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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 Service Center of NCC
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