevention services.

“The diversity of these newly funded programs demonstrates the ability of our volunteer committees to identify changing needs within our community,” Kelker said.

The United Way, the largest private funder of such programs in Sangamon County, distributed about the same amount to 38 programs last year. The 2012 United Way campaign raised about $2.8 million.