Community Impact

United Way provides grant funding and leadership on local collaborations that work to improve the Education, Health, and Financial Stability of every person in our community. Together, we are fighting for solutions to longstanding issues and removing barriers that prevent our community from thriving.

We are uniquely positioned to address the biggest issues affecting our community. With these initiatives, we go beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change and impact thousands of lives in Champaign County.  All of Champaign County deserves to thrive - this is what we fight for.

Early Grade Level Success

United Way fights for all children to reach their full potential.

School readiness has a major impact on success in school, work, and life. 45% of local kindergarteners were not prepared for the first day of school. United Way's Early Grade Level Success program is focused on building a strong educational foundation for all children in Champaign County.


Community Change Grants

Request for Proposals

United Way will issue a Request for Proposals on May 1. We will seek applications from programs that aim to reduce the achievement gap in kindergarten readiness and 3rd grade reading among students of color. $700,000 will be available.


United Way Programs

Born Learning Trails

Early Childhood Parent Education

Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendar