Fourteen Champaign County farmers gathered in a north Champaign farm field on a windy, chilly November afternoon to change the lives of thousands of their neighbors.

33,340 people in Champaign County are food insecure - that's 16.3% of the population. Through Farmers Feeding Families, United Way focuses on reducing hunger and its associated health issues.

For the past...

Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017

Did you know that 90 percent of our brains are “hard-wired” by age 5?

Early learning is a critical part of...

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

United we fight for all kids in our community to reach their full potential.

Kate noticed her son Teddy wasn’t speaking like he should be around his second birthday. With support from her pediatrician she called Developmental Services Center, a United Way partner, and Teddy was enrolled in speech services.

After his third birthday, Teddy was able to enroll in his school district’s Special Education Program. “I just felt...

Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017

United we fight for a stable future for everyone in our community.


It is a reality that many members of our community struggle to find or maintain affordable housing for themselves and their families. In Champaign County, a person would have to work 73 hours a week at minimum wage...

Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017

United we fight for everyone in our community to have access to quality, affordable physical and mental healthcare.


As the Illinois state government has grappled with the state budget, our community has dealt with limited and unstable access to mental health services. This...

Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The months of July and August in Champaign County are filled with sweet corn, the county fair, family reunions … and often, oppressive heat and humidity.

During a heat wave, those at highest risk are senior citizens, the very young, physically impaired, and people who are on certain medications that impair the body’s ability to regulate temperature. Heat stroke is serious and can be life-threatening.

Here’s some tips to help beat the heat...

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017