United Way funded programs helping people in Woodford

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

In 2012, the Heart of Illinois United Way’s volunteer grant reviewers and Board of Directors approved the distribution of $7,125,402 to local health and human service programs that make a positive impact in central Illinois.

These dollars are being distributed through the United Way’s Community Impact Fund, education initiatives and designated gifts to area nonprofits.

Through 2013, 85 programs at 47 local health and human care agencies will receive funding from the Heart of Illinois United Way’s Community Impact Fund.

Programs funded by the Heart of Illinois United Way help more than 1,100 people every day in Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties.

“I like United Way because they are a results-based organization. When I give through United Way, I know that I am making a difference in many lives through many programs,” Teresa Koch, United Way volunteer and Metamora resident, said.

Last year, more than 1,500 Woodford County residents benefitted from United Way funded programs such as mentoring, family counseling, health education, disaster services, advocacy for seniors, legal support and much more.

In total, 28 Heart of Illinois United Way funded programs were utilized by Woodford County residents last year.

Eureka residents, Diane Gregory and her son Michael, understand how important United Way funded programs are to them. Easter Seals provides several programs to help 5-year-old Michael cope with autism including therapy, preschool and more. This fall, Michael will be entering kindergarten.

United Way funded programs support the building blocks of a safe and stable life - education, income and health. Educational programs provide tutoring, mentoring and career counseling. Income-related programs provide financial stability and basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Health-related programs provide wellness through intervention, prevention, community clinics and more.

 “I have been actively involved in the fund allocation process for the past seven years. I contribute my time and support to the United Way because I want to see our community continue to grow and prosper,” Jonathan Williams, Metamora resident, said.

 For more information on how United Way funded programs are helping the people of Woodford County, contact Gina Edwards, VP of Marketing, at 674-5181, ext. 234.