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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. We are currently on track to implement 2-1-1 information and referral services countywide in 2013, increasing community awareness of available services and connecting thousands of people with help. United Way partnered with the University of Illinois to launch CUVolunteer.org, where individuals can browse and sign up for volunteer opportunities. We provide $286,599 in funding for 14 programs administered by the following agencies:

American Red Cross-Central Illinois Chapter

Center For Women In Transition

Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocates

Community Elements

Community Service Center of NCC

Crisis Nursery

C-U Schools Foundation/Regional Office of Education

Eastern Illinois Foodbank

Family Service of Champaign Co

Greater Community AIDS Project

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance

Prairie Center Health Systems