We Fight For Champaign County

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The Community Impact Fund

One donation makes a big difference.

Our community faces complex challenges in healthcare, education and employment. These challenges don't have easy answers and have lasted months, years, and even generations.

To address our community’s most persistent and systemic problems, we must have an organized, proven strategy: we call it Community Impact.

Through Community Impact, we are re-imagining a more equitable and resilient community - one where more of our students are graduating prepared for success at college or on the job, more local families are financially stable and more neighbors are living healthy lives.

Our Community Impact Strategy has three parts:

  • The Community Initiative process provides resources to launch new and innovative programming
  • Community Impact Grants support high-quality local programs that have a track record of creating change
  • Community Building raises awareness, mobilizes volunteers, creates partnerships, and advocates to address critical issues

Each year, more and more supporters are maximizing the impact of their United Way donation by giving to the Community Impact Fund.

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Health

Without the basic necessities and health care, life can become an unstable game of barely surviving. United Way believes that every person, family and community should have the essentials they need to have a stable, healthy life—and to thrive.

By making it easier for individuals to access mental health programs, receive quality health care and access nutritious foods, we’re fighting to help everyone get—and stay—healthy.

In 2020-2021, the Community Impact Fund will invest $509,977 to improve health outcomes in our four target areas: access to healthcare, access to healthy food, independent living and safety.

Access to Healthcare

Goal: People will have improved physical and behavioral health

In 2020-2021, we are investing $234,250 into six area programs that fight to improve physical and behavioral health.

Promise Healthcare Medical Care for Low Income Adults
Promise Healthcare Medical Care for Low Income Children
Promise Healthcare SmileHealthy Dental Center
Rape Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services Sexual Violence Prevention Education
Rosecrance Champaign/Urbana New Beginnings Program
The Center for Youth and Family Solutions Family Counseling

Access to Healthy Food

Goal: People will have access to nutritional food

In 2020-2021, we are investing $52,500 into three area programs that fight to improve access to healthy food.

Eastern Illinois Foodbank Champaign County Food Fund
Family Service of Champaign County Meals on Wheels
SBL Peace Meal Champaign County Home Delivered Meals

Independent Living

Goal: People remain living independently through all phases of life

In 2020-2021, we are investing $150,102 into six area programs that help people live independent lives.

Community Service Center of Northern Chamapaign County The Resource Connection
Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Assistance
Developmental Services Center Community Living
Family Service of Champaign County HomeCare
Family Service of Champaign County Senior Counseling and Advocacy
Family Service of Champaign County Senior Transportation

Safety

Goal: People will be safe from harm

In 2020-2021, we are investing $73,125 into two area programs that build safety.

Champaign County CASA Victim Advocate Program
Crisis Nursery Safe Children and Strong Families

Education

Success in life begins with a quality education. And yet, thousands of children and youth lack the support they need to strengthen their literacy, stay on track in school, graduate high school and find a career.

We’re fighting to shift the odds so tomorrow’s leaders can build a better foundation today. With an approach to education that spans from cradle to career, we’re ensuring every child gets a strong start in life, teenagers have the tools to learn and grow, and young adults thrive in the job market.

In 2020-2021, the Community Impact Fund will invest $525,275 to improve education outcomes in our three target areas: childhood success, grade level success, and high school graduation.

Childhood Success

Goal: Children will enter kindergarten making developmental progress.

Kindergarten readiness is critical for long-term success in school. But 76% of Illinois kindergartners enter school needing additional supports in literacy, social-emotional, or math skills. 

We fight for every child to have an equitable start in school. In Champaign County, we provide free Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendars in English, Spanish and French to over 8,000 families. Our Emerging Community Leaders have installed four Born Learning Trails in parks across the community.

In 2020-2021, we are investing $140,300 into three area programs that fight to improve childhood success.

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission Head Start/Early Head Start Ready! for Kindergarten
Developmental Services Center Family Development
DREAAM House DREAAM Kindergarten Success Program

Grade Level Success

GOAL: Students will demonstrate academic progress.

In 2020-2021, we are investing $294,750 into seven area programs that help students improve academically.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois Community-Based Mentoring
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois School and Community Based Mentoring
Don Moyer Boys and Girls club Academic Support Program
Mahomet Area Youth Club MAYC Jr. High Program
Rantoul City Schools #137 After School Programming
Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center Community Study Center
Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center Intensive Literacy and Homework Assistance Program

High School Graduation

GOAL: Students will graduate on time with skills for post-secondary success.

In 2020-2021, we are investing $90,225 into two area programs that help children graduate with a plan for their future.

Champaign Community Unit School District #4 Operation Hope
Urbana School District #116 DBA Urbana Adult Education APL-GED-HSCR Program

Financial Stability

Chronic unemployment. Financial illiteracy. Homelessness. Individuals and families are facing financial and systemic obstacles that prevent a good quality of life.

We’re fighting to put every person on a path toward financial empowerment. That starts with access to services, job training, credit counseling and money management programs.

In 2020-2021, the Community Impact Fund will invest $325,684 to improve financial stability outcomes in our three target areas: financial literacy, stable housing, and workforce development.

Financial Literacy

GOAL: People will improve their socioeconomic status

In 2020-2021, we are investing $130,534 into five area programs that help people understand their finances and build a plan for their future.

Courage Connection Project Empower
CRIS Healthy Aging Tax + Options Counseling
The Refugee Center (formerly ECIRMAC) Support for Immigrant Families
Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County Financial Capability Program
Land of Lincoln Legal Aid Legal Help with Champaign County Public Benefits

Stable Housing

Goal: People will have access to safe and secure housing

In 2020-2021, we are investing $112,650 into three area programs focused on stable housing.

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission Bridge to Subsidized Housing Utility Assistance Program
Champaign County Regional Planning Commission Emergency Shelter for Families
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Incorporated Legal Help for Champaign County Homeowners

Workforce Development

Goal: People will build skills to earn and retain employment

In 2020-2021, we are investing $82,500 into two area programs that help people connect with a career.

Cunningham Children's Home Cunningham Vocational Options Program
Urbana School District #116 DBA Urbana Adult Education Certified Nursing Assistant Program (CNA)