United Way of Champaign County is pleased to announce a community investment package of $2.8 million. $1.8 million is being invested toward our newly adopted community goals along with over $1 million in donor directed funding. United Way's community goals are Community Basics, Education, Health & Well-Being, and Financial Stability.
United Way of Champaign County funds a network of 67 programs and initiatives provided by 37 local non-profit agencies. United Way is estimating that over 73,000 people -1 out of every 3 people in our community – will receive services from United Way community investments.
Over 50 United Way community volunteers helped approve and distribute funding among the partner organizations. Funding recommendations must pass through three volunteer review levels: Program Review Panels, Community Impact Committee and the UWCC Board of Directors.
Funding decisions are based on an analysis of how well the program matches United Way’s Community Goals, organization budget, financial accountability, service and management effectiveness, and ability to meet community needs.
“Thanks to the generosity of our community and the hard work of our volunteers we are able to provide funding for these programs,” said Bob Mulcahey; United Way Board Chair. “Our mission is to bring people and resources together to create positive change and lasting impact in our community. These investments and the programs funded fulfill that mission,” Mulcahey stated.
United Way of Champaign County also invests time and resources toward many community initiatives such as the addition of a community dental clinic at Frances Nelson Health Center, a workforce development program for youth, continued support for the Emerging Community Leaders program and partnering with ECI SCORE to provide consulting services to non-profit agencies.
Community impact efforts still in development include a county-wide kindergarten readiness initiative, development of a plan to establish emergency shelter for homeless families and the 2-1-1 informational and referral hotline for Champaign County.
“Using limited resources to address a wide range of human needs takes creativity, dedication and hard work,” said Lyn Jones; President/CEO United Way of Champaign County. “The donors, board members, volunteers and human service providers create a unique partnership that allows the needs of children, families and seniors right here in Champaign County to be met,” continued Jones.