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Tomorrow is full of questions. But the answers are up to us.

Our new normal is a world of uncertainty and change. That will take some getting used to. But we need to do more than adapt to a post-pandemic world. We need to build a better one. Thousands of people in our community devastated by the events of 2020 need your support to rebuild their lives.

At the beginning of the year, none of us were prepared for what we would confront. And no one knew how many in our community would need our help. Faced with a once-in-a-generation challenge, Champaign County stepped up. United Way staff, donors, volunteers and our entire community came together in an unprecedented way. We helped our neighbors who were most impacted by the global pandemic and economic downturn get the relief and support they needed.

  • Raised $1.2 million for the COVID-19 Relief Fund
  • Helped 159 families pay rent or mortgages
  • Distributed food to 57,517 households
  • Provided 10,880 nights of shelter for homeless individuals
  • Responded to 3,192 calls and texts to 211
  • Provided job training to 193 individuals
  • Helped 6,238 students with remote learning supplies
  • Offered mental health care services to the community

But there is so much more to do. 44% of families in our community are ALICE families, struggling with unemployment, food insecurity, housing and health challenges. Many don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or how they will pay the rent or the bills. Even more are teetering on the edge without back-up savings. Kids are struggling with an unconventional school year. Adults are facing mental health challenges like anxiety and depression.

Many of the Americans who were already struggling before the pandemic—ALICE families, low-wage workers, people of color, LGBTQA+ individuals, and those with disabilities—were hit harder than the rest.

Consider this:

These are our neighbors. And they cannot wait any longer for relief, for support, for equality, for the opportunity to live a healthy, thriving life.

This year has taught that we don’t live in the equal society we’ve always cherished. But we can make it so.

At United Way of Champaign County, we are working toward a new tomorrow for our community, one that offers:

  • Strong starts for children
  • Safe homes and warm meals
  • Greater equity
  • New career paths
  • Fresh starts
  • Opportunities for physical activity
  • Access to health care
  • Thriving families

We must build a better future for our community, one where every person has an equal opportunity to thrive.

Let’s not put off until tomorrow the work that we can start today. Respond to the new year with hope, with possibility, with action.

Together, we can build a tomorrow that is better than yesterday. For every single one of us.

All we need to do is Start Today United.

Give for a new tomorrow

Starting today, help us build a future where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive.

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