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 United Way works to create strong community connections

The overall poverty rate has jumped dramatically since 2004 and this upward trend has continued. Requests for assistance from health and human service agencies have grown significantly. Dwindling state and federal funding has placed a strain on the non-profits that provide assistance. Childhood poverty rates rose 12% from 1999 to 2009. 8.8% of Champaign County residents live in extreme poverty. This places Champaign County third in the state behind only Pulaski and Alexander Counties in southern Illinois. Based on the cost of living in most communities a family must earn at least 2.5 times the Federal Poverty level to be considered financially stable.

A strong county is built on a strong network of human service providers and volunteers. We work to build ties among not only our funded agenices, but all agencies within the community. A strong volunteerism attitude in the community creates strong neighborhoods and strong towns. Helping families out of poverty will strengthen our community, improving the lives of all.

How United Way is Helping

Monthy meetings between directors of non-profit organizations are held at the United Way offices. 2-1-1 Information & Referal launched in early 2014, increasing community awareness of available services and connecting thousands of people with help. United Way partnered with the University of Illinois to launch, where individuals can browse and sign up for volunteer opportunities. We provide $464,970 in funding for 13 programs, plus the 2-1-1 Information & Referral hotline. 


American Red Cross Disaster Services
Champaign County CASA Guardian Ad Litem
Community Elements Times Center
Community Service Center of NCC Resource Connections
Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Support Services Program
Eastern Illinois Foodbank BackPack Buddies-EIF Program
Eastern Illinois Foodbank Food Fund
Family Advocacy Center Family Advocacy Program
Family Service of Champaign County Retired Senior Volunteer Program
Family Service of Champaign County Senior Counseling and Advocacy
Greater Community AIDS Project Harvest to Home
Prairie Center New Beginnings Parent Program
The Salvation Army Emergency Social Services