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Kindergarten readiness and early childhood education continue to be important focuses of United Way. United Way of Champaign County has implemented a program where doctors and health care professionals prescribe books to children under age five when they visit a healthcare facility doctor’s office for checkups. This prescription program promotes early literacy as well as school readiness. Carle Hospital, Frances Nelson Health Center, Frances Nelson Dental Clinic and CU Public Health are all invested in and offering Prescription to Read.


A 2011-2012 study by the National Survey of Children’s Health states that "only 60% of children from families with incomes 400% above the poverty level and 34% of children from families below 100% of the poverty level are read to daily." The first five years of life are critical to learning. Research shows that the more words children hear directed at them by parents, the more they learn. If children miss the opportunity to acquire foundational language skills, they face the potential to struggle with literacy as soon as they arrive in school. With the help of Prescription to Read, doctors can help children overcome reading challenges by providing their parents and/or caregivers with tools for literary success. During a visit a health care professional will prescribe a family a new or gently used children’s book as well as discuss the importance of early literacy that will, in turn, help improve their children's language skills, interest in reading, and create a nurturing relationship between adult and child. 

2014 Book Drive

The American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new policy recommending that pediatric providers advise parents of young children of the tangible benefits of reading aloud and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books. Throughout the month of September and October, the United Way’s Emerging Community Leaders program will be holding a book drive to ensure that participating medical facilities will have the necessary books to prescribe. The American Academy of Pediatrics also states that “making books part of preventive visits allows pediatric providers to observe fine motor skills, language, literacy and parent-child interaction. Incorporating books into a visit also enables health care professionals to model book interaction with patients." As the program continues to grow, through efforts like the book drive, medical professionals will have the resources available to share books and informational materials with children and their families. The Emerging Community Leaders group is currently accepting monetary donations to purchase new books as well as collecting new and gently used books from the community.


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The first time you see a child come to school with socks on his or her hands instead of gloves, you know it’s time to get involved. Community-Kid-Link, an outreach program through the Champaign Unit 4 School Family Information Center, is a community/school partnership to help meet the needs of children in our schools. The “Warm-a-Kid” Drive is a major Community-Kid-Link initiative.

During the months of October and November, the ECL team will be collecting new and clean used coats, boots, hats, and gloves. Additionally, they are able to accept monetary donations towards the purchase of coats, boots, hats and gloves. Donated and purchased items will be distributed to students who have been identified by schools prior to their winter break.

It is such a joy to see the expressions on the children’s faces when we deliver coats and they realize that there is a genuine concern for them. It is priceless.

Throughout the year items will be distributed to children when it is necessary. There is an on-site clothing bank, which is another avenue for families who are in need throughout the year.


Drop off new or gently used clean coats

Champaign Unit 4 School District
Family Information Center
405 E. Clark Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 351-3701

Click here to donate to Warm a Kid. Please write Warm a Kid in the comments box.



2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, non-emergency telephone number that connects people with essential community information and services. 2-1-1 saves time and frustration through specialists who match callers to the right agency based on each caller's need.

The 24-hour, 365 days a year line makes it easy for the public to navigate the maze of human service providers and help lines. All calls are free, anonymous and confidential.

Callers can get live assistance with needs such as:

  • Food and shelter
  • Counseling and mental health services
  • Income and employment support
  • Help for the elderly and people with disabilities
  • Resources for children and families

How does it work? Simply dial 2-1-1 from any telephone in Champaign County. Cell phones with anyarea code will reach the Champaign County 2-1-1 service when calling from a location within Champaign County. 

2-1-1 Information for Champaign County Service Providers:

2-1-1 Brochure

Services Provided by 2-1-1

New Service Provider Form - Fill out to be included in the 2-1-1 Database

Inclusion & Exlusion Statement




  The United Way Board of Directors cordially invites you to the

United Way of Champaign County
91st Annual Meeting & Celebration

Friday, February 27, 2014 • Noon to 1 p.m.
Registration opens at 11:30 a.m.

 Luncheon begins promptly at Noon


I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 South First Street • Champaign
$30 per person

Please RSVP no later than February 13, 2015 as seating may be limited

Click here to register for this event


We are pleased to partner with 37 local non-profit agencies that administer 67 fantastic programs that improve our community in the areas of Commuity Basics, Education, Health & Well-Being, and Financial Stability. Please keep in mind that a gift to the Community Impact Fund will benefit all 37 of these agencies!

