211 Innovations Improve Accessibility

Last year 211 team members fielded more than 20 million calls nationally, connecting struggling people with essential resources to solve their health care, housing, and food problems. From the first hello, 211 team members offered comfort and hope.

As one 211 specialist, Mercy Magu, said:

“People who contact 211 want someone who can listen to them, provide them with resources, and assist them to keep hope alive.”


Take the Equity Challenge

Following a year of great unrest and strife, it’s critical that we take the time to learn with and from each other. Join thousands of your neighbors across Illinois for the United Way of Illinois Equity Challenge. We’ll learn about inequality and systemic racism in 21 weekly lessons.

The self-guided learning journey examines the history and impact of racism, and how it has shaped people’s lives. The experience will deepen understanding and help launch what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to improving equity and inclusion.


Be counted. Take the census.

The 2020 Census is still happening. Have you completed yours?

Filling out the census is an important civic responsibility and a great way to support our community. That’s why United Way of Champaign County is participating in a national initiative called United We Count, United We Vote, a non-partisan effort to increase participation in the census and voting.


ALICE in Champaign County

Who is ALICE?

ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a new way of defining and understanding the struggles of households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget.

For far too many families, the cost of living outpaces what they earn. These households struggle to manage even their most basic needs - housing, food, transportation, child care, health care, and necessary technology.


Just issued: 2019 Annual Report

Hot off the press - we are pleased to present our 2019 Annual Report!

At United Way, we are passionate about creating long-term social change that produces healthy, well-educated and financially stable individuals and families.

The accomplishments outlined in our Annual Report are a credit to you – our loyal supporters. Without your support, none of this work would be possible. Thank you. 

The 2019 Annual Report covers our work and our supporters from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019 (Fiscal Year 2019, Campaign Year 2018).