Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund

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Answer the call: support our neighbors struggling in the economic wake of the Coronavirus.

Like Central Illinoisans have always done in times of crisis, we can rise to the challenge, supporting the most vulnerable among us.

As events are canceled, sales plummet, and businesses shutter, Champaign County residents face sudden economic challenges. Workers are losing wages and tips. Kids are missing school and friends. Parents must choose between expensive daycare or skipping work.

For more than 95 years, United Way of Champaign County has stepped up when the community needs us. Now, we recognize a looming crisis, growing alongside the one in health care. Community resources are inundated. Food pantries are in high demand, and calls for help are already pouring into 211.

United Way of Champaign County is working to marshal and mobilize local resources to reach those in crisis. But we need you to step up, too.

The Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, supports our neighbors who are struggling in the economic fallout from the pandemic. Donations will support relief programs and services to help with vital needs. 

We're moving rapidly to deploy help where it's needed most. Three waves of funding totaling $260,000 are already out the door, with additional funds on the way as more people give.

A gift to the COVID-19 Fund is the best way to join the fight for the health and financial stability of all our neighbors. As social distancing becomes our new normal, a donation can transcend isolation and help support those most in need.

Today, you can answer the call for compassion, for connection.

In a time of uncertainty, you can share the gift of hope.


Thank you to the 493 individuals who have made a donation.

We appreciate the commitment of these generous organizations:

  • AFL-CIO of Champaign County
  • Alpha Controls and Services
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company*
  • Barham Benefit Group
  • BankChampaign, N.A.
  • Busey
  • Champaign Federation of Teachers #1925*
  • Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation
  • Church of the Advent Hope*
  • CIBM*
  • Commerce Bank
  • Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
  • Cozad Asset Management*
  • CU Christian Church*
  • Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church*
  • Faith United Methodist Church*
  • FarmHouse Fraternity
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church*
  • Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church*
  • Illinois COVID-19 Relief Fund
  • Jefferson Middle School PTSA*
  • Kiwanis Club of Champaign-Urbana*
  • Meijer
  • Northwestern Mutual - McClure Financial*
  • Pepsi-Cola CU Bottling Company*
  • Schnucks
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Church*
  • United Way of Champaign County
  • The Vineyard Church*
  • Windsor Road Christian Church*

*CU-BetterTogether Gift

Updated 5/15/2020


What programs are getting the funds?


Released March 23, 2020
$20,000 to Champaign Township and Cunningham Township to provide housing assistance.

Learn more here.


Released March 30, 2020
$7,500 to Champaign Unit 4 Schools, Mahomet-Seymour Community School District #3, Rantoul City Schools 137, and Urbana Unit 116 for student home learning supplies.

Learn more here.


Released April 9, 2020

$250,000 from the grant received from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund. As part of this grant's requirements, UWCC is acting as a regional hub and distributing a portion of grant funds outside of our service area to neighboring communities and United Ways. It also includes a new initiative: CU-BetterTogether.

FOOD - $131,000

Arcola Food Pantry Food and household supplies for Homebound Seniors  $5,000.00 
CRIS- Champaign & Danville Food and household supplies for Homebound Seniors  $6,000.00 
Crisis Nursery Supplies $3,000.00
Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County Food Pantry  $5,000.00  
CU-Better Together- Food for School Families Food  $65,000.00 
Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Food  $8,000.00 
Family Service of Champaign County Food and household supplies for Homebound Seniors  $2,000.00 
Hands of Christ Food Pantry - Ford County Food  $3,000.00 
Hoopeston Multicultural Agency Seniors, teen moms, food pantry, clothing  $3,000.00 
Piatt Willow Tree Missions Food  $3,000.00 
Promise Healthcare Food as Medicine Pantry  $2,000.00 
Salt & Light Ministries Grocery Fund for households  $16,000.00 
Stonecreek Food Pantry Food Pantry  $4,000.00 
The Dwelling Place - Danville Food, laundry, drop-in services, showers


The Giving Place - Tolono Food $3,000.00

HOUSING - $36,000

Austin's Place Emergency Shelter $5,000.00
C-U at Home Emergency Shelter and Daytime $10,000.00
Courage Connection Emergency Shelter $6,000.00
Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County Mortgage Assistance $15,000.00


Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County One-time financial assistance per household  $10,000.00  
Champaign County Healthcare Consumers One-time financial assistance per household  $5,000.00 
Family Service of Champaign County One-time financial assistance per household  $2,000.00 
New American Welcome Center One-time financial assistance per household  $5,000.00 
The Refugee Center One-time financial assistance per household  $5,000.00


As required by the Illinois COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant, we are distributing to:

Danville Area United Way - $23,000.00
United Way of Coles County - $18,000.00
United Way of McLean County  $15,000.00  


Released May 11, 2020

$22,750 to four organizations to increase access to technology and improve program delivery.

$5,000 – Developmental Services Center – Tablets for people with disabilities living in group homes, so they can stay connected with their families and access telehealth services
$2,500 – DREAAM - Laptops and printers, so staff can conduct education programming virtually
$5,250 – Rosecrance – Telehealth communication devices, so patients in mental health, substance abuse, and treatment programs can continue receiving services
$10,000 – Housing Authority of Champaign County – Computers for YouthBuild program participants, so they can complete their high school diploma and participate in career training


Released May 21, 2020

$250,000 from a grant awarded by the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund. The aims of this grant are to get resources to communities with high COVID-19 burdens.

FOOD - $43,000

Ford County Food Pantry / Hands of Christ  $3,000.00 
Hoopeston Multi-Agency $5,000.00 
Piatt County Cares  $7,500.00 
The Dwelling Place $7,500.00 
United Methodist Church Piatt County $5,000.00 
Willow Tree Missions $5,000.00 
Promise Healthcare $10,000.00 


Champaign County Healthcare Consumers $10,000.00 
New American Welcome Center $50,000.00 
The Refugee Center $25,000.00 
CRIS Healthy Aging     $10,000.00 
Faith in Action $5,000.00 
Family Service     $4,000.00 

HOUSING & SHELTER - $103,000

Habitat for Humanity $30,000.00
Austin’s Place $10,000.00
Courage Connection $38,000.00
CU at Home $25,000.00

I/my family have been impacted by COVID-19. How will this fund help me?

Our latest blog post features resources for those impacted by the pandemic.

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we are funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. These are organizations that are already working to help you. Please call 211 for information on local services and connect with local programs.

My organization is interested in resources from this fund. Can we be considered?

We will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, our Board of Directors, and local units of government, and recommend final awards.

In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time.

Is there a fee to donate?

No. United Way of Champaign County will not charge any processing fees on gifts to this Fund. Also, we are absorbing all credit card transaction fees. 100% of your donation will go to nonprofits helping with COVID-19 relief.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my gift to a specific organization?

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to the needs of communities most impacted, the Fund is not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.

How can I give back in other ways?

Volunteer with local nonprofits -

Donate items or offer help to individuals -