This fund helps not only the cause everyone is aware of, but also the cause that is behind the scenes, yet no less important. The aim of the community impact fund is to improve our community as a whole. The programs who benefit from this fund have been thoroughly reviewed by a panel of over 100 volunteers. You can feel confident that a gift to the Community Impact Fund will make a great impact on our community.



Federated Partner Agencies

American Red Cross

Anabel Huling Early Learning Center

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central IL

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Peoria

Center for Women in Transition

Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

Center for Youth and Family Solutions

Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation

Church Women United Clothing Center

Community Elements (Including Roundhouse and the TIMES Center)

Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County

Crisis Nursery

Cunningham Children’s Home

Developmental Services Center

Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club

East Central IL Refugee Mutual Assistance Center

Eastern Illinois Foodbank

Family Service of Champaign County

Frances Nelson Health Center

Girl Scouts of Central IL

Greater Community AIDS Project of East Central IL

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance

Mahomet Area Youth Club

Prairie Center

Prairelands Council, Boy Scouts of America

Rape, Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services (RACES)

Reading Group

Salt and Light

Salvation Army


SOAR Youth Programs

Urbana Neighborhood Connections

University of IL YMCA

University of IL YWCA


Designation Guidelines:

A gift designated to a member agency will be paid separately from their United Way Community Impact Fund allocation. Designations do not affect an agency's Community Impact Fund allocation. A 6% fee for administration will be deducted on gifts designated to any 501c3. There are NO FEES for gifts made to the Community Impact Fund, Education, Community Basics, Health & Well - Being, Financial Stability and Safety Net funds. Funds will be forwarded to agencies based on compliance with the USA PATRIOT ACT.

Every year each United Way is required to adhere to a set of standards and requirements that have been dictated by United Way World Wide.  In order to be able to use the United Way name and logo, your United Way must successfully complete these membership standards.  Our United Way is in compliance with the rules and regulations of United Way World Wide.

Free FamilyWize Prescription Discount Cards are available. View Local FamilyWize success stories!

FamilyWize cards can reduce prescription drug costs up to 75%! Cards are available to anyone. It’s easy to use a FamilyWize Card. There are no forms to fill out, waiting period or registration. The card is really just like a reusable prescription coupon on all FDA approved medicines.  Anyone in your family, your work, your church or your neighborhood can use it. Immediately.  You can even use it if you have health insurance, both during deductible periods and for anything your insurance does not pay for.

Familywize Cards are especially helpful for:

  • Anyone who does not currently have health insurance
  • Anyone who does not have prescription coverage
  • Anyone who is purchasing a medication not covered by their insurance
  • People who are in the Medicare "doughnut hole"

Download your Card Today!

Find a Participating Pharmacy

Look up the Discount Price for your Medication Here

If you do not have a printer, text FAMILY to 700700 to recieve your card right on your cell phone.

FamilyWize is not insurance. FamilyWize provides discounts on prescription medications.


Nonprofits like United Way and various government agencies provide excellent programs to support people in need. The problem: The people who need these programs often don’t know they exist.


This is why United Way supports the Calling for 2-1-1 Act. The bill would create a national social service hotline, 2-1-1, to help people find organizations that can help them.


There are already 240 active 2-1-1 call centers in 46 states, but they lack the resources needed to build an adequate telecommunications infrastructure, provide appropriate staff levels and training, establish or maintain 24-hour-a-day service, ensure complete and accurate informational databases, and reach rural populations. The Calling for 2-1-1 Act would provide funding necessary to meet these needs.


While there is significant support for the bill, we need your help to ensure that legislators view passage of the bill as a priority and get it done.

Take quality time with family to a whole new level by volunteering together? Family volunteering can actually improve communication and bonds among family members as they get to know each other in a new way and discover hidden talents and common interests. Family volunteering also teaches positive values to children and can help create a new generation of dedicated volunteers and engaged citizens.


United Ways across the country offer opportunities to volunteer, especially this time of year.


Learn more about volunteering as a family. Having trouble convincing the kids? Arm yourself with the compelling reasons they’ll enjoy their time as a volunteer.