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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!

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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Before the summer blockbusters start, May is all about BOOKS to MOVIES! Books have shared a long history with movies, from literary monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein’s creation turning into big-screen scares in the earliest days of film, to all the superhero movies coming out today, modeled after Marvel and DC Comics. Sometimes it...

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016

United Way’s 2nd Power of the Purse was held May 5, 2016 at Pear Tree Estate in Champaign. It was a great success! Our Louis Vuitton sponsor was Northwestern...

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016

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