Gifford Area Relief Fund

 United Way is accepting donations for Gifford Area Disaster Relief.


On November 17, 2013 tornadoes caused destruction across Central Illinois. United Way is dedicated to helping our communites rebuild and recover from this disaster. Over 200 homes were damaged in Gifford, Illinois - a strong, resilient community. In times of disaster, this is when we all can truly LIVE UNITED. Donations of money are most useful at this time, because each individual family's needs will be different. All funds distributed will be monitored by United Way to ensure that help is getting to the right people who need it most.


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CHAMPAIGN, IL (11/18/2013) – The United Way of Champaign County is assisting with disaster recovery efforts in Gifford, IL and the surrounding area. On November 17, 2013 the Gifford area was impacted by a major storm that produced a tornado. United Way will be focusing their immediate disaster relief efforts in three main areas: water, funds and volunteers.
Donations of bottled water will be accepted from 2:00PM – 6:00PM Today (November 18, 2013) at WDWS-WHMS-WKIO Radio Station, 2301 S Neil, Champaign IL
Donations of bottled water will also be accepted at United Way of Champaign County – 404 W Church St, Champaign:  8:30am-5:00pm M-F
United Way, in partnership with This is It Furniture and local businesses, will transport the water to Gifford.
United Way has created the Gifford Area Relief Fund. 100% of donations will be used to support local nonprofits providing disaster relief in the Champaign County area, including but not limited to the American Red Cross, the Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County, and the Salvation Army. The funds will be used both immediately and in the coming weeks and months to help the community rebuild and recover.
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, United Way will be at WCIA 3 News from 6AM-6:30PM to accept cash and check donations for their Gifford Area Relief Fund. Donations will also be accepted online beginning immediately at - please note Gifford in the notes box.
Potential volunteers can call United Way at 217-352-5151 and United Way will keep a list for the American Red Cross. Please note that due to the developing nature of the situation, not all volunteers may be called immediately to assist. United Way is grateful to all who wish to volunteer.
United Way will endeavor to post all relevant  information about other group’s relief efforts on it’s Facebook page,
About United Way of Champaign County
Founded in 1924, United Way of Champaign County’s mission is to bring people and resources together to create positive change and lasting impact in our community. UWCC focuses on funding programs and initiatives that improve the Building Blocks for a Good Life: Community Basics, Education, Health & Well-Being, and Financial Stability. In 2012, an estimated 73,000 people in Champaign County received services from United Way funded programs – one in three people in the community. For more information, visit