United Way works for a healthier community

Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Way is working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.

Almost 50% of adults in Champaign County report that they experience multiple days a month when their mental health is not good. More than 7 million Illinois adults are coping with a diagnosable mental illness. Healthcare providers voiced concern that the capacity of available mental health services is simply not adequate. A local particular cause for alarm is the lack of mental health services for children. 

Our Strategy

United Way is actively working to increase the number of services available to the uninsured, underinsured and Medicare/Medicaid patients. We facilitated the fundraising for and connected community partners around the Frances Nelson Dental Clinic, which sees patients who may not otherwise be able to afford dental care. This clinic helps keep hundreds of people out of the emergency room each year. As we move forward, United Way is holding community conversations and bringing hospitals, providers, local government, and key community leaders together around the issue of access to mental health care. We want to make sure that everyone in our community has quick access to mental health care when they need it.

Building Block Goal

People have the resources, knowledge and support necessary to meet their physical and behavioral health needs

  1. People have improved physical and behavioral health.

How United Way is Helping

United Way has named mental health one of our top Health priorities for the next several years. We have also provided Community Impact Fund grants totaling $472,650 to 18 heath-focused programs in FY16.

Community Impact Fund - Health Grants FY16

Center For Youth & Family Solutions

Family Counseling

Community Elements

Runaway Homeless Youth

Crisis Nursery

Safe Children and Strong Families

Developmental Services Center

Apartment Services

Developmental Services Center

Employment Services

Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club

Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club

Family Service of Champaign County


Family Service of Champaign County

Meals on Wheels-Champaign

Family Service of Champaign County

Senior Transportation

Peacemeal Program

Home Delivered Meals

Promise Healthcare

Head Start Dental Clinic

Promise Healthcare

Medical Service Adults

Promise Healthcare

Medical Services Children

Promise Healthcare

Promise Healthcare Dental Center

Prosperity Gardens

Prosperity Gardens Program

RACES-Rape Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services

Rape Crisis Hotline

RACES-Rape Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services

Sexual Violence Counseling

Stephens Family YMCA