Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2013

 Each year United Way of Champaign County hosts a Poverty Simulation for the members of our Emerging Community Leaders (ECL) class. Comprised of young professionals, this group has joined ECL seeking to learn about the local community and to volunteer their time.

The simulation is designed to demonstrate one month in the life of a person living in poverty. It's reinforced to all in the room that this is no game: Poverty is REAL. Participants are...

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013

 What makes a place a home? In preparation for our Annual Meeting, we went on an adventure around Champaign County, visiting every town, village and everything in between. We talked to people at post offices, restaurants and gas stations. We found that here, home means a place you feel safe, happy and loved. Home means a community that cares for the well-being of everyone, from a new immigrant to the lifelong "townie", the young and the old, sick and...

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013

There are homeless families in Champaign County.

This is a difficult issue for all of us to face. The homeless can be an unseen population, as not all who are homeless are sleeping on the street. Many homeless families couch surf, moving to and from the homes of friends and family. Some may sleep in cars. Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education estimates that there are over 300 homeless school-age children in our community...

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013

Last year over 99,000 people nationwide answered the call to help their neighbors prepare taxes. The IRS programs VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) are community-based programs that provide free tax preparation for qualifying individuals and families. Volunteers are...

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Teams of 6-8 Emerging Community Leaders (ECL) class members have collaborated on group projects in the areas of Education, Housing & Homelessness, and Access to Healthcare. These events are the culmination of some of these ECL projects. They have volunteered many hours to make these projects successful and we are so proud of their work! Learn more about ECL.

Posted: Friday, November 02, 2012