Today, August 9th, we celebrate National Book Lover’s Day! This day is all about sitting down with a well-loved classic or choosing something new from your bookshelf and taking the time to immerse yourself in a story.

Remember, don’t just celebrate National Book Lover’s Day by yourself! Use this day to create new book lovers by reading with your children, grandchildren, and other kids in your life!

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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Have you bought all your red, white, and blue gear? Have you practiced your U-S-A cheer? Have you planned out your viewing schedule, making sure you know when all your favorite sports will be on TV?

Here at United Way we are getting pretty excited for the 2016 Olympic Games, but we want to do more than just cheer on Team USA—we want to be part of the games! Get off the couch and away from the TV while still enjoying the spirit of the games by...

Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016

August: summer starts to wind down, school supplies are purchased, classrooms are assigned, kids and parents alike get excited for kindergarten to begin. What is one thing families often forget to do before the school year starts? Eye exams!!

That’s why we are celebrating National Eye Exam Month here at United Way! Getting ready for kindergarten does not just mean that your child can write their name, count to 100, or has the coolest, biggest...

Posted: Monday, August 01, 2016

The first five years of a child’s life encompass nearly 90% of brain development! Starting early in these important and exciting years, parents have the power to set their kids up for success in their short and long term futures. During this time, parents can promote language and literacy by reading together every day and providing...

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The East Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council (ECIBCTC) hosted its 9th annual golf outing on Friday, June 3rd.

The golf outing raised $7000, which will all be donated by ECIBCTC to the United Way’s Getting Ready for...

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2016

June’s theme is FANTASY! These books have inspired the imaginations of readers and introduced them to magic, strange creatures and coincidences, and far-off places. In some cases, like Matilda or Harold, magic can sneak into an ordinary life. Some characters spend their lives in a fantasy world. Either way, these tales explore the everyday in an extraordinary way. That’s why fantasy is such a fun—and enormous—genre to get into!


Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